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Cracking Down on the Homeless--a Debate Between Mayor Rotkin & Activist-Attorney Frey
Date Sunday July 11
Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location Details
broadcasting at 101.1 FM and
hopefully archived at
Event Type Radio Broadcast
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at]
Address309 Cedar PMB #14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Attorney Ed Frey and other homeless and housed civil rights advocates are in going into their 5th night of a Peace Camp outside the County Courthouse at 701 Ocean St. tonight (July 8th).

See "Nighttime Protest of Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban Continues at County Courthouse" at

Rotkin and Vice-Mayor Coonerty support the City's MC 6.36--the Camping Ordinance, and specifically MC 6.36.010a--the Sleeping Ban. This law bans all outdoors and vehicular sleeping in City limits.

Rotkin and Coonerty claim that existing shelter, police, and court practices adequately protect the homeless and respect their civil liberties. Frey, an attorney defending a homeless elder Robert "Blindbear Facer", does not.

Shelter provider experts Linda Lemaster and Paul Brindel recently testified in the Injunction Trial of Anna Richardson and Miguel de Leon shelter space was largely if not entirely unavailable throughout the summer for hundreds of homeless people.

Prior debates between Rotkin and other homeless advocates on homeless issues can be found at

(Go to and locate the exact show date (YY/MM/DD) to locate exactly where in the show the Rotkin segments can be found)

Vice-Mayor (and likely Mayor in 2011) Ryan Coonerty has refused to debate the Sleeping Ban issue with Ed Frey. Frey has asked the Sentinel to publish his challenge in an editorial, which Sentinel editor Miller as so far declined to do.

A new ordinance drastically increasing penalties for survival sleeping citations goes before the Rotkin-Coonerty Council on July 13 (see either at the usually early 2 PM or the 7 PM session. Item #28 can be found at .

Call in at 831-427-3772 or 831-469-3119 or e-mail in your questions to rnorse3 [at]
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§Frey-Rotkin Debate Sunday: New Show Time is 10 AM to 11 AM
by Robert Norse Saturday Jul 10th, 2010 10:34 AM
Mayor Rotkin and Attorney Frey will be debating the Peace Camp, the Sleeping Ban, and Local Repression of the Homeless as described at

The new show start time is 10 AM.

The show will go from 10 AM to 11 AM.

It's being rescheduled so as not to conflict with the World Cup Finals at 11:30 AM.

Also KSBW-TV will be videoing some of the show and replaying it as well as flash-interviews with Frey and Rotkin at 6 PM and 10 PM Sunday night 7-11.

I will also be playing an audio of the show Sunday night at 8:30 PM at the Peace Rally (Night 8) at 701 Ocean St. in front of the court building for those without radios or computer access.