C & A and HUFF meet today at Noon Wednesday December 4th at the Sub Rosa Cafe 703 Pacific Next to the Bike Church

Instead of the usual agenda suggestions, I thought to put out the following thoughts.

In the last week, I’ve sent out two follow-up reminders of tasks agreed to at our last meeting.  I encourage folks to consult those reminders for discussions today (consult prior e-mails from Friday and Tuesday for reference).   I would think we might want to follow-up on the actions we spent several hours discussing last time (and in prior meetings).   The fact that I’ve heard nothing from anyone after those two reminders suggests that putting energy into creating and distributing a series of specific suggestions for today’s meeting feels kind of foolish.   Those attending the meeting can and will create their own agenda.

C & A, as usual, will create its own agenda. 

As for HUFF, I encourage folks to make street reports, continue supporting existing encampments, and systematically organize potential survival campgrounds since it seems likely City Council at its latest meeting of the year (December 10th) will do nothing substantive to address the crisis and continue funding police/rangers driving unsheltered folks out into the rain.  Councilmember Glover will likely be holding his usual 5:30 PM Friday Agenda Discussion meeting at City Hall in Room 10.

The Santa Cruz Homeless Union is presumably continuing to meet every Sunday at 5 PM at the Food Not Bombs meal, weather permitting.  For more information, contact Alicia Kuhl (431-7766) or Keith McHenry (575-770-3377).    Alicia and Keith have a Thursday radio show on KSCO (on the sufferance of owner Michael Zwerling) 2-4 PM at 1080 AM (ksco.com).  I do my show twice-weekly Thursday 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM to 3 PM at freakradio.org, archived at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html .   The Housing Mutters (former the Homeless Lack of Services Center) group will, I assume, be holding its Memorial for this year’s dead on December 20 or 21st.   CACH, which met last night, will be presenting its “recommendations” at the Council meeting whose agenda will be unveiled likely Friday or Saturday on line and in the library.

Hoping to continue making Public Records requests.  If anyone is actually finding them useful or acting on them, it would be helpful to know that. 
Hopefully some actions will come out of today’s meeting.  We have a lot of good energy and information.  But I’m personally finding it uncomfortable with commitments unacknowledged and not followed through on.  Doesn’t seem much point in listing more new suggestions, when the old ones serve mostly for talk without action.  Hence, this letter.

See you at the meeting today if you brave the rain.

Robert

C & A slurps coffee and schemes today at noon at the Sub Rosa Cafe 703 Pacific followed by the usual HUFFing by the HUFFsters…next to the Bike Church

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  11-27-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities.  Add your item; choose your priority.

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • The Full Room of Homeless-Positive Public at Council Last Night—the Up Side
  • Contact Chain for Action Supporting Next Survival Camp & other Winter Encampments
  • Meetings and/or Other Response to No Winter Shelter Action at City Council
  • Increasing Documentation and Public Records on Boise v. Martin Dodges
  • Updates:  Shelter Funding, Shelter Conditions, Tenant Coalition, Students, Elder, Vehicular
  • Events:  Louden Nelson Thanksgiving 2:30 PM- 5 PM
  • Courts and Jail: Lucero and Others—
  • Upcoming Mayoral Inauguration 11-26  Publicly Confronting Bernal, Mills, Cummings, etc.
  • Older Project Update: Bathroom Closure, Pee Bottle Parade
  • Facebook Page Suggestions for Next Agenda


    For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets !
  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Finishing the C & A Agenda
  • Polling those outside on Resistance Strategies
  • Campground & Shelter Reports
  • Aftermath of the Camp Crackdown: Appearance of New Camps

     

    EVENTS
  • Thanksgiving Meal at Louden Nelson 2:30 PM to ?  Bathrooms briefly open.
  • NO “Homeless Solutions” radio show tomorrow on KSCO AM 1080 (usually 2-4 PM)
  • Thanksgiving Meal at the Vet’s Hall noon -3 PM
  • Norse on the net: freakradio.org, Thur 6-8 PM,  Sundays 9:30 AM – 3 PM, shows archived at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html the next day.
  • Homeless Art Show Sunday Dec 1st 11 AM Post Office fence (if rain 12:30 PM Vet’s Hall)
  • 3 PM Showing the movie The Public Tuesday December 3rd Upstairs Main Library

Friends of the Humboldt Homeless:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1385357775096834/?fref=nf

First They Came for the Homeless [FTCFTH]  https://www.facebook.com/firsttheycameforthehomeless/

Mike Zint of FTCFTH: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1385357775096834/?fref=nf

Facebook pages for Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates, City Councilman Drew Glover, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs, Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz.

C & A and HUFF meet at Noon Today (11-20) : Rising from the Ashes of the Phoenix Camp

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  11-20-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities.  Add your item; choose your priority.

