Standing Up at City Council and in the Community To Attacks on Homeless Residents in Vehicles

Raising Some Issues at Oral Communications
by Robert Norse & Alicia Kuhl (rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com)
Wednesday May 29th, 2019 10:16 AM
Continued delay and inaction on providing homeless shelter and services (to say nothing of civil rights) for homeless folks was the silent part of yesterday’s Santa Cruz City Council agenda. Several of us raised issues at Oral Communications
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CALLING OUT CHIEF MILLS
Many months ago, Alicia Kuhl and other RV-dwellers held a press conference at the police station. She and others asked Chief Mills (who attended) to advise the public and his enforcement staff to stop harassing those whose vehicles are their homes who are legally parked. And to advise noisy and hostile NIMBY’s that making frivolous, malicious, or false complaints about folks in vehicles overstaying the 72 hour limit was itself a crime. He declined to do.

See “The Vandwellers Meet the Police Chief: Relearning Sad Facts” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/16/18820421.php ,

See also “Sentinel presents Sympathetic Story on Van Dweller Harassment, Ducks Police Accountability” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/19/18820463.php

SQUEEZING IN A CRITIQUE AT CITY COUNCIL
At the City Council last night, Alicia Kuhl, Santa Cruz Homeless Union activist, presented and distributed a speech calling out SCPD Police Chief Andy Mills comments on “John Green”‘s “Santa Cruz Looks Like Shit” page.

She believes Mills incites vigilante violence. Mills sites “Green” as a facebook friend. Mills, Alicia noted, provided a recent news flash to needle distribution opponents noting Denise Elerich’s Harm Reduction application was withdrawn. Alicia accuses Mills of not removing his post from the “SCLLS” website where some posters advocate vigilante violence against folks living in their RV’s.

She presented screen shots of the website, and also urged the community to oppose vigilante activity, quoting numerous facebook posters who seem to be urging or enabling it (see attached flyer of speech).

WATKINS REPRESSION DETERRING SPEAKERS?
Unlike last Council meeting, all speakers were able to speak for two minutes, though Watkins for the second time barred all group presentations. Also the abrupt cutoff of speakers and subsequent clearing of the chambers at the last meeting may have discouraged some from coming to speak. At least one man who stood in line behind me, said he’d given up and wouldn’t bother to speak since the Mayor would probably not allow it.

I commented during my speech (also attached) that the City Council “Progressives” don’t seem interested in extending Oral Communications to allow all there to speak–even for the limited 2 minutes (several years ago it was 3 minutes).

Last time Councilmembers Sandy Brown and Justin Cummings joined the repressive Watkins/Mathews minority to vote down a proposed extension of Oral Communications time–resulting in a tumultuous delay as people protested.

MORE VIGILANTE THREATS
Kuhl also posted on the facebook page of Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates a video of a “Santa Cruz Looks Like Shit” poster under the name Jeremy Hoekstra harassing and threatening a man sitting on the sidewalk outside the Bike Church. (See https://www.facebook.com/groups/SantaCruzCountyHomelessAdvocates/ for May 27th).

SPEAKERS AT CITY COUNCIL
Numerous speakers at City Council called out the City Council majority (now enabled by Vice-Mayor Justin Cummings) for enabling a corrupt agenda process excluding key issues like rent control, survival encampments, and restored public process at City Council.

Frances Pain recalls stumbling and falling on the sidewalk with groceries tumbling everywhere–ignored by everyone except a homeless man across the street. Tyler suggested that as more and more fall into debt and homelessness, it will be the homeless themselves that will provide real help and guidance.

Curtis Reliford spoke passionately about racial discrimination in Santa Cruz and the tickets he’d been given for his musical vehicular fundraising.

ACTION OPTIONS
I don’t remember any Janus workers speaking but previously several of them talked about wretched working conditions there. So I added to my flyer their announcement of a picket happening 2-4 PM Thursday May 30th at 200 7th Ave.

I’m also posting usual advisory for vandwellers to unite for self-defense and report all threatening behavior by presumptuous NIMBY neighbors.

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/29/18823656.php?

