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Cops Claim Metro Bus Center "Private Property" To Shut Down Disabled Advocate with Video - by Robert Norse
I received a report yesterday from disability advocate John Colby. Colby observed SCPD Officer Scott Freeman and two First Alarm Security guards at the Metro Transit Center taking an intoxicated man to a squad car. Colby became concerned, having seen the video of last year's "face first drop to the sidewalk" of Richard Hardy by Officer Vasquez ("SCPD Officer Vasquez Slams Drunk Man's Face On Pavement" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/04/23/18735710.php). To document the incident,...
Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:51PM
Local ACLU Issues Resolution of Support for Santa Cruz 11 - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE ACLU OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:49PM
Animal Protection Groups Stop Coyote Killing Contest - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
BEND, Oregon – On July 25, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), along with co-plaintiffs Project Coyote and an individual Oregon resident, settled a lawsuit against Duane Freilino, organizer of the annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest in Crane, Harney County, Oregon. Freilino’s killing contest, held annually for eight seasons, required hunters to “buy in” to the contest by paying an entry fee of $100. Top teams won cash prizes totaling more than $10,000 for various ki...
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:01PM
Pa. Residents with Fracking-Related Health Complaints Urge Action from Attorney General - by Food & Water Watch
Harrisburg, Pa. – On July 29, individuals from around Pennsylvania who had fracking-related health complaints ignored by the state’s Department of Health (DOH) shared their stories and called on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to launch an investigation into the apparent disregard for their complaints.
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:10AM
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
Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery Restricted to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles - by Joanna Nasar
What does el Nino mean for loggerhead sea turtles and a deadly fishery? Read below to find out.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:29AM
California Court Rules Against Dangerous Oil Development Near Pinnacles National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— Citing concerns about water use and contamination, a Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that San Benito County unlawfully approved a dangerous new oil-development project near Pinnacles National Park that could result in hundreds of wells being drilled in important agricultural and wildlife habitat in the Salinas Valley watershed. As the judge’s ruling notes, “There are numerous opportunities for toxic spills to occur that the County has apparently not cont...
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:35PM
American Civil Liberties Union Santa Cruz County: License Plate Readers? Not Here! - by ACLU Santa Cruz
Privacy Protection is First Priority
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:50PM
Occupy Santa Cruz to Mark Third Anniversary - by One Occupier
Still Working for Social and Economic Justice
Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:22AM
NLG Urges U.S. Government to Cease $3 Billion Annual Military Aid to Israel - by National Lawyers Guild
NEW YORK--The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) expresses its outrage about Israel’s ongoing indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against Palestinian civilians and civilian objects in the Gaza Strip. Following a barrage of recent airstrikes, the Israeli military on July 17 began a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:04PM
Obama Admin. Clears Way for Dynamite-Like Blasts to Search for Oil & Gas Off East Coast - by Oceana
WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama administration released a decision authorizing the use of dynamite-like blasts to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to Florida. While the decision includes limited protections for species like the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, of which there are less than 500 left worldwide, Oceana says they do not go far enough to combat the threats posed to fisheries...
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:59PM
Lawsuit Launched to Halt Destruction of 14,000 Acres of Condor Habitat at Tejon Ranch - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians this week notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. The habitat is entirely located on Tejon Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and will be destroyed by the development of the proposed Tejon Mountain Village re...
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:50PM
Congresswoman Waters Calls for Thorough Investigation into CA Highway Patrol Beating - by Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today in light of a video showing a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face on the 10 Freeway:
Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:54PM
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
Salinas Police Silent After Fourth Officer Involved Killing - by Monterey County Police News
A man shot by Salinas Police this morning, July 10, at around 5am, died. Frank Alvarado, 40, was killed in this morning's officer involved shooting, which occurred in East Salinas at Beverly Drive and Fairview Avenue. This is the fourth officer involved killing by the Salinas Police Department in 2014.
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:41PM
Why We Should Not Worry About The Latest "WMDs In Iraq" Stories - by John Thielking
This is a comment that I tried to post to rt.com
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:23AM
What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer - by VC
What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer by Alan Greenblatt July 09, 201410:54 AM ET
Posted: Wed Jul 9, 2014 1:10PM
ALDF, Cat Sanctuaries Ask California Fish and Wildlife to Regulate Hybrid “Franken-Cats” - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
SACRAMENTO – On June 26, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), with co-petitioners Big Cat Rescue, Born Free USA, WildCat Haven, and Wildcat Sanctuary, submitted a petition to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) proposing a rule to amend regulations regarding the breeding and possession of controversial “hybrid” cats. These cats are a result of interbreeding domestic cats with exotic cats. ALDF argues that these hybrid breeds, like Savannahs and Beng...
Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:25AM
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
Redwood Forest Logging Plan Causes Uproar in Boulder Creek - by Kevin Collins via Sierra Club
"Roughly a year ago the Santa Cruz County staff responsibility for Timber Harvest Plan Review was moved from the County Department of Environmental Health to the Planning Department. Unfortunately all of the institutional memory and knowledge about this crucial County responsibility has been lost from the Planning Department through retirements and staff resignations. It has been many years since the Planning Department was involved in logging permit review....A recent uproar from homeowners ...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:25AM