Protests Continue Opposing SCPD Harassment of Vehicles at Courthouse on Monday; HUFF meets Wednesday 11 AM Sub Rosa Courtyard 703 Pacific to discuss future actions

Marty Mirabel, aka “Pirate”, showed up with a dozen protesters at the County Building Monday (7-27) for a cancelled pre-trial court date. Marty was defending the vehicular home of a friend from 10+ cops two weeks before and charged with multiple felonies for “obstructing”, “battery” and such.
Protesters from HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom), Food Not Bombs, and the broader community rallied in single digit numbers and spoke broadly about recent police harassment of unhoused folks, particularly dangerous during the COVID pandemic. see “Emergency Protest–COVID-19 in S.C. Jails & Shelters ” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/26/18835408.php.

Also increasingly apparent is the City and County’s insistence on keeping unhoused folks into unhealthy group shelters instead of providing the motel and housing access funded by Project Roomkey and Housekey moneys.

The Santa Cruz Homeless Union’s Safe Parking program, run by Alicia Kuhl, is imperiled by a plan to restrip parking spots along Olive St. near the Mission St. CVS in order to criminalize vehicular homes parked there for a year or more.

Already vehicle dwellers have been frightened away from Swanton and Delaware Streets with new signage, traffic cones, and police tape in violation of Coastal Commission law that requires there be coastal access for RV’s and vehicles.

The local Coastal Commission agency is fundamentally in bed with city bureaucrats and the police and their “Drive the Homeless Out of Town” agenda in spite of the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place requirements and the long-term Coastal regulations.

Several years ago Councilwoman Richelle Niroynan’s anti-homeless “No RVs at night:” law was essentially vetoed by the Coastal Commission. See “Unexpected Victory at Coastal Commission Overturning Nighttime RV Ban” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/08/11/18790030.php .

Direct Action by Black Lives Matter activists, concerned with the attacks on unhoused people in Santa Cruz took down the fences around the Town Clock and the Post Office twice as well as the fences along the Water St. bridge overlook areas. HUFF activists will discuss preparing for future actions demanding authorities remove restrictive signage and end harassment of vehicular residents at once at tomorrow’s HUFF meeting.

More extensive audio of the protest will likely be played on the netcast of the Thursday Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides show July 30th which will be archived at https://www1.huffsantacruz.org/lost/FRSC%207-30-20.mp3 . http://www.huffsantacruz.org
Further protests will be considered at the 7-29 HUFF meeting 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe. More audio of the 7-27 Court steps protest in the 7-30 Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides show. For audio of the 7-22 Protests at Mayor Cummings and Vice-Mayor Mathews Homes go to https://www1.huffsantacruz.org/lost/1%20FRSC%207-26-20.mp3 . http://www.huffsantacruz.org
FOR AUDIO SELECTIONS FROM THE COURTHOUSE PROTEST 7-27 AND TO COMMENT GO TO https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/07/28/18835474.php

HUFF huddles again today Wednesday 7-22 at the courtyard of the Sub Rosa Cafe 703 Pacific next to the Bike Church Coffee Free Bring Your Own Treats

HUFF Agenda Suggestions  7-22-20

  • Bringing the Protest to Politicians & Bureaurats—Wharf Roundabout 7 PM 
  • Update and Lesson from Robert’s Beach Resistance in Seaside: Wes’s Report
  • HUFF Position on the Shut-down Commerce-wise and Protest-Wise and No-Motel-Wise
  • Vendor Situation and Police/Street Reports
  • Phone Contacts with BLM, Dem Socialists, Glover-Krohn progressives and other street groups
  • St. Francis Soup Kitchen Discrimination Status
  • Olive and Delaware Street Organizing and Support; 72-Hour Sticker Harassment
  • Return of the print edition of the Street Spirit  newspaper
  • Riess Protections for 5150ed S.C. Locals- Further Updates
  • Cherie reports Motel worker has told her they’ll be open for her until December, suggesting extended Motel residence…for a few

    Upcoming Events
  • The Upcoming S.C. Shitty Council Race: Alicia Kuhl’s Candidacy & Endorsements: Town Clock 2 PM
  • 2nd Disturb-the-Comfortable, Comfort-the-Disturbed Speak-Out Starting at Wharf 7 PM tonight.
  • Likely Protest at Pirate (Marty Mirabel)’s Prelminary Hearing 10:30 AM Monday July 27th Courthouse

The HUFF website is back!  Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides shows are being netcast Thursdays 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM – 3 PM at freakradio.org.  Archives of most recent shows are available anytime at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows..html 

Volunteer assistance is badly needed. Bring your reports for rebroadcast on the net at Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org) either to the meeting or call in at 831-423-4833.  Or post them yourself at www.indybay.org/santacruz or on facebook.

