CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS 11-13-19
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
- Council Update for 11-12: Glover Update.
- Contact Chain for Emergency Action Supporting Deseire Survival Camp & other Winter Encampments
- Mills Statement on Deseire Camp Versus City Council’s Statement
Shelter Funding Update: : https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2019/11/05/santa-cruz-year-round-homeless-shelter-contracts finalized/ Tenant Update https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2019/11/05/santa-cruz-county-enacts-moratorium-on-no-fault-evictions/
Court Update: https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2017/05/22/santa-cruz-county-superior-court-gains-additional-judge-with-governors-appointment/
Jail Update: https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2019/11/12/santa-cruz-county-jail-targeted-in-federal-civil-rights-lawsuit/
- Tenant Student Coalition Prospect
- Focus on New Towed Vehicle Policy: https://patch.com/california/santacruz/scpd-towing-vehicles-expired-registration-parking-tickets
- Follow-Up: Cummings (or Brown) as Mayor, the O’Hara Narrative, the Winter Shelter Emergency
- City Council (if any) for 11-12: Pressing to Force An Issue on the (!) 11-26 agenda.
- 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,
- Clarifying Public Appearance Schedules of Mathews, Watkins, Cummings, Bernal, O’Hara.
For HUFFsters No new Street Spirits or Street Sheets yet.
- 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
- Conflict in Austin TX: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/04/gov-greg-abbots-cleaning-homeless-camps-sets-back-some-austinites/
- SCPD Update: Bridge Tent Standoff; Other Reports
- RV Update–Re: Police Response, Vigilante Action, & Reports from Other Cities
** 11-13 6-8 PM Louden Nelson with Drew Glover (!) How Can We Develop Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz?
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.
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Positive news: tenant advocates have turned in the wording for a Rent Control Initiative to be examined by the City Attorney; First They Came for the Homeless–a tough and tenacious homeless-run encampment in Berkeley has won a hearing in their lawsuit against the City of Berkeley for violating their First Amendment rights in 16 separate police raids; Sleeping Citations in October and November from Parks and Recreation are down–according to hardworking Citation Searchers Laura and Gloria.
On the Agenda: City Council Report, Encampment Defense Discussion, Berkeley’s Feisty First They Came for the Homeless lawsuit advancement–its Santa Cruz implications, the Latest from the Lapis Road RV Struggle from Beggarbacker Becky (depending on weather conditions), and whatever comes out of the usual HUFF turmoil.
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.
Date Tuesday January 24
Location Details Expect light rain at City Hall where Freedom Sleepers will gather both under the eaves and later along the sidewalk after the likely midnight police raids driving them out to get drenched. Thousands of Women’s March protesters crowded the same area Sunday filled with righteous anti-Trump anger but visibly indifferent to City Council’s abuse of unhoused and unprotected women outside here. Denounce nationally. Ignore locally.
Event Type Protest
Organizer/Author Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Email keith [at] foodnotbombs.net
Phone 575-770–3377ANOTHER CONTENT-FREE COUNCIL CLUCK-A-THON
The 2:30 PM City Council agenda ignores homeless and housing issues as well as abusive police practices, local income equality, and discriminatory law creation and enforcement. Will bathrooms adjacent to the area likely to be locked early, facilitating staff smears of homeless folks as dirty and uncivilized in their toilet behavior? A safe bet.
Will Parks and Recreation boss Mauro Garcia’s department rope off large areas around the building to “ensure order” inside as was frequently the case last year? Perhaps not. Will the Freedom Sleepers again form their own community of mutual support, share food, and resist police harassment? Most likely. RECORDS STILL BEING WITHHELD
Cops withheld records documenting their enforcement of homeless-hostile laws criminalizing homeless survival behavior for over a year. On Monday, the City Clerk released arrest and citation records, but removed all mention of race of address. This editing makes it impossible to document the specific selective harassment and heavy impact leveled against the poor outside. In prior years, close examination of the records has shown hundreds of $200 tickets being given out for such “crimes” as being in a park after “closing” or sleeping after 11 PM outside or in a vehicle. REPORTS FROM ELSEWHERE
Local Santa Cruz RV activist Julie, whose facebook page Santa Cruz Fulltimers carries updated stories of RV struggles, has posted stories of crackdowns in other cities. Will activists there use Coastal Commission requirements to fight back as we have done with some success in Santa Cruz? Hope so.San Rafael City and County play ping pong with homeless vehicle dwellers: http://www.marinij.com/
Santa Barbara bumbuster bureaucrats convene to remove poor-in-RV’s from town:
STEPPED UP PROTESTS IN RAINY WEATHER
Last week Food Not Bombs soupstirrer Keith McHenry and weary copwatcher “Push Back” Pat Colby reported repeated “wake up and get out” rousts by rangers and cops at Freedom SleepOut #80.
