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documentKoffee Klatch Flyers Fighting Planned Benchlands July Sweep
by Robert Norse
For three mornings, activists tabled at City Hall circulating petitions and flyers demanding City Manager Matt Huffaker reverse his plan to sweep the 300-400 people in the Benchlands in July. Some of the flyers distributed are reprinted below....
Posted: Thu, Jun 9, 2022 9:32pm PDT
textKoffee Klatch Against Cold Hearts at City Hall by Robert Norse
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) wants to encourage those outside and their supporters to provide a true narrative that exposes the unjustified and exaggerated claims of City officials led by City Manager Matt Huffaker, With help from Food Not Bombs and other good samaritans, we'll be providing coffee and sweet rolls in the morning for 3-days next week (June 6-8) and perhaps beyond.....
Posted: Fri, Jun 3, 2022 12:49pm PDT
imageResisting Two Wars: The Threatened Nuclear Holocaust & The Attack on the Unhoused
by Robert Norse
A brief protest at the Town Clock Sunday (5-8) against U.S, escalation of the war in Ukraine drew a handful of dedicated activists from older times and other places....
Posted: Mon, May 9, 2022 12:51pm PDT
textTriple Trouble Tuesday: Trio of Terrible Items Scars Council Agenda by Robert Norse
Bad news for buskers, street vendors, and rv-dwellers hits the City Council agenda Tuesday April 12th on items 24, 30, and 31 in yet another "public not wanted" Zoomed meeting....
Posted: Sun, Apr 10, 2022 11:27pm PDT
documentTesting the Waters for Another Koffee Klatch
by Robert Norse
With the increased sweeps against those outside in Santa Cruz, HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) is checking out unhoused and sympathizer support for a regular daytime presence at City Council offices to lobby the Council for some fundamental policy changes.The regular gathering would include coffee and munchables as we seek to speak to the unspeakable....
Posted: Tue, Apr 5, 2022 9:45pm PDT
textUkraine’s Propaganda War: International PR Firms, DC Lobbyists and CIA Cutouts by Dan Cohen
Dan Cohen reveals the network of foreign strategists, Washington DC lobbyists, and intelligence-linked media outlets behind Ukraine’s public relations blitz....
Posted: Tue, Mar 29, 2022 11:25am PDT
documentTabling Downtown Takes on Two Insane Wars
by Robert Norse
Yesterday a small cadre of HUFFsters set up a table downtown to solicit and spread opinion on the War Against the Poor and the War in Ukraine.. We called our table the Vigil Against Two Wars. We opposed the NATO-provoked war criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine.and the sweep-em-out-of-sight authority now claimed by the City Manager Matt Huffaker...
Posted: Wed, Mar 16, 2022 9:07pm PDT
calendarSay NO to Two Wars! by Robert Norse
Cooper and Pacific Ave. In front of O'Neill's on the sidewalk...
Event Date: Tue, Mar 15, 2022 12:00pm PDT
Posted: Mon, Mar 14, 2022 10:45pm PDT
documentCity Attorney Threatens Food Not Bombs; Emergency Meeting 5 PM Friday
by Cassie Bronson, Keith McHenry (Norse posting)
Today, Keith McHenry, local Food Not Bombs worker, forwarded me the following threatening letter from Deputy City Attorney Cassie Bronson. McHenry called my Free Radio-on-the-Net show to discuss the letter and announced an emergency meeting 5 PM tomorrow (5-18) at the Red Church....
Posted: Thu, Feb 17, 2022 5:24pm PST
textPolice Brutality Claim Highlights City Council Censorship by Robert Norse
Rhonda Reyna accused the SCPD of abusive violence & kidnapping against a minor last summer. City Administrator/Clerk Bonnie Bush refused to post the full text of this Claim on the twice-monthly Santa Cruz City Council agenda for its 2-4 meeting, leaving the community in the dark before the upcoming Council meeting. But then, this may have been the whole point....
Posted: Tue, Feb 15, 2022 9:20am PST
textDenied City and County Parking Lots, Food Not Bombs is back at the Town Clock by Keith McHenry (posted, with notes by Norse)
Denied City and County Parking Lots, Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry reports, is now serving regularly at the Town Clock noon to 4 PM Daily. In spite of initial apprehensions, County Health has apparently backed off its "Get a Permit or Perish" strategy--okaying FNB's daily use of the Calvary Episcopal Church kitchen at a cost of a mere $4000/month....
