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Brown Administration Approves Nine New Offshore Fracks - by Dan Bacher
"Approving new offshore fracking just weeks after Santa Barbara’s devastating oil spill is a new low,” Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “Gov. Brown’s oil regulators just saw how dangerous oil production in coastal areas can be, but they didn’t hesitate to greenlight these fracks. The high pressures and dangerous chemicals used in this toxic technique have no place in our beautiful ocean.” Photo of Santa Barbara Oil Spill provided by Sa...
Posted: Mon Jul 6, 2015 11:33AM
Community Campout Ends with Citations - by Alex Darocy
On July 4, community members in Santa Cruz held a public campout at Santa Cruz City Hall, but it was quickly cut short by police at about 1am. The campout was organized in response to the recent reduction of services at the Homeless Services Center that occurred due to a funding deficit, as well as to protest local laws that criminalize sleeping outdoors. [Top photo: Police issue citations to clear the community campout from Santa Cruz City Hall. Scroll down for more photos.]
Posted: Sun Jul 5, 2015 7:42PM
Green Party Attacked by SF Police at Dolores Park on 4th of July 2015 - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
San Francisco's Democratic Party Park Police told the Green Party, which has had a table at the SF Mime Troupe Dolores Park performances since the Green Party's inception in 1990 or so, that it was not allowed to have an ironing board for a table since that is a household item and that the large Green Party sign they always have held up by 2 poles was not allowed because they thought it might make holes in the ground, a lie.
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 5:45PM
Community Campout - by Rabbi Phil Posner
out front of the Post Office at the corner of Front and Water Streets in Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Jul 4, 2015 7:00PM
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 10:57AM
On the Eve of Protest: Letters to and From Councilmember Micah Posner - by Robert Norse
The "Search for Sleep" Protest will begin on July 4th at 6:30 PM in front of the Main Post Office after the Saturday Food Not Bombs Meal. Councilmember Micah Posner sent the following letter of support for the protest. I responded with the letter that follows (slightly expanded and clarified for publication here) demanding actual action on his part and the part of other Councilmembers rather than pretty words.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 4:32AM
Loose Associations: All In - by Sylvia Caras
Loose Associations: Tiny Homes in 18 Villages : A Framework All In is a framework to end homelessness in Santa Cruz county and provide a model for other regions. As a framework, it provides a guiding goal and direction, an organizing principle, with details to be worked out by the people and agencies involved in its execution.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 2:32PM
Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
The U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change - by Sharat G. Lin
Another World is Possible! The United States Social Forum 2015 was held in San José at the end of June. A thousand activists from hundreds of organizations worked on strategies for necessary alternatives and system change.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:03PM
Precarity in Paradise: the Barcelona model - by Peter Gelderloos, ROAR magazine, June 28,
This is particularly of interest in the context of a total lack of opposition to the end-stage tech-fueled gentrification of San Francisco.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:28AM
Street Heat - June 2015 - by Mike Rhodes
Photos and audio (mp3) of the Street Heat radio show in Fresno. Each segment of the show is about 15 minutes long. Photo below: Show host Pam Whalen.
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:40PM
"Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut - by Robert Norse
Angry activists protesting closures, cutbacks, and laws against the homeless community held their fourth meal under the banner "Homeless Lives Matter!" They served their fourth breakfast around the corner from the Homeless Services Center, which I call the “Homeless (Lack of) Services Center” [HLOSC]. Its director, Jannan Thomas, announced cutbacks in services and shelters in May, announcing an end-of-June shut down the meals, laundry, shower, and restroom services previously availabl...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:49AM
Sitting Freely in Downtown Monterey - by Alex Darocy
At their latest monthly sit-in, community members protesting the sit-lie ban in Monterey sat freely on the sidewalk on Alvarado Street for the first time since beginning their protests. At each of the four previous sit-ins, demonstrators were pressured to discontinue the protest, either by the police or by downtown business owners. They have been gathering on Alvarado Street monthly since February to oppose the new Monterey ordinance, which outlaws sitting or lying on commercial sidewalks in ...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:42PM
Who Is Destroying Berkeley's People's Park? - by People's Park Is Not Over
People once associated with the People's Park community are tapping out, as UC Berkeley makes further incursions into the space. Former Park allies are ending their support for People's Park, and some are even raiding what they can as they make their exit. The People's Park website is under control of people who have no intention of updating the Park's internet presence, and the People's Park funds have been absconded with. People's Park is being dismantled by individuals who have given up th...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:17PM
Santa Cruz County Grand Jury Releases Annual Jail Report - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its annual jail report, which is based on their inspection of county detention facilities from January to April of 2015. The report details numerous improvements made to the Santa Cruz Main Jail on Water Street since the Grand Jury's last visit, but found that inmates complained about, "the variety of food served," and, "the lack of contact visits." According to the Grand Jury Report, "contact visits are not currently allowed because of secu...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:56PM
Emergency Breakfast for Santa Cruz Homeless - by Steve Conover
posting a few pics from June 25, 2015 Homeless Lives Matter and HUFF Emergency Breakfast at the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center, Santa Cruz CAQ
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:26AM
Just Cause Eviction Protections And Rent Control Supported By Richmond City Council - by Lynda Carson
Richmond renters are being urged to unite and support their council members to establish the strongest just cause eviction protections and rent control possible in the struggle against gentrification, greedy landlords and real estate profiteers!
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:50AM
2015 Census Results Show Major Decline in Homelessness in Santa Cruz County - by via Applied Survey Research
The 2015 Santa Cruz County Point-In-Time Homeless Census & Survey was released today. The 2015 report states that there was a decline in overall homelessness from 3,536 persons in 2013 to 1,964 persons in 2015 in Santa Cruz County and calls the change, "remarkable."
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:57PM
Cafe HUFF on the Highway: Emergency Breakfast #4 - by Robert Norse
NW Corner of Highway 1 and Highway 9 around the corner from the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center
Event Date:Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:32PM
Gentrification and the Corporate Structure - by Steve Martinot
Though affordable housing is in great need in the Bay Area, and in particular, in Berkeley, two things stand in the way of fulfilling that need, and push development toward the building of high income residence buildings. They are the corporate structure itself, and the structures of racialization in the US. Thus, a conflict ensues between humans and corporations, in which the corporations use race and class against the people, in response to which forms of direct democracy become all the mor...
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:07AM
From PARKMERCED to the MISSION Workers, Tenants, and Mission District Unite Against MAXIMU - by Andy
16th and Mission BART Plaza
Event Date:Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:00PM
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:16PM