Tonight 2-15-18 at 6 PM Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides on Free Radio Santa Cruz at 101.3 FM — Boneyard Blues at City Council and Brent Adams’ Update

Plus lots of musical interludes from the Parody Project at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Parody+Project

Free Radio, as usual, streams at freakradio.org.  The show archives under Lost Shows on the HUFF website at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html.   Look for the Latest Show – 2/15/2018  Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides.  

Santa Cruz Neighbors Meeting NEXT Wednesday, February 21st

Santa Cruz Neighbors is happy to announce our guest panelists for our next meeting on February 21st 7 – 8:30pm at 155 Center St

Our panelists will be from the County and the City.

They will be presenting briefly each of their perspectives as they have been working together.

The panelists will include:

Carlos Palacios –County Administrative Officer

Elissa Benson – Asst. County Administrative

Officer Rayne Marr – Homeless Service Coordinator

Martin Bernal – City Manager

Chief Andrew Mills – Santa Cruz Police Department

Susie O’Hara – City Principal Management Analyst

We will have a short question and answer period after the panel discussion and presentation.

Deborah Elston elston13@earthlink.net Santa Cruz Neighbors, Inc. 15 years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors www.santacruzneighbors.org email@santacruzneighbors.org LIKE and follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/santacruz.neighbors

Join your own Neighborhood at Nextdoor.com

NO HUFF TODAY! Next HUFF meet is Wednesday February 21- 11 AM Sub Rosa Cafe

Since we’re meeting bi-weekly now, there’s no meeting today.

But in the wake of the surprising victory with Council passing an emergency rent freeze and a just eviction protection law last night, check out
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/lifestyle/20180213/santa-cruz-institutes-rent-hike-freeze-eviction-rules
Mountain View chatterings:

Mountain View Forum explores ongoing issue of vehicle dwellers.

https://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/news/201-traffic-development/57159-

Campers and RVs in Mountain View

https://www.lwvlamv.org/league-news/report-on-league-forum-campers-and-rvs-in-our-city/

Victories on the horizon in southern California:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/california-fight-over-homeless-camp-faces-key-day-in-court/

An  older story suggesting the value of state passage of local Homeless Bill of Rights laws:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-homeless-harassment-suit-20180205-story.html


On the down side, the Terrazas City Council unanimously passed a February 28th eviction date for the San Lorenzo Campground.  The mass eviction is being sanitized with sweet talk about the River Street Camp, the renamed “boneyard” at 1220 River St.– a much smaller area surrounded with barbed wire which bars walk-in’s and will oust people during the day.

First They Came for the Homeless activist Mike Zint suggests core campers stay together and try the Berkeley solution (See First They Came for the Homeless facebook page).  Organize or get pulverized.

More discussion of this on my Thursday Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides show 6-8 PM at 101.3 FM and freakradio.org.  For archived shows, go to huffsantacruz.org and click on “Lost Shows”.

You can also contact HUFF central by phone for assignments, reports, and updates at 831-423-4833.   We need help reviewing the SCPD’s Citation record to see how accurate Chief Mills’ “No Sleeping Ban Citations at Night on Public Property” policy aligns with SCPD practice over the last 2-3 months.

For outside updates, check out Facebook pages for Santa CruzFood Not Bombs and Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz.      Interesting stuff.

To check earlier Public Records Act requests archived several years ago by Avanti-ista Avian, go to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0By8mqYfeMfFEN1ZVVE9mdXA0YkE .

A tip of the hat to RV activist Julie Ann for forwarding me most of the stories mentioned above.  Her continuing work can be found on Facebook at RV Fulltimers.

Sunday 2-11-18 9:30 AM-3 PM Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at 101.3 FM & freakradio.org: City Council Preview, Zint & Adams Report on Those Outside Flashback to 2-4-01

Current Stuff:

  • Norse Broods on the Upcoming City Council Meeting,
  • Man O’War Mike Zint on the Berkeley Bust of First They Came for the Homeless Encampment
  • Brent Adams on the Boneyard
  • with more, of course.

