Council Locks Out Elders, Disabled, and Poor from Louden Nelson Bathrooms: Protest Tomorrow 9-2 Tuesday 1:30 PM at Louden Nelson Center 301 Center St.

A City Council meeting that lasted to 11 PM or shortly thereafter last Tuesday night (8-27) featured long anecdotal presentations by London (Louden) Nelson Community Center [LNCC] Supervisor Iseth Rae and her boss Parks and Recreation chief Tony Elliot. A long line of speakers and a list of organizations tried with no success to reason with the Council.  Senior, disabled, homeless, & basketball players will continue to be excluded from the Louden Nelson bathrooms.

Come to LNCC tomorrow and support an immediate “open bathrooms” policy !

Mayor Watkins whittled down a long line of speakers at Oral Communications at 7 PM, a number in support of Councilmembers Krohn and Glover. Some attacked the Glover-Krohn recall, with charges the paid signature gatherers were involved. Others denounced the public smear of Glover and Krohn embodied in the months-long “investigation”. Another singled out City Manager Bernal’s latest memo of last week instructing staff not to communicate with Glover except through him and the staff heads.

Krohn attempted earlier in the day to move the Council Meeting Calendar back to its position near the end of the agenda, from which Watkins had moved it in June. His motion failed 3-4.

Neither he, Krohn, nor Brown attempted to require the Mayor to bring back survival encampments, the selective enforcement against homeless people of infractions, a public process for setting the agenda, or other matters raised months ago by Glover.

Any of these items could have been proposed for forced inclusion on the next agenda by motion and majority vote….


Protest/Press Conference Today at the River St. Campground–1220 River St. 10 AM Thursday August 29th

Time for More Privacy, Decency, & Accessibility at Salvation Army’s 1220 River St. Camp
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Date Thursday August 29
Time 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Event Type Press Conference
Organizer/Author California Homeless Union/HUFF/C&A/FNB
Email rnorse3 [at]
Phone 8314234833
Location Details
1220 River St. in front of the Salvation Army’s 60 tent “no walking in or out” Campground
The press conference/protest follows up on last May’s appeal to the Salvation Army management.

That event urged the Army to allow greater freedom and privacy for camp residents and to provide important upgrades in the living conditions there such as showers and protection from the heat.


Today’s event is again sponsored by the Santa Cruz Homeless Union, Conscience and Action, Food Not Bombs, and HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom).

It will be followed by a supportive visit to Monterey Superior Court (1:30 PM, Department 13, 1200 Aguajito Road ) in support of the Salinas Homeless Union’s court suit seeking to stop the police harassment of folks outside at Sherwood Park in Salinas.

It follows a partially successful challenge to the City’s discriminatory closing of bathrooms prompting City Council last Tueday night to act. An unusually cohesive Progressive majority voted 4-3
(1) to reopen the City Hall bathrooms (closed since the Freedom Sleeper protests of 2015-2017);
(2) to refer the Louden Nelson bathrooms issue to the homeless-focused CACH group, and
(3) to require the Parks and Recreation manager Tony Elliot get approval from City Council for any future closings of City facilities.

Activists have also scheduled a Direct Action ‘Open the Damn Bathrooms” event for Tuesday September 3rd at 1:30 PM at Louden Nelson Center. Concerned community members are invited to attend, witness, and/or participate.


City Council To Back Louden Nelson Bathroom Lockout 7:30 PM Tuesday August 27th

Who Will Change City Council’s Dirty Diapers at Louden Nelson and City Hall?

Item #1 on the City Council’s Evening Agenda at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 8-26 endorses the Continued Exclusionary “Closed Bathroom” Policies of Louden Nelson Supervisor Iseth Rae and her superior Tony Elliot. The Parks and Recreation [P&R] Commission have essentially reversed Councilmember Drew Glover’s original proposal, which Mayor Watkins and City Manager Bernal successfully delayed for six months.
AGENDA ITEM lays out the City’s thin case for its “exclude the broader community” policy.

