Oct 13 2007
I’d thought about starting a blog for The Bulb for quite some time. I thought it would be fun to post a few photos of the park, the dogs and friends and fellow bulbers I meet during my daily morning walk.
Then one day the signs went up – “Albany Bulb Clean-up Project. It warned that “heavy equipment” would be used but assured us that the “cleanup will not have a permanent impact on the Albany Bulb’s landscape or usability.” That left me feeling uneasy. What would be next, was my first thought. The next day there were bulldozers, police cars, and The East Bay Conversation Corps.
The police, along with Berkeley mental health workers, there to talk to the homeless people about the options and services available to them, went through the park telling campers that they had to leave. The homeless looked to Osha Neumann, one of the Bulb artists and also a lawyer who has defended many poor and homeless people, for help.
“Osha Neumann immediately wrote a letter to a number of city officials, including the mayor, city administrator and city attorney, pointing out that “this eviction is not only inhuman, it is illegal. Enforcing Albany’s camping ordinance against the homeless when there are no shelter beds available constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.” The city of Albany has no homeless shelters. Neumann cited a number of precedents supporting his allegations.” – Berkeley Daily Planet: Albany Bulb Sweep Averted
It seemed the perfect time for www.AlbanyBulb.com.
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