ACLU Finally Squeaks Up Against the Stay-Away Orders

HUFFsters:  Councilmember Posner got this S.C. ACLU Resolution opposing the expansion of MC 13.08.100.  Most of it is taken up citing another case, the Cyr case, to persuade the City Council that the Stay-Away expansion would run afoul of the Constitution as recently interpreted by the courts.   It’s rare and positive to have the ACLU issue such a statement, though I understand it is not soliciting legal help locally to challenge the ordinance.  Vice-Chair Steve Pleich has told me that his Homeless Persons Legal Assistance project (which is primarily his solo venture) will take it on if he can find five plaintiffs (See “Time to Step Up and Fight City Hall on “Stay Away” Ordinance” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/22/18763162.php  ).
The ordinance also not only gives a stay-away at the whim of the cop once she or he issues an infraction citation, but also includes all prior areas where 13.08.100 stay-away’s were given in the prohibition.  So for instance if you get a ticket for smoking in a distant area of San Lorenzo Park for the first time, you get a one-day stay away (if it’s your first stay-away).  If you then get a ticket for camping in the Pogonip some days later, you get a week stay away, but also a week stay-away from San Lorenzo Park.
The ordinance is also retroactive to the hundreds of one-day stay away’s already given in the prior year.  HUFF activists have been tracking these orders and there are hundreds of them.  Given almost entirely to homeless people and for such “crimes” as smoking, camping, and being in a park after dark.
The iron hand of the Parks and Recreation Department not only extends to a few parks but also to the following areas (according to MC 13.04.0111, “without limitation all city parks, greenbelts, all city park trails and roads, all city park facilities and buildings, including Lighthouse Field State Beach, DeLaveaga Golf Course, Main Beach, Cowell’s Beach, Steamer Lane, Harvey West Pool, the Beach Flats Community Center, the Louden Nelson Community Center, the Teen Center, the Civic Auditorium, City Hall Courtyard, Mission Plaza, the Town Clock, the Natural History Museum, the Surfing Museum, Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Pacific Avenue, West Cliff Drive (Pelton Street to Swanton Boulevard), the San Lorenzo River Levee and bike path, the San Lorenzo Benchlands, the inner banks of the San Lorenzo River within the City limits, the Branciforte and Cabonera Creeks within the city limits, Jessie Street Marsh, plus any other facilities or areas assigned to the parks and recreation department by the city manager.”
In spite of hundreds of unconstitutional Stay-Away orders from the park (1 day stay-away orders) given out over the last year, the ACLU has said nothing & offered no help (even in the form of public statements opposing the sweeps and targeted harassment of homeless people).  Now ACLU Chair Peter Geldblum opens hiss dusty lawbooks to suddenly discover it’s been unconstitutional for the last 15 months.  Pardon my bile, but the prior collusion continues to smell very bad.  Geldblum is the same smiling chairperson who voted against the homeless right to sleep at night, ordered homeless guests out of the ACLU meeting before the agenda item was over, and successfully muzzled the ACLU on the issue during the prior year  (See “Homeless Take ACLU Sleeping Ban Suspension Resolution to City Council”

at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/07/07/18758378.php ).

HUFF resumes drinking and debating 11 AM Wednesday 10-22 703 Pacific

HUFF is doing its thing again tomorrow–looking forward to adding a little Truth Through Sarcasm at the next City Council meeting which may be (a) criminalizing people in the parks for up to a year without trial, and (b) setting up the promised performer cages on Pacific Avenue.  I’ll also be seeking volunteers for an End Police State in Santa Cruz protest at Center and Laurel at 2 PM.   We’ll be reviewing the latest contortions of the City Attorney’s office around the Camping Ban.  And more!

