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County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Releases Alcohol and Drug Program Draft Plan - by SC News
The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency has released the Alcohol and Drug Program Draft Strategic Plan (see PDF). The draft plan was formulated after gathering input from the community during a series of public forums held earlier this year in which hundreds of people attended. A presentation about the draft plan will be given at the next community forum, which is planned for Wednesday, November 5 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Del Mar Elementary School.
Posted: Sat Nov 1, 2014 6:28PM
The Marijuana Citation and Arrests Records That the Measure K Commitee Would Not Request - by SCPD (posted by Norse)
The Measure K Committee refused to ask the SCPD for its actual records on marijuana citations and arrests, to see if if is complying with the law. The law is the Measure K Initiative passed in 2006 by the voters (over City Council hostility). That requires that marijuana enforcement for those over 21 on private property be "the lowest enforcement priority."
Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:47PM
Measure K Committee Craps Out Again--Another Free Ride for the SCPD - by Robert Norse
The Measure K Committee, created by voter initiative in 2006 here, in Santa Monica, and in Santa Barbara was supposed to be the first step in holding the local PD and similar agencies accountable and moving to end Marijuana Prohibition. I detailed the agenda and some preliminary concerns about the Committee pro-police bias at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/05/18762458.php . The well-oiled rubberstamp proceeded as ever
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 11:06PM
Sen. Holly Mitchell’s California Fair Sentencing Act, ending crack disparity, becomes law - by ACLU-NC
Governor Signs Historic California Fair Sentencing Act Eliminates Racist Sentencing Disparity in California
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 10:30AM
Brown Proclaims “Water Is Sacred” As He Promotes Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown was originally scheduled to read the proclamation but he didn’t show up. Instead, Cynthia Gomez, Tribal Advisor for Governor Brown, read Governor Brown's proclamation for California Native American Day as Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Liaison for the State Department of Water Resources, stood next to her. Photo of Jessica Lopez, Chair of the Concow Maidu Tribe, Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Morning Star Gali of the Pit River Tribe at the State Capit...
Posted: Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:34PM
New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Mendocino Pot Farms - by markthshark
They wear camouflaged uniforms, bearing military-style insignia. They ride helicopters over the forests of Mendocino County, Calif., on the state's north coast, equipped with firearms, where they cut down illegal marijuana. But they aren't the army. They aren't even the police. They are Lear Asset Management (no phone listing or company website), a private security firm that is attracting a lot of attention for the work it's doing -- and even perhaps some work it hasn't done.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:33PM
California Fair Sentencing Act Passes Out of Assembly - by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO, CA — Facing its final vote in the Assembly, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won strong approval on a bi-partisan vote on August 14. SB 1010 now returns to the Senate for a final procedural vote before being sent to the Governor.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:21PM
Fresno Cannabis Association opposes Senate Bill 1262 - by Bud Green
Senate Bill 1262 would institutionalize a chaotic and ever-changing patchwork of “wet” and “dry” cities and counties, leaving medical cannabis patients in Fresno and much of the Central Valley with no safe access to medical cannabis.
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 3:02PM
ACLU Sues Fresno over Medical Marijuana Bans - by ACLU of Northern California
Fresno – Today the ACLU of Northern California sued the City and County of Fresno (see PDF) over complete bans on cultivation of medical marijuana. The bans are inconsistent with state law that allows medical marijuana to be grown. The City and County also ban all medical marijuana dispensaries.
Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 8:00PM
Thousands Attend Annual 420 Celebration at UC Santa Cruz - by Bradley Allen
Thousands of people, though not as many as in previous years, returned to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz on April 20, 2014 (also Easter Sunday) to celebrate 420, the unorganized annual counterculture holiday. All these people have at least one thing in common; a love for smoking cannabis. Although cannabis is widely consumed throughout California, only medicinal use is legal under state law. 420 (pronounced "Four Twenty") celebrations at UC Santa Cruz, and cities throughout the world, are ...
Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:23PM
Santa Cruz Needle Exchange Numbers In: 170,373 Collected, 165,712 Dispensed - by Drug War News
The Santa Cruz needle exchange reports in the last year it has taken in more needles than it has given out. The Health Services Agency (HSA) in Santa Cruz County submitted its annual Syringe Services Program (SSP) report. From April 30, 2013 to February 28, 2014 the SSP served 876 unduplicated clients. During that period they collected 170,373 used syringes and dispensed 165,712 sterile syringes.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:50PM
Needle Litter is the Problem; Needle Exchange is the Solution - by Steve Pleich
Addressing the Problem of Needle Litter at the Source
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:00PM
Mama Medicine - by Harvest McCampbell
This is Kat Brewer’s personal story. She is one of California’s leading exemplars in the efforts to make not-for-profit medical marijuana available to those who need it most. You will find a dash of politics, a pinch of genetics, and a whole lot of healing, caring, and community in her story.
Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:21PM
The Killing Fields: East Oakland, the Panthers, and the CIA - by anon
Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:08PM
Mayor's Stacked and Packed "Public Safety Task Force" meets - by Scott Collins (posted by Norse)
Tony Hill Room of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at Church and Center Streets.
Event Date:Wed May 29, 2013 6:00PM
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:06AM
MAYDAY Autonomous/Anarchist People of Color Contingent - by c
Ceasar Chavez Library inside Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART)
Event Date:Wed May 1, 2013 3:00PM
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:12PM
Four Twenty 2013 in Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz - by Bradley Allen
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, thousands of people participated in the annual 420 pilgrimage to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz. Once again, the counterculture cannabis celebration brought people of diverse backgrounds together for an afternoon under the hot sun.
Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:47AM
Taking Down Telegraph Ave's Last Hippie - by Dan McMullan
Persecution of Berkeley Street Vendor continues
Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:22PM
Telegraph Bob Iconic Berkeley Vendor in court again - by Dan Gerous
Cookie Caper in Court Again
Posted: Wed Apr 3, 2013 3:53AM
Taking Down Telegraph Ave's Last Hippie - by Dan Gerous
A hemp cookie turns into a malicious prosecution for long time counter-culture tourist attraction Bob Meister.
Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:07PM