[Hpn] Terrorist Tuesday: Round 2 --- Reilly-Porter "Downtown Issues" Committee Rubberstamps a Backroom Merchant-Police Agenda

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Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom

809 Cedar St. PMB 14B - Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060                            =
             (831) 423-HUFF fax (831) 429-8529 huffsantacruz.org=20

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TERRORIST TUESDAY :ROUND 2

The Reilly-Porter "Downtown Issues" Committee
RubberStamps a Backroom Merchant-Police Agenda:

July 6, 2002

Santa Cruz, Ca. -- After two downtown public meetings, the City Council =
Committee on Downtown Issues is ready to make its recommendations to the =
Council at the upcoming July 9th, 7 PM meeting.  HUFF has analysed the =
proposals and here are the following issues and concerns that affect the =
rights of homeless people to be in public places.

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* ignores police harassment and selective enforcement of harsh antipoor =
laws downtown, which, according to the Sentinel (7-3), received =
far-and-away the most votes as the primary issue of concern at the 2 =
Committee meetings.
* endorses without discussion the Scott Kennedy resolution providing =
knee-jerk support to strictly enforcing existing downtown laws such as =
the Sitting Ban, the Peaceful Sparechanging Ban, "sitting on a planter", =
"breadcrumb littering", "no chalking", etc.--which have prompted =
hostility and violence downtown.
* gives no police statistics justifying this merchant-proclaimed "city =
emergency" downtown; 'mellow' Mission St., in contrast, has had 3 =
hit-&-run fatalities this year.
* virtually criminalizes silent panhandling by banning holding up a sign =
asking for food from a seated position, after dark, in groups of two, =
etc.
* virtually doubles no-sitting zones, no political-tabling zones, no =
performing zones, etc.  by expanding to 14' the current absurd 10'
prohibition and adding crosswalks, telephones, drinking fountains, =
fences, & kiosks.
* prohibits leaning against a building and deputizes Hosts as cheap =
untrained cops by authorizing them to give warnings so police can back =
up with tickets.
* bars hackey-sacking, frisbee, bubble-blowing downtown without showing =
any
injuries or criminal behavior--so often the case with the Jackson =
petition concerns.
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Tuesday July 9th  City Council Chambers  809 Center St.
7 PM Talk About Police Harassment at Oral Communications
7:30 PM  Challenge the City Attorney & Police Budgets (Item #20)
After the Budget: Just Say No to The New Anti-Poor Laws  (Item #21)
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* misleadingly advertises these radical ordinance changes as =
"adjustments" and "clarifications"  and hypocritically claims concern =
for "extraordinary diversity of artists, musicians, & social & political =
activists" while freezing them out with new laws and explicit =
endorsement of the heightened police state downtown.
* routes ongoing review to the anti-homeless Downtown Commission (which =
gave us the 1994 "no sitting", "no playing music in front of a cafe" =
etc. laws)
* provides for (possibly non-public) Council/police collusion with =
courts, which have already used unconstitutional and discriminatory =
stay-away orders for minor marijuana sales & continue Sleeping Ban =
harassment of those without shelter
* passes off to the County any funding for a downtown social worker, the =
one non-police solution agreed upon, while maintaining a bloated police =
budget.
* rushes through bogus laws for the Downtown Crackdown by scheduling a =
special meeting 7-16, followed by another meeting=20
 7-23 in a process that usually takes a month--all being done while =
students and residents are away on vacation.
* abandons mediation and voluntary guidelines as proposed by City =
Council's $10,000 1996 Mediation study to give more powers to an =
out-of-control SCPD.
* leaves the police crackdown downtown unaddressed, with trials coming =
up for jaywalking (Steve Argue) & political tabling (Robert Norse)--and =
civil suits soon to follow. Selective enforcement is costly and breeds =
contempt for all law.

