The Big Chill by Marty Burstiner

Back in April 2007, some 3,500 people peaceably gathered in Redwood Park in Arcata to celebrate weed. I wrote about it in this column, noting how amazed I was that in a county of 130,000 the two daily newspapers we had back then skipped the event. I get high on large, peaceful gatherings. It is … Continue reading The Big Chill by Marty Burstiner

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Sample CPRA Request Letter : First Amendment Coalition

Date Name and Title (of the official with custody of the records) Name of Agency Address RE: Public Records Act Request Dear ________________, Pursuant to my rights under the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), I ask to (inspect/obtain a copy of) the following, which I understand to be held by … Continue reading Sample CPRA Request Letter : First Amendment Coalition

Homeless Are Fighting Back in Court Against Panhandling Bans – NYTimes.com

The New York Times October 5, 2012 Homeless Are Fighting Back Against Panhandling Bans By DAN FROSCH COLORADO SPRINGS — Panhandlers, with their crumpled signs, coffee cups and pleas, are as customary a sight in many American towns and cities as Starbucks or McDonald’s. But for one Utah homeless man, the right to ask people … Continue reading Homeless Are Fighting Back in Court Against Panhandling Bans – NYTimes.com

Arcata panhandling law mostly struck down by judge – latimes.com

By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times September 27, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO — A Humboldt County Superior Court judge has struck down as unconstitutional most of an ordinance that banned non-aggressive panhandling in Arcata within 20 feet of any retail store, intersection, parking lot or bus stop, among other places. The ruling, released Wednesday, allows the … Continue reading Arcata panhandling law mostly struck down by judge – latimes.com

Judge tosses most of Arcata panhandling ordinance, city can appeal; Salzman: ‘We knew we were in the right’ – Times-Standard Online

Grant Scott-Goforth/The Times-Standard Created:   09/27/2012 02:29:15 AM PDT The 2010 Arcata panhandling ordinance has been largely thrown out by Superior Court Judge Dale A. Reinholtsen. The ordinance banned panhandling in certain locations around the city, including major intersections, pedestrian bridges and the entrances and exits to businesses. Reinholtsen stated in a court ruling this … Continue reading Judge tosses most of Arcata panhandling ordinance, city can appeal; Salzman: ‘We knew we were in the right’ – Times-Standard Online

Arcata panhandling ordinance thrown out – Times-Standard Online

Arcata panhandling ordinance thrown out The Times-Standard Created:   09/26/2012 12:35:41 PM PDT The Arcata panhandling ordinance enacted in 2010 has been largely thrown out by Superior Court Judge Dale A. Reinholtsen. The ordinance banned panhandling in certain locations around the city, including major intersections, pedestrian bridges and the entrances and exits to businesses. The … Continue reading Arcata panhandling ordinance thrown out – Times-Standard Online