Another HUFF-less Wednesday Tomorrow; Next HUFF meeting is Wednesday January 24th 11 AM Sub Rosa

Continuing our twice-monthly schedule, HUFF-hungry folks will have to wait another week.  You can also contact HUFF central by phone for assignments, reports, and updates at 831-423-4833.   We need help reviewing the last half-year’s harassment of homeless by Parks and Rec Rangers.

Volunteer if you fancy.


In the meantime check out “Flyer Distributed in the MLK Police-Led “Peace and Justice” March in Santa Cruz” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/01/16/18805901.php for one HUFFster’s sour view of the Monday downtown parade.

HUFF Back Again at the Sub Rosa Tomorrow (Wednesday 1-10-18) with the usual gnashing and snarling

Continuing our twice-monthly schedule, HUFFsters will review the wreckage the first City Council meeting of the year, check out the well-damped San Lorenzo Camp Ground, and and check-in tomorrow(Wednesday morning),  at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave.  Hopefully we’ll be meeting indoors and warming out hands around coffee, tea, or whatever.

On the informal agenda is the recent Next Door harassment of folks in vehicles, winter seizure of homeless property, establishing communication with other encampments in other cities, the Loomis Road Residents (in Vehicles) Association), the proposed City gravel campground at 1220 River St., and more….

 

HUFFers on recess tomorrow: Next Meeting is Wednesday January 10 11 AM Sub Rosa Cafe

HUFF, now on a twice-monthly schedule, will not be meeting Wednesday 1-3, but returning on 1-10 at the usual time and place.

If you’re interested in a summary of last Wednesday‘s mini-meet, send an e-mail to rnorse3@hotmail.com and I’ll brief you.


In the meantime, check out the dialogue between Chief Mills and several critics at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/12/30/18805570.php  (“Demands of the New Police Chief and His Initial Response“)    as well as “SCPD to Cosponsor MLK Event – Questions for Chief Mills” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/12/21/18805406.php  .

Santa Cruz Fulltimes on Facebook passes on a number of stories, some from the Sentinel, some further afield, touching homelessness and those attacking the homeless:


Also new Public Records covering police and ranger busts in the last half year are available to review and HUFF needs volunteers to review them.   Give us a call at 831-423-4833.

To check out recent developments go to the facebook pages of Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs and Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz.   To catch the bile of anti-homeless trolls, go to http://www.santamierda.com/ .

HUFFsters Check In Tomorrow (12-27 Wednesday) at 11 AM ; Sub Rosa Likely Closed. Probably move to Yan Flower or Bagelry

HUFFsters will have a huddle and check-in tomorrow(Wednesday morning), beginning in front of the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. and decide on a meeting place. 

On the informal agenda is the San Lorenzo Campground, winter seizure of homeless property, establishing communication with other encampments in other cities, the Loomis Road Residents (in Vehicles) Association), the proposed City gravel campground at 1220 River St., and more….

 

NO HUFF MEETING This Wednesday Next meeting WEDNESDAY 12-27-17 at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe

HUFF now has meetings every other week at the same time and place, but can be contacted whenever at 831-423-HUFF.
There are no City Council meetings (for those interested in such things) until the second Tuesday in January.

The Annual “Homeless Memorial” will be held as usual at the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center at 115 Coral St. at 10 AM on Wednesday 12-20-17.   The general public (even the general homeless!) are actually allowed in past the security guard kiosk, the gates, and presumably without ID cards.   Just don’t try to get a meal there (showers are OK, not sure how about how much bureaucratic tape is required to use the bathroom).

So far no new storage program has been started (or even proposed) by the City after it withdrew its support for Brent Adams program, due to open on December 1st.  Funding and land was abruptly withdrawn, reportedly because of Adams occasional candor around the insufficiency of current overfunded and servicelight programs.

San Lorenzo Campground continues as a survival campground, though shrunken in size with the eviction/deportation/dispersal date apparently delayed.

HUFF is seeking volunteers to help cull through infraction citations for the last six months from the ranges and cops to check on whether Chief Mills’ officers have stopped enforcement of the Sleeping Ban at night on public property.    Volunteers step forward to help–and call 831-423-4833.