Still scheming away today (7-15) in the courtyard (outside) of the Sub Rosa at 11 AM for a few hours. 703 Pacific with Coffee and (socially distanced) companionship

HUFF Agenda Suggestions  7-15-20

Police killings that happened or were uncovered/publicized in the last week:   

         In Portland, Oregon, an unidentified federal agent shot & seriously injured Donavan La Bella, a 26-year-old protester, on Saturday.  He was holding a stereo speaker above his head when he was hit in the head with a so-called less lethal round after protesters threw back a police-hurled smoke grenade. Yesterday he remained hospitalized in serious condition with a fractured skull & broken bones in his face

          In Arkansas, Calvin Salyers, a police officer…charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting a fellow police officer Scott Hutton who knocked on his front door in early June who had come to the house to pick up a patrol car.

           Phoenix cop Michael McGillis tackles Mariah Valenzuela in traffic stop a week ago; video newly released.

REPORTS AND/OR ACTION

  • Public Records Refusal from Administrator Bonnie Bush   A HUFF mini-protest, tabling, encampment, or march to a Policy Maker’s House or Business..
  • Fighting Back Against Vigilante Harassment: Alicia Kuhl’s TRO Try in Court Yesterday
  • The Upcoming S..C. Shitty Council Race: Alicia Kuhl’s Candidacy & Endorsements
  • SC Union of the Homeless Update & Other Organizational Homeless Activity
  • Keith’s Possible Arraignment 1 PM Tomorrow Dept. 1 for Expropriating Police Seizure Vats
  • Learning from and Supporting Robert’s Beach Resistance in Seaside: Wes’s Report
  • HUFF Position on the Shut-down Commerce-wise and Protest-Wise
  • Call-In to Tonight’s Shitty Council Meeting in Seaside and Its Aftermath: Defund & Disengage
  • Vendor Situation and Police/Street Reports
  • Phone Contacts with BLM, Dem Socialists, Glover-Krohn progressives and other street groups
  • The new Shelter-in-Place Shutdown: Implications
  • Status Report on the CDC-disapproved Group Shelters which are Santa Cruz’s main duck-and-dodge response to the Project Roomkey funding, leaving hundreds of vulnerable houseless people at risk
  • St. Francis Soup Kitchen Discrimination Status
  • Olive and Delaware Street Organizing and Support; 72-Hour Sticker Harassment
  • Return of the print edition of the Street Spirit  newspaper
  • Riess Protections for 5150ed S.C. Locals–Research
  • Reports on 7-9 Scotts Valley BLM Protest; 7-11 BLM Protest SLV, Paddle Out for Tamario Smith 7-11 and Upcoming Protests


    The HUFF website is back!  Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides shows are being netcast Thursdays 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM – 3 PM at freakradio.org.  Archives of most recent shows are available anytime at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html 

    Volunteer assistance?   Bring your reports for rebroadcast on the net at Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org) either to the meeting or call in at 831-423-4833.

     
    Grand Jury report: https://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Portals/0/County/GrandJury/GJ2020_final/MicroHomes_Report.pdf

Some HUFFsters hanker for Police Defunding: Check Us Out Today (Wednesday 7-8) at the Sub Rosa 703 Pacific Next to the Bike Church

HUFF Agenda Suggestions  7-8-20 Start at 11 AM    Coffee Free    Meeting in Courtyard not Indoors.

With City Council and the powerful City Manager refusing to respond to three separate calls for defunding our overamped police.  Two regular June Council meetings had an overwhelming majority of voices at the Oral Communications period calling for fundamental change—and that was repeated last Thursday June2nd at the contrived “Special Meeting”.   Public protest demanding these changes was shown by the five and a half hour long protest and march from the Town Clock to the Boardwalk and back.