“No Ferguson in Santa Cruz!” Protest Resumes 2 PM Wednesday at Center and Laurel



Title: October 22nd “Say No to Police Abuse” Day Protest Against Racial and Homeless Profiling
START DATE: Wednesday October 22
TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location Details:
Cop Corner at Laurel and Center Streets across from Louden Nelson Center.
Event Type: Protest
Contact Name Robert Norse
Email Address rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
Phone Number 8314234833
Address 5749 Hiway 9 #A
October 22nd is a Day of National Concern and Protest against police violence. (Seehttp://www.october22.org/ )

In Santa Cruz, a collusive City Council prepares to hand greater enforcement and banishment powers over to individual officers and rangers with it steroid-enhanced expansion of Stay Away Orders (See “Nasty Anti-Homeless Stay-Away Laws to Get Exponentially Worse” athttp://www.october22.org/)

Recently there have been reports of an SCPD assault on Oliver Howard on October 11th (“Witnesses Report Excessive Use of Force by SCPD during Arrest near Court House” athttp://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/20/18763064.php

The review of the citation records of Community Service Officer B. Barnett has revealed a disturbing pattern apparently targeting homeless persons and disproportionately citing African-Americans.
(See attached citation record of Officer Barnett)

Nearly 3/4 of Barnett’s citations in his ignoble career downtown have involved citing homeless people for essentially victimless crimes (sitting, smoking, skateboarding). Nearly 10% of his citations were for African-Americans in a county that is 1.4% black by a recent census.

Other recent incidents of alleged racial profiling written up on this website include

“Santa Cruz Police and First Alarm Brutalize and Arrest People for Being Black and Homeless” athttp://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/08/21/18760436.php

“Selective Enforcement of Smoking Ban, Obstruction of Video Reporting–Report to the Chief!” athttp://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/08/02/18759451.php .

A prior protest is shown and described here: “Protesters Demand Faster Response from SCPD Regarding Record’s Requests” at
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/09/23/18761997.php

The ongoing attack on homeless people is intensifying as winter gets closer as church programs are cut back, city council rubberstamps harsher laws, and the SCPD continues in its role in an ongoing Class War.

The SCPD continues to seek more money for surveillance software (license plate readers), declines to provide records of its contacts with other agencies re: military-style equipment and other forms of prepared repression against political protesters such as those in the Occupy Movement.

We will continue to be organizing volunteers to defend the rights of homeless people (Homeless Encampment Defense) as well as co-ordinate Copwatch efforts city-wide.

Come on down for “Don’t Beat ‘em, Eat ‘Em’” brownies and Mid-Day Coffee. Hoist a sign to defend the rights of all of us in public spaces sick of a militarized downtown.

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by Robert Norse Tuesday Oct 21st, 2014 6:25 PM

Responding to the New ‘Doo-Doo’ Not Due Process in the Homeless ‘”Stay Away” Law 2

This comment is part of a longer article on the City Council’s new anti-homeless law massively expanding “stay-away” orders for homeless people from all areas of Santa Cruz controlled by the Parks & Recreation Department.   The rest of the article can be found at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/12/18762778.php .
HUFF ACTIVISTS WILL BE VISITING THE CITY COUNCIL OFFICES TO VIEW THE LAST YEAR’S STAY AWAY ORDERS 11 AM TODAY OCTOBER 16TH.    WE INVITE ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE COMMUNITY TO JOIN US.  THE ADDRESS OF THE OFFICES IS AT 809 CENTER ST.   BRING STRONG STOMACHS.
by Robert Norse

Thursday Oct 16th, 2014 2:08 AM

Some HUFFsters and I will be going in to City Hall later today to count all stay-away orders since July of 2013 whenthe law went into effect after being passed for a final reading at the first City Council meeting of June 2013. Those citations are available for anyone to view after finally being released in response to a Public Records Act request I made in August. Dannettee Shoemaker was not immediately forthcoming.

Last month, I requested all the Parks and Recreation Department [P & R] citations for MC 6.36 (the camping ordinance) during the 2013-2014 period and was simply given bundles of all citations for all offenses to look through. Apparently this department does not index its citations or at least did not provide them to us on request.

Interestingly enough, the SCPD initially insisted it too had no such index. After repeated prodding and showing up in person to view the tickets, the department eventually provided us with a listing of all citations in the downtown area.. It took repeated requests to get the addresses of the people cited (so as to calculate the attention given to homeless folks). You can view an example of the SCPD’s matrix–for Officer Barnett’s citations–below. This something the P & R won’t or can’t provide requiring us to examine the citations individually. I’ve also requested Micah Posner request staff to make this information available, but similar requests in the past have fallen on deaf ears.

It seems pretty important in creating an ordinance this severe and unprecedented to get some sense of what the cost, the extent, the target, and the effectiveness of stay-away orders has been over the last year. Stay-away orders are traditionally issued by a court after a conviction and only from a very particular place. Given P & R’s broad authority over much city property, these orders could be issued routinely and repeatedly with increasing severity for the most minor offenses.

