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|Measure K Commission Meets|
|Date||Monday October 06|
|Time||5:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
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|809 Center St. in City Council Chambers in Santa Cruz|
|RNORSE3 [at] HOTMAiL.COM|
|Address||309 Cedar PMB 14B Santa Cruz CA 95060|
The Measure K Commission was created by voter initiative in 2006 to ensure that the Santa Cruz Police Department make Enforcement of the Drug War laws against Marijuana the lowest priority for adults on public property not involved in driving a motor vehicle.
A dirty deal done by the SCPD and City Attorney's Office six months after the measure was voted in de-fanged the Measure, but it can still be a sounding board for those fighting to stop Marijuana Prohibition madness.
Measure K Commissioner Coral Brune has asked members of the public to support her in uncovering more fully how the SCPD has been operating around marijuana enforcement.
She also would like those who have been harassed, hassled, ticketed, arrested, or otherwise accosted by police around marijuana in the last year to come to the meeting to tell their story to the Commission.
If you can't make it, leave a message with contact information at 423-4833, and I"ll convey it to Coral.
Earlier stories on the Measure K Commission's decline into senility can be found at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/10/08/18452900.php ["Gutted and Depleted Measure K Commission Meets Tonight 6 PM (10/8)]
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/11/14/18461217.php ["Crippled Measure K ("Lowest Priority Enforcement Marijuana by SCPD") meets 6 PM today"]
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/19/18564535.php ["Rump Measure K Committee Excludes Public Comment, Loses Audio Tape"]
["The Measure K Oversight Committee Meeting of June 15, 2009"]
Public comments is permitted on each agenda item and during oral communications on all items not on the agenda.
It is not clear whether these meetings are audio (or video) recorded.
The "report" relies entirely on the accuracy and honesty of the SCPD. Since the Commission was set up to oversee the SCPD's activities around marijuana arrests, this seems like granting a fox power to count how many chickens are in the henhouse. Note that there are 8 times as many police citations for marijuana as there are calls for service on this issue--indicating a serious police interest in this issue. As with other police departments, whatever the best intentions of some of the officers, it strikes me as likely punitive, prejudicial, and ideological.