STOP the Closure of San Lorenzo Park and the displacement of the Homeless Camp.

STOP the Closure of San Lorenzo Park and the displacement of the Homeless Camp.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000!
At 1,000 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!

Alicia Kuhl started this petition to Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal and

The Santa Cruz City Manager has written and executive order along with Tony Elliot from Parks and rec on December 17th to shut down San Lorenzo park until some time mid January (Unless it's extended) This order was written without consulting any other people and our own County Health Director Dr. Gail Newel has stated in an email to a concerned citizen that she would not have approved such an order.

The closure of San Lorenzo park will displace a homeless encampment of approx 200 people in the time of a spike of Covid 19 cases during this pandemic, at a time when ICU beds are nearly unavailable. This constitutes a created danger that could impact our entire community.

CDC the Center for Disease Control specifically states that breaking up encampments poses great risk, and that if a community lacks the ability to provide shelter to self isolate that provisions should be brought into camps rather than dispersing them where they will have a hard time locating resources. When the City closes San Lorenzo Park they will be removing 3 porta potties, handwashing stations, and canceling a shower truck, at a time when they should be providing more services, not taking them away.

Please sign this petition and show that as a community we can have solidarity against this type of abuse in our community. It's highly unacceptable that a few individuals can make a decision like this, that would put our entire community at risk of Covid 19 at such a critical time for our healthcare system when the ICU beds are full. 

Please see CDC guidelines for homeless encampments. 

 

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000!
At 1,000 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!