HELP PROTECT A SAFE-PARKING SPOT FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THEIR VEHICLES.

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Help protect a safe parking spot for people living in their vehicles and RVs - please sign this petition and also contact the public works department before June 11th.

From the Santa Cruz ACLU

For over a year, several people experiencing homelessness have been parking their RVs at night on a non residential block-long Street off Mission Street, in accordance with posted parking signs that restrict parking only during the day. Though unofficial, this is one of the few places in the city that people can safely Park their living vehicles. There has been no trouble. However, apparently in response to an organized campaign by anti-homeless groups, the city is proposing creating parking spaces on the street that are too short for RVs.

Public Works has asked anyone disagreeing with the proposal to contact Kenny Jatho, at kjatho@cityofsantacruz.com or 831 420-5182. Please help by contacting Mr. Jatho before June 11th.

OUR ASK:

Please CONTACT Kenny Jatho, at 

kjatho@cityofsantacruz.com or 831-420-5182. Please help by contacting Mr Jatho before June 11th.

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From Alicia:

This is an attempt to break up the Olive Branch safe parking vehicle dweller encampment. It has been up and running for over a year, and if this tactic is successful it would essentially break up an encampment during shelter in place which is against the CDC guidelines. It is important to note that we are not being offered a safe parking alternative, and marking the spots is a direct attempt to make sure that RV's cannot fit any longer. 

 
I would also like to point out that the signs themselves are deceptive.
 
#1 The sign says there are no current parking restrictions and there are. Currently there are signs posted that say 2 hour parking except by permit Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..
 
Essentially this means that during the day the parking spots are readily available for people as well as the UCSC shuttle bus. However if they were to slot the spots, the encampment that Parks here at night time especially the RVs would no longer be able to do so.
 
#2 they have only placed a few of these signs on the street for public view, the signs are tiny they are hardly noticeable, I fear this is an attempt to lower the public opposition towards this maneuver.
 
 
In summary, there is no justifiable reason to do this!  Parking is readily available for the community during the day, and the only reason they would do this is to stop us from being able to safely Park here in the nighttime. I believe this is a violation of breaking up encampments during a pandemic, it is a way to sideline the CDC recommendations.
 
I appreciate any help and assistance, 
 
Thank you,
Alicia Kuhl
President of the Santa Cruz chapter of the California Homeless Union