Please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, downtown, the neighborhoods, and the parks  where numerous nightly encampments have grown.  If you live there, consider establishing contact with HUFF at 831-423-4833 on a regular basis to provide updates for the radio show Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides (Sundays 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM, Thursdays 6-8 PM at 101.3 FM and freakradio.org).  Fences are going up in Star of the Sea and Laurel St. parks, without significant input or approval from the Laurel St. community, anyway.

 

The Sleeping Ban City Council’s current toleration of San Lorenzo survival activity should not be mistaken for fair and equal treatment of unhoused people in public spaces generally.  The restrictive laws include Stay-Away’s, single vehicle parking, overnight (and in some areas 24-hour) parking bans, new fences around parks at night, abusive enforcement of Downtown Ordinances on Pacific as well as heavy and selective enforcement of the “no smoking” ordinances.

The real reason limited camper toleration is here is police enforcement is an impossibility.   Both in terms of economics and real-life-consequences, the plan to drive homeless folks out of sight and out of town just doesn’t work.  As services are cut back or require “a path to housing” (vouchers, checks), folks appear on the streets, next to buildings, etc.  Tickets in the Pogonip, along the tracks, and in the parks has caused a migration to residential neighborhoods—causing a flurry of quacking and cawing by enraged bourgeois residents.   Police Chief Andy Mills, ever sensitive to the concerns of Downtown merchants and NIMBY residents, has triaged police services by the San Lorenzo campground coup.

The San Diego ACLU (local ACLU take note!) has failed a lawsuit against anti-homeless deportation policies down there.  See http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-homeless-lawsuit-20171116-story.html .

 

You can also help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks; contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).  Let these folks know if you or anyone you know has recently been given a Stay-Away order along with an Infraction ticket, particularly if it’s for longer than 24 hours (or 72 hours after October 12th when the new expanded law goes into effect).  Also report any frivolous citations (sitting, smoking in a distant and vacant area, so-called “trespass” on public property, and, of course, camping as well as the ever-popular “open container” citations).

 

If meetings aren’t your thing, but you  wish to work on Public Records, Assist in getting interviews for Free Radio broadcasts or You-Tube Postings, contact Bathrobespierre Robert at 831-423-4833

 

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 the “coaxed removal” of the homeless encampment there.   Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.  The idea is to quickly gather in numbers if city authorities attempt to shut down the meal.


Brent Adams continues to post regularly on his facebook page “Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz” as well.

HUFF chatters on: Join the small but mighty civil rights monitors TODAY WEDNESDAY 12-13-17 at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe…

HUFFsters will be scrutinizing the latest City Council crapola, sharing updates on the San Lorenzo Campground, the Stupes vs. Shitty Council War of Words, Mental Health Madness, the Lapis Road Longriders, and other winter woes.   
Monterey County activists are still fighting for the rights of RV dwellers on Lapis Road.  Becky Johnson is slated to truck on up from Seaside to report the latest.


Berkeley activist Cornerstone Carol Denney fights what she describes as a phony politically-motivated retrial for “assault and battery”.


San Lorenzo Campground continues as a survival campground, though shrunken in size and more rigidly patrolled with the eviction/deportation/dispersal date apparently delayed.

HUFF will be filing updated Public Records Act requests to see if there’s been a slackening or intensification of citations from July through November.  Volunteers step forward to help–and call 831-423-4833.

Please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, around the Post Office, and along the Coral St. sidewalk where numerous nightly encampments have grown.  If you live there, consider establishing contact with HUFF at 831-423-4833 on a regular basis to provide updates for the radio show Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides (Sundays 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM, Thursdays 6-8 PM at 101.3 FM and freakradio.org).  And also note the harassment actions against homeless in downtown, residential, and business areas where ticketing apparently has continued and possibly intensified.

 

The Sleeping Ban City Council’s current toleration of San Lorenzo survival activity should not be mistaken for fair and equal treatment of unhoused people in public spaces generally.  The restrictive laws include Stay-Away’s, single vehicle parking, overnight (and in some areas 24-hour) parking bans, new fences around parks at night, abusive enforcement of Downtown Ordinances on Pacific as well as heavy and selective enforcement of the “no smoking” ordinances.

