In Santa Cruz we have the recent imposition of curfews (Cowell's Beach, the library, City Hall the County Building, the Levee, and now at Capitola Beach for the 4th of July) and piling on of cops and security guard patrols for "safety".
Santa Cruz has a nasty history (in spite of its phony liberal reputation) if attacks on Free Speech. As of 7-11, it will become illegal to hold up a political sign on any median or roundabout (the goal being to criminalize peaceful panhandling--again under the phony pretext of "Public Safety"). Haughty bigots will have an additional weapon in the new "disorderly conduct" law making it illegal to make the gentry "uncomfortable" in the parks (which is a huge swath of territory extending far beyond formal parks run by the city's Parks and Recreation Dept.)--violaters (as of July 11th) face up to a year in jail and $1000 fine if they dare to dispute officials and don't leave areas for 24-hours as well as appear in court to face trial.
No cheeky chalker protesters were ticketed or cited for chalking during the Occupy movement (the cops simply used massive police force to terrorize both activists and homeless survival campers nearby). However, the Santa Cruz City Attorney's office has intervened against past anti-war protests to prosecute "criminal chalkers" such as activist Becky Johnson
(see ‪ http://www.counterpunch.org/2003/02/22/hopsco... ‬).
And D.A. Bob Lee is still postponing murder, rape and assault prosecutions to forward his Wells Fargo-friendly political agenda of trying four activists (the last of the Santa Cruz Eleven) for peaceful occupation of a 5-year vacant bank building at 75 River St.
(See http://18.104.22.168/~santacv 5/santacruzelevencom/ for background on the SC-11).
He panhandled the Board of Supervisors last month for more money, while ignoring the hundred thousand-plus his malicious prosecution of the SC-11 has cost the county. The four defendants go to trial in September and face 4 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines and restitution though no evidence has been presented that any of them committed any kind of vandalism whatsoever, simply being present in the vacant building as hundreds were throughout the 3-day occupation.
It's telling that for the first time in Santa Cruz history (as far as I've heard), a local judge fined the D.A.'s office for improper behavior involving D.A. Rebekah Young---Lee's underling in charge of prosecuting the cases--for repeatedly withholding discovery and presenting falsehoods to the court and to the defendants. (This cost the defendants and their lawyers tens of thousands of dollars as well as big court costs, but Judge Burdick, closing ranks with fellow attorneys, only fined Lee $500. Lee has refused to pay and is appealing the case.) See "Attorneys for 4 of the Santa Cruz 11 go to Status & Sanctions Hearing Monday" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/04/05/... )
Joe Schultz of India Joze will be catering a benefit for the SC-11 and Sanctuary Camp at 535 Spring St. 2-5 PM on Friday, July 5th. Remember to carry chalk at all times!