Considering that most homeless people smoke (70+% compared with less than 20% of the general population), it’s no wonder that the “crime rate” is rising. Creates more demand for more cops and more enforcement. Since more is illegal. Not to mention sleepcrime citations.

Note that race is not included in the SCPD records–except on the citations themselves (and presumably in the inaccessible police reports), so we will still be returning to the SCPD to examine more closely the racial component of the citations, which apparently the SCPD doesn’t think enough of to add to its matrix (strange, since I’d imagine such stats may be required by the FBI or other federal agencies).

For the matrix of Officer Barnett’s citations downtown–to get any idea of how heavily weighted they are against homeless people, go to http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2014/09/18/barnett_cites.pdf . The longer story is at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/09/17/18761766.php,http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/09/15/18761683.php , and http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/09/23/18761997.php . The racial stats were roughly counted as being given out to seven times as many people as were recorded as black in the last United Way census. We hope to more closely analyze them.

COUNCIL SLOUCHES ONWARD
The vastly expanded City Council law will be going into effect on November 28th or thereabouts if it passes again as it’s likely to on October 28th with a 5-2 vote.

Some pointed out at last Tuesday’s meeting (myself included) that their proposed law law mandates the stay-away’s prior to any court charge, hearing, trial, or conviction. What was not noted is that any stay-away is an additional action which is completely discretionary. This discretionary loophole allows rangers and cops to pick and choose who they’ll issue the orders to with no guideline as to when to do it. It is police state authorization in its purest form–leaving the matter entirely up to the officer. And, of course, completely beyond court review–even if the officer’s victim is never tried, had charges dismissed, or is found not guilty.

But the discretionary provision explicitly authorizes and hence encourages selective enforcement depending on the preference of the citing officer. Easy enough to decide that an homeless person sleeping gets a “stay-away” order while a more well-dressed smoker gets off without one (though a high fine for both).

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HUFF sings–rain or shine. 11 AM 10-15 Sub Rosa 703 Pacific

HUFFsters meet and greet chatting about  The Great Park Pagrom (City Council Votes 1 Year Stay-Away Orders Without Benefit of Court); Another Keep ‘Em Honest Records Check at City Hall after the Meeting or a Day Later; Upcoming:  Going Dotty on Pacific Avenue–the Upcoming Performance Cages; and numerous other bits and pieces I’m too tired to sort out at this moment…  Come on down and check ‘em out!

Driving the Destitute Out of Public Spaces–the War in Santa Cruz Heats Up

Title: Nasty Anti-Homeless Stay-Away Laws to Get Exponentially Worse
START DATE: Tuesday October 14
TIME: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location Details:
809 Center ST. City Council Chambers Santa Cruz
At the afternoon City Council meeting. The item is the third of three other Public Hearings scheduled, so it may come up significantly later than 3, and perhaps (though it’s unlikely) earlier.
Event Type: Meeting
Contact Name Robert Norse
Email Address RNORSE3 [at] HOTMAiL.COM
Phone Number 831-423-4833
Address 309 Cedar #14B
CRACKING DOWN ON THE POOR 
Agenda Item #21 is a staff-generated proposal to vastly increase the amount of time those given low-level infraction tickets in city parks can be forced to stay away from the park. 

The ordinance expanded to monstrous proportions is MC 13.08.100 described as “ORDER TO VACATE ANY PROPERTY MAINTAINED BY THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT”. 

STAY-AWAY ORDERS WILDLY EXPANDED 
The proposed penalty for violating such an order is a misdemeanor conviction (up to a year in jail or $1000 fine). 

Specifically, according to the staff report: 

“The proposed amendment provides for incremental increases in time that a person receiving a citation in a City park, beach or any other property maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department must stay away from the property where the arrest was made or citation issued. 
(a) First offense (existing ordinance): Twenty-four hours from the time of the citing/arresting officer’s order. 
(b) Second offense within one week of the first offense: One week from the date of the citing/arresting officer’s order in response to the second offense. 
(c) Third offense within thirty days of the second offense: Thirty days from the date of the citing/arresting officer’s order in response to the third offense. 
(d) Fourth offense within six months of the third offense: Six months from the date of the citing/arresting officer’s order in response to the fourth offense. 
(e) Fifth offense within one year of the fourth offense: One year from the date of the citing/arresting officer’s order in response to the fifth offense.” 

