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Press Release: Eviction of 83-Year Old Sacramento Tenant Sparks Statewide - by Dean Preston, Tenants Together
California’s statewide tenant rights organization has issued an urgent action alert calling on a landlord to stop the eviction of 83-year old Sacramento tenant Dorothy Morris, a tenant of the Sacramento Manor senior living community in Sacramento.
Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:39PM
Google Lawyer Jack Halprin Runs From Tenants He's Evicting After They Block His Bus - by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
On December 16th, at 6:30 in the morning as it was still dark outside, tenants from 812 Guerrero and activists from Eviction Free San Francisco blocked the Google bus that Jack Halprin was going to ride, protesting his eviction of them. When he saw his bus blocked, he ran from the scene back to his house. Protestors followed him there, and picketed outside. There was also representation from the Justice For Alex Nieto Committee, making connections between gentrification and increased poli...
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:06AM
Oakland nonprofit bribes tenants to give up private information - by Lynda Carson
Last week low-income tenants in around 1,400 rental units were served a three page survey packet of very personal questions, and were informed in an accompanying flier that if they submitted the completed survey to the property manager or online with Survey Monkey Inc., that they would be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Visa gift card.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:33AM
Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity - by via National Nurses United
Registered nurses who work in five Daughters of Charity hospitals across California will hold a Sacramento press conference Wednesday to urge Attorney General Kamala Harris to approve the sale of the hospitals to a buyer that has pledged to stop the threatened closure of the hospitals and preserve critical healthcare services. Photo: Registered Nurses held a vigil on Dec. 12, in front of O'Connor Hospital in San Jose supporting the sale to Prime Healthcare.
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:11PM
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Visualizes the Loss of Black Population in the Bay Area - by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is releasing an interactive map detailing shift in black populations from 1970 to 2013. Viewers can click through the panels on the left to witness demographic change by neighborhood. Viewers can also pan out to witness shifts across the United States during this time period. The map is here: http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/black.html
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:07PM
Cannabis Advocates Alliance meeting - by
Louden Nelson Community Center, room #5 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:33PM
Time is Right to Revisit Creation of a Citizens Police Review Board - by Steve Pleich
A Citizens Police Review Board Could Benefit the Community
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:34PM
Santa Cruz Protest Against Arrests For Feeding People - by Steven Argue
Photo of protesters committed to the radical idea that people have the right to share food. Photo by Denica De Foy
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:06PM
Stay Away Stupidity, Oppose Police Violence & Chomp Coronation Treats ! - by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center St.
Event Date:Tue Dec 9, 2014 1:00PM
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 11:32AM
Inequality Under the Law - by Steve Pleich
Time to Reexamine Ourselves as a Community
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 1:45PM
Rent Scam Exposed At Oakland’s Empyrean Towers - by Lynda Carson
According to tenants, in addition to allowing ET to degenerate into slum-like conditions, real estate broker Alice Tse has been violating California Civil Code Section 1940.1 by running a rent scam on the tenants. She has unlawfully been forcing some tenants out of their housing every 21 days in an effort to maintain the occupants in a transient status. This artificially keeps the rents high, and deprives the tenants of their legal rights under state and local rent laws!
Posted: Sun Dec 7, 2014 3:38PM
Escalating Protest Against Institutionalized Police Bullying on the Horizon? - by Robert Norse
I see rising national outrage against police, prosecutors, and politicians for the entrched system of callous class and vicious racial warfare. Will this find local expression in demands for profound change here in Santa Cruz? HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) will be serving Shout-Out Soup at Tuesday's afternoon City Council meeting opposing the "Stamp-Out-the-Homeless" Stay-Away Orders. I'm also suggesting some ideas for a overturning the current SCPD system that covers up c...
Posted: Sat Dec 6, 2014 12:33AM
Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's refusal to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care at the facility and answer basic questions regarding their proposed restructuring plan. (Photo: Nurses attending the SVMH Board meeting in August.)
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:13PM
Supervisor Kim calls hearing for shelter rules proposal - by T.J. Johnston for Street Sheet
Kim criticizes plan to create universal shelter rules, which would increase the penalty for many current violations to a denial of service, as "harsh."
Posted: Wed Dec 3, 2014 6:10PM
Minority Children More Likely to Attend School Near Fracking, Face Higher Health Risks - by Californians Against Fracking
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A new analysis released on November 18 on the distribution of California oil and gas wells in relation the state’s public schools finds that minority children are at a much greater risk of health problems related to fracking and other methods of oil drilling than white children (See PDF).
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 8:38PM
Santa Cruz Veterans Group Revives Thanksgiving Meal For Homeless Community - by Steve Pleich
Back to the Future
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 1:13PM
House Keys not Handcuffs - an interview with Paul Boden (audio/mpeg 45.8MB) - by Mike Rhodes
This interview with Paul Boden was broadcast on KFCF 88.1 FM. Boden is the executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. The interview is about the origins of modern homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and building a movement to end homelessness. The audio is 50 minutes long (edited to comply with FCC regulations).
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:29PM
Updated: Mass Evictions At Oakland's Empyrean Towers - by Lynda Carson
According to the Eviction Defense Center they are representing at least five residents from various units facing eviction at the Empyrean Towers, in addition to Don and Maria who have sought legal assistance to fight their eviction. Attorney Andrew Wolff will be assisting the Eviction Defense Center in defending the tenants from being evicted from their housing!
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:03AM
Confront Local Bigotry in Santa Cruz With Names, Dates, and Actions - by Robert Norse
I'll be distributing the following flyer today and in the days ahead at the Stand Up/Speak Out Rally demanding Justice in Ferguson (and Santa Cruz). See https://www.facebook.com/events/309072619289447/?pnref=story
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:50PM
Stay-Away Stupidity Not on Tuesday's 11-25 Council Agenda - by Robert Norse
The second and final reading of the vastly expanded MC 13.08.100 (officer-initiated Stay Away Orders for a day, a week, a month, six months,and a year) won't be on tomorrow's afternoon City Council agenda. This cancerous expansion of cop and ranger powers is likely to appear, Councilmember Posner advised me by phone, on the December 9th Agenda. A more limited Stay-Away law has already impacted more than 600 people in the last year, mainly for homeless "crimes" such as sleeping, smoking, an...
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:49PM