LIKELY AGENDA ITEMS-

  • A HUFF mini-protest, tabling, encampment, or march to a Policy Maker’s House or Business.
  • Discussion of the HUFF response to the proposed Vendor Ban cited on the 7-2 Agenda.
  • Co-ordination with BLM, Dem Socialists, Glover-Krohn progressives and other new  groups concerned with Civil Rights, Renter Protection, Social Services and Public Access in Santa Cruz
  • Status Report on the CDC-disapproved Group Shelters which are Santa Cruz’s main duck-and-dodge response to the Project Roomkey funding, leaving hundreds of vulnerable houseless people at risk
  • Info Gathering and Protest at St. Francis Soup Kitchen for Recent Discrimination
  • Olive and Delaware Street Organizing and Support of Vehicular Residents Under Fire
  • Return of the print edition of the Street Spirit  newspaper
  • Psychiatric authority seizure of a HUFF member (Angel) and her removal to Fremont

UPCOMING PROTESTS

Scotts Valley: Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest Thursday July 9  5:30 PM 
5:30pm: Meet at Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, S.V. Arrive at MacDorsa Park 6 PM   Open Mike + Speakers
Bring water, sunscreen, a sign, and comfortable shoes.  Masks Required
Black Lives Matter SLV  Saturday July 11 10 AM Meet at San Lorenzo Valley High School, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton March to Brookdale Lodge   Open Mic.

Paddle Out for Tamario Smith   Cowells Beach  Saturday July 11th 6pm Worldwide Solidarity in Surfing Honoring the dead from police brutality or misconduct
Bring mask and flowers/petals to offer in ceremony. Organized by Indigenous Surf Club, in affiliation with Barrios Unidos, Black Girls Surf, and Black Lives Matter Movement in Santa Cruz

The HUFF website is still under reconstruction.  Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides shows are still being netcast Thursdays 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM – 3 PM at freakradio.org and some archives are available.  Volunteer assistance is badly needed. Bring your reports for rebroadcast on the net at Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org) either to the meeting or call in at 831-423-4833.

HUFF BACK AT THE SUB ROSA TODAY 11 AM Wednesday 7-1-10 703 Pacific Next to the Bike Church Prepping for Defund the SCPD Protests Thursday July 2nd at the Special City Council Meeting

With the Sub Rosa Cafe courtyard reopening and the “Public Not Invited” City Council meeting slated for tomorrow.  That Agenda was finally released today (24 hours before the meeting) at  https://ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnline/Meetings/Search?dropid=4&mtids=103%2C105 though I found it hard to open. 

We start at 11 AM — Coffee free.  Suggested topics topics:

  • Protest and Organizing Against the “Public Excluded” Rubberstamp Meeting Planned for Thursday July 2nd
  • Discussion of the HUFF response to the reimposed Vendor Restrictions on the Agenda
  • Co-ordination with BLM and other groups concerned with restoring Civil Rights and Public Access in Santa Cruz
  • City Manager and Council’s Overfunding of the SCPD with no Fund Real Safety, i.e. No Defund Police Violence
  • Status Report on the CDC-disapproved Group Shelters which are Santa Cruz’s main duck-and-dodge response to the Project Roomkey funding, leaving hundreds of vulnerable houseless people at risk
  • Regular Public Tabling Against Police Budget and Anti-Homeless Behavior in Receptive Times  
  • Taking Back Public Spaces as Up-Scale Cafes Seize the Sidewalk
  • Challenging City Manager Martin Bernal’s Rule-By-Decree
  • Return of the print edition of the Street Spirit  newspaper
  • Psychiatric authority seizure of a HUFF member (Angel) and her removal to Fremont
Black Lives Matter Capitola Village March & Speak Out Today 5-8 PM Monterey Avenue Park 700 Monterey Ave., Capitola

TOWN CLOCK Black Lives Matter Protest 1 PM July 4th Saturday

Every bit of correspondence to the City Council regarding in their correspondence packet urges cutting the bloated police budget.

The HUFF website is still under reconstruction.  Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides shows are still being netcast Thursdays 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM – 3 PM at freakradio.org and some archives are available.  Volunteer assistance is badly needed.