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • Homeless Death(s) & Attack on the Deseire Survival (Phoenix) Camp—Our Response
  • Contact Chain for Action Supporting Next Survival Camp & other Winter Encampments
  • Report on and Response to Crapmaster Condotti’s Latest CACH Proposal for 11-26 Council
  • Updates:  Shelter Funding, Shelter Conditions, Tenant Coalition, Students, Elder, Vehicular
  • Meeting Updates:  Glover’s 11-13 Housing, Women’s Dem Club, SC Union
  • Courts and Jail: Lucero and Others—
  • Upcoming Mayoral Inauguration 11-26  Publicly Confronting Bernal, Mills, Cummings, etc.
  • Older Project Update: Bathroom Closure, Pee Bottle Parade


    For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets !
  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Finishing the C & A Agenda
  • Polling those outside on Resistance Strategies
  • Campground & Shelter Reports
  • Aftermath of the Camp Crackdown: Appearance of New Camps

Catching Up with the Desiree Demands and the Board of Supervisors’ Give-Aways NEW TIME FOR Conscience and Action NOON at the Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed by HUFF Wednesday November 6th


NEW TIME: NOON

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  11-6-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities. 

  • Planning Actions Re: the Cummings Issue, the O’Hara Narrative, the Winter Shelter Emergency
  • City Council Prep (if any) for 11-12
  • Stina Follow-Up on Peepee Bottles to City Council for November 12th ; Alternative Protests at Bernal, Cummings, Watkins door
  • Union of the Homeless Updates: Sacramento, Yesterday’s Memorial, CACH Meeting

                                    


For HUFFsters  No new Street Spirits or Street Sheets yet.

  • Berkeley Report:
  • Haebe’s Hellraising–Latest Report from Ivorytickler Scott
  • RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities

More Stalling at City Council in Santa Cruz;; Planning Memorial & Protest Against the City Killing of Deiseiere Quintero– 11 AM Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed by HUFF Wednesday October 30th

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  10-30-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities. 

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • Lower Ocean Elder/Disabled Evictions; What Happened Yesterday?
  • Louden Nelson Bathroom and Sleep-Out Updates
  • Protest and Council Prep for Sunday November 3, Council Flashmobbing November 5th in the Quintero Killing
  • Following up on the Justin Cummings Outreach on Encampments, Enforcement, Rent, and Bathrooms; Will the Elusive Cummings Respond?
  • Stina Follow-Up on Peepee Bottles to City Council for November 5th ; Alternative Protests at Bernal, Cummings, Watkins door
  • Updates on Shelter Availability & the Winter Shelter Sham
  • Updates on Exposing the O’Hara Narrative; 1220 Reports
  • Union of the Homeless Update–Upcoming Events
                                                                  


For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets now available. November Issue Available in 2 weeks

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Finishing the C & A Agend
  • Union of the Homeless Proposals Around Mandatory Incarceration for Shelter or “Obligation to Shelter”
  • Monitoring Campground & Shelter Conditions–Tabling at Coral St.: Another Union Proposal
  • Synchronizing with SC Union of the Homeless Organizing
  • Haebe’s Hellraising–Latest Report from Ivorytickler Scott
  • RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities

Delay and Denial–Inaction at City Council, Resistance in Berkeley, and the Growing Post Office Encampment– 11 AM Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed by HUFF Wednesday October 23rd

 

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  10-23-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities. 

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • Support for Encampments & Sweeps at Louden Nelson & Coral St; Street Reports
  • Following up on the Justin Cummings Outreach on Encampments, Enforcement, Rent, and Bathrooms;
  • Stina Follow-Up on Peepee Bottles to City Council; Alternative Protests at Bernal, Cummings, Watkins door
  • Laura’s Update on Shelter Availability & the Winter Shelter Sham
  • Marcos and Winter Shelter Follow-Up: Exposing the O’Hara Narrative
  • Lower Ocean Elder/Disabled Evictions: Upcoming Special Meeting
  • Union of the Homeless Update–Upcoming Events
  • Updates at River St. Camp, Louden Nelson Bathrooms
                                    


For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets now available. November Issue Available in 2 weeks

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Finishing the C & A Agenda
  • Union of the Homeless Proposals Around Mandatory Incarceration for Shelter or “Obligation to Shelter”
  • Monitoring Campground & Shelter Conditions–Tabling at Coral St.: Another Union Proposal
  • Synchronizing with SC Union of the Homeless Organizing
  • Susie O’Hara Documentation
  • RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities
  • Scheduling Homeless Union Tabling at FNB or on Pacific

Resisting In Place–A Berkeley Response to the Sweeps– 11 AM Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed by HUFF Wednesday October 16th

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  10-16-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities. 

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • Encampments & Sweeps on Coral St, the Beach, the Levee, the Post Office, and the Pogonip: Street Reports
  • Following up on the Justin Cummings Outreach on Encampments, Enforcement, Rent, and Bathrooms;
  • Stina Follow-Up on Peepee Bottles to City Council; Alternative Protests at Bernal, Cummings, Watkins door
  • Laura’s Update on Shelter Availability & the Winter Shelter Sham
  • Marcos and Winter Shelter Follow-Up: Exposing the O’Hara Narrative
  • Lower Ocean Elder/Disabled Evictions
  • Union of the Homeless Update
  • 1220 River St Followup, Louden Nelson Report                                                                    


For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets now available.  Sorry for the delay.