HOMELESS REMOVAL–NO DUE PROCESS REQUIRED! 
Note that one doesn’t have to be convicted of any offense, even charged in court with any offense, simply cited for an offense for this law to go into effect. 

Since the original 13.08.100 was passed in 2013, many have been given one-day stay-away’s along with their smoking, camping, or “park closed” citations. This law is designed to punish and exclude homeless people without the need to go to court and actually prove a crime. 

FUN FOR THOSE STALKING THE HOMELESS–NOT JUST IN THE PARKS! 
Also note that the sway of this new law goes far beyond the city parks, since it also applies to “any other property maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.” 

This apparently includes, according to MC 13.04.0111, 
“without limitation all city parks and greenbelts, all city park trails and roads, all city park facilities and buildings, including Lighthouse Field State Beach, DeLaveaga Golf Course, Main Beach, Cowell’s Beach, Steamer Lane, Harvey West Pool, the Beach Flats Community Center, the Louden Nelson Community Center, the Teen Center, the Civic Auditorium, City Hall Courtyard, Mission Plaza, the Town Clock, the Natural History Museum, the Surfing Museum, Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Pacific Avenue, West Cliff Drive (Pelton Street to Swanton Boulevard), the San Lorenzo River Levee and bike path, the San Lorenzo Benchlands, the inner banks of the San Lorenzo River within the City limits, the Branciforte and Cabonera Creeks within the city limits, Jessie Street Marsh, plus any other facilities or areas assigned to the parks and recreation department by the city manager.” 

CRIME WAVE! 
The specifically stated crimes of “chronic violators” includes “smoking, possession of alcoholic beverages, camping, 
public urination and entering a closed area”. Folks apparently commit these dangerous behaviors and return 24-hours later (which is the limit of stay-away orders under the current law). 

The purpose–the report continues-is to give the police more tools. 
There is no indication of any increase in real “crime” in the parks, simply a determination to drive travelers and local homeless people away. 

The statistics provided claim 
21 subjects violated the order returning to the park within 24 hour and were subsequently arrested. 
77 subjects returned to the parks or beaches after to 24 hours were up however, were given a second order to vacate for continuous unlawful behaviors. 
26 subjects received three orders to vacate. 
12 subjects received 4 orders to vacate. 
1 individual received 13 orders to vacate. 

MISSING FROM THE REPORT 
However they give no indication of what these people were cited for, whether they were actually charged in court, nor whether the individuals charged were actually convicted of those “crimes”. 

Bathrooms in the parks close at dusk or earlier. There are, of course, no sleeping areas in the City for the vast majority of those outside where it is legal to be. And only one 24-hour portapotty in the downtown area (the Posner Pooper). 

WHY BOTHER TO TALK TO THE VICTIMS OR INFORM THE PUBLIC? 
It is not clear that any homeless or social service agencies have been consulted. I’ve not heard that any out reach has been done to the homeless community. This is the 21st century equivalent of Sunset Laws where blacks were told to be “gone by sundown” from many towns in the country. 

There has been no mention of this proposed Council deportation of homeless people in the kept media (Sentinel, Good Times, City on a Hill. 

READ THE REPORT, THEN ROAR BACK 
Staff reports and ordinance can be found at Council’s agenda athttp://scsire.cityofsantacruz.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=569&doctype=AGENDA under agenda item #21. 

City Council members need to be e-mailed at citycouncil [at] cityofsantacruz.com . Individual council members can be reached by taking the first initial and last name of the Council member and adding @cityofsantacruz.com to it (e.g. mposner [at] cityofsantacruz.com

Dannettee Shoemaker and Martin Bernal are two of the highest paid officials in the City earning over $200,000 a year (not counting their benefits). They have signed their name to this police state measure–need to be horsewhipped and put in the stocks for this latest attack. 

TOWN-WIDE IMPACT 
The consequence of the massively increased policing downtown, expanded stay-away orders, anti-median ordinance, and authority-encouraged bigotry against those outside has been pressure on the churches who do provide services. 

The Circles Church has closed down its warming center and some of its meal services. The Red Church no longer allows people on its lawns prior to the meal. 