Dreamcatcher, a long-time Freedom Sleeper, reported Monday night that police told him he could sleep anywhere but at City Hall if he’d abandon his protest. This, and more property confiscation, led him to announce his departure from the protest.
Lawrence “the Viper”, on the other hand, while also reporting police theft today, insisted he’d be back to pitch his tent at Freedom SleepOut #81. His signature tent, sleeping bag, and blankets are reportedly in lockup at police HQ, perhaps to test his stamina against driving rain and near-freezing temperatures.
71-year-old Sharee—who said she slept on cardboard last week, also reported being driven out from under the protective corridors of City hall last week.
WHISPERS OF MORE PROMIENT PROTEST ACTION
Though some are skeptical, others suggest the massive Trump-activated protests may swell the ranks of local anti-poverty activists. One activists has spoken of moving the Freedom Sleepers down to a more prominent post on Pacific Avenue. Others have suggested making use of the heated City Hall buildings, wastefully empty at night. “Vacant Buildings are the Crime”, noted one.
Meanwhile it’s still hot soup Tuesday night, police harassment Wednesday morning, comforting coffee at breakfast time—all under the friendly drizzle of irregular showers. Who could ask for anything more? Bring tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, video devices, and high spirits.
TOO FRAIL, SICK OR SLEEPY TO JOIN THE PROTEST? THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES.
For those not eager to trek to the edge of town to seek a 4 PM place in the 110 person Winter Shelter program, “Big Drum” Brent Adams has announced a one-night Warming Center at the Red Church on Tuesday night.
Sleep Protectors Gather for Freedom SleepOuit #74
Date Tuesday December 06 Time 4:00 PM Tuesday – 9:00 AM Wednesday
Location Details On the sidewalks near City Hall, barred from taking shelter under the eaves in the rain, protesters will spend the night outside, under tarps, perhaps with a tent or two, and in nearby vehicles. For nearly a year and a half, a small community of housed and homeless have demanded an end to laws criminalizing survival sleeping and other life-sustaining activities. Watchers, well-wishers, blankets, and visitors welcome!
Event Type Protest
Organizer/Author Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
As temperatures dive below 40 and winter approaches in earnest, city and county authorities are providing $360,000 worth of nightly shelter for 50-75 people at VFW Post No. 7263 at 2259 7th Ave. in Live Oak. The mini-program (considering there are 3000+ unsheltered in the County) will expand to 100-125 in January with the opening of the Salvation Army building downtown at 721 Laurel St. –unavailable during a cold December because it’s being used for “fund-raising” activities.The usual NIMBY (Not-in-My-Back-Yard) approach is evident. The pick-up site is several miles from the 7th Ave. shelter. Clients are banned from walking or driving to the shelter. In-take worker Steve Pleich notes folks will have to go through an initial questioning process (5-10 minutes), presumably to satisfy the Take Back Santa Cruz-minded folks as well as provide data for more grant-grabbing activity.
Old-timers remembered when you got sheltered if you showed up. Not any more.
Meals will be provided for the few that get into the program, but the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center (a “supporter” of the Winter Shelter program) has made no move to restore the open meals that were its historic responsibility abandoned in June of 2015.
Run by the Association of Faith Communities, the AFC bosses may not require users to be present every night or be kicked out of the program–which they do regularly at their year-round 20-person shelter program that moves from church to church. Boss Debbi Bates reportedly excluded several women from the smaller program because they took Tuesday nights out to join the Freedom Sleeper protests. Bates now heads the far more costly $360 grand Winter Shelter.
Read the Sentinel’s sunny shelter spin at http://www.santacruzsentinel.
Also due to open at least for a night or two later this week is the Warming Center with downtown pick-up’s at Pearl Alley. Call 211 or (831) 234-9848 for more info.