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Finishing the C & A Agenda
  • Library Concerns
  • Union of the Homeless Proposals Around Mandatory Incarceration for Shelter or “Obligation to Shelter”
  • Monitoring Shelter Conditions–Tabling at Coral St.: Another Union Proposal
  • Street and Campground Report 
  • Susie O’Hara Documentation
  • RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities
  • Scheduling Homeless Union Tabling at FNB or on Pacific
  • Recycling Update

Probing Past the Duck-the-Issue Denunciations at Shitty Council: Conscience & Action at 11 AM Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed by HUFF Wednesday October 9th

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  10-9-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities. 

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • Reports from the Beach on the Curfew Imposition and Homeless Displacement
  • City Council Lookback from 10-8  & Staff Report Deadline for 10-10: Pressuring Justin Cummings on Encampments, Enforcement, Rent, and Bathrooms;
  • Stina Follow-Up on Peepee Bottles to City Council; Alternative Protests at Bernal, Cummings, Watkins doors
  • Most of Last Glover Agenda Meeting Archived at http://huffsantacruz.org/lost/Glover%20Agenda%2010-4.mp
  • Laura’s Update on Shelter Availability & the Winter Shelter Sham
  • Marcos and Winter Shelter Follow-Up: Exposing the O’Hara Narrative
  • Lower Ocean Elder/Disabled Evictions
  • Phone a Cop for Service Proposal
  • 1220 River St Followup, Louden Nelson Report                                                                    


For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets will be available soon.  Sorry for the delay.

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Further Action on C & A Items
  • Library Concerns
  • Union of the Homeless Proposals Around Mandatory Incarceration for Shelter or “Obligation to Shelter”
  • Monitoring Shelter Conditions–Tabling at Coral St.: Another Union Proposal
  • Street and Campground Report 
  • Susie O’Hara Documentation
  • RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities
  • Scheduling Homeless Union Tabling at FNB or on Pacific
  • Recycling Update

Winter Shelter Sham & New Protest Prospects: Conscience & Action at 11 AM Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed by HUFF Wednesday October 2nd

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  10-2-19

Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities.  Bathrobespierre Robert may be absent for some of the meetings.

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper & Time Limits; Vibes Guy 
  • Reports from the Beach on the Curfew Imposition and Homeless Displacement
  • City Council Lookback from 9-24  & Preview of 10-8: Pressuring Justin Cummings on Encampments, Enforcement, Rent, and Bathrooms; Glover’s 10-4 5:30 Meeting at City Hall
  • Last Glover Agenda Meeting Archived at http://huffsantacruz.org/lost/Drew%20Agenda%209-20.MP3
  • Supporting Martin v. Boise at City Hall Tuesday and on the Streets–Demo at City Attorney’s?  Vice-Mayor Cummings?
  • October 7th The Public Movie at 4 pm at RCNV
  • Laura’s Update on Shelter Availability & the Winter Shelter Sham
  • Phone a Cop for Service Proposal
  • 1220 River St Followup, Louden Nelson Report                                                                    


For HUFFsters  New Street Spirits and Street Sheets will be available soon.

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Further Action on C & A Items
  • Janus Strike Report & Last Week’s Climate March Update
  • Union of the Homeless Proposals Around Mandatory Incarceration for Shelter or “Obligation to Shelter”
  • Monitoring Shelter Conditions–Tabling at Coral St.: Another Union Proposal
  • Street and Campground Report 
  • Susie O’Hara Documentation
  • RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities
  • Scheduling Homeless Union Tabling at FNB or on Pacific
  • Recycling Update

Censored Censure Speech at City Council Last Night: HUFF Activists Gather at 11 AM Today at the Sub Rose Cafe

Who Deserves Censure at City Council?


At the 9-24 City Council meeting, I was initially promised four minutes to give a group presentation on behalf of HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom). Once the Censure item was tabled without public comment, Mayor Watkins cut me back to two minutes on the second related “Rose Investigation Recommendations” item. Here is the full speech she censored.
Watkin’s shutdown of my HUFF presentation was yet another in a long line of arbitrary and capricious actions targeting her critics. She let others speak pro and con on Censure issue during the “Rose Investigation” item, but cut me off from the promised time.

The substance of this speech has continuing relevance beyond the specifics of this Council meeting.

If anyone deserves Censure, it’s the Watkins-Mathews-Myers minority at Council for its lengthy history of improper sabotaging of the Progressive majority’s agenda, which I partially itemize in the speech.

Many speakers called for reconciliation, essentially denying the obvious and unavoidable class split on the Council. I believe that recognizing that division and choosing sides is a precondition to moving forward on a variety of issues that have been successfully blockaded by Watkins and her Council minority.

HUFF will be at the Sub Rosa Cafe next to the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave at 11 AM today.   Conscience and Action [C & A] activists and the general public are invited.  C & A co-chairs Steve Pleich and Phil Posner will not be able to make the usual C & A meeting at 11 AM meeting but HUFF activists will be there to support the meeting as usual.

The full speech is available on line at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/25/18826656.php .