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Mayor's Stacked and Packed "Public Safety Task Force" meets
Date Wednesday May 29
Time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Tony Hill Room of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at Church and Center Streets.
Event Type Meeting
Organizer/AuthorScott Collins (posted by Norse)
Emailscollins [at]
Address809 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA
The Public Hysteria Citizen Task Farce (more officially known as the Public Safety Citizen Task Force) meets every other Wednesday, starting May 29.2013 through November, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 .

The draft minutes of the last meeting (and their first meeting) are at .

The meeting room is relatively small (the group of 15 takes up more than half of the room). It can also be hard to hear some of the speakers. The first few meetings are scheduled to be "presentations" from police, poverty pimps, etc. with a meeting or two slated for public comment, but no public comment period regularly allowed.

More on the Task Farce at .

The group is stacked with right-wingers (a Seaside Company boss and a retired cop are chair and vice-chair), has no homeless advocates or homeless people. And there is no regular provision for public input, at least no Oral Communications period. The group was hand-picked by Mayor Hillary Bryant and excludes strong critics of the Take Back Santa Cruz-prompted hysteria.

This part of the on-going anti-homeless laws and increasingly brutal crackdown.

Scott Collins is the staff member who is recording and facilitating this meeting, but is not responsible for this posting and the commentary here.

A recent report from W. notes that while crossing Union Grove parking lot, he was tackled and assaulted by Officers Warren and Ahlers, sending him to the hospital with 4 stiches in his lower lip.

He noted he'd earliler been twice ticketed for performing downtown, and denounced the officers for hounding him in colorful terms at which point they attacked him. I haven't run into Ahlers or Warren to get their side of the story. He goes to court for "interfering with an officer", of course. W. says the assault was viewed by numerous people. I don't know if it was videoed.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 28th, 2013 10:06 AM
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Nice screenshot, TheDude.Paul SimpsonFriday Jul 26th, 2013 10:29 AM
Steve Schlicht > member of the public safety task force drops a bomb.The DudeThursday Jul 25th, 2013 5:55 PM
Wrong AddressRobert NorseWednesday May 29th, 2013 9:26 PM
Considering the fundamentally phony and toxic nature of the Task Farce...Robert NorseWednesday May 29th, 2013 11:22 AM
overt bigotry of this task forcenorthstarWednesday May 29th, 2013 1:04 AM
Re: These Ten Year PlansRazer RayTuesday May 28th, 2013 9:33 PM
These 10 Year PlansDanTuesday May 28th, 2013 9:11 PM
Is this "Phase Two" of the Santa Cruz 10-Year Plan To End Homelessness?Razer RayTuesday May 28th, 2013 8:55 PM
Memo to Dan,deep coverTuesday May 28th, 2013 8:49 PM
Memo to deep coverDanTuesday May 28th, 2013 8:41 PM
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