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textChatting with a Conscience-Lacking Council by Robert Norse
The 'No Public, Please" City Council meeting today again has call-in access only, and likely Oral Communications limited to one minute and cut off at the whim of Mayor "I Kneel with the Police Chief" Cummings. I pass on suggested talking points. However, deaf politicians and staffers need large numbers showing up at workplace and home to be convinced. Obediently following do-nothing guidelines nothing....
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:12AM
textThe Questions Grow More Pressing by Robert Norse
I've been persistently raising issues of police abuse with the SCPD. Most recently, I sent a letter to Chief Andy Mills with a variety of questions, following up on issues raised months (and often years) ago. He roplied. I responded to his reply a few days ago. So far no reply....
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:14PM
textSome Questions for Sandy Brown and the City Council by Robert Norse
An e-mail sent to Councilmember Sandy Brown will likely result in no action at City Council. More seriously, the Council, which has ultimately control of the police through the City Manager, needs to be forced to confront long-standing SCPD issues that are of a piece with demands on departments across the nation....
Posted: Tue Jun 9, 2020 11:57AM
textAn Updated Letter to SCPD Police Chief Mills in the Wake of the George Floyd Murder by Robert Norse
In anticipation of possible protests in Santa Cruz regarding police violence and racial injustice, I've written Chief Andy Mills a follow-up letter regarding concerns I expressed 2 1/2 years ago. I begin with an earlier letter I sent him, and his responses to that letter. Attempts to get more detailed information were unsuccessful....
Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:28AM
textCalifornia Proposes Regulations to Prevent Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 15, 2020 — California state officials released a proposed rule today to reduce the number of endangered whales and sea turtles that get entangled in commercial Dungeness crab gear. The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) was prompted by steep annual increases in reported whale entanglements and a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 2:09PM
textSanta Cruz Needs Community Control of Surveillance by Tracy Rosenberg
Santa Cruz has a community control of surveillance law in front of the City Council. We need transparency, advanced notice and joint decisionmaking about pervasive surveillance everywhere. Sign the petition (from ACLU)
Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 2:37PM
textVaccines Neither Vegetarian Nor Vegan by SNS
Vaccines are developed using animal blood, gelatin, eggs, and countless other ingredients...
Posted: Sat May 2, 2020 11:47AM
textAnother Round of Partial Answers and Continued Questions by Jessica Scheiner and Robert Norse
Here's a letter I e-mailed several days ago with questions, Jessica Scheiner's answers, and my further questions. Scheiner is with the County of Santa Cruz, Human Services Department. E-mail: Phone: 831-454-4088. Those who want to press for safe and sane homeless shelter-in-place now in a time of pandemic might call or e-mail her in hopes of speeding that action....
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:36AM
textTiny But Tough-Love Tour of Shame to Demand Opening Up Motel Rooms for Shelter Now ! by Robert Norse
In an Easter Sunday sweep through the City by car, several of us will gather (safely in our cars or at 6' distance with protective gear) 2 PM at Laurel and Front St. We will distribute survival gear and provisions to folks outside around the City and conduct an educational tour of shame to counter the rosy fabrications of Sentinel and city/county officialdom....
Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:54PM
textAn Immodest and Long Overdue Proposal by Robert Norse
Please post your reactions to this proposed protest, which mirrors actions undertaken by nurses, unions, and homeless advocates in other cities. An earlier version of these suggestions was originally posted on facebook....
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2020 8:45AM
textLobby for your Life: Suggestions from Laura by (posted by) Norse
Laura Chatham suggest folks barrage do-nothing city officials with some basic info and demands. An an activist with HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom), I'm particular concerned with the City and County's failure to provide the funded motel rooms for folks aside to shelter-in-place. I pass on her suggestions....
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2020 2:42PM
textCorrecting the Sentinel's Latest Errors by Robert Norse & Keith McHenry
Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry corrects errors, omissions, and distoertions in Sentinel writer Jessica York's recent story "Santa Cruz County launches joint homelessness task force in coronavirus pandemic; Food Not Bombs expands food distribution" (4 PM, April 4th) at ....
Posted: Sun Apr 5, 2020 3:41PM
textUpdates from Santa Cruz's Struggling Benchlands Meal & Santa Barbara's Peter Marin by Robert Norse
Santa Barbara activist Peter Marin blasts Santa Barbara's "Let 'Em Die:" Lack of Services. Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry Calls for More Volunteers, Warns Local Authorities Violate CDC Safeguards for Those Outside...
Posted: Sat Apr 4, 2020 10:00AM
textDominican Hospital's (mis)treatment of (disabled) homeless people by John Colby
As an advocate for (disabled) homeless people who blogs about this advocacy (thus I'm an independent journalist), I've come across numerous incidents of discrimination by Dignity Health's Dominican Hospital against (disabled) homeless people. I obtained a media statement about how Dignity Health's Dominican Hospital will (equally) serve homeless COVID-19 victims. Please report non-compliance to me....
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2020 1:03AM
textUpdates from the "Ignore Them Until they Disappear or Die Off" Genocide Zone by Robert Norse
While City & County officials who live indoors postulate, ponder, and predict, no safe shelters, sanitary shithouses, or reliable food services have opened up to replace those shut down. HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) critic passes on some updates and the latest in-the-field reports from Food not Bombs still-serving-under-fire foodster Keith McHenry....
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:47PM
textCDC: Housing, Not Handcuffs Is the Way to Stop COVID-19 Amongst Homeless Populations by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Advocates Hail First Step, Call for More Help...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:01PM
textShutdown of Post Office Encampment After Denial of Portapotties & Wash Stations There by Robert Norse
Chief Mills and a dozen or more cops, rangers, and camp trashers moved on to evict and fence out the homeless tent-shelter-in-place encampment along Water St. near the Post Office. This "out of sight/out of town" policy, while claiming a public health rationale rings false given the lack of protected indoor shelter being offered in spite of the funding available....
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:57PM
textDated Updates on the Current Homeless Crisis by Robert Norse
Some things are changing quickly. Others (sadly) not at all--such as the City's failure to provide the most elementary sanitary services such as porapotties, washing stations, and bathrooms (many of them now shutting down). The following e-mail I sent out as a replacement for my usual Wednesday HUFF meeting yesterday. Audio updates will be posted between times at ....
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:26AM
textS.C. County Issues Shelter-in-Place with No Shelter or Facilities for Those Outside by Robert Norse
Several hours ago the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency followed up on actions by San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties declaring much public assembly a misdemeanor. Meanwhile acting City czar Martin Bernal has declined to provide portapotties, open bathrooms, provide vacant hotel and motel rooms, or declare an eviction moratorium for folks outside and hard-pressed renters inside....
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:22PM
textSanta Cruz City Council Committee Advances Surveillance Oversight Ordinance by ACLU of Northern California
SANTA CRUZ, March 12, 2020 – On Wednesday, the Santa Cruz Public Safety Committee voted to approve a Surveillance Technology Ordinance that would prevent the government from using any surveillance technology without public debate, clear use policies, and mechanisms of oversight and accountability. The law also prohibits government use of facial recognition, and in what would be a national first, bans government use of predictive policing technology as well....
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:39PM