Small Victories; Large Challenges: Conscience and Action Meets 11 AM Today (Wednesday 5-22-19) with HUFF following at Noon at the Sub Rosa Cafe 703 Pacific

 CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  5-22-19

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items;  Watsonville Rise in Homelessness from Ross
  • Report on 1220 River St. Campground Access; Eric Snickars Update
  • Board of Supes & City Council Follow-Up
  • June 29th Action Organizing & Follow-Up
  • Any Organizing Volunteers for Survival Camp/Homeless Union Solidarity ?  Copwatch?  New “Give a Shit” Bathroom Work?   RV Support?
  • Lawsuit Report; Union of the Homeless Report; Prince Contact?
  • Jail Food Strike Update
  • Needle Exchange Support for Harm Reduction Coalition–Public Debate
  • Our Infraction Public Records Request; City Council Agenda Process: Next City Council; Drew Phone Contact 
  • Abuses at Red Church’s Monday Meal; Jack’s Discrimination: Report

FRSC 7 PM Saturn Café Tonight;  Tabby Cat Elisse City Council Obstruction Meeting 1 PM Thursday (?)   39th FNB Party 610 Ocean 7 PM May 21 Fri

Video:  Brent’s Positive River St. Camp Reports: https://www.facebook.com/HomelessOutsideSantaCruz/videos/624976134684062/
Olga’s Livestream of the Monday Protest: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/424382847?filter=archives&sort=time

For HUFFsters

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Further Action on C & A Items
  • Street Reports
  • Campsites and Ross Camp Removal Fallout Situation
  • Crackdown on RV’s at Safeway and Elsewhere; Recent Fliers
  • RV Attacks & “Reforms” in Other Cities—Local Updates
  • Small Action on Upcoming Council Meeting Towards Affected Agencies
  • Denver Homeless Voter Defeat and Homeless Response There
  • SNAIL Update on Campus RV/Vehicle Struggle
  • May 28 City Council Agenda Item Legal Changes: Glover Intern Meeting Friday 5 PM;  Phone Call

Sunday’s Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Radio Stream 5-19-19 9:30 AM-3 PM at www.freakradio.org : An Activist Views the River St. Camp Confrontation, Watkins Gags the Public at City Council, At Last: Behind the Barbed Wire!

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 freakradio.org and archives at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html  


On the show today:


  • Another View of the River St. Camp  Confrontation with Conditions at the Barbed Wire Boneyard
  • Catching Up with Katzenjammer Keith McHenry on Camp Chat and the Forthcoming Departure of  “Liar for Hire” City Attorney Reed Gallogly
  • Audio Snips from Olga’s River St. Camp Video continued.  Full video at https://www.twitch.tv/videos/424382847?filter=archives&sort=time  
  • 5 Years Later, a Parody of Justice for the a NY Cop who killed Eric “I Can’t Breathe” Garner  
  • Tangled Council Afternoon: More Delays on  Getting the Stats on Homeless Harassment
  • Shutting Down Support for Councilmember Glover at City Council: The Mayor Shuts Out the Public
  • Short Shafts from a Red Church Monday
  • Looking Back at a Whirlwind Week with Ross Camp Liaison Alicia Kuhl
  • Inside the River St. Camp’s Barbed Wire Compound At Last: Mark’s Musings on Life There

Bits of the Bitter and the Better from Santa Cruz Fulltimer Vandweller Julie & Bathrobespierre

PUBLIC COMMENT SHUT OUT AT CITY COUNCIL; FURTHER ACTION ON RESTORING RIGHTS OF THOSE SURVIVING OUTSIDE: Conscience and Action Meeting meets 11 AM Wednesday 5-15-19; Followed by HUFF meeting at Noon

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

Last week’s tumult led to a successful action at the River St. Camp:  GOOD WORK!

