HUFF returns to the Sub Rosa for its Thursday 10:45 AM – 1 PM (or later) meeting at the Sub Rosa Cafe 703 Pacific next to the Bike Church

Coffee, cookies, carrots, and cantankerous conversation following up on the Mountain Community Resource protests and Santa Cruz’s failure to open Winter Shelter consistently and regularly.

HUFF Meeting Agenda Prospects 1-26-23    

  ++++  Street reports 

  ++++  Mountain Resource Center Protest Follow-Up  

  ++++  Helga’s Follow-Up with Felton Outside Folks 

  ++++  Flash or Planned Protest at MCRC or Community Bridges 

  ++++  Sham Shelter Shenangans: New Stats—City & County?  

  ++++  Winter Shelter in Santa Cruz Protest Action 

  ++++  Drenching the Disabled—Parking Lots Punishments? 

  ++++  Shitty Council & Bored of Stupidvipers Meetings 

  ++++  Updates for SB31;  

  ++++  Injunction Prep; Ratner/Mangler Protest Prep 

  ++++  Tabling & Follow-Up  at Clock, Pogonip, Levee  for Lawsuit Prep Pressure and Survival Encampment Network 

  ++++   Placeholders: Tickets, Free Guide, OVO, Mad Power 

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show 1-22-23 will be available as an archive and netcast at 9:30 AM: Follow-Up HUFF interchange on next steps after the Mountain Resource protest; Pro-Assange Belmarsh Tribunal Weighs Evidence

On the 1-22-23 show:

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show 1-19-23 covers the Mountain Community Resources Center protest and recent conversations at the Town Clock

The January 19th Show includes:

  • [1-17] Titanium-tongued Tony Mendanza on recent roustabouts with law enforcement lunacy.
  • Birdsong Whitebeard on the view from the Food Not Bombs free clothing table after the rain.
  • More parking lot punishment— reports Threadbare Theodore
  • [1-18] Harvey West Hangout Report from GreyStevens, Mickie Sabzar, and Spanky.
  • [1-19] Moving on the Mountain Resource Center’s renegade roust policies: Kara, long-time Felton resident, gives her view
  • Volunteer Food Line worker Shelly’s perspective.
  • Anonymous report of a S.C. homeless death in the library
  • Perspectives on the protest: Rita, Dave, Anonymous
  • Inside the MRC in search of answers—still looking.

Stop Felton’s Mountain Community Resource Center Driving Homeless Out Into the Rain

by Robert Norse Tue, Jan 17, 2023 11:26AM Charges of cruel, discriminatory, and unnecessary evictions of unhoused folks into survival-threatening weather at Felton’s Mountain Community Resource Center have prompted this protest. Two fliers describe the situation and ask the community to respond.

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Download PDF (431.3KB) Torrential rains and cold temperatures have made this a particularly hard weather for those surviving outside as the San Lorenzo River rises.

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) has received repeated reports of discriminatory behavior by the management of the Mountain Community Resource Center in Felton. They include denying promised (once-a-week) shower facilities, turning those sheltered under an outdoor awning into the rain, calling sheriffs to harass otherwise peaceful homeless people, and similar actions treating the poor outside like criminals.

We will be responding to these complaints on Thursday morning to urge a change in these practices and to determine the extent of the abuses there.


Say NO to discrimination at the Mountain Resource Center at 6134 Highway 9, Contact Info: Felton, CA 95018 Phone: 831-335-6600 Parent organization: Community Bridges at 831-688-8840 & info [at] cbridges.org For more information: http://www.huffsantacruz.org§Informational Flyer by Robert Norse Tue, Jan 17, 2023 11:26AM

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Download PDF (603.7KB) Please download and distribute http://www.huffsantacruz.org
TO DOWNLOAD FLYERS GO TO https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/17/18853848.php .

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show 1-15-23 features a proposed Protest Against Felton’s Mountain Resource Center in the Works. December 20, 2012 Flashback recalls 14th Homeless Memorial

On the 1-15-2023 Show:

  • “Heartstrong” Helga has a wrangle of a conversation with Bathrobespierre Robert about recent incidents of anti-homeless discrimination at the Mountain Resources Center in Felton.
  • Looking back on the 1-10 Santa Cruz Shitty Council meeting with new 4-year Mayor “Fast Lane” Fred Keeley and his authoritarian style
  • “Scope it Out” Scott Graham reviews the Council wreckage.
  • Brief squeaks of outrage and rationality from Steve, Hector, Joyh, Sabina, and Abbi during the token 1-10 Oral Communications period
  • Silence from City Mangler Huffaker on the Shelter scandal: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/08/18853734.php
  • Rainy day news and blues from Katzenjammer Keith McHenry [1-11]
  • Food Not Bombs fusillades from Alice & “Grok It” Greg.
  • Preview of the Flashback from Bathrobespierre Robert