The February 4, 2001 Flashback covers 

  • Calling Foul on the Cops: How Loud Should You Be
  • Lookback at SCPD Harassment for Street Newspaper Sales
  • Julia Vinograd’s Blues for All Of Us
  • S.F. Liberation Radio Richard Edmonsen
  • Bicyclist Shawn Duncan Hit by Motorist in Bush Protest 1-20-01
  • Upcoming Trial for the Koffee Klatch 3
  • Street Jeweler Gets Butchie Baker Treatment

This show archives tomorrow at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html

Leave your comments and questions at 831-423-4833.

Contact 575-770-3377 to volunteer different kinds of support for the the San Lorenzo Park Campground.   Join Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs locally through Facebook.

Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz  on Facebook.
Still a $500 reward for any info leading to Free Radio’s finding a 10′ X 10′  studio space for Free Radio Santa Cruz to rent in Santa Cruz.

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) meets Wednesday 2-21-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe (next to the Bike Church at 703 Pacific).  Coffee on the house.

Call 423-4833 to volunteer for or learn more about civil rights work on homeless civil rights issues.

Tonight 2-8-18 at 6 PM Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides on Free Radio Santa Cruz at 101.3 FM — The latest from the Lapis Road Roamers, the Marysville Poor People’s Campaign Campaigners, and the Red Church Regulars

Plus lots of musical interludes from the Parody Project at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Parody+Project

Free Radio, as usual, streams at freakradio.org.  The show archives under Lost Shows on the HUFF website at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html.   Look for the Latest Show – 2/8/2018  Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides. 

Sunny Weather for HUFF meet is Wednesday February 7 -11 AM Sub Rosa Cafe

Likely Prospects for the HUFF agenda:

  • the rumored Rent Stabilization Ordinance perhaps on the February 13th City Council Agenda;
  • Cannabis Crackdown–the Board of Stupes rejects the “more liberal” draft environmental report
  • federal judge in Orange County demands authorities justify homeless sweeps or face ‘criminalization of the homeless” charges
  • supporting Venice homeless activists appealing a Bad Beach Curfew law
  • Updates from Lapis/Monty roads, the Poor People’s Campaign in Sacramento, Marysville, and Berkeley’s First They Came for the Homeless
  • News from the San Lorenzo campground and the San Jose homeless sweeps
  • leftover kitty cookies, almonds, raisins, and kettlecorn

Sunday 2-4-18 9:30 AM-3 PM Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at 101.3 FM & freakradio.org: Street Chatter, Dreamcatcher’s Dilemma, and Lots on the Latest Clean-Up of the San Lorenzo Campground + Flashback to the post-Occupy Struggle December 15, 2011

Current Stuff:

  • Wild words from Street Speakers,
  • Red Church Reports,
  • the Tuesday 1-29 San Lorenzo CleanUp Interviews and Overview
  • the Brent Adams Report on the San Lorenzo Campground

The December 15, 2011 Flashback covers 

  • John Malkin interviews Brent Adams on the 75 River St. Occupation
  • Santa Cruz Post-Occupiers Support Oakland Port Shutdown
  • Camille’s Account of her Arrest for Peaceful Early Evening Protest Outside the County Building
  • Subsequent 50-75 Person Protest at the S.C.  Jail Against Occupy Arrests…General Assembly
  • Report from Frankfurt Germany on Occupy the
  • Jeff, Smart Meter Fighter on Sheriff Wowak & Board of Supervisors Crushing Smart Meter Protest

 


This show archives tomorrow at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html

Leave your comments and questions at 831-423-4833.

Contact 575-770-3377 to volunteer different kinds of support for the the San Lorenzo Park Campground.   Join Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs locally through Facebook.

Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz and Monterey County Homeless Advocates on Facebook.
 

