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text An Open Letter to the Santa Cruz City Council - by Steve Pleich
Dear Councilmembers:
Posted: Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:40PM
text The Renter Nation - Homes for All.org, 27pp - by www.homesforall.org
Housing as a human right is often subverted by the "right" to speculate. In Switzerland and the US, sharks are defended against sardines in business as usual. Housing is a creative challenge since unlike clams we are not born with built-in housing (cf. Arnold Kunzli, Housing as a Human Right, 2003, http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266635.shtml).
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:03PM
text Oakland Tenants living in substandard / unsafe buildings - who is to blame? - by M. Hennings
City of Oakland Building Inspection Department - trying to get the city to acknowledge/inspect/cite property owners for unsafe substandard housing being managed by The Apartment Group
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:03AM
text Groups Applaud U.S. Dietary Guidelines' New Sustainability Focus - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A broad coalition of 49 health, environment and animal-welfare groups urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s sustainability recommendations that were submitted to the agency today.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:32PM
text Police Injury of Homeless Man Still Unresolved - by Steve Schnaar
Nearly two years ago, a Santa Cruz police officer injured a homeless man who was already in handcuffs, slamming him face-first into the ground. Caught on video by a bystander, the incident got a lot of attention and the SCPD promised to do a formal investigation. However the results of that investigation have been kept secret, and meanwhile the offending officer is still on the job with no apparent consequences.
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:41PM
text San Luis Obispo City to Send Letter of Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—The San Luis Obispo City Council authorized city staff Tuesday night to send a letter opposing the Santa Maria Phillips 66 rail spur project, which would bring mile-long oil trains carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude nearly every day through San Luis Obispo. The letter will be sent from Mayor Jan Marx to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on behalf of the city, urging it to reject the project.
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:56PM
text Western Regional Advocacy Project Calls for Support of "Right to Rest Act" - by Steve Pleich
Act Would Protect Basic Human Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:21PM
text Death of Dr. Ernest Sternglass - by Joseph Mangano
Dr. Ernest Sternglass died on February 12 at age 91. Dr. Sternglass was author of Secret Fallout:From Hiroshima to Three Mile Island. Dr. Sternglass was a pioneer in pointing out the links between radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons and commercial reactors and the development of cancer and other health problems.
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:17PM
text USDA Approves GMO Apples Despite Opposition from Apple Industry and Consumers - by Food & Water Watch
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. These apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced. The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples. This decision marks the first approval of an aesthetically-improved genetically engineered food and will expand the reach of GMO products into the produce aisle, which currently only offers a sma...
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:50AM
text City Bicycle Program Dysfunction Continues - by Steve Schnaar
For years the City used to give away unclaimed bicycles to youth in need through any qualified nonprofit, with the Bike Church hosting the distributions. In 2012 the City secretly terminated the program, with bikes going for a while to a for-profit business, later being auctioned off in LA. Responding to public pressure, City Council agreed to reinstate distributions to youth, but schemed to keep the Bike Church out of the picture. Ironically, the new program managers are having a hard time a...
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:40AM
text Corruption is rampant at HUD and affordable housing projects - by Lynda Carson
What is happening at Effie’s House and EBALDC is just one bright shining example of what is happening throughout the City of Oakland in the many subsidized housing projects owned by numerous non-profit housing developers that are members of the East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)!
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:14AM
text What Killed Ted Gullicksen? - by Michael Steinberg
Almost four months have passed since Ted Gulliciksen died. Today we still don’t what killed him.
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:28PM
text Cancer-causing Chemicals Found in Fracking Flowback From California Oil Wells - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Flowback fluid from fracked oil wells in California commonly contains dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals, a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity has found.
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:49PM
text Unconstitutional Muni Fare Evasion Stops Reportedly Funded In Part By Homeland Security - by ntuit
Uncontrolled Unlawful Detainers on MUNI supported by funding from Homeland Security.
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:41AM
text Sierra Club Condemns State Injection Well Practices, Calls for Investigation - by Sierra Club California Press Release
SACRAMENTO—On February 6, the Associated Press reported that more than 2,500 injection wells that put aquifers that are federally protected or provide drinking water at risk in California have been permitted by a California agency. At least 46 percent of those—or 1,172—have been permitted in the last four years.
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:50AM
text Stop Us From Organizing at the Jail? We Say NO WAY! - by Sin Barras
Only three days after hundred of people attended the the Cages Kill - Freedom Rally, the Sheriff along with other County bureaucrats have proposed an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to be within "designated security perimeters" around the jail.
Posted: Mon Feb 9, 2015 4:34PM
text Walk a Night in Their Shoes But in Santa Cruz You Also Have to Sleep in Them - by Steve Pleich
Opening Remarks at Camp of Last Resort Forum
Posted: Sat Feb 7, 2015 12:27AM
text IMF Plan Offers $170 Million in Debt Relief for Ebola-Impacted West Africa - by Sumi Yi
IMF Debt Facility Can Now Aid World's Poorest Countries During Crises
Posted: Thu Feb 5, 2015 8:42AM
text Salinas RNs Endorse Community Mediator to Settle Contract Dispute - by via California Nurses Association
Following 10 months of contentious talks that have failed to produce movement by stubborn hospital officials on demands that registered nurses say would jeopardize patient safety, including a management plan to eliminate about 10 percent of all bedside nurses at the hospital, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital RNs said yesterday that they support a proposal by State Assembly member Luis Alejo for a community mediator to work to resolve the dispute.
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 1:44PM
text Pharma Cartel Poisons Kids with Thimerosal Ethylmercury Vaccines - by GLP Supports Global Thimerosal Ban
Several vaccines still contain Thimerosal and the ethylmercury compound believed to be linked with higher rates of autism in children and some adults. Unfortunately the corrupt western medical establishment under pharma cartel influences remains opposed to banning Thimerosal outright as suggested by the UN and continues to distribute these toxic vaccines in lower income countries and also in the U.S.
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 6:03AM

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