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image Frank Alvarado Sr. Speaks Out Against Salinas Police; Declares "There Will Be Justice" 120_salinas-press-conference_3_10-1-14.jpg original image ( 800x600) - by Bradley Allen
Frank Alvarado was shot and killed on July 10, 2014 by Brian Johnson and Scott Sutton of the Salinas Police Department, according to the Salinas City Attorney and Police Chief Kelly McMillin. On October 1, Frank Alvarado Sr., Frank's father, spoke out against the local "PAL Program" in Salinas, explaining that the Salinas Police Activities League is nothing more than a farce for the SPD to disingenuously claim they've done something to benefit the community.
Posted: Thu Oct 2, 2014 12:20AM
text Free Radio Santa Cruz Announces August Activist of the Month - by FRSC Collective
FRSC awards another free month of shows.
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 2:55PM
calendar Salinas: Families React To Release Of Police Officers Named In Shootings - by
Salinas City Hall Lincoln St. Salinas CA.
Event Date:Wed Oct 1, 2014 11:00AM
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 5:49AM
calendar Save Paula's Cottage Rally to Stop Granny Unit Evictions - by Mithrell Bowerman
In Front of City Hall facing Center Street.(809 Center Street, Santa Cruz)
Event Date:Tue Oct 7, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:12PM
calendar Salinas: National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality 120_salinas_police_gang.jpg original image ( 508x592) - by
Salinas Police Department 222 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, California 93901
Event Date:Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:37PM
document Salinas Police Release Names of Officers Who Killed Residents in 2014 salinas_police_killings_2014.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Monterey County Police News
The Salinas Police Department sent a letter to various media outlets today releasing the names of the officers involved in killing four Latino Salinas residents in separate incidents this year. The department had delayed releasing the names due to what they called "threats," but now says those threats have subsided. In each shooting, a Sergeant with 10-years or more of service with the SPD was one of the shooters. SPD continues to claim investigations are still ongoing into these killings.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:16PM
image Santa Cruz Dream Inn Workers Rally for a Fair Contract 120_santa-cruz-dream-inn-protest-september-26-2014-1.jpg original image ( 700x467) - by Alex Darocy
On September 26, workers held a rally at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn to send a strong message to the owners of the landmark hotel that they are demanding a fair contract with meaningful wage increases. Dream Inn workers are presently without a contract and have been negotiating with the hotel for months. Owners are proposing they take a three-year wage freeze followed by 1% and 2% raises in the fourth and fifth years. "We can barely support ourselves now and the Dream Inn wants to make it worse ...
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:57PM
text Sign the Petition: No to McDonald's in Downtown Watsonville - by No to McDonald's
Watsonville City Council members are elected to speak for us, let's make sure they know what we want! Another fast food restaurant is not it, especially not in our beautiful and historic downtown. Sign the petition and show up to the October 14 council meeting to show your disdain for their approval of something that will only hurt our community. Bring posters, handouts, fact sheets or whatever you feel will help convince our council members that another McDonald's will in no way benefit our ...
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:55PM
image Protesters Demand Faster Response from SCPD Regarding Records Requests 120_santa-cruz-police-department-protest-september-17-2014-1.jpg original image ( 700x467) - by Alex Darocy
Following a year of complaints about SCPD public safety Officer Barnett, who is assigned to patrol downtown Santa Cruz, the organization Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom (HUFF) has begun an inquiry with the Santa Cruz Police Department to study the citations Barnett has issued. According to HUFF, Barnett has been, "accused by numerous community members of anti-homeless and racist harassment."
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:29PM
document New Report: Monarch Butterfly a Species Our Children May Never See vanishing_species_monarch_butterfly.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Center for Biological Diversity
The monarch butterfly, whose spectacular 2,000-mile migration has captivated scientists and school students for generations, is disappearing largely due to pesticides and may not be around for our children to witness in the future, according to a new report (see PDF).
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:34PM
text Prop 47 Offers Smart Solutions for Real Criminal Justice Reform - by Steve Pleich
Reduction of Low Level Offenses is Sensible Policy
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:24AM
image Santa Cruz Sierra Club Group Endorses Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van Allen for City Council 120_bruce_van_allen_leonie_sherman-sierra-club-santa-cruz.jpg original image ( 111x220) - by via Santa Cruz Sierra Club
The Santa Cruz Sierra Club Group is endorsing Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van Allen for Santa Cruz City Council based on their "commitment to the environment" as evidenced by their answers during the candidates forum the group co-sponsored in August, as well as their responses to a questionnaire provided by their political committee.
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:03PM
audio Mideast Migraines - Free Radio local issues (audio/mpeg 138.5MB) - by Ren Tawil
Brief discussion about Free Radio Santa Cruz's issues, centering on re-establishment of on-air broadcasting, increasing our collective of radio programmers, and donations; the UN's Alliance of Civilizations; the case of Rasmea Odeh; Israel's New Gold Rush in California; music by Stuart Davis. Length: 2:01:00/ Date Recorded: 2014-09-01/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (142MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:17AM
video Cardboard Kayak Race SC Harbor (video/mp4 110.0MB) - by Skidmark Bob
The Cardboard kayak races part of the S.C. harbor's 50th anniversary celebration on 9/13/14.
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:24AM
image Video Shows Watsonville Police Abuse Disabled Man 120_watsonville_police_abuse_diabled_man_september_2014.jpg original image ( 496x772) - by Santa Cruz County Police News
A video was posted on Facebook on September 17 that shows a disabled man being dragged out of his wheel chair by an officer with the Watsonville Police Department.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:22PM
document Report from SCPD Corner barnett_cites.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - 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
calendar Pushback at the PD Against Homeless Harassment barnett_demo_flyer.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - 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
text 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
image Steve Pleich Sides with Racists In Online Forum 120_santa_cruz_el_mustachio.jpg original image ( 620x349) - 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
image New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals 120_gray_whale_california_drift_gillnet_noaa.jpg original image ( 438x320) - 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

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