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Waiting for Tony Madrigal
by Rowlin Morin (posted by Robert Norse)
Wednesday Nov 7th, 2007 2:46 AM
On Sunday afternoon Councilmember Madrigal set up a table on Pacific Avenue in front of O'Neill's sports shop and began distributing gauze masks as protection against the LBAM Checkmate spraying (a publicity device, presumably rather than real protection).
When I asked him whether he'd support emergency shelter measures to protect the homeless during the nighttime spraying, he was evasive and seemed uncomfortable. Rowland Morin forwarded me their e-mail exchange below.
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 22:38:52 -0800
From: rowlandsushi [at] yahoo.com
Subject: Tony Madrigal position on protecting the homeless from being sprayed
To: stopoverheadspraying [at] yahoogroups.com

First I want to thank city councilman, Tony Madrigal for the time and energy he has spent working to stop the spray.

There were some questions raised in a previous post by another member about homeless and LBAM. There was talk about providing some sort of protection for those living outside and what can be done to help them by the city and CDFA.

On Sunday, when I walked up to the table, there was a discussion going on. Questions were raised to Tony Madrigal about the LBAM spray and what was being done to protect the homeless. I felt his answers were vague on this issue. After listening to the discussion it prompted me to send him a email on the subject. I truly feel something has to be done and these question must be answered. I want him to state his position and not be vague. Here are the emails that were sent between us.
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On 11/5/07, Rowland Sushi wrote:

Hi Tony:

It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday at your table. Thanks very much for supporting the lbam issue. At that time you said you'd sent an e-mail off to Vice-Mayor Coonerty requesting some action be taken on emergency shelter for the homeless given the impending LBAM spraying, and that you would send me that e-mail.

Can you please do that?

You also said you're looking for an emergency Council meeting to deal with this issue--bravo for that!

I'd like to be clear, whatever other Council members decide (and I know it takes 4 votes), what YOUR position is.

Do I understand this is a correct statement of your position?

"The City of Santa Cruz has the responsibility to protect its homeless unsheltered residents, who are most vulnerable to the untested LBAM spraying. To address that, I support committing city resources to designated a building, garage, or other area where homeless people can safely avoid the spraying as an emergency action, when that spraying happens. I will work with homeless service providers and activists [such as Ken Cole of the Homeless Services Center and Paul Brindel of the Community Action Board's Shelter Project] to identify and make available unused city and private buildings to assist in harm reduction around this spraying."

If it is not a correct statement, please send me a corrected statement along with your e-mail to Ryan Coonerty.

Thanks again for your activism on this issue.

Sincerely, Rowland Morin
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TONY MADRIGAL'S E-MAIL TO ROWLAND MORIN:

Hi Rowland,

Thanks for coming to the event yesterday. I only said I requested an emergency mtg with Council and County to deal with the LBAM issue and that I'd also bring up how the LBAM spraying impact homeless communities too in that emergency meeting to deal with the LBAM spraying if that meeting occurs.

Let's wait until the Mayor responds to my request for an emergency meeting to deal with the LBAM spraying. Hope that's clear Rowland. I didn't state the rest of what you wrote in your email about what you understood to be my position.

take care,

Tony


Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 07:15:07 -0800 (PST)
From: "Rowland Sushi"
Subject: I would like to know what your position is.
To: "Tony Madrigal"
:

Hi Tony:

Thanks for your speedy e-mail response.

I would like to know what your position is?

When you were asked on Sunday you stated , all the points below sounded very reasonable to you, Which points don't you agree with or sound unreasonable now.
Please be specific.
I described your position as follows:

"The City of Santa Cruz has the responsibility to protect its homeless unsheltered residents, who are most vulnerable to the untested LBAM spraying. To address that, I support committing city resources to designated a building, garage, or other area where homeless people can safely avoid the spraying as an emergency action, when that spraying happens. I will work with homeless service providers and activists [such as Ken Cole of the Homeless Services Center and Paul Brindel of the Community Action Board's Shelter Project] to identify and make available unused city and private buildings to assist in harm reduction around this spraying."

Could you please tell me which part of this statement do you agree with, and what don't you?

While I'm glad you're interested in having an emergency meeting and in raising the issue of the homeless, my homeless friends and the community generally needs to know how you stand specifically. Whatever you may have said or not said, yesterday, can you please answer each of these questions for me.

1. Is the City responsible for providing shelters from the LBAM-spraying during those times when it is being sprayed?

2. Have you or any other Council member asked for an FYI of the buildings currently available for this use?

3. If not, will you do so immediately (without waiting for a meeting) and make the results public?

4. Have you contacted homeless service providers to get their suggestions? If not, will you please do so and make public their recommendations?

I'm also waiting for a copy of your e-mail to Vice-Mayor Coonerty.

Thanks,
Rowland Morin



Notes from Norse:

Rowland told me his first e-mail to Tony was returned soon after he sent it. His follow-up e-mail has so far been ignored.

I did an audio interview with Madrigal on Sunday which I'll be playing on my Radio Show Thursday night 7 PM at 101.1 FM, streaming at http://www.freakradio.org. It'll be archived at http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/brb071504.mp3 a day or two later.

Madrigal reappeared on Pacific Avenue (or announced he would) last night at 8:30 PM with more gauze masks.

He still had made no public statement regarding any commitment to protecting homeless people during the LBAM Checkmate Spraying.

LBAM activist Inca, who called in to my show a week ago, reported she contacted the Homeless Services Center to learn what protection they were offering, and got no response. They can be reached at 458-6020 to inquire and protest at their inaction.

Madrigal came into office promising to reexamine anti-homeless laws like the Sleeping Ban. When challenged to do so, he severed communication with activists from HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) and HRO (the Human Rights Organization).

Apparently it takes a prettly large public parade, for Tony to jump in front of it.

Madrigal's e-mail address is tonymadrigal [at] gmail.com .

Demand public buildings (or at least enclosed parking lots, bridge areas--now forbidden for nighttime shelter use) be opened up for homeless sanctuary to avoid their being used as involuntary guinea pigs here. Call Mayor Reilly and/or Vice-Mayor Coonerty at 420-5020.
§On the street interview with Tony Madrigal
by Tim Rumford Thursday Nov 8th, 2007 9:25 AM
This is the discussion that prompted the letters.

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by Robert Norse
Wednesday Nov 7th, 2007 11:30 AM
A few minutes ago, I received the following response from Councilmember Madrigal and sent him the following e-mail that follows:

Tony: Again my question is a simple one: "What specific shelter are you proposing be made available to homeless people in the City of Santa Cruz during the spraying to protect them, from possible adverse consequences?"

This question needs to be answered whether there is an emergency meeting or not.

If you choose not to speak out clearly on this issue, dealing with the most vulnerable people (homeless people who have no choice but to live outside in the city), then what does that say about the depth of your concern here? And of the sincerity of your leadership generally?

Please be specific and responsive and address the question above.

Thanks,

Robert Norse

P.S. Your suggestion that others raise the issue with City Council and the Supes is a good one. But if it's an important issue (homeless vulnerability), then why aren't you taking a public stand on it?


PRIOR E-MAILS

Tony sent out the following e-mail yesterday:


--Forwarded Message Attachment--
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 16:08:49 -0800
From: tonymadrigal [at] gmail.com
To: tonymadrigal [at] gmail.com
Subject: Call to Action re: LBAM, Tuesday, Nov 6, 8:30pm-9:30pm, downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Ave & Cooper St.