COST OF THE MANUFACTURED CRISIS? UNKNOWN. 
There is no indication of the cost in manpower and tax expense for the increased “drive ‘em out” policies of the Robinson-Mathews City Council during the last two years. 

Nor any estimation of how much the increased penaltes will cost–especially if contested in court. Already the city is facing a potential class-action lawsuit from activists gathering data about the amount of homeless property destroyed by police and rangers. 

The repeated citations are obviously taking police and ranger attention away from other areas and aren’t free. Apart from the immorality and futility of the whole thing, there’s no indication of the expense involved. 

REAL CRIMINALS ARE THOSE IN POWER 
Dannettee Shoemaker head of Parks and Recreation and Martin Bernal, City Manager, are two of the highest paid officials in the City earning over $200,000 a year (not counting their benefits). They have signed their names to this police state measure. 

The class war on the poor is advancing relentlessly under color of law. 

Santa Cruz: Getting Closer to the Truth About Marijuana Citations and Arrests

 

 

Homeless people are particularly vulnerable to the Drug War.  Yet from the stats acquired from the SCPD, it appears that in the last six month period not one citation or arrest was made for marijuana use, possession, transportation, or sales for anyone with a “transient” or “115 Coral St” address.  This does not jibe with my anecdotal understanding as someone who has interviewed people regularly for Free Radio Santa Cruz.
 
The Measure K Committee refused to ask the SCPD for its actual records on marijuana citations and arrests, to see if if is complying with the law. The law is the Measure K Initiative passed in 2006 by the voters (over City Council hostility). That requires that marijuana enforcement for those over 21 on private property be “the lowest enforcement priority.”


In a prior article, “Measure K Committee Craps Out Again–Another Free Ride for the SCPD” at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/06/18762534.php, I described how the Measure K Committee again refused at its token meeting on 10-6 to even request, much less examine, the actual citation and arrest record of the SCPD regarding marijuana. It simply rubberstamped the police summary as being Measure K compliant.

To do this requires to look at occasions where citations and arrests were made on private property and what the circumstances were.

Committee member Coral Brune independently requested those records and forwarded them to me. I reprint them below.

I will encourage Brune to make a follow-up request to view the actual citations and reports. If she won’t, I will. The citations and arrests need to be examine individually to see if police actually did follow the law.

As for discrepancies regarding the number of citations/arrests for homeless folks,  I as yet have no explanation.  It seems highly unlikely that not one citation or arrest happened during the period from November 2013 to the present which involved a homeless person.
To view the more extensive police summary of the citations and arrests made for marijuana incidents during this period, go to https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/10/18762717.php .

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Proposes Homelessness Policy That Makes Sense

 

 

NORSE’S NOTES:  Though not a fan of everything Siegel of Oakland does, what he presents below is miles ahead of Smart Solutions, 180/180, the Downtown Accountability Project, or any of the other “rush -em out of sight/drive ‘em out of town” policies adopted here in Santa Cruz–from high-frequency noise generators to “security” gates to ID cards to stay-way-from-the-park-even-if-you-haven’t-been-convicted-of-anything orders, to little colored dots on Pacific Avenue setting up the invisble cages in which street performers, vendors, and tablers must confine themselves.
> Dan Siegel Releases Homelessness Policy Paper
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> September 25, 2014
> Contact: April Thomas, media@siegelforoakland.org, 206.321.3850
> Mayoral candidate Dan Siegel commits to doubling Housing First Investments
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> Siegel outlines his innovative and compassionate approach to homelessness (Oakland, CA) – Today, Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel released his 8th policy paper, detailing his agenda on homelessness in Oakland. The paper lays out four areas that Siegel will innovate in his approach to both increasing access to permanent housing and supporting people without shelter in their daily lives:
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> Housing First: The simplest strategy is also proven the most effective: give chronically homeless people a home with no strings attached. Siegel
will double Oakland’s current investment in the Permanent Access to Housing program in order to serve twice as many chronically homeless individuals.
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> Tiny Houses: The potential of the “Tiny House” movement to address homelessness has been recognized nationwide. These houses, costing as little as $5,000 to build, require minimal amounts of land and need not be connected to the power grid.
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> Homelessness is not a Crime: Siegel supports legislative approaches such as California’s Homeless Bill of Rights proposed by Senator Tom Ammiano. If the state is unwilling to outlaw discrimination against homelessness (Ammiano’s most recent attempt died in the legislature in January, 2014), the Siegel administration will propose a similar bill at the city level.   “Oakland must also eliminate any ˜quality of life” laws that make life on the streets more challenging than it already is,” said Siegel.
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> Shower Access: The City of Oakland, through its shelters and other facilities, should also ensure that shower and bathroom facilities are available for the homeless during the day, even if it is impossible to provide beds for all each night.
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> The full paper can be accessed at http://siegelforoakland.org/policy_papers/DanSiegelHomelessnessPolicy.pdf
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> 499 14th Street, Suite 300
> Oakland, CA 94612
> (510) 839-1200

