[Hpn] Banish the homeless from sight

Becky Johnson Becky_Johnson@sbcglobal.net
Sat, 3 Aug 2002 11:17:43 -0700


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Note to reader: This 330-word letter is profoundly anti-homeless.  It =
does not support homeless people at all, but plans to banish them even =
further from sight.  The author even has a problem with humanitarian =
groups who feed the hungry and homeless in public view.  I had no idea =
that charity was an eyesore.  As far as Kaufman's desire to have the =
judges issue stay-away orders, these are allready happening.  HUFF =
opposes these stay-away orders as selectively enforced, using petty =
'non-crimes' such as having a foot on the edge of a planter, or phoney =
felonies where kids possessing less than an eighth of an ounce of =
marijuana are charged with the more serious felony 'sales' charges.  =
Downtown is for all people, young and old, rich and poor.  The =
ordinances recently passed will do nothing about drug sales or violence, =
but they will contribute to homeless people's isolation and =
marginalization.  Is lack of money really a crime?    --- Becky Johnson =
of HUFF, Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom (831) 423-HUFF

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from the Santa Cruz Sentinel letters to the editor August 3, 2002

Fine-tuning new ordinance
The new downtown ordinances will oust the panhandlers from the narrow =
sidewalk in front of Cinema 9. Bravo! This alone makes the new laws =
worthwhile. The City Council also appears committed to tackling other, =
more serious downtown problems including drug use, dealing, public =
intoxication and violence. This is welcome news for law-abiding people =
who do business on the mall. One point that shouldn't be overlooked is =
the current concentration of indigent services in downtown. As long as =
all the "honey" Santa Cruz has to offer its indigent population is =
located right in town (soup kitchens, shelters, spare change etc.), and =
as long as the county courts and lock-ups continue to discharge =
thousands of prisoners into the heart of Santa Cruz every year, Pacific =
Avenue will remain a hot-bed of nuisance crimes as well as more serious =
problems.=20

I make the following suggestions:=20


a.. Pass an ordinance prohibiting county government from releasing =
prisoners into our city unless that's where they were originally =
arrested or legally reside. All others should be bused back to their =
native cities;=20

b.. Ban organizations from serving meals on Pacific Avenue;=20

c.. Create an item in the budget for weekly steam cleaning for all =
downtown sidewalks;=20

d.. Petition local judges to slap injunction orders on recidivist drunks =
and other repeat offenders prohibiting them from returning to downtown;=20

e.. Outfit police with a drug-sniffing K9 dog and watch the drug =
activity on the mall disappear in a hurry.=20
One disappointment with the new set of regulations is the effect they'll =
have on the street musicians who serenade Santa Cruz after dark. Many =
performers prefer to use the alcoves and doorways rather than set up at =
the curb; the acoustics are better and there's less interference from =
motorcycles/car stereos. However, I understand that if the musician =
secures the permission of the building owner or tenant he may use the =
space. I hope the council monitors this situation and fine-tunes the =
ordinances that impact street musicians wherever possible.=20

MARCUS KAUFMAN=20

SANTA CRUZ


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<P>Note to reader: This 330-word letter is profoundly =
anti-homeless.&nbsp; It=20
does not support homeless people at all, but plans to banish them even =
further=20
from sight.&nbsp; The author even has a problem with humanitarian groups =
who=20
feed the hungry and homeless in public view.&nbsp; I had no idea that =
charity=20
was an eyesore.&nbsp; As far as Kaufman's desire to have the judges =
issue=20
stay-away orders, these are allready happening.&nbsp; HUFF opposes these =

stay-away orders as selectively enforced, using petty 'non-crimes' such =
as=20
having a foot on the edge of a planter, or phoney felonies where kids =
possessing=20
less than an eighth of an ounce of marijuana are charged with the more =
serious=20
felony 'sales' charges.&nbsp; Downtown is for all people, young and old, =
rich=20
and poor.&nbsp; The ordinances recently passed will do nothing about =
drug sales=20
or violence, but they will contribute to homeless people's isolation and =

marginalization.&nbsp; Is lack of money really a =
crime?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ---=20
Becky Johnson of HUFF, Homeless United for Friendship &amp; Freedom =
(831)=20
423-HUFF</P>
<P><FONT face=3DVerdana, size=3D+2 sans-serif Helvetica, =
Arial,></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P>from the Santa Cruz Sentinel letters to the editor August 3, 2002</P>
<P><STRONG><FONT face=3DVerdana, size=3D+2 sans-serif Helvetica, =
Arial,>Fine-tuning=20
new ordinance</FONT><BR></STRONG>The new downtown ordinances will oust =
the=20
panhandlers from the narrow sidewalk in front of Cinema 9. Bravo! This =
alone=20
makes the new laws worthwhile. The City Council also appears committed =
to=20
tackling other, more serious downtown problems including drug use, =
dealing,=20
public intoxication and violence. This is welcome news for law-abiding =
people=20
who do business on the mall. One point that shouldn&#8217;t be =
overlooked is the=20
current concentration of indigent services in downtown. As long as all =
the=20
"honey" Santa Cruz has to offer its indigent population is located right =
in town=20
(soup kitchens, shelters, spare change etc.), and as long as the county =
courts=20
and lock-ups continue to discharge thousands of prisoners into the heart =
of=20
Santa Cruz every year, Pacific Avenue will remain a hot-bed of nuisance =
crimes=20
as well as more serious problems. </P>
<P>I make the following suggestions:=20
<P>
<LI>Pass an ordinance prohibiting county government from releasing =
prisoners=20
into our city unless that&#8217;s where they were originally arrested or =
legally=20
reside. All others should be bused back to their native cities;=20
<P></P>
<LI>Ban organizations from serving meals on Pacific Avenue;=20
<P></P>
<LI>Create an item in the budget for weekly steam cleaning for all =
downtown=20
sidewalks;=20
<P></P>
<LI>Petition local judges to slap injunction orders on recidivist drunks =
and=20
other repeat offenders prohibiting them from returning to downtown;=20
<P></P>
<LI>Outfit police with a drug-sniffing K9 dog and watch the drug =
activity on the=20
mall disappear in a hurry.=20
<P>One disappointment with the new set of regulations is the effect =
they&#8217;ll have=20
on the street musicians who serenade Santa Cruz after dark. Many =
performers=20
prefer to use the alcoves and doorways rather than set up at the curb; =
the=20
acoustics are better and there&#8217;s less interference from =
motorcycles/car stereos.=20
However, I understand that if the musician secures the permission of the =

building owner or tenant he may use the space. I hope the council =
monitors this=20
situation and fine-tunes the ordinances that impact street musicians =
wherever=20
possible.=20
<P><B>MARCUS KAUFMAN=20
<P></B>SANTA CRUZ</P></FONT></LI></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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