Bring your reports for rebroadcast on the net at Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org) either to the meeting or call in at 831-423-4833.

HUFF MEETING RETURNS TO THE SUB ROSA 11 AM Wednesday (6-24-20) 703 Pacific

The Sub Rosa Cafe announced it is reopening–at least for this meeting Wednesday.  11 AM — Coffee likely.  Likely topics: Fund Real Safety, Defund Police Violence, Status Report on the CDC-disapproved Group Shelters which are Santa Cruz’s main duck-and-dodge response to the Project Housekey funding, leaving hundreds of vulnerable houseless people at risk, Taking Back Public Spaces as Up-Scale Cafes Seize the Sidewalk, Challenging Martin Bernal’s Rule-By-Decree…and more…

The Agenda will be laid out in more detail. following a planned massive call-in to City Council today by the Coalition to Defund the SCPD and other groups at 6 PM.  Details at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/23/18834505.php (chatting with a Conscience-Deaf Council).

The HUFF website is currently under reconstruction.  Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides shows are still being netcast Thursdays 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM – 3 PM at freakradio.org but archives are generally unavailable.
No new Street Spirit newspapers yet, but bring your reports for rebroadcast on the net at Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org)

HUFF Contact Meeting on 6-10 usually held at Food Not Bombs meal at Laurel and Front St. postponed. Info Update likely to be posted soon. A few previews of talk and actions to come….

Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom

UPDATES ON ONGOING ISSUES  6-10-20

  • Taking Basics Forward—Solidarity with Anti-Police Abuse Movement (Calls to Defund Police Violent Tactics and Resources): HUFF meeting to be rescheduled.
  • New Solidarity Prospects:  Direct Action Crowd Calling-Out-the-Perps: Visiting Mayor, City Manager, City Council, Department Heads at Work and at Home with Demands
  • New Petitions on Line...Call-In, Drive-By, and Vote-with-your-feet Protests…
  • Significance of City Council’s “Business As Usual” Silence Last Night:  Responding with Direct, Creative, and Non-Violent Action
  • Letter to Councilmember Sandy Brown: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/09/18834065.php

NEW TIME, NEW PLACE: Today at the Parking Lot across from the Dream Inn 5:15 PM in Solidarity with anti-Police Abuse Protests by Black Lives Matter supporters

Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom

UPDATES ON ONGOING ISSUES  6-3-20

  • Solidarity with Anti-Police Abuse Movement (Black Lives Matter and others): HUFF meeting rescheduled to 5:15 PM at parking lot across from the Dream Inn where the BLM march will gather at 5:30 PM today.

