Civil rights attorney David Beauvais down in Santa Cruz rounding up plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the City and city police, talks about Santa Cruz's harsh and unique "Sleeping Ban" law. MC 6.36.010 makes the act of falling asleep on all public property and much private property a $97 crime for 1300-1500 shelterless people each night.
you may be able to enjoin in a lawsuit against the City to end the Sleeping Ban.
We ask for the right to sleep NOT anywhere and everywhere , but somewhere.
The Camping Ban (MC 6.36.010a) activists aptly named the Sleeping Ban makes it illegal for the simple act of sleeping -- at night. The name must fit as now even our mayor is using the term. (Watch the Sleeping Ban Debate)
In Santa Cruz, the most flagrant and demoralizing example of the criminalization of poverty is this ordinance, known as the "Camping Ban," MC 6.36.010. Section (a) prohibits the act of sleeping between 11 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. anywhere outdoors or in a vehicle on both public and private property within the city limits. Activists call this the "Sleeping Ban." We are dedicated to ending this ban and finding real solutions, such as "Safe Sleeping Zones" for vehicles and campers. This is cheaper, easier to police and is a way of dealing with the issue in a legal dignified manor.
Organizations are banding together and the plaintiff list is growing. As you can see by the date of the post, the blog is just starting but will be a focal point for information, status, and ways you can help. Sleep is a human right and a basic necessity. Please help us in restoring that right.
For more information on this draconian law see the following articles on Indybay.org
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/12/22/18468518.php (Sleeping Ban Debate Commentary)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/12/22/18468436.php ( Mayor lashes out & Stonewalls on Public Meetings; Lethal SCPD Harassment Surges)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/12/17/18467575.php ( Street Spirit Editor Denounces Mayor Coonerty As "Repulsive")
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2007/12/24/brb_sb.wma (Audio) Highlights of debate with commentary played on Free Radio Santa Cruz with Robert Norse) This is an hour long but saved in FM quality so the file size is only 5.5 megs. Very worth while if you want to know the truth behind what our mayor stated during the debate.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/08/26/18443532.php ( Activists ask ACLU to help end sleeping ban )
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/08/16/18441138.php ( Open Letter to City Council regarding Sleeping Ban)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/08/16/18440985.php ( Ongoing Protest Against the Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban)
You can additionally search Google for Sleeping Ban.