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Harassment of Homeless in RVs, a Letter from Donna Deiss

by Donna Deiss (posted by R. Norse) (spiritdancerocean [at]
Donna Deiss, founder of LIVE (Living in Vehicles Excellently), has been organizing homeless folks whose affordable housing is their car, van, or RV. She previously created TRUSC (Tenants Rights Union of Santa Cruz). Some of her prior articles include:
Today I got the following e-mail from Donna Deiss:

Robert: I am under time constraints trying to use the library computer and not be cut off and not get another parking ticket so am asking for your help publishing this and the comments at the bottom. Indybay or anywhere you want to send it:

I am not responsible for the (3) parking tickets , SC00123925 & 0913545 [second citation the wrong citation -- it may be Case # 7SZ003403 {$248 bail due 11/08] because:

1) These tickets were given to me by Ranger John Wallacce after a new sign was put up overnight without public review on 8-21--2007.
2) Barring "motorhomes and trailers" from public parking lots (A,B, C & D) is a violation of the Constitution's 4th and 14th amendments. NO explanation given for this sign.
3) Ranger John Wallace acted "with prejudice" in barring motorhomes from Lot A, threatened me that my "motorhome would systematically be taken away." He also called 4 cop cars to the scene and terrified me as they had weapons. I am a 60 year old disabled woman.
4) I am caring for a terminally ile AIDS patient and this has created further hardships for us.

You can add that my motorhome is legal, pleasing to look at and the legal length for any public parking space (21 feet). I will send a copy of the letter I write to the judge and another Forum letter bringing this issue to public attention.

Please publish on Indybay or anywhere else you wish.

Thanks, Donna

Norse's Notes:

Some prior posts on this subject:

Superintendant Hammack Stonewalls on RV Ban in Coastal Parking Lots

Coastal Access Denied to Motorhomes and Trailers in Santa Cruz

Struggling on the Street
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