In spite of the lack of specific documentation justifying her action, Louden Nelson Supervisor Iseth Rae closed and locked the Louden Nelson bathrooms in March 2018, reserving their use to “those in programs”. Tony Elliot of the City’s Parks and Recreation oversees Iseth Rae’s management.

When the San Lorenzo Winter Campground was shut down without providing adequate alternate sleeping facilities for unhoused residents, those without shelter began to sleep in Laurel Park, adjacent to the Louden Nelson Center. Use of the bathrooms increased.

Though masking the discriminatory policy as being concerned with “illegal” behavior (such as sleeping near the Center, using the washrooms to shave and wash, and “drug use”), the wholesale exclusion was clearly intended at unhoused people.

It also significantly impacts the entire community. The nearest bathrooms are blocks away (with the exception of the police department, which is usually not available, according to a beat officer).

At the same time, Rae and the P & R created a “Security Patrol” at Laurel Park, as well as a locked fence. Rae upped the ante in March 2018 by locking the public bathrooms and requiring users to get a code. That code was only given out to authorized individuals, that is, those “participating in programs” at the Louden Nelson Center. Using the park, visiting the Center, and simply needing to use the bathroom were not enough. Even if you were disabled, ill, a minor, a senior, or afflicted with a medical condition.

When asked to present evidence for the need of this policy, Rae responded by describing several incidents in 2016 and 2017, but had no documentation showing unusual amounts of vandalism or lawbreaking or behavior that “threatened” children.

Close analysis of the public records involving staff memos, bills for repair, etc. revealed no regular or extensive damage at the bathrooms. At the P & R Commission meeting this summer, Rae presented no written evidence justifying her exclusionary policy.

She did note that some conservative neighbors and a few neighborhood groups had complained about the “inappropriate behavior”. By contrast, the ACLU and at least one musical performer (David Rovics) reacted with outrage and moved their meetings elsewhere in response to the anti-homeless policies.

When one member of the P & R Commission noted state law seemed to require that public bathrooms in public buildings be open to the entire public, not simply those chosen by the managers, the Commission voted to continue banning bathroom use even to regular Laurel Park users until such time as the City Attorney advised otherwise.

Louden Nelson Center was originally named after London Nelson, a former slave, who donated the property to the school district in the mid-1800s. London’s first name was erroneously changed to “Louden” in documents after the 1930s, but almost no documents before that time show his name as anything other than “London.” according to local historian Phil Reader. I use the altered name “Louden” accustomed to this usage.

Bathrooms at City Hall have been closed since 2015 in spite of repeated protests–the apparent purpose to shut down the “Freedom Sleeper” protests of 2015-2017. The City has spent thousands of dollars tearing up the grass and replacing it with rocky ground, hiring First Alarm “security” patrols, and making it a crime to circulate a petition on City Hall grounds after dark.

The swing vote on this issue is, as usual, Vice Mayor Justin Cummings, who has declined so far to meet with HUFF on this or any other issue.

E-Mail him at jcummings [at] or phone him at 420-5020 to demand a restoration of decency and fair treatment there. The entire City Council can be reached at citycouncil [at] .

Repeated protests on this issue and meetings with P & R higher-up Carol Scurich, City Manager Martin Bernal, and current P & R boss Tony Elliot have led nowhere. A Direct Action protest held some weeks ago did open up the women’s bathroom for an hour.

Another protest is planned for 1:30 PM at Louden Nelson Center Tuesday September 3rd in the event that City Council continues its “no homeless” policies.

“Access and Hours of Parks and Recreation Facilities” –the only item on the evening agenda at
Tony Elliot’s justification for locking down the bathrooms can be found under Memorandum on Louden Nelson Communty Center Restrooms. No dates and costs are mentioned. Nor is any comparison made with upkeep costs for other bathrooms. After two hour-long meetings, Elliot has still not responded with any specifics to the concerns raised by Conscience and Action and HUFF.