    More Solidarity Actions: 
  • Retaining COVID-19 Campground Gains:  How to keep what the City/County have grudgingly given?  The City-acknowledged survival camps–both those across from Coral St. and at the Benchlands, plus homeless-run ones around the City.  Not to mention portapotties, wash stations, and trash cans appearing spottily here and there (but not much in the Pogonip).  How can residents keep and assure those gains?
  • Continued Danger of Indoor Group Shelters  Recent news reports notes 40% of the Country’s fatalities are in Nursing Homes. No clarity the City and County are moving folks into Project Roomkey Motel Rooms from The Armory, Vets Hall, and Laurel St. as well as the indoor areas of the “Housing Mutters” Coral St. complex.
  • Expanded Police Powers:  City Councils’ expansion of “emergency” powers seized by Bernal, Mills, and City Department Heads need to be monitored and resisted.  I anticipate the return of the Mills/Condotti Police Powers 8-point Repression program as well as the “improved” Camping Ordinance slithering its way through the CACH committee.  Now is obviously the moment to focus on local Santa Cruz police abuse.
  • Report on Local Motel Room Stats for the Vulnerable:  Still no new word from Mayor “NoJustice” Justin Cummings (other than “tell it to the County workers”),  county worker Jessica Scheider, and other local Project Roomkey fund fondlers in response to requests for stats on the numbers outside vulnerable not offered rooms, amount of $ left,  & the toxic congregate shelter indoor danger.
  • Have You Been Hassled Under the New Indefinite Powers for Cops and the Deputized City Employees?  Passed last month these included citation powers to dozens of city employees and vague “enforce health edicts” power to the cops.  Contact HUFF to let us know at 423-4833.
  • Resume Direct Action Protests?: Thousands came out over the weekend to demand police accountability.   HUFFsters might consider a socially-distanced picket line or Honk In outside the residences of City and County officials or Vacant Motels to demand safe shelter-in-place space.
  • Reports of Vehicle Tows Are on the Rise:  With rumored countersuits by the ACLU Santa Cruz Homeless Union still not happening here (though some action reported in Sacramento). Get reports to Alicia at 431-7766
  • Reports from Other Homeless Activists Elsewhere (Salinas, Berkeley, Marysville, Monterey)  Go to http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html for the latest shows.  Check http://huffsantacruz.org/wordpress/ for the content of the shows. 
  • Researching During the Lockdown–Tracking Those in Power:  Who are our Key Powerbrokers in Santa Cruz:  Real estate interests, the Canfield Company, the University, Swenson, et. al.–let’s expose the facts and let them speak for themselves.  Still looking for in-home volunteers.
  • Progress Reports on the 99%: on Encampments outside including San Lorenzo Park, Coral St., the Pogonip: What they need, how they’re faring, new contacts  I’m gathering contacts.  If you have ’em, phone me at 423-4833 or e-mail me at rnorse3@hotmail.com.
  • Is Mills Still Breaking His “Word” on Vehicle Harassment?  Nothing new here, but recent reports of vehicle harassment and seizure, not to mention the officially-sanctioned vandalism of “tire chalking” continues in spite of court prohibition in other states (see https://www.npr.org/2019/04/23/716248823/court-says-using-chalk-on-tires-for-parking-enforcement-violates-constitution ).
  • Coronavirus Copwatch: Reports on Police, Ranger, Security Thug, and Business Behavior Towards Those Outside   The Coral St. sweep, constriction of the San Lorenzo Benchlands camp, lack of available drinking water, absence of portapotties and washing stations in the Felker St. area, as well as Mills’ illegal “move along” of street musicians and others—call it in, call it out.  This is the moment to shout out.
  • Good Though Distant Source: SF Coalition on Homelessness panel of medical experts demands testing now, and immediate movement of crowded shelter residents into individual motel rooms. Still relevant is the press conference & discussion at https://www.facebook..com/CoalitionOnHomelessness/videos/2954977444559143/?
  • SC Homeless Union Looking:  ….for blankets, tents, and other survival gear.  Leave them at the Food Not Bombs meal (see below) or call Alicia at 431-7766.   …for medical professionals working in respiratory therapy, nursing, other life-saving professions willing to write, e-mail, or call city, county, and state officials to open up the motel rooms.  
  • Food Not Bombs [FNB] meal and clothes distribution is still  daily 1-6 PM at the parking lot next to the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union at Laurel & Front.  Weekends the meal will be 4-6 PM.   Food preppers wanted at Vet’s Hall weekends noon.
  • Metro Bathrooms Still Closed?:  Yep.  As reportedly are the parking garage bathrooms.  Why?  And where is the drinking water?
  • Rent strike reports?: FNB reports folks reporting illegal evictions continue.  And vacant buildings remain vacant as the virus spreads.   Distress grows while the banks and big boys get the bail-out’s with unemployment skyrocketing..  Contact Tenant Sanctuary with reports of illegal evictions at (831)200-0740 .  Go public by calling Free Radio at 423-4833.
  • Frequent local updates can still be found on Facebook under Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs, Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates, Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz, SCCCP (Santa Cruz and Central Coast Politics), Monterey County Homeless Advocates, The Santa Cruz Community, (SF) Coalition on Homelessness.  More distant updates:  homelesstimes.com, http://homelessperspective.com, https://wraphome.org/,

    HISTORICAL REMINDER
  • Very very few motel or hotel rooms are yet available for the 1000-2000 homeless outside who want and may need them to shelter more safely and securely in spite of government directives and financial grants.  Funding exists, promises made, promises broken.
  • The inadequate “normal” charitable activities of those working with churches, social services, etc. have been cut back or closed–many of the staff of these organizations are over 60 and particularly vulnerable to the corona virus.
  • Normal donations to those directly seeking survival money through “panhandling” have been discouraged or criminalized under the new emergency regs, enacted without public discussion or vote.  Support those panhandling on the medians and elsewhere.
  • Public transportation options have been restricted or shut down, making access to what limited resources there are even more problematic.
  • Mayor Cummings has still not issued no calls for an emergency Council meeting to pass elementary measures already done in other cities like a moratorium on rents, lest the homeless population triple in July.  
  • We must confront directly, clearly, persistently, loudly and immediately to secure the basic survival needs of the community in the current crisis.
  • Contact Food Not Bombs (575-770-3377),
  • HUFF (831-423-4833), or the Santa Cruz Homeless Union (831-431-7766) if you wish to help.

