Councilmember Krohn sent the following e-mail to C & A member Steve Pleich:
I was told by the city manager earlier last week that we would have a homeless “update” on the city council agenda for Tues. Jan 22nd. I thought we could have a full-on discussion concerning issues of the camp, the $10 million from state to county, an RV parking area, how to expand and fully fund substance abuse programs, adding social workers to our streets and pd patrol cars, adding additional public restrooms and hand-washing stations, and the search for a 24/7 shelter, but much to my chagrin it is missing from the agenda.
We need to push for this to return on Feb. 5th or perhaps earlier at a special meeting perhaps on Jan 29th. There is a crisis and one of our priorities as a city council must be to address it.
best, Chris Krohn
HUFF has generously pushed ahead its usual 11 AM Wednesday meeting to noon. Further review of the “No Policies to be Changed” answer of Chief Andy Mills at the Press Conference/Speak-Out at the Police Station focusing on Harassment of Vehicular Residents
RV survivor Alicia says she again will be there along with other RV residents to discuss our next steps. Alicia and her family (a husband and 3 children) report continued sightings but no move-along citations, tickets, or midnight bangings from Enforcer Joe Haebe–celebrated by Mills as a decorated officer for his many tickets and tows.
Other Likely topics:
HUFF Agenda Prospects:
- Council Crapola–procedural poopoo of Mayor Martine Watkins with her sudden reduction of Oral Communications and Public Comment time to 1 minute at the 1-22 Council meeting prompted some HUFF members to demand the “Progressive 4” call for requiring the Mayor to provide 3 minutes of time.
- Tenants in Trouble–the fracturing of what some hoped would be a Progressive majority prompted the indefinite tabling of the Just Eviction ordinance and no protections for tenants.
- Felker Street and Tannery residents are calling for more restrictions and relocations for the Ross camp residents
- Homeless (Lack of) Service Center Update–Changes or More of the Same: an Examination of the latest answers from workers inside.
- SCPD capers: Reviewing police records perhaps to check for the frequency of Stay-Away Orders and Racial Profiling–a possible field trip after the meeting.
- Getting Council t0 mandate change of the “open only 4 hours a week” SCPD property retrieval
- A Laundry List of Reminders for the Incoming Shitty Council
- Is Winter Shelter access any less difficult with its e-mail sign-up requirements than last month? How are conditions out at the 7th Avenue Shelter and Salvation Army?
- Any restoration of services out at MHCAN? Is the Board of Directors still slumbering?
- Report from the state Union of the Homeless including the MLK Day rally at homeless camps in Chico, Paradise, Marysville, and the River Bottom.
Come and share coffee, questions, and answers at 703 Pacific (next to the Bike Church) with C & A, Krohn and the Councilettes at 11 AM, HUFF at noon.
- Support the Downtown Santa Cruz Bathroom Task Force, Food Not Bombs, the Ross Emergency Campground, the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, HomeFree, and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
- Check out Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ for updates.
- Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at https://www.indybay.org/santa-
- Back up homeless efforts to organize either in protest or to demand adequate and accessible facilities.
- Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.
- Listen in to Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at freakradio.org every Thursday 6-8 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM- 3 PM
- Hear archived shows at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/
- If you must, expropriate items from chain stores. Don’t steal from vulnerable fellow homeless!