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EU Fines Financial Institutions $2.3bn Over Manipulation of LIBOR, One of Largest Banking - by Jennifer Tong
The EU recently handed down billions of Euros in fines for eight large financial institutions because of their role in rigging benchmark banking interest rates.
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 1:10PM
UC Santa Cruz Students Distribute Fake Eviction Notices on Campus - by UCSC Committee for Justice in Palestine
Members of the UC Santa Cruz Committee for Justice in Palestine (UCSC CJP) distributed fake eviction notices to students in dormitories on Tuesday evening. The notices, meant to raise awareness of the plight faced by Palestinian Bedouins in Israel, also notified students that a rally in support of Palestinian Bedouins facing displacement will take place on December 4th at the Quarry Plaza, noon-4pm.
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 10:21AM
Litigation as Tactic - by Steve Pleich
The Courts and Civil Liberties
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 2:02PM
ACLU Sues Bishops on Behalf of Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital - by ACLU
NEW YORK and DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives. The directives, written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:09AM
Another Response to the Task Farce and the Schnaar Critique - by Robert Norse
It's important to hear voices speaking sanity in the midst of early winter madness. Steve Schnaar's critique of the Citizen's Task Force on Public Safety (which I've taken to calling the Task Farce to Prompt Anti-Homeless Hysteria) is a good first step.. I would go significantly further. These are my thoughts ("RN"), referencing Schnaar's 8 points and presenting my own "Sample Letter" at the end. To follow the sections of Schnaar's critique that I reply to, go to https://www.indybay.org/n...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:19PM
Pope Francis implicitly rebukes policies of Santa Cruz, California - by G
Selected quotes from the Vatican's description of the new mission statement released by Pope Francis.
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:15AM
Problematic "Public Safety" Recommendations to be Presented to City Council 12/3 - by Steve Schnaar
The Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force has completed their work and is presenting their recommendations to City Council on Tues, 12/3 7pm. The recommendations include some positive, proven ideas like funding drug treatment and after-school youth programs. However the report also recommends ideas which are not evidence-based, such as misdemeanor charges for multiple infractions, restricting the needle exchange program, and increasing the size of the police force based on sloppy statistics. Co...
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:38PM
San Jose State University Hate Crime Deplorable - by Santa Cruz County NAACP
African-American Student at San Jose State University Endured Months of Torment by Dorm Mates
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:04AM
New Public Assembly Restrictions Up For Initial Vote Tuesday 11-26 at City Council - by Robert Norse
I've not had time to look at it carefully, but agenda item #12 rewrites the entire sections on public demonstrations for commercial and non-commercial events. The staff report can be found at http://sire.cityofsantacruz.com/sirepub/cache/2/gm3nxoa24g4uqu55k4gs1zrb/382360111252013053508496.PDF . I hope to take a longer look later, but the one thing I do notice is that the permit requirement has now tightened apparently so that 50 rather than 100 people require a permit. Additionally marchi...
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:47PM
Are local community groups all beholden to TBSC? - by John E. Colby
After publicizing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests which expose potential fraud by local government and social service providers who I allege are abusing public compassion for the homeless, Santa Cruz politician Steve Pleich removed me (without warning or notice) from his Facebook group called Citizens For a Better Santa Cruz (CFAB SC).
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:07PM
Tea Party Bill Would Eviscerate Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Tea Party senators introduced a bill this week that would effectively end the protection of most endangered species in the United States and gut some of the most important provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Senate Bill 1731, introduced by Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Dean Heller, would end protections for most of the species that are currently protected by the Act and make it virtually impossible to protect new species under the law. It would also eliminate pro...
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:09AM
UC President Napolitano:Voluntary 1.5% pay cut in lieu of that proposed for AFSCME Workers - by Change.org Petition
Petitioning: Janet Napolitano Petition by: Anne Marino, Davis, CA
Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:50PM
Plastic-covered Hawaiian Island Moves Toward Possible Superfund Designation - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to take a historic first step toward classifying a tiny Hawaiian coral island, Tern Island, as a Superfund site because of hazards posed by plastic pollution. The Center’s petition requested that the agency conduct a preliminary assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and a portion of the enormous Pacific Garbage Patch within U.S. waters.
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:37PM
The story of Riseup.net - by via riseup.net
Riseup has become a force to be reckoned with. We are the largest nonprofit email provider in the world, outside of a university system. We run one of the world's most used TOR nodes. We are frequently cited and sourced as one of the few ethical, autonomous, and secure internet providers.
Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:20PM
Gov. Brown's Fracking Rules Even Fall Short of S.B. 4 Requirements - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Jerry Brown’s oil and gas officials today released draft state hydraulic fracturing regulations that fall far short of protecting California’s air, water, communities and climate from fracking, a dangerously polluting practice that involves blasting chemical-laden water into the earth to fracture rock formations.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:21PM
County Report on Water Transfers Offers Less Costly Solution than Proposed Desal Plant - by Santa Cruz Progressive Newswire
Rick Longinotti of Desal Alternatives issued a statement today praising a report submitted by John Ricker, County of Santa Cruz Water Resources Director, to Soquel Creek Water District. Ricker stated that water transfers between Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, and the Soquel Creek District could get Soquel Creek Water District on the way to their goal of reducing groundwater pumping, and Santa Cruz could get water from neighboring districts during times of drought. The cost in ...
Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:03PM
Bob Lee and the Santa Cruz Eleven - Time to Move on and Let the Community Heal - by Steve Pleich
Time to Close the Book on Santa Cruz Eleven Prosecutions
Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:59PM
Shrinking Sidewalks and the Permit Fantasy - by Robert Norse
With the suffocating reduction of sidewalk art and performance space under the modified Downtown Ordinances that went into effect in Santa Cruz on October 24th, repression apologists are reassuring those facing a matrix of exclusion that all the need to do, if they want to play, table, display, or occupy more than 12 square feet (approx 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 feet) is to apply for a permit at the Parks and Recreation Department. This is camouflage and cover for a fundamental change in the downtown s...
Posted: Sat Nov 9, 2013 7:12PM
Petition & Article: Salary Cap Needed For Nonprofit Housing Developers - by Lynda Carson
Too many executives in so-called nonprofit housing organizations all across the nation make upwards of $200,000 to $300,000 a year, off of tax payer subsidized housing projects!
Posted: Fri Nov 8, 2013 7:18PM
Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Government Prayer Case - by ACLU
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments today in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case challenging a New York town’s practice of regularly starting town meetings with Christian prayer. The challenge was brought by citizens of the town of Greece, N.Y. who felt that Christian prayer was being imposed upon them as a condition of attending public meetings.
Posted: Wed Nov 6, 2013 10:52AM