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Report from SCPD Corner - by Robert Norse
After some lively debate, the HUFF meeting voted to endorse a "mellow" but visible presence on the corner of Laurel and Center Streets in front of the SCPD parking lot. We wanted to go forward with the presence near the SCPD to encourage the rest of the community that our police are not above criticism and accountability--or should not be at any rate. And that we and others should not be afraid to expose the nightly abuse homeless people suffer and the racial profiling that many blacks & Lat...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:55PM
Pushback at the PD Against Homeless Harassment - by Robert Norse
155 Center St. in front of the Santa Cruz Police Department Corner of Laurel and Center Streets
Event Date:Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:10PM
Creation of Affordable Housing in the New Economy - by Steve Pleich
Affordable Housing Development, Like Affordable Housing, Needs a Plan
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:50PM
Steve Pleich Sides with Racists In Online Forum - by Paul Mendoza
Steve Pleich, the former Santa Cruz City Council candidate and current member of Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR) and the Santa Cruz ACLU removed me from the online discussion group Citizens for a Better Santa Cruz when I brought up the sensitive issue of a possibly racist post by the Santa Cruz Police Department. I was attacked viciously by a group who claimed I was someone I am not, and I was kicked out of the group and the post was removed. People who made...
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:28PM
New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— The National Marine Fisheries Service has released new data showing that the California-based drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish killed an estimated 53 marine mammals from May 2013 through January 2014. Fishery observers monitored 34 percent of the drift gillnet sets made last year; they documented that the fishery killed an estimated three California gray whales, six short-finned pilot whales, nine northern right whale dolphins, nine California sea lions and 26 sho...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:01PM
Santa Cruz Needs "Shelter First" Model for Homeless Community - by Steve Pleich
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:19PM
Plans for Monterey Bay Resort Deemed Deficient - by via Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
According to the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, the California Coastal Commission on August 29 sent a letter to the developer of the Monterey Bay Shores Resort, Ed Ghandour, informing him his response to the requirements of the conditional Coastal Development Permit (CDP) was deficient. The Coastal Commission tentatively approved the development in April, after years of opposition from environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. Monterey Bay Shores is planned...
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:55PM
Paula Gregoire: Save Paula's Cottage (video/mp4 70.4MB) - by Bradley Allen
On September 9, 2014, Paula Gregoire, her mother also named Paula, and her daughter Isabella, spoke before the Santa Cruz City Council against the city's inhumane rental inspection program. The cruel and invasive ordinance was pushed through in August 2010 in a 5-1 vote by the gentrifying forces of the Santa Cruz City Council with pressure and backing from UC Santa Cruz.
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:05PM
New Report: Offshore Fracking Threatens California's Ocean, Air, Seismic Safety - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Smith River this week, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity today released a new report (see PDF) outlining the serious dangers posed by toxic chemicals, air pollution and increased earthquake risk linked to offshore fracking near Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:56PM
Tree Vigil: Save Our Big Trees - by
407 Broadway Santa Cruz, CA
Event Date:Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 12:31PM
HUFFing around at the Association of Faith Communities Friday - by Robert Norse
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) showed up in numbers at the annual get-together at the Calvary Episcopal Church urging immediate commitment to providing Simple Housing for 1000 people. Raven Davis was designated speaker for HUFF but was never allowed to speak, all the time being taken up by ponderous preachers and pretentious politicians. Few if any homeless people were invited to speak before the conclave. Here are two speeches we would have given, had we the chance, an...
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 12:31AM
Families of those Killed by Salinas Police Demand Resignation of Chief McMillin - by via Alliance for Dignity, Respect and Justice
On September 5, a group calling itself the "Alliance for Dignity, Respect and Justice" held a press conference at Delicias Bakery in Salinas announcing their set of demands following the four killings of Latino men by Salinas police this year. Delicia's is the location where police shot and killed Carlos Mejia on May 21 when he was walking with garden sheers. The Alliance for Dignity, Respect and Justice includes family members of those killed by Salinas Police. They are demanding: 1- The res...
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 1:26PM
Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect the Threatened Monarch Butterfly - by Center for Food Safety Petition
The monarch butterfly population in North America has been shrinking at an alarming rate, largely because a significant portion of their breeding habitat is being destroyed by herbicides used on genetically engineered (GE) crops. Milkweeds are critical to the monarch’s survival because they are the only plants monarch larvae will eat, but they are being decimated by the rampant use of Roundup (glyphosate) used in conjunction with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready™ GE crops.
Posted: Sat Sep 6, 2014 8:39PM
Free Radio Santa Cruz Awards Activist of the Month for July 2014 - by Free Radio Collective
FRSC awards the Colbys a free show for a month as July Activists of the Month for CopWatch video on racial profiling in Santa Cruz.
Posted: Fri Sep 5, 2014 4:44PM
Longtime Santa Cruz Residents Forced Out of Town by City and UCSC - by via Save Paula's Cottage
A City of Santa Cruz program backed by UCSC to red-tag and evict residents of "accessary dwelling units" (granny units) are driving longtime residents out of Santa Cruz!
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 11:19AM
Children of Farm Workers Receive Si Se Puede Scholarships;Two were Farm Workers Themselves - by via United Farm Workers
California – The United Farm Workers distributed several scholarships across California in the month of August, 2014 to children of UFW union members and members working in different regions. Several ceremonies were held throughout California to distribute the ¡Si Se Puede! Scholarships.
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:19PM
A Brief Reflection on The True Meaning and Value of Labor - by Steve Pleich
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 12:07PM
California bill to ban oil drilling in marine protected area fails! - by Dan Bacher
“Even the slightest chance of an oil spill in a Marine Protected Area far outweighs any potential benefit to the state,” said State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 11:34AM
Federal Scientific Review Highlights Grave Risks of California Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A scientific review released on August 28 by the federal government finds that fracking pollution threatens California’s air and water, but the study is based on just a few months of data and suffers from state regulators’ unlawful failure to report information on more than 100 instances of fracking and other dangerous well-stimulation activities.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:53AM
Protesters Confront Salinas Police Chief at Bookstore Appearance in Santa Cruz - by Alex Darocy
To send a strong message that "killer cops" are not welcome in Santa Cruz, community members gathered on August 26 to protest a speaking engagement at Bookshop Santa Cruz featuring Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin. "We are creating a public presence to say loud and clear that the Salinas police chief who oversaw the killings of four Latino men in four months is not welcome in our community," read a flyer provided by Sin Barras, the Santa Cruz-based organization that called for the demonstr...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:30AM