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.

 

HUFF MEETING WEDNESDAY (11-1) 11 AM 11-1-17 at the Sub Rosa Cafe in Post-Halloween Huddle–Creepy Crawly Caffeine Will be Provided

We’re back at the usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting Wednesday November 1st.   HUFF will likely continue on a bi-weekly schedule with though that will be decided by those attending.   This decision was made to accommodate Monterey County activists currently fighting the Lapis Road Residential Vehicle Homeowner Struggle who have to come a longer distance.

Topics coming up will be activist Phil Posner’s survey of the San Lorenzo (de facto) Campground taken two weeks ago; solidarity between renters and houseless folks and the latest renter protection protest at the Sleep Tight apartments; adjourning to look over SCPD and P & R records detailing the current use of Stay-Away’s; updates from the federal court decision Tuesday allowing BART to deport homeless from the Here and There (formerly First They Came for the Homeless) encampment, from Sacramento’s trial against the City’s Camping Ban, and more….

Also up for discussion, HUFF’s position regarding SCPD Chief Mills supposed “liberal” “no nighttime camping busts” policy as contrasted with continuing harassment of the unhoused downtown for trivial offenses.  The latest Sentinel Jessica York media spin is at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20171030/santa-cruz-county-hepatitis-a-outbreak-tapers-benchlands-homeless-camp-grows while SCPD Chief Mills has alarmed some RV dwellers and survival sleepers-in-cars with his apparent plan to “assign five police lieutenants to individual neighborhoods to focus on each area’s looming issues, such as recreational vehicles parked for extended times in Westside neighborhoods.” (See http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20171025/new-santa-cruz-police-chief-intends-to-reshape-department-priorities?source=most_viewed )

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 supposed “liberal” Mills policy means little if police and rangers are ticketing sleepers for “other crimes” on public property such as being in a park after dark, smoking, blocking the sidewalk, lodging, trespass, etc.

We have few if any reports of police and ranger use of the newly expanded Stay-Away law.  Its selective enforcement powers  are described at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of this abusive 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.

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.

 

More HUFF Hibernation… NO MEETING TODAY (10-25) Next regularly scheduled meeting 11 AM 11-1-17 Wednesday at the Sub Rosa Cafe

The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting today (Wednesday October 24) is cancelled..   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 who have to come a longer distance as well as acknowledge the dwindling number of local HUFFsters attending weekly.

On KZSC’s Talkabout show Wednesday 10-25  7:45 PM , Bathrobespierre Robert talks about the latest SCPD gambit with Chief Mill’s “no tickets 9 PM to 6 AM unless there is a complaint by someone in control of that property or some other crime or nuisance behavior is taking place.”

Updates tomorrow Thursday 10-26 6:30 PM at 101.3 FM (also freakradio.org) on the 6-8 PM Bathrobepierre’s Broadsides show regarding the Poor Tour/First They Came for the Homeless encampment in Berkeley, and Tuesday doings around the Rent Control organizing, the visit of Bandelero Bob Aronson (S.C. Police “Auditor”), and the “no protests, please!”  S.C. Coalition on Homelessness–if we can get ‘em.

If anyone went to the Tuesday gatherings, please contact me at 423-4833 for updates.  Personal health problems, unseasonable heat, and transportation problems kept me away.

See SCPD Chief Mills and mainstream media statements are available 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

Also please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park, around the Post Office, and along the Coral St. sidewalk where numerous nightly encampments have grown.

The supposed “liberal” Mills policy means little if police and rangers are ticketing sleepers for “other crimes” on public property such as being in a park after dark, smoking, blocking the sidewalk, lodging, trespass, etc.

We have few if any reports of police and ranger use of the newly expanded Stay-Away law.  Its selective enforcement powers  are described at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of this abusive 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.

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 settles into slumber: NO MEETING TODAY (10-18) Next regularly scheduled meeting 11 AM 11-1-17 ? Wednesday at the Sub Rosa Cafe

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

http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/10/15/portland-will-allow-overnight-rv-camping-and-tiny-homes-on-private-property/

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.

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HUFF rises again: 11 AM Sub Rosa Cafe Wednesday October 11th–The City’s Cheaper Crankier Coffee and Chatter As Well

The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting at 703 Pacific today (Wednesday October 11) is back as promised.

On October 11th, Monterey County Lapis Road activists Wildfire and Becky Johnson will be coming to town to discuss Resistance strategies with HUFFsters.

Currently, the RV and vehicle dwellers down there are facing costly, unsustainable, and unnecessary relocations every day from 10 AM to 6 PM.  This process is whittling down their numbers, as the RV’s have been declared illegal to park in nearby cities.  The activists there are working on a Coastal Commission appeal among other strategies.  Salinas homeless activist Wes White is researching the resurgence of anti-RV parking laws in Seaside, Monterey, Sand City, Salinas, and surrounding communities.

Check out White’s video of the Fresno Homeless Protests two weeks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gafECSWjJm0 ago at .

Listen to Chief Andy Mills latest liberal sentiments on his someday plan to stop citations and harassment of the homeless under the Sleeping Ban at http://radiolibre.org/brb/brb171008.mp3  (1 hour and 32 minutes into the audio file).
We have few if any reports of police and ranger use of the newly expanded Stay-Away law.  Its selective enforcement powers  are described at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of this abusive process for the last 9 months (no word from Parks and Rec).  Help HUFF document this wretched record.   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 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 abhor meetings and wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses, Monitor the new Library Rules, 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, and Tuesday as well as folks who want to help homeless harassed with citations for Being Visibly Homeless.  Contact them at 575-770-3377

Now You See Us, Now You Don’t HUFF 11 AM Huddle Postponed from 10-4 to 10-11. Today’s Wednesday Meeting CANCELLED

The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting at 703 Pacific today (Wednesday October 4) has been kicked ahead to Wednesday October 11th. Mark your calendars.

