Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Thursday December 28, 2023 show is a Flashback to October 6, 2016 featuring Becky Johnson’s Chalkcrime Court Statement from 2002, also Pat Malo, David Silva, Wes White, and Mike Rhodes at the ACLU’s Marijuana Decrim Forum

The December 28, 2023 show is a Flashback to the October 6, 2016 show.  It includes: 

  • Part 2 of Beggerbacker Johnson’s account of the “Criminal Chalking” case  (related material at
  • Palo Malo of the Cannabis Activists Alliance on County marijuana restriction efforts and Prop. 64 (failed) Legalization for Recreation; dangers of state regs eliminating collective garden option under 1996’s medical marijuana Prop 215
  • [10-5] Silva critiques the ACLU Forum on Houselessness as a political candidate booster and a guy selling a book. 
  • Steve Pleich, master of ceremonies, gets Bathrobespierre’s critique, announces the forum.
  • Wes White, Monterey County Homeless Union,  on the Salinas scene.
  • Mike Rhodes, author of Dispatches from the War Zone, and how he got involved in Fresno.

Take a break from rain and tinseltime with a HUFF meeting–10:45 a.m. at Sub Rosa Thursday December 28th at 703 Pacific next to the Bike Church. Confusion. Confrontation. Cookies. Carrots. A Canine…

HUFF Agenda Prospects 12-28-23       

  ++++  Priorities, Placeholder Run-through & Hand-Outs , Passarounds    

  ++++  Hand-outs: TBA  

  ++++  Street reports; As ever…Beach, Parking Lots, Pogonip, Library, Levee  

  ++++  Homeless Memorial on line:  

Tick-Tock: Token Tidbits in the Winter War on the Homeless 

  ++++  HUFF Notes & Announcements:TBA   

  ++++  Possible phone contacts: Reggie M’s Latest Oversized Vehicle Report; Marin’s Robbie Powelson on Camp Integrity in San Rafael. 

  ++++  Protest Targets for Winter Shelter/Stop the Sweeps: City Mangler’s office…Police Station…Coastal Commission…  

  ++++  City Council refusal to meet for December Gaza ceasefire resolution 

  ++++  Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project 10-noon  except M,Tu, W, F at UN HQ with blue banner in window at 903 Pacific Ave.  Civil Grand Jury     

  ++++  Alicia Kuhl: OVO update/support for possible protests as well as point-in-time count outcome; Kuhl’s concerns.  

  ++++  Local Anti-War Action:  Ocean/Water St. Saturday picketing 10 am-noon  

  ++++  Confronting Gaza Homelessness—What can Santa Cruzans do?

  ++++  Oakland clears out anchor-outs creating more rough sleepers \ 

   ++++ Serf City Times resumes 12-29 

   ++++  Placeholder followup—study groups:  student anti-war contacts, Darius rental follow-up, Psych rights subcommittee; ticket documenting/public records act request filing  


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Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Sunday December 24, 2023 show features more futile community pleas for a special Council ceasefire resolution from 12-12, the Mime Troupe’s Red Xmas Carol, & bits of the Clock Memorial plus a Flashback to March 5, 2015

The Sunday December 24, 2023 show includes:

The Flashback to March 5, 2015 contains:

  • Food Not Bombs hassled by SCPD for its banner at the Main Post Office meal and clothing donation
  • Hiway 17 blockage by UCSC students against tuition hikes and police violence
  • Norse’s nettlesome local updates
  • Expanded cop-initiated Stay Away orders in parks
  • Col Terry Maxwell supporting the Bearcat but not the way the SCPD slipped it past City Council
  • Bad Times with “Big John”, the library security guard.
  • [2-26]  Street Interviews…”Lookin’ for Love”(Jay, Jack, and Mark), Oz on ticket-signing strategy, Keith M. on SCRAM (against Militarization)
  • Papa John and Curtis Reliford making vehicular music on the street

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Thursday December 21, 2023 show is a makeshift recording of the 2 1/2 hour Homeless Memorial at the Civic Auditorium 10 AM – 12:30 PM. It will air and be archived at or before 6 PM today 12-21

The Service Providers Memorial lasted 2 ½ hours.  

