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Illegal Relationship Exposed Between CPUC and PG & E: PG & E/CPUC emails - by Posted by Lynda Carson
The following Press Release came from the City of San Bruno: “Today’s disclosure demonstrates an ongoing, illicit and illegal relationship between the CPUC and PG&E,” said San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane, who released more than 7,000 pages of documents received after San Bruno filed a Public Records Act lawsuit against the CPUC. Download the PG&E-CPUC emails and highlights by visiting www.gaspipelinesafety.org .
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:34PM
Video: Left Forum on Thomas Paine, 1 hr 23 min - by Chris Hedges, Cornel West and Richard Wolff
BookTV going back more than ten years is an incredible resource turning life into an open door. The future could be open and dynamic, full of shared work and exchanging roles, cloud workers and dream catchers!
Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:25PM
Taking a Stab at Responding to Stab Santa Cruz - by Stacey Falls
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” So what is the problem with the “Stab Santa Cruz” article? Honestly, there is so much that is just plain wrong, that it feels daunting to try to address it all, but I will give it my best shot. I mean, I will take a stab at it.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:39PM
MDRC's Rent Reform Assault: Section 8 tenants vs. affordable housing industry - by Lynda Carson
The reason the assault on the low-income Section 8 voucher holders is occurring is because the affordable housing industry wants more Section 8 vouchers to be taken away from the poor. The affordable housing industry wants the vouchers to be removed from the poor so the vouchers can be converted, and transferred for use at their subsidized housing projects!
Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:57PM
Occupy Santa Cruz to Mark Third Anniversary - by One Occupier
Still Working for Social and Economic Justice
Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:22AM
Section 8 tenants are guinea pigs for Oakland nonprofit, in rent reform study - by Lynda Carson
For years, MRDC located downtown Oakland has been involved in using poor people as guinea pigs in research studies that they were hired to do for the government. This includes studies on people in welfare to work programs, people in school programs, work programs for ex-prisoners, including programs for disabled people. MRDC became most notable or notorious for coming up with the states welfare to work policies of the 80s and 90s!
Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:59AM
Vet’s Ruptured Spleen Ignored, Mocked by Jailors: Case Against Alameda County Set for Tria - by Siegel & Yee
For Immediate Release 7/18/14
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:28PM
Affordable Housing - by eric
Asking the mayor to consider bunker style housing as a solution to affordable housing for homeless; 200-300 bunk beds at $200 a month = profit for state instead of wasted money on programs that don't work, no more missions enslaving people, no more real estate investors making life impossible, no more cops treating homeless like criminals, and a sense of community restored.
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:07PM
WOSP Gentrification Scheme Was Passed By Oakland City Council - by Lynda Carson
According to KCBS news this morning, the Oakland City Council gave the green light to move forward with WOSP and iit's companion legislation to gentrify West Oakland, and according to Oakland's city records the City Council has to vote again on WOSP for a second reading of the legislation, for a final passage on July 29th.
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:28AM
Project Homeless Connect Leading the Initiative To Establish Homeless Court in Santa Cruz - by Steve Pleich
Time for a New Model of Social Justice
Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:10PM
Tenant Group Calls for Ouster of EPA City Manager for Interference with Rent Control - by Tenants Together
Tenants Together calls for the replacement of East Palo Alto's City Manager based on a comprehensive review of documents obtained through a Public Records Act request. The documents reveal that the City Manager has effectively given control over the regulatory process to the biggest landlord in East Palo Alto. The City Manager's contract expires in October 2014, and the City Council will decide whether to replace her or renew the contract.
Posted: Wed Jul 9, 2014 4:59PM
Real Sidewalk Clutter--Illegal Merchant Signage on Pacific Avenue - by Pat Colby and Robert Norse
Last September the City Council cut back already severely-limited public space on the sidewalk to even less. I estimate less than 2% of the original Pacific Avenue sidewalk is now available for sitting, sparechanging, performing with a cup, vending, and/or political tabling. In an attempt to justify this strangulation of space, Councilmember Pamela Comstock made a comment characterizing what she saw on the downtown sidewalks as "sidewalk clutter". In response to this and to show the exte...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:37PM
The old Schlage Lock Company - 1700 housing units on very a contaminated site in SF. - by Francisco Da Costa
While San Francisco needs housing the City is fast tracking building homes on Superfund Sites - the worst contaminated sites - former Department of Defense bases. Also many Brownfield - with proper cleanup by the local authorities. One such case in the old Schlage Lock Company by Arleta and old Bayshore in San Francisco. The District Supervisor and the Mayor of San Francisco Edwin Lee are fast tracking this project. Never mind innocent people will be exposed to the contaminants, the air is po...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:01PM
RAD's shifting sands places San Francisco's public housing at risk - by Lynda Carson
Congress has allowed 60,000 public housing units to be privatized and sold under the new RAD program recently. However, applications seeking commitments to privatize 180,000 public housing units have been offered by members of the so-called affordable housing industry from all across the nation, and they are currently pushing Congress to allow 250,000 public housing units to be privatized under RAD!
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:35PM
Video: Moral Mondays Are Back in Business, 7 min - by repost
We must raise our moral dissent because that's our calling... The first Moral Monday since court struck down the North Carolina General Assembly's new rules — interpreted by many as measures designed to silence the Moral Monday Forward Together movement — singing, praying, chanting, and civil disobedience arrests looked a lot like what we saw from Moral Monday in 2013.
Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:28AM
The law was struck down prohibiting people from living in vehicles in Los Angeles - by Lynda Carson
In the case Desertrain v. City of Los Angeles, the court sent a strong message all across the nation that cities cannot end homelessness, by making homelessness illegal with egregious city laws that essentially make it impossible for homeless people to survive by staying in their vehicles!
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:59PM
4 Flats Full of People Being Evicted in the Mission - by me
20+ Working class people are facing eviction from 4 flats on 26th St.@ Lucky Alley.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:39PM
Affordable housing industry targets public housing for termination with RAD program - by Lynda Carson
After starving our nation's public housing program for many years with a lack of adequate funding, Congress has allowed 60,000 public housing units to be privatized and sold under the new RAD program recently. However, applications seeking commitments to privatize 180,000 public housing units have been offered by members of the so-called affordable housing industry from all across the nation!
Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:27PM
Corruption in the launching of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD)? - by Lynda Carson
Patrick Costigan who was on loan to HUD from a so-called nonprofit organization called "The Community Builders" (TCB), was on leave since January 2011 through part of 2014 from TCB. While he was with HUD as a senior advisor to Secretary Donovan, Patrick Costigan led the launch of HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) for HUD, that threatens to displace tens of thousands of public housing residents all across the nation from their housing!
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:12PM
Grand Jury Report on Jail Deaths Only a Snapshot of the Larger Picture - by Steve Pleich
Mass Incarceration is Driven by the Prison/Industrial Complex and Fueled by institutionalized Racism
Posted: Mon Jun 9, 2014 1:14PM