Still a $500 reward for any info leading to Free Radio’s finding a 10′ X 10′  studio space for Free Radio Santa Cruz to rent in Santa Cruz.


HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) meets Wednesday 1-24-18 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe (next to the Bike Church at 703 Pacific).  Coffee on the house.


Call 423-4833 to volunteer for or learn more about civil rights work on homeless civil rights issues.

Speaking Back to the Sentinel on the San Lorenzo Campground

A Response to Jessica York’s Latest Sentinel San Lorenzo Campground Story
by Robert Norse (rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com)
Saturday Feb 3rd, 2018 9:24 AM

TO LEAVE OR VIEW COMMENTS, GO TO: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/02/03/18806465.php

Jessica York’s front-page story in today’s Scent Anal “Camp Cleanups Shuffle City’s Homeless Population” breezes over the destruction of homeless property and survival gear. It does indicate that City bosses colluded with Cal-Trans in the latest “destroy their stuff” campaign. Those bosses, of course, would be City Manager Bernal, Police Chief Mills, P & R head Garcia, and nominally Mayor Terrazas). Perhaps it’s just raw meat for the Next Door/Take Back Santa Cruz crowd, but it’s criminal cruelty nonetheless.

Most of this was left as a Disquis comment to the article. I’ll also be covering some of this on my Sunday Free Radio Show at 101.3 FM at 9:30 AM (also freakradio.org) which archives at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html .

Those who want to can leave comments on the Sentinel story at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20180202/camp-cleanups-shuffle-santa-cruzs-homeless-population-around-city.   Beware the bigot barrage likely to follow, since the Comment section is largely a Bigot’s Banquet.   I’m also reprinting the story below, since who wants to pay $1.50 to buy this rag, and it’s no longer free on line.

The “clean-up” was actually wholesale property removal that refused to provide temporary storage. Brent Adams mentions this and the prior “force the folks to move and dump the property that remains” process during the previous clean-up (but not during the first one). See https://www.facebook.com/Ho… .

The City’s ridiculous justification for this policy (some storage unclaimed in previous clean-up’s) reveals its real motivation. This is akin to the apparent agenda of most posters here–to thin out the homeless population by forced removal and property destruction. That should increase the homeless death rate, already high this last year.

York’s irrelevant inclusion of the storage problems of a camper not necessarily connected with San Lorenzo Park reveals her own bias, but also ironically is an example of the problem that many campers and the fearful residents who complain about then, have: storage.

This is a problem that Adams and the City arranged to deal with, but that storage agreement the City backed out on at the last minute, claiming it needed to “prepare” the ludicrously inadequate “Boneyard” barbed wire campground at 1220 River St.. This small space can house only a fraction of those at San Lorenzo (itself only a fraction of the homeless) and will require users being bused in and out twice a day to pander to the paranoia of businesses nearby.

Activists in the community need to consider providing trash pick-up’s and portapotty rental for the many existing campgrounds that reappear after every sweep. I also suggest better communications with the campgrounds in order to document that illegal property theft and destruction of survival gear that the City is colluding with Cal-Trans to do.

If they get hit in the pocketbook with some hefty lawsuits, like Fresno, perhaps we’ll see a little less city-funded theft (http://abc30.com/archive/61....

Camp cleanups shuffle Santa Cruz’s homeless population around city
By Jessica A. York, Santa Cruz Sentinel

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20180202/camp-cleanups-shuffle-santa-cruzs-homeless-population-around-city

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz’s homeless population was put on the move this week, as separate encampment cleanups around the city coincided.

Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Rick Martinez told the city Public Safety Committee on Monday to expect Caltrans cleanups along Highway 1 to have rippling impacts throughout the rest of the city, relocating the city’s homeless to parks and open spaces, downtown and the neighborhoods.

“Hopefully we can find that magical place called ‘somewhere else’ where those can receive a system of care and get them off the streets,” Martinez said. He said “hundreds of people” were residing along Highway 1, past the bypass to Santa Cruz Memorial and uphill to Mission Street.

