[Hpn] Camp Paradise to Stay Put

Becky Johnson wmnofstl@cruzio.com
Tue, 19 Jun 2001 10:43:44 -0000


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Note: The Potluck, Barbecue, and Live Music party planned to benefit =
Camp Paradise is planned for Saturday, June 23rd, from noon to 5PM. =
Directions to Camp Paradise:

Take Ocean St. to Felker St. (next to Denny=92s), Follow Felker St. to =
the end. Walk up levee road. Take first dirt path to the right. Follow =
path under Highway One bridge. Continue on path another 500 yards to =
footbridge over goldfish pond. Welcome to Camp Paradise!

Join: Friends of Camp Paradise e-mail at campparadise@hotmail.com=20

Article in Santa Cruz Sentinel:

June 19, 2001

CAMPERS STAY PUT=20



            =20
            Christopher Krohn, vice mayor of Santa Cruz, visits the camp =
Monday with his daughter, Isabel. Sentinel photo by Shmuel Thaler=20
            =20
=20
Squatters plan party to show city residents they=92re clean, responsible
By MARINA MALIKOFF
Sentinel staff writer=20

SANTA CRUZ =97 Their eviction looms, but residents of illegal "Camp =
Paradise" aren=92t rolling up their tents. Instead, they=92re throwing a =
party. A potluck barbecue with live music.=20

"We=92re inviting the public to visit the camp and give their opinion," =
said camper Danny "Cookie" Blair. "We want them to come down and see for =
themselves."=20

Earlier this month, the two-dozen campers were given a July 1 deadline =
to pack up and leave their riverside homestead on the San Lorenzo River =
above Highway 1.=20

But so far, they aren=92t budging.


The party is part of a public-relations battle the campers and their =
advocates are waging to turn the political tide in their favor. But =
Saturday=92s shindig may never kick off. Police say they could shut =
so-called Camp Paradise any time.


"I can guarantee it won=92t happen on July 1," said Jeff Locke, deputy =
chief of the Santa Cruz Police Department. "That was a courtesy to give =
sufficient time for them to collect their belongings. If people aren=92t =
trying to leave, it could happen earlier or later."=20

City law prohibits camping within city limits, yet city parks department =
officials estimate 1,000 illegal campers stay in the downtown area and =
along the river levee.=20

Camp residents, who pool a portion of their incomes to maintain the =
camp, showed up at Tuesday=92s City Council meeting and urged council =
members to intervene. But there appears to be no political will to do =
so.=20

"There should be a better alternative than camping along the river and =
worrying about people preying on them or the police having to do their =
job," said Vice Mayor Christopher Krohn, who visited the camp Monday.=20

"And it isn=92t good for the river ... to have permanent housing there," =
said Krohn, who supports a year-round shelter. "I can=92t really endorse =
the Camp Paradise thing."=20

Councilman Ed Porter also said he is concerned about environmental =
damage.=20

"I would be the first one to support a managed campground," Porter said. =
"But I know there are people in the community who will not support an =
informal campground in the river bed."=20

Before the campers claimed the shady spot on the east bank about 500 =
yards north of Highway 1, it was littered with garbage, and a hangout =
for drug users and dealers.=20

Camp residents say they pack their trash, shower at the homeless =
shelter, and use the restrooms at nearby restaurants.=20

"I think there is a compromise," said camp resident Don "Dirt Clod" =
Alden. "I want to see a balance between the two forces."=20

Police won=92t say exactly when they will clear the camp.=20

"We just show up at a time that is convenient for us," Locke said. "We =
don=92t like it any more than they do. We would hope that everyone would =
just be reasonable and follow the law."=20

But homeless advocates insist there is nowhere for them to go. The =
Armory shelter at De Laveaga Park is closed for the season, and there is =
a waiting list for transitional housing.=20

Camp residents also will have some competition come July 1, when =
long-term campers in state parks throughout the county will be forced to =
move on if they have stayed longer than 30 days total in camp- grounds.


"We are really not optimistic that people are going to find anything," =
said Paul Brindel, director of the Community Action Board=92s shelter =
project.=20

"There is no shelter available for people who are camping legally or =
illegally."=20

Meanwhile, Camp Paradise residents are distributing invitations to a =
firsthand look at their tent city.


