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text Fuck the Regents and Fuck Jerry Brown Too - by via Education Should Be Free!
The alternative to tuition hikes proposed by Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is to turn the UCs into 3-year degree granting institutions. He wants to fire tenured faculty and lecturers and replace them with chat rooms for the profit of millionaire Stanford graduates in Silicon Valley. Online education may be a fine supplement to classroom learning, but only someone as clueless as Brown, who has never set foot in a classroom as an educator, could think that it might replace the type o...
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:57PM
text Details Murky in Officer Involved Shooting in Seaside - by Monterey County Police News
The Monterey County Weekly is reporting that a man was killed on Laguna Street in Seaside by Seaside Police on November 22. According to the Weekly, "a source who asked to remain anonymous confirms the man, who was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center, had died."
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:49AM
text From Cairo: Letter of Solidarity with the Occupations at Santa Cruz and Berkeley! - by Students and Faculty of Cairo’s Universities
A lovely solidarity letter from comrades in Egypt!
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:05AM
text Study: Airline Fuel Efficiency Grounded as Profits Soar - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— As 24 million Americans prepare for Thanksgiving air travel, a new analysis reveals that U.S. domestic airlines showed no improvement in fuel efficiency last year, highlighting the urgent need for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the industry’s rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:31AM
text Internet freedom faces new attack as China seeks to shape global web rules - by Amnesty International
The Chinese government’s increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that internet freedom is under a sustained attack, said Amnesty International, ahead of China’s first World Internet Conference.
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:40PM
text CUCFA statement on UC’s planned tuition increases - by via Council of UC Faculty Associations
The Council of UC Faculty Associations holds Governor Jerry Brown’s slashing of public higher education responsible for UC President Napolitano’s recent proposal to budget for 5% tuition increases every year for the next 5 years. Raising tuition is not the solution. There is a better way: provide California students and their families high quality, affordable higher education, as defined by the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The reality is that Governor Brown has not been wi...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:13PM
text Restore Sidewalk Space For All; End the "One Hour of Free Speech and Get Going" Rule - by Robert Norse
Item #10 on the 2:30 PM Santa Cruz City Council Agenda finalizes an ordinance which requires all performers, vendors, tablers and solicitors to restrict themselves to less than 2% of the Pacific Avenue sidewalk. Setting up these small static “performance pens” is abusive and unnecessary. Instead, end the "Forbidden Zones." They take up more than 99% of the total sidewalk area on Pacific Avenue—and more in other business districts. End the virtual Ban on traditional innocent Santa Cruz ...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:12PM
text RVs Need Safe Spaces, Not More Restrictions - by Steve Pleich
An Open Letter to the City of Santa Cruz Transportation and Public Works Commission
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:07PM
text "Get Out" Anti-Homeless Law...With Phony "Appeal" Process at Afternoon Council 11-18 - by Robert Norse
City Council is set to exponentially expand a "Stay from Parks and Other Public Areas" law passed last year (MC 13,08.100). This law allows immediate Stay-Away orders from all parks and many other public areas (for one day). This happends at the whim of a police officer or ranger once an infraction of any kind is issued. Infractions have mainly been issued to homeless people for such "crimes" as sleeping, being in a park after dark, and smoking--500 Stay-Away orders in the last year. The ...
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:54PM
text A Simple Question of Right and Wrong - by Steve Pleich
Stay Away Ordinance Simply Wrong in Any Form
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:27PM
text Eastern Ukraine: Both sides responsible for indiscriminate attacks - by Amnesty International
The killing of a schoolboy and an 18-year-old during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Wednesday highlights a larger pattern of indiscriminate attacks which could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said today.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:40PM
text Chinese activists detained for supporting Hong Kong protests - by Amnesty International
Amnesty International is aware of the following mainland Chinese activists and citizens that have been detained for peacefully expressing support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:38PM
text UK government 'routinely' spies on lawyers - by Amnesty International
Legal policies which allow the UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to access confidential privileged communications between lawyers and clients were disclosed in court today. The documents were disclosed in a claim brought against the government by Libyan man Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Amnesty International.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:35PM
text Four Homeless Civil Rights Events (rescheduled) - by Robert Norse
CORRECTION: No Council Meeting on 11-11. Protests Rescheduled to 3 PM and 5 PM on 11-18. Sorry for any confusion. November 11th is Veteran's Day. The KSCO Interview on 11-8 Saturday at 4 PM and the attorney get-together at the sidewalk near the Red Church at 5 PM 11-10 at 5 PM Monday are still a go. 4 PM 11-8 Saturday KSCO (AM 1080) Restoration of Human Rights for the Homeless advocates versus StabSantaCruz anti-homeless blogger Helbard Alkhassadeh. 5 PM 11-10 on the sidewalk near Calvalry ...
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 11:00AM
text AFSCME 3299 Blasts UC Tuition Hike Threat - by via AFSCME 3299
Oakland: The University of California’s largest employee union today blasted Administrators over their threat of a five year tuition hike if state funding is not dramatically increased.
Posted: Thu Nov 6, 2014 7:00PM
text Project Homeless Connect Comes to Watsonville - by Steve Pleich
Service Fair Addresses Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 2:04PM
text Community Organizing Wins Significant Victories on Fracking and Other Key 
Issues 
 - by Food & Water Watch
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 1:29PM
text Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One - by Sierra Club California
SACRAMENTO—Voters in two California counties were able to overcome a Goliath of an opponent—the oil industry—and pass fracking bans yesterday by wide margins. Measure J in San Benito County passed with 57% of the vote, and Measure S in Mendocino County passed with 67%.
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 10:48AM
text San Benito County Bans Fracking, Despite Deluge of Oil Industry Cash - by Center for Biological Diversity
HOLLISTER, Calif.— Voters in San Benito County approved a ballot measure Tuesday that will ban fracking and other extreme oil-extraction techniques, despite a massive ad campaign funded by the oil industry. Fracking is a controversial technique, used in thousands of California oil and gas wells, that blasts huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the earth to fracture rocks. Anti-fracking measures also passed in Denton, Texas, and Athens, Ohio.
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 10:35AM
text Lawsuit filed at Superior Court of Santa Cruz for criminal offenses against Jack LADD - by Laurent GRANIER, victim, plaintiff
Lawsuit filed at Superior Court of Santa Cruz for criminal offenses against Jack LADD, Lyle WOLLERT, Ryan YORK, Phil WOWAK; Complaint filed at Superior Court of Santa Cruz the 30th of october 2014 asking for a jury trial. For 1. – DELIBERATE VIOLATION of PROFESSIONAL DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS 2. – FORGED INVOICE AND FRAUD 3. – ROBBERY 4. -COMPLICITY OF ROBBERY 5.- DELIBERATE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE 6. – COLLUSION, CORRUPTION, LACK OF NEUTRALITY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE by PERSO...
Posted: Sat Nov 1, 2014 4:51PM

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