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Garden Destroyed! Time to Organize!
by angry gardeners
Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 3:25 PM
Datum Construction bulldozed the community park on the corner of Spruce and Pacific this morning. The garden is gone for now, but we still have hope that we can create an even better, more vibrant park in its place. They have plans, as of today, to install corporate landscaping in the lot, but that isn’t good enough. Their plans simply have a few small ornamental bushes next to the parking spots, while the rest of the 40x60 lot remains barren.
If you’re upset like we are, that they’ve bulldozed the park; here is a list of people and companies that should hear from you. Each one is a potential ally in this, and if they here from enough of us, often enough, they’ll realize that the community can and should be entrusted to re-establish the park. Feel free to call back several times throughout the course of the day and week.

Remember, even those who seem adversarial may be a potential allies in the future, once community pressure helps them understand that we prefer usable community spaces rather than vacant lots.

Make sure to read the notes about each number before you call.

Datum Construction Management, Inc. is doing the construction on the new Walgreens going in on the property. This morning Datum destroyed the community park on the corner of Spruce and Pacific.

Corporate office in Boise, ID: 208-377-3099 and 208-362-9458
8475 W. Elisa St.
Boise, Idaho, 83709
Fax: 208-939-6508
keithjones [at]

After voicing your concerns with the corporate headquarters, call back and ask for the program manager for Santa Cruz. That person is giving the orders to destroy the park. He is an angry, belligerent person, so be ready for that.

Jason Reisinger - 208-860-5111 - On site Construction Manager - He calls the shots in Santa Cruz. He ordered the fence going up, and was the one who drove the bulldozer. He doesn't want to feel personally responsible for his actions, so he blames the corporation he works for. Please call him and let him know you are upset that he bulldozed the garden. Tell him you don't approve of his actions, and to put pressure on his bosses. Jason can also be reached at jasonreisinger [at]


They are apparently the ones who do not want there to be a park. They are giving the orders to Datum to remove the park. Let them know that if they want to be a part of the Santa Cruz community, they're going to need to show some respect.
The corporation they made up for the Santa Cruz project is called HCO, LLC - Santa Cruz, which may or may not be relevant when you talk to them.
You can find out more about them at


Hawkins Companies — Idaho
Main Office
855 Broad Street, Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702-7153
Phone: 208.376.8522
Fax: 208.376.8523

Rob G. Dickinson (polite person, but he is one of the people who made the decision to bulldoze)
General Counsel
Hawkins Companies LLC
Direct: 208.908.5540
rdickinson [at]

Hawkins Companies — California
3031 Stanford Ranch Rd, Suite 2-215 Rocklin CA 95765
Phone: 916.259.1800
Cell: 916.599.3220
Fax: 916.728.1634

WALGREENS is what Datum Construction is building in the empty building on the lot (It's going in where Kinko's used to be). This corporation is why there is construction going on at all. Call them and ask them why they are moving in to our community and destroying our parks. If they want to be a part of our community, they need to respect it.

