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Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Agricultural Pesticide Use Up 10% in Monterey, 9.4% in Santa Cruz
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Releases Results of Annual Pesticide Use Reporting
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released the results of annual pesticide use reporting – the only reporting like it in the country – offering a glimpse into what potentially hazardous pesticides are being used in the state. Despite fewer plantings and crop loss due to the drought across the state, hazardous pesticide use increased in some counties. From 2013 to 2014, in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, such pesticide use increased 10.0% and 9.4%, respectively.
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Chemicals Used in Acidization Threaten Water Supplies
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. The University of California-Los Angeles study, which has national significance because it seems to be the first ever to examine the toxicity of acidization chemicals, finds that almost 200 different chemicals have been used in the process.
Tue Mar 22 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Real Estate & Business Conference Shut Down
Tue Mar 22 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Protesters Crash Oakland Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Set to Feature Mayor Libby Schaaf
Before 8am on March 18, over a hundred housing activists caught the Oakland Chamber of Commerce off guard at their "Oakland is open for business" breakfast for real estate developers. Protesters were able to completely shut down the 2016 Economic Development Summit at the Kaiser Building on Lake Merritt before Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf could even give her opening remarks.
Sun Mar 20 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Community Call for "Public Land for Public Good" Ignored by Oakland City Council
Sun Mar 20 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Council Approves Second UrbanCore Luxury Tower Proposal for E12th St Parcel
On March 15, the Oakland City Council approved moving forward with the latest iteration of luxury housing at the E12th Street parcel, public land that was created when the roads and bridges around the south end of Lake Merritt were recently reconfigured. Housing activists showed up at City Hall and successfully shut down the meeting, but the council then held their discussion and vote privately in Mayor Libby Schaaf's office. Critics vow to keep the fight alive for "public land for public good." A final vote on the proposed sale to UrbanCore will happen later this year.
Tue Mar 15 2016 (Updated 05/24/16)Students Occupying Katehi's Office at UC Davis Refuse to Back Down
Tue Mar 15 2016 (Updated 05/24/16)Growing Number Call for UC Davis Chancellor Katehi to Resign, Including Assembly Members
UPDATE: On April 15, UC Davis students ended their sit-in, saying they had accomplished their goal of bringing attention to the need to fire Katehi. On April 27, Katehi was placed on leave while the university investigates her misconduct.
Students at UC Davis have been occupying Chancellor Linda Katehi's office and holding tight since Friday, March 11, demanding that Katehi resign or be fired. Administrators escalated their response with threats of suspension and even expulsion if occupiers do not vacate the building. Demonstrators are also calling for the hiring process to be redesigned "so that UC Davis students and workers are not only a part of this process, but a major deciding body in the selection and confirmation of a new Chancellor."
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/16/16)Santa Cruz City Council Votes Down Change to Sleeping Ban Law
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/16/16)Business as Usual: SCPD Targets Homeless after City Council Re-Affirms Camping Ban
On March 8, the Santa Cruz city council voted 5-2 to oppose an amendment to municipal code 6.36.010, also known as the camping ban. The proposed amendment would have removed references to sleeping and covering up with a blanket from the text of the law, as well as removing references to sleeping in cars. Effectively, these changes would have made it legal for people sleeping outdoors to do so without fear of citation by police.
Sun Mar 13 2016Capitola City Council Member Mike Termini Thumbs Nose at Residents of Library Service Area
Bruce Holloway writes: In his statement of economic interests upon leaving office as library board chair, Capitola City Council Member Mike Termini failed to disclose the true percentage of his ownership interest in Triad Electric, Inc., a local electrical contractor. He also failed to disclose $17,000 worth of business Triad Electric did last September for NHS Inc., a local skateboard manufacturer. That's roughly equal to two years worth of rent that Santa Cruz Council Member Micah Posner omitted on his disclosure forms.