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Friday, October 03, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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O'Neill's Plaza, corner of Pacific Ave. & Cooper St.

Grab your chalk and come make art with sidewalk chalk!

The theme can be your First Amendment rights!

Added to the calendar on Wed, Oct 1, 2008 1:09AM
by Whitney
Let me remind you, this coincides with "First Friday" - the city-wide gallery opening. While I completely support artists getting paid for their work, art should not be just for sale. Join us to make art for free, transient art, art from your soul, beautiful art that will be washed away by the rain or the city.

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by Whitney
So it seems the Downtown Association reads indybay! I had just sat down on the sidewalk to chalk and an employee of O'Neills (Steve) came out and asked me not to chalk. According to Steve, Oneills owns that whole corner at Pacific and Cooper and it is ALL private property (not true). Steve also informed me that chalking was illegal and that he would call the police if I didn't go away. Steve said that the DTA had a meeting yesterday over this very issue and wanted to make sure I didn't chalk there.

So I waited. I did not chalk with the chalk I had just purchased from Palace Arts right across the street. While I waited, I asked people if they knew that sidewalk chalk is illegal in Santa Cruz. No one had ever heard such a thing. Robert Norse showed up, as well as some other folks wanting to chalk. One person drew a couple of circles on the sidewalk. The police arrived and gave him a ticket.... for drawing a couple of circles which will be gone in the morning because it is raining now.

Two officers stayed , protecting the corner from chalk for over an hour, with their car blocking one lane of traffic on Pacific Avenue. Initially, they were rude and short-tempered. After Robert Norse left, they calmed down a bit. Seems this anti-chalk enforcement stems from a giant chalk-in August 2007 (though Becky Johnson was cited back in 2003). During that chalk-in, there was chalk all over downtown, some of it racist and obscene. One officer spent 10 hours taking reports from downtown businesses to try to catch the culprits. He wrote no tickets, caught no felons. Yes, folks, last August was considered to be felony chalking because of how much money it cost to clean up washable chalk. It seems to me it would take less than 10 hours to just hose the chalk off.

I was advised at one point to go home and chalk on my sidewalk. I asked, "but isn't that still illegal?" Yes, but no downtown business would complain.

So just when I thought the City Council couldn't waste any more time, they've gone and made sidewalk chalk a crime. Oh, excuse me.... an infraction. The City Council spends our tax dollars to enact ridiculous laws that take away our right to public space and then spends more tax-payers money to selectively enforce those laws.
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