Stand Together Against Selective Enforcement !
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In the last few weeks, Police & "Hosts" have:
 * harassed survival sleepers in vehicles out near the Natural Bridges =
area and destroyed tents and belongings of campers
   in the Pogonip
 * arrested three activists (Nathaniel Kennedy, Becky Johnson, and Tim =
Rinker) for chalking political messages on the sidewalk in erasable =
chalk
* banned a peaceful and lawful roses-for-donations mom from displaying =
her roses on Pacific Avenue.  Sgt. MacPhillips told Randy Sue Winchell, =
she couldn't sit silently on Pacific Avenue + seek donations. She was =
previously given contradictory and increasingly restrictive =
directives--not to have a sign touching the ground, to hold a sign, not =
to have a "suggested price" on her sign, etc
* cited a Street Spirit newspaper vendor for selling a homeless =
newspaper.  Jesse the Street Spirit vendor was given at $162 ticket on =
May 21, 2002, in violation of the First Amendment, the city's own =
municipal code, and prior court decisions.  Last year City Council =
candidate Steve Argue won a financial settlement from the Cityfor false =
arrest in a 1998 paper bust.
 * refused to cite upper middle-class teen girls for throwing popcorn on =
the ground in front of O'Neil's Surf Shoppe near where Norman Friedberg =
was brutalized for refusing a citation for throwing breadcrumbs from a =
Food Not Bombs meal.  Friedberg is still in custody on $25,000 bail and =
faces multiple felonies.
 *enforcing stay-away orders for youth for small quantities of marijuana =
sales (1 gram) in order to further harass the "Forbidden Fence" =
loiterers--those who were targeted in front of New Leaf Market and =
continue to use the Borders Books sidewalk.
*more Driving-While-Black citations from Officer Wendy Bynes against =
black & Latino drivers for "excessive noise"--other witnesses disputed =
the charges.
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Dump Oppressive Laws for voluntary Codes of Conduct !
E-Mail or Call City Council at citycouncil@ci.santa-cruz.ca.us /(831) =
420-5017
Help Streetwise document police, host + merchant abuses:
phone 423-HUFF with regular reports.
Join Copwatch at 596-2580  jacksonbrowne@yahoo.com
Support the Steve-Argue-for-City-Council at 457-9754 X1169
Call Free Radio Santa Cruz (96.3 FM) at 427-3772 with breaking news
Come to the Citizens Police Review Board 5:30 PM Mon
7-8 PM : demand real review of the Crackdown Downtown!
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Just say Yes to a Healthy Vibrant Downtown:

Create a Plaza, Legalize Street Artists,
Return Public Benches and Public Spaces
Dump the Anti-Homeless Laws (like the Sleeping Ban).
Provide treatment on demand for homeless people suffering from alcohol =
or drug addiction
Support Community Mediation and Healing
Not Bad Laws Backed Up by Police Force Downtown !


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<DIV align=3Dcenter><FONT face=3DArial size=3D5>TERRORIST TUESDAY :ROUND =

2</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dcenter><FONT face=3DArial><BR>The Reilly-Porter "Downtown =
Issues"=20
Committee<BR>RubberStamps a Backroom Merchant-Police =
Agenda:</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dcenter>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV align=3Dcenter><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>July 6, =
2002</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dcenter>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Santa Cruz, Ca. -- After =
two downtown=20
public meetings,&nbsp;the City Council Committee on Downtown Issues is =
ready to=20
make its recommendations to the Council at the upcoming July 9th, 7 PM=20
meeting.&nbsp; HUFF has analysed the proposals and here are the =
following issues=20
and concerns that affect the rights of homeless people to be in public=20
places.<BR></FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>* ignores police =
harassment and=20
selective enforcement of harsh antipoor laws downtown, which, according =
to the=20
Sentinel (7-3), received far-and-away the most votes as the primary =
issue of=20
concern at the 2 Committee meetings.<BR>* endorses without discussion =
the=20
<STRONG>Scott Kennedy </STRONG>resolution providing knee-jerk support to =