Caltrans crews began their Santa Cruz cleanup efforts on Jan. 26, said Caltrans District 5 spokeswoman Susana Cruz. Caltrans has targeted properties along Ocean Street, along the San Lorenzo River, Swift Street and Western Drive since then, she said. More cleanups are scheduled for Shaffer Road and Plymouth Street in coming weeks, Cruz said.

Martinez told the commission that Santa Cruz officials had asked Caltrans to address the growing number of encampments on their properties since October or November of last year.

“This has been going on for years,” Cruz said of Caltrans crews’ efforts to address trash buildup and homeless encampments in Santa Cruz. “They (Caltrans workers) do do this, but they have a list of work that they have to do, so every once in a while, they have to stop and just take care of the encampment thing, the homeless issue.”

Separately, residents of the city’s largest homeless encampment, comprised of 70 or more people in tents along the San Lorenzo Park benchlands, were temporarily evicted Tuesday evening through Thursday morning for a semi-regular city site cleanup effort. While past city camp cleanups have extended for only 24 hours, an extra half day was allotted this week due to the extended duration of time needed by campers to clear the area, city Parks and Recreation Director Mauro Garcia said.

By the conclusion of the cleanup Wednesday, city Public Works and Parks and Recreation workers had loaded some 2.6 tons of debris into a packer truck, Santa Cruz city spokeswoman Eileen Cross said. A 20-yard Dumpster on site has been averaging 2.5 to 3 tons of trash per pickup, for a cumulative 17.2 tons of trash collected since Oct. 30, Cross said.

Homelessness issues advocate Brent Adams has been posting videos of day-to-day experiences of people living at the benchlands through his Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz Facebook page. During this week’s camp clear-out, Adams spoke to several people who relocated to temporary camps near the Water Street Bridge.

When campers returned to the benchlands Thursday, they saw the nearly 60 outlined campsite spaces reduced by one space that had been damaged by a camper who dug deep trenches around and through their site, Garcia said. Though his department’s general rule has been to restrict one tent per campsite, city workers have been “flexible in enforcing this rule, depending on the situation.” Some campers have been allowed to set up secondary “E-Z Up” tent structures to extend their shelter space, Garcia said.

During the benchlands cleanup, the city dispensed with offering overnight storage space for campers’ possessions, an amenity officials had previously provided, because “several storage bins from previous cleanups have not been claimed,” Garcia said.

In a likely unrelated occurrence, storage-related issues came to a head for one man who told officials he had been evicted from an Eastside private storage space and then opted to store his possessions on Santa Cruz City Schools’ property at the Branciforte Small Schools campus Thursday and Friday.

Though an on-site school administrator was aware of the man’s actions and permitted it temporarily, his extended stay caught the attention of local residents and Santa Cruz police, said department spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke. The man was cited by police and his possessions picked up by a moving truck Friday afternoon, Blaschke said.

Tonight 2-1-18 at 6 PM Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides on Free Radio Santa Cruz at 101.3 FM — Dive Into the Past and the Santa Cruz Aftermath of the Occupy Movement–December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011 Flashback Show

  • Dead On David Silva’s on-the-street reports and outcry;
  • Lighthouse Linda Lemaster on her 647e prosecution appeal of the 2010 PeaceCamp protest a year before
  • the ReOccupy– former Mayor Don Lane talks to the Re-Occupiers
  • Silva Praises and Scope-It-Out Scott Critques then-Mayor Lane,
  • Speedwalker Steve Pleich muses on Potential Upcoming Charges Against The (As then) Un-named Thirteen Who occupied the 75 River St. Wells Fargo-leased bank building several weeks before;
  • “Gone Lame” Mayor Holds Fast to Anti-Homeless Positions.

 

Free Radio, as usual, streams at freakradio.org.  The show archives under Lost Shows on the HUFF website at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html.   Look for the Latest Show – 2/1/2018  Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides.