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Sat Dec 22 2007 (Updated 01/02/08)Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban Struggle Persists as Ryan Coonerty Becomes Mayor
Sat Dec 22 2007 (Updated 01/02/08)Ryan Coonerty Stonewalls on Public Meetings while SCPD Harassment of Homeless Surges
Tim Rumford writes, "The Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban is a local law that defines sleeping at night as “camping” and prescribes a $97 fine for falling asleep outside a house or hotel within City limits. Using one’s vehicle as housing is illegal, even though the city provides no alternatives. The County has been out of compliance with its affordable housing element for decades. Since there’s shelter space in winter for only 160 of the city’s 1500-2000 homeless residents, the law in effect makes it a crime to be homeless at night, unless you stay awake.
The continued flow of money and consumerism has become more important then human life or the basic rights we are all supposed to equally share in, or so it seems from the perspective of those that run our city. Every time we allow a right to be taken away from any class of people we are destroying our own rights. By allowing the government to make and keep such laws we only open the door for more." Read More
see also: Santa Cruz Mayor Lashes Out, Stonewalls on Public Meetings; Lethal SCPD Harassment Surges || Street Spirit Editor's Response to Mayor Coonerty || "Coonerty's Greatest Hits" || Sleeping Ban Debate – Broadcasted on Community TV. Voices of the Village || Activists ask ACLU to help end sleeping ban || End the Sleeping Ban - open letter to council