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The National Marine Fisheries Service has released new data showing that the California-based drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish killed an estimated 53 marine mammals from May 2013 through January 2014. Fishery observers monitored 34 percent of the drift gillnet sets made last year; they documented that the fishery killed an estimated three California gray whales, six short-finned pilot whales, nine northern right whale dolphins, nine California sea lions and 26 short-beaked common dolphins.
Community Members Rally to 'Save Paula's Cottage' A Save Paula's Cottage supporter writes: "Here we rally to save one person (and her daughter) in one granny unit. Perhaps if we can help this one person, that will start the ball rolling to save others. Paula, the popular teacher, mom, and PTA president has lived in the cottage on her parents' property for 22 years without difficulty. Now, thanks to the City's UCSC backed eviction program, she has received notice to be out on September 1st or face massive fines. Paula has spoken before City Council and has actually generated a lot of sympathy from public officials, so we may have a chance to save her home."

"Rents in Santa Cruz have been high since the late '90s. But now, thanks to a City program to red-tag and evict residents of "accessory dwelling units" (granny units) that do not meet every detail of the City's overly complicated building code, rents have reached a new level of ridiculousness. The City is doing this as part of a deal with UCSC. UCSC currently charges $1671 per month for HALF a shared dorm room plus food. No, that is not a typo. But it is one of the reasons students are graduating $40,000 in debt (or more!) with no job prospects."

Supporters will be gathering at City Hall on Tuesday, September 9 at 5pm to appeal to the Santa Cruz City Council to spare Paula's home and halt Santa Cruz's destructive rental inspection policies before anyone else is lost to the housing market.

Read More | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifPaula Gregoire: Save Paula's Cottage
Protesters Confront Salinas Police Chief at Bookstore Appearance in Santa Cruz To send a strong message that "killer cops" are not welcome in Santa Cruz, community members gathered on August 26 to protest a speaking engagement at Bookshop Santa Cruz featuring Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin. "We are creating a public presence to say loud and clear that the Salinas police chief who oversaw the killings of four Latino men in four months is not welcome in our community," read a flyer provided by Sin Barras, the Santa Cruz-based organization that called for the demonstration.

Between March and July of this year, four individuals have been killed by officers with the Salinas Police Department. Outside of the book shop, which is located in downtown Santa Cruz, one demonstrator held a sign that declared, "Salinas: Our Ferguson." Several dozen individuals attended the protest, with some traveling from Salinas and other areas in Monterey County to make their voices heard. Organizers say they did not intend to disrupt the speaking event.

"We believe it is anti-thetical and extremely disrespectful to give Chief McMillan such a privileged voice in a space that is uncritical of his policies and the racist murders he has overseen," the literature from Sin Barras stated. The group also stated it sought to, "expose the brutality and racism of the Salinas cops and media." McMillin was invited to speak at Bookshop Santa Cruz by Monterey Herald reporter Julia Reynolds as part of a signing event for her book "Blood in the Fields." According to the shop's website, the book documents the history of Operation Black Widow, "the FBI's questionable decade-long effort to dismantle Nuestra Familia [a criminal organization], along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies."

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | Sin Barras

Previous Coverage: Demonstration in Salinas turns into Copwatch-in-Action || Rally in Salinas Demands Justice for Frank Alvarado, Killed by Salinas Police || Police Officers Kill Fourth Person in East Salinas: Frank Alvarado || Families, Residents and Statewide Supporters Fight for Justice in Salinas || Salinas Police Kill Three People in Last Three Months
Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Follow the Money from Bob Lee to Wells Fargo at Latest Parade On August 22, another energetic parade was held in support of the final four Santa Cruz Eleven defendants, who are still facing criminal charges in relation to the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street. Wells Fargo is the so-called plaintiff in the case. Though defendants argued in court District Attorney Bob Lee should be recused from the case, due to his financial relationship with the bank, Santa Cruz judge Stephen Seigel on August 27 denied their motions and set a new trial date of July 27, 2015.

The course of the August 22 parade "followed the money" from District Attorney Bob Lee, who is prosecuting the case, to Wells Fargo Bank. Community members dressed in green and carried large, gold dollar signs. They followed a suit-clad parader wearing a Bob Lee mask who lead them to the Wells Fargo branch located at 74 River Street. The visit to Wells Fargo felt much like the 2011 occupy protests that occurred there, and many of the other locations visited along the parade also recalled the occupy era.

