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Ground Zero Gary Under Attack; OSC Re-Emerging; Mayor on Free Radio Tonight!
Robert Norse
Tireless and unrelenting activist Gary Johnson has become more overt in his nightly sleep protest at the County Courthouse, occupying a bench in the traffic island in front of the main entrance where he nightly tries to bed down, often with no more than warm clothing after sheriff's deputies have stolen his sleeping bags and blankets. Meanwhile on another side of the building 2-3 dozen Occupy Santa Cruz long-timers assembly nightly at 6 PM to plan direct actions, receive report on continuing court challenges, and disobey CAO Susan Mauriello's unique and repressive 7 PM-7 AM curfew at the courthouse. The City and County apparently hope to"discourage" OSC presence and homeless protest sleeping by banning all parking nearby, instituting harassing First Alarm security patrols, and continuing to make misdemeanor arrests around the complex at night for "lodging" (PC 647e) and "trespass" (PC 602(o)), and mesh-fencing off large areas of grass. It's not working. Mayor Lane will respond to questions (or not) tonight on Free Radio Santa Cruz.

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