The real reason limited camper toleration is here is police enforcement is an impossibility.   Both in terms of economics and real-life-consequences, the plan to drive homeless folks out of sight and out of town just doesn’t work.  As services are cut back or require “a path to housing” (vouchers, checks), folks appear on the streets, next to buildings, etc.  Tickets in the Pogonip, along the tracks, and in the parks has caused a migration to residential neighborhoods—causing a flurry of quacking and cawing by enraged bourgeois residents.   Police Chief Andy Mills, ever sensitive to the concerns of Downtown merchants and NIMBY residents, has triaged police services by the San Lorenzo campground coup.

The San Diego ACLU (local ACLU take note!) has failed a lawsuit against anti-homeless deportation policies down there.  See http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-homeless-lawsuit-20171116-story.html .

Inadequate Winter Shelter started in mid-November at the Salvation Army with some minor improvements in intake from last year.   Hopefully the opening of this mini-programs won’t be the pretext for driving folks away from San Lorenzo.  Contact allies of the homeless such as Food Not Bombs to oppose a likely winter sweep.  Brent Adams storage program, due to open December 1st, has been torpedoed by bureaucrats, according to his report.

The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of the abusive Stay-Away process for the last 9 months. Help HUFF document this wretched record to uncover the obvious pattern of enforcement which largely impacts houseless people.  We’ll be hoping to look into some of the records after the HUFF meeting.

You can also help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks; contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).  Let these folks know if you or anyone you know has recently been given a Stay-Away order along with an Infraction ticket, particularly if it’s for longer than 24 hours (or 72 hours after October 12th when the new expanded law goes into effect).  Also report any frivolous citations (sitting, smoking in a distant and vacant area, so-called “trespass” on public property, and, of course, camping as well as the ever-popular “open container” cirations).

 

If meetings aren’t your thing, but you  wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses and/or Assist in getting interviews for Free Radio broadcasts or You-Tube Postings, contact Bathrobespierre Robert at 831-423-4833

 

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 the “coaxed removal” of the homeless encampment there.   Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.  The idea is to quickly gather in numbers if city authorities attempt to shut down the meal.

HUFF braves the cold! Come on in and quaff some coffee WEDNESDAY 11-29 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe…

HUFFsters will be scrutinizing the latest City Council crapola, sharing updates on the San Lorenzo Campground and the Lapis Road Longriders, and preparing for the winter woes.   
Monterey County activists are still fighting for the rights of RV dwellers on Lapis Road.  Becky Johnson is slated to truck on up from Seaside to report the latest.


Berkeley activist Cornerstone Carol Denney fights what she describes as a phony politically-motivated retrial for “assault and battery”.


San Lorenzo Campground continues as a survival campground, though shrunken in size and more rigidly patrolled.

HUFF will be filing updated Public Records Act requests to see if there’s been a slackening or intensification of citations from July through November.  Volunteers step forward to help–and call 831-423-4833.

Please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, around the Post Office, and along the Coral St. sidewalk where numerous nightly encampments have grown. And also note the harassment actions against homeless in downtown, residential, and business areas where ticketing apparently has continued and possibly intensified.

 

The Sleeping Ban City Council’s current toleration of San Lorenzo survival activity should not be mistaken for fair and equal treatment of unhoused people in public spaces generally.  The restrictive laws include Stay-Away’s, single vehicle parking, overnight (and in some areas 24-hour) parking bans, abusive enforcement of Downtown Ordinances on Pacific as well as heavy and selective enforcement of the “no smoking” ordinances.

The real reason limited camper toleration is here is police enforcement is an impossibility.   Both in terms of economics and real-life-consequences, the plan to drive homeless folks out of sight and out of town just doesn’t work.  As services are cut back or require “a path to housing” (vouchers, checks), folks appear on the streets, next to buildings, etc.  Tickets in the Pogonip, along the tracks, and in the parks has caused a migration to residential neighborhoods—causing a flurry of quacking and cawing by enraged bourgeois residents.

