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Silencing the Drums
Date Tuesday November 09
Time 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location Details
Dept. 10 in the Basement of the County Building at 701 Ocean St.
Comnusar Kim Baskett's Court
Event Type Court Date
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at]
Address309 Cedar PMB #14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Brent Adams, community activist and drummer, goes to trial before "Bad News" Baskett for "Unreasonably Disturbing Noise"--a law used to clear away street performers downtown.

Adams reports Officer Winston ticketed him without warning apparently on complaint of the Penrose and Atack law firm, whose officers are above Borders Bookstore on the corner of Soquel and Pacific in the middle of the afternoon.

Winston gave Adams no opportunity to play more quietly, Adams says. When Adams addressed a crowd of folks listening on the issue, Winston decided to ticket him, punishing him for his critique of the law and police procedure.

Adams has a previous history of activism and has given many interviews--search for "Brent Adams" at

Adams gave a recent interview of this particular incident, which I hope to direct people to in the near future.

The local downtown Drum Circle--formerly adjacent to the Farmer's Market for a decade was driven away by police from that location and adjacent parking lots as well as a newer location across from CVS Pharmacy.

Another case in Baskett's court against homeless activists Robert "Blindbear" Facer and me for singing "Downtown" with homeless lyrics in front of the Bookshop Santa Cruz during the day can be found at

Baskett's decision upholding "the heckler's veto" in that case is under appeal.
Added to the calendar on Monday Nov 8th, 2010 11:02 PM

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by Razer Raygun
Thursday Nov 11th, 2010 3:31 PM

Take my word for it... Silencing the drums of Santa Cruz is im-fucking-possible.

Sort of like the author of the post.

Both he and Brent share the same trait... They talk a lot but they are't saying anything.

...but overall, the powers that be HAVE managed to isolate the drum circle, the community of drummers, as opposed to ONE individual (with nothing to say), from passersby who might care to join in, as this Vietnamese woman and her child did one day at the old farmers market site.

BTW loser... you got the location of the Drum Circle wrong... but you can hear it from there, as well as the Farmers Market, when the urban traffic noise subsides.
by Your 15 minutes are up
Thursday Nov 11th, 2010 7:18 PM
Even the people you portend to champion see you for the pariah you are.
by MissMud
Thursday Nov 11th, 2010 8:14 PM
Robert, I have carefully studied this article and parsed it for layered meanings. I have to say, I don't understand your point. Why did you write this article, Robert? What is your point?
by John Thielking
Friday Nov 12th, 2010 10:03 AM
The point of the article is obvious to anyone who has been following the issue of cops issuing tickets to street performers for "unreasonably disturbing noise". If I recall correctly Brent Adams is the guy who beats on a very large blue plastic drum (inverted 55 gal container). What some people consider art I guess others consider to be just noise. Still, the law that these musicians are being cited under is very specific in that it states that the unreasonably disturbing noise must be so loud and prolonged that it causes physical suffering to people of ordinary sensitivity before someone can get a ticket. Clearly the police are overstepping the limits of their authority and need to be reigned in by the courts. Hence, the appeal of Robert's conviction for unreasonably disturbing noise as he was performing in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz a few months ago.
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