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City Council Retires to Winter Quarters Leaving Those Without Without - by Robert Norse
City Council unanimously passed the Public Assembly Constriction Law requiring permits for peaceful protests of more than 50, requiring street closure, security, and liability payments and requiring permit applications be made 5 days in advance. Kathy Agnon, the permit person pushing this law, also acknowledged to me that she'd had no complaints from police about either permitted or unpermitted protests. Micah Posner made a fine speech or two, then voted with the entire City Council to pass...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:14PM
Albany Bulb Eviction Happening Now (Monday, December 9) - by Ryan Rising
The eviction of the Albany Bulb, an autonomous wild space where people have lived and created art for decades, is happening now in Albany CA. The entrance to the Bulb is at the end of Buchanan beyond the freeway headed towards the coastline. The time of this writing is 11:40 a.m. on Monday, December 9th, 2013. Two people's belongings have been thrown in dump trucks thus far behind the lines of Albany police.
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 12:20PM
T.W.A.T. Action Report - by Technophobic Women's Action Team
the communique of a group of women committed to fighting gentrification and the surveillance state in Oakland, California.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 5:57PM
FOIA Lawsuit Filed Over Efforts to Limit Municipalities' Foreclosure Prevention Options - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Popular Democracy today filed a lawsuit (see PDF) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to provide details about the agency's relationship with the financial industry and its efforts to block municipalities from using eminent domain to prevent foreclosures.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 12:03PM
Shaming Santa Cruz California For Its Negligent Treatment Of Its Homeless Citizens - by Razer Ray
Considering that local 'homeless activists' are the 'housed leading the homeless', and just CANNOT feel the rage...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 10:06AM
Full Text of Speech to City Council on 12-3 - by Robert Norse
Even though Mayor Bryant allowed three minutes per speaker (to her credit), I was unable to finish the speech I prepared, so I reprint it here since I've heard some favorable comment. Well, I'd actually be posting it even if I hadn't. Folks should be aware that if you want to make a presentation for a group, you should inform the Mayor (we'll see if Robinson tries to shut this down) a few days in advance, and you should be able to get 5 minutes. At least such was the practice in the past. ...
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:03AM
Evict This! The Landscape, History and the Battle Against Evictions in West Oakland - by Advance the Struggle
Advance the Struggle hopes to write a longer, more researched piece on gentrification in the upcoming months but would first like to showcase some of the work organizers have been doing. Here is the East Bay Solidarity Network’s zine.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 3:14PM
KoNo Office Gets Windows Smashed - by Anonymous
In the early hours of November 27, 2013, "Smash Kono" was spraypainted on the windows of the Kono Office at Telegraph and 27th. The other windows were then smashed with a hammer and the door was broken.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:45PM
Single Payer Now Conference – Doctors Report on America’s Health 11/7/13 (audio/mpeg 116.2MB) - by Rubble
On November 2 & 3, hundreds of Doctors attended the Physicians for a National Health Care Program’s (PNHP) annual conference in Boston. Single Payer Now held a report back panel discussion in San Francisco on 11/7/13 .Hear six doctors who attended the 11/7/13 San Francisco meeting provide short speeches on various problematic aspects of the current system and steps to take to implement o government-based system of care for all. (63 minutes)
Posted: Sun Dec 1, 2013 2:34PM
Another Response to the Task Farce and the Schnaar Critique - by Robert Norse
It's important to hear voices speaking sanity in the midst of early winter madness. Steve Schnaar's critique of the Citizen's Task Force on Public Safety (which I've taken to calling the Task Farce to Prompt Anti-Homeless Hysteria) is a good first step.. I would go significantly further. These are my thoughts ("RN"), referencing Schnaar's 8 points and presenting my own "Sample Letter" at the end. To follow the sections of Schnaar's critique that I reply to, go to https://www.indybay.org/n...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:19PM
Off-Duty SCPD Cop Draws Gun on Salvation Army Food Seeker - by Robert Norse and Colin Campbell Clyde
Several witnesses at the Tuesday Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meal including the mother of the victim reported that Officer Hernandez assaulted Jasmine Byron by knocking a plate of food out of her hand, threatening her with his gun, and subsequently taunting her from his car. Hernandez's stated objective: to stop Jasmine from trying to take a plate of food out the door after having she said she'd asked permission to do so.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:44PM
Problematic "Public Safety" Recommendations to be Presented to City Council 12/3 - by Steve Schnaar
The Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force has completed their work and is presenting their recommendations to City Council on Tues, 12/3 7pm. The recommendations include some positive, proven ideas like funding drug treatment and after-school youth programs. However the report also recommends ideas which are not evidence-based, such as misdemeanor charges for multiple infractions, restricting the needle exchange program, and increasing the size of the police force based on sloppy statistics. Co...
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:38PM
No Thanks Resistance Festival this weekend at the albany bulb! - by E
The Albany Bulb https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=albany+bulb&fb=1&gl=us&hq=the+albany+bulb&cid=5591627028123502950&ei=GSCVUqXRIa7nigKBl4DACw&ved=0CJ8BEPwS
Event Date:Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:17AM
Saving the Berkeley Post Office: A Public Meeting to Defend Our Postal Service. - by Dave Welsh
Berkeley Arts Festival Space 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Event Date:Thu Dec 5, 2013 7:00PM
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:05PM
Are local community groups all beholden to TBSC? - by John E. Colby
After publicizing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests which expose potential fraud by local government and social service providers who I allege are abusing public compassion for the homeless, Santa Cruz politician Steve Pleich removed me (without warning or notice) from his Facebook group called Citizens For a Better Santa Cruz (CFAB SC).
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:07PM
Interview with Carmen of Eviction Free San Francisco - by FireWorks
Interview of Carmen of Eviction Free San Francisco.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:23PM
Barricades and Encampment Erected at Albany Bulb to Halt Eviction - by FireWorks
Report on current encampment against the eviction of the Albany Bulb.
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:52AM
Albany Bulb Anti-Eviction Rally, March and Organizing Meeting. - by orion
Albany Bulb Anti-Eviction Rally, March and Organizing Meeting.Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Avenue Albany,CA 94706 USA
Event Date:Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:00PM
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:34PM
Demand $100,000 Relocation Fee to Stop SF Evictions - by Tenants are Labor Force
The speculative landlords should be required to pay $100,000 per person relocation fee, the quickest way to end most of the evictions in San Francisco. According to the Eviction Edition of the Street Sheet, on San Francisco streets now, the cap for relocation is $15,460 plus a little more for seniors and others. There should be no cap and if $100,000 per person is not sufficient, the payment should be raised to $1 million per person.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:58AM
PHADA attacks salary cap proposal for nonprofit housing developers - by Lynda Carson
A grassroots signature gathering effort to impose a modest salary cap on the executives in nonprofit housing organizations that receive excessive salaries and wage compensation is under fire, and being attacked by the powerful lobbying group known as the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA).
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:04PM