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'Objective' Sentinel Photographer Dan Coyro Calls Santa Cruz Eleven and Supporters 'Roaches'
by SC Sentinel Watchdog
Friday Mar 7th, 2014 7:27 PM
Number two Santa Cruz Sentinel photographer Dan Coyro has called members and supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven "roaches" and "street vermin" in recent comments he left on two different posts on a Santa Cruz City Council candidate's facebook page.
When one community member asked "What are they putting in the water over there at the Sentinel?" in response to Coyro's name calling, the Dan Coyro replied, "Get a job, make some money, pay your rent and pay your own damn way."

Coyro was one of the photographers assigned by the Sentinel to cover Occupy Santa Cruz in 2011, and the question now needs to be asked, did he do a fair and accurate job? Also, is he objective when he takes photographs for homeless-related articles? The Santa Cruz Eleven case, which is making its way at a snail's pace through the court system, is closely related to the Occupy Santa Cruz movement and homeless issues.

Santa Cruz Sentinel editor Don Miller should be urged to remove Coyro from any future photo assignments related to the Santa Cruz Eleven, including all court appearances and or street protests held in Support of the Santa Cruz Eleven.

Miller can be emailed at: dmiller [at]
§"Street Vermin"
by SC Sentinel Watchdog Friday Mar 7th, 2014 7:30 PM
Calling Santa Cruz Eleven supporters "Street Vermin"
§Dan Coyro
by SC Sentinel Watchdog Friday Mar 7th, 2014 7:31 PM
Dan Coyro (on the left)
§Who are the Santa Cruz Eleven?
by SC Sentinel Watchdog Friday Mar 7th, 2014 7:51 PM

The Santa Cruz Eleven are local community members who have been charged with an unprecedented variety of offenses arising from their alleged involvement with the occupation of a long-time vacant bank building late last fall, 2011.These defendants are either journalists, members of our local press, and/or activists supportive of the Occupy movement.The Santa Cruz Eleven defendants were participating in constitutionally protected activities either as news gatherers, observers, or as supporters, including a mediator between police and activists inside the occupied building.Each of these defendants has been charged with the following four charges: (1) felony conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, (2) felony vandalism, (3) misdemeanor trespass by entering and occupying, and (4) misdemeanor trespass by refusing to leave private property.Hundreds of individuals, if not more, entered and exited the bank building during the 75-hour occupation, including local elected officials, corporate press and “citizen journalist” bloggers. Only the Santa Cruz Eleven have been charged.The Santa Cruz Eleven are being selectively prosecuted because of their past activism relating to independent media publishing, adversarial relationships with law enforcement and prior public direct actions on issues of social justice that have been critical of the local police department, local government, and the District Attorney’s office for over a decade.

These defendants posed no threat to public order and community safety by their actions, either as chroniclers of the events, or as supporters of the occupiers and the occupation.

Supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven are seeking local, regional, national and international support for the defense of these community members.

The Court must ensure that these activists are not being selectively prosecuted. All charges based on this constitutionally protected activity should be dropped immediately.

The cost of these prosecutions (including the prosecution and defense attorneys, court costs, and police costs for testimony) is costing taxpayers upwards of a million dollars, with judges dropping charges, and the DA refiling based on no additional evidence.

The occupation referred to is that of 75 River Street. Occupiers had hoped to establish a community center that would supply services to homeless and low income people free of charge.


75River was a community space in Santa Cruz, California, that existed between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, 2011. The occupation began to establish a variety of community projects in the space until occupiers left the evening of the 3rd.

The occupation was set up in the former Coast Commercial Bank, a quite useful building held vacant by Wells Fargo since 2008.
§Sentinel Photographer Dan Coyro on Homelessness
by 'Objective' Sentinel Photographer Saturday Mar 8th, 2014 1:34 PM
Dan Coyro -- 10 Jan 2014:
"3 groups of bums set up camp at the Town Clock, the most visible corner in Santa Cruz--'Keep Santa Cruz Weird'"
§Sentinel Photographer Dan Coyro on County Health Services
by 'Objective' Sentinel Photographer Saturday Mar 8th, 2014 1:40 PM
Dan Coyro -- 23 Nov 2013:
"Look what I found at the naked beach along West Cliff. Don't you just love the needle exchange program in Santa Cruz"

Effective April 30, 2013 the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA) began administering the Syringe Services Program (SSP). The primary goal of the SSP is to work in partnership with the community to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases associated with injection drug use and to address the community's concern regarding improperly discarded syringes.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by ...
Friday Mar 7th, 2014 9:00 PM
He gives over-privileged old white men a bad name.

Yeah, he doesn't have to "sneak" anywhere. He's clean and upstanding. He just walks through the front door of the marina and spits on everyone he has to step over to get there.

Fucking asshole.
by Sentinel Reader
Friday Mar 7th, 2014 9:36 PM
Santa Cruz Sentinel photographer Shmuel Thaler sneaked into the bank during the occupation, however he was fortunate and did not get arrested.

