The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting today (Wednesday October 11) is cancelled, as is next week’s. HUFF has gone onto a bi-weekly schedule with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday November 1st. at 703 Pacific. This decision was made to accommodate Monterey County activists currently fighting the Lapis Road Residential Vehicle Homeowner Struggle. Tune in for Lapis Road updates tomorrow 6:30 PM at 101.3 FM (also freakradio.org) on the 6-8 PM Bathrobepierre’s Broadsides show.
Portland, OR is reportedly moving incrementally out of the Middle Ages by allow limited RV survival sleeping–IF folks can find a private property owner willing–always the problem. Check out
Also up for analysis, discussion, and critiquing will be the latest actions of SCPD Chief Andy Mills and his no Camping tickets 9 PM-6 AM “unless there is a complaint by someone in control of that property or some other crime or nuisance behavior is taking place.”
See latest Mills and mainstream media statements at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20171016/santa-cruz-police-chief-displaces-homeless-by-post-office-softens-sleeping-ban and http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opinion/20171014/andrew-g-mills-homeless-problem-demands-action-and-scpd-is-acting
There is some commentary on-line in the generally reactionary Disqis section of the two articles above as well as at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opinion/20171016/letter-not-all-property-owners-can-make-a-complaint .
“Trollbuster” (i.e. anti-homeless abuser) sentiment is being mouthed freely on line and may be a precursor to violent actions. Please report any problems at 423-4833 (the HUFF line).
Politician and polemicist Steve Pleich gives a partial update on the upsurge of anti-homeless laws and policies in Santa Cruz spearheaded by City Manager Martin Bernal at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/10/15/18803631.php (“Community Remains in the “Shadow of Bell v. Boise”. His local ACLU (where Steve is vice-Chair), however, rather than take stronger stands covers its relative docility by claiming it “must wait for an okay” from the Northern California ACLU. His Chairmanship of the Board of MHCAN (Mental Health Clients Network) has been marked by secrecy, backroom dealing, and ultimately a failure to protect the previous powers of that organization with the food bank eliminated, a security guard now required, and public hearings put off a year.
Pleich is also working with activist Phil Posner on establishing an identified legal sleeping and storage zone–the Depot idea proposed 2 years ago.
Activists around Food Not Bombs and the Freedom Sleepers are also looking for help gathering volunteers for the support meals on Saturday & Sunday as well as folks who want to help homeless harassed with citations for Being Visibly Homeless. Contact them at 575-770-3377. Or go on line to the facebook page of Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs.
FNB activists fear an upsurge of pressure against the downtown meals near the post office as follow up to last Friday morning’s “coaxed removal” of the Post Office homeless encampment. Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.