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  5-15

Progressive “Majority” Collapses at City Council, Shuts Down Public Comment; Excludes Public;

Planning Action Defending Survival Shelters

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items
  • Follow Up on May 13th Demo and Dialogue at the River St. Camp
  • Organizing Volunteers for Survival Camp/Homeless Union Solidarity
  • Connections with Plaintiffs and Other Homeless Camps–Establishing Contacts
  • City Council Report & Follow-Up
  • Anthony Prince Report by Phone (?)
  • Judge Davila’s Final Written Ruling & City’s Response
  • Update on Documenting the Ross Camp Demolition Losses
  • Public & Media Response to the False Ross Camp Narrative: Specific Protests
  • Resistance Organization for Ross Camp Successor Camps
  • Abusive Conditions at Red Church’s Monday Meal: Activist Double Standards
  • SCPD Community Room Homeless-Hostile Meeting Tonight at 7 PM; May 21st anti-RV meeting Tuesday at 5 PM

     
    For HUFFsters
  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Further Action on C & A Items
  • Street Reports
  • Campsites and Ross Camp Removal Fallout Situation
  • Reports from Other Campsites & Areas
  • Crackdown on RV’s at Safeway and Elsewhere
  • Denver Homeless Voter Defeat and Homeless Response There
  • RV Attacks & “Reforms” in Other Cities—Local Updates
  • May 16 City Council Agenda Item Deadline for 5-28: Legal Changes: Glover Phone Call
  • Berkeley Reports:  Anti-RV Law:  People’s Park Meeting, Lawsuit Fightback, 

IN THE WAKE OF THE ROSS CAMP DEMOLITION : Conscience and Action Meeting meets 11 AM Wednesday 5-8-19; Followed by HUFF meeting at Noon


Conscience and Action will be meeting Wednesday, May 8th 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.

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  5-8

Following Up and Expanding the a Response to the City’s Ross Camp Removal

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items
  • Challenging Prison-Like Conditions at the River St. Campground
  • Anthony Prince Report by Phone
  • Judge Davila’s Final Written Ruling
  • Update on Documenting the Ross Camp Demolition Losses
  • Organizing a Public Response to the False Ross Camp Narrative
  • Resistance Organization for Ross Camp Successor Camps
  • Abusive Conditions at Calvary Episcopal’s Monday Meal: Danger of Double Standards
  • Crackdown on RV’s at Safeway and Elsewhere

     
    For HUFFsters
  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Further Action on C & A Items
  • Street Reports
  • Campsites and Ross Camp Removal Fallout Situation
  • Reports from Other Campsites & Areas
  • RV Attacks in Other Cities—Local Updates
  • Upcoming City Council Agenda: Legal Changes: Glover Phone Call
  • Berkeley Reports:  Anti-RV Law:  People’s Park Meeting, Lawsuit Fightback, May Street Spirit https://www.courthousenews.com/jury-must-decide-if-berkeley-retaliated-against-homeless-for-speech/
  • Oakland Homeless Encampment Lawsuits: See “Encampments Sue the City of Oakland” in the hard copy of the April 2019 Street Spirit

Ross Camp Lawsuit Filed!, City Council’s “Clean-Up” Cave-In, Organizing Resistance at Ross Wednesday 4-10: Conscience & Action 11 AM & HUFF noon at Sub Rosa

Conscience and Action meets at 11 AM; HUFF at 12; Sub Rosa (703 Pacific) will be doling out coffee and perhaps folks will bring edibles.

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  4-10-19

  • Announcements: Choice of Action Items
  • Following Up on the Wednesday Resistance and Thursday Depot Park Meetings: Flashmob Support
  • Implications of the Lawsuit and Follow-Up
  • Council Debacle and Review: Shifting the Focus Off the Council
  • Update on Organizing Events & Groups to Support Ross Camp if they Want
  • Deconstructing the Council’s Procedural Surrender to Staffster O’Hara and the Watkins Minority
  • Documenting the Shelter Deficit & Police Camp Demolition for the Non Ross Camp Homeless
  • Bathroom Barricade: Stepped Up Progress
  • Update on the $10 million from poverty pimps:  News on the HEAP, HAP, or COC HQ.
  • Storage Situation:  The Day/Night Storage Controversy
  • RV Harassment Update: Coastal Commission Pressure, Buddy Solidarity, Council InAction, Specific Complaints & Flyer Distribution, 2-20 Haebe Records Report Review
  • Pressing for Emergency laundry and shower access for the broader homeless community and Ross or 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
  • Legislation: Fatal Force Law,  Cop Records, Student RV Parking at Com 2Colleges (AB 302)

