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text The Problem with Development - by Steve Martinot
Plan Bay Area is foisting massive development on east bay cities. This article is about Berkeley, and the Priority Development Areas that plan has mapped out for it, to which the city has acceeded. The disruption and even destruction of the communities along these Development Areas will be unforeseeable, unless the entire process is democratized.
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:54AM
text Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts - by via California Nurses Association
More than 150 registered nurses, their families and supporters are expected to attend a march and candlelight vigil Thursday to protest worsening patient care conditions at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and a proposal by management to reduce nurse staffing levels.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:54PM
image The Homeless in Tulare and their Allies Organize for Change 120_0dsc_1812.jpg original image ( 2159x1633) - by Mike Rhodes
A group of about 100 homeless people and their supporters attended the Tulare City Council meeting last night (Tuesday, April 21, 2015) calling for changes in public policy. The group, which delivered a petition signed by over 1,000 residents, called for improvements in the way homeless people are treated by the police, a safe place to sleep and equal rights.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:19PM
calendar Defend Knowland Park! A development plan scouting hike and native plant walk! 120_knowland_flyer.jpg original image ( 1120x840) - by Defend Knowland Park!
Meet at the crossroad entrance of Snowdown and Malcolm Ave.
Event Date:Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:00PM
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:02AM
document Commentary on Sheriff's Latest "Fence 'em Out!" Plan at the Jail supes_4-21_protest__revised.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
I wrote the two speeches below for the Board of Supervisors this morning. "More Martial Law Measures..." is an update of an earlier speech I prepared and only partially gave in February when the Supes were set to rubberstamp Hart's earlier request to post "No Trespassing" signs and fence off whatever areas he pleased. "Muzzle the Messenger..." was prepared for this meeting, but I only gave part of it.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:15PM
text CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
image Alleging Labor Abuses, U.S. and Mexican Workers Call for Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries 120_driscolls.jpg original image ( 640x478) - by via Rachel Luban, In These Times
Driscoll's is headquartered in Watsonville, California. In 2008, Driscoll's was named "business of the year" by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The company has fields in California, Florida, Mexico, and Australia.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:54AM
image Vigil, Caravan Demands Justice in the State-Sponsored Killing of Yuvette Henderson 120_yuvette_henderson_s_community_vigil.jpg original image ( 403x537) - by Anti Police-Terror Project
Black women are often the invisible victims of state-terror. On Sunday April 12th, the Anti Police-Terror Project and the family of Yuvette Henderson held a vigil and caravan demanding an open, public investigation into the killing of Yuvette Henderson. #JusticeForYuvette #QuestionTheNarrative
Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:28PM
text Lawsuit Targets 30-year Plan for Marine Terminal Receiving Ships Full of Dangerous Crude - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups sued the California State Lands Commission on April 17 for approving a 30-year plan for refinery operations at a Suisun Bay marine terminal that will receive hundreds of tankers full of dangerous crude oil feedstocks, including highly explosive Bakken crude.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:30PM
image Walk to Stop the Silence Draws Hundreds in Watsonville 120_respect_the_children.jpg original image ( 960x752) - by Courtney Hanson
The annual Walk to Stop the Silence was launched nine years ago in order to break through the silence surrounding the issue of sexual abuse and provide a healing space for survivors. The event is always well-attended, but this year the crowd was noticeably packed with families and young people whose high energy led the walk with chants such as, "Walk to Stop the Silence!" and "Sí se puede!" While the topic of childhood sexual abuse is difficult to confront, the tone of the day was one of str...
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:16PM
text San Francisco Nonprofit Conard House Targeted For Abusing Tenants - by Michael Steinberg
Activists gathered in San Francisco to protest abuses by nonprofit Conard House against its tenants.
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:29AM
image Dante’s Inferno or the Twisted Saga of Dante Cano vs. Phil Tagami 120_tagami.jpg original image ( 900x908) - by EASTWEST
Multi-millionaire developer Phil Tagami calls on friends like the DA and pro-gentrification activists to help him decide how to crush a young activist accused of breaking windows.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:49PM
text RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care - by via California Nurses Association
Will California finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status?
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:26PM
calendar May Day 2015: Block the Tech Commute 120_pietro-3.jpg original image ( 1006x731) - by
Outside the MacArthur BART station along 40th Street
Event Date:Fri May 1, 2015 7:30AM
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:03PM
image SEIU USWW Local 1877 San Francisco Park Merced Janitors Picket After Terminations 120_seiu_usww_local_1877_janitors_picket_park_merced_4-14_15.jpg original image ( 2048x1536) - by Labor Video Project
SEIU USWW Local 1871 janitors were terminated from their jobs by a new contractor at the Park Merced Project in San Francisco. They set up picket lines on April 14, 2015 while replacement workers were being signed up to take their jobs.
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:45PM
text Highway 6 Statement of Concern and Support - by Steve Pleich
Statement of Concern From A Community Member And Civil Libertarian
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:21AM
text Seniors Act Up at SF Housing Authority - by MPetrelis
The video is available for viewing at two sites: https://www.facebook.com/Petrelis4Mayor/posts/731777263601742 or http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2015/04/seniors-act-up-at-sf-housing-authority.html
Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:19AM
image Nurses Call on Sutter to Keep Open Thunder Road Teen Treatment Center 120_thunder_road_adolescent_treatment_center_oakland.jpg original image ( 640x300) - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses are calling on the wealthy Sutter corporation to keep open an endangered residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Oakland for teenagers, including those from low income families.
Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:24AM
video Richmond Rally for Pedie Perez (3/17/15) (video/x-flv 73.6MB) - by Ed Rippy
On March 17th 2015 about 55 people rallied in front of Richmond City Hall demanding that City Council fire police officer Wallace Jenson, who shot Richard Perez III dead in September 2014. Perez, better known as "Pedie," was unarmed, but at the inquest officer Jensen said that Pedie had tried to take his gun and that he feared for his life. Witnesses dispute this, and Pedie's family have filed a civil lawsuit. (Video: 13:26)
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 11:43PM
document UC Student Health Doctors To Start Six Days of Strikes on Thursday strike-public-flyer-april-2015-v21.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
OAKLAND, Calif. and LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by the University of California (UC) student health centers will hold multi-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strikes at all ten campuses starting Thursday, April 9th. Despite ample opportunity to do so, UC has not remedied any of the ULP charges that the union has filed ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 5:41PM

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