Thursday, July 29, 2010

Office of the County Counsel contacts Ed Frey

Local Attorney, and Peace Camp 2010 co-founder, Ed Frey, received the following letter faxed to his office on July 28, 2010. Ed had previously applied for a permit for Peace Camp 2010 but had been turned down because "We don't host events at night." Below is a transcription of the letter:

to: Ed Frey, Esq.
2820 Porter Street
Soquel, Ca. 95073

re: individuals camping out on the courthouse steps

Dear Mr. Frey,

The County has become aware of statements attributed to you in the Santa Cruz Sentinel indicating that he Santa Cruz Municipal Ordinances are not enforceable at the County Governmental Center (701 Ocean St). We want to dispose of any confusion concerning this. It is the County's position that the Santa Cruz Municipal Ordinances prohibiting camping ARE enforceable on County property located within the City of Santa Cruz, including the County Governmental Center. To the extent that you are representing the individuals currently camping on the courthouse steps, or acting as their spokesperson, we request that you notify them that they are subject to citation and subsequent prosecution for violating any of the City's municipal codes related to their activity. If you have any questions concerning this issue, please feel free to call me at 454-2049.

Dana McCrae, County Counsel

but signed Jason M Heath, Assistant County Counsel

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