Cited street poet gets settlement from city of Palm Springs
Aug. 22, 2017
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A street poet ticketed for loitering in Palm Springs has received a $30,000 settlement and a pledge by the city to affirm rights of street performers.
Amy Marschak's lawsuit targeted laws intended to keep panhandlers out of the business and tourist district by forbidding people from standing still, sitting or lying down on sidewalks.
The Desert Sun (http://desert.sn/2xm52fr ) reported Monday that Marschak arrived in Palm Springs in March 2015 to perform improvisational poetry in exchange for tips. She was cited by an officer when she set a blanket and stool on a sidewalk.
In a lengthy videotaped argument, Marshak insisted street performing is constitutionally protected.
Her attorney, Tom Seabaugh, says the settlement makes the point that there should be consequences for violating constitutional rights.
The city is revising its laws.
Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.desertsun.com