“Direct Action–Liberate the Locked Louden Nelson Bathrooms ” at
“Time to Get Off the Pot: Louden Nelson–Reopen Your Bathrooms to All the Public ” at
“Parks and Rec Set to Sabotage Glover “Open the Bathrooms” Proposal ” at
“Liberate Locked Lavatories ” at
“Bathrooms, Winter Survival, and Community Caring — A Rally — Join Us! ” at
“Pee & Poo Protest: Reopen Essential Bathrooms for the Public and the Poor ” at

Bathrooms Open Now! Petition


             For nearly a year and a half, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department has refused to restore bathroom use at Louden (London) Nelson Center to the General Public.  On Tuesday night, the matter will be on City Council perhaps for a vote with discussion starting at 7:30 PM.   E-Mail City Council at to demand return of these bathrooms as well as others to full use.    The swing vote here is like to be Vice-Mayor Justin Cummings.  E-mail him at .
              On September 3 at 1:30 PM at Louden Nelson there will be a direct action to require city bureaucrats to reopen the bathrooms there.  Join us there if City Council continues to support the foolish and bigoted policy there, which is a thinly disguised anti-homeless policy in no way justified by real stats about bathroom problems.
             Unless you let me know (at by Sunday morning, I shall assume you have no opposition to HUFF’s adding it’s name to the petition below being circulated by Rabbi Phil Posner of Conscience and Action.

Robert Norse


“I’m 81 and homeless,” she said, standing before our City Council. “And at night I have no place to pee or defecate. I’m here asking for your help!”

I have a prostate problem,” he said, “and sometimes I pee in my pants.”

Petition SC City Council regarding Insufficient Public Bathrooms

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) along with other interested individuals, congregations and organizations is concerned with the lack of bathroom facilities available for the public and the homeless in Santa Cruz.  We hereby petition our Santa Cruz City Council to direct the Parks and Recreation Dept. and other relevant city departments to:

Open more bathrooms, or 24 hour Porta Pottys in Santa Cruz; and, or allow concerned individuals or organizations to receive permits to place Porta Pottys where needed, as for example at Louden Center where the public bathroom is currently closed after 1:30 pm, and City Hall which is always closed to the public except during Council meetings.

In making this appeal to our City Council, Conscience and Action, HUFF, and Food not Bombs, as they have previously indicated stand ready to meet with City Officials to help facilitate the above action/petition.

As of 8/22/19 the following organizations have agreed to sign this petition:

ACLU – Santa Cruz County (8/21/19)

Association of Faith Communities of Santa Cruz. (8/20/19)

Avatar Imports, LLC 814 Pacific Ave (8/18/19)

Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal of Santa Cruz, Social Action Committee (8/20/19)

Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal of Santa Cruz (Board vote to be confirmed on 9/13/19))

Conscience and Action (8/14/19)

Cross Roads 811 Pacific Ave (8/21/19)

Food Not Bombs of Santa Cruz (8/14/19)

Homeless United for Freedom and Friendship – HUFF (8/21/19)

Pipeline 818 Pacific Ave (8/21/19)

Retro Paradise 1010 Pacific Ave (8/21/19)

The Starving Magician 1003 Pacific Ave (8/21/19)

Veterans For Peace Chapter 11 of Santa Cruz (8/21/19)

All Aboard for the 11 AM Conscience and Action Conclave at the Sub Rosa at 703 Pacific, followed eventually by the HUFF meeting! Coffee likely! Edibles near certain.


Note:  Agenda Ideas are simply suggestions and subject to change and addition from anyone in the group.  They cover a wide range of possibilities.

