HUFF Resolutions January 2018
HUFF supports the current drive for real rent control in Santa Cruz. We urge HUFF members and others to gather signatures for the Initiative being proposed. We further demand city council pass an immediate rent freeze, emergency rent control, and just eviction protection as emergency measures at a special session, or as an emergency item on the next City Council session. We encourage oppressed renters to organize rent strikes to prompt immediate Council action.
HUFF calls for an end to the harassment of all survival encampments in the Monterey and Santa Cruz County areas. Specifically, we urge local authorities to stop the sweeps of Sherwood Park, the attacks on RV residents on Lapis and Monty Roads, and the homeless of Salinas under its new oppressive Camping Ban. The issue is especially pressing given the December housing emergency declared by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
HUFF Resolutions 12/27/17
HUFF supports local tenant demands for a rent freeze, rent
stabilization, and a “Just Cause Eviction” ordinance. We demand that SC
City Council take immediate action, having heard the Community’s demands
in October, ignored Councilmember Krohn’s promise to act on the rent
freeze in November and again passed over by the Terrazas Council in
HUFF denounces the bombings and human rights violations occurring in
Yemen and that the United States’ sole role should be providing
humanitarian relief and stop all military support for Saudi Arabia’s
brutal bombing campaign.
HUFF calls for Chief Mills and P & R boss Garcia waive enforcement
of “sealed container” provisions which particularly impacts those with
no homes and maintain the voters’’ Measure K "lowest enforcement of marijuana"
initiative passed by Santa Cruz voters.
HUFF Resolutions 11/15/17
Whereas, California is a State where affordable housing for a growing number is a car,
Whereas, as many as 32% of our homeless population live in their vehicles,
Whereas, the State of California licenses RV's to be used on all California roads and highways,
Whereas City and County RV bans and restrictive signage clearly impacting if not explicitly targeting the poor who would otherwise be on the streets,
Whereas the California Coastal Commission has found that many such ordinances in the Coastal Zone illegally restrict access to the Coast for everyone,
Whereas City and County authorities in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties have passed or have in place particularly abusive laws or enforcement policies impacting RV dwellers,
Therefore, HUFF opposes any regulations statewide which restrict the public right of way for use by people living in their vehicles, especially RV's.
In particular we demand that authorities move to immediately abolish such ordinances and policies and that local communities support that objective.
HUFF Resolution Against Vehicular Habitation Ban in Palo Alto
HUFF has met & discussed
the proposed MC 9.06.010 "Living in Vehicles" ordinance which will be on the Palo Alto City Council's Monday, August 5th
agenda. Under this ordinance, what constitutes illegal behavior is defined as follows:
For purposes of this section, “human habitation” means the use of a
vehicle for a
dwelling place, including but not limited to, sleeping, eating or resting, either single
or in groups...
HUFF finds this to be an overly-broad definition of illegal behavior which could be
practiced by nearly every citizen of Palo Alto at some point or other, but is likely to be selectively
enforced against poor, houseless, disabled, or people of color.
The only remedy is punishment by fine or jail. In the former, this will only drive an already
impoverished individual into deeper poverty and in the latter will overburden our already
overburdened justice system adding to the already record levels of those incarcerated
at huge public expense for little value in return. Can you really use your government power
of citation, arrest, fines or jail to dissuade people from sleeping, eating, or resting?
Why would you want to?
Finally, since a housed person who eats, sleeps, or rests in his/her vehicle is not "dwelling"
in their vehicle, these activities by definition are intended to be enforced differently against
homeless people than against housed people who engage in the exact same behavior.
This makes your ordinance unconstitutional on its face.
For these and other reasons HUFF passed the following resolution:
HUFF opposes passage of the Living in Vehicles ordinance as overly broad, not providing alternatives,
adding to the criminalization of the homeless by trying to solve complex economic problems with the stroke of the pen.
Three Dead in Santa Cruz
HUFF extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Det. Elizabeth Butler, Sgt. Loran "Butchie" Baker, and Santa Cruz resident and Marine Veteran, Jeremy Goulet, who were shot and killed on Feb. 26th in an incident which is still under investigation. We urge calm and restraint and the hope that law enforcement will not use this incident as a rationale to express increased hostility towards homeless people who have no other option than to remain in public spaces.