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Homeless Engineer Says He Was Discriminated Against by Cruzio Works

The shared work place space said it offered the man a space from 9-5 but he wanted 24 hours

Engineer Daniel Madison, who was asked to leave Cruzio Works.
Engineer Daniel Madison, who was asked to leave Cruzio Works.
A homeless graphic designer said he was unfairly not allowed to work at Cruzio.com, one of two shared work place centers in Santa Cruz. 

Daniel Madison, 53, said he was asked to leave Cruzio because he made someone there uncomfortable. He said it related to a nighttime meeting with his autistic son in the parking lot. Madison said he was a successful designer of 3-D graphics for the likes of Caesar's Palace casino, before he lost work and lost a place to live.

Cruzio's Business Development manager said that the company doesn't discriminate and has members who do not have a permanent address. 

"However, since coworking requires a mutual trust among all members, especially after hours when Cruzio staff is not always at hand, we must be strict about our membership rules," said James Hackett, in an email.  

He added: 

"We are disappointed that we seem to have become the object of an unwarranted attack. We don't believe the group attacking us accurately represent the views of the majority of the Santa Cruz homeless community. Their rush to judgment is harming a company which has always been an ally."

Protesters stood outside the Cruzio home, the old Sentinel building, lead by professional protester Robert Norse (the man who gave the Nazi salute before the Santa Cruz City Council and was rebuffed in federal court). In a petition they asked that Madison be allowed to use Cruzio and the company make an apology to him.

Madison said he didn't know why he appeared threatening to the person who complained to Cruzio staff. Hackett said he couldn't comment on the specifics of the case because legal action was threatened. He said the company "bent over backwards to find a solution."

Cruzio charges $89 a month for a 9-5 Member; $159 a month for a 24/7 member and $369 a month for a private cubical.


Brian August 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM
the place is too small, its not a great deal, if you fall asleep at the table your out, if your homeless its an al laround bad deal, next space is bigger and more practical, still for 300 dollars a month your better off subleasing real office space so you dont have to worry about drama and politics or using coffee shops, ucsc, cabrillo etc.. at ucsc you can get an alumni membership at the alumni office for 40 dollars a year and pay 70 dollars a semester to use the pool and librarys which have wifi. also you can get a membership at most gyms to take showers for 30 to 40 dollars a month.
AdrianaR August 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Thank for for sharing this information but I find some comments or editorial additions in the middle of the work disturbing. I don't presume to know Robert Norse, nor do I particularly care to, but I thought what I was supposed to be reading was a news article and not an opinion piece. The dribble written: lead by professional protester Robert Norse (the man who gave the Nazi salute before the Santa Cruz City Council and was rebuffed in federal court) is totally out of line for a news article. Do you call Analicia Cube a "professional protestor?" as well? What was the purpose of IDing Mr. Norse as "the man who gave a Nazi salute ...?" Are you suggesting he's a white supremacist? Mr Kava, I'm not sure if you wrote this piece or just edited it but if you want to include personal opinions in a piece of work on SC Patch, then I suggest you label as an opinion piece.

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