Does Dan think he is a roach also?
by Dan Coyro hates students?
Friday Mar 7th, 2014 10:02 PM
oh and for the record, the Sentinel's photographer, Dan Coyro, was smiling while he took photos of kids at UC Santa Cruz trying to wash the pepper-spray out of their eyes after being attacked by the police on Oct. 18, 2006.

Victims of Violence: When UC Police Attack

Dan Coyro was smiling
by Helper
Friday Mar 7th, 2014 10:15 PM
They are visible on the Facebook page of Steve Pleich:

The street vermin one is old, though.

No comment from Steve.
The Sentinel is THE paper down there and he's one of their main photographers. How many others at the Sentinel think just like him? I'd proffer a guess that it's quite a few or he would have been run out of there a long time ago, and probably a good number of his superiors chuckle at his cruelties.

And so you have THE paper of record in Santa Cruz staffed by people not only oblivious to their own privilege but openly hostile towards the less fortunate and those who would fight for equality. Yet they surely fancy themselves good liberals.

Kind of turns one's stomach.
by Helper
Friday Mar 7th, 2014 11:27 PM
Correction: Old as in February 11:

I guess it's not that old.

What I am wondering is why the conservatives in Santa Cruz hate the 11 so severely for this. Take the bank for its latest "estimate" and there was $20,000 in damages max. If that is compared to what the company is worth, and what they profit, and their assets dwarf that damages figure. Why would the vandalism be a felony? I'm not even making a political case here or talking about how long the building was vacant, its size, and that there was no security to protect it. Why does every act of vandalism that causes more than $400 in damages require the felony charge? This is one way the people could easily reform the government and reduce prison populations, I think. Change the way that felony formula is calculated.
by John Cohen
Saturday Mar 8th, 2014 7:20 AM
The Sentinel has been stoking community hatred since the late 1880s. The paper caters to hateful bigots. The Southern Poverty Law Center should run a campaign against the hate speech in the Sentinel comments forum and the hate inciting language of the articles.

Take Back Santa Cruz, the Hall of Shame and all their associated fringe groups should be designated as domestic hate groups and treated as such.
by Sylvia
Saturday Mar 8th, 2014 10:21 AM
Dog Whistle Politics is " ... political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup ... "

Haney-Lopez: Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
by Taxpayer
Saturday Mar 8th, 2014 1:10 PM
Dan told somebody to "Get a job and pay your own way"!!!

Give 'em the Electric Chair!!!!
by Art Lover
Saturday Mar 8th, 2014 3:26 PM
Robert Norse reported that Dan Coyro took photos at a protest downtown last October against the anti-street performer and artist ordinances, and Dan C took photos but they were possibly never published.

Norse reported this:

"Sentinel photographer Dan C. came and went, but Shana McCord (as ever) was more interested in demonizing homeless people at a cemetery (i.e. more poo and litter stories in a town that has no 24-hour bathrooms, shelter or campgrounds, nor trash pick-up's for the homeless outside). (See ).

"I can't find any of his photos nor any mention of the protest at the Sentinel website on line."
by really
Thursday Mar 13th, 2014 11:56 PM
obviously, the person who littered the needle was NOT using the needle exchange, because that's where users EXCHANGE used needles for clean ones. they don't get new needles without turning one in. duh

so this creep is not only hateful but damned stupid too. I guess the two actually go hand in hand

carry on, Dan. well done, Sentinel, keeping this ass on your payroll
by Taxpayer
Saturday Mar 15th, 2014 8:52 AM
Hey dumbass, the Needle exchange does NOT implement a 1(ONE) for 1(ONE) exchange policy. You can turn on 1(ONE) and recieve 20 (TWENTY)
So the MOST LIKELY place the needle came from IS the Exchange!!!
by He is lying again
Saturday Mar 15th, 2014 10:18 PM
"Taxpayer", aka DBS, aka "TMC" on the Sentinel, aka "The Beast from the East", is lying yet again.

He reads the Sentinel obsessively and should have read this article, or the many others, that report Santa Cruz County's Needle Exchange operates with a one to one needle exchange policy:

That means users bring a dirty needle in and they receive ONE clean one in exchange. The program reports that it takes in more dirty needles than it gives out in clean ones.

Don't let the facts get in the way of your crackpot crusade of threats and lies, DBS.

Moderators please delete his most recent lie.
by NE Saves Lives
Monday Mar 17th, 2014 5:59 AM
Before the Needle Exchange was operated by the county, it was volunteer run, and here is what NE volunteer Steve Pleich has to say about their one to one exchange policy,

Steve Pleich:

"I had said this more than once but I will say it one last time. During my three plus years as a NE outreach worker and having participated in over 150 separate exchanges, I have VERY RARELY seen anything but a 1-1 exchange. On a handful (and by that I mean about 5 or so) occasions clients would ask for a few extra (and by few I mean 3 or 4) because they were not going to be able to exchange due to some exigient circumstance. If you know anyone else who has had a different experience I would be surprised to hear about it."
by Angie Coiro
Wednesday Mar 26th, 2014 10:50 AM
What a difference one letter makes.