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calendar Santa Cruz City Council Candidates Forum - by Ron Pomerantz
Louden Nelson Community Center (Center and Laurel Streets in Santa Cruz)
Event Date:Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:54PM
image Big Oil has spent over $63 million on lobbying in Sacramento since 2009 120_big_oil_1.jpg original image ( 658x656) - by Dan Bacher
Only in the oil-soaked politics of "Green California" would an oil lobbyist charged with the task of creating "marine protected areas" go on record against protecting a "state marine reserve" from oil drilling!
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:36PM
calendar Santa Cruz City Council Candidates Forum 120_everyone-makes-a-difference.jpg original image ( 320x75) - by
Louden Nelson Community Center, Room 3 301 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:48PM
document Upcoming Events and Unanswered Questions Flyer for Candidates & Public huff_flyer_for_candidates.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
With a load of forums, protests, and a court date upcoming, I've prepared a preliminary HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom)-ish series of questions for the public and the City Council candidates to consider. The Unanswered Questions flyer can be downloaded and distributed or picked up in hard copy at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. along with the accompanying list of events--possible distribution points for the flyer.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:49AM
calendar Fresh Leadership : Berkeley - by Tracy McQueen
Cedar Rose Park 1300 Rose St BERKELEY
Event Date:Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:00PM
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:06AM
image Governor Brown signs tunnels-enabling water bond 120_water_bond1_1.jpg original image ( 1200x539) - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta Executive Director, disagreed that the bond is "tunnels neutral." She responded to the passage of the bill by stating, "The passage of a water bond with BDCP funds for flows is unfortunate." "Instead of presenting a tunnels-neutral water bond, the governor has chosen to risk our water project bonds by tying his tunnels to it. There are so many projects we all can agree on. Leaving this section in the bill was a big mistake," she emphasized. P...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:53PM
image Tribal protesters urge Secretary Jewell to stop Klamath River fish kill 120_sallyjewel01_1.jpg original image ( 1280x720) - by Dan Bacher
Chairwoman Vigil-Masten also mentioned the lack of water in the Klamath and Trinity rivers having a profound impact on tribal members, especially during a time when there are no jobs, a lack of industry and a lack of financial resources. “But, the people taking the water are doing quite well,” said Vigil-Masten. “To me, it’s really frustrating to that millions of dollars are being made on the backs of our salmon and our drinking water.”
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:22PM
image Governor Brown’s water bond will be a referendum on tunnels 120_water_bond2-1.jpg original image ( 1056x800) - by Dan Bacher
Water law export John Herrick said, "Hence, any proposal for state or federal funding of new habitat for fish rearing or purchased water for fishery flows is a transfer of the projects' contractors' obligations onto the general public. Such a transfer is not just bad policy, it is illegal." Photo (From left to right): Assemblymember Rendon, Speaker Atkins, Governor Brown and pro Tem Steinberg meeting with their legislative, business, environmental and labor allies on August 12. Photo court...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:08PM
image Water bond includes $485 million to buy water for Brown’s death tunnels 120_water_bond1.jpg original image ( 1200x539) - by Dan Bacher
“This bond proposal gives the Brown administration $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “It contains false protections for the Delta, and we call upon legislators, especially those representing the Delta, to vote against it. We are not fooled, and this bond will become a referendum on the tunnels. That is not going to advance the water solutions we need.” Photo of Governor Brown meeting with his legislati...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02AM
document Mayor Robinson Gives Summary of Her Year's Meetings, No Word Yet on Future Appearances mayor_robinson_s_calendar.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
Last December, I requested Mayor Robinson itemize her meetings with lobbyists, upcoming public appearances, and also provide an interview for Free Radio Santa Cruz. She ignored this request (not even dignifying it with a response) until I followed up on August 1 with a formal Public Records Act request. See "Mayor Robinson Still Refuses Transparency, Won't Reveal Appointments, Public Appearances" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/08/05/18759617.php . Today I did receive an e-mail ...
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:49PM
image Jerry Brown signs legislation to extend water bond deadline 120_brown-circle_1.jpg original image ( 322x215) - by Dan Bacher
"The governor and others claim their proposals are ‘tunnels neutral’ while at the same time funding mitigation or replacement water,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck; it’s a duck. These provisions quack loudly and they say, ‘thanks for funding activities essential to building the massive water export tunnels for a few mega-grower billionaires.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at...
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:00PM
image Delta tunnel opponents ask Brown to release water bond language 120_jerry_brown_.jpg original image ( 526x349) - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown is using the bully pulpit of his office to insist that his bond proposal is tunnel neutral,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, "However, with $700 million marked for statewide water related habitat, flows, and water quality in watersheds, Restore the Delta questions if these funds will be used to create the water fund account needed to make the Delta tunnels project operational.” Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Thu Aug 7, 2014 6:04PM
text Stop Prop E, SF's Soda Tax Slush Fund - by Obese SF Voter
The soda tax slush fund is now on San Francisco’s November 2014 ballot as Proposition E. This regressive tax on a wide variety of beverages raising their cost by 2 cents per ounce or 40 cents per bottle or 3 dollars per 12 pack is a tax on the distributor of beverages which will definitely be passed on to the consumer, most of whom are the workingclass who the Board of Supervisors, all Democrats, is claiming to help, they are promoting this tax on the workingclass by scapegoating obese peo...
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 10:09PM
text ACLU Santa Cruz County Adopts Landmark Statement of Principle - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Board Supports Camping Ban Moratorium
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 8:02PM
text Mayor Robinson Still Refuses Transparency, Won't Reveal Appointments, Public Appearances - by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz Mayor Lynn Robinson refuses to reveal the history of her meetings with lobbyists, her appointment book, or announcements of her upcoming public appearances. This is not unusual, however contrary to the public interest, as most mayors have done the same (with the exception of former Mayor Don Lane). Robinson was initially asked to come clean and public last March, but declined to respond. Three days after the request I was arrested at City Council for "unattended" audio recording...
Posted: Tue Aug 5, 2014 11:14PM
text Steve Pleich Withdraws from City Council Race; Urges Support for Sherman and Van Allen - by Steve Pleich
Thanks and Goodbye
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 5:20PM
image Tunnel Opponents Rally Against Brown Water Plan 120_stop_the_tunnels_rally.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of the Fishermen’s Associations, made the inevitable comparison between the water pirates leading the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation and the banksters who engineered the economic crash of 2008 and the bank bailouts. “Bernie Madoff may be in jail, but it is pretty obvious he is being channeled now by the Bureau of Reclamation and DWR - and we have to tell them today that we are not going to stand f...
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 11:56AM
image Dan Siegel Endorsed by SEIU 1021 120_siegelgroup.jpg original image ( 900x501) - by Cat Brooks
Oakland Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel Endorsed by SEIU Local 1021
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 11:45AM
audio Yvette Thierry interview (audio/mpeg 47.0MB) - by WTUL News and Views
Executive Director of Safe Streets Strong Communities talks about New Orleans politics, education and more.
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 7:32AM
text ACLU Santa Cruz County Renews Its Objection to Cowell Beach Curfew - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Public Fora Must Remain Public
Posted: Sat Aug 2, 2014 12:23PM

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