A listing of the names of the dead is posted at 

When HUFF attempted to get more information, David Davis, who seemed to be running the memorial, refused and redirected us to the County Recorder’s Office (  See “Tick-Tock: Token Tidbits in the Winter War on the Homeless” at 

The Memorial may be further described in the Full Blog Archive on the HUFF website at a future date.  

Prior Memorials are available for the last few years at .  

Much early Memorials are likely available in whole or part at .  Click on shows at or shortly after December 21st of the year you’re interested in.   Questions?  Feel free to call me at 831-423-4833.

HUFF meets Friday this week same time, same place! Support San Rafael’s Camp Integrity at its City Council Convenes Special Meeting Today, Dec. 20

NOTES FROM NORSE:   Because of the two Homeless Memorials on Thursday December 21st (10 AM at the Civic Auditorium, 4 PM at the Town Clock), HUFF will meet at the regular place—the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. next to the Bike Church​on December 22nd at 11 AM-1 PM as usual (showing up at 10:45 a.m. is optional but gets extra credit!).
Robbie Powelson, Anthony Prince of the California Homeless Union, and the survival campers at Camp Integrity in San Rafael, the County seat of Marin County, just North of San Francisco, have been fighting successfully to defend a camp of 30-40 unhoused folks.  See, ordinance/ and/or .
San Rafael homeless, like Santa Cruz’s unhoused folks, have been struggling in and out of court to retain the right to live without harassment.  
Both cities have completely inadequate shelter.   In Santa Cruz’s case in 1220 River St. tent city, the Armory/Lookout shelters, and the 115 Coral St. “Housing Matters” “shelters” seem primarily primarily a tool to evade the penalties of the 9th Circuit Court’s Martin v. Boise case.  This decision in theory requires city’s to have actual accessible indoor shelter before they move to coerce those outside to move, destroy their shelter, and/or confiscate their belongings.  New excuses to move on those in the community survival encampments in the large cities have included coerced mental health “help”, “public safety”, “environmental concerns”, and whatever the politicians can concoct at the moment to rationalize traditional police “whack-a-mole” behavior/.  
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) supports Camp Integrity  and asks you to consider e-mailing the San Rafael City Council today before 5 PM, or following the meeting on Zoom perhaps to speak in support of those outside being threatened with removal.

From: Robbie .Powelson <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 10:15 AM
Subject: San Rafael City Council Convenes Special Meeting Today, Dec. 20, To Decide Whether Camp Integrity Residents Can Sleep on Wooden Pallets  

For Immediate Release – December 20th 2023. The San Rafael City Council is convening a special meeting to decide whether to deprive two residents at Camp Integrity of the wood palettes under their tents. The meeting occurs today, December 20th at 5:00pm. We are inviting you and members of the news media to come out today to see the hearing. You can also log into the zoom link below.

The pallets are used by campers as platforms for their tents to keep their belongings off of the ground in order to keep the bottom of their tents dry and warm. The City of San Rafael claims that the pallets are fire hazards. 

The City’s findings contradict a policy they had at the sanctioned encampment at the Service Support Area in 2021– where the city provided camp dwellers wood pallets to put their tents on after a major storm (See Marin IJ,

The abatement orders against Bruce Gaylord and Brian Nelson are the first abatement actions taken against pallets in the City’s history. The orders came shortly after the campers, including plaintiff Brian Nelson, had a restraining order extended against the City blocking the planned destruction of Camp Integrity. The appellants have laid out their appeal in the attached letter sent to the city.

Contact persons:

Brian Nelson: 415-879-0766

Robbie Powelson: 415-847-7500

Zoom Link for 5:00 Today

San Rafael City Council Chambers
1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901

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Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Sunday December 17, 2023 show features interviews with local homeless refugees Cooper D. & Mike Q., D. Rovics, an anonymous ceasefire supporter, & Scott G. on Council capers, plus Flashbacks to February 6 & 10, 2000

The contemporary events section of the Sunday December 17, 2023 Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides show includes:

The Flashback to the February 6, 2000 show (partial) includes:

  • Food Not Bombs [FNB] Videojournalist Hugh Mejia on police backoff, international expansion, and the struggle to be heard in the courts.
  • Caller Jim Smigma, upcoming City Council meeting, recent homeless deaths, discussion of Silva’s fast
  • Silva’s Press Conference announcing his fast from late January
  • Becky Johnson before the Board of Supervisors on Solitary Confinement, inadequate blankets, in the main jail.

