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Mayfair Organizations Host 'Community Action' Tianguis in San José - by Alex Darocy
In Mexico and Central America, a tianguis is traditionally thought of as an open air market where merchandise is sold. The word tianguis is derived from the Aztec language, and the cultural tradition has been practiced by Indigenous peoples since before colonial contact. To create a space where community organizing skills can be shared, the concept of a "community action" tianguis was created by individuals in the Mayfair community of San José. The first such Community Action Tianguis was he...
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:39PM
Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits - by Dan Bacher
According to Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) records, at least 432 unlined pits are currently being used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:43AM
Restore Sidewalk Space For All; End the "One Hour of Free Speech and Get Going" Rule - by Robert Norse
Item #10 on the 2:30 PM Santa Cruz City Council Agenda finalizes an ordinance which requires all performers, vendors, tablers and solicitors to restrict themselves to less than 2% of the Pacific Avenue sidewalk. Setting up these small static “performance pens” is abusive and unnecessary. Instead, end the "Forbidden Zones." They take up more than 99% of the total sidewalk area on Pacific Avenue—and more in other business districts. End the virtual Ban on traditional innocent Santa Cruz ...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:12PM
RVs Need Safe Spaces, Not More Restrictions - by Steve Pleich
An Open Letter to the City of Santa Cruz Transportation and Public Works Commission
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:07PM
3 (More) Strikes Against the Homeless at the Public Works Commission - by Robert Norse
City Council Chambers at City Hall (809 Center St.)
Event Date:Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:45PM
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:10PM
New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets National Model - by via National Nurses United
Following a worldwide day of actions of 100,000 registered nurses and health workers demanding substantial improvements in safeguards for the deadly Ebola virus, California officials have announced landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines that should be a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals, National Nurses United said on November 14.
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:45PM
"Get Out" Anti-Homeless Law...With Phony "Appeal" Process at Afternoon Council 11-18 - by Robert Norse
City Council is set to exponentially expand a "Stay from Parks and Other Public Areas" law passed last year (MC 13,08.100). This law allows immediate Stay-Away orders from all parks and many other public areas (for one day). This happends at the whim of a police officer or ranger once an infraction of any kind is issued. Infractions have mainly been issued to homeless people for such "crimes" as sleeping, being in a park after dark, and smoking--500 Stay-Away orders in the last year. The ...
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:54PM
Mass Evictions At Oakland's Empyrean Towers - by Lynda Carson
The Empyrean Towers located downtown Oakland at 344 13th Street used to be known as the Hotel Menlo and was owned by wealthy millionaire Tiburon resident Richard Singer. Singer landed in prison a few years ago after getting caught by the FBI in a sting operation for trying to hire an arsonist to burn down the occupied hotel as part of an insurance scam.
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:01AM
A Simple Question of Right and Wrong - by Steve Pleich
Stay Away Ordinance Simply Wrong in Any Form
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:27PM
Dennis J Bernstein Interviews Keith McHenry, Founder of Food Not Bombs - by via Flashpoints
Food Not Bombs is a national organization that distributes free food to the growing armies of hungry Americans from coast to coast. While you would think that the government would laud support such a noble cause, Food Not Bombs food givers face regular arrest and possible jail time for distributing food to the very hungry, a growing number of children and veterans among them. As of this interview, In Florida, a 90-year-old member of Food Not Bombs is in jail for food-giving. Dennis J Bernstei...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:48PM
New report discusses unequal access to healthy foods in San José for communities of color - by Amanda Trombley
Report Finds Lack of Access to Healthy Foods, Time, and Money Are Barriers to Good Nutrition and Health for Communities of Color and Low-Income Communities in San José
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:17AM
Oakland's Tenant Protection Ordinance lacks criminal penalties - by Lynda Carson
In comparison to other cities in California some cities have criminal misdemeanor penalties for landlords who violate the tenant harassment ordinances including Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Monica. Oakland fails to have any criminal misdemeanor penalties for the landlords that violate Oakland's Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO).
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:50AM
Strikes by California RNs Kick Off Actions for Patient Safety and Ebola Precautions - by National Nurses United
Two-day strikes starting Tuesday that affect nearly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, a Sutter hospital in Tracy, and Watsonville Community Hospital kicking off a wave of protests at 15 states and the District of Columbia over eroding patient care conditions symbolized by inadequate Ebola safeguards at most U.S. hospitals.
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:07AM
Learning to co-exist with Coyotes. - by D. Boyer
Coyotes are in our midst, they are in urban parks, they are in our neighborhoods, and sightings and encounters are more prevalent than ever. Coyotes are often misunderstood, and they are often shot mercilessly in the name of protecting livestock and pets. Coyotes inhabit many areas in San Francisco including Bernal Heights, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and the Lincoln Park area. When people spot them there are often two reactions, scared or interested.
Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:43AM
Solidarity Events Held Worldwide as Activists Resist Food Sharing Ban in Fort Lauderdale - by Alex Darocy
On November 8, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs shared food in solidarity with those who have been arrested this week for serving food in public in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Volunteers with Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs have been serving food continuously to the hungry and homeless at the same location, the Santa Cruz downtown post office, for several years now. An event announcement for the solidarity event stated, "No one should be arrested for helping the community. Sharing food is an unregulated act...
Posted: Sun Nov 9, 2014 4:36PM
Oakland passes anti-harassment ordinance to protect renters - by Lynda Carson
The TPO is based on similar anti-harassment policies in cities that prohibit various forms of harassment including San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Santa Monica and West Hollywood, in the effort to curb landlord harassment. The TPO prohibits 16 types of harassment in Oakland that a landlord may use to bully or harass tenants out of their housing!
Posted: Sun Nov 9, 2014 8:31AM
Uniformly Unfair - by T.J. Johnston for Street Sheet
Proposed uniform shelter rules could hurt neediest clients, particularly those unable to care for themselves.
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2014 12:11PM
Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs Shares in Solidarity with Those Being Arrested in Florida - by Keith McHenry
Santa Cruz Down Town Post Office at Water and Front Streets
Event Date:Sat Nov 8, 2014 4:00PM
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2014 7:55AM
One More Death at Santa Cruz County Jail ... Makes Six In Two Years - by Sin Barras
Our jail is overcrowded with people who have not been convicted of crimes, but simply cannot afford to pay bail. Our jail is overcrowded with people who need drug treatment and affordable housing. These deaths were preventable in more ways than one. Do we need another investigation to confirm this?
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:35PM
Four Homeless Civil Rights Events (rescheduled) - by Robert Norse
CORRECTION: No Council Meeting on 11-11. Protests Rescheduled to 3 PM and 5 PM on 11-18. Sorry for any confusion. November 11th is Veteran's Day. The KSCO Interview on 11-8 Saturday at 4 PM and the attorney get-together at the sidewalk near the Red Church at 5 PM 11-10 at 5 PM Monday are still a go. 4 PM 11-8 Saturday KSCO (AM 1080) Restoration of Human Rights for the Homeless advocates versus StabSantaCruz anti-homeless blogger Helbard Alkhassadeh. 5 PM 11-10 on the sidewalk near Calvalry ...
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 11:00AM