This morning the San Bernardino county sheriff woke us up that we were trespassing. We were resting along the canal trail (here) that many people jog on it all the time. It is getting very hard for us to go to sleep. We were informed that if we were caught sleeping again anywhere in San Bernardino county on private or city land, we would be subject to trespassing charges. Running off to the remote mountains is not an option for us either because we are also woken up in the mountains and told we can’t sleep for the night.
The mules are out here sleeping in a big vacant lot on E. Foothill and Laurel in Fontana. The police came by at 12:15AM and informed us that if we didn’t leave by the time they came back, we would be arrested for trespassing. I’ve decided not to leave as it is past midnight and dark with three mules to pack up. Police didn’t come back. We left shortly after sunrise.
While eating breakfast in Oceanside, the Mules (kids) and myself (the monk) were greeted by Oceanside police officers informing us that they received a call about two horses next to the railroad tracks. We had a cordial respectful conversation. Oceanside police concluded that the kids were a safe distance from the tracks. The officers bid us farewell and went about their most necessary job of law enforcement.
After finishing breakfast, the Mules packed up, left, and went about their most necessary job of walking and moving freely in one of all four directions, the most basic identifier of human freedom. It must not be lost, given away, or compromised under any guise or scheme. The Mules know this so they do this one step at a time all day every day.
Synopsis: On January 22, 2015 at 4am, the Mules were woken up by San Clemente police officer who told us that we could not sleeping in this vacant lot . He asked us when we would be leaving. We said we would leave when it was light and he said okay and left. About 8:30am, we continued our journey south on the El Camino Real when Little Girl started to show a light lameness in her front foot. As we continued, her limp became pronounced. To prevent further injury, we stopped at another vacant lot to inspect her foot, which was quite sensitive. We knew that we needed to seek help with someone with a horse trailer to bring her to an equine vet to get checked. Took the pack off the mules and started making phone calls, leaving messages to people I knew to seek help. None of our contacts were able to arrive that day (January 22) with a trailer.
About 9pm, San Clemente police officer arrived. We explained our circumstances as to why we were there and could not physically move due to Little Girl’s injury. The officer called animal control and we waited for quite a while before animal control showed up. Animal control officer took a very quick look at a distance, had Little Girl walk a few steps on soft dirt, and made a comment that Little Girl did not look lame to her, and then left. At that point the police officer decided to issue the citation based on her opinion.
The next day, friends arrived with a trailer to pick us up to bring us to San Juan Capistrano. We could not meet the vet immediately and rested Little Girl while we waited for our appointment on January 26. On January 26, San Juan Capistrano equine veterinarian Dr. Mark Secor gave Little Girl an exam, including x-rays. Dr. Secor wrote in his examination report: “Exam: mild LF lameness noted at walk, certain steps – tight circle to left more exaggerated, mild high lateral hoof well, mild ups DP’s, les palpates WNL. Moderate sensitivity to hoof testers… Suspect cause of lameness – resolving abscess.”
The Monk followed the instructions on the citation, submitted a check by the payment deadline and requested to contest citation via mail (submitting our letter and vet expert diagnosis with payment) instead of having an Administrative Hearing in person which would require mules to walk back to San Clemente. The Mules made several phone calls to request in regards to an appeal while we were nearby and was told that they were backlogged in processing citations. On March 2, we received a certified letter that stated “THIS IS THE SECOND HEARING DATE – IT CANNOT BE RESCHEDULE”. The Mules never received a letter informing us about a date for a first hearing. Also, we sent Dr. Secor’s exam as evidence that Little Girl was lame. Hearing is scheduled for March 25. We cannot walk back to San Clemente due to our distance.
The Mules find it unreasonable for San Clemente to cite us and retain our $100 citation fee as we had a valid reason for why we could not PHYSICALLY leave town by walking due to Little Girl’s lameness in her foot. We were waiting for friends to come with a horse trailer to pick us up, which wasn’t available to arrive until the next day. We submitted written letter of appeal with veterinarian diagnosis confirming Little Girl’s lameness due to abscess in hoof. San Clemente rejected our written request for appeal and is requiring us to appear in person back in San Clemente on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 even though we have indicated that we will not be able to walk back due to our distance. As well, after explaining how we live in our initial letter to San Clemente, it is unreasonable for the city to wait more than two months for an administrative hearing date when we called to inquire multiple times while we were within walking distance to appeal. San Clemente has not yet responded to our letter.
This is our letter that we sent with our $100 and request to appeal the citation via mail instead of in person. We included Dr. Secor’s diagnosis with this letter.
UPDATE: Charges dismissed by the court on January 27, 2015.
The Mules and the 647(e) citation given to us by the San Luis Obispo Police Department we on. It has never been off. The citation was served to the Mules (us) on May 29, 2014. The District Attorney gave the police department the authority to file the case directly to the court using 853.6(B)2.
The court date was set by the police department not the District Attorney. That court date was August 14, 2014. On 6/9/14, we wrote the judge a letter requesting a postponement of our court date 8/14/2014 to 12/1/2014.
