[Hpn] SANTA CRUZ Council addresses illegal camping, park `lodging' plan

chance martin streetsheet@sf-homeless-coalition.org
Fri, 26 Oct 2001 14:41:46 -0700


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Published Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, in the San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CRUZ
Council addresses illegal camping, park `lodging' plan

The Santa Cruz City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to authorize police officers
to enforce the law against illegal camping ``as soon as possible.'' At the
same time, the council voted 6-1 to consider allowing the campers to live in
city parks.

Residents of Camp Paradise -- on the banks of the San Lorenzo River near
Highway 1 -- are worried that they will be ticketed again, said their
attorney, Paul Sanford. But, he added, they're also hoping that the city
will give them a legal place to live.

Most homeless activists want the council to rescind an ordinance that bans
camping and sleeping outside from 11 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. That, however, isn't
going to happen.

But the council decided, with Mayor Tim Fitzmaurice dissenting, to direct
the city staff to see if it's feasible to set up rotating campsites on
city-owned property. One proposal is to require the campers to perform
community service -- such as cleaning up litter -- in exchange for the free
``lodging.''

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  2001 The Mercury News.