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Westlands Water District hires Rep. Nunes' chief of staff - by Dan Bacher
"The District is excited about Johnny joining the District’s staff," said Thomas Birmingham, Westlands’ General Manager. “His prior work with elected officials at all levels of government in the San Joaquin Valley and other regions of the state will be instrumental in helping to forge a unified Valley position on potential solutions to address the Valley’s chronic water supply shortages.” Map of Westlands Water District courtesy of http://wwd.ca.gov/
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:36PM
Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento - by Dan Bacher
Representatives of the "Crunch Nestlé Alliance" said the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during a record drought. They claim Sacramento City Hall has made it possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway." Photo of protest in front of the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento on March 20 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:01PM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM
New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County - by Bradley Allen
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:52AM
Prop.13 Reform Rally @ Chevron Refinery - by Emil Margolis
Washington Park (W Cutting Blvd and S Garrard Blvd, Richmond, CA 94801)
Event Date:Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:30AM
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:20PM
Santa Cruz City Council Session on the BearCat - by via SCRAM!
On Tuesday, March 24th, at 7PM the Santa Cruz City Council will reconsider the purchase of a BearCat Armored Vehicle for the Santa Cruz Police Department, and a proposed policy of use if the vehicle is received.
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:03PM
Santa Cruz City Council to Revisit Issues Surrounding BearCat Purchase - by Alex Darocy
On Tuesday night, the Santa Cruz City Council will revisit issues surrounding the council's decision in December to approve the police purchase of a $250,000 Lenco BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) with Department of Homeland Security grant funds. The BearCat is on the council's March 24 agenda and will be addressed at 7pm. The agenda report for the meeting states that the vehicle's use policy will be discussed, as well as a proposal to clarify the process o...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:28PM
Board of Supervisors Vote on Medicinal Cannabis in Santa Cruz County! - by
Santa Cruz County Building 701 Ocean Street, room 525 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:50AM
This is the Moment We Have All Been Waiting For - by Steve Pleich for SCRAM!
SCRAM! Calls Community to Action: Let Council Hear Your Voice on Tuesday Night
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:30PM
Drought legislation must target agribusiness and Big Oil - by Dan Bacher and Others
“If the Governor was serious about protecting our water he would issue a moratorium on fracking to stop the ongoing pollution of 2 million gallons per day of fresh water and stop the ongoing dumping of oil wastewater into our aquifers. California’s aquifers are crucial and must be protected in order to save and store water for the future," said Scow. Photo courtesy of Stop Fooling California.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:09PM
Berkeley Declares War on the Homeless. - by JP Massar
Berkeley takes first steps toward passing homeless criminalization ordinances.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:34AM
Community Alert: PredPol Company and Involvement of Local Politicians - by Ladies_and_Gentlemen
Several local politician/community figure types have been involved in the formation, marketing, and ongoing operation of a local startup company called "PredPol". This company claims to make crime-predicting software which they want police departments across the country to buy. There are some who think they are just blatant prison-industrial complex profiteers abusing their political connections to become rich on the backs of the 99%. The real scoop on this has been censored in the loca...
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:21AM
Tell Santa Cruz City Council To "Send Back the BEARCAT!" - by Steve Pleich for SCRAM
6pm: Rally in the Courtyard of City Hall 7pm: City Council Meeting City Hall 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz Overflow seating for the City Council meeting will be available at: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:00PM
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:57PM
Agency leaders admit big failure to protect water from oil pollution - by Dan Bacher
“The ongoing contamination of California’s drinking and irrigation water with toxic oil industry waste fluids is yet another example of why oil companies can’t be trusted to operate while ensuring the protection of our communities’ health and the environment,” Dan Jacobson, State Director of Environment California said on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. Photo of part of the Pacific Islander contingent at the "March for Climate Leadership" in Oakland on February 7, the la...
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:42PM
Congressman Farr releases letter questioning Santa Cruz City process re: BearCat purchase - by via Sherry Conable of SCRAM!
In a letter dated March 10th, 2015, Congressman Sam Farr questioned the process of the Santa Cruz City Council and Police Department in their rushed purchase of a Lenco BearCat, an armored personnel carrier.
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:58PM
MLPA chair/big oil lobbyist takes Oregon's low carbon fuel standard to court - by Dan Bacher
Reheis-Boyd's leadership role in creating "marine protected areas" at the same time she was leading the campaign to eviscerate California and Oregon's environmental laws is one of the biggest conflict of interest stories in the state's history, but the corporate media and many "alternative" media outlets refuse to cover it. That is undoubtedly because Big Oil controls the state's politicians and political processes - and has inordinate influence over the media. The oil industry is the mos...
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2015 4:43PM
Cannabis in California: Legalization Update - by via ReformCA
There's a lot going on in our movement in California and across the nation.
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 5:15PM
Democratic Central Committee of SC County calls for New City Council Action on the BearCat - by via SCRAM!
The Democratic Central Committee (DCC) of SC County has rejected the militarization of local law enforcement and is calling for a new action by Santa Cruz City Council on the BearCat and grants procedures.
Posted: Wed Mar 4, 2015 11:38AM
SB 608 "Right to Rest Act" introduced in California State Senate - by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project
Q&A About the Right to Rest Act
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 11:11AM
Monterey County Observer Weighs in on the BearCat - by Doug Loisel (posted by Norse)
Loisel sent me this piece a few days ago for my radio show or however I wanted to use it. I think it hits home. I hope those opposing the BearCat broaden their sights to focus on ongoing police violence, secrecy, political shenanagans, racism, and abuses against homeless people. Otherwise this is a tempest in a teapot so all we good liberals can stroke ourselves. Also, let's be sure not to offend the SCPD and interfere with their funding stream by criticizing the documented abuses of "fal...
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 10:55AM