Agenda Suggestions for HUFF (bring your own!): Freedom SleepOut #50 Report from the Sidewalk, June 24 10 AM Judge Trial of two Freedom Sleeper citations–using the fabled agenda/pathway/govt. center defenses (See”#50–Freedom Sleepers Keep the Faith ” at http://www.indybay.org/
Preliminary news of the arrest of “Art is Free” painter Alex and fellow painter Joff on Pacific Avenue Saturday afternoon. Special C-4 Committee set up by the Board of Supervisors to propose marijuana cultivation restrictions. Two members weigh in with a report on what will be coming up at the Tuesday April 19 meeting of the Board of Superisors: Extended interviews with C-4 members Nick Bulach and Colin Disheron. A lookback at Freedom Sleep-Out #40 and look forward to upcoming Tuesday Freedom Sleep-Out #41 on April 19. Berkeley activist and attorney Osha Neuman will discuss PC 647e, the infamous “no lodging” law used by Santa Cruz authorities against protesters and homeless folks
Likely to find agenda discussion: Next week’s Shitty Council Final Vote (12-8) on the “Homeless RV’s Get Lost” law coming up for a final reading; the latest update on the frost-bitten Freedom Sleepers movement and its next move; Berkeley Battle In Progress–a weeklong campout culminates in today’s City Council meeting up there; fighting back against police property seizures–schemes and strategies; plus lots of stuff that hasn’t made print yet…
Today (Dec 1) there will be a special 5:30 PM “New tactics, new energy?!” meeting to protect the rights of houseless people at the Supply Room of the Red Church. Want more Freedom SleepOuts and like actions? Join the meeting! And come to Freedom Sleep-Out at City Hall tonight thereafter.
|Title:||Homeless Take ACLU Sleeping Ban Suspension Resolution to City Council|
|START DATE:||Tuesday July 08|
|TIME:||4:30 PM – 4:30 PM|
|809 Center St. Santa Cruz City Hall Courtyard|
|Contact Name||Robert Norse|
|Email Address||rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com|
|Address||309 Cedar St. #14B Santa Cruz 95060|
|Speak-Out Before and At Santa Cruz City Council Celebrating a Homeless Rights Victory at the local ACLU Board of Directors on June 30th.
Presentation of Petitions and Demands to City Council to Overturn the City’s Anti-Homeless Sleeping Ban.
We’ll meet to prepare a presentation at 4:30 with coffee and snacks outside City Council and then go in to speak at Oral Communications around 5 PM inside Council Chambers
LETTER TO MAYOR LYNN ROBINSON
From: rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
On June 30th, the local ACLU passed the following resolution:
“Statement of Principle: The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union supports in principle a limited time moratorium on enforcement of camping ban laws and ordinances within the City and County of Santa Cruz on the grounds that such laws and ordinances selectively criminalize the homeless community.”
“While the chapter is mindful that such a moratorium raises practical problems within the community at large, we believe that the benefits of such an approach in terms of the opportunity for civic leaders, policy makers and stakeholders to reassess the efficacy of these laws and ordinances outweighs any temporary adverse impact.”
I, other HUFF activists, and homeless victims of the City’s Sleeping Ban will be coming to Oral Communications tomorrow to support this statement and ask that the Council take immediate action to implement it.
There is a clear lack of shelter space. There are the safety problems created by the criminalization of the homeless–more for the homeless themselves than for those who fear or blame them. Lawsuits in other jurisdictions have been successful in overturning anti-homeless laws.
I encourage you and your fellow Council members to act swiftly to restore basic civil and human rights to the homeless community here.
One of the most basic, of course, is to be able to sleep at night and to be secure in one’s property. If one is in danger of having it confiscated because sleeping is “illegal” after 11 PM, then one has no such security.
As a Free Radio Santa Cruz reporter, I will be audioing the meeting for broadcast. I assure you this will be done in a non-disruptive manner as has been the case without exception in the past.
I encourage you to respect the rights of the media, even those critical of your positions on various issues, to audibly make their own record of the meeting, as guaranteed by state law and the Constitution.
Earlier story on the historic homeless victory forcing an ACLU Bo to protect the homeless right to sleep in Santa Cruz: http://www.indybay.org/
Earlier story on Mayor Robinson’s false arrest for “unattended audio recording at City Council” at http://www.indybay.org/
Street Spirit story by Steve Pleich describing one version of his proposed moratorium on Sleeping Bans in Santa Cruz: http://www.thestreetspirit.
Added to the calendar on Monday Jul 7th, 2014 10:46 PM