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New rules allow increased killing of Delta smelt as species nears extinction - by Dan Bacher
The decision by the Obama administration to more than double the permissable "take" limit of Delta smelt at the state and federal water export facilities is simply mind-boggling, especially just two days after a California Department of Fish and Wildlife fall survey revealed that the Delta smelt has declined to a record low population level. “As goes the Delta smelt, so goes the Delta,” said Bill Jennings, the executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “T...
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:50PM
Bay Area March to Overturn CITIZENS UNITED! (video/quicktime 36.8MB) - by Bill Carpenter
The January 21, 2015, march went from Sen. Diane Feinstein's office at Market & Montgomery to the Old Federal Building where many of our Federal District Courts hold forth. Three-minute QT movie. 40MB.
Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:20PM
Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project Files Suit Challenging "Stay Away" Ordinance - by Steve Pleich
Complaint Seeks to Enjoin Enforcement
Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:00PM
Tanks, No Thanks Give Back the BearCat Armored Military Vehicle - by
Santa Cruz City Council, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:30PM
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:10PM
Groups criticize California work plan for water bond storage projects - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta and the Environmental Water Caucus told the California Water Commission that the Commission's work plan for the regulations and guidelines for implementing Chapter 8 of the water bond is "too narrow" for eligible projects. They also said the Commission should prioritize storage projects that do not require new surface water rights, and should prioritize sustainable water projects. Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Ba...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:32AM
Oil lobbyist/former MLPA chair praises release of fracking EIR - by Dan Bacher
“While we are pleased with the state's process on implementing Senate Bill 4, it is important to note the draft EIR contemplates hypothetical development scenarios and provides a high level review. To date, well stimulation in California has never been associated with any known adverse environmental impacts,” claimed Reheis-Boyd. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of South Coast marine protected areas created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act Initiative...
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:33PM
Open Letter to Mayor Lane Re: Compassion and Actions vs Words - by Steve Schnaar
A response to Mayor Don Lane's invite to a day of volunteer service with Compassion Santa Cruz on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The letter points out that King's definition of compassion calls for system change as more fundamental than charitable acts, and calls on Lane to take inspiration from King's uncompromising stance against injustice.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:14PM
On MLK Jr. Day, Blackout Collective Brings the Noise to Home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf - by via Davey D Cook
This morning on MLK Day, a large a boisterous group who make up the Blackout Collective showed up at the home of newly elected Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at 5am. Armed with bullhorns, large lighted signs and radical speeches from Dr Martin Luther King where he critiques capitalism and uplift's blackness, the group was determined to be heard and make ending police terrorism a front and center issue.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:02PM
Jerry Brown's True "Green Legacy" - the Death of the Delta? - by Dan Bacher
Salmon, steelhead and other fish survived thousands of years of California's erratic weather, including long periods of droughts, massive floods and huge earthquakes, but they may not survive the policies of Jerry Brown, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham. Photo of opening day of steelhead season on the American River, January 1 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:25AM
Public Records Released by the SPCD on the Bearcat - by SCPD and City (posted by Norse)
The documents below reached me about a week and a half ago. I circulated them to some activists. One interested critic of the Bearcat asked me to make them available to him. Sorry I was slow in putting out this info. They need to be carefully examined and followed up on--particularly since I believe that further anti-militarization protests are in the cards for the next City Council.
Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:44PM
Escalated Government Attacks on Homeless, Journalism, & Public Criticism: Santa Cruz & SJ - by Steven Argue
[Photo: December 4th, poor refugees driven from their shanty town homes by the San Jose Police (Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)]
Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:42PM
Exercise your 1st Amendment 'rights', expect to be spied on?! - by G
Rule Of Law is a Farce.
Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:29PM
Meme Commemorating 2015 San Jose Mayoral Election - by Eugenio Negro
Eugenio Negro's poster/meme/T-shirt design to commemorate the 2015 San Jose mayoral elections.
Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:18PM
California toxic waters rise despite decades of regulations and expenditure of $50 billion - by Patrick Porgans
Below is a groundbreaking report on how California toxic waters are rising despite decades of regulations and an expenditure of $50 billion. This report is very timely, considering the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's water bond, and the collapse of Delta smelt and other pelagic fish species and American River steelhead to record low population levels. For more information, go to: http://www.planetarysolutionaries.org
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:40AM
Cannabis Advocates Alliance Letter to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors - by Cannabis Advocates Alliance
Among other things, we are requesting: 1) that local patients be given a greater voice in re-drafting the County cannabis ordinances; 2) that the County draft clearer and more environmentally-friendly paths to compliance for patient-cultivators, and 3) that in re-drafting the existing ordinances the County preserve the minimal diversity of choice required for patients to have proper access to quality cannabis medicine.
Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:21PM
Statewide Tour Urges Governor Brown to Stop Fracking - by Dan Bacher
“California is at a crossroads," said David Braun of Californians Against Fracking and an organizer of the tour. "Our governor and our elected officials need to decide if we’re going to be a real leader on climate change, or if we will continue to allow fracking and other dangerous extractions methods that put our communities and environment at risk." Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:16AM
Mayor Refuses to Postpone Repression with Quick and Dirty Decorum Rule Changes - by Robert Norse
The "decorum rule" changes proposed at City Council today are part of a long ongoing process of marginalizing, discouraging, and discrediting activists. When the community got righteously angry at the SCPD last-minute hurry-through of its armored personnel "rescue" vehicle and some members turned their back on the Council (quite legally and legitimately), Mayor Lane went into crisis mode. As a strong media critic of his and his Council around their homeless abuses, I've been punished for th...
Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:59PM
Tunnel critics respond to secret settlement as Delta smelt nears extinction - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla stated, “The idea that the Westlands Water District can secretly negotiate a settlement with the Federal Government that secures Westlands’ water rights, by circumventing state water rights, and that lets Westlands walk away from hundreds of millions of dollars of debt that they owe to U.S. taxpayers is incomprehensible."
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:37PM
Give Back the BEARCAT!!, and Create an Inclusive Public Process! - by CodePink Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center Street
Event Date:Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:32PM
Delta smelt reaches new record low in fall survey - by Dan Bacher
"The 2014 Delta Smelt index is 9, making it the lowest index in FMWT history," wrote Steven Slater, CDFW environmental scientist, in a memo revealing the results of the survey. "Delta Smelt abundance was highest in 1970 and has been consistently low since 2003, except in 2011."
Posted: Fri Jan 9, 2015 7:47PM