Ron Linthicum and Joy Smiley, right, look for signs of prostitution and drug use with small business owner Seth Astle near Watt Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Linthicum and Smiley are community prosecutors with the Sheriff's north division office. Their work focuses on nuisance properties like hotels with obvious signs of prostitution and drug use or landlords with numerous code violations.
Ron Linthicum and Joy Smiley, right, look for signs of prostitution and drug use with small business owner Seth Astle near Watt Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Linthicum and Smiley are community prosecutors with the Sheriff's north division office. Their work focuses on nuisance properties like hotels with obvious signs of prostitution and drug use or landlords with numerous code violations. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Ron Linthicum and Joy Smiley, right, look for signs of prostitution and drug use with small business owner Seth Astle near Watt Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Linthicum and Smiley are community prosecutors with the Sheriff's north division office. Their work focuses on nuisance properties like hotels with obvious signs of prostitution and drug use or landlords with numerous code violations. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com

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