The San Diego ACLU (local ACLU take note!) has failed a lawsuit against anti-homeless deportation policies down there.  See http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-homeless-lawsuit-20171116-story.html .

Inadequate Winter Shelter started in mid-November at the Salvation Army with some minor improvements in intake from last year.   Hopefully the opening of this mini-programs won’t be the pretext for driving folks away from San Lorenzo.  Contact allies of the homeless such as Food Not Bombs to oppose a likely winter sweep.

The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of the abusive Stay-Away process for the last 9 months. Help HUFF document this wretched recordto uncover the obvious pattern of enforcement which largely impacts houseless people.  We’ll be hoping to look into some of the records after the HUFF meeting.  

 

You can also help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks; contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).  Let these folks know if you or anyone you know has recently been given a Stay-Away order along with an Infraction ticket, particularly if it’s for longer than 24 hours (or 72 hours after October 12th when the new expanded law goes into effect).  Also report any frivolous citations (sitting, smoking in a distant and vacant area, so-called “trespass” on public property, and, of course, camping as well as the ever-popular “open container” cirations).

 

If meetings aren’t your thing, but you  wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses and/or Assist in getting interviews for Free Radio broadcasts or You-Tube Postings, contact Bathrobespierre Robert at 831-423-4833

 

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 the “coaxed removal” of the homeless encampment there.   Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.  The idea is to quickly gather in numbers if city authorities attempt to shut down the meal.

NO HUFF TODAY Come back next week WEDNESDAY 11-29 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe…but check out Thanksgiving Vets Hall meal tomorrow 11-23 noon and after

HUFFsters will be goofing off today.   Wednesday, November 29th is the next meeting date for HUFF at the Sub Rosa Cafe. 
Monterey County activists fighting for the rights of RV dwellers on Lapis Road report a storm of daytime “move-along” citations in spite of the proposed and night-time only so-called Safe Parking Program that send RV’s nomading off during the daytime hours where the nearby cities have RV parking bans.  An earlier story is at http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20171017/NEWS/171019797


San Lorenzo Campground continues as a survival campground, in spite of venomous flak from former Police Boss Kevin Vogel in the Sunday Sentinel, uncovering a barely concealed homeless-hostile agenda.  Perhaps a bid for political power or a response to pressure from reactionary colleagues.  See http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opinion/20171118/kevin-m-vogel-end-the-illegal-occupation-of-san-lorenzo-park-now and the chorus of Dittos that follows from the usual crew of bigots.  Though reportedly limited to confined spaces and smaller numbers than prior to the “clean up”, folks are sharing spaces there.  An update from City on a Hill can be found at http://www.cityonahillpress.com/2017/11/16/43933/

The Parks and Records citation searching crew has found an upsurge of stay-away orders from San Lorenzo Park back in June, but has yet to request and research July through November citations.  Volunteers step forward to help–and call 831-423-4833.

Please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, around the Post Office, and along the Coral St. sidewalk where numerous nightly encampments have grown. And also note the harassment actions against homeless in downtown, residential, and business areas where ticketing apparently has continued and possibly intensified.

 

The Sleeping Ban City Council’s current toleration of San Lorenzo survival activity should not be mistaken for fair and equal treatment of unhoused people in public spaces generally.  The restrictive laws include Stay-Away’s, single vehicle parking, overnight (and in some areas 24-hour) parking bans, abusive enforcement of Downtown Ordinances on Pacific as well as heavy and selective enforcement of the “no smoking” ordinances.

The real reason limited camper toleration is here is police enforcement is an impossibility.   Both in terms of economics and real-life-consequences, the plan to drive homeless folks out of sight and out of town just doesn’t work.  As services are cut back or require “a path to housing” (vouchers, checks), folks appear on the streets, next to buildings, etc.  Tickets in the Pogonip, along the tracks, and in the parks has caused a migration to residential neighborhoods—causing a flurry of quacking and cawing by enraged bourgeois residents.

The San Diego ACLU (local ACLU take note!) has failed a lawsuit against anti-homeless deportation policies down there.  See http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-homeless-lawsuit-20171116-story.html .

Inadequate Winter Shelter started in mid-November at the Salvation Army with some minor improvements in intake from last year.   Hopefully the opening of this mini-programs won’t be the pretext for driving folks away from San Lorenzo.  Contact allies of the homeless such as Food Not Bombs to oppose a likely winter sweep.

The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of the abusive Stay-Away process for the last 9 months. Help HUFF document this wretched record to uncover the obvious pattern of enforcement which largely impacts houseless people.  We’ll be hoping to look into some of the records after the HUFF meeting.  

 

You can also help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks; contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).  Let these folks know if you or anyone you know has recently been given a Stay-Away order along with an Infraction ticket, particularly if it’s for longer than 24 hours (or 72 hours after October 12th when the new expanded law goes into effect).  Also report any frivolous citations (sitting, smoking in a distant and vacant area, so-called “trespass” on public property, and, of course, camping as well as the ever-popular “open container” citations).

 

If meetings aren’t your thing, but you  wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses and/or Assist in getting interviews for Free Radio broadcasts or You-Tube Postings, contact Bathrobespierre Robert at 831-423-4833

 

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 the “coaxed removal” of the homeless encampment there.   Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.  The idea is to quickly gather in numbers if city authorities attempt to shut down the meal.

HUFF AT YOU AGAIN WEDNESDAY 11-15 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe to keep close tabs on the pause in Sleeping Ban Enforcement and the San Lorenzo Campground

Wednesday, November 15th is the next meeting date for HUFF at the Sub Rosa Cafe. 
We’ll likely continue on a bi-weekly schedule with long-distance laps from Monterey County activists fighting for the rights of RV dwellers on Lapis Road.  Becky Johnson will be reporting on the Monterey Board of Supervisors latest decision for a so-called Safe Parking Program that send RV’s nomading off during the daytime hours where the nearby cities have RV parking bans.

Also under observation are conditions at the San Lorenzo Campground–now reportedly limited to confined spaces and smaller numbers.  Latest updates are at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/05/18804203.php?show_comments=1#18804543 .

Reports also incoming from Salinas, Marina, and the three First They Came for the Homeless encampments in Berkeley.  We have three more days to look over SCPD and P & R records detailing the current use of Stay-Away’s.

Please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, around the Post Office, and along the Coral St. sidewalk where numerous nightly encampments have grown. And also note the harassment actions against homeless in downtown, residential, and business areas where ticketing apparently has continued and possibly intensified.

 

It seems the “clear ‘em out of the downtown by containing them in San Lorenzo Park” policy is continuing–which has a sort of resignation to sanity quality to it.   Promises and predictions by Chief Andy Mills, at least as far as a tolerated camping area, are so far being kept to his credit, that of Parks and Rec boss Mauro Garcia, and most uncharacteristically City Manager Martin Bernal.

However, this toleration should not be mistaken for fair and equal treatment of unhoused people in public spaces generally.  The restrictive laws that include Stay-Away’s, single vehicle parking, overnight (and in some areas 24-hour) parking bans, abusive enforcement of Downtown Ordinances on Pacific stay in place.

Interestingly enough, there were no negative comments at the Tuesday 11-14 Oral Communications period of the City Council.  Though why anyone would wait an hour to talk for 2 minutes (Mayor Chitty-Chatty Chase’s current time allowance during this “doghouse” period), it’s hard to fathom.  

The real reason limited camper toleration is here is police enforcement is an impossibility.   Both in terms of economics and real-life-consequences, the plan to drive homeless folks out of sight and out of town just doesn’t work.  More and more folks face the rental rampage of landlord profiteering and the City’s endless gentrification (boondoggles for Airbnb and developers).  As services are cut back or require “a path to housing” (vouchers, checks), folks appear on the streets, next to buildings, etc.  As they are ticketed in the Pogonip, along the tracks, and downtown, they migrate to residential neighborhoods—causing a flurry of quacking and cawing by enraged bourgeois residents.

