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textMore Punches at the Poor on Today's Council Agenda by Robert Norse
A recent letter I sent to Mayor Justin Cummings remains largely unanswered. I include some selections as well as a few additional comments bearing on today's agenda at the "public" meeting--largely a rubberstamp of the City Manager's latest decrees and the unelected city staff's priorities....
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:42AM
audioThe 8-30 Edition of Bathrobespierre's Broadsides Free Radio Santa Cruz show (audio/mpeg 24.7MB) by Robert Norse
The regular Free Radio Santa Cruz twice-weekly Bathrobespierre's Broadsides show usually airs on the net at Thursdays 6-8 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM to 3 PM. However, FRSC-on-the-net is recovering of fire evacuation right now. Meanwhile the show is archived at . This is another on-the-road collection of interviews, downloaded songs, and my commentary from the last few days in downtown Santa Cruz....
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:57PM
textAbbi Samuels Letter to City Attorney Condotti Re: Police Harassment of Cooper D'Angelo by Abbi Samuels (posted by Norse)
Activist and ACLU Board member Abbi Samuels posted the following letter asking telling questions about the harassment of Cooper D'Angelo and her partner Russell on the sidewalk outside the Main Post Office last week....
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:48AM
audioFree Radio's Bathrobespierre's Broadsides Show on the Net (audio/mpeg 203.7MB) by Robert Norse
The regular Free Radio Santa Cruz twice-weekly Bathrobespierre's Broadsides show usually available on the web at is being presented here. Fire evacuation has made normal netcasting unavailable at this time. Here in its place is a 4 hour show.of interviews with folks aside on 8-22-20....
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:12PM
textYet Another Tightening of the Noose: City Council "Meets" Again Tuesday by Robert Norse
City Council is slated to rubberstamp more power in City Mangler Martin Bernal's hands, a slamdown of Beach St vendors, a rise in fines for "being in a park after dark", the ability to hire more enforcement personnel, no discussion of the police (or any other part of the) budget, gentrification of Front St., and authorization of the Mayor to "respond to" the Grand Jury's critical report on homelessness....
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:10AM
textAnother Toxic S.C. City Council Meeting Today by Robert Norse
I wrote a letter to Justin Cummings last week about the upcoming "public" City Council meeting. On the agenda are the usual rubberstamping of City Manager Bernal's diktats, new police funding, denying claims against the police, the zombie resurrection of an anti-Vending law, inadequate "controls" on facial technology use, and a sell-out CACH homeless report....
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:09PM
documentBenchlands Cleared for Double Fenced Containment Camp
by Robert Norse
Yesterday (Wednesday August 5) most of the remaining tents on both sides of the expanded Containment Camp run by the County in the San Lorenzo Benchlands was stripped of survival campers. Police reportedly with little or no notice gave those in tents "the option" to leave, face citation or arrest, or accept the concentrated residency of the new temporary govt. camp....
Posted: Thu Aug 6, 2020 10:33AM
documentHUFF Supports the UCSC Strike Demands
by Robert Norse
Mostly long-distance (from the city to the campus is far longer distance than it needs to be) from HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) for the Campus Strike (see )....
Posted: Mon Aug 3, 2020 2:15PM
documentForced Movement for the Unhoused?
by Robert Norse
A "managed" campground has been set up in the middle of the Benchlands in the middle of the area previously used by unhoused displaced residents, from the pedestrian bridge to the Water St. bridge. HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) distributed a flyer this morning and interviewed numerous residents....
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:14PM
documentProtests Continue Opposing SCPD Harassment of Vehicles
by Robert Norse
Marty Mirabel, aka "Pirate", showed up with a dozen protesters at the County Building Monday (7-27) for a cancelled pre-trial court date. Marty was defending the vehicular home of a friend from 10+ cops two weeks before and charged with multiple felonies for "obstructing", "battery" and such....
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:54PM
calendarEmergency Protest--COVID-19 in S.C. Jails & Shelters
by Keith McHenry (with additions by Norse)
701 Ocean St. On the steps in front of the front of the Courthouse...
Event Date: Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:30AM
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:19PM
calendarHomeless United for Friendship & Freedom (HUFF) meeting by Robert Norse
Sub Rosa Cafe 703 Pacific (next to the Bike Church)...
Event Date: Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:00AM
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:13PM
documentDirect Action to Defund the Out-of-Control Cops Tonight 9 PM Town Clock
by Robert Norse
Marty M, also known as Pirate, brutally seized by police, jailed, and charged with felonies for defending a friend's vehiclehome, has reportedly been released after friends paid the ransom ($2500 for a $25,000 bail). To discourage future such anti-homeless abuses and restore real security in our community, come to the Direct Action protest tonight 7-20 Monday at 9 PM at the Town Clock....
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:41PM
textQuestions Still Unanswered by Robert Norse
In late May, I wrote SCPD boss Andy Mills a lengthy letter reiterating questions asked him around three years ago that have largely been unanswered with any specificity. He responded ("An Updated Letter to SCPD Police Chief Mills in the Wake of the George Floyd Murder" at This is my follow-up to his response written in mid-June. I received no answer to any of the follow-up questions...
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:33PM
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
documentDemand Change: Homeless Civil Rights & the Santa Cruz Police
by Robert Norse
The attached flyers were distributed at the protest last night (June 3) and are suitable for future distribution unless and until things radically change. Comments and additions are welcome....
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2020 2:15PM
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
documentOppose the Attack on Food Not Bombs & Expansion of Police Power
by Keith McHenry (posted, modified by Norse)
This flyer was distributed at the Friday protest urging the City to immediately open motels in place of the toxic congregate shelters currently housing vulnerable homeless people in crowded conditions violating CDC recommendations....
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:21PM