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Back for Real This Time: Candidate Bush on Free Radio 9:30 AM -11 AM Sunday October 12th

Norse’s Note:   My apologies to Candidate Bush, HUFFsters here and elsewhere, as well as the public generally for missing my appointment with Craig Bush last Sunday.  This Sunday will be different.   Though Bush has not been on my radar as a homeless civil rights activist, I was impressed enough with the platform on his website to feel motivated to encourage him to come on the air (though an invitation has been extended to the dreary list of candidates).   From his website, I gather that his major interests and issues are around opposing desal, new economic stimulus ideas, and environmental concerns.  However his positions against downtown repression of performers and city repression of the homeless seem clearer and more specific to me than that of any other of the candidates.
Title: Santa Cruz City Council Candidate Craig Bush on Free Radio
START DATE: Sunday October 12
TIME: 9:30 AM11:00 AM
Location Details:
On the stream of Free Radio Santa Cruz at http://tunein.com/radio/FRSC-s47254/ . 

Call-in numbers are 831-427-3772 and 831-469-3119

The show will archive at http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/brb141005.mp3 . 

Earlier shows can be found at http://radiolibre.org/brb/ . Some of these are described at http://huffsantacruz.org/radio.html .

Event Type: Radio Broadcast
Last week, due to mental mixup by the talk show host, Candidate Bush didn’t make it on the stream. This Sunday will hopefully be different. 

Craig Bush is running for one of the three vacancies on the Santa Cruz City Council with voting due to start within a week. He is one of seven candidates running and the only one so far who has replied to an invitation to come on Free Radio. 

His website is at http://www.bushforsccouncil.comxa.com/mypolitics.html 

Bush’s platform extensive and specific. You can find it athttp://www.bushforsccouncil.comxa.com/local.html . 

For a summary of his positions on Social Services, the Santa Cruz Eleven, and Law Enforcement go to http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/09/30/18762275.php 

I will specifically be asking Bush to answer questions for the HUFF questionaire that other candidates (other than Leonie Sherman) have ignored. Seehttp://www.indybay.org/uploads/2014/08/18/mid-august_flyer.pdf 

Bush tells me he has lived in Santa Cruz since the 70′s, so I’ll be asking him some “then and now” questions as well as my usual “what will you do the day after the election results show you’ve lost?”–which I’ve asked of every candidate. I”m more interested in activism all the rest of the days of the year, than election results. 

Tune in and call in. Or e-mail your questions to me at rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com 

I also received a more recent e-mail from Craig Bush which included the following: 

“I have a candidate forum at Calvary Episcopal church downtown. [7 PM Thursday 10-9]” 

“I would like to bring music that pays tribute to the street performing artists and musicians of SC. Move the story around the repression, bullying. ticketing that is forcing them out. I have stories of performing artists that have performed on our streets. Artists, dancers and musicians who sprung forth dance, music and theatre that has been performed on our stages here. When we crush the seeds of creativity we destroy our cultural heritage. I have a green light program that fosters creativity among our aspiring street performers. I have several specific solutions to improve social services here. I hope to get in some time to discuss them all.” 

“I also have an economic stimulus plan that includes the organic permaculture corridor running on both sides of the rr track from Davenport to Watsonville. City formulated worker co-ops to manufacture hemp shopping bags with city logo. Provides long term unemployed 55 and over full time good paying jobs in a safe green working environment. A sustainable water system that will put us in a position to export water and lower our water bills. A system that produces the purest naturally alkaline water in CA. A water system that will enable the return of the salmon. This is what I bring to the table.’  

 

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