Judge denies Westlands' request to block higher Trinity River flows - by Dan Bacher
"The potential harm to the Plaintiffs from the potential, but far from certain, loss of added water supply in 2015 or 2016 does not outweigh the potentially catastrophic damage that 'more likely than not' will occur to this year’s salmon runs in the absence of the 2015 FARs," ruled Judge O'Neill.
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:53PM
Local ACLU Issues Statement of Support for the Freedom Sleepers - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
ACLU Believes Freedom Sleepers Working to Address Criminalization of Homelessness
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:39AM
Unpermitted Blue Boxes Appear Overnight on Pacific Avenue - by Bradley Allen
Most people, including locals, didn't notice that the number of "blue boxes" painted onto the sidewalk had grown dramatically overnight.
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:39PM
Protesters slam LA funding of Delta tunnels for Big Ag tycoons - by Dan Bacher
"Resnick, a billionaire agriculture tycoon who controls vast amounts of California water, is pushing the controversial tunnels in an attempt to secure more water for Central Valley corporate agriculture interests and dupe Californians into paying for massive tunnels that won’t secure new water for Angelenos," said Brenna Norton of Food and Water Watch, who spoke at the protest. "Food & Water Watch estimates the average household could be charged as much as $5000 to pay for the project." ...
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:15AM
Attendance Doubles at Sixth City Hall Sleepout - by Alex Darocy
More than 60 people gathered at Santa Cruz City Hall on August 18 for the latest in a series of community campouts organized to protest local laws that ban sleeping in public. It was the sixth held at City Hall since July, and was attended by approximately twice as many sleepers as the previous campouts.
Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:32PM
Big Oil spent $6.2 million lobbying CA officials in year's first six months - by Dan Bacher
In California environmental politics now, there is no bigger issue than than the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, including Big Oil, agribusiness, developers, the timber industry and other corporate interests. This is why fishermen, Tribal leaders, family farmers, environmentalists and grassroots Californians must relentlessly expose and fight this regulatory capture in order to restore our rivers, oceans, fisheries and the public trust - and support state and national ca...
Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:13PM
Documents reveal state plans for seizure of Delta farms to build tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The most disturbing aspect of the documents are that the Brown Administration and water exporters don’t trust Californians,” said Conner Everts with the Southern California Watershed Alliance. “Why do they feel the need to “fool” Californians? To advance their deeply flawed multi-billion-dollar tunneling experimental export plan.” Photo of the Sacramento River near Clarksburg by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:30AM
Restore the Delta sends public comments video to Obama and Jewell - by Dan Bacher
"Outside the sham public hearing a video crew recorded comment directly from the 300 people who came to express their concerns," according to Restore the Delta. "Their concern centered on the proposed 40-foot tunnels to be dug beneath the Delta that will suck freshwater from the Sacramento River that every farmer, resident, and vanishing species in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary needs for survival."
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:47AM
Santa Cruz Police Arrest Journalist and Issue Stay Away Orders at Community Sleepout #5 - by Alex Darocy
On August 11, community members in Santa Cruz held their fifth in a series of sleepouts organized at City Hall to protest local laws that make it illegal for homeless people to sleep in public. Police arrived at midnight and citations were issued to many in the group of demonstrators who were attempting to sleep in the courtyard as an act of civil disobedience. 24-hour stay away orders were issued to at least two of those present, and a journalist who has been documenting the whole series of ...
Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:52PM
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Officers Raid San Lorenzo Valley Cannabis Gardens - by Bradley Allen
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart and the Marijuana Compliance Team are operating in violation of County cannabis cultivation law.
Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:25PM
New report: California fracking operations use 197 unique chemicals - by Dan Bacher
A report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on August 12 helps to counter oil industry claims that fracking is "safe" and doesn't cause harm to the environment, since it documents the use of 197 unique chemicals used in fracking operations in the state.
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:01PM
Police disrupt sleeping-ban protest, issue citations and make 1 arrest - by Zav Hershfield
A protest in front of Santa Cruz city hall was disrupted by police Tuesday night. The demonstration, intended as an act of civil disobedience targeting the SC camping ban, was met by 10 officers that issued 7 citations and made 1 arrest. The person arrested is a videographer who was filming police at the time of his arrest.
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:37AM
Arrest of Citizen Journalist for resisting arrest leaves questions of Police Intimidation - by Toby Nixon
During Freedom Sleepers Event, 8-11-2015 around midnight. Citizen Journalist Arrested for Resisting Arrest.
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:41PM
Half a dozen cited, photographer arrested at Freedom Sleepers Protest - by Robert Norse
At midnight, ten police officers converged on 20 Freedom Sleepers at City Hall, some awake with petitions on the public accessway, some asleep on the grass. The officers refused to respect the right to view public agendas posted at City Hall, or the language of the "Park Closing" law. Sleepers angrily objected to the demands of police that they leave, most going to the sidewalk. Two were given additional Stay-Away orders for 24 hours. Israel Dawson, a UCSC photographer was handcuffed an...
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:56AM
Tribes Slam Federal Water Plan for Klamath River - by Dan Bacher
"It's now come to the 11th hour and we're still entertaining arm chair quarterback approaches to protecting Klamath-Trinity River fish," said Mike Orcutt, Fisheries Director for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, noting that BOR will finalize its EA on Friday, August 7. Photo courtesy of Vivienna Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 5, 2015 11:36AM
Voting Rights Restored to Thousands of Californians - by ACLU of Northern California
Today, by withdrawing a challenge to the voting rights of the formerly incarcerated that was taken up by his predecessor, Secretary of State Alex Padilla sends the nation a message that California will not stand for discrimination in voting and that he will fight to protect the right to vote for all eligible Californians.
Posted: Tue Aug 4, 2015 5:23PM
Sacramento activists sing "No Fracking No Way" at protest - by Dan Bacher
People gathered at 18 coordinated "Clean Not Extreme" events that were a part of a statewide day of action following the release of a statewide study on fracking and oil well stimulation in California. These actions demonstrated mounting public opposition to fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods and increasing support for a pathway to 100% clean energy, according to Californians Against Fracking. Photo of Raging Grannies singing in front of the Department of Conservation by Dan...
Posted: Sat Aug 1, 2015 5:50PM
Community Sleep-ins Continue at Santa Cruz City Hall - by Alex Darocy
Community members protesting local laws that criminalize homelessness held their third group campout at Santa Cruz City Hall on July 26. Several dozen people slept in the City Hall courtyard from sunset until the following morning, when they were greeted with a large buffet-style breakfast served by a fresh-faced group. Organizers have more sleep-ins planned for the future, with the next confirmed for Sunday, August 2, again at Santa Cruz City Hall.
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:37PM
Protesters sing, wave signs and blast Delta tunnels at "open house' - by Dan Bacher
"Right now the existing water projects continue to damage our ecology," said Caleeen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. "They have already harmed our fish and driven them to extinction. The tunnels will only complete the job. The tunnels that they want to build are large enough to divert the entire Sacramento River." Photo: Chief Caleen Sisk at the protest against the Delta Tunnels in front of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on July 28. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:36PM
Proposition 47 Deserves Fair Chance to Transform Judicial System - by Steve Pleich
Prop 47 Offers Real Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:29PM