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Mayor's Public Safety Task Force Member is "fine with junkies dying"
The City of Santa Cruz's Public Safety Task Force Member Steve Schlicht is quoted in an online thread as saying
We have serious problems with someone who has been appointed to Mayor Hilary Bryant's Public Safety Task Force
writing in an online forum (facebook thread) that he is okay with "junkies dying."
How can we have objective and thoughtful consideration of these troubling issues if one is so blatantly biased and
completely and callously compassionless. Isn't this person trying to get to the bottom of core issues?
We see that none of the others on the "task force" has any background with drug addiction services or social services at all for that matter. If this is a gauge of the thinking of these people then those folks who're needing help as they face addiction and homelessness are in serious trouble. We see a complete lack of real interest in these problems and a lack of reality based solutions. What was the Mayor thinking appointing such a careless person to this "safety task force?"
We ask for a public statement and apology from both Steve Schlicht and from the mayor.
Here is the smoking gun.
The City's website describes the task force: "The Santa Cruz City Council created the Public Safety Citizen Task Force (Task Force) to provide a platform for the community to come together to better understand our current public safety concerns and recommend actions we take to improve the quality of life in Santa Cruz. The Task Force consists of community members, business owners, educators, and safety experts and broadly represent the community. Task Force members will work together over the next six months to identify and explore the underlying safety concerns we face as a community and present their independent findings and recommendations to the City Council."
"The Task Force convened officially on Tuesday May, 7 2013 at 6pm at the Civic Auditorium."
In a recent public safety "survey" created by the task force, the public was asked to vote on safety concerns most important to them, and the list of options was strongly biased and included pre-suggested choices such as: substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, homeless service center enabling, needle exchange, while omitting obvious choices such as rape (see: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/06/10/18738231.php)
Members of the task force included no homeless people or homeless advocates:
a. Jeff Cole, Fire Captain, City of Mountain View
b. Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Community
c. Renee Golder, Teacher, Santa Cruz City Schools
d. Jim Howes, Asst. Director Regional Occupational Program, Santa Cruz
County Office of Education, (retired Santa Cruz Police Officer)
e. Rod Libbey, Executive Director, Janus of Santa Cruz
f. Danielle Long, Social Worker, Santa Cruz County
g. Kristin Long, Family Attorney (retired Asst. District Attorney)
h. Kris Reyes, Director of General Services & External Relations, Santa
Cruz Seaside Company
i. Reyna Ruiz, Commission member, Commission for the Prevention of
Violence Against Women
j. Steve Schlicht, Marketing Director, Ezonthei
k. Dennis Smith, Commission member, Santa Cruz Port District
Commission, (retired Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Lieutenant)
l. Kim Stoner, Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant
m. Bernie Tershy, Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
n. Deborah Tracy-Proulx, School Board Trustee, Santa Cruz City Schools
o. Patty Zoccoli, Business Co-Owner, Zoccoli’s Deli
"Steve Schlicht is the Managing Editor and Founder of Clean Up Santa Cruz! He is involved in a number of community service projects in Santa Cruz, California. He is the founder of the Santa Cruz Bike Base, an online bike registry and community activism website dedicated to increasing local bike registrations and fighting and reducing bike theft. He is also the director of marketing communications and information technology for Take Back Santa Cruz, a non-profit group focused on improving public safety in Santa Cruz."
Steve Schlicht is a brand management and marketing communications consultant.
"Promoting your brand through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook will build your target market through effective, targeted marketing communications, as well as create a direct feedback loop for your existing customers."