Walgreens Contact Info:
847-914-2500 - Corporate Phone Number (takes some navigating through the system to get a real person to talk to.
847-914-2962 - Public Relations (Robert)
847-914-4476 - Facilities and Planning
847-914-2500 - Call and say 'DEPARTMENT' then say 'CONSTRUCTION'
§Community Park
by angry gardeners Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 3:25 PM
by angry gardeners Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 3:25 PM
Just received the "plans" from the current owner of the lot where the DIY garden was. These are the plans that were the supposed justification for why they needed to bulldoze the garden. Wanna guess what the plans were? A half dozen ornamentals planted on the edges of an empty vacant lot filled with a layer of woodchips. That's the plan.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Ed Natol
(ednatol [at] Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 3:49 PM
How about doing it where the people want it? I'm sure that you could find somebody in the neighborhood that has a thirsty lawn that would be very happy for the assist.
by (a)
Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 4:11 PM
Get on that and let us know. I'm pretty sure 'the people' wanted it in the 2-decade-old vacant lot, but the corporation who is developing it (no, corporations aren't people, ed).
by NateH
Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 9:09 PM
Wow! An angry group of protesters are trying to force a privately owned company to provide them with a park? Isn't this supposed to be a "free" country? It's crazy that these people even attempted to build a park on private property without the owner's consent. Absolutely ridiculous. I hope anyone reading this story looks for all the facts. Acts like this do a lot of damage to the Occupy movement. What's next, will they decide to use my garage for headquarters? Are they going to "occupy" my car to shuttle protesters around? Open your eyes, people. This "community park" was not built legally on community property. It was built by trespassers on private property.
by (a)
Wednesday Dec 7th, 2011 9:52 AM
actually it was built on property that has been abandoned for decades. wheres your garage?
by (b)
Wednesday Dec 7th, 2011 8:12 PM
(a) would have us all believe that private property is "abandoned" if it hasn't been developed. If that is so, I propose that (a)'s mental faculties have been abandoned for decades. There is nothing, morally, legally, or ethically, that requires a person to develop land, for ANY use.
by Ed Natol
(ednatol [at] Wednesday Dec 7th, 2011 8:43 PM
I'm sure that will come as a surprise to Saturn, Kinko's, the teen center, a hooka place Seesions, Toyota of Santa Cruz and now Walgreens.
by Neighbor
Wednesday Dec 7th, 2011 9:58 PM
The 40 x 60 lot at the SW corner of the block that contains Saturn Cafe, that is the lot at Spruce and Pacific has been empty and neglected for the 20 years I've lived in Santa Cruz.
by 98%
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 11:01 AM
"They have plans, as of today, to install corporate landscaping in the lot, but that isn’t good enough."

Not good enough for who? Who gave you the authority to decide what is acceptable development of this land? I really don't understand the idea that anyone can just set up shop on private land if they don't like what the owners have done with it. Your community is just a tiny subset of the actual local community. While it is all fine and dandy for you to associate with who you chose, illegally setting up shop on private land and then claiming it an act of the community is disingenuous. You do not have the consent of the majority. You are not representing the 99%. You are the new 1% of the 99%. Those that can't distinguish between economic inequality & entitlement.
by find out what it means to me
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 11:28 AM
"Let them know that if they want to be a part of the Santa Cruz community, they're going to need to show some respect." This is almost laughable. If anyone is lacking in respect, it is those that assume they know what is best for other peoples property. You are wasting so much energy on projects that will go nowhere. You need to find some property owners you can work WITH instead of clashing with anyone with the tiniest iota of authority. Do something productive and lasting. Doing something productive that you know will only last a few days is in the long run, counterproductive.
by property is theft
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 3:43 PM
if that land is not fenced, and the public has walked over it openly for at laeast 5 years, an easement has been created. the easement remains, even if the land is sold. that is the law in this state. more importantly, all the land in santa cruz was stolen from the indigenous peoples centuries ago. receiving stolen property is a crime. property owners should be arrested, and the land returned to its rightful owners.
by really?
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 3:48 PM
How do you steal from a people who do not have a concept of ownership?
by I want to eat my cake
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 4:14 PM
You start by citing legal precedent in California but in your conclusion you deem all land ownership illegal in California. Please make up your mind. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
by property is theft
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 8:57 PM
typical hypocrisy. you want it to be OK to steal property that is a common treasury for all, because the people who occupy it believe it belongs to God. yet when the anarchists come along to return it to the public, you whine about your sacred right to exclude others from your stolen property. you are not just thieves, you are damned thieves.
by not my cake - everyone's
Thursday Dec 8th, 2011 9:27 PM
you don't get it do you. the easement is owned by all, including native americans. it is the private parties who exclude others that are committing a crime.

As the inventor of the United States of America, Thomas Paine put it:
"There could be no such thing as landed property originally. Man did not make the earth, and, though he had a natural right to occupy it, he had no right to locate as his property in perpetuity any part of it; neither did the Creator of the earth open a land-office, from whence the first title-deeds should issue." -Agrarian Justice.

Today we saw the criminal police use the threat of violence to deny the poor their natural right to occupy the Commons.