NEW TIME FOR HUFF Info Exchange: A HUFFster or two will be at the Food Not Bombs meal today (5-27) at 1:30 PM at Laurel and Front St. to gather reports, distribute some supplies, and provide tragi-comic relief.

HUFF Contact for Reports:   There will be a rep to gather any street reports and check-in’s today at 1:30

UPDATES ON ONGOING ISSUES

  • Retaining COVID-19 Campground Gains:  How to keep what the City/County have grudgingly given?  The City-acknowledged survival camps–both those across from Coral St. and at the Benchlands, plus homeless-run ones around the City.  Not to mention portapotties, wash stations, and trash cans appearing spottily here and there (but not much in the Pogonip).
  • Expanded Police Powers:  Reining in “emergency” powers seized by Bernal, Mills, and City Department Heads.  Anticipating and preempting the return of the Mills/Condotti Police Powers 8-point Repression program as well as the “improved” Camping Ordinance slithering its way through the CACH committee. 
  • City Council Doom Report: Yesterday’s City Council meeting saw reauthorization and possible expansion of the “Ambassadors” (the rebranded “Hosts” of olden days), rubberstamping of the Mills/Bernal removal of the Coral St. campground and their rules for the Benchlands encampment.  As well as no substantive support for tenants.  Beiers, Cummings, and Brown voted in a block on some issues and made a few comments, but took little strong action giving a “feel good” unanimous illusion to the Council’s actions.
  • Report on Local Motel Room Stats for the Vulnerable:  Still no new word from Mayor “NoJustice” Justin Cummings (other than “tell it to the County workers”),  county worker Jessica Scheider, and other local Project Roomkey fund fondlers.
  • New Indefinite Powers for Cops and the Deputized City Employees:  Passed last night without any stats showing the need for them.  These included the power (which the City already has) to reduce a misdemeanor to an infraction.  News that the City has given out more than 300 $400+ citations for COVID-19 violations with no stats on how many were to folks outside.
  • Resuming Direct Action Protests: Corporate and conservative “Lift the Shelter in Place & Open the Public Beaches” protesters may be at Cowell’s Beach again 3-5 PM on Friday May 29th.   HUFFsters might consider a socially-distanced picket line or honk in outside the residences of City and County officials to demand immediate action to occupy and open Motel rooms for vulnerable folks outside. 
  • Reports of Vehicle Tows Are on the Rise:  With rumored countersuits by the ACLU and Anthony Prince’s Santa Cruz Homeless Union not happening here (though some action reported in Sacramento).
  • Support for Possible City Action Against Food Not Bombs  No new hostile actions have been clearly signaled, but the temptation for the City to use its “emergency powers” to further harass one of the few food providers in the City must be vigilantly monitored.
  • Reports from Other Homeless Activists Elsewhere (Salinas, Berkeley, Marysville, Monterey)  Go to http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html for the latest shows.  Check http://huffsantacruz.org/wordpress/ for the content of the shows. 
  • Researching During the Lockdown–Tracking Those in Power:  Who are our Key Powerbrokers in Santa Cruz:  Real estate interests, the Canfield Company, the University, Swenson, et. al.–let’s expose the facts and let them speak for themselves.  Any volunteers?
  • Progress Reports on the 99%: on Encampments outside including San Lorenzo Park, Coral St., the Pogonip: What they need, how they’re faring, new contacts  I’m gathering contacts.  If you have ’em, phone me at 423-4833 or e-mail me at rnorse3@hotmail.com.
  • Mills Still Breaking His “Word” on Vehicle Harassment:  Nothing new here, but recent reports of vehicle harassment and seizure, not to mention the officially-sanctioned vandalism of “tire chalking” continues in spite of court prohibition in other states (see https://www.npr.org/2019/04/23/716248823/court-says-using-chalk-on-tires-for-parking-enforcement-violates-constitution ).
  • Coronavirus Copwatch: Reports on Police, Ranger, Security Thug, and Business Behavior Towards Those Outside   The Coral St. sweep, constriction of the San Lorenzo Benchlands camp, lack of available drinking water, absence of portapotties and washing stations in the Felker St. area, as well as Mills’ illegal “move along” of street musicians and others—call it in, call it out 
  • Good Though Distant Source: SF Coalition on Homelessness panel of medical experts demands testing now, and immediate movement of crowded shelter residents into individual motel rooms. Still relevant is the press conference & discussion at https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionOnHomelessness/videos/2954977444559143/?  
  • SC Homeless Union Looking:  …for blankets, tents, and other survival gear.  Leave them at the Food Not Bombs meal (see below) or call Alicia at 431-7766.   …for medical professionals working in respiratory therapy, nursing, other life-saving professions willing to write, e-mail, or call city, county, and state officials to open up the motel rooms.  
  • Food Not Bombs [FNB] meal and clothes distribution is still  daily 1-6 PM at the parking lot next to the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union at Laurel & Front.  Weekends the meal will be 4-6 PM.   Food preppers wanted at Vet’s Hall weekends noon.
  • Metro Bathrooms Still Closed?:  Yep.  As reportedly are the parking garage bathrooms.  Why?
  • Rent strike reports?: FNB reports folks reporting illegal evictions continue.  And vacant buildings remain vacant as the virus spreads.   Distress grows while the banks and big boys get the bail-out’s with unemployment skyrocketing.  Contact Tenant Sanctuary with reports of illegal evictions at (831)200-0740 .  Go public by calling Free Radio at 423-4833.
  • HUFF MAY BE ORGANIZING BY PHONE to support the demand for Motel rooms before the only option  is quarantine areas.  CONTACT US AT 831-423-4833 OR RESPOND TO THIS E-MAIL IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP OR WANT TO PROVIDE REPORTS.
  • Frequent local updates can still be found on Facebook under Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs, Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates, Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz, SCCCP (Santa Cruz and Central Coast Politics), Monterey County Homeless Advocates, The Santa Cruz Community, (SF) Coalition on Homelessness.  More distant updates:  homelesstimes.com, http://homelessperspective.com, https://wraphome.org/,

