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Coastal Access Denied to Motorhomes and Trailers in Santa Cruz
Ranger John Wallace, six police officers and four squad cars showed up Wednesday August 29, 2007 at noon at a public parking lot designated as LOT A on West Cliff Drive, north of the Lighthouse and Steamer Lane to harass and ticket a 60 year old woman and her companion, critically ill with AIDS. New signs were posted during the night denying motorhomes and trailers access to the parking lot during day hours. He cited municipal code 13.04.010MC given by the ranger states "Limitations on public property when designated." No obstruction was caused by the 21 ft. RV which the owner told the ranger was the legal length to fit in any City parking lot. The two have been in a self contained RV for one year and have been on the HUD list for five years.
The lot, out of the way of tourists has been a place for many locals to hang out and get away from downtown. Vans, cars and motorcycles as well as monster trucks are not denied use of the lot. The armed police officers alarmed and threatened the disabled woman and her companion with AIDS blood pressure and stress level skyrocketed as he was the first one to be commanded to "Hand over your ID in 3 seconds or your home will be towed. Other RVers left the lot but the two decided to fight the ticket. They recently participated in the sleeping ban protest at City Hall. They are organizing LIVE or Live in Vehicles Excellently to provide a contact point for those harassed and threatened by police and vigilantes or "haters'. Contact email: LIVE2007 [at] inbox.com. Thank you