  • The December 20th, 2012 Flashback includes:
  • [Bits from The Capital Steps comedy troupe throughout]
  • Piercing the veil of the Poverty-pimpster and Politician-packed 14th Homeless Memorial
  • Homeless [Lack of] Service Center [HLOSC] rules
  • The names and ages of the homeless dead over the last 20 years
  • Memorial notes from a skeptical observer & interviews with: Larry Bordeau
  • Vets report
  • Mama Joy McCorkle’s “Cause of Death” poem
  • Nearly audible encomiums by Beggarbacker Becky Johnson, Dead-on David Silva, and Silver-tongued Steve Pleich
  • Fact-flee-er Phil Kramer avoids saying many actually housed by HLOSC
  • A tearful Kalalia Guard (aka “Stormy”) mourns those not mentioned
  • B. Johnson totals up the homeless death total; D. Silva on Billy’s death
  • [11-26] Red Church Ravings: Jonathan on police doubleparking
  • “Freedom” and her copwatcher report
  • Rick Stipes report on his indecent exposure & camping ticket trials
  • Mainstream media covers the Homeless Bill of Rights protest interviewing Razor Ray, Mama Shannon, Tom, Julie Schaul + family, Ralph
  • The small City of Felton has no Winter shelter and its Mountain Resource Center 6134 Hiway 9 (across from Rite-Aid) has been accused of driving people out into rainy weather during the last three weeks.  An informational flyering and protest is planned for Felton at 10 AM Thursday December 20th.

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show 1-12-23 is a Flashback from February 12, 2003 featuring the trial of Becky Johnson for political chalking on the sidewalk

In the February 12, 2003 Flashback:

  • Street Interviews: Raymond and Samantha get accosted by Officer Brandt for Open Container and Camping; remarks about Armory Shelter living;
  • Sherry Conable’s account of musician Thomas Siles being driven away by Farmer’s Market “managers”
  • Sometime co-host Jeffrey Gale on his struggle to press Mayor Reilly to use the spacious Civic Center Auditorium for a City Council anti-war vote and to persuade conservative KSCO radio to broadcast the Council meeting on the issue.
  • “Beggarbacker” Becky Johnson on her arrest with Tim Rinker for political protest with erasable chalk on the sidewalk against the anti-homeless Downtown Ordinances.  See also https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/02/22/hopscotch-rebellion/
  • Paleo-Free Radio trailblazer Trailblazer Tom Rebele offers Johnson legal support.
  • Bathrobespierre dissects the draw-and-quartering of the Citizens Police Review Board and its replacement with a coopted Police Auditor

RV Human Rights Activists Challenges Santa Cruz City Police Violations

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/11/18853776.php
by Reggie Meisler (posted by Norse) (rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com) Wed, Jan 11, 2023 7:07PM Reggie Meisler, civil liberties defender of unhoused rights, is waiting for an answer to his January 9th letter to Santa Cruz City Manager Matt Huffaker, Mayor Fred Keeley, Police Chief Rudy Escalante, and the S.C. City Council. Meisler calls for Huffaker to direct his SCPD to stop harassing and uprooting those whose vehicles are their shelter by misusing the “abandoned vehicle” tagging law. City Manager Huffaker, Chief Escalante, Mayor Keeley, and Councilmembers,

I want to bring to your attention an issue that is actively occurring, even during these extreme weather conditions, wherein unhoused folks living in vehicles are repeatedly being given “abandoned vehicle” green tags (See attached photos).

In many cases, folks are actually residing in their vehicle when the green tag is being given and have been parked in said location for less than an hour. I have been told about a couple instances wherein folks literally get out of their vehicle, mid-tag, and the police officer does not offer to rescind the green tag, claiming it was given because “someone called about your vehicle”. In many cases, when a green tag is given, the officer also draws aggressive messages on the vehicle owner’s tires, telling them to “move 1 mile”.

I understand how you could consider this to be some kind of compromise between giving into the bigoted demands of some of our most extreme anti-houseless community members, and what you may view as complete inaction on the issue of actually abandoned vehicles. I think that thought process would feel much more true to me if our officers at least investigated these “Karen calls” and erred more on the side of human survival and harm reduction.

Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. From my own investigation into this situation, we seem to be currently operating under a model of bigoted neighbors calling the police, and then police promptly showing up to harass our unhoused neighbors with inappropriate citations. This is a clear abuse of the law, unjustly harassing and targeting our unhoused residents; and possibly even just people with “ugly” vehicles. Given how these tags are being given out, the effort it would take to demonstrate to a court that this constitutes a lack of even-handed enforcement, would not be difficult. That’s why I’m reaching out to you, please save us the effort.

I would like to give you the opportunity to correct this behavior within the Santa Cruz Police Department before this situation escalates into some kind of legal action against the city.

Thank you,
Reggie

Santa Cruz City Mangler Closes Civic Auditorium Shelter

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/08/18853734.php

by Robert Norse (and Matt Huffaker) (rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com) Sun, Jan 8, 2023 2:28PM Yesterday, City Manager Matt Huffaker sent me his first-ever e-mail in response to my denunciation of the closing of the Civic Auditorium Emergency Shelter as torrential rains approach. E-Mail Sent to the Community (including City Manager Matt Huffaker):

LATE FLASH: The Civic Center Flooding and Wet Weather Emergency Pop-Up Shelter—open for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights—is reportedly closing down in spite of 8″ of predicted rain by Monday. A worker reports that folks were ousted at 9 AM on the order of the new Mayor (Fred Keeley), some still unable to secure their property indoors, though staff are within denying entrance (as of 1 p.m. Saturday). 

There is no indication that the Civic will reopen as emergency shelter in time for torrential rains predicted for early next week (as well as showers through the weekend)

So, the City is spending money harassing homeless folks in the rain (see below) but refuses to extend Civic Auditorium shelter in spite of flood conditions. 

City homeless funding is still unaccounted for. 

City shelter programs are inaccessible to the majority of those outside. 

Now, as for the last few years, there has been no drop-in winter shelter as in past years.

The City has refused to fund Brent Adams’ Footbridge Services—causing the only free storage program in town to shut down along with his laundry, women’s support, and other daily services.

To comment on this harsh but typical policy, contact City Mangler Matt Huffaker at mhuffaker [at] cityofsantacruz.com or the new Santa Cruz Mayor ‘Fast Lane’ Fred Keeley
at fkeeley [at] cityofsantacruz.com .

On the Thursday netshow described below there is also a brief interview with Arnie, a Civic Center Shelter occupant on Wednesday night, who reports he was harassed and directed to move along twice by police in the rain, and even threatened when under the parking garage shelter (“be gone by 8”). [Interview at https://www1.huffsantacruz.org/lost/1%20FRSC%201-5-23.mp3 (8 or so minutes into the audio file)]

THE CITY MANGLER’S REPLY
Mr. Norse,

To be clear, it was my decision, in consultation with our Emergency Operations Center Team, to close the temporary emergency shelter at the Civic Auditorium. While our team, with County support, did tremendous work to stand-up the shelter in short order, the Civic is too large and resource intensive to continue operating over an extended period. I want to recognize the many City staff that proactively worked to outreach to those in flood prone areas prior to the storm.

With that said, we are actively working with the County to stand-up additional warming centers. We will share more details with the community as these resources come online.

Take care, Matt

Matt Huffaker
City Manager
City of Santa Cruz
http://www.cityofsantacruz.com
831-420-5010



AFTERWORD

In response, I sent the following e-mail back:

Thanks for your prompt response, Matt. 

I have many questions regarding the City’s current shelter options and expenses. I’m hoping you’ll be able to direct me to the answers or provide them yourself in the days ahead. My first question, if you have a quick answer, is what was the per night expense of opening the Civic as Emergency Shelter? How does that compare with the total budget you’ve set aside for shelter (or more realistically, police expenses for harassing, citing, and/or arresting those unsheltered outside)? What would persuade you to open the Civic or its equivalent for tomorrow night and throughout the winter as emergency walk-in? What would be required in costs and volunteer labor? 

I ask these questions because they are not theoretical and have a direct impact upon those swept outside and the community generally. And they are, of course, time sensitive.

I’ll be playing your e-mail on tomorrow’s netcast at 9:30 AM on http://www.freakradio.net (archived at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html ) around the same time. I will add answers you provide to the netcast.

I’m also cc-ing our correspondence to other homeless activists for their thoughts.

Robert


So far I’ve heard nothing from him. For more information: http://www.huffsantacruz.org§Belated but Welcome Opening of Emergency Shelter at Depot Park by Robert Norse Mon, Jan 9, 2023 5:09PM

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original image (850×1170) I wasn’t able to reach any additional City information at City of Santa Cruz Facebook page at the address mentioned on the attached flyer. However for those who have trouble reading the attached flyer, here is the text:

“Emergency Shelter at Depot Park! Temporary Emergency Shelter opening at 8 PM on Monday January 9, 2023, and operated by Santa Cruz Free Guide. the shelter will be in the Freight Building at Depot Park 119 Center St., Santa Cruz for anyone needing to get out of the rain overnight. This site will be open 8 pm – 8 am through Thursday, January 12th at 8 am.

