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calendarBack the Lawsuit! No Homeless Buldozing on April 17th !
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by Robert Norse
In front of City Council chambers at City Hall 809 Center St....
Event Date: Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:45PM
Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:08PM
calendarBeat Back the Bigots
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by Robert Norse
In front of Santa Cruz City Hall at the Main Entrance to Council Chambers...
Event Date: Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:15PM
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:09PM
documentSave the Ross Campground
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by Robert Norse & Keith McHenry
The Heroes encampment behind the Gateway-Ross area is under threat of "abatement" according to resolution passed at the 2-12-19 S.C. City Council. The flyer here describes some actions discussed by HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom)....
Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:23PM
documentPolice-Led Martin Luther King Day March, Lots of Smiles, Little Substance
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by Robert Norse
I joined the MLK parade, annoyed at the annual pomp and ceremony, sterilizing, sanitizing, and snoozifying his real message-to act locally against war, racism, and poverty. The flyers I distributed lay out some of the specifics that I often echo on this website. At least one speaker at the civic Auditorium noted it was, for the second year, police-led--the final bitter icing on the fluffy cake of expropriating, transforming, and degrading King's original message and work....
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:10PM
textSentinel presents Sympathetic Story on Van Dweller Harassment, Ducks Police Accountability by Jessica York, Robert Norse
Sentinel writer Jessica York's story unusually sympathetic to RV van dwellers but absent any critical analysis of the SCPD is reprinted below for those unable to access it on line or pay $1.50 for a paper. I include my lengthy comments as well....
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:25AM
imageThe Vandwellers Meet the Police Chief: Relearning Sad Facts
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by Robert Norse
Alice Kuhl, a mother of 3 who lives in her RV in Santa Cruz, asked SCPD Chief of police Andy Mills some hard questions last week. Kuhl challenged what she termed harassment by hostile homeowners and SCPD's vehicle abatement enforcer Joe Haebe. She noted lack of support from Mills SCPD complaints line and sought assurance from Mills. She got none....
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:22PM
documentListing of Santa Cruz Police Department Officers
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by SCPD (posted by Norse)
After declining for several weeks to answer informal requests for a listing of his officers, SCPD Chief Andy Mills finally provided this current listing of officers and badge numbers through the City staff. It can hopefully help those who want to connect up officers' badge numbers with their names. I assume it's current as of December 2018....
Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:32PM
documentLast Council Meeting of 2018 What's Missing? Freeze/Just Eviction Protection Extension!
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by Robert Norse
In the last regular scheduled Council meeting of the year outgoing Mayor Terrazas won't put on the agenda an item to extend the Rent Freeze/Just Eviction Protection that the Council passed overwhelmingly in February. That measure expires on today December 11th once the election results are accepted by the Council. It leaves tenants vulnerable to exorbitant rental increases. I have written several letters demanding the "progressive" Council members (who constitute a majority in the middle o...
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:16AM
imageDead Man Pulled From Culvert at Plymouth and Highway 17
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by Robert Norse
On Saturday morning, I saw several police officers and a deputy examine what appeared to be a dead body behind a yellow "crime scene" tape at the edge of a culvert adjoining Highway 17 near the Plymouth/Highway 17 stoplight....
Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:06AM
imageCommunity Survival Camp Established at Santa Cruz Post Office
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by Alex Darocy
In response to the planned closure of the River Street homeless campground, community members in Santa Cruz have established a survival camp at the downtown post office. At 11pm on November 15, nearly two dozen individuals had set up spaces to sleep along the sidewalk in front of the large postal building, which is a landmark downtown. "Please join us for a peaceful night's sleep while celebrating the constitution and supporting the human right to sleep. Everyone is welcome, whether you have ...
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:23AM
documentPolling Folks Outside for November 15th
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by Robert Norse
This poll was distributed yesterday at the Red Church meal and will be made available to unhoused (and housed) folks throughout the City to provide input for the march on November 15th to begin at the Town Clock and lead to a Campsite....
Posted: Tue Nov 6, 2018 9:06AM
documentCampground Crisis As Winter Approaches
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by Robert Norse
The River St. campground, City Manager Bernal tells us, is slated for dispersal at the end of November, breaking the promises by his underlings—Susie O’Hara and Tina Shull that it would last through the winter until April. Instead the population will be shoehorned into a small night-time only shelter, leaving little or no room for other winter shelter refugees....
Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:25PM
imageConscience and Action Calls for Basic Dignity
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by Steve Pleich
Nonprofits Ready to Step Up...
Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:39PM
documentPolice Chief Mills Ducks Issue In the Wake of the Boise "No Jail for Sleep" Decision
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by Abbi Samuels and Robert Norse
City Council Ringleader David Terrazas cut off Freedom Sleeper activist Abbi Samuels at the City Council mike on September 4th as she denounced unlawful police action attacking sleeping homeless folks. This on the same day the 9th Circuit Court ruled supporting the homeless right to sue Boise for "cruel and unusual punishment" because ticketing and arresting homeless folks there when there is no real shelter alternative....
Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:13PM
calendarPee & Poo Protest: Reopen Essential Bathrooms for the Public and the Poor by Robert Norse
At the edge of Louden Nelson (Laurel) Park where the Park meets the porch of the Louden Nelson Center....
Event Date: Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:30PM
Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:14AM
textSanta Cruz City Manager Refuses to Reopen Louden Nelson/San Lorenzo Park Bathrooms by Robert Norse
Closed as part of a broader campaign targeting unhoused folks outside, the bathrooms at Louden Nelson Center, San Lorenzo Park, and City Hall remained locked and/or closed to the general public. City Manager Martin Bernal ducked an invitation to explain at a gathering a week ago. He then met the next day with Conscience-and-Action [C&A] activists and rejected suggestions to reopen the bathrooms or immediately provide additional accessible portapotties....
Posted: Sun Jul 8, 2018 4:00PM
documentBathroom Baloney--Expanded Speech to City Council on its anti-homeless restrooms policies
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by Robert Norse
A highly shortened version of this speech was given Tuesday evening at City Council. It anticipated and announced the Thursday June 14th noon protest demanding reopening of the Louden Nelson Center and San Lorenzo Park bathrooms for public use. This was done without public notice, discussion, or vote....
Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:57PM
textKeith McHenry's Food not Bombs and Homeless Update from Santa Cruz by Medea Benjamin (posted by Norse)
Video of Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry walking Medea Bejamin through the twice-weekly sidewalk meal outside the Santa Cruz main post office and giving an extensive update on the anti-homeless measures taken by Santa Cruz authorities on Sunday June 10th....
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:36PM
textACLU Statement of Opposition to Anti-Homeless Measures at Louden Nelson Center and Park by ACLU (posted by Norse)
In April, ACLU Chair Peter Geldblum sent a letter to the City's Parks & Recreation Department expressing revulsion and concern regarding the recent closure of the bathrooms and other restrictive actions burdening the public and especially local homeless folks. I post it here....
Posted: Sat Jun 9, 2018 1:53PM
textVehicular Profiteering Downtown Will Punish the Poor and Drive Away Customers by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz City Council is set to rubberstamp increased parking fees, new parking meters, a two-hour "Move Along" vehicular law, "no vending from vehicles", and a "no vehicles above 6' in height" requirement along Pacific Ave. and adjacent streets at its 1:30 PM wesession tomorrow. It's item #18 on the so-called "Consent Public Hearings" section of the agenda....
Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:40PM