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Community Organizes to Oppose PG&E Power Line Project - by Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community
APTOS, Calif. - Santa Cruz County residents and concerned citizens have joined together in a new grassroots organization, Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community (NOPOC), to voice their concerns about the impact of a proposed power line project. The neighborhood alliance believes the Santa Cruz 115 kV Reinforcement Project as proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company will adversely affect the environment, wildlife, livestock, agriculture, businesses, and residents in the impacted area...
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:39AM
HUFF resolution strongly denouncing CPS - by Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom
Santa Cruz, Ca. -- Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom (HUFF) met on April 16 with a homeless couple who had their adorable daughter, 8-month old Baby I, removed from them by the Santa Cruz County Child Protective Services, and placed in foster care.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:57AM
Dueling Quotes And Arguments Re: Possible Diablo Canyon Plant Health Effects - by John Thielking
A scathing rebuttal of a recent report that seemed to link the operation of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant to health problems in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County is presented (and disputed).
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:53AM
Tax Day Protesters Oppose Sending Israeli Military $8 Million in U.S. Tax Dollars a Day - by Alex Darocy
Community members gathered in downtown Santa Cruz today on Tax Day, April 15, to protest the U.S. government's subsidy of $8 million a day in military aid to Israel.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:13PM
Class Size and Class Struggle: Organizing Lessons from the UCSC Strike - by J. Brahinsky, A. Haider, S. Smith
“I appreciate the calm and professional manner in which UC police handled this morning’s challenge,” wrote Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway in an official email about our April 2-3 strike at the University of California. This was just after one of us was dragged to the ground and forcibly arrested after publicly announcing an intention to legally picket, and complying with police demands to turn around.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:38PM
Secretary John Laird, ocean 'protector' - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that the oceans are in deep trouble with folks like Secretary John Laird and Senator Fran Pavley in charge of "ocean protection" in California. Laird is one of the worst Natural Resources Secretaries for fish, oceans and the environment in California history.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:05AM
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
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption - by Michael Thornton, Sierra Club California
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption. Highlights Need to Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground. Shows Additional Reasons for Halting "Fracking" and Extreme Oil Extraction in California and Beyond.
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:56AM
Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort - by Audubon California
San Francisco - California's birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback on April 11. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the "Monterey Shores Eco-resort."
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:32AM
Horse Cruelty Case in Monterey County - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
An abandoned and injured horse was found in Monterey County on Sunday, April 6. The under-nourished horse was discovered near San Miguel Canyon Road in Royal Oaks, and was suffering from a severe and painful leg deformity likely caused by lack of veterinary orthopedic surgery, along with overgrown hooves. Unfortunately, the gelding (approximately 12-15 years old) was humanely euthanized on the advice of equine veterinarians to relieve his suffering.
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:39PM
Treatment for Mentally Ill Offenders - by Brenda Olave Campbell
This is an editorial regarding the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 (H.R. 401/ S. 162) and the treatment of mentally ill offenders. Santa Cruz has developed innovative programs to provide individuals diagnosed with mental illness treatment rather than incarceration; other counties can learn and implement something similar if they had the funding.
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:35PM
San Benito County Residents Halfway to Signature Goal for Fracking Ban Ballot Initiative - by Alex Darocy
Community members in San Benito are hoping they will be the first "frontline" county in California to ban fracking and other methods of extreme oil and gas extraction. Since late March, volunteers across the county have begun collecting signatures for a fracking ban initiative they hope to have on the 2014 ballot in November. Progress is moving quickly: after only two weeks of collecting signatures, the organization San Benito Rising announced they are nearly halfway through their drive. [Top...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 6:20PM
Sierra Club Submits Letter Opposing Monterey Bay Shores Resort to CA Coastal Commission - by Ventana Chapter
Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Audubon have drafted comments for the upcoming hearing at the California Coastal Commission scheduled for April 9, 10 and 11. Chapter members will be attending the hearing and speaking on our behalf. This massive development will occur on beachfront land currently undeveloped and used by the western snowy plover, a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Photo: This graphic shows the negative impacts of the Project in the d...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 4:24PM
March Against Monsanto Santa Cruz - by GMO-Free Right to Know! Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Clocktower, Pacific Ave & Water St, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat May 24, 2014 3:00PM
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 2:21PM
Riot Squads Return, Police Shut Down UCSC Campus on Second Day of UAW Strike - by Alex Darocy
Graduate and undergraduate student demonstrators at UC Santa Cruz continued to face university intimidation during the second day of the UAW Unfair Labor Practices strike on April 3. During both days of the strike, riot police were outfitted and deployed at the west entrance of campus. Two individuals were arrested on April 3, which followed the 20 arrests that were made the previous day by University of California police. Additionally, the university continued to video tape legal strike acti...
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 3:23PM
Janet Napolitano: Drop the Charges Against the UCSC 22 - by Petition
From April 2nd-3rd, twenty-two students at UC Santa Cruz were arrested while peacefully picketing and protesting against intimidation of student-workers represented by UAW 2865 at the University of California.
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:22PM
Marching on the UCSC Police Station on April 3 - by Slug on Strike
When riot police were going to bust up the rally on the second day of the UCSC strike, this group marched around campus and to the police station.
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 3:40PM
Earth Day Celebration at Indian Canyon! - by San Benito Rising
Indian Canyon, 1 Indian Canyon Road, Hollister, California 95023
Event Date:Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Sat Apr 5, 2014 6:39PM
Resolution in Support of UAW Strikers and Student Protest Climate at UC - by UC Student Association
University of California Student Association had a meeting and passed a resolution in support of student activists at UC Santa Cruz.
Posted: Sat Apr 5, 2014 2:44PM
UCSC 20 Becomes the UCSC 22 (video/x-flv 52.7MB) - by Alex Darocy
Two more students were arrested by police at UC Santa Cruz on April 3 during the Graduate Student Workers strike. 22 Students in total were arrested while trying to maintain a picket line across the west entrance of campus over the course of the two day strike held April 2-3. The arrests on April 3 occurred as police in the street ordered demonstrators to keep a space open for traffic to pass through. [Top video: arrests]
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 2:58PM