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View events for the week of 9/21/2021
RV Parking Ban at Santa Cruz City Council
Date Tuesday September 21
Time 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Event Type Meeting
Organizer/AuthorStop the RV Ban
Location Details
The RV Parking Ban is #5 on the city council meeting agenda and will be heard sometime after 4:30 PM
Click on Zoom link (no time delay): https://zoom.us/j/94684401344
Online at http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-council/council-meetings
Meeting agenda: https://ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnline/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=1767&doctype=1
On Tuesday, September 21, the Santa Cruz City Council will consider an ordinance that bans recreational vehicles from parking overnight on city streets. The RV ban has been proposed by Vice Mayor Sonja Brunner, and Councilmembers Renee Golder and Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson.

In August of 2016 the California Coastal Commission struck down a previous attempt by the Santa Cruz City Council to ban recreational vehicles from parking overnight in the city because the ban impeded coastal access.

Alicia Kuhl, President of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Homeless Union is on the record as opposing the new proposal.

"They need to go through the coastal commission and get the permit and allow the appeal process to continue," Kuhl stated. "These Karens are trying their best to avoid the proper procedures to get their way and make things harder for homeless folks."

"Stop these witches already," Kuhl stated.

So far in 2021, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California has filed lawsuits against two Bay Area cities' new 24 hour RV parking bans: Pacifica and Mountain View.

More information:

Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates/Santa Cruz California Homeless Union
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SantaCruzCountyHomelessAdvocates
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Added to the calendar on Sunday Sep 19th, 2021 6:18 AM
§Meeting Agenda Report
by Stop the RV Ban
Sunday Sep 19th, 2021 6:18 AM
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§Proposed Ordinance
by Stop the RV Ban
Sunday Sep 19th, 2021 6:18 AM
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In 2016, I and others successfully appealed the local Coastal Commission's surrender to NIMBY forces and secured an 11-1 vote on the broader Commission stopping the anti-homeless nighttime RV ban.

I presented the following arguments to the broader Commission at https://www.indybay.org/uploads/2016/08/11/notes_for_a_coastal_commission_speech__final_flyer.pdf ["Protest the Poor and Public Access for All"] . The full Commission turned down the report of their local body--which then and now seem to be uninterested in ensuring equal access to the Coast for rich and poor.

I wrote up my take on the struggle at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/08/11/18790030.php ["Unexpected Victory at Coastal Commission Overturning Nighttime RV Ban"].

Those fighting this latest attack on poor people living in their vehicles may want to keep close tabs the progress of this law, all prettied up with simpering claims of concern for those RV dwellers.

In order to maintain standing, it may be necessary to file a written objection, even to make a formal appeal to the administrative body and claim that the law does not meet the requirements of the local Coastal Commission.
Has the number of actually usable RV spaces significantly increased (even given the massive infusion of COVID funding)?
How accessible is the Association of Faith Communities program? Would be directors of the program like Steve Pleich as well as the titular head of the program have declined to give straight answers to questions repeatedly posed.

The basis of the Coastal Commission's refusal to ban RVs at night (i.e. regarding it as a "substantial issue" which the City chose not to take up in a formal hearing were (a) lack of evidence of a crime problem, and (b) inadequate accommodations for "oversized vehicles".

It might also be helpful to point out the continued violation by City and County authorities--the "no parking at night without permits" in the Coastal zones, without authorization from the local Coastal Commission. NOt to mention the harassment by sheriffs and police of legally parked vehiciles whose appearance frets neighbors concerned about their property-values.

Also, "calls for service" are not criminal citations. And citations are not criminal convictions. Those seriously opposing this law will be well-advised to make Public Records requests demanding the actual citations given, the zones they were given in, and (though this may be more difficult to uncover) the ultimate verdicts.

The War against the Poor has been heating up in various communities--with sweeps against the unhoused here in Santa Cruz at HIghway 1 and 9, and new harassment reported in the Benchlands. The hunger of the well-to-do to clear away the ill-clothed, ill-housed, and "unsightly" is never ending. We must meet the challenge or be bulldozed over and skyscrapered under.
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