Friends of the Santa Cruz 11 writes: "If you are a friend to any of the defendants you may want to reach out and show some personal support. They may or may not specifically need or ask for it, and all the better to receive a gift when not in need. Our heads are high and our sights are on what feels right and true: the ending of this case; not forgetting that Wells Fargo is one of the most disgusting companies in this country and does not deserve money from our community; that Bob Lee is politically and economically motivated in this biased prosecution; that no matter what happens the courts and cops cannot touch our hearts. We will continue to support each other, to dream of better, healthier ways to live, and to try to put those dreams on the ground here in our lives and communities."

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | August 27 Santa Cruz Eleven Court Update | It's a mystery! The Disappearing Records of Bob Lee's $34,000 Wells Fargo Loan | Attorney Arguments Around the Santa Cruz Eleven Case To Be Heard August 13 and 27 | Support the Santa Cruz Eleven

Previous Coverage: The Show Goes On and On for the Santa Cruz Eleven || Parading through Town in Support of the Santa Cruz Eleven || Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz
After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition on August 26 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds.

The population has declined from a recorded high of approximately 1 billion butterflies in the mid-1990s to only 35 million butterflies last winter, the lowest number ever recorded. The overall population shows a steep and statistically significant decline of 90 percent over 20 years. In addition to herbicide use with genetically engineered crops, monarchs are also threatened by global climate change, drought and heat waves, other pesticides, urban sprawl, and logging on their Mexican wintering grounds. Scientists have predicted that the monarch’s entire winter range in Mexico and large parts of its summer range in the states could become unsuitable due to changing temperatures and increased risk of drought, heat waves and severe storms.

“We’re at risk of losing a symbolic backyard beauty that has been part of the childhood of every generation of Americans,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The 90 percent drop in the monarch’s population is a loss so staggering that in human-population terms it would be like losing every living person in the United States except those in Florida and Ohio.”

Read More | Petition: Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect the Threatened Monarch Butterfly
Ex-Santa Cruz Patch Editor Now Selling Mace to Senior Citizens Former Santa Cruz Patch editor Brad Kava, who is still a journalism teacher at Cabrillo College, is now selling a device he invented that offers senior citizens the ability to secure a pepper spray can to their canes. He has named it: "Cane-O-Mite." It is essentially a holster for pepper spray and, the Indiegogo campaign and Youtube video produced to market it, Kava preys on the fears of the elderly. He cites an increase in news reporting on crime as a justification in his sales pitch for the product, saying "everyone who follows the news knows how bad it [crime against senior citizens] can get."

Ted Smith writes: The invention of the product is a "fear mongering" approach to dealing with issues of public safety, and is yet another American appeal to increase weapon sales and the use of violence. "My first thought was to build a whole cane with pepper spray inside," Kava writes in his sales pitch. A more insidious aspect of all of this, however, is the journalism reference Kava used to justify the need for the product.

In the Cane-O-Mite description he writes: "I was visiting my disabled father in Florida and saw so many people carrying canes and using walkers who looked like easy victims for criminals...The fear was palpable and everyone who follows the news knows how bad it can get. People are so afraid, they are "standing their ground" with guns." Kava is using media-hype, the same variety he created for the Santa Cruz Patch, as a justification for the need for the product he is selling. As a former journalist and current journalism teacher, this is ethically questionable.

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | See Also: Santa Cruz Patch to Shut Down
Santa Cruz Police and First Alarm Brutalize and Arrest People for Being Black and Homeless Yannidies Brown writes: Today, August 21, 2014, I, Yannidies Brown, have just not only witnessed, but experienced, police brutality. It started roughly at about nine o'clock in the morning when my brother Rogiers Brown, my fiance Christopher Wuerfel, and I were at an empty parking lot waiting on a ride. An SCPD officer, Bradly Barnett, approached my brother Rogiers telling him that he needs to "get the fuck out of the parking lot" and "I'm going to write you a ticket."

I replied with "he just took out his cigarette, you're not writing him a ticket for walking to the sidewalk with a cigarette in his hands." So while my family is walking, officer Barnett starts following us. I told him not to because my brother did not do anything wrong, and that this is harassment. So while we are walking, he proclaims that he's an officer, and he can do whatever he wants, and that he's going to arrest my brother's "black ass."

