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It's a Harry Potter Party

dumbledore2FRESH DIRT > Local muggles camp out for opening night of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

By noon today, Thursday, July 14, the line of ticket holders awaiting tonight's midnight opening of the final installment in the Harry Potter movie series stretched from Santa Cruz Cinema 9 on Pacific Avenue to the end of the block, wrapping around the corner and continuing for another full block until petering out at Cedar Street. The (mostly) young crowd is sporting Harry Potter T-shirts, homemade signs (one hormone-induced sign reads, "Will Get Sleazy for Ron Weasley"), Gryffindor scarves, Hogwarts sleeping bags, and much more. The first stretch of line dwellers reported being in their posts since yesterday afternoon and camping over night—many relying on friends to take turns manning the spot in line while they went home to grab some Zs.

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written by John Colby, July 16, 2011
Why isn't the SCPD issuing 647(e) lodging violations to these muggles illegally LODGING right on Pacific Avenue.

Oh. I forgot. The City's anti-lodging repression is only meant to target people who shoppers don't like to look at, so muggles don't count.
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written by RazerRay, July 16, 2011
They ARE NOT 'two different things'. ONE LAW, ALL CITIZENS. But that''s just the tip of the ethical lapses by the people elected to run this city. They even send out PR promo literature for the great job they're doing, on the taxpayers tab. The State ethics commission just called them on that. HOPEFULLY, a full investigation of ALL the city's operations will follow.

Next time, some friends of mine and I intend to round up EVERY SINGLE HOMELESS PERSON who cares to participate, and we're joining that theater camp-out. At least the homeless of Santa Cruz will sleep without fear of molestation by the police for that night, or there WILL be a RICO Act indictment to follow against the SCPD and the city if they single the homeless out for ticketing.

That's NOT an idle threat. I have friends higher up in low places.

Either way, Santa Cruz loses... Because the people who control this town ARE greedy losers.
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written by Mr.T, July 15, 2011
ya..those bad police didnt bother a bunch of wizard nerds there to see a movie...oh no...yes i can see the point you want to make...but..you are comparing two vastly different things...lets see i walked passed the line...no one yelled at me asking if i had any change...no one wanted to take my leftover food from me...and my 8 year old daughter didnt hide behind me becuse the creepy homlesss man was staring at her like a soon to be victim...apples to oranges...u cant compare a bunch of ppl..mostly kids..waitng to watch a movie..with the the career homless people that dont do anything as far as being productive members of socitey...and DO make our down town "mall"..a gross place...one that seems to be getting worse everday..and its not from kids in wizard hats and wire rimmed glasses.
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written by RazerRay, July 14, 2011
Yeah... and they slept there for the last couple of nights too. In violation of a number of city ordinances, including prohibitions about sleeping in public within the city limits EVEN ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY... in plain sight. A six foot fence is required by law.

Yet they weren't ticketed like a homeless person might.

Funny thing that... But I'm NOT laughing.

More proof that the Santa Cruz PD is actively and selectively enforcing the law according to economic class.That's pretty much a violation of State and Federal law you know?

The ongoing for years Dogs on the mall (that dates me... I still call it 'the mall') selective enforcement is only the tip of the corrupt iceberg represented by the SCPD and the city of Santa Cruz' government, in consort with the property owners and the Downtown Association.

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written by kitty Ckat , July 14, 2011
One lady i talked to this morning at around 9:30 said to me as i was passing that she was there since 4am and was taking over the shift till 4pm and then her Brother was coming ... and they are there to watch both showing at 8:30pm which is part 1 and at midnight :) premier of the part 2

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