    For HUFFsters

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Street Reports; Restaurant Discrimination?
  • Conscience and Action  items unfinished of interest to HUFFsters
  • Reports from Other Campsites
  • Glover’s Ross Camp Meeting Next Monday 3 or 4 PM
  • RV Survival/Organizing Report from Cynthia and Alicia:
  • Satellite Camp Expansion to Relieve Ross Camp Pressure; Prep for “Clean-Up” and Beyond
  • Push for Council Procedure Changes? Watkins Friday Meeting? Public Agenda?
  • Berkeley Reports:  Anti-RV Law:  People’s Park Situation
  • Tenants in Trouble: students, renters, elderly, disabled groups for mutual power and solidarity.
  • Library Situation: Monitoring the Mischief–Investigation and Update
  • Pushing Back Against Media Mobbing: Sentinel’s Burying the Housing/Shelter Gap

Prep for the Wed Nite Community Meeting, Attorney Anthony Prince Phone Conference on the Ross Camp Lawsuit : Wednesday 4-3: Conscience & Action 11 AM & HUFF noon at Sub Rosa

 Conscience and Action meets at 11 AM; HUFF at 12; Sub Rosa will be doling out coffee and perhaps folks will bring edibles.

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  4-3-19

  • Anthony Prince Phone Update on the Lawsuit
  • Firming Up the Wednesday Night “No Place for Hatred” Ross Camp Resistance Meeting
  • Prospect of a Faster Ross Camp Closing; April 10 or sooner; Helping to Organize Camp BBQ or Event
  • April 9 Council Meeting Prep and Demo: the Glover Report
  • Continuing to Document the Shelter Deficit For the Broader Homeless Community: Declaration Support
  • Tony Elliot Meeting Report–and Follow-Up Demo?  at Council or P & R?
  • Update on the $10 million from poverty pimps:  News on the HEAP, HAP, or COC HQ.
  • RV Harassment Update: Coastal Commission Pressure, Buddy Solidarity, Council InAction, Specific Complaints & Flyer Distribution, 2-20 Haebe Records Report
  • Any Progress on Emergency laundry and shower access for the broader homeless community and Ross or General Laundromat/Biz Discrimination?
  • Tenant/Student Coalition Update; Prospects for Targeting a Real Estate Person
  • Supporting UCSC Student RV Dwellers in the SNAIL Organization; Outreach to Dem Soc

    For HUFFsters

  • Announcements: Including Brief Summaries of Agenda Items
  • Conscience and Action  items unfinished of interest to HUFFsters
  • Ross Camp Assistance for Law Suit Finalization Friday or Monday
  • Glover Meets the Depot Demonizers 7 PM Depot Park Station Thursday
  • RV Survival/Organizing Report from Cynthia and Alicia: the Haebe Report
  • Satellite Camp Expansion to Relieve Ross Camp Pressure; Prep for April 10th & Beyond
  • Push for Council Procedure Changes Proposed?  Public Agenda Meetings ?
  • Berkeley Report: New Attacks on RV’s; People’s Park Situation
  • Tenants in Trouble—demanding real data from Council’s Task Farce, organizing with students, renters, elderly, disabled groups to establish mutual power and solidarity.
  • Library Situation: Monitoring the Mischief–Investigation and Update
  • SCPD: demanding revelation of surveillance devices throughout the City, police records on use of force, selective enforcement, tasering, DHS/ICE collusion, racial profiling.  Protests to open the property room during regular SCPD hours daily.  NO RESPONSES–Delay on the Haebe report
  • MHCAN report:  HUFF movement to support restoration of services.

Sunday 3-24-19 9:30 AM-3 PM at www.freakradio.org Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides: Flashback Free! Interview Packed! Endless Agony with the S.C. City Council Ross Camp Fightback And More!

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!