Posted: Tue, Feb 1, 2022 1:34pm PST
textDeadline, Background, and Significance of Latest City Attack on Food Not Bombs by Keith McHenry (posted by Norse)
With less than a week remaining at their brief respite spot at 440 Front St., Food Not Bombs [FNB] activist Keith McHenry outlines the dark history of the City's attempt to crush the daily meal. With City Council rubberstamping the declared and seemingly endlessly renewed City Manager's powers during the 'COVID emergency" FNB has provided meals which the City and Housing Matters have cut off....
Posted: Sat, Jan 22, 2022 3:29am PST
imageFood Not Bombs Faces New Eviction Threat
by Keith McHenry (posted by Norse)
Food Not Bombs volunteers and those eating with them could be arrested and our equipment stolen by the property speculators on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5 PM.from their new location next to University Copy at Cathcart & Pacific. Their storage area near India Joze is also under threat of seizure....
Posted: Tue, Jan 18, 2022 6:56pm PST
calendarShout Out Against the OVO [Oversized Vehicle Ordinance] by City of Santa Cruz (posted by Norse)
ZOOMED Meeting with the Zoning Administrator 10 AM 1-12 PRIOR TO THE MEETING: You may comment online at: during the open comment period starting 5pm on 12/31/21 through 12pm on 1/4/22 or send an email to (if you wish to include attachments) DURING THE MEETING: We recommend you call in at the start of the meeting, 10 AM. If you wish to speak on any item, both computer and phone audi...
Event Date: Wed, Jan 12, 2022 10:00am PST
Posted: Sun, Jan 9, 2022 12:23pm PST
textExecution Delayed But Not Reversed: OVO Up for Rubberstamping 1-12 by Robert Norse
A new "hearing" for the OVO [Oversized Vehicle Ordinance] will be held on January 12th at 10 AM by the Zoning Administrator to confirm the ouster of "Oversized", i.e. homeless vehicles, from a large segment of the City....
Posted: Sat, Jan 8, 2022 10:41am PST
textA Sneak Play Past the Community and Coastal Commission...Again by Robert Norse
City staff is urging the Zoning Administrator to authorize and sanctify the reactionary City Council's latest RV ban (the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance). The hearing is being zoomed at 10 AM on Wednesday January 5th. Oppose it in writing now and prepare for an appeal!...
Posted: Mon, Jan 3, 2022 2:54pm PST
imagePajaro Survival Encampment To Be Dispersed December 13th
by Robert Norse
A week ago after a 45-minute hearing, Federal Magistrate Susan van Keulen ordered the long-standing encampments at the Pajaro River dispersed by December 13th. She ordered no accommodations beyond temporary motel vouchers and transportation for 25 of an estimated 25 to 200 residents....
Posted: Thu, Dec 2, 2021 10:18am PST
documentFlyer Distributed at Friday's Anti-Gentrification and Climate Justice Rally
by Robert Norse
With an eye to cross-pollination, I distributed 100 copies of the flyer below at the "Our Downtown, Our Future" rally at the Farmer's Market on 10-29 and the following Climate Justice rally. The flyer updates somewhat my perspective on the state of civil rights for homeless ("unhoused") folks in Santa Cruz....
Posted: Sun, Oct 31, 2021 9:03am PDT
textRushed RV Ban on Tuesday City Council Agenda by Robert Norse
City Council's reactionary majority is likely to pass a measure likely to further expose the already unhoused population whose current home is their vehicle. The after-midnight oversized parking ban on "oversized" vehicles is a redo of Richelle Noroyan's failed 2016 nighttime RV ban which failed to meet Coastal Commission standards....
Posted: Mon, Oct 25, 2021 12:07pm PDT
documentNovato Victory: Kudos to the California Homeless Union and Attorney Anthony Prince
by Robert Norse
In mid-July Attorney Anthony Prince of the California Homeless Union successfully applied for a restraining order to stop enforcement of a thinly-disguised anti-homeless Novato city Camping ban designed to work around the Martin v. Boise decision. Perhaps activists in Santa Cruz can take similar action, long promised by the Santa Cruz Homeless Union, either with or without an attorney....
Posted: Sat, Jul 24, 2021 12:24pm PDT