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items; Timekeeper; Vibes Guy
  • Old Biz:  1220 River St. Report & 8-15 Protest/Press Conference; 10 AM  Postponement? 
  • Old Biz:  Committee Report on Bathroom Protests
  • Possible Glover call (10 minutes available on his end)
  • Any Follow-Up for Phone-A-Cop-for-Shelter-Transport Proposal ?
  • Follow-Up on Expenditures & Local Effectiveness in the Cash-for-Care Poverty Pimpery Masquerading as Social Service; CATCH Committee ?                                                                                

For HUFFsters

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Further Action on C & A Items
  • Street and Campground Report
  • Glover Call on Release of Infraction Examination, Investigation, Housing Problem       
  • RV and Vehicle Seizure; Gen-I on Vehicle Tow and Alicia’s Latest on Haebe’s Green Stickers
  • August 8th Monterey Court Hearing 1200 Aguajito Rd for Salinas Injunction Against Cop Harassment at Sherwood Park 1:30 PM
  • What’s to be Done With SC Homeless Union Documentation?
  • Stepping Up in Santa Cruz Poverty Pimp PR Checking: Eli and Laura Report?
  • Odds & Ends:  Needle Exchange Expansion Debate/Forum…Alicia Homeless Union Report
  • Public Records Updates: Bathroom Data–Norse and Colby’s Data  Some at


Friday August 9 5:30 PM City Manager’s Conference room (knock at side door) Councilmember Glover’s Pre-Council Public Info Session
Saturday August 10   noon-3 PM   Really Free Market   Sub Rosa Cafe


Thomas:   perhaps get on the 1220 Visiting List.

Robert:  ask Eric for Marquez’s phone number—or Phil.

                Contact Keith to ask about Interns

                Mail list of 1220 Infractions and E-mailed Drew request for “fixed/transient” clarity.

                Send out e-mail on Friday date.

Greg, Laura, Phil:  Bathroom Planning

Eli, Laura: Make calls about the homeless Shelter/Resources  list, specifically around Shelter

Everyone:  Camp protest/press conference postponed to the 15th 10 AM

ADDITIONALLY:  Someone needs to examine Louden Nelson documents and the County’s Salvation Army shelter contracts. E-Mail if you haven’t got these documents & want to help.

Any volunteers to go by the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center or phone them and find out if they have a procedure for dismissing homeless vehicular citations?

[huffsantacruz] Sunday’s Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Radio Stream July 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM-3 PM : More Loud Liberation at Louden (London) Nelson Bathrooms; Recall Clashes, Sad Stories on the Sidewalk at FNB; a Flashback to May 29, 2008

CASH FOR YOU!: $300 for info leading to a 10′ X 10′ studio space indoors or outside with access to bathroom, internet, and power.  Free Radio Santa Cruz is also seeking a transmitter space where we can put up an antenna–a backyard, a multi-story home, a high tree–help us spread the word.   Help us so we can help you!

Today’s show streams at and archives at  
Today’s Line-Up, the Content of the May 29, 2008 Flashback, and More will hopefully be sent out later today.   In the meantime, listen in and catch the show as it comes!

  • WEDNESDAY JULY 24 7 AM to 9 PM the Annual Homelessness Marathon at!
  • Support Alternative Survival Camps and Squats in the Wake of the City Council “Away on Vacation” Abdication as Homeless People Face Police Lies and Turn-Aways from Shelter.
  • Join the Ross Camp Lawsuit Seeking Damages–Whether you were at Ross Camp or Not: Protect Survival Camps Everywhere! Contact Barracuda Mama at 831-431-7766 or Visit the Union of the Homeless table 4-6 PM at the Saturday and Sunday Food Not Bombs Meals at the Main Post Office
  • Donate to Existing Homeless Encampments, NOT Poverty-Pimp Posturers– Survival Demands Blankets, Water, Tarps, Portapotties & Trash Pick-Up’s–and Deter Police Harassment by being On Call to Document It.
  • Additional Needs for Community Samaritans!–More Needs: Potable Water for Drinking and Grey Water for Washing, Laundry Access so Clothes Don’t Mildew, a Drainage System Against the Rains, More Space in Additional Spots, Less Cop Crackdowns
  • Support Food Not Bombs,  the Warming Center’s Day/Night Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Santa Cruz Union of the Homeless documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.

