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Fri Mar 14 2014 (Updated 03/20/14)2013: A Nasty Year of New Anti-Homeless Laws
Fri Mar 14 2014 (Updated 03/20/14)New City Ordinances in Santa Cruz Target Low Income Residents, Restrict First Amendment
In 2013, the Santa Cruz City Council approved a number of new ordinances that disproportionately affect homeless and low income people. Local ordinances now govern such behavior as "loitering" on traffic medians and "disorderly" conduct in parks, which has been redefined and may now result in a 24-hour stay away order.
The amount of space artists, activists, street vendors and performers may use in downtown Santa Cruz has also been significantly altered. MC 5.43 bans spreading out a blanket as a "display device", and the law reduces the total area available to anyone with an open guitar case, table, cup, or any other method of display to 12 square feet (i.e. three of the squares on the sidewalk).
Additionally, there has been an increase in reports of related law enforcement activities downtown by the Santa Cruz Police Department. Officer Barnett, a new Community Services Officer, has reportedly issued an inordinate number of tickets, which include citations for sitting near a building, displaying jewelry and craftswork, and smoking downtown. Observers say Barnett has taken the lead in "reanimating" the business license requirement for occasional crafts vending downtown. Under MC 5.04.090, individuals are required to buy a business license when vending more than six times in a fiscal year.
Read More | See Also: The Great Morgani, aka Frank Lima, Gets Squeezed Out of Downtown Santa Cruz | Downtown Ordinances -- A License to Harass Scarf Lady Kate Wenzell | Shrinking Sidewalks and the Permit Fantasy | Be on the Lookout for "Bad News" Barnett: Bully in Light Blue on the Beat! | Artists and Allies Continue to Blanket Downtown at Latest Sidewalk Sit-In | Shafting Non-Shoppers: Expanding the Destructive Downtown Ordinances | Deadly Downtown Ordinances - Updated
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Tenants Fight Back rally in front of Santa Cruz City Hall (1 comment) Wednesday Sep 13th 8:29 PM
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Workers of outed David Duke campaign contributor may be eligible for unemployment benefits (1 comment) Monday Sep 11th 4:18 PM
Santa Cruz ROLLING FAST to Repeal Sleeping Ban (1 comment) Monday Sep 11th 1:26 PM
Santa Cruz protests against Trump's bold move to end DACA (1 comment) Thursday Sep 7th 9:28 PM
Rehire HOPE Services for Downtown Salinas (1 comment) Wednesday Sep 6th 7:34 PMMore Local News...
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Analysis: Nearly 1 Million Pounds of Seven Deadly Air Pollutants Released by Texas Refineries During Harvey Floods Friday Sep 1st 9:09 PM
Another Trump disgrace: Racism and white supremacy must never be pardoned Monday Aug 28th 6:09 PM
Private Security patrols for artwork in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday Aug 27th 5:51 PM
Exposing KKK fascist David Duke supporters in Minneapolis, Massachusetts and beyond (3 comments) Saturday Aug 26th 11:58 PM
Arrested for Visual Art and Protest: Total Eclipse Of Our Rights Monday Aug 21st 8:21 PM
Day 3 Illegal Art Protest: Cracking the System? Saturday Aug 19th 10:31 PM
Day 2: Illegal Art Protest Saturday Aug 19th 10:19 PM
Illegal Art Protest: Day 1 Saturday Aug 19th 10:04 PM
Public Display of Art ILLEGAL in Boulder, CO: The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Investigation Wednesday Aug 16th 7:29 AMMore Global News...
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ICE Raids Cause Minority Women to Live in Fear Saturday Jul 29th 9:12 AM
Local law enforcement and government protect TBSC gang stalkers (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 25th 9:15 PM
Statement from Afrikan/Black Student Alliance on Reclamation of Kerr Hall at UC Santa Cruz Wednesday May 3rd 11:23 AM
Are We Ready for Body-Worn Cameras in Santa Cruz? Sunday Apr 16th 4:12 PM
Earthquake Strikes Wayne National Forest Near Fracking Operations Monday Apr 3rd 5:02 PM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PM
Final Property for HWY 17 Wildlife Crossing Protected (3 comments) Saturday Mar 4th 3:33 PM
KKK, other hate groups showing up in Bay Area (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 28th 9:51 PM
Cower or Continue? (1 comment) Wednesday Feb 22nd 9:07 PMOpen Newswire...
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