strictly enforcing existing downtown laws such as the Sitting Ban, the =
Peaceful=20
Sparechanging Ban, "sitting on a planter", "breadcrumb littering", "no=20
chalking", etc.--which have prompted hostility and violence =
downtown.<BR>* gives=20
no police statistics justifying this merchant-proclaimed "city =
emergency"=20
downtown; 'mellow' Mission St., in contrast, has had 3 hit-&amp;-run =
fatalities=20
this year.<BR>* virtually criminalizes silent panhandling by banning =
holding up=20
a sign asking for food from a seated position, after dark, in groups of =
two,=20
etc.<BR>* virtually doubles no-sitting zones, no political-tabling =
zones, no=20
performing zones, etc.&nbsp; by expanding to 14' the current absurd=20
10'<BR>prohibition and adding crosswalks, telephones, drinking =
fountains,=20
fences, &amp; kiosks.<BR>* prohibits leaning against a building and =
deputizes=20
Hosts as cheap untrained cops by authorizing them to give warnings so =
police can=20
back up with tickets.<BR>* bars hackey-sacking, frisbee, bubble-blowing =
downtown=20
without showing any<BR>injuries or criminal behavior--so often the case =
with the=20
Jackson petition concerns.<BR>&nbsp;<BR><FONT size=3D3>Tuesday July =
9th&nbsp; City=20
Council Chambers&nbsp; 809 Center St.<BR>7 PM Talk About Police =
Harassment at=20
Oral Communications<BR>7:30 PM&nbsp; Challenge the City Attorney &amp; =
Police=20
Budgets (Item #20)<BR>After the Budget: Just Say No to The New Anti-Poor =