"There will be one heck of a stew," said camp organizer Larry Templeton. =


Contact Marina Malikoff at mmalikoff@santa-cruz.com.=20


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<P>Note: The Potluck, Barbecue, and Live Music party planned to benefit =
Camp=20
Paradise is planned for Saturday, June 23<SUP>rd</SUP>, from noon to =
5PM.=20
Directions to Camp Paradise:</P>
<P>Take Ocean St. to Felker St. (next to Denny&rsquo;s), Follow Felker =
St. to=20
the end. Walk up levee road. Take first dirt path to the right. Follow =
path=20
under Highway One bridge. Continue on path another 500 yards to =
footbridge over=20
goldfish pond. Welcome to Camp Paradise!</P>
<P>Join: Friends of Camp Paradise e-mail at </FONT><A=20
href=3D"mailto:campparadise@hotmail.com"><FONT=20
size=3D2>campparadise@hotmail.com</FONT></A><FONT face=3D"Verdana, =
Arial" size=3D2>=20
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<P>Article in Santa Cruz Sentinel:</P>
<P>June 19, 2001</P></FONT><B><FONT face=3D"Verdana, Arial" size=3D5>
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            <P>Christopher Krohn, vice mayor of Santa Cruz, visits the =
camp=20
            Monday with his daughter, Isabel. Sentinel photo by Shmuel =
Thaler=20
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<H3>Squatters plan party to show city residents they&rsquo;re clean,=20
responsible</H3></FONT><B><FONT face=3D"Verdana, Arial" size=3D2>
<P>By MARINA MALIKOFF<BR></B>Sentinel staff writer </P>
<P>SANTA CRUZ &mdash; Their eviction looms, but residents of illegal =
&quot;Camp=20
Paradise&quot; aren&rsquo;t rolling up their tents. Instead, =
they&rsquo;re=20
throwing a party. A potluck barbecue with live music. </P>
<P>&quot;We&rsquo;re inviting the public to visit the camp and give =
their=20
opinion,&quot; said camper Danny &quot;Cookie&quot; Blair. &quot;We want =
them to=20
come down and see for themselves.&quot; </P>
<P>Earlier this month, the two-dozen campers were given a July 1 =
deadline to=20
pack up and leave their riverside homestead on the San Lorenzo River =
above=20
Highway 1. </P>
<P>But so far, they aren&rsquo;t budging.</P>
<P></P>
<P>The party is part of a public-relations battle the campers and their=20
advocates are waging to turn the political tide in their favor. But=20
Saturday&rsquo;s shindig may never kick off. Police say they could shut=20
so-called Camp Paradise any time.</P>
<P></P>
<P>&quot;I can guarantee it won&rsquo;t happen on July 1,&quot; said =
Jeff Locke,=20
deputy chief of the Santa Cruz Police Department. &quot;That was a =
courtesy to=20
give sufficient time for them to collect their belongings. If people=20
aren&rsquo;t trying to leave, it could happen earlier or later.&quot; =
</P>
<P>City law prohibits camping within city limits, yet city parks =
department=20
officials estimate 1,000 illegal campers stay in the downtown area and =
along the=20
river levee. </P>
<P>Camp residents, who pool a portion of their incomes to maintain the =
camp,=20
showed up at Tuesday&rsquo;s City Council meeting and urged council =
members to=20
intervene. But there appears to be no political will to do so. </P>
<P>&quot;There should be a better alternative than camping along the =
river and=20
worrying about people preying on them or the police having to do their=20
job,&quot; said Vice Mayor Christopher Krohn, who visited the camp =
Monday. </P>
<P>&quot;And it isn&rsquo;t good for the river ... to have permanent =
housing=20
there,&quot; said Krohn, who supports a year-round shelter. &quot;I =
can&rsquo;t=20
really endorse the Camp Paradise thing.&quot; </P>
<P>Councilman Ed Porter also said he is concerned about environmental =
damage.=20
</P>
<P>&quot;I would be the first one to support a managed campground,&quot; =
Porter=20
said. &quot;But I know there are people in the community who will not =
support an=20
informal campground in the river bed.&quot; </P>
<P>Before the campers claimed the shady spot on the east bank about 500 =
yards=20
north of Highway 1, it was littered with garbage, and a hangout for drug =
users=20
and dealers. </P>
<P>Camp residents say they pack their trash, shower at the homeless =
shelter, and=20
use the restrooms at nearby restaurants. </P>
<P>&quot;I think there is a compromise,&quot; said camp resident Don =
&quot;Dirt=20
Clod&quot; Alden. &quot;I want to see a balance between the two =
forces.&quot;=20
</P>
<P>Police won&rsquo;t say exactly when they will clear the camp. </P>
<P>&quot;We just show up at a time that is convenient for us,&quot; =
Locke said.=20
&quot;We don&rsquo;t like it any more than they do. We would hope that =
everyone=20
would just be reasonable and follow the law.&quot; </P>
<P>But homeless advocates insist there is nowhere for them to go. The =
Armory=20
shelter at De Laveaga Park is closed for the season, and there is a =
waiting list=20
for transitional housing. </P>
<P>Camp residents also will have some competition come July 1, when =
long-term=20
campers in state parks throughout the county will be forced to move on =
if they=20
have stayed longer than 30 days total in camp- grounds.</P>
<P></P>
<P>&quot;We are really not optimistic that people are going to find=20
anything,&quot; said Paul Brindel, director of the Community Action=20
Board&rsquo;s shelter project. </P>
<P>&quot;There is no shelter available for people who are camping =
legally or=20
illegally.&quot; </P>
<P>Meanwhile, Camp Paradise residents are distributing invitations to a=20
firsthand look at their tent city.</P>
<P></P>
<P>&quot;There will be one heck of a stew,&quot; said camp organizer =
Larry=20
Templeton. </P><I>
<P>Contact Marina Malikoff at </I></FONT><A=20
href=3D"mailto:mmalikoff@santa-cruz.com"><I><FONT face=3D"Verdana, =
Arial"=20
size=3D2>mmalikoff@santa-cruz.com</I></FONT></A><I><FONT =
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