For current information, see the city of Santa Cruz Facebook page at this address: http://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=santa%20cruz%20city%20government


This half-assed response of an open-during-the-night-only shelter receives some pertinent and scathing comments on the City’s facebook page. Could the City Manager be trying to save face on the cheap?
http://www.huffsantacruz.org

HUFF glubs in tomorrow at 10:45 AM with coffee and crunchables at the Sub Rosa Cafe on January 12th (Thursday) 2023

HUFF Agenda Prospects 1-12-23:

  ++++  Time keeper; Pass-arounds; street reports

  ++++  Sham Shelter Shenangans—the City plays possum as the disabled get drenched

  ++++  Felton Flatfoot Felonies: Helga Reports   

  ++++   Injunction Lawsuit Prerequisites: Need for warnings, notice, prior property damage, shelter exclusion, absence, or shortage

  ++++  1-11 SC Homeless Union cancelled “Community Action meeting” 5 pm  1-15-23  RCNV side room at 612 Ocean   Keith McHenry’s “Jailed for Serving Food While Ducking the Rain” Court Date Jan 30 8:30 AM

  ++++  Action? : Any ideas for action re: Moneyman Ratner or City Mangler on Winter Shelter Absence, Emergency Shelter Drenching & the pathetic soon-to-end Depot Park mini-Shelter?

  ++++  Updates: Meta, Steve C., wheelchair Steve on Shelter Shit if they or their advocates show up.

 ++++   Posting video of the Benchlands Demolition, Researching the Costs, & adding titles for infovideo  

 ++++   Tabling at Clock, Pogonip, Levee, elsewhere for Lawsuit Pressure and Survival Encampment Network

  ++++  Discussing the “What to Do when a Cop sez Move” flyer  

  ++++  Phone Contact:  Robbie Powelson’s Recent Court Hearing:  Possible Phone Update

  ++++  More phone fun: Rita of Salinas, Joy, Suzanne, Becky  

  ++++  Expanded Ukraine War with More Weapons, No Negotiations: Peace Demos 

  ++++  Benchlands phoning to follow-up contact list?  Callers still wanted.  

  ++++  Shelter copspots & wretched rules—reports?  Watchers wanted!  

  ++++  Updated SC Free Guide: www.santacruz:  Still looking for definitive answers

  ++++  Varied Strategies for Fighting Back:  (Loudmouth Tactics, Self-Starter Legal Options, Contact & Follow-Up, Community Support Gathering, Narrative Corrections Publicly); Laura & Rita:  “Know Your Rights” card progress

    ++++  RV crackdown on Delaware: Reggie M. call  

   ++++  RV Sanctuaries?  Armory, Overlook Camp, Overlook RV Camp, AFC camps: Rules & Reports    

   ++++  Possible Mad Power Committee Report (if any)Report that 5150’s now go directly to Dominican: Conservatorship C.A.R.E. courts, out-of-county deportation, inadequate Reiss protections; Carvalho update, Laura’s Update 

   ++++  Homeless Expenditure Data Cruncher Still Wanted   

USEFUL INFO 

  ++++ ” Santa Cruz City Mangler Closes Civic Auditorium Shelter” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/08/18853734.php

  ++++ ” RV Human Rights Activist Challenges Santa Cruz City Police Violation” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/11/18853776.php

  ++++ ” Wood Street not just an encampment” at https://www.pressreader.com/usa/san-francisco-chronicle-late-edition/20230105/281788518150472

  ++++  “Many Homeless tough out storm outside” at https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-homeless-people-tough-out-storm-outside-17695371.php

  ++++  “S.F. questions ban on clearing tent camps” at https://www.pressreader.com/usa/san-francisco-chronicle-late-edition/20230105/281586654687560

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show 1-8-23 headlines: City Mangler closes Emergency Civic Shelter & More! Flashback features artists Alex and Joff, Nick Voliach, Carol Denney, Tom Noddy, & Keith McHenry

City Manager Matt Huffaker’s latest attack on homeless health and safety is described at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2023/01/08/18853734.php (Santa Cruz City Mangler Closes Civic Auditorium Closes Civic Auditorium)

The 1-8-23 Show includes:

The May 8, 2016 Flashback Show includes: