LONG Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show Today (3-19) on the stream of Free Radio

Today’s show goes from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at freakradio.org.   Archives at http://radiolibre.org/brb/brb170319.mp3 in case you missed it.


Updates on the latest attacks on Food Not Bombs and the Post Office Fence Decorations, Cornerstone Carol Denney on Berkeley Bamboozing; Part 2 of Keith McHenry’s 3-10 “Activists Awake” Presentation, J.C. Orton on the Inner Workings of the Shelter System,  and First-They-Came-For-The-Homeless Activists, Freedom SleepOut #88, and (whew) yet more.  Listen if you dare.


Still offering $500 reward for anyone who can hook us up with a rental space 10′ X 10′ for a year with access to internet, electricity, and bathroom access.  Help Save Free Radio!

FRSC 6 PM Show Today is Pre-Recorded But New 6 PM at freakradio.org

Today’s Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides show will feature Tales of Terror from Freedom SleepOut #85, a Preview of Keith McHenry’s Activist Presentation tomorrow at the Resource Center for Non-Violence at 6 :30 PM, and Mission Street Crackdown on the Homeless at Safeway, Ferrell’s, and 7-11…and more!

Catching Up on Free Radio Santa Cruz–Today’s Long Winding Show 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM on freakradio.org

The Sunday March 5th 2017 Show features lots of commentary and babble about the most recent Santa Cruz City Council meeting—with its toothless “Sanctuary” Ordinance against Trump’s Expansion of Obama’s Toxic Deportation practices, interviews from the street aplenty, review of SCPD police violence, and an interview with Councilmember Chris Krohn at his pre-Council Tuesday meeting.

If you wish to revisit any part of the show or missed it, it will be archived at http://radiolibre.org/brb/brb170305.mp3

Radio Roundalay with Newly Elected Councilmember Krohn Today at 6 PM on the Stream of Free Radio Santa Cruz at freakradio.org !

Call in number: 831-427-3772. (Be patient and call back if you get a busy signal; we’ve only got one phone line.) E-mail questions at rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com either before the show or during.

 The show will also archive at http://radiolibre.org/brb/brb161229.mp3–typically available some hours after the broadcast 

Newly-elected Councilman Chris Krohn will be interrogated around various  issues.  These include Council transparency and accountability, restoring public spaces, immediate cessation of the raids on homeless encampments and individuals, rent control, and his own proposed programs.

Krohn was Mayor in 2002, ran unsuccessfully for Supervisor and has written occasionally on political and activist subjects. I and other homeless activists wrote about his administration and its refusal in the main to advocate for human rights for those outside. See the 2002 Street Spirit stories at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/StreetSpiritSantaCruz/StreetSpirit-main.html .

Has the former Councilmember grown a new set of wings and balls?

This year Krohn has kept up with the “politically acceptable” liberal positions of the day such as former Mayor Lane’s belated, partial, and failed Sleeping Ban repeal proposal of last March. He has also jumped on the bandwagon of those betrayed by Bernie last summer.

Krohn did speak about ending the Sleeping Ban in his opening Council speech on December 13th. And the After-Burn Coalition (the “New City Council” group) did also raise that issue as a rallying point.

Since Krohn does not have the potential majority he had and didn’t use in 2002, it remains too be seen whether in 2017 his rhetoric can be turned into concrete action. Such actions might be facilitating public records act requests, raising issues on which he will lose in the short run, but educate in the longer haul, and using the prerogatives of office to spotlight rather than rubbersgtamp staff abuses. However, there’s often a yawning gap between campaign promises (or statements made on the radio) and their fulfillment.

We often find to our chagrin that those in power don’t need to act on their rhetoric since they can’t be held accountable for it.

I may be adding my own additions to call in questions to sharpen the discussion.

The Right to Disrespect Abusers in Power: A Reminder

I wrote this letter this morning after Vice-Mayor Cynthia Chase attempted to stop me from speaking with my back to the Council during Oral Communications yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t clear to me that she was taking action to arrest me, but seemed like she was threatening to do so. It has to emphasized again that a violation of Council rules, unless it disrupts the meeting, is not a disruption, however much a presiding officer wants to paint it as one. The interruption and threat to the speaker is the disruption. Showing disrespect is not a crime and often a duty.

At issue was the SCPD slaying of Sean Arlt Sunday before last (https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/10/21/18792527.php ) and their refusal to hand over audio and video as well as the Council’s refusal to take any action.  Mayor Cynthia Mathews reduced time for each speaker to one minute instead of extending Oral Communications time.   I requested Councilmember Micah Posner by phone before hand to move to extend the time, but he remained silent when Mathews asked if any Councilmembers had objection to her “one minutes and then shut up” ruling.

Cynthia Chase, Vice-Mayor
309 Center St.
Santa Cruz, CA


Council’s failure to either agenda-ize or allow at least a three minutes per speaker Oral Communications time last night (and a 5 minute period for groups as has been traditional) provoked a lot of justified anger in the community.

Council has failed to recognize, much less reign in a long out-of-control police department with a lethal use of force policy, a perpetual lack of transparency, and a history of class profiling. This means many have lost their faith that the Council will provide even the semblance of a discussion, much less action, on these issues facing communities confronting abusive behavior by police departments across the country.

I think other speakers (and common sense) has made it clear. Leaving everything to the same department (and its D.A. friends) who OKs 4 armed and armored police shooting a guy “brandishing” a rake 4 times in 20 seconds appears like a corrupt rubberstamping of an out-of-control police department.

Refusing to demand the department show its video/audio to the community seems further evidence of this. And the final straw, of course, is failing to protect the community by requiring Vogel either discipline his officers or be fired.

I’m writing you regarding your attempt to persuade me to face the Council when speaking. I actually wasn’t aware it was you speaking (though I should have been), incidentally. My comments were not intended to be personally insulting, but to attempt to finish my (1 minute only!) public testimony without interruption.

Without intention to insult you, I’d add that this wouldn’t have made any difference. As I’ve told the Council in the past, this is my right and the right of any member of the public which the Council is required to respect (though it seldom does). As the 9th Circuit Court has ruled in an early City Council attempt to arrest me and later avoid responsibility for a civil rights violation–violating a Mayor or a Council’s “rule of procedure” is not a disruption. On the other hand, repeatedly interrupting a speaker at the microphone during Oral Communications so as to materially interfere with their right to speak is.

It was those who repeatedly interrupted my attempt to speak that were creating the disruption. A disruption is something that materially impedes the progress of the meeting. I would go so far to say as shout from the audience while viewed as “disrespectful” are a part of the democratic process–which is often not polite and friendly.

I thought this whole matter was made clear to the Council in the lawsuit that cost the City $200,000 in the mock-Nazi salute case of 2002–which you may be familiar with. Mayors Lane and Mathews have thought better of trying to stifle an obviously First Amendment-protected activity at the microphone during a public comment period.

This is likely to happen again, depending on the behavior of the Council. It’s up to the speaker at the mike, not to the Council or the Council’s presiding officer, how a person makes their commentary. If they choose too be disrespectful, that’s something the no member of the Council has any business moving to repress with force or threats of force.

I’ve had little contact with you other than the brief friendly chat we had when I interviewed you last month outside City Council for Free Radio Santa Cruz. I don’t have much faith in your interest in restoring basic rights to the broader community or the homeless community–based on your track record. But I found you amiable and approachable.

Hence I’m writing to you to explain that my back-to-the-Council presentation was not intended as a personal insult to you. My raised voice was intended to make what I was saying audible because, indeed, as you pointed out, I was turned away from the microphone.

I was addressing my views to the community because the Council clearly intended to do nothing about the Arlt slaying other than leave it in the hands of the agencies who committed what appears to be a rather lethal crime. I encourage you not to take gestures of disrespect to the Council personally, but to regard them as a necessary (if unpleasant for you) part of the cost of being a public official facing an justifiably outraged citizenry.

I would be happy to discuss this matter more fully with you if you wish. I think it’s important for you to understand some of the history here as you are likely to be the next Mayor.

I can appreciate your wanting me to behave in a certain fashion and your asking me to do so. Repeatedly interrupting me so as to interfere with my speaking time, however, is another matter. Obviously, even more seriously, I cannot and will not accept the use of armed force to attempt to suppress free speech at the public microphone during public comment period. Please assure me that you will not do this again and will intervene on behalf of speakers there if other members of the Council attempt to do so.

Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss these matters more fully.


Full Show Disabled By Power Problems Last Sunday to Air Today

The show features scintillating and soporific street interviews, some badlands Berkeley history with handicapped commissioner Dan McMullan, music lifted from You-tube by Ryan Greer, street performers and artists joyfully fighting back against the Vanish the Vendors laws, and just lots of stuff !  Five hours worth!   If you miss the show or want to hear it at another time, check out:

Part 1:
http://radiolibre.org/brb/brb160717.mp3 [first 56 minutes]
Part 2: http://huffsantacruz.org/lost/F%20BB%207-17-16/F%20BB%207-17-16%201.mp3 
Part 3: http://huffsantacruz.org/lost/F%20BB%207-17-16/F%20BB%207-17-16%202.mp3

Los Angeles Homeless Activist Calls Out for Help



Great two letters.

I’m passing this appeal on to the HUFFsters and will bring it up at tomorrow’s HUFF meeting.  Not that we can do that much, but we can send e-mails.   You’re also invited on the air Thursday night at 6-8 PM, if you’d like.   We’ve gotten into a new studio and have live broadcasting again.


Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:18:17 -0700
From: peggylee.kennedy@gmail.com
To: venicejusticecommittee@gmail.com

Sorry for the duplicate emails, but this is really important!

Tomorrow, June 22 the LA City Council Committee on Poverty and Homelessness has (agenda item 4) the new ordinance making it illegal to sleep in a vehicle!

Here is the link to the agenda:

Please email a letter of opposition ASAP
PLEASE try to come to the meeting! It starts at 3pm. Put in a speaker card saying you are opposed to item 4.

Below is the email I sent them. Feel free to use what you want, but use your own words of course.

Below that is David’s email


To:          LA City Council Homelessness and Poverty Committee

LACity Councilmember Harris-Dawson   councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org

LACity Councilmember Huizar                    councilmember.huizar@lacity.org

LACity Councilmember Bonin                     councilmember.bonin@lacity.org

LACity Councilmember Cedillo                   councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org

LACity Councilmember Price                       councilmember.price@lacity.org

Legislative Assistant Eric Villanueva          Eric.Villanueva@lacity.org

CC:         Mayor Eric Garcetti                         mayor.garcetti@lacity.org


Re:         June 22, 2016, Agenda Item 4, Council File 14-1057

Amending LAMC 85.02 (to prohibit lodging in a vehicle on city streets)


I am opposed to this ordinance in either of the two draft forms provided by the City Attorney:

It makes the act of lodging in a vehicle a crime when homelessness is persistent and growing.

It  does not create solutions first and foremost, which is what this committee should look at first considering the urgency of the homeless situation in Los Angeles.

It is inhumane and innocent people will be harmed.

The City of Los Angeles saw another increase of 11% in the homeless count of 2016 from that of 2015 (one-year). The prior 2015 count saw an increase of 12% from 2013 (two-years). Clearly the homeless problem in Los Angeles is persistent and growing.

These counts are of people, not simply numbers. They are community members and neighbors once housed in Los Angeles.  In fact 72% of adults experiencing homelessness have lived in LA County for more than 20-years. (Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) Homeless County Presentation 

https://documents.lahsa.org/Planning/homelesscount/2016/factsheet/2016-HC-Results.pdf )

There are no Safe Parking programs in place, if ever created at all, which might meet the demand of those living homeless in a vehicle. Such programs may take years to develop. Any person of average intelligence can understand that living in a vehicle is safer than living outside “rough.”  Furthermore, Los Angeles does not have enough homeless shelters for the homeless people living “rough.”

The fact is Los Angeles has a severe housing crisis and is one of the least affordable places to live in the United States. (National Low Income Housing Coalition: Affordable Housing Gap Analysis 2016 http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/Gap-Report_print.pdf ) I suggest the City of Los Angeles take a look internally to find reasons why so many low-income Angelinos are becoming homeless. Protecting, monitoring, and increasing low-income housing is one key place to begin.

In the mean time, emergency measures are in order now. We need safe places for homeless people to rest, storage for their belongings, access to sanitary facilities, and so much more.

Turning homeless people into criminals is cruel, it certainly is not a solution and it has proven more expensive that housing people. 

Vote no and stop this from going forward!

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Free Radio’s Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Show update

Interested HUFFsters:   My twice-weekly radio show is now back in the studio.  You can call in at 831-427-3772 when I’m on air, and leave me a message at 831-423-4833 off-air.  Since I’m no longer preparing my shows in advance, unless I have an unusual guest, I won’t be sending out the twice-weekly reminder of my show.  I invite you all to listen and call in anyway! 

On Sunday’s show I’ll be covering my Freedom Sleeper hearing Friday, Cannabis Crackdown Updates, among several hours of other things.

The show broadcasts at 101.3 FM and streams on the internet at freakradio.org at 9:30 AM -2 PM Sundays and 6-8 PM Thursdays.   It will archive at http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/brbYYMMDD.mp3
where YY is the year, MM the month, and DD the day.  So tomorrow’s show on June 19, 2016 will archive at