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Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

On February 14, Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning (SCRAP), a local grassroots organization backed by former Santa Cruz Mayors, held a news conference at the entrance to the Santa Cruz City Wharf. This was the official kickoff for a community-wide referendum campaign to halt the single largest development since UC Santa Cruz.

The proposed development calls for a 270 room hotel, 6-level parking garage and a 23,000 square foot Conference Center.

Opposition to SCRAP's referendum campaign includes the developers (of course!), current employees of the Coast Hotel who would like to have more work in the winter months and SEIU Local 415.
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For previous coverage of the Coast Hotel Redevelopment Project on Santa Cruz Indymedia, visit the following articles.

Santa Cruz C. C. Meeting on Hotel-Convention Center Project
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/14793/index.php

Santa Cruz City Council Approves Coast Hotel Project Despite Widespread Community Opposition
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/14808/index.php
 
 


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Former Mayors of Santa Cruz Sign the Referendum

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People In Favor of a new Parking Garage, Hotel and Conference Center

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Re: Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

Who do these "pro-development" people think they're fooling? One of them is wearing a shirt that actually says "City of Santa Cruz." Someone is *paying* them to go down there and hold those signs!

There are sell-outs everywhere, I guess.
 

Re: Re: Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

Is it hard to believe that there is interest in re vamping the Dream Inn? The hotel is outdated and needs a new look. The former Dream Inn is run down and has seen better days where the floors aren't embedded with decades of sands, and the pool area not littered with alcohol bottles after prom night. While the new hotel will be bigger it could not stand out anymore than the mixed mustard concrete building that stands there now. But why would we want more jobs in our town? Surely the economy is doing well enough? Why would we not want to improve our tourism industry that we rely on so much?
 

Re: Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

This is nothing more then Big business and Big labor sticking there hands in peoples pockets if the unions want to help the people of santa cruz why are they not holding signs and marching for affordable housing better schools Free medcal care no they want to hang there hat on this boondoogle because it is in there mind a easy win for the hotel owners and the unions bosses
 

Nice Photos!

Thanks to Bradley for the great photos.
 

Re: Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

Unions are just another form of heirarchial, centralized power structure no different from the government, playing the same games, taxing people, and working for the power and wealth of the union leaders. Same as Washington DC!

I know independent contractors who have worked side by side with union laborers before, and consistently the union people are lazy, incompetent, territorial, and downright hostile. At the Staples Convention Center in LA, one friend of mine has seen union slackers consistently sit around on a job until 5pm just so they can get overtime wages. And the union leaders protect these leeches.

Everyone should work as an independent contractor. I do, and I find employers prefer dealing with me because they know Ill work hard and wont try to bully them. And on those few occasions that an employer has tried taking advantage of me, I drop him and find a new client to replace him so he's screwed.

Unions suck. Governments suck. Im glad there are no unions in my industry. I hope there never are. Now if I could just get the government off my back too.
 

Re: Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

You just want to fight the new hotel and conference center because you and your low-income buddies can't afford to stay in such places nor attend conferences at such centers. In your myopic and over-simplified world view you use "the rich" as your universal one-size-fits-all scapegoat. With nothing productive to do with your time, you attack the hotel. You attack those who are building modern society stone by stone, instead of making positive contributions (because that would require commitment and hard work.)

No wonder Santa Cruz sucks down so much public money in handouts from its neighboring cities, counties, and even states. Not only will none of you work for a living, you refuse to let others work for a living! That's why tourism and UCSC are your economic lifeblood, keeping your grocery stores and head shops and independent book stores in business. And you would crush them too if you could, of that I am sure.
 

Re: Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning vs. Workers and Bosses

"You just want to fight the new hotel and conference center because you and your low-income buddies can't afford to stay in such places nor attend conferences at such centers."

-Not necessarily. When I have had to pay for lodging, I certainly didn't look for the biggest, megahotel, though. You're making a gross generalization. Of course, you probably just assume I'm "low-income" because I choose to stay with friends whenever possible -- though it is because I actually enjoy other people.

"In your myopic and over-simplified world view you use "the rich" as your universal one-size-fits-all scapegoat."

-There is nothing written above about "the rich." Did you bother to read any of it?

"With nothing productive to do with your time, you attack the hotel."

-Just curious, when have we met and since when do *YOU* know what I'm doing with my time? Among many other things I am doing, I am (and WILL) take the time to fight this monstrous beast that sucks up $30 million+ of PUBLIC FUNDS for a PRIVATE investment. That's "being productive."

"You attack those who are building modern society stone by stone, instead of making positive contributions (because that would require commitment and hard work.)"

-Newsflash!! Thank God someone is finally building modern society stone by stone!! I was about suffocate from the veritable jungle surrounding me; all the excess oxygen makes me feel woozy! In fact, the rainforest has gotten so dense lately that I have to machete through the thicket not once, but twice a day. It is so inspiriational that you are building modern society (wasn't the Coast Hotel "modern"?) through your commitment and hard work, Horatio.

"No wonder Santa Cruz sucks down so much public money in handouts from its neighboring cities, counties, and even states."

-Awww, FUDGE! I keep hearing about these Santa Cruz money sucking parties, but I never get invited to them! Screw 'em! Let's throw our own money sucking party, right on beautiful E. Cliff Drive!

"Not only will none of you work for a living, you refuse to let others work for a living!"

-You are, sadly, correct. While perusing the reference section of the library (say "LIE-brair-ree"), I came across this shocking piece of information: "Hippy Harald VII's Sixty-Third Proclamation: Thou Shalt Not Work -- Ever!! Not even to grow your own vegetables, babysit children or walk dogs!!" Tsk, tsk. You poor thing.

"That's why tourism and UCSC are your economic lifeblood, keeping your grocery stores and head shops and independent book stores in business. And you would crush them too if you could, of that I am sure."

-Why, Yes!! Wouldn't that be GREAT?!? Stopping those damn GREEN GROCERS, the Frickin' INDEPENDENT (=PINKO!!) Bookstores and, the Mother of all Satans, those booming HEAD SHOPS!!! It would be like a big tossed salad of fruits, nuts and just the right touch of COMMIE (=GREASY) oil. I'm getting hungry already!
 

SEIU short-circuited approval process

Contrary to the sign holder above, the SEIU has NOT approved the hotel project. For it to do so, the SEIU must post the item at least 2 weeks in advance, hold a general meeting, and vote.

They did no such thing.

Instead, a subcommittee (executive steering committee?) voted to endorse the project.

This is just ANOTHER example how this project is being shoved through violating due process,without sufficient public input, and without the careful planning spending $30 million dollars needs.
 

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