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Sun May 8 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)Long-Time Berkeley Post Office Occupation Ends with Early Morning Raid
Sun May 8 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)Occupation Resisted USPS Privatization, Offered Services for Homeless in Berkeley
At 5am on April 12, US Postal Police and Inspectors, with support from the Berkeley Police Dept., arrived at the Main Berkeley Post Office and literally dragged protesters out of their tents, seized all their belongings, and tore down the information tent, the shelter for a 17-month occupation. Two groups of activists – First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defenders – had occupied the grounds of the Main Berkeley Post Office continuously since late November, 2014.
Sat May 7 2016 (Updated 05/24/16)Frisco Five Suspends Hunger Strike But the Struggle for Justice Continues
Sat May 7 2016 (Updated 05/24/16)WIth Hunger Strikers Hospitalized, the "Frisco 500" Vow to Continue the Fight to Fire Suhr
On April 22, the Frisco Five set up camp in front of the Mission District police station and stopped eating solid foods to raise awareness of San Francisco police violence and racism. The sacrifice of the Frisco Five provided inspiration for numerous community actions since to press the single demand that Suhr be fired. All five are now hospitalized due to deteriorating health and the hunger strike has been officially suspended. A General Strike has been called in honor of the Frisco Five for Monday, May 9.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)Beach Flats Gardeners and Supporters March To Santa Cruz City Hall
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise on Land Acquisition
On April 26 the Santa Cruz City Council gave their six-month report on the progress of the City’s efforts to acquire the property containing the Beach Flats Community Garden. At the meeting, the City Council agreed to a three year lease for the garden. However Josh Brahinsky of the Beach Flats Garden Coalition points out, "The lease only covers 60% of the previous garden, and has a 60 day escape clause for Seaside Company, and thus does not provide long-term security for the garden."
Wed May 4 2016 (Updated 05/05/16)BART Police Seek Use of Automated License Plate Readers
Wed May 4 2016 (Updated 05/05/16)Oakland Privacy Working Group Takes a Stand Against BART Police Plan to Install ALPRs
On April 28, 2016, the BART Board of Directors stopped, at least temporarily, a BART Police plan to install Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) at MacArthur BART in Oakland – a pilot program to surveil all those entering and exiting the parking facilities. Alert members of the Oakland Privacy Working Group noticed the item buried on the BART Board’s agenda, and three OPWG members testified against the ALPR proposal going forward.
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 06/06/16)Anti-Trump Protesters Shut Down Roads to Republican Convention
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 06/06/16)Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame
Protests against Donald Trump are heating up in California as the June 7 presidential primary approaches. On April 29, it was the Bay Area's turn. Trump was scheduled to speak on the opening day of the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. Protesters blocked streets and pushed through police barricades. Trump's motorcade was unable to reach the site and was forced to walk from Highway 101 through concrete barriers to reach the convention via a back entrance.
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)Santa Clara Valley Water Rates to Increase Without a Public Vote to Support "Cal WaterFix"
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 05/08/16)Housing State of Emergency Declared in Oakland
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 05/08/16)City Council Passes 90-Day Rent Increase Limit But Fails to Pass Temporary Eviction Freeze
Oakland renters have been facing nearly 1,000 evictions per month. Rents have skyrocketed and the median rent is currently $3,000 per month. Housing activists have been pushing for a temporary freeze on evictions and rent hikes to protect tenants from the massive upheaval. On April 6, the Oakland City Council responded by voting unanimously to support a 90-day moratorium on rent increases, but failed to pass a temporary freeze on evictions.