  •  Check out The Santa Cruz Community, Santa Cruz Homeless Advocates & Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz, Monterey County Homeless Advocates, SNAIL, HEART Disabled Homeless People,  & Power Surge Tenants Rights on Facebook
  •   Exchange information with other supporters there to generate more communication and better solutions in the future.
  •   Listen in to Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides at Thursdays 6-8 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM- 3 PM
  •   If you must, expropriate items from chain stores.  Don’t steal from vulnerable fellow homeless or local businesses!

Santa Cruz County Homeless Union President Launches RV Park-In Protest



Recent renewal of harassment of RV dwellers along Woodrow has prompted Alicia Kuhl of the SC Homeless Union to organize a Park-In to protest the threatening vigilante behavior. This morning, homeless activist Alicia Kuhl posted the following facebook event at

“Park In/Protest. We are hosting a 72 hour park in on the corner of Woodrow & Westcliff near the end of Pelton. Starting tonight for 72 hours. Please come and park, share food, talk, or just park. Bring signs! We have a right to park for 72 hours, harassment is illegal, everybody has a right to live etc. See you there. Fight Poverty NOT The Poor! Can you hear me?????” ❤❤

Alicia advised me by phone that she had contacted the SCPD after recent harassment from a neighbor posting a “We Watch Our Area; This is Not a Campground” notice on her car. She had a fifteen minute phone conversation with an officer she described as condescending and dismissing. She and other vehicle dwellers decided it was time to renew a basic public demands on Chief Andy Mills’ department–originally made months ago.

The demand: that Mills direct his officers to advise vigilantes calling in with repeated (and often false) complaints that false complaints to the police are a misdemeanor and punishable by fine and imprisonment. In the past, Kuhl reports experiencing repeated contacts with police who warn her they’ve been told her RV was parked past the 72 hour limit. Alicia claims these are repeated false complaints–since she moves her RV regularly.
West Side Neighbors, local anti-homeless NIMBY’s, have been organizing apparently to map out “strategies” of harassment. See at


Sunday’s Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Radio Stream 5-12-19 9:30 AM-3 PM at : Migration, Dispersal, Token Shelter: the Ross Camp Aftermath

STILL AVAILABLE!  REWARD ! :$300 for info leading to a 10′ X 10′ studio space indoors or outside with access to bathroom, internet, and power.  Free Radio Santa Cruz is also seeking a transmitter space where we can put up an antenna–a backyard, a multistory home, a high tree–help us spread the word.   Help us so we can help you!

Today’s show streams at and archives at  
On the show today:

  • River St. Campground–the 11 AM Protest Tomorrow Monday May 13 
  • Katzenjammer Keith’s on Prison-like Conditions at the Very Limited Shelter Availabla
  • Throughout the Program, Songs of Protest from
  • Community TV Interviews “All In!” Alicia and Bathrobespierre Robert
  • CalTran Cruelty–Business As Usual:
  • Upcoming Tuesday City Council Agenda
  • Gloomy Poems from Berkeley’s Julia Vinograd–Died Late Last Year (12-11-43 to 12-5-18)
  • Rumbles of Rage and Rumination from Last Monday at the Red Church
  • Lawsuit Update from Ross Camp Council Liaison Alicia Kuhl
  • Flashback Intro

Flashing Back to April 29, 1996

  • SCPD’s Steve Clark vs. City Hall Sleeper’s Protesters
  • Crossroads Chris Brozda’s Report
  • Councilmember Katherine Beiers on Police Blanketburgling
  • Downtown Drumming Controversy at City Council
  • Travelin’ Tom Noddy Gives the Voluntary Street Performers Guide Perspective
  • Beggarbacker Becky Johnson Critiques Her Citizens Committee for the Homeless