On October 11th, Monterey County Lapis Road activists Wildfire and Becky Johnson will be coming to town to discuss Resistance strategies with HUFFsters.

Currently, the RV and vehicle dwellers down there are facing costly, unsustainable, and unnecessary relocations every day from 10 AM to 6 PM.  This process is whittling down their numbers, as the RV’s have been declared illegal to park in nearby cities.  The activists there are working on a Coastal Commission appeal among other strategies.  Salinas homeless activist Wes White has proposed a Parade of Forgotten Voices to be planned 8 AM October 5th at the Silver Bullet along Lapis Road [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1723196254578198/ ]

White and Johnson recently visited Fresno joining dozens of others Standing in Solidarity with the Homeless last week in a civil disobedient campout which White videoed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gafECSWjJm0
Activist Brent Adams reports from the Post Office encampment at https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/ and more updates can occasionally be found there.   The threatened expulsion of those sleeping there did not happen on October 1st–the threats reported by sidewalk sleepers there.  San Lorenzo Park campers were excluded September 28,29, and 30 with posted signs.

We have few if any reports of police and ranger use of the newly expanded Stay-Away law.  Its selective enforcement powers can be are described at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   The SCPD has readied Public Records that document the use of this abusive process for the last 9 months (no word from Parks and Rec).  Help HUFF document this wretched record.   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 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 abhor meetings and wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses, Monitor the new Library Rules, 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, and Tuesday as well as folks who want to help homeless harassed with citations for Being Visibly Homeless.  Contact them at 575-770-3377

 

Back from the Boonies! HUFF meets tomorrow at 11 AM at the Sub Rosa Cafe 9-27.

The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting at 703 Pacific tomorrow (Wednesday September 27) is back.

On the agenda: What to do when the new “liberal” police chief moves on the Post Office Survival Sleepers on October 1st…Preparing a defense for the Stay-Away Stupidity which intensifies on October 12th…implications of the new Unreasonably Disturbing Noise ordinance voted into law at City Council Tuesday…and a few surprises…

A description of the nasty law expanded police selective enforcement powers can be found at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   If you’d like to help review the Public Records (still not fully disclosed) and/or 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 please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park and around the Post Office.  
If you abhor meetings and wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses, Monitor the new Library Rules, 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, and Tuesday as well as folks who want to help homeless harassed with citations for Being Visibly Homeless.  Contact them at 575-770-3377

Another Week of No-Show For Weary HUFFsters– 11 AM September 20th Sub Rosa Meeting Called Off

The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting at 703 Pacific tomorrow (Wednesday September 20) will not be formally happening today, although the Cafe may be open and some HUFF members may be there. If you wish to pin down a HUFF meeting for next week, contact Robert at 423-4833.

Tune in at 7 PM Thursday 9-21 on Free Radio Santa Cruz to hear poetry from Berkeley poet Julia Vinograd’s newest book Detour as well as updates both gloomy and encouraging. National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty attorney Tristia Bauman has asked HUFF for its extensive trove of Public Records with an eye to some kind of legal filing in November perhaps.  Another legal researcher is investigating homeless encampments.

The second reading of the Unreasonably Disturbing Noise law changes will likely be on next Tuesday’s City Council agenda.   Packed with subjective criteria retaining police discretionary powers, it nonetheless limits police power over sound amplification.  Check out the 9-12 City Council’s Agenda (Item #21) for the proposed law which pass unanimously last week 7-0.

A description of the nasty law expanded police selective enforcement powers can be found at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   If you’d like to help review the Public Records (still not fully disclosed) and/or 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 please report conditions in San Lorenzo Park and around the Post Office.  
If you abhor meetings and wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses, Monitor the new Library Rules, 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, and Tuesday as well as folks who want to help homeless harassed with citations for Being Visibly Homeless.  Contact them at 575-770-3377

Today’s Meeting Cancelled–HUFF Retreats in Mourning over Council’s Ballooning of Police Anti-Homeless Powers in Deceptively Named “School Safety” Zones 9-13

The usual Sub Rosa Cafe 11 AM meeting at 703 Pacific tomorrow (Wednesday September 13) will not be formally happening today, although the Cafe may be open and some HUFF members may be there.

A description of the nasty law expanded police selective enforcement powers can be found at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/12/18802845.php (“Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside“)   If you’d like to help review the Public Records (still not fully disclosed) and/or help fight the Stay-Away orders as they are individually levied on homeless folks, contact Food Not Bombs  or HUFF  (numbers below).

Tune in at 7 PM Thursday 9-14 on Free Radio Santa Cruz to hear an interview with Police Chief Andy Mills, whose supportive (and misleading) testimony helped pass the toxic Stay-Away expansion 4-3  (Mayor Chase unexpectedly joined the opposition with Brown and Krohn).
If you abhor meetings and wish to work on Public Records, Help compile accounts of Police/Ranger abuses, Monitor the new Library Rules, 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, and Tuesday as well as folks who want to help homeless harassed with citations for Being Visibly Homeless.  Contact them at 575-770-3377