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Kaiser Workers: Strike Now - by Kaiser member
This many decades Kaiser member is so horrified about the last routine checkup trip to Kaiser that it is time for all Kaiser members to demand that Kaiser workers STRIKE NOW and not wait until 2014.
Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:58AM
A Year Later, Youth Programs Still Waiting on City Bicycles - by The Bike Church
Since 1996 the City has distributed unclaimed bicycles to youth in need through nonprofits like the Bike Church and Barrios Unidos. Early last year they abrubptly ended this program and have given bikes instead to a for-profit business called the Bike Dojo, which should not even be allowed under City code to participate in the program, and which has sold many of the bicycles, also in violation of the Municipal Code. Despite admitting these problems, the City continues to distribute bikes to t...
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:00PM
Strongly Biased Public Safety Survey - by Brent Adams
The Mayor's Public Safety Task Force has come up with a survey that they'd like you to fill out. But that survey is loaded with inappropriate, imprecise, unprofessional, and inflammatory language that enables blame instead of real solutions.
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:29AM
Berkeley Housing Authority is hit by sequestration budget cuts - by Lynda Carson
The Berkeley Housing Authority recently took back vouchers from 14 Section 8 voucher holders because of the massive budget cuts taking place known as sequestration! The agency also gave notice to approximately 200 additional households in the final stages of being eligible to receive Section 8 vouchers, that their application for the vouchers have been suspended until further notice!
Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2013 9:16PM
Non profit housing developers thrive despite massive sequestration budget cuts - by Lynda Carson
Despite the massive $85 billion in sequestration budget cuts that are still in effect, local 501 c3 charity non profit housing developers continue to jack up the rents on the poor in tax payer assisted housing projects, as a way to maintain or raise the already excessive high salaries of their over payed top executives!
Posted: Fri Jun 7, 2013 1:08AM
Local ACLU Issues Letter of Support for AB 5 The Homeless Bill of Rights - by Steve Pleich
ACLU Urges Restoration of "Quality of Life" Provisions
Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:36PM
Oakland hotel arson scam, Richard Singer is released from prison - by Lynda Carson
Convicted and sent to prison for hiring an arsonist to burn down the occupied low-income Hotel Menlo in Oakland, wealthy slum-lord hotel owner Richard Earl Singer is back on the streets doing business, after being released from prison!
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:20PM
Government Sponsored Needle Exchange Asks Much - Offers Little - by Steve Pleich
Still Missing the Point
Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 6:16PM
Monsanto: Profits Above Human Health - by Stephen Lendman
Monsanto: Profits Above Human Health by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:51PM
Health and Safety Gaps in Safe Drinking and Clean Water Acts - by by Patrick Porgans and Lloyd G. Carter
Since 1978 the State has received on average $600 million to $800 million annually for clean water programs that are administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. EPA officials estimate California needs $39 billion in capital improvements through 2026 for water systems to continue providing safe drinking water to the public. Instead, Gov. Brown is pushing a $14 billion twin tunnel project to ship relatively clean S...
Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:20AM
INVASIVE SPECIES - by Dee Allen.
For the past 15 years, San Francisco's Mission District has undergone phases of real estate gentrification that came with each new technology boom. With information technology being the latest impetus, San Francisco has, on the street corners of certain neighbourhoods, new condominium towers being built. With the construction of new condos come upper-middle class newcomers, who can afford the high rents. In the process, local businesses have closed their doors, families, people with disabilit...
Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 9:55AM
ACLU Chair Closes Monthly Boad of Directors Meeting, Homeless Issues Off the Agenda - by Robert Norse
Last night the local ACLU, long notorious for its refusal to join other ACLU's across the state in supporting the trampled rights of local homeless people, underlined its authoritarian process by excluding members of the public (including ACLU members) from its Board meeting. Though Chair Peter Gelblum was the voice demanding that everyone leave, the rest of the Board remained silent, and "activist" Steve Pleich insisted that prior willingness to have members of the public present was only ...
Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 11:55AM
Supreme Court Colludes with Monsanto - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 12:03AM
Video of Take Back Santa Cruz-supported Clean Team Harassing Homeless Forced Off Internet - by Robert Norse
A week ago, writer Jeremy Leonard posted a video with faces disguised of a member of the Clean Team threatening and harassing a homeless camper as he and others did one of their regular "clean-up's". The video was only up very briefly before it was taken down. A few days ago it reappeared as part of a long interview Leonard did with former Clean Team founder T.J. Magallanes. The interview--still up as of this writing--provoked dozens of comments, and reportedly numerous threats against Le...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 11:31PM
Desal Advocacy and Conflict of Interest - Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District - by Paul Gratz
Last week at the so-called special joint study session, the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District rolled out their advocacy campaign to build political and public acceptance for the desal EIR study and approval of the regional desal plant. All eyes are now on Santa Cruz , which should be considered the litmus test for the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary’s desal future. If the Santa Cruz “expandable” regional desal plant is approved, then desal industry leaders can easily pur...
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 10:02PM
Local Fights Against Austerity Are Growing Across the U.S. - by Mark Vorpahl
Between sequestration, with its damaging impact on workers and the entire economy, and the billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other necessary social programs that President Obama is pushing, it is evident that the economic policies of both major parties are not intended to promote a recovery for working people. You cannot lift up a nation’s economy while slashing away at its consumers’ pocketbooks. In order to justify their defiance of this elementary law, both R...
Posted: Wed May 8, 2013 8:02PM
Fannie and Freddie in Good Hands with Mel Watt - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Wed May 8, 2013 12:03AM
Public Hysteria Task Force Has 1st Meeting Tonight 6 PM Tony Hill Room Civic Auditorium SC - by Robert Norse
The "Public Safety" Task Force, hand-picked by Mayor Hillary Bryant, has its first meeting tonight at 6 PM in the small Tony Hill sideroom at the Civic Auditorium on Church St. across from City Council chambers. According to staff person Scott Collins, the meeting will not be televised, though he intends to bring a small audio recorder. The room accommodates a much smaller number of people than the City Council chambers across the street or the main Civic auditorium assembly room in the sa...
Posted: Tue May 7, 2013 9:24AM
The Competition Ideology - the Greatest Evil of our Age - by Robert Musik and Stefan Meretz
The competition ideology has been hammered into our heads for thirty years. Claiming better outcomes are generally realized when everything is poisoned by the competitive spirit is pure ideology. Competition that exceeds the limits of its useful fields commands murderous madness. The competition ideology is the great evil of our age because it is so generally accepted as useful.
Posted: Wed May 1, 2013 6:14AM
Promoting Fluoridation: An Open Letter to the Sebastopol City Council - by Jenny Miller
Sonoma County is in the midst of an intense debate regarding the stated plans of the Board of Supervisors to move forward with fluoridating the water supply. There is a proposal being put before the Sebastopol City Council to include pro-fluoride information along with the water bills of residents. This is my open letter to the City Council about why they should learn the facts first.
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:03PM