HISTORICAL REMINDERS from a HUFFster’s perspective

  • Very very few motel or hotel rooms are yet available for the 1000-2000 homeless outside who want and may need them to shelter more safely and securely in spite of government directives and financial grants.  Funding exists, promises are made, promises are broken.
  • The inadequate “normal” charitable activities of those working with churches, social services, etc. have been cut back or closed–many of the staff of these organizations are over 60 and particularly vulnerable to the corona virus.
  • Normal donations to those directly seeking survival money through “panhandling” have been discouraged or criminalized under the new emergency regs, enacted without public discussion or vote.  Support those panhandling on the medians and elsewhere.
  • Public transportation options have been restricted or shut down, making access to what limited resources there are even more problematic.
  • Mayor Cummings has still not issued no calls for an emergency Council meeting to pass elementary measures already done in other cities like a moratorium on rents.  
  • We must confront directly, clearly, persistently, loudly and immediately to secure the basic survival needs of the community in the current crisis.
  • Contact Food Not Bombs (575-770-3377), HUFF (831-423-4833), or the Santa Cruz Homeless Union (831-431-7766) if you wish to help.

HUFF Information Exchange: A HUFFster or two will be at the Food Not Bombs meal today (5-20) at 1 PM at Laurel and Front St. to gather reports, distribute some supplies, and provide comic relief

HUFF Contact for Reports:  There will be a rep to gather any street reports and check-in’s today at 1 PM at the Food Not Bombs meal at Laurel and Front Sts.  No coffee (sigh).  No paper Street Spirits yet nor financial assistance for vendors. If you can’t make it and at other times if you have reports, questions, or complaints, please contact me by phone at 831-423-4833.  I will continue netcast reports on Thursday and Sunday as long as information comes in.  Keep it coming!

