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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
The law was struck down prohibiting people from living in vehicles in Los Angeles - by Lynda Carson
In the case Desertrain v. City of Los Angeles, the court sent a strong message all across the nation that cities cannot end homelessness, by making homelessness illegal with egregious city laws that essentially make it impossible for homeless people to survive by staying in their vehicles!
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:59PM
Occupy Boise wins permanent injunction protecting tent laden protests! - by G
Occupy Boise protested, were routed, and then won in court.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:45PM
Wildlife Groups and Sportsmen Petition Feds to End Lead Ammunition on Public Lands - by The Humane Society
Animal protection and wildlife conservation groups, along with individual hunters and sportsmen, have petitioned the Department of the Interior to require the use of non-lead ammunition when discharging a firearm on the more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feedin...
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:58PM
'Granny Power' documentary about the Raging Grannies finished at last - by Tobi Elliott
The feature-length documentary GRANNY POWER, a rollicking feel-good film about the Raging Grannies - hip older women who use song and satire to protest injustice, demonstrate against war, and promote peace - is finally finished. Along with the Montreal Raging Grannies, we are hosting a pre-release screening on June 26th in Montreal, to coincide with the Grannies bi-annual Unconvention. Our Indiegogo campaign to pre-sell the documentary and help us raise the needed funds to release the film th...
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:58AM
Coastal Commission Urged to Consider Offshore Fracking's Threat to Huntington Beach - by Center for Biological Diversity
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Huntington Beach today, hazmat suit-wearing protesters with the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch will urge commissioners to consider the threat fracking poses to the local environment because of the hundreds of active oil wells in the city’s coastal zone. The protest starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:42PM
Does anyone know why SANTA CRUZ even has a heritage tree ordinance? - by shopper
another day another heritage tree removal approved by tree unfriendly SC City Council
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:08PM