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Troy Fletcher, Yurok Tribe's Visionary Leader, Passes Away - by Dan Bacher
"This is a tragic loss for the Yurok people, so tragic that words cannot express how we feel,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Troy accomplished things that many people thought were impossible. We will forever be grateful for Troy’s tremendous contribution to the Tribe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." Photo of Troy Fletcher courtesy of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:41AM
Letter to Santa Cruz City Council in Support of RV Safe Parking Zones - by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project
Time for Council to Do the Right Thing
Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:39PM
Salmon Fishermen, Consumer Groups Criticize FDA Approval of Frankenfish - by Dan Bacher
"Genetically engineered salmon pose a serious potential threat to wild salmon stocks that our members rely on to make a living or fish for food and sport," the group said in a statement. "In addition, GE salmon also pose a threat to salmon protected by the federal Endangered Species Act." Photo courtesy of the Center for Food Safety.
Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:37AM
Alameda County Passes Groundbreaking Policy to Respect the 4th Amendment. - by opwg
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:58AM
Faith Leaders Urge Governor Jerry Brown to End Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
David Braun, with Faith Against Fracking, quipped, “If Jerry Brown thinks that being a climate leader means helping the oil industry get away with carbon intensive practices like fracking, then he clearly needs an intervention; today, we’re praying for him.” Photo of Faith Leaders singing "We Shall Not Be Moved" at the State Capitol by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:07PM
SC Freedom Sleepers Send Letter to Berkeley City Council Opposing Anti-Homeless Measure - by via Freedom Sleepers
Today the Freedom Sleepers, a group of unhoused and housed activists in Santa Cruz protesting local laws that criminalize sleep by holding community sleepouts at Santa Cruz City Hall, have sent a letter to City of Berkeley Mayor Bates, and Councilmembers L Maio, D Moore, J Arreguin, S Wengraf, L Capitelli and L Droste, opposing an anti-homeless measure on the November 17 Berkeley City Council agenda.
Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:44PM
Salmon Move Into Nimbus Hatchery As Folsom Lake Reaches Record Low Level - by Dan Bacher
Fall-run Chinook salmon are now returning to spawn in the lower American River and the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Photo of Nimbus Fish Hatchery weir on the American River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:19AM
Fight Cold Hearts and Cold Weather: Freedom SleepOut #19 - by Robert Norse
Another all-nighter in front of City Hall on the sidewalks, the bricks, the grass, and in vehicles parked nearby from dusk Tuesday to morning Wednesday at 809 Center St.
Event Date:Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:54AM
Oakland Rising - by Saleem Gilmore
In 2006, Jerry Brown was Mayor of Oakland, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Governor of California, and grassroots politics in Oakland was losing its voice. Local communities felt locked out of City Hall, their voices not being heard. From this landscape came Oakland Rising (OR).
Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:58PM
Activists Meet to Plot a New Electoral Strategy for the Oakland Left - by Jonathan Nack
Police accountability, affordable housing, good paying jobs, support for organized labor, improving public education, food security, and environment issues form the core of the politics of Oakland's left. Organizers said more than one hundred people from more than forty organizations were present.
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:45PM
San Francisco Arson Investigation Unit in Disarray - by D. Boyer
Another building fire broke out in the Mission District in San Francisco on November 8, 2015. The fire was reported at 8a.m at the tire shop business Rolling Stock. One nearby residential building was also declared unsafe and uninhabitable. At least 20 people and a few pets have lost their homes as a result of that fire.
Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:55PM
Pharaoh Brown Should Build A Pyramid Or Sphinx Rather Than Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
If the Governor’s "legacy" is all about him being a modern-day Pharoah with the overwhelming obsession of building a monument to his legacy, a pyramid would be a much more environmentally friendly project than the salmon-killing Delta Tunnels.
Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:40AM
Nestlé: The Grinch Who Stole Our Water - by Dan Bacher
During the current drought, the state and federal water agencies systematically drained Trinity, Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs, imperiling salmon and steelhead runs on the Sacramento and Klamath/Trinity River systems and bringing Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species closer and closer to the abyss of extinction. This subsidized water was exported to corporate agribusiness interests irrigating toxic land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, Southern Cal...
Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2015 4:37PM
Fighting the Power: Freedom SleepOut 18 Coincides with Key Council Meeting - by Robert Norse
809 Center St.--In and outside City Hall and ultimately--if peaceful protesters are driven there--to the edges of the sidewalk under high-intensity klieg lights with First Alarm Security Guards patrolling. The protest officially begins at dusk, and goes through the night, but some activists will be at City Council to support Beach Flats Garden and tenant activists.
Event Date:Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2015 8:56AM
The Alameda City Council Has Blood On Its Floor. - by Will S
Alameda City Council erupted on Wednesday, November 4th, as the Alameda Renters Coalition collided with Alameda landlords, and ultimately the police, over rising rents and the right to be heard.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 10:26PM
Biggest-Ever Gusher of Oil Lobby Money Devastates California - by Dan Bacher
"In the first nine months of 2015, oil interests spent a total $17.7 million, putting the industry on pace to exceed its own $20 million spending record from 2014," according to a new report by the American Lung Association in California that analyzes the new lobbying figures. "Spending in 2015 already exceeds the $10 million the industry spent in 2010, the year Prop 23 was on the ballot."
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 9:00AM
Passion and Progress at County Cannabis Committee Meeting - by via SLVNews.net
At the 6th meeting of the Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4) all thirteen appointees expressed agreement that their focus should be on establishing an acceptable local licensing scheme to permit commercial cannabis cultivation.
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 2:00PM
Temperatures drop at the 17th Freedom Sleepers Community Sleepout - by zh
Freedom Sleepers hold down campout 17 at city hall, while police and council discuss public safety
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 3:57PM
Initiative That Threatens Delta Tunnels Qualifies For Nov. 2016 Ballot - by Dan Bacher
"Restore the Delta was not consulted regarding the ballot initiative and has not taken a position on it, but we do support the ability of California voters to be heard when it comes to spending billions of dollars on a water project that is not designed to restore the Delta or solve the drought challenges we are facing today," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. Photo of the entrance to the Delta Cross Channel Gates on the Sacramento River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 8:35AM
SF 11/3/15 Election Results - by House the Homeless
On election night, November 3, 2015, the workingclass, the 80% of Americans who sell our labor for less than $80,000 a year, lost in San Francisco.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 7:42AM