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Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz Endorses Establishment Police State Candidates
by Santa Cruz Progressive Newswire
Thursday Mar 27th, 2014 6:49 PM
The Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County (DWC) released a list of candidates it endorsed at its March 22, 2014 primary endorsement meeting, which includes establishment police state candidates Ryan Coonerty for 3rd District Supervisor, and Jim Hart for Sheriff.
While the DWC does have progressive leanings, the organization often serves as an assembly line that churns out candidates that support an unchecked, ever expanding police state that reduces civil rights for all. The club can be a clearing house for appearances made by local conservative women Democrats, such as former mayor Hilary Bryant and Take Back Santa Cruz's Pamela Comstock. A visit to the DWC website shows a large advertisement for a book talk hosted by Santa Cruz Judge Ari Symons, a former prosecutor, and a shameless advocate for the enforcement of "loitering" laws as a way to combat crime in Santa Cruz.

Jim Hart is widely seen as the establishment candidate for Santa Cruz Sheriff and DWC's endorsement seems to over look the candidate preferred more by progressives, Robert Pursley. Pursley, one of the few black candidates for ANY office in the history of Santa Cruz elections, has the support of the NAACP's Simba Kenyatta, who praised Pursley for speaking openly about his experiences with racism.

In a recent news article about Pursley, it was revealed he worked undercover for the FBI and the Alameda County Sheriff's to investigate the Oakland Housing Authority police.The report states he was falsely jailed and beaten by officers, and that his work eventually helped convict the corrupt police and shut down the agency.

Former mayor and Santa Cruz city council member Ryan Coonerty, who is basically running unopposed (Bob Lamonica is his only challenger), is a scary choice for endorsement more because his selection may be an indicator of DWC support for future runs of his beyond the county level.

Coonerty has supported a large number of the new ordinances in the City of Santa Cruz that have reduced civil liberties in public spaces. Most recently, in September of 2013 he wrote a letter of support to the SC city council urging them to adopt the ordinance that reduced the amount of space art vendors and street performers may use downtown (MC 5.43). As a result, police wont allow musical groups with multiple members to play downtown, and the Great Morgani has quit playing on Pacific Avenue due to the oppressive new rules.

As a Santa Cruz city council member, Coonerty in the past has advocated increasing video surveillance in public areas by installing more security cameras, he lobbied for the time limit placed on users of city parking lots, and he opposed opting out of the "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) program locally.

Coonerty is also Director of Government Relations and Strategy for PREDPOL, a company that markets the 'predictive policing' software, and one that he presumably profits from. The software was first introduced for use by the Santa Cruz Police Department during Coonerty's tenure on the city council, and Coonerty later became involved financially with marketing the product.


List of Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County 2014 Election Endorsements:

National Office:
Congressmember Sam Farr CA-20
Congressmember Anna Eshoo CA-18

California State Office:
California Assembly Member Luis Alejo District 30
California Assembly Member Mark Stone District 29

Candidates for Santa Cruz County races:
Ryan Coonerty, 3rd District Supervisor
Jim Hart for Sheriff
Amanda Jackson Miller for Soquel Union Elementary School District

Also endorsed:
Santa Cruz County Parks Parcel Tax Measure F
If approved, this measure would authorize a parcel tax on all improved parcels of land in the unincorporated areas of the county at a rate of $8.50 per parcel. The annual revenue from this tax was estimated at $355,000 and was earmarked for cleaning and maintaining park restrooms, county park and recreational areas, beaches and other open space areas. The revenue would also be used to offer activities for children and youth, such as recreation programs, swim lessons, art programs and science programs.