The Public Safety Committee is the group, headed by Lynn Robinson, which includes Councilmembers Mike Rotkin and Don Lane--they are supposed charged with overseeing the police and fire departments.
In theory, then, they should be those who have answers to questions like:
Why a non-public process to spend $1 million and foist 8 new cops on us?
What is the cost of the current crackdown on Peacecamp2010 at City Hall, including kleig lights, security patrols, extra police stops, property seizures, closure of city hall and library property at night, and increased prosecution expenses?
Why aren't police being directed to determine if there are any shelter beds available on a particular night before violating the privacy, dignity, and health of sleeping homeless people with wake-up's, interrogation, searches, citations, and arrests?
Public Comment on these issues will probably be severely limited (since none of these appear on the Committee agenda).
The Public Comment period is at 4 PM.
The agenda is on line at http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=15848