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Santa Cruz, CA

Charges Against Four Occupy Bank Takeover Protesters Thro...

My criminal charges are a TRO for Koffee-Klatching at the Mayor's Office (acquitted) Two convictions for chalking on a sidewalk with sidewalk chalk An arrest & Jailing for misdemeanor vandalism for chalking in the gutter with sidewalk chalk An arrest & conviction for singing (unreasonably disturbing noise) An arrest & jailing for felony conspiracy to vandalize for holding a sign in front of an occupied building(all charges dismissed at preliminary hearing) Sometimes I feel like they are out to get me. Am I being paranoid?  (Dec 1, 2015 | post #513)

Santa Cruz, CA

Another Bumfest failure.

You are a member of Take Back Santa Cruz, I assume? I can tell by the hate speech, and the concealment of identity behind a pseudonym, the sure sign of a bully/coward.  (Dec 1, 2015 | post #68)

Santa Cruz, CA

Another Bumfest failure.

True. the Sentinel has not covered the #FreedomSleepers Bad on them. They missed the Klieg lights, bagged meters, protesters arrested & jailed for holding a sign(no charges ever filed), protester violently arrested, handcuffed & brutalized with all charges dropped 2 weeks later. The arrest & jailing of a videographer for not grabbing his ID fast enough (No charges ever filed by the DA), tickets issued for lying down on a sidewalk which is not a crime @ City Hall (defendant protester aquitted),2 protesters arrested for felony conspiracy (later downgraded to 1 misdemeanor & 1 infraction), 2 protesters cited for STANDING in a parking place @ a bagged meter, and last Tuesday when 10 cops drove a man sleeping under the eaves out into the rain. Not newsworthy? For the Sentinel, it's the news the either ignore, smear, or misreport. Business as usual in Santa Cruz. See you tonight! We will have our own porto-potty so don't give us your usual crap.  (Dec 1, 2015 | post #66)

Santa Cruz, CA

Another Bumfest failure.

The #FreedomSleepers will be at City Hall tonight since the City Council has still not repealed the ban on Sleeping out of doors at night or the ban on using a blanket at night. Laws which criminalized life-sustaining behaviors in a city with grossly inadequate shelter amounts to both cruel and unusual punishment for the "crime" of not having money.  (Dec 1, 2015 | post #65)

Santa Cruz, CA

Another Bumfest failure.

Sorry to inform you. A good Samaratin has stepped up to pay for a lawyer for Robert Norse. His charges are specious & designed to intimidate protest & the press under color of law.  (Dec 1, 2015 | post #64)

Santa Cruz, CA

Hundreds Protest Approval of Police Attack Vehicle Purcha...

It appears that the people of the United States, and Santa Cruz is no exception, are really getting concerned about our growing police state, huge police department budgets, and the number of blacks, Latinos, & homeless people who are being put behind bars for dubious reasons. It is long past time to reign in police power in Santa Cruz! The BearCat issue is just a typical case of the police failing to inform the public about anything. Can we sell it on e-bay?  (Jan 23, 2015 | post #3)

Santa Cruz, CA

Prosecutor seeking new judge in case of takeover of 75 Ri...

Hi Donny! Longtime, no see. John Colby is my friend. I am not his "sock puppet" nor is he mine. Is it called racketeering for a politician to take donations from the wealthiest corporation in the world and then turn around and prosecute people who are protesting against same corporations portraying it as the "victim? "  (Aug 26, 2014 | post #11)

The Israeli Dog vs. The Arab Dog

I suppose U mean b/c Israel has nukes, & the Arab Countries keep planning these wars against it. Because of that? So what is to be done?  (Feb 12, 2014 | post #3)

Santa Cruz, CA

UC Santa Cruz goes smoke-free in January

UCSC has banned all tobacco products including snuff & chewing tobacco. However, patches, nicotine gum, or prescription oral nicotine will remain legal, in what has to be a big give-away to the pharmaceutical companies who are making bank on smoking cessation programs that largely don't work. In what has to be the most unscientific conclusion ever, UCSC admin. has also banned electronic cigarettes which have no more smoke and no less nicotine than all the products sold by the drug companies combined. Electronic cigarettes and the Swedish product, Snus, provide a 95% harm reduction from smoking cigarettes. Their use should not be banned, but promoted due to their potential impact on public health. Expect some lawsuits shortly.  (Jan 17, 2014 | post #3)

Santa Cruz, CA

Survey: Homeless Trend in Santa Cruz County Rising

Here is the link: http://santacruzcr ime.com/2013/10/17 /santa-cruz-attrac ts-homeless/commen t-page-1/#comment- 7  (Nov 18, 2013 | post #159)