Laws&nbsp; (Item #21</FONT>)<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>* misleadingly =
advertises these=20
radical ordinance changes as "adjustments" and "clarifications"&nbsp; =
and=20
hypocritically claims concern for "extraordinary diversity of artists,=20
musicians, &amp; social &amp; political activists" while freezing them =
out with=20
new laws and explicit endorsement of the heightened police state =
downtown.<BR>*=20
routes ongoing review to the anti-homeless Downtown Commission (which =
gave us=20
the 1994 "no sitting", "no playing music in front of a cafe" etc. =
laws)<BR>*=20
provides for (possibly non-public) Council/police collusion with courts, =
which=20
have already used unconstitutional and discriminatory stay-away orders =
for minor=20
marijuana sales &amp; continue Sleeping Ban harassment of those without=20
shelter<BR>* passes off to the County any funding for a downtown social =
worker,=20
the one non-police solution agreed upon, while maintaining a bloated =
police=20
budget.<BR>* rushes through bogus laws for the Downtown Crackdown by =
scheduling=20
a special meeting 7-16, followed by another meeting </FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>&nbsp;7-23 in a process =
that usually=20
takes a month--all being done while students and residents are away on=20
vacation.<BR>* abandons mediation and voluntary guidelines as proposed =
by City=20
Council's $10,000 1996 Mediation study to give more powers to an =
out-of-control=20
SCPD.<BR>* leaves the police crackdown downtown unaddressed, with trials =
coming=20
up for jaywalking (Steve Argue) &amp; political tabling (Robert =
Norse)--and=20
civil suits soon to follow. Selective enforcement is costly and breeds =
contempt=20
for all law.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><BR><FONT size=3D4>Stand =
Together Against=20
Selective Enforcement !<BR></FONT>&nbsp; <BR>In the last few weeks, =
Police &amp;=20
"Hosts" have:<BR>&nbsp;* harassed survival sleepers in vehicles out near =
the=20
Natural Bridges area and destroyed tents and belongings of =
campers</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>&nbsp;&nbsp; in the =
Pogonip<BR>&nbsp;*=20
arrested three activists (<STRONG>Nathaniel Kennedy</STRONG>, =
<STRONG>Becky=20
Johnson</STRONG>, and <STRONG>Tim Rinker</STRONG>) for chalking =
political=20
messages on the sidewalk</FONT><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2> in erasable =
chalk<BR>*=20
banned a peaceful and lawful roses-for-donations mom from displaying her =
roses=20
on Pacific Avenue.&nbsp; <STRONG>Sgt. MacPhillips </STRONG>told=20
<STRONG>Randy&nbsp;Sue Winchell</STRONG>, she couldn't sit silently on =
Pacific=20
Avenue + seek donations. She was previously given contradictory and =
increasingly=20
restrictive directives--not to have a sign touching the ground, to hold =
a sign,=20
not to have a "suggested price" on her sign, etc<BR>* cited a =
<STRONG><EM>Street=20
Spirit </EM></STRONG>newspaper vendor for selling a homeless =
newspaper.&nbsp;=20
<STRONG>Jesse the Street Spirit vendor </STRONG>was given at $162 ticket =
on May=20
21, 2002, in violation of the First Amendment, the city's own municipal =
code,=20
and prior court decisions.&nbsp; Last year <STRONG>City Council =
candidate Steve=20
Argue </STRONG>won a financial settlement from the Cityfor false arrest =
in a=20
1998 paper bust.<BR>&nbsp;* refused to cite upper middle-class teen =
girls for=20
throwing popcorn on the ground in front of <EM><STRONG>O'Neil's Surf =
Shoppe=20
</STRONG></EM>near where <STRONG>Norman Friedberg </STRONG>was =
brutalized for=20
refusing a citation for throwing breadcrumbs from a <EM><STRONG>Food Not =
Bombs=20
</STRONG></EM>meal.&nbsp; Friedberg is still in custody on $25,000 bail =
and=20
faces multiple felonies.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>&nbsp;*enforcing stay-away =
orders for=20
youth for small quantities of marijuana sales (1 gram) in order to =
further=20
harass the "Forbidden Fence" loiterers--those who were targeted in front =
of=20
<EM><STRONG>New Leaf Market </STRONG></EM>and continue to use the=20
<EM><STRONG>Borders Books </STRONG></EM>sidewalk.<BR>*more =
Driving-While-Black=20
citations from <EM><STRONG>Officer Wendy Bynes </STRONG></EM>against =
black &amp;=20
Latino drivers for "excessive noise"--other witnesses disputed the=20
charges.<BR>&nbsp;<BR>Dump Oppressive Laws for voluntary Codes of =
Conduct=20
!<BR>E-Mail or Call City Council at <A=20
href=3D"mailto:citycouncil@ci.santa-cruz.ca.us">citycouncil@ci.santa-cruz=
.ca.us</A>=20
/(831) 420-5017<BR>Help <STRONG><EM>Streetwise </EM></STRONG>document =
police,=20
host + merchant abuses:<BR>phone 423-HUFF with regular reports.<BR>Join=20
<STRONG><EM>Copwatch </EM></STRONG>at 596-2580&nbsp; <A=20
href=3D"mailto:jacksonbrowne@yahoo.com">jacksonbrowne@yahoo.com</A><BR>Su=
pport the=20
<EM><STRONG>Steve-Argue-for-City-Council </STRONG></EM>at 457-9754 =
X1169<BR>Call=20
<EM><STRONG>Free Radio Santa Cruz </STRONG></EM>(96.3 FM) at 427-3772 =
with=20
breaking news<BR>Come to the <EM><STRONG>Citizens Police Review Board=20
</STRONG></EM>5:30 PM Mon<BR>7-8 PM : demand real review of the =
Crackdown=20
Downtown!<BR>&nbsp;<BR><FONT size=3D4>Just say Yes to a Healthy Vibrant=20
Downtown:<BR><BR></FONT>Create a Plaza, Legalize Street =
Artists,<BR>Return=20
Public Benches and Public Spaces<BR>Dump the Anti-Homeless Laws (like =
the=20
Sleeping Ban).</FONT></DIV>
<DIV align=3Dleft><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Provide treatment on =
demand for homeless=20
people suffering from alcohol or drug addiction<BR>Support Community =
Mediation=20
and Healing<BR>Not Bad Laws Backed Up by Police Force Downtown=20
!<BR></DIV></FONT></BODY></HTML>

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