Message from Santa Cruz City Councilmember Tony Madrigal
Call to Action

Come help distribute Free Protective Face Masks, Information, & Pesticide-Illness Reporting forms for the Light Brown Apple Moth aerial spraying over our Community

We had a great turnout of volunteers to help us distribute protective face masks last Sunday, November 4th 4pm-6pm in downtown Santa Cruz. A lot of people turned out to receive free protective face masks and information about the spraying. However, due to the high number of requests from people who couldn't make it last Sunday, I have decided to organize a second distribution of free protective face masks this evening, Tuesday, November 6 th to people in the community along with important resource information. The goal is to provide concerned community members with information, the pesticide-illness reporting form, and a free protective face mask that could help provide them with some protection.

As most of you may already know, a judge has denied a group of community member's lawsuit for a federal temporary restraining order to halt the aerial spraying over our communities this week (and tonight) to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth. Clearly this is another setback and I have already asked the Mayor to reconsider my request to call for an emergency joint meeting of the County Supervisors & City Council to discuss next steps we should take now that the spraying is set to occur.
I would be honored if you could join me to help distribute the free face masks and information.

WHAT: Distribution of Free Protective Face Masks, Information, & Pesticide-Illness Reporting forms for the Light Brown Apple Moth aerial spraying over our Community
WHEN: 8:30PM-9:30PM, Tuesday, November 6, 2007
WHERE: Downtown Santa Cruz, corner of Pacific Avenue & Cooper Street
WHO: Santa Cruz City Councilmember Tony Madrigal and community volunteers

Also, persons who cannot make it at that time can visit Salud Para La Gente clinic in Beach Flats to get free masks and information about the spraying, including the form to report pesticide-related illnesses, YOU CAN VISIT:

Salud Para La Gente - Beach Flats Health Center
302 Riverside Avenue (close to corner of Liebrandt St. & Riverside Ave.)
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
Open Monday- 8:00am - 5:00pm
Open Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
(831) 423-0222
http://www.saludparalagente.org


The masks have been generously donated by local medical professionals offices and retailers including Santa Cruz Medical Foundation, Salud Para La Gente Inc., The Ark Animal Hospital, Santa Cruz Animal Hospital, Companion Animal Hospital, and Longs Drugs.

Please email Tony Madrigal at tonymadrigal [at] gmail.com or call (831) 295-2518 to let him know that you'll be coming to help or if you have any questions.

Tony Madrigal
Santa Cruz City Councilmember
(831) 295-2518 cell
tonymadrigal [at] gmail.com


I RESPONDED WITH THE FOLLOWING:


On 11/6/07, Robert Norse wrote:

Tony: I received the following Call to Action and commend you for it. I have the same question for you I had on Sunday:

What specific shelter are you proposing be made available to homeless people in the City of Santa Cruz during the spraying to protect them, from possible adverse consequences?

Gauze masks are nice, but shelter, shower, and laundry facilities are obviously necessary.

Please reply ASAP.

If such facilities are not available, please publicly call for them to made available immediately.

Thanks,

Robert Norse
HUFF
Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom


TONY RESPONDED WITH THE FOLLOWING:

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:37:15 -0800
From: tonymadrigal [at] gmail.com
To: rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
Subject: Re: Santa Cruz City Homeless People and the LBAM-Checkmate Spraying

Dear Robert,
As you know, I have requested an emergency joint meeting of the City Council and
the County Board of Supervisors to bring city and county leaders
together to discuss options, responses and additional actions if
needed to address the spraying within our community. As of this date,
the Mayor and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors are not interested
in calling a special meeting. Robert, it might not hurt if you or others also
contact the Mayor and other members of the Council requesting such a
special meeting.

Tony Madrigal


AND MY RESPONSE IS THE COMMENT AT THE TOP.

by Tim Rumford
Thursday Nov 8th, 2007 9:36 AM
I think its a shame the City will take a stand against the spraying, but not try and protect the homeless from it. If they are concerned about people in houses, they should be far more concerned with the homeless. A study released today shows 1/4 of U.S homeless are veterans. Regardless of that fact they are human beings with the same rights we all share. ( in theory anyway). Write the Council, write Tony Madrigal about this issue. Demand action.