Santa Cruz, CA

Survey: Homeless Trend in Santa Cruz County Rising

I just posted this on the SantaCruzCrime.org website: Michael, thanks for your exhaustive data intended to “prove” that our homelessness problem arises from homeless people migrating here in order to live on our streets. But your data prove just the opposite: Only 13% of our homeless population came from out of state. 72% last has housing in Santa Cruz County (see: Homeless Census & Survey 2013) which is up 10 percent from the 2009 survey you quoted. This is still slightly higher than in San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Monterrey Counties, but not significantly. The big news is that Santa Cruz County has slipped drastically in the % of our homeless population which we shelter. Our rate of 18% sheltered is one of the lowest in the country. The OTHER big news is that the City of Santa Cruz suffered a huge increase of 28% in the number of persons enumerated as homeless. Clearly the police & public works “crack downs” which the City paid for and implemented have, if anything, made the problem worse. Finally, why is it so damn important that you distinguish between OUR homeless and someone ELSE’S homeless? Aren’t they all people? Isn’t it obvious that they are in need? Why haven’t we been able to do a better job of helping these people with housing, medical needs, food, job opportunities, and counseling? Are we cheap? Or are we prejudiced? I can’t think of any other possible reason. Thank-you for your thoughtful research.  (Nov 18, 2013 | post #158)

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz council OKs recycling, scrap metal scrutiny

This blatant attempt to shut down recycling facilities should be called out for what it is: an attack on poor and homeless people driven by myths and prejudice Taking recyclables out of the blue bins is already theft. No one is arguing in favor of theft! In the past, HUFF has argued that homeowners should be ALLOWED to let homeless recyclers take cans & bottles out of their blue bins. However, the law doesn't allow for this. Richelle Naroyan's argument appears to be that since homeless people only use money for alcohol or drugs (or needles) then we should shut down the centers to frustrate them. Small problems: State law prohibits this for good reason No stats were presented. No police reports. No list of complaints. Just a bunch of NIMBYesque neighbors who can't stand the sight of a homeless person in their neighborhood. How they can publicly and openly argue that homeless people who are gathering and turning in cans & bottles that would otherwise end up in landfills, or worse, in our roadside ditches & waterways should be denied pay for that work is beyond comprehension.  (Nov 17, 2013 | post #29)

Santa Cruz, CA

Take Back Santa Cruz from TBSC

CORRECTION: In my last post I wrote :I was acquitted for my arrest for HOLDING A SIGN UP OUTSIDE OF AN OCCUPIED BANK BUILDING. BECKY: I was never tried for this "crime." All charges were dropped at my preliminary hearing for lack of evidence. DA Bob Lee can refile charges against me for up to 3 years.  (Nov 5, 2013 | post #121)

Santa Cruz, CA

Take Back Santa Cruz from TBSC

NORSE has been arrested about 30 times. He's been convicted of a number of "crimes" too. He's been convicted twice for crossing the street. Once for singing. Once for "trespassing " at the PUBLIC Metro Transit Center, and once for playing a TV on a public sidewalk (there is an exception in the code for playing a radio or TV). He was convicted of occupying vacant housing on behalf of homeless people in the Presidio with Sister Bernie Galvin. He was convicted & spent 28 days in jail for serving free food (and a lovely garden salad) to homeless people in San Francisco with Food Not Bombs. He was arrested for felony vandalism & misdemeanor trespass over the occupation of the vacant bank bldg. at 75 River St. After 11 months of facing charges, dozens of court appearances, all charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Is NORSE a criminal? I don't think so. I, myself have been convicted for hopscotching & for singing. I was acquitted for my arrest for HOLDING A SIGN UP OUTSIDE OF AN OCCUPIED BANK BUILDING.  (Nov 5, 2013 | post #120)

Santa Cruz, CA

Survey: Homeless Trend in Santa Cruz County Rising

REPLY TO CRAIG WHO WROTE: BECKY, are you going to comment on how this compares to the HUD point in time estimate percentage on any given day in the US? BECKY: I will grant you that using those comparative counts from all across the USA, will not give you the 1-3% homeless figure that I've been using. But we can't get that data from those counts. You see, jurisdictions have a very lop-sided approach to doing homeless counts. Some do a very poor job. Our County does an excellent job. Look at our data for Scotts Valley. They don't want to admit they have ANY homeless people. Is that true? I doubt it. In other words, garbage in/garbage out. It's much harder to quantify homelessness than most people think.  (Nov 5, 2013 | post #109)

Q & A with Becky Johnson

Headline:

Pearls before swine

Hometown:

Santa Cruz, CA.

Neighborhood:

Live Oak

Local Favorites:

Counting RYAN COONERTY's faux pas -- hopscotching, singing,Koffee-Klatching and felonious sign-holder

I Belong To:

Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom; Stand With Us Santa Cruz Scholars for Peace in the Mideast;Santa Cruz Eleven

When I'm Not on Topix:

I'm usually on Twitter: BeckyJohnson222

Read My Forum Posts Because:

There's never a dull moment in MY life!

I'm Listening To:

Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.3FM

Read This Book:

The Sexy Parts of the Bible by Kola Boof

Favorite Things:

information technologies, epidemiology, colored rubber boots, sushi, and destroying RYAN COONERTY's political future.(no luck yet)

On My Mind:

Did DA Bob Lee get #32,000 from Wells Fargo & then paid them back by going after the Santa Cruz Eleven?

I Believe In:

Public spaces for public use, not to be legislated away by petty tyrants who parade in progressive camouflage while they feather their own nests.