Tonight’s show streams at freakradio.org and archives at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html  
On the show today:

  • “Action Time!” Alicia K. Reviews Attorney/Activist Anthony Prince’s Earlier Legal Prep and Pep Talk*
  • “Silver Tongued” Steve on SCPD’s Treatment of Vehicle Dwellers
  • “Down But Up” Desiree of the Ross Camp Council’s Report
  • “Just Watchin’” James Scopes Out the Pacific Ave Scene
  • Routing Recyclers–the Coming Changes
  • “Stacked Deck” Steve Tells a Tale of Bad Times
  • Ross Camp Council Dialogues with Councilmember “Gutsy But Gagged” Glover
  • Supporting A Maligned Homeless Union Activist in Yuba County
  • More Council Delay & Dissension on the Library/Parking Lot Bait ‘n Switch
  • Stripping Away the Mask: Homeless Humans in Cages in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Vetoing the Peich/Kuhl Encampment Funding
  • “Shit Sandwich for the Homeless” Cop Back in the Shit-Kicking Business
  • Depot Park Deadhearts Mobilize for Anti-Homeless Hate Rally Today Noon-3 PM
  • Accordian Man Downtown on his Life and Times
  • “Don’t Muck It Up” Mike S. of the Ross Camp Council Speaks Out
  • Daniel B. on Highs and Lows of the Ross Camp
  • Russell C., Amanda P., Henry L., Violet G.,–Personal and Political at FNB Meal
  • “Earnestly Enraged” Elisse on the Woes of the Conservative Blockade at City Council

Blasts from the Boulevard from Santa Cruz Fulltimer Vandweller Julie

https://www.leadertelegram.com/police-calls-drop-at-housing-for-homeless/article_dc08f0b4-9bab-58d4-b78f-d09dcbd15e07.html

Rainy Day Meetings Wednesday 3-6: Conscience & Action 11 AM & HUFF noon at Sub Rosa; Ross Camp Resistance 2 PM Rio Rec Room 2120 N. Pacific Ave.

CONSCIENCE AND ACTION IDEAS  3-6-19

  • Any Prep for the 2 PM Legal Forum Out at Camp Ross?  Hand-out sheets?
  • Upcoming City Council March 12th – Norse Interviews Mayor 3-8 1 PM Questions for her?
  • “Closed Bathrooms” Tony Elliot Presentation & Actions to Follow Friday 3:30 PM Meet
  • Wresting the $10 million from poverty pimps:  News on the HEAP, HAP, or COC HQ.
  • Latest RV Harassment Update: Coastal Commission Pressure, Buddy Solidarity, Council Action, Specific Complaints & Flyer Distribution, Follow-Up Letter to Mills
  • Continuing Documentation of the Shelter Deficit For the Broader Homeless Community
  • Emergency laundry and shower access for the broader homeless community and Ross.
  • Action targeting a real estate profiteer in conjunction with tenant organizations
  • Supporting UCSC Student RV Dwellers in the SNAIL Organization; Outreach to Dem Soc

    For HUFFsters

  • Conscience and Action  items unfinished of interest to HUFFsters
  • Assessment of Ross Camp Situation Given Fire and Recent Death + Upcoming Council
  • Council Speeches for 3-12:
  • RV Harassment Report from Cynthia and Alicia
  • RV living elsewhere; Reports from Elsewhere (San Diego’s Law)
  • Prepping for the Concentration Camp Solution; Homeless Dumping Out of Town
  • Organizing Ross Camp Support and Satellite Camp Expansion
  • Council Procedure Changes Proposed?  Public Agenda Meetings ?
  • Possible Update on Berkeley activists defending People’s Park against new attacks.
  • FRSC Meeting with Mayor Martine Watkins Friday 1 PM:  Any Questions?
  • Tenants in Trouble—demanding real data from the Task Farce, organizing with students, renters, elderly, disabled groups to establish mutual power and solidarity.
  • Library Situation: Monitoring the Mischief
  • SCPD: demanding revelation of surveillance devices throughout the City, police records on use of force, selective enforcement, tasering, DHS/ICE collusion, racial profiling.  Protests to open the property room during regular SCPD hours daily.  NO RESPONSES
  • MHCAN report:  HUFF movement to support restoration of services.