The Flashback to the February 10, 2000 show includes:

  • Street Light (homeless San Diego monthly) story published by Forrest Curo about police shooting of a homeless guy by Ron Sills.
  • Interview with Street Spirit editor Terry Messman on the protest against Proposition E (stripping homeless folks of money and giving them housing vouchers).
  • Two interviews with Kevin Clark, low-income auto rental provider at Front and Laurel, fighting City Council’s move to seize his business and turn it into a Nickelodeon parking lot.
  • Challenging the Dolphin-Lee (Nueva Vista) Project at the Redevelopment Agency
  • Beach Flats resident Phil Baer—dialogue on the Dophin-Lee.
  • Speaking with Umbrella Man-in-a-garbage-bag outside Bunny’s Shoes on harassment by high schoolers—the Robert Stephan report.
  • [12-18] Windsong Wendy caught panhandling after dark on Pacific Ave.
  • Decorous Dan Hopkins on the Almar Avenue appeal—NIMBY’s seek to put up “No Parking” signs.
  • Copwatcher Becky Johnson videos a “Driving While Brown” ticket.  Interview with the driver Aaron.
  • Steadfast Steve Argue calls in from jail—on being beaten up by Deputy Zamora.

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Thursday December 14, 2023 show is a Flashback to December 25, 2014 featuring an analysis of the infamous “Performance Pens”–discs limiting poor people on Pacific Ave., and an talk with Doug Loisel, former service provider

The introduction includes:

  • a brief summary of the December 25, 2014 Flashback
  • a short update on recent events
  • a quick conversation with Reggie Meisler on the Coastal Commission’s hearing in Santa Cruz tomorrow and the Oversized Vehicle status.

The Flashback to December 25, 2014 includes: 

  • Lane-Comstock “Performance Pens” [PP], new laws passed 11-18, going into force now severely limiting vending, sitting, sparechanging, or performing replacing the earlier Sidewalk Shrinkage laws passed in 2013 to discourage visible homeless and street person presence
  • Deconstruction and detailing of the PP law
  • Vice-Mayor Don Lane fields criticisms from Kate Winzell, Bathrobespierre, Alex the Artist, and others on the PP law
  • “Dead-on” David Silva calls in to announce he’ll do some public sidewalk dancing to help end the Sleeping Ban
  • Lengthy interview with Doug Loisel, former Executive Director of the Homeless [Lack of] Services Center, now called “Housing Matters”, discussing his work with Homeless Runaway Youth in Monterey and his memories of Santa Cruz’s homeless services.

HUFF huddles for a last effort before the coming and going of Xmas at the Sub Rosa 703 Pacific next to ye olde Bike Church 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. more or less.

HUFF Agenda Prospects 12-14-23:      

  ++++  Priorities, Placeholder Run-through & Hand-Outs , Passarounds   

  ++++  Hand-outs: Next new Street Sheet in hard copy mid-Dec  go on line to after 12-15    

  ++++  Street reports; break-up of Cooper’s camp in last week. 

  ++++  Report on past week’s meetings, protests:  Sunday UN meeting, Saturday Demo Women’s Club at copshop,  

  ++++  Forecast for frequent rain: Sunday 12-1 through Wednesday 12-27:  

  ++++  12-21 HUFF meeting change of time and place or HUFF Xmas pause 

  ++++  Street Sheet paper edition for 12-1 and 12-15 to be available next week 

  ++++  HUFF Notes & Announcements:TBA  

  ++++  Reggie M’s Strategy to Defeat OVO 

  ++++  Pleich on Harm Reduction Coalition 

  ++++  As ever…Street reports; Beach, Parking Lots, Pogonip, Library, Levee 

  ++++  Homeless Housing Now Memorial:  Thursday December 21 10 AM Civic; FNB Memorial at Town Clock 4 p.m.
  ++++  Protest Targets for Winter Shelter/Stop the Sweeps: City Mangler’s office…Police Station…Coastal Commission… 

  ++++  City Council vote on Automatic License Plate Scanners 

  ++++  Local Legislative Antics—Report from those who went or watched 

  ++++  Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project 10-noon  except M,Tu, W, F at UN HQ with blue banner in window at 903 Pacific Ave.  Civil Grand Jury    

  ++++  Alicia Kuhl: OVO update/support for possible protests as well as point-in-time count outcome; Kuhl’s concerns. 