Inadequate Winter Shelter comes rolling down the pike starting in mid-November and expanding somewhat in December.   Hopefully the opening of these mini-programs won’t be the pretext for driving folks away from San Lorenzo.  Allies of those organizing to support the survival communities there should consider strategies for possible resistance.

The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of the abusive Stay-Away process for the last 9 months as has Parks and Recreation–after much prompting.   Help HUFF document this wretched recordto uncover the obvious pattern of enforcement which largely impacts houseless people.  We’ll be hoping to look into some of the records after the HUFF meeting.  As mentioned above, we have only 3 days before they require us to renew the request.

 

You can also help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks; contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).  Let these folks know if you or anyone you know has recently been given a Stay-Away order along with an Infraction ticket, particularly if it’s for longer than 24 hours (or 72 hours after October 12th when the new expanded law goes into effect).

 

If meetings aren’t your thing, but you  wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses and/or Assist in getting interviews for Free Radio broadcasts or You-Tube Postings, contact Bathrobespierre Robert at 831-423-4833

 

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 the “coaxed removal” of the homeless encampment there.   Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.  The idea is to quickly gather in numbers if city authorities attempt to shut down the meal.

 

HUFF NOT MEETING WEDNESDAY (11-8) NEXT MEETING 11-15 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe to see if authorities are keeping their promises on campground support

Wednesday, November 15th is the next meeting date for HUFF at the Sub Rosa Cafe.


We’ll likely continue on a bi-weekly schedule with long-distance laps from Monterey County activists fighting for the rights of RV dwellers on Lapis Road.

Under observation in the days ahead are conditions at the San Lorenzo Campground.  Latest updates are at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/05/18804203.php?show_comments=1#18804294 .   We have another week to look over SCPD and P & R records detailing the current use of Stay-Away’s and may also be getting updates from Berkeley, Sacramento, Salinas, and Fresno.

Please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, around the Post Office, and along the Coral St. sidewalk where numerous nightly encampments have grown. And also note the harassment actions against homeless in downtown, residential, and business areas where ticketing apparently has continued and possibly intensified.

 

It seems the “clear ‘em out of the downtown by containing them in San Lorenzo Park” policy is continuing–which has a sort of resignation to sanity quality to it.   Promises and predictions by Chief Andy Mills, at least as far as a tolerated camping area, are so far being kept.  However, this toleration should not be mistaken for fair and equal treatment of unhoused people in public spaces.  The restrictive laws that have produced Stay-Away’s, single vehicle parking, overnight parking bans, abusive enforcement of Downtown Ordinances on Pacific stay in place.  Inadequate Winter Shelter comes rolling down the pike starting in mid-November and expanding somewhat in December.

The real reason limited camper toleration is here is police enforcement is an impossibility.   Both in terms of economics and real-life-consequences, the plan to drive homeless folks out of sight and out of town just doesn’t work.  More and more folks face the rental rampage of landlord profiteering and the City’s endless gentrification (boondoggles for Airbnb and developers).  As services are cut back or require “a path to housing” (vouchers, checks), folks appear on the streets, next to buildings, etc.  As they are ticketed in the Pogonip, along the tracks, and downtown, they migrate to residential neighborhoods—causing a flurry of quacking and cawing by enraged bourgeois residents.


The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of the abusive Stay-Away process for the last 9 months as has Parks and Recreation–after much prompting.   Help HUFF document this wretched record to uncover the obvious pattern of enforcement which largely impacts houseless people.  We’ll be hoping to look into some of the records after the HUFF meeting. 

 

You can also help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks; contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).  Let these folks know if you or anyone you know has recently been given a Stay-Away order along with an Infraction ticket, particularly if it’s for longer than 24 hours (or 72 hours after October 12th when the new expanded law goes into effect).

 

If meetings aren’t your thing, but you  wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses and/or Assist in getting interviews for Free Radio broadcasts or You-Tube Postings, contact Bathrobespierre Robert at 831-423-4833

 

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 the “coaxed removal” of the homeless encampment there.   Sign up to support their Emergency Response Network by contacting them through Facebook or in person at the Saturday and Sunday meals.  The idea is to quickly gather in numbers if city authorities attempt to shut down the meal.