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"Address fraud, corruption and discrimination against disabled homeless people ASAP"
2014-02-11 message from John Colby to Neil Coonerty, Santa Cruz County Supervisor [701 Ocean Street, Room 300, Santa Cruz, CA 95060] [831.454.2200]
Dear Supervisor Coonerty:
I am writing to you as a constituent and a Gorilla Advocate as well as an independent journalist published in Santa Cruz Indymedia:
I ask you to address the following serious problems I have discovered while trying to enforce the civil rights of disabled homeless people residing at the Santa Cruz National Guard Armory Winter Shelter.
The Santa Cruz County Recorder's Office doesn't list the deeds for the Santa Cruz National Guard Armory at 301 Armory Road and 501 Delaveaga Park Road Drive with Assessor Parcel Numbers (APNs) 00944102 and 009045101. The last time I checked — the record disappeared after I contacted the Santa Cruz County Assessor's Office — there was only a 2012 lease for this property.
The Santa Cruz County Assessor's Office is refusing to respond to my voicemails asking for their public records to establish the history of ownership for the Santa Cruz National Guard Armory to enforce the disability rights of injured parties. They told me on the telephone that as far back as their records go, this property has been owned by the City of Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz County Assessor Office GIS system seems to be in flux, as daily information about the aforementioned property changes, also more information is being hidden from the public and the news media. This is impeding federal law enforcement complains/investigations punishable — by my understanding — by up to 20 years in federal prison.
Homeless clients and volunteers of the Homeless Services Center have been smoking near the entrance to the Armory Winter Shelter, endangering the health of my client Ms. Laura Boyd — who suffers from COPD with acute exacerbation and must not be exposed to secondhand smoke — as well as other disabled homeless people with breathing conditions exacerbated by exposure to secondhand smoke. Her physician, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Dr. Patrick John Meehan, wrote the reasonable disability accommodation request letter (attached as a PDF), asking that smoking be restricted to at least 75 feet away from the National Guard Armory Building (consistent with the City of Santa Cruz nonsmoking ordinance) and federal and state programs for residential housing. He asked that she not be exposed to secondhand smoke. Moreover, I ask that the entrance door be shut when Armory Winter Shelter clients and volunteers are smoking outside the building (to ensure no secondhand smoke enters into the shelter where Ms. Boyd has suffered from exposure to it).
About two weeks ago, Paul LNU of the Homeless Persons' Health Project — which has discriminated against disabled homeless people — told Ms. Boyd that she and her disabled daughter Portia were once more on the applicant waiting list for the 180/180 Project. Paul LNU never returns my voicemails. Please inform me what position Ms. Boyd and her 10 year disabled daughter Portia have on the 180/180 Project waiting list. This is imperative because after the National Guard Armory Winter Shelter closes down next April, Ms. Boyd and Portia — a disabled homeless family — will be on street where they will be vulnerable to rape, robbery and extreme exacerbation of their respective medical conditions.
About a month ago, the manager of the Rebele Family Shelter — which continually runs below capacity — told Ms.Boyd after she completed an application, that she and Portia were on the applicant waiting list for the Rebele Family Shelter. What is their position on the Rebele Family Shlelter applicant waiting list? This is imperative to know because after the National Guard Armory Winter Shelter closes down next April, Ms. Boyd and Portia — a disabled homeless family — will be on street where they will be vulnerable to rape, robbery and extreme exacerbation of their respective medical conditions.
Thank you for you and attorney Martha Shanle — who is representing the Homeless Services Center to me — addressing these problems ASAP. Otherwise I will be forced to name her, the County Assessor and the County Recorder's Offices as a respondents to my U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) discrimination complaint — like you already have been — as well as submitting complaints for the aforementioned fraud and public corruption with the FBI, as well as with HUD's and the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Offices of Inspector General (OIG)..
Sincerely yours, [signed] John E. Colby, Ph.D.