  ++++  Update on San Rafael’s Camp Integrity: 

  ++++  Local Anti-War Action:  Ocean/Water St. Saturday picketing 10 am-noon 

  ++++  Pet vaccinations, microchips, supplies: Fri Dec 15 10 AM-2 PM Parking Lot across from 115 Coral St. 

  ++++  Placeholder followup—study groups:  student anti-war contacts, Darius rental follow-up, Psych rights subcommittee; ticket documenting/public records act request filing 


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Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Sunday December 10, 2023 show features interviews with Hurricaine Helga & Backstory Brent…plus a Flashback to October 10, 1994 when the FCC seized Free Radio’s equipment and more

The Sunday December 10, 2023 show features:

  • “Hurricane” Helga Neibel on the recent raids along the levee path in Santa Cruz and elsewhere
  • Helga on her own experiences in post-WWII Germany as a child and how she came to be a homeless activist
  • Hundreds pack S.F. City hall as supervisor introduces resolution calling for case-fire in Israel-Hamas war
  • “Backstory” Brent Adams: Lessons from his decade-long work providing services with the Warming Center and Footbridge Services
  • “The Brave and the Free” and others protest the ACLU award to Gail Newel.
  • Voices from the weekly Saturday 10 am-noon protest at Ocean and Water Sts. demanding an end to the Israeli bombing of Gaza.

The Flashback to October 10, 1994 includes: 

  • “Visionsong” Valerie at the Copwatch table and other describing heavy police response to a “spitting on the sidewalk” incident.
  • Federal marshals bust Free Radio Santa Cruz [FRSC] with comments from Ray Greuenich, Joe Williams, V-Man, Roxanne Acquistepache, Mark Primack, Brian Murphy, Skidmark Bob, Uncle Dennis, Becky Johnson, Valerie Christy, Lisa Braun, and Tim Rinker.
  • Sheryl Koel, Supervisor of the FCC raid, fields angry questions; Mayor Scott Kennedy expresses support for FRSC; further comments by John Thielking, Augusto Sandino, Chris Krohn, and others.
  • Capitola call:  Diss-ing the Deaf-to-Compassion Deputy down on dumpster-diving.
  • Anderson Valley Anderson  columnist Fred Gardner on Defending Marijuana Safety and Access in the face of arrests in D.C.
  • Commentary by Bathrobespierre on Ryan Coonerty’s refusal to come on the air; Nader, and other incidentals.

Bathrobespierre’s Broadsides Thursday December 7, 2023 show is a Flashback to July 29, 2004 featuring singer and activist Joe Williams, many a street interview from SAFE (Society for Artistic Freedom of Expression)and more.

The December 7, 2023 show is a Flashback to July 29, 2004 including:

  • Occasional tunes from Visionsong Valerie C
  • [7-3-04] Pac Ave interviews: Phoenix the Harpist on harassment of CD sellers, Joe Williams on “Move Along” Threats, sign seizures, & U.S. troops in Iraq
  • NYPD Officer Eduardo De La Cruz suspended for refusing to arrest a homeless man
  • More street interviews from Miriam, Gustavo, Shrayah, Christopher Robin during SAFE #26 performance
  • Robert Bruce Hidenberg’s ticketing while sleeping at 24-hour fitness in his car though a member
  • Looney Balloony on being recently assaulted by teenage trollbusters
  • Damien, Nicole, Aubrey, on the street: threats of ticketing for spitting
  • Francis reporting on S.C. Shitty Councils beheading of Clearview Court and De Anza mobile home parks