UPDATES ON ONGOING ISSUES

  • Retaining COVID-19 Campground Gains:  Glover and Krohn couldn’t even get real survival camps on the agenda; now there are two of them, partially city supported near Coral Street’s “Housing Mutters” and in the Benchlands.
  • Expanded Police Powers:  Reining in “emergency” powers seized by Bernal, Mills, and City Department Heads.  Anticipating and preempting the return of the Mills/Condotti Police Powers 8-point Repression program as well as the “improved” Camping Ordinance slithering its way through the CACH committee.
  • Report on Local Motel Room Stats for the Vulnerable:  No new word from Mayor “NoJustice” Justin Cummings (other than “tell it to the County workers”),  county worker Jessica Scheider, and other local Project Roomkey fund fondlers.
  • Resuming Direct Action Protests: Corporate and conservative “Lift the Shelter in Place & Open the Public Beaches” protesters are slated to be at Cowell’s Beach 3-5 PM on Friday May 22nd.   HUFFsters might consider a socially-distanced picket line or honk in outside the residences of City and County officials to demand immediate action to occupy and open Motel rooms for vulnerable folks outside. 
  • Prep for Any 5-26 Council Meeting “Action”   Who knows what wonders are likely to be lurking on the agenda (out by Friday the 22nd) and posted on-line?   Council and its City Staff bosses may not be listening, but some in the community may be.   If we speak out loudly, visibly, and persistently enough.
  • Support for Possible City Action Against Food Not Bombs  No new hostile actions have been clearly signaled, but the temptation for the City to use its “emergency powers” to further harass one of the few food providers in the City must be vigilantly monitored.
  • Reports from Other Homeless Activists Elsewhere (Salinas, Berkeley, Marysville, Monterey)  Go to http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html for the latest shows.  Check http://huffsantacruz.org/wordpress/ for the content of the shows. 
  • Researching During the Lockdown–Tracking Those in Power:  Who are our Key Powerbrokers in Santa Cruz:  Real estate interests, the Canfield Company, the University, Swenson, et. al.–let’s expose the facts and let them speak for themselves.
  • Progress Reports on the 99%: on Encampments outside including San Lorenzo Park, Coral St., the Pogonip: What they need, how they’re faring, new contacts  I’m gathering contacts.  If you have ’em, phone me at 423-4833 or e-mail me at rnorse3@hotmail.com.
  • Lost Lawsuits: Remember the chatter about follow-up lawsuits after the City’s slamdown closure of Camp Ross and then the Desiree memorial campground?  The Santa Cruz Homeless Union, the local ACLU, and Disability Rights groups have made claims.  What’s up?
  • Mills Breaking His “Word” on Vehicle Harassment:  Nothing new here, but recent reports of vehicle harassment and seizure, not to mention the officially-sanctioned vandalism of “tire chalking” continues in spite of court prohibition in other states (see https://www.npr.org/2019/04/23/716248823/court-says-using-chalk-on-tires-for-parking-enforcement-violates-constitution ).
  • Coronavirus Copwatch: Reports on Police, Ranger, Security Thug, and Business Behavior Towards Those Outside   The Coral St. sweep, constriction of the San Lorenzo Benchlands camp, lack of available drinking water, absence of portapotties and washing stations in the Felker St. area, as well as Mills’ illegal “move along” of street musicians and others—call it in, call it out 
  • Still Relevant and Telling: SF Coalition on Homelessness panel of medical experts demands testing now, and immediate movement of crowded shelter residents into individual motel rooms. Still relevant is the press conference & discussion at https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionOnHomelessness/videos/2954977444559143/?  

  • SC Homeless Union Looking:  …for blankets, tents, and other survival gear.  Leave them at the Food Not Bombs meal (see below) or call Alicia at 431-7766.   …for medical professionals working in respiratory therapy, nursing, other life-saving professions willing to write, e-mail, or call city, county, and state officials to open up the motel rooms.  
  • Food Not Bombs [FNB] meal and clothes distribution is still  daily 1-6 PM at the parking lot next to the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union at Laurel & Front.  Weekends the meal will be 4-6 PM.   Food preppers wanted at Vet’s Hall weekends noon.