Blasts from the Boulevard from Santa Cruz Fulltimer Vandweller Julie & Bathrobespierre
  • Confronting the Containment Camp at 1220 River Street:             11 AM Monday April 13.  Bring Video, Friends, and Fury
  • Support Successor Ross Camp Refugee Camps and other Real Alternative Survival Camps and Squats
  • Join the Ross Camp Lawsuit: Protect Survival Camps Everywhere! Contact Barracuda Mama at 831-431-7766
  • Join Campquest 2019–the Search for Community Shelter in Empty Buildings and Parking Garages for Refuge if Ross Is Depopulated and “Clean-Up” Restricted
  • Donate to Existing Homeless Encampments, not Poverty-Pimp Posturers– Survival Demands Blankets, Water, Tarps, Portapotties & Trash Pick-Up’s
  • Community and City Council Take Note!–Ross Camp Needs: Potable Water for Drinking and Grey Water for Washing, Laundry Access so Clothes Don’t Mildew, a Drainage System Against the Rains, More Space in Additional Spots.
  • Demand Immediate Council/Supervisor Support for the Hundreds of Homeless Refugees Outside in Wet and Freezing Weather
  • Support Food Not Bombs,  the Warming Center’s 24 Hour Storage Program, HUFF, Conscience and Action, Monterey County Homeless Advocates,  and other activists in documenting, providing resources, & publicizing the situation.
  •  Check out Ross Camp, The Santa Cruz Community, & Homeless Outside in Santa Cruz  on Facebook for updates.
  •   Read Updates and Post Them on Santa Cruz Indymedia at
  •   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 Thursdays 6-8 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM- 3 PM
  •   Hear archived shows at .  Call in with street reports and commentary: 831-423-4833.
  •   If you must, expropriate items from chain stores.  Don’t steal from vulnerable fellow homeless or local businesses!

In the Wake of the TRO Victory!: Conscience and Action Meeting meets 11 AM Today 4-25-19 ; Followed by HUFF meeting at Noon

Conscience and Action will be meeting today at 11 AM, with the HUFF meeting following at noon.  As usual, we meet at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific next to the Bike Church.   Free Coffee with the Clamor.


Court Order Prohibiting Ross Camp Closure Pending 9 AM 4-27 Federal Court Hearing in San Jose:

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items
  • Implications of the Court Victory and City Council Report
  • Resistance Organization for Furture Flashmob Documenting: LawSuit Sign-Up List Follow-Up
  • Possible Prince Report by Phone: 9 AM TRO Hearing in San Jose:  AND AFTER
  • Wes White’s Wednesday 4-25 7 PM RCNV Ross Camp Dialogue
  • Criminalization of Homeless Glover Resolution and Analysis
  • Councilmembers Cummings Analysis and Update
  • Bathroom Barricade: Stepping Up the Response
  • Transition Campsite Progress  News on the HEAP, HAP, or COC HQ.
  • laundry and shower access for the broader homeless community & General Laundromat/Biz Discrimination?
  • Tenant/Student Coalition Update; Prospects for Targeting a Real Estate Ripster
  • Supporting UCSC Student RV Dwellers in the SNAIL Organization; Outreach to Dem Soc
  • Legislative: Fatal Force Law,  Cop Records, Student RV Parking at Com 2Colleges (AB 302)

    For HUFFsters
  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Help for Prep for Friday’s TRO Hearing
  • Street Reports; Restaurant Discrimination?
  • Anthony’s Suggestion: Resuming Protests at City Hall
  • Conscience and Action  items unfinished of interest to HUFFsters
  • Moving HUFF Meetings to Ross Camp in Conjunction with Ross Camp Council Meetings
  • Reports from Other Campsites & Areas
  • Tuesday Council Report; Pleich AFC Ross Camp Moving Support
  • Glover’s Ross Camp Meeting Last Monday and Next Monday at 3 PM
  • RV Attacks in Other Cities—Local Updates
  • Satellite Camp Expansion to Relieve Ross Camp Pressure: Benchlands Report
  • Push for Council Procedure Changes by Thursday 4-25 ? Watkins Friday Meeting?
  • Berkeley Reports:  Anti-RV Law:  People’s Park Meeting, Lawsuit Fightback:
  • Oakland Homeless Encampment Lawsuits: See “Encampments Sue the City of Oakland” in the hard copy of the April 2019 Street Spirit
  • Tenants in Trouble: students, renters, elderly, disabled groups for mutual power and solidarity.
  • Sentinel Letter Pushback