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Animal Groups Sue California Rodeo Salinas for Underreporting Animal Injuries - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Salinas, Calif. — On December 17, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the California Rodeo Salinas and its head veterinarian Tim Eastman for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law. The defendants are accused of significantly underreporting the number of animals injured at the California Rodeo Salinas, the largest rodeo in the state and one of the largest in the country. In the last...
Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:49PM
Santa Cruzans Block Streets, Stage Die-In during Day of Protest Against Police Violence - by Alex Darocy
On December 13, community members in Santa Cruz joined people across the country for a national day of protest against police violence. The focus of the protests have primarily been on the police killings of three black individuals, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, which all came to national attention in 2014. After a rally at the Town Clock, demonstrators marched down Pacific Avenue to the corner of Cooper Street where a die in was held for 4 1/2 minutes, which represented the 4 1...
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:19PM
Petition to "Give Back the Bearcat" - by Steve Pleich
Stop Militarization of Local Law Enforcement
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:20AM
Cannabis Advocates Alliance meeting - by
Louden Nelson Community Center, room #5 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:33PM
Time is Right to Revisit Creation of a Citizens Police Review Board - by Steve Pleich
A Citizens Police Review Board Could Benefit the Community
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:34PM
National Day Of Protest: March Against Police Violence - by Dru Glover
Clock Tower Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California 95060
Event Date:Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:00PM
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:55PM
Protest Shuts Down City Council, Urban Assault Vehicle Approved, Anti-Homeless Law Delayed - by Steven Argue
[Photo: a picture of what Santa Cruz’s new armored vehicle will look like. Picture supplied by Santa Cruz activist Brent Adams. A similar photo was eventually supplied by police after the public demanded a picture at Tuesday’s city council meeting.]
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:36PM
Do Our Protests Accomplish Nothing? A Response to a Smug Cop - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Denver, Colorado cops who wore t-shirts with the slogan “we get up early to beat the crowds”. Police abuses of protesters did occur at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Cops bragging, proud to beat us down, no surprise there. At the heart of the capitalist state are its repressive cops, prisons, military, and courts. They are part of a system that only represents the wealthy and cannot be reformed, but must be smashed in proletarian socialist revolution.]
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:35PM
Santa Cruz Protest Against Arrests For Feeding People - by Steven Argue
Photo of protesters committed to the radical idea that people have the right to share food. Photo by Denica De Foy
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:06PM
Council Moves to Shut Down "Shame" Protest; Excludes Public; Jettisons Agenda - by Robert Norse
Every single speaker opposed the acquisition of a new armored police vehicle at the afternoon City Council meeting. When two speakers turned their backs on the Council, outgoing Mayor Robinson made arrest threats, further heightening the tension in the room. At one point the Council left the room, leaving the community to organize its own meeting. They shortly returned, quickly voted in the police vehicle, without giving a clear answers to questions about the deadline requirement, addition...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 10:29PM
UCSC Student Walkout Ends with Rally on Roof of Administration Building - by Alex Darocy
In a continued series of actions to oppose the tuition hikes approved by the University of California Regents in November, students at UC Santa Cruz left their classes on December 8 and marched around campus and to the administration building. Some administrators and staff scurried out of Clark Kerr Hall as hundreds of students marched through the building; others stayed in their offices as the demonstrators walked by, pounding on the hallway walls. Many students also stopped to pound at the ...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 3:18PM
Stay Away Stupidity, Oppose Police Violence & Chomp Coronation Treats ! - by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center St.
Event Date:Tue Dec 9, 2014 1:00PM
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 11:32AM
Santa Cruz Police to Procure $250K 'Rescue Vehicle' - by Santa Cruz Police News
As Americans across the country look to de-militarize their local police departments, following the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and the over-militarized response to the related protests that ensued, the Santa Cruz Police Department wants to spend $251,293 for the purchase of a regional emergency response and "rescue" vehicle.
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 5:57PM
Inequality Under the Law - by Steve Pleich
Time to Reexamine Ourselves as a Community
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 1:45PM
Escalating Protest Against Institutionalized Police Bullying on the Horizon? - by Robert Norse
I see rising national outrage against police, prosecutors, and politicians for the entrched system of callous class and vicious racial warfare. Will this find local expression in demands for profound change here in Santa Cruz? HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) will be serving Shout-Out Soup at Tuesday's afternoon City Council meeting opposing the "Stamp-Out-the-Homeless" Stay-Away Orders. I'm also suggesting some ideas for a overturning the current SCPD system that covers up c...
Posted: Sat Dec 6, 2014 12:33AM
Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's refusal to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care at the facility and answer basic questions regarding their proposed restructuring plan. (Photo: Nurses attending the SVMH Board meeting in August.)
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:13PM
Santa Cruz Takes it to the Streets for Mike Brown - by Alex Darocy
On November 24, the evening of the St. Louis County Grand Jury's announcement that they would not be recommending the indictment of police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, a march and rally was held in Santa Cruz in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. On November 25, a second march and demonstration was held in Santa Cruz, and activists have also been considering the possibility of beginning an occupation locally in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. A meeting ...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 7:22PM
SCPD No Disclosure of When People were PepperSprayed, Choked, Tasered, Gun-Bullied or Shot - by Robert Norse
In August of this year, the SCPD forwarded me its Policy 300, covering Use of Force. They also refused to respond to the substantive part of my request detailing when and where they drew their guns, shot their guns, used their tasers, initiated choke holds, used their clubs or pepper-sprayed. City Council's "Public Safety" Committee has been spending its time wagging its tail behind the "Homeless Are Criminals" Public Safety Task Force and, as far as I know ignored this important issues th...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 1:10PM
Monterey Bay Shores Resort Faces New Financial and Compliance Issues - by via Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
The Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club is reporting that New York lenders Fourth Third LLC and Medley Capital are contesting in court that Monterey Bay Shores developer Ed Ghandour defaulted on a $29.5 million loan on June 15. The lenders have requested control of the property, which the court will decide on soon. Additionally, a November 14 letter written to Ghandour by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) cites deficiencies in compliance documents for the proposed Sand City mega-resort (...
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 7:04PM
Santa Cruz Veterans Group Revives Thanksgiving Meal For Homeless Community - by Steve Pleich
Back to the Future
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 1:13PM