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Full Text of Speech to City Council on 12-3 - by Robert Norse
Even though Mayor Bryant allowed three minutes per speaker (to her credit), I was unable to finish the speech I prepared, so I reprint it here since I've heard some favorable comment. Well, I'd actually be posting it even if I hadn't. Folks should be aware that if you want to make a presentation for a group, you should inform the Mayor (we'll see if Robinson tries to shut this down) a few days in advance, and you should be able to get 5 minutes. At least such was the practice in the past. ...
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:03AM
UC Santa Cruz Students Distribute Fake Eviction Notices on Campus - by UCSC Committee for Justice in Palestine
Members of the UC Santa Cruz Committee for Justice in Palestine (UCSC CJP) distributed fake eviction notices to students in dormitories on Tuesday evening. The notices, meant to raise awareness of the plight faced by Palestinian Bedouins in Israel, also notified students that a rally in support of Palestinian Bedouins facing displacement will take place on December 4th at the Quarry Plaza, noon-4pm.
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 10:21AM
Litigation as Tactic - by Steve Pleich
The Courts and Civil Liberties
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 2:02PM
Another Response to the Task Farce and the Schnaar Critique - by Robert Norse
It's important to hear voices speaking sanity in the midst of early winter madness. Steve Schnaar's critique of the Citizen's Task Force on Public Safety (which I've taken to calling the Task Farce to Prompt Anti-Homeless Hysteria) is a good first step.. I would go significantly further. These are my thoughts ("RN"), referencing Schnaar's 8 points and presenting my own "Sample Letter" at the end. To follow the sections of Schnaar's critique that I reply to, go to https://www.indybay.org/n...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:19PM
Protesters at Capitola Mall Say: Boycott SodaStream, Stop Exploiting Palestinian Land! - by Alex Darocy
Today, Black Friday protesters positioned themselves in various locations at the Capitola Mall to raise awareness about SodaStream, a product that is produced in a factory built on illegal Israeli settlements located on occupied indigenous Palestinian lands.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:05PM
State will hold public meetings on EIR for fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
You know that this legislation won't protect the land, water, fish, wildlife and people of California from the expansion of fracking when a big oil lobbyist praises the draft regulations.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:19PM
Off-Duty SCPD Cop Draws Gun on Salvation Army Food Seeker - by Robert Norse and Colin Campbell Clyde
Several witnesses at the Tuesday Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meal including the mother of the victim reported that Officer Hernandez assaulted Jasmine Byron by knocking a plate of food out of her hand, threatening her with his gun, and subsequently taunting her from his car. Hernandez's stated objective: to stop Jasmine from trying to take a plate of food out the door after having she said she'd asked permission to do so.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:44PM
Problematic "Public Safety" Recommendations to be Presented to City Council 12/3 - by Steve Schnaar
The Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force has completed their work and is presenting their recommendations to City Council on Tues, 12/3 7pm. The recommendations include some positive, proven ideas like funding drug treatment and after-school youth programs. However the report also recommends ideas which are not evidence-based, such as misdemeanor charges for multiple infractions, restricting the needle exchange program, and increasing the size of the police force based on sloppy statistics. Co...
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:38PM
San Jose State University Hate Crime Deplorable - by Santa Cruz County NAACP
African-American Student at San Jose State University Endured Months of Torment by Dorm Mates
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:04AM
New Public Assembly Restrictions Up For Initial Vote Tuesday 11-26 at City Council - by Robert Norse
I've not had time to look at it carefully, but agenda item #12 rewrites the entire sections on public demonstrations for commercial and non-commercial events. The staff report can be found at http://sire.cityofsantacruz.com/sirepub/cache/2/gm3nxoa24g4uqu55k4gs1zrb/382360111252013053508496.PDF . I hope to take a longer look later, but the one thing I do notice is that the permit requirement has now tightened apparently so that 50 rather than 100 people require a permit. Additionally marchi...
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:47PM
Are local community groups all beholden to TBSC? - by John E. Colby
After publicizing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests which expose potential fraud by local government and social service providers who I allege are abusing public compassion for the homeless, Santa Cruz politician Steve Pleich removed me (without warning or notice) from his Facebook group called Citizens For a Better Santa Cruz (CFAB SC).
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:07PM
Workers and Students Shutdown UCSC (pt 2: rally videos) (video/x-flv 41.8MB) - by Alex Darocy
Students and workers at UC Santa Cruz blocked both entrances and shut the campus down in support of a University of California-wide unfair labor practices strike on November 20, called for by AFSCME 3299. Videos are from the rally held at the base of campus at noon. Top video: Worker/AFSCME Member speaks.
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:35AM
Workers and Students Shutdown UCSC during Statewide ULP Strike (video/x-flv 31.4MB) - by Alex Darocy
Students and workers at UC Santa Cruz blocked both entrances and shut the campus down in support of a University of California-wide unfair labor practices strike on November 20, called for by AFSCME 3299. [Top video: compilation of clips from the blockade of the west entrance of UCSC and the march down to the main entrance of campus. Scroll down to view photos.]
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:04AM
From Berlin to Greece to Santa Cruz to the Puget Sound, Camover Actions Coming to Oakland? (video/mp4 17.0MB) - by Benjamin Franklin
"They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - You can quote me on this. I wrote it for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor on November 11th, 1755.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:02AM
Oil company fined $60,000 for illegally discharging fracking fluid - by Dan Bacher
"The prosecution team’s investigation determined that Vintage periodically discharged saline water, formation fluids, and hydraulic fracturing fluid to an unlined sump for 12 days," according to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board. "The sump was next to a newly drilled Vintage oil well near the City of Shafter in Kern County. The prosecution team concluded the discharge posed a threat to groundwater quality and that Vintage violated the Water Code for the unpermitted discharge o...
Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:49PM
¡Mesoamérica Resiste! A New Campaign by the Beehive Design Collective - by Bradley Allen
On November 12, 2013, Sakura of the Beehive Design Collective presented ¡Mesoamérica Resiste!, the long-awaited third graphics campaign in an epic trilogy, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! is a graphic story-telling about resistance to neo-colonialism and mega-projects in Mexico and Central America.
Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:31PM
Nation's Top Climate Scientists to Gov. Brown: Halt California Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Twenty leading climate experts today called on Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking in California. In a letter delivered this morning (see PDF), retired NASA climate scientist James Hansen of Columbia University, Michael Mann of Penn State University, Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute, Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University and other experts say fracking and other extreme oil and gas extracti...
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:05PM
The Greenwashing of Governor Jerry Brown - by Dan Bacher
On March 26, 2012, I received a media advisory from the Governor's office stating that "Governor Edmund G. Brown will attend a reception commemorating Ocean Day this evening sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he will receive the 2012 Ocean Champion Award." The event was held that evening at 6 p.m. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento. However, the release noted, "This event is closed to the press."
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:53AM
County Report on Water Transfers Offers Less Costly Solution than Proposed Desal Plant - by Santa Cruz Progressive Newswire
Rick Longinotti of Desal Alternatives issued a statement today praising a report submitted by John Ricker, County of Santa Cruz Water Resources Director, to Soquel Creek Water District. Ricker stated that water transfers between Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, and the Soquel Creek District could get Soquel Creek Water District on the way to their goal of reducing groundwater pumping, and Santa Cruz could get water from neighboring districts during times of drought. The cost in ...
Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:03PM
Bob Lee and the Santa Cruz Eleven - Time to Move on and Let the Community Heal - by Steve Pleich
Time to Close the Book on Santa Cruz Eleven Prosecutions
Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:59PM