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Loose Associations: All In - by Sylvia Caras
Loose Associations: Tiny Homes in 18 Villages : A Framework All In is a framework to end homelessness in Santa Cruz county and provide a model for other regions. As a framework, it provides a guiding goal and direction, an organizing principle, with details to be worked out by the people and agencies involved in its execution.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 2:32PM
State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released the report: "Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff Coroner Manage Oversight?" Santa Cruz County outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) in 2012. The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff Coroner’s office," according to the report. The ...
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:41PM
U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office to meet with Salinas community to discuss SPD - by
Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906
Event Date:Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:00PM
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:24PM
Highway Six Sentencing Hearing ACLU Letter of Support - by Steve Pleich
Justice Will Be Served By Moderated Sentence
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:24PM
Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
"Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut - by Robert Norse
Angry activists protesting closures, cutbacks, and laws against the homeless community held their fourth meal under the banner "Homeless Lives Matter!" They served their fourth breakfast around the corner from the Homeless Services Center, which I call the “Homeless (Lack of) Services Center” [HLOSC]. Its director, Jannan Thomas, announced cutbacks in services and shelters in May, announcing an end-of-June shut down the meals, laundry, shower, and restroom services previously availabl...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:49AM
Sitting Freely in Downtown Monterey - by Alex Darocy
At their latest monthly sit-in, community members protesting the sit-lie ban in Monterey sat freely on the sidewalk on Alvarado Street for the first time since beginning their protests. At each of the four previous sit-ins, demonstrators were pressured to discontinue the protest, either by the police or by downtown business owners. They have been gathering on Alvarado Street monthly since February to oppose the new Monterey ordinance, which outlaws sitting or lying on commercial sidewalks in ...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:42PM
Santa Cruz County Grand Jury Releases Annual Jail Report - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its annual jail report, which is based on their inspection of county detention facilities from January to April of 2015. The report details numerous improvements made to the Santa Cruz Main Jail on Water Street since the Grand Jury's last visit, but found that inmates complained about, "the variety of food served," and, "the lack of contact visits." According to the Grand Jury Report, "contact visits are not currently allowed because of secu...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:56PM
Emergency Breakfast for Santa Cruz Homeless - by Steve Conover
posting a few pics from June 25, 2015 Homeless Lives Matter and HUFF Emergency Breakfast at the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center, Santa Cruz CAQ
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:26AM
PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council - by Oakland Privacy Working Group
In the matter of Predictive Policing and "PredPol" software.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:11PM
Take Back Santa Cruz Members Coordinate Internet Attack Against UCSC Students - by TBSC Watchdog
Members of the organization Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) coordinated an internet attack against the UCSC student activists who are facing an upcoming court hearing to sentence them for blocking a local highway to protest tuition increases. The TBSC members left taunts as a group on the students' facebook event page into the early morning on June 25th. Many locals were angered when traffic became congested after the students blocked the highway during the protest on March 3 and TBSC members rab...
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:38AM
July 4th Peace and Justice Rally in Santa Cruz! - by
Ocean and Water Streets, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Jul 4, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:00PM
UCSC Highway Six Back in Court June 29 & 30 - by Alex Darocy
The six UCSC students charged in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 17, where it meets Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, will be back in court on June 29 and June 30. On June 29 at 10:00am, there will be a hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court to finalize their sentence, and on June 30 at 1:30pm there will be a restitution hearing.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:30PM
2015 Census Results Show Major Decline in Homelessness in Santa Cruz County - by via Applied Survey Research
The 2015 Santa Cruz County Point-In-Time Homeless Census & Survey was released today. The 2015 report states that there was a decline in overall homelessness from 3,536 persons in 2013 to 1,964 persons in 2015 in Santa Cruz County and calls the change, "remarkable."
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:57PM
Santa Cruz Supports Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement - by Bradley Allen
Over 14,000 people in California prisons, and 80,000 in the United States on any given day, are kept alone in steel and concrete cells the size of a parking space, with no fresh air or sunlight, for years and decades, some over 40 years. Many more are in solitary confinement in jails, juvenile facilities, and detention centers. Activists gathered on June 23 outside the Santa Cruz Post Office to expose and end the torture of solitary confinement in all lock-ups, in Santa Cruz County, statewide...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:56AM
Cafe HUFF on the Highway: Emergency Breakfast #4 - by Robert Norse
NW Corner of Highway 1 and Highway 9 around the corner from the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center
Event Date:Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:32PM
San Lorenzo River Bird Call - by jane mio
This Tuesday afternoon June 23rd, the Santa Cruz City Council will vote on whether to approve a Pilot Paddle Program for Recreational Boating on the San Lorenzo River. If successful, this would eventually lead to lifting the restriction on boating on the San Lorenzo River.
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:22PM
Jose Velasco Files Legal Claim for Damages Resulting from Violent Arrest by Salinas Police - by Alex Darocy
On June 18, Jose Velasco filed a legal claim for damages against the City of Salinas and the Salinas Police Department for the injuries he suffered after officers with the SPD violently arrested him on June 5. The claim alleges, "assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring," on the part of the city and the police department. Velasco is being represented by John Burris, who announced the details of the claim...
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:32PM