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Rally Targets Real Estate Speculation, Serial Speculator Elba Borgen - by San Francisco Tenants Union
The San Francisco Tenants Union protested real estate speculator Elba Borgen today, August 29, during a rally in support Proposition G, the anti-speculation tax, in the Panhandle as the campaign to stop real estate speculation begins in neighborhoods across San Francisco.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:02PM
Tunnel Opponents: BDCP Is On Life Support - by Dan Bacher
“BDCP’s friends and family anxiously expressed hope that an infusion of additional millions of dollars and months of treatment would enable the project to recover,” quipped Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director. “However, the EPA comments coming on top of some 4,500 pages of searing reviews by municipalities, counties and water agencies that would be adversely impacted by the project, almost 2,000 pages of highly critical comments by environmental and fishing organizations, hundreds ...
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:15PM
Where Ferguson and Occupy Meet... - by Joan Annsfire
The police are racist. Their job is to protect the interests of the one percent and secure the interests of capitalism. And, in Ferguson as well as Occupy Oakland, they were just doing their job.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:03PM
Berkeley Housing Authority faces termination if a merger occurs - by Lynda Carson
It's probable that the BHA may be gobbled up and merged with the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA). The OHA is an experimental MTW housing authority, which means that Berkeley's section 8 tenants (Housing Choice Voucher Program tenants) would lose many of their existing rights as section 8 tenants if the merger takes place, or if Berkeley's section 8 tenants do not rise up in anger to block the merger from happening!
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:02AM
Federal Scientific Review Highlights Grave Risks of California Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A scientific review released on August 28 by the federal government finds that fracking pollution threatens California’s air and water, but the study is based on just a few months of data and suffers from state regulators’ unlawful failure to report information on more than 100 instances of fracking and other dangerous well-stimulation activities.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:53AM
Judge rejects Westlands bid to stop releases for Klamath salmon - by Dan Bacher
“The flow augmentation releases are designed to prevent a potentially serious fish die-off from impacting salmon populations entering the Klamath River estuary," ruled U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill. Photo of Water Warriors at "Bring Our Water Home" at Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River on August 27. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:01PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan Delayed! - by Dan Bacher
Tom Stokely, Water Policy Analyst with the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said he was not surprised with the delay in the BCP and accompanying federal documents. "This is not unexpected because we knew the environmental documents were fatally flawed," said Stokely. "The problem is that that they can't fix the BDCP because the project can't meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and other state and federal environmental laws." Photo: Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritu...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:26AM
Protesters Confront Salinas Police Chief at Bookstore Appearance in Santa Cruz - by Alex Darocy
To send a strong message that "killer cops" are not welcome in Santa Cruz, community members gathered on August 26 to protest a speaking engagement at Bookshop Santa Cruz featuring Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin. "We are creating a public presence to say loud and clear that the Salinas police chief who oversaw the killings of four Latino men in four months is not welcome in our community," read a flyer provided by Sin Barras, the Santa Cruz-based organization that called for the demonstr...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:30AM
EASTWEST #3: An Anarchist Newspaper - by EASTWEST
New issue of EASTWEST that was released and distributed at a benefit for those arrested in Ferguson. Includes articles and report backs on recent actions against police terror in Oakland. at the Port of Oakland against Israeli attacks on Gaza, updates on the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP), and a feature on the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA.
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:27PM
Protesters should be Given a little more Time at CHSWC Meetings - by reposted
The Commission on Health and Safety And Workers Compensation which is run by Ca AFL-CIO Legislative Director Angie Wei has tried to prevent the public and injured workers from speaking out and asking questions at the commission meetings.
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:10AM
Rally for Equal Rights Amendment - by Granny Mandy
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. It's time for these words to be made constitutional law", said Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district at a rally in Redwood City yesterday. She had introduced legislation for passage this year. In top photo she introduces a woman who worked in an airplane factory during WWII, who said that women were paid the same rate as men while ...
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:17AM
After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than...
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:10PM
Westlands asks Court to block releases for Klamath River salmon - by Dan Bacher
Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe Fisheries Director, said, "Hopefully, logic will prevail as the Judge has the same issue that he will be issuing a ruling on from last year's case." "A New TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) would only be issued if plaintiff can show 'irreparable' harm from BOR's action and they are already getting maximum deliveries from Trinity anyway. Moreover, BOR has already established its water deliveries so they won't be harmed by reductions in their water deliveries....
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:03PM
Ex-Santa Cruz Patch Editor Now Selling Mace to Senior Citizens - by Ted Smith
Former Santa Cruz Patch editor Brad Kava, who is still a journalism teacher at Cabrillo College, is now selling a device he invented that offers senior citizens the ability to secure a pepper spray can to their canes. He has named it: "Cane-O-Mite". It is essentially a holster for mace, and the Indiegogo campaign and Youtube video produced to market it feel like Kava is preying on the fears of the elderly. He is even citing an increase in news reporting on crime as a justification in his sale...
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:12PM
Urgent Court Support Request – Unprovoked, unwarranted police assault in Santa Rosa - by via March for Andy Lopez
This is a request from Sarah Abouata to get people from the community to show up in support of her court defense against the Sheriff. Trial Jury selection will begin on Wednesday 8/27 at 10:30 am. The trial is set to begin on Friday, 8/29 in Sonoma County Superior Court - Courtroom 8.
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:47PM
United States Port Actions End Business as Usual For Israel - by Steven Argue
“An injury to one is an injury to all! Tear down the Israeli Apartheid wall!” Declared third generation Oakland ILWU member Clarence Thomas at a rally of 2,000 to 3,000 people that marked the beginning of pickets and demonstrations that drove the Israeli Zim Piraeus ship from the Port of Oakland with only about 2% of its cargo unloaded. The call for these pickets and strike actions originally came from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) which has asked worke...
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:05AM
Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Follow the Money from Bob Lee to Wells Fargo at Latest Parade - by Alex Darocy
On August 22, another energetic parade was held in support of the final four Santa Cruz Eleven defendants, who are still facing criminal charges in relation to the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street. The course of the parade "followed the money" from District Attorney Bob Lee, who is prosecuting the case, to Wells Fargo Bank. Community members dressed in green and carried large, gold dollar signs. They followed a suit-clad parader wearing a Bob Lee mask who...
Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:02PM
Class Cancelations at City College! (video/quicktime 188.3MB) - by D.Boyer
On Monday August 25, 2014 students gathered in RAM plaza to make their voices heard over the fact that vital classes are getting canceled.
Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:14PM
SCPD Message to African-Americans, “Get Your Black Ass Out Of My City" - by Dennis Etler
The same tactics of racial profiling and police intimidation used by cops in Ferguson, MO occur right here in Santa Cruz. People in Santa Cruz must address these issues head on before we are faced with a Ferguson, MO right here at home. There needs to be a greater awareness that the SCPD is targeting people of color and the homeless with selective enforcement of City ordinances in order to harass and intimidate them. Measures need to be taken to stop the SCPD from engaging in bullying and oth...
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:21PM
Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan On Healthcare & Zim Line Picket - by Labor Video Project
At the national conference of Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan who is also a mayoral candidate supported single payer and also supported the protests at the Port of Oakland against the Zim Line ship Piraeus. She also called for an end to US military aid not only to Israel but all other countries.
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:29PM