On July 8, 2014, our request was granted to December 11, 2014. On July 10, 2014, the District Attorney sent us (the Mules) a letter informing us we did not need to appear for the August 14 ,2014 court date making no mention that the August 14, 2014 court date had been changed to December 11, 2014.
The July 10 letter also stated: if at a latter date our office does decide to file criminal charges with respect to this incident, you will receive a letter informing you of a new court date Gerald T Shea, D.A.
This letter was never received prior to the December 11, 2014 court date consequently we never appeared for the December 11, 2014 court date.
On December 16, 2014, a letter was sent to the Mules from the court informing us a warrant for our arrest had been issued. Bail set $2000. We contacted the court. The court withdrew the warrant due to the confusion brought on by the July 10, 2014 letter sent to us by the District Attorney.
We have been sent two separate letters informing us of our new court date. One says January 29, 2015, the other says February 19, 2015.
Note: We the Mules sent the Honorable Judge Crawford who will be hearing this case a letter on January 11, 2015 requesting a postponement of our case to December 2015.
The Mules are in their later years when we sent the letter of January 11 ,2015. We were over 200 miles away to turn and get to San Luis Obispo now would be a burden they do not deserve.
On May 29, 2014, we were issued a citation by San Luis Obispo Police Department for illegal lodging 647(e) penal code. We were to appear in court for arraignment on August 14, 2014.
We requested a postponement to December 11, 2014. It was granted. On July 10th, the Mules received a notification from the District Attorney that charges would not be filed at this time. Therefore, it would not be necessary to appear in court on August 14, 2014.
Due to the confusion between the D.A. and court regarding court dates, we did not appear on December 11, 2014 for arraignment. A warrant for our arrest was issued. We contacted the court to clear the warrant. The warrant was reminded and a new court date February 19, 2015 was issued.
The Megatropolis concerted efforts to prevent the Mules from moving freely in this country using the 647(e) penal code and similar ordinances and codes is very much alive as this case demonstrates. The Megatropolis operates on controlled and contained energy be it human, animal, wind, sun. Any motion it must contain and control before it can satisfy its insatiable appetite for it.
The Mules operate on and are connected to an infinite source of free-flowing energy. For the Megatropolis to get access to this infinite source of energy of which the Mules have made on ages old alliance it must contain and control the Mules. Of course if this happens, it is a bullet to our heads. We know this so we will resist this all day every day one step at a time.
Follow-up email that 3 Mules received on 12/6. “Mule, I am the police officer in the blue truck that stopped the other night on Sierra Highway to just say hi. Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed talking to you and I really enjoyed learning about your journey. Thanks, Adam”
About 4pm, while grazing on a vacant lot, we were approached by Ventura City Police, who told us that they knew who we were, and if we stopped within city limits to sleep, it would be considered illegal camping, in which we would be arrested and the mules would be impounded. We moved from this location and were not cited.
November 12, 2014: Arrested by Thousand Oaks Police
This evening the Mules were resting in an open field in Thousand Oaks when a deputy told us we could not camp here. We told him that we were not camping, just staying the night. Since we would not move, I was arrested and jailed, and the mules were sent to Animal Services in Agoura Hills.
November 13, 2014: Released
Released from jail at no cost. The mules were released from animal services after paying $514 fee.
November 19, 2014: Ventura County Police encounter
About 4pm, while grazing on a vacant lot, we were approached by Ventura City Police, who told us that they knew who we were, and if we stopped within city limits to sleep, it would be considered illegal camping, in which we would be arrested and the mules would be impounded. We moved from this location and were not cited. We are in Ventura as we have a hearing for the Thousand Oaks citation at Superior Court of Ventura County in the morning.
November 20, 2014: Superior Court of Ventura County hearing
The Mules appeared at Superior Court of Ventura County charged with committing an infraction by violating Thousand Oaks Municipal Code Section 5-8.08(c): Unlawful Camping, a misdemeanor (criminal offense). This was reduced to an infraction Thousand Oaks Municipal Code Section 1-2.0I and is considered to be a PUBLIC NUISANCE. The fines were waived by the judge. The Mules walking all day peacefully, carrying and spreading the energy of reverence and respect for this beautiful earth and all its inhabitants have now been officially categorized by the Megatropolis as a PUBLIC NUISANCE. The automobile, the Megatropolis’ most valued tool, however, kills and maims hundreds of thousands every year. Killing children walking and riding their bicycles gets by. Nothing is said, no charges. The automobile will certainly never be called a PUBLIC NUISANCE.
Mule was cited on May 29, 2014, in San Luis Obispo, California under Penal Code 647 (e).
Except as provided in subdivision (l), every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor:
(e) Who lodges in any building, structure, vehicle, or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it.
The Mules delivered a handwritten letter to the court requesting an extension of the court hearing until December so that they could migrate north for the summer and return during cooler weather.
On July 8, the Mules were given an extension for court arraignment to Dec.11.
On July 10, the Mules received a notification from the Office of the District Attorneys that charges would not be filed at this time.
On January 15, 2015, Superior Court Judge signed a court order to officially dismiss this case.