They proceeded to try to arrest my brother, and meanwhile my finance is recording video. The officer on the right side takes my boyfriend and throws him to the ground. A First Alarm officer, Jason Vogley, and SCPD officer Barnett punched Roigers three times and elbowed him in the face, cracking his glasses and making his face bruise.

imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifRead More with Video | SCPD Message to African-Americans, “Get Your Black Ass Out Of My City"
Activists Protest Talk by Israeli Consul General at Temple Beth El On August 21, activists with the Palestine Israel Action Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace Santa Cruz picketed outside of a talk at Temple Beth El in Aptos about Israel and Gaza, given by Dr. Andy David, Israel's Consul General for Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The topic of the talk was "Operation Protective Edge," Israel's name for their most recent military assault on Gaza, which began on July 8 and has killed thousands of Palestinians. To greet those entering the talk, a series of large signs with the names of those killed in the war was displayed near the temple's entrance, and individuals held a large banner on Soquel Drive that read "Sick of Gaza Massacre?"

An announcement for the demonstration made it clear that it was not a protest targeting the temple, but "their guest, the Israel Consul General and the policies of the Israeli government." One large sign displayed by demonstrators was titled "Remembering Some of the Victims of Israeli Operation 'Protective Edge'," and it showed pictures of people killed, and included short biographies about them.

Some of the literature the demonstrators were handing out called Israel's claim that "Operation Protective Edge" was an act of self-defense disingenuous. "The Incredible violence against Gaza is indisputably disproportionate to any threat that Israel faces from the Palestinian resistance to occupation," one brochure stated. It called Israel's attacks, "a siege on an open-air prison." Gaza has been called an open-air prison because Israel controls its land, borders, airspace, sea, access to electricity, and movement of people and goods, including food, water and medicine. "There is nowhere for people to go," the brochure states. "Evacuation is not an option."

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | Palestine-Israel Action Committee

Previous Coverage: Demonstrators at Sam Farr Fundraiser Oppose Congress Member's Support of Israeli War || Santa Cruz Activists Continue Die-ins to Protest Attacks on Gaza || The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza
Demonstration in Salinas turns into Copwatch-in-Action On August 17, the Direct Action Monterey Network joined a group of residents in Salinas at a demonstration against police violence. Four unarmed Latino men have been killed by Salinas police since March. Although the event was intended to be a community forum, the Cesar Chavez Public Library refused to let the group use their facilities. The gathering was interrupted when someone came over to tell the group that a man was being arrested across the street, but cops were prevented from arresting him by the newly formed local Cop Watch.

A couple of people immediately started walking to the front of the library, but soon they were followed by 15-20 other people who were adamant about preventing the police from harassing, arresting, or hurting anyone else in the community.

Direct Action Monterey Network writes: "We quickly walked across the street and surrounded the two cops who had a man hand-cuffed and sitting on the hood of one of their patrol cars. People began filming the incident with their phones, while some started heckling the cops and asking why they were detaining this man. The cops, looking around nervously, yelled at people to back up. Some local residents recognized the detained man, who regularly hangs out at the intersection and occasionally panhandles."

"After about 20-30 minutes the cops began to remove the handcuffs from the detained man’s arms and started leaving. The crowd cheered and chanted “Sí se puede!”"

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | Direct Action Monterey Network

Previous Coverage: Rally in Salinas Demands Justice for Frank Alvarado, Killed by Salinas Police || Police Officers Kill Fourth Person in East Salinas: Frank Alvarado || Families, Residents and Statewide Supporters Fight for Justice in Salinas || Salinas Police Kill Three People in Last Three Months
Santa Cruz Rally and March in Solidarity with the People of Ferguson A rally and march in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. was held in downtown Santa Cruz on August 17. On August 9, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. Michael was reportedly unarmed and holding his hands up while attempting to surrender, saying "don't shoot" when he was gunned down. Since that time, protests in support of justice for the Missouri teenager have erupted all over the world.

Community members in Santa Cruz marched from the Louden Nelson Center down Pacific Avenue to the Town Clock where a rally was held.

"Staying contained and silent must end. It is time for American civil societies to rise up, in SOLIDARITY, and express our outrage for the dominating modes of power that enable racism, inequality, and impunity. We must come together in order to resist the complacency and complicity that allows these injustices to persist," read an announcement for the rally.

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Related Indybay Feature: Rebellion in Ferguson Over Murder of Michael Brown
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