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Tim Rumford

"End the Sleeping Ban"

Capitola, CA, USA
male, age 51
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Speaks: english
What I Want to Do: be myself, "Be Here Now"

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Restore the Right of Public Assembly in Santa Cruz City Parking lots!

Parking Lot Paranoia
Anyone who remains in a Public Santa Cruz parking lot for longer than fifteen minutes, regardless if you have a car or bike on premises is in violation of the new Parking Lot Trespass law and is guilty of trespassing, punishable as an infraction with a fine ranging from $100-$200.

This means no napping or reading in your car, no resting while your other half shops,  no sleeping off too much to drink. No associating with others on land we all collectively own. This stifles free speech and assembly rights and is unconstitutional in nature.

These types of laws lead to "No speech zones" with small inadequate  "Free Speech Zones" nearby -- in a Country where Free Speech is supposed to be a basic right human right we all equally share.

There is a law for
every possible criminal act that can take place in a parking lot. There is no crime wave in the lots.  This law is meant to selectively target the poor and homeless.

When you remove a right from one class, you remove it from all.

We say in one voice, "No!" to the 15 minute panic law. 

This may not be your city, but your city could be next.  You may want to park here - without a 15 minute time limit.

The Entire Law can be found here.

Additionally you can help by contacting our City Council and showing your opposition to this law. 

809 Center Street, Room 10
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5020
Ending the Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban

For three decades Santa Cruz authorities have used The Nighttime Sleeping Ban to selectively harass and drive away homeless people. The ordinance MC 6.36.010a is a law against sleeping on any public property, or in a vehicle and most private property between the hours of 11PM to 8:30 AM. In a town with emergency walk-in shelter for less than 60-160 people and an estimated homeless population of 1500-2000, this law is unconscionable, unconstitutional and immoral. The Blanket Ban makes it illegal to cover up with blankets or bedding outside during the same nighttime hours.

After the Jones decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the subsequent Jones Settlement, nighttime camping bans in Los Angeles, Fresno, Richmond and San Diego were eliminated. Activists in Santa Cruz took heart and began preparing for a legal challenge here.

We hope to challenge not only the Santa Cruz's infamous Sleeping Ban , criminalizing the very act of sleeping at night, but also any and all police practices that abusively and selectively target homeless people for necessary survival behavior such as sleeping. Given the city-acknowledged shelter emergency, the city has done little to resolve in spite of its "progressive" pretensions.

Attorneys from Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Washington, D.C. are putting together the pleadings. Attor­neys from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento are helping.

The City Attorney and Mayor Ryan Coonerty has resisted any and all efforts to reform the Sleeping Ban so that it conforms with the 9th Circuit decision. We are fund-raising and gathering plaintiffs to take the course directly to federal court
and expect to have an action filed in February.

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    Jan 28, 2008 10:58 PM

    Tim R. (5)
    "I think we should interrupt the sleep
    of people who pass such laws."
    *Howard Zinn 10/25/97*

    Speaking in response to the
    Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban
    at an event sponsored by the
    Resource Center for Nonviolence.
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