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Stay Away Stupidity, Oppose Police Violence & Chomp Coronation Treats !
Date Tuesday December 09
Time 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center St.
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at]
Address309 Cedar St. #14B Santa Cruz 95060
Many things are happening at today's City Council.

At 1 PM in Council chambers, City Council will be following a unusual procedure in holding the open interval of its closed session in this larger room. It will then retire to the smaller City Council Conference room behind the chambers where it usually meets behind closed doors in "Closed Session".

What's peculiar here is the process being followed. Two of the most powerful and well-paid officials in the City--the City Attorney and the City Manager are up for "performance evaluation". The on-line agenda suggests that it will be behind closed doors with the public excluded.

City Manager Martin Bernal controls the hiring and firing of the Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

The SCPD refuses to open its records of use and display of force, tasering, pain compliance holds, choke holds, gun drawings, baton use, and so forth (See "SCPD: No Disclosure of When People were PepperSprayed, Choked, Tasered, Gun-Bullied or Shot" at

Unaddressed claims of racial profiling also hang over the department (See "Race and Class Bias in the SCPD: What's the Real Story?" at

City Council is legally required to open its closed sessions--however briefly--for public comment. Of course, Mayor Robinnson (and in-coming Mayor Don Lane) haven't cared much for that in such matters as allowing unimpeded recording of City Council meetings (See "Video of the False Arrest at Santa Cruz City Council for Audio Recording " at


Consent Agenda Item #13 is titled "2015 Homeland Security Grant Funding - Budget Adjustment (PD/FD)"

See "Santa Cruz Police to Procure $250K 'Rescue Vehicle'" at

Could be another Steve Clark special (he's our reactionary Deputy Police Chief) rushing to amp up the department's aggressive image? With anger against police abuse rising all around the country, it's a good time

I've asked Councilmember Posner to pull this item from the agenda for discussion rather than a rote vote. The public has been banned from pulling items and requiring they be more fully discussed and individually voted on. Other City Councils, our Board of Supervisors, and past City Councils have had this rather elementary public process, but it was removed at the behest of former Mayor and incoming Supervisor Ryan Connerty some years back. Neither Posner nor Lane have moved to restore this process.

Cafe HUFF will be serving brownies and brew (that is, coffee) as well as Jumbogumbo Joe Schultz's soup, hopefully as early as 2;30 PM


This is the latest anti-homeless eruption from the Public Safety Task Force/Public Safety Committee. It's aother step demonization of the poor outside and follows on a long train of anti-homeless laws and policies.

The law that vastly increases the discretionary power of rangers and cops to arbitrarily ban people from large areas of the city (not just parks) for any infraction, no matter how minor with no court injunction, conviction, or charge.

To paper over this homegrown Constitution-shredding, the City Attorney came back with an "administrative review" process that would have the stay-away order dissolved if a city employee appointed by the city manager finds the infraction "unjustified" "by a preponderance of the evidence".

The new wording of the ordinance is at . Or go to and click on item #18.

All correspondence received by City Council has urged the law be voted down. But it is likely to pass 5-2 or 6-1.

The one-day stay away law, passed last year, and equally un-Constitutional and abusive passed unanimously. Councilmembers Posner and Lane have yet to apologize for this travesty which has been used 1000 times by Homeless Deportation squads in uniform, according to their own figures.

Steve Pleich has said he will appeal the proposed expansion of the law but probably not the current law.


Want to raise issues that others are raising on the streets (and that are planned for a Saturday day-long rally at the Town clock)? Come and speak out demanding fundamental changes in the SCPD. (See for my thoughts on the issue). HUFF will review the record of the Council and the SCPD.


At 7 PM outgoing Council blowhards will make speeches celebrating their wonderful terms in office and the in-coming Council elected people will do the same. Around 8 or thereafter, the whole jolly crew will cross the street to the Civic Auditorium where the public is invited to mingle and munch with them on various pastries and pies. It's a tradition.

Fortify yourself for the Wednesday storm. Bring some homeless friends. Confront the privileged in public. While chowing down at the same time.

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) meets Wednesday morning at the Sub rosa Cafe 11 AM to plan for protests and express solidarity with those in other cities.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Dec 9th, 2014 11:32 AM
§Coming Up on Saturday
by Robert Norse Tuesday Dec 9th, 2014 11:32 AM
Speak Out Today at City Council to Raise Awareness for Saturday...and every day thereafter that the SCPD refuses to open up its records and allow public accountability.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

Will anyone be discussing past, present, and future expenditure of taxpayer dollars to have legal firms strategize, research, promote, compose, and defend Constitutionally deficient ordinances?

During and after Desertrain v. Los Angeles, Palo Alto government proceeded with a caution that highlights the reckless abandon of Santa Cruz government.

It would also be interesting to raise the issue of loss of immunity, for firms, staff, and elected officials, but it seems very unlikely that any would be brave enough to discuss such things on the record.
by Robert Norse
Wednesday Dec 10th, 2014 5:00 AM
Good suggestions and questions from G.

City Council shut down the December 9th meeting in the wake of angry protests regarding their refusal to delay consideration of the "rescue tank" armored vehicle.

The Stay Away orders expansion law has been postponed, presumably, according to Councilmember Micah Posner, until the first meeting in January (2nd Tuesday).

An unexpected and not unwelcome unintended consequence of a roomful of people standing up to powerful deaf-to-reason officials.
by Steven Argue
Wednesday Dec 10th, 2014 5:52 AM
Your flyers are of interest, but difficult to read in the format that you post them. I would like to suggest that you copy and paste them rather than posting snap shots of them.

Regarding the amendment to the stay away ordinance, of the links you've provided for its wording, one does not work at all and the other is not allowing me to click on the document to see it. I also tried emailing it to myself from that site, but nothing is coming to my in box. Short of getting this document, perhaps you could give me a call this morning (Weds) so I can ask you some questions.
by Robert Norse
Friday Jan 9th, 2015 5:11 PM
Steve: You can actually view the full flier by clicking on the link under the shot of the flier.
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