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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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Outing the Bay Area campaign contributors of KKK fascist David Duke (1 comment) Thursday Aug 17th 9:57 PM
Majority Report: Fun City vs. Surf City (1 comment) Thursday Aug 17th 7:15 PM
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Court Rules Monterey County's Federal Animal-killing Contract Violates Law Wednesday Aug 16th 9:45 AM
Protest in Solidarity with Charlottesville (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 15th 4:05 PM
Heather’s Patisserie Turns Off the Oven (3 comments) Monday Aug 14th 11:32 PM
No to Fascism - Santa Cruz in solidarity with Charlottesville Virginia (2 comments) Sunday Aug 13th 7:57 PM
Last Call at Caffé Pergolesi (1 comment) Friday Aug 11th 8:55 PMMore Local News...
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Public Display of Art ILLEGAL in Boulder, CO: The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Investigation Wednesday Aug 16th 7:29 AM
Ban Fracking In San Luis Obispo County Tuesday Aug 15th 10:43 PM
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Trump Offshore Oil Leasing Plan Threatens Every U.S. Ocean, Coastline Saturday Jul 1st 3:50 PM
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California’s Attorney General Asks EPA to Ban Brain-Harming Pesticide Wednesday Jun 7th 10:43 AM
Trump to Launch Unprecedented Attack on National Monuments Monday Apr 24th 2:59 PM
News and Improvements at Riseup.net: Personally Encrypted Email Storage (1 comment) Wednesday Apr 19th 11:20 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 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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