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March to Santa Cruz City Hall to Save the Knoll
by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
It has been over three weeks since KB Home contractors unearthed the skeletal remains of a young Ohlone child at the Branciforte Creek construction site in Santa Cruz. The City Council has yet to meaningfully address this situation or take action to honor Ohlone requests to protect the area by halting KB Home's planned development.

On August 25th, 75 people marched in downtown Santa Cruz from Laurel and Pacific to City Hall on Center Street in an action organized by the Save the Knoll Coalition. One person maintained an indigenous chant throughout the march, many people carried signs and banners, and several distributed educational flyers.

The march was urgently organized for 10am on a Thursday because the Santa Cruz City Council was holding a special closed meeting, but the Branciforte Creek development was not on their agenda. However, prior to the closed meeting, twenty minutes were allocated for public comments about the pending Branciforte Creek development.
Charlene Sul, a representative of the Save the Knoll Coalition, was one of the people who made impassioned public comments. Santa Cruz Vice Mayor Don Lane reported that he has been talking with KB Home representatives in an effort to protect the Knoll. Councilmember Tony Madrigal inquired with city attorney John Barrisone about holding another city council meeting soon to discuss the Knoll. Tony's inquiry was backed by Councilmember Katherine Beiers, who said she was misinformed regarding the public comment period, and had told about 15 people that there would not be time for public comment.

At a rally outside city hall following the public comment period, Save the Knoll organizers stated that they felt the response from City Council was positive overall. But this is no time for people to let their guards down, rather it is important for people to continue putting pressure on KB Home and the Santa Cruz City Council.

Ohlone descendants have asked for a halt to any earth movement or development on the 6,000 year old village and burial site. Hundreds of Santa Cruz residents have rallied in support of the Ohlone people who are asking that the area be protected before anymore of their ancestors are disturbed.
§Join the Movement
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§Respect Sacred Sites
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by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§Save the Knoll
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§KB Home Sucks
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§Flyer & Parking Citation
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§Talk With Us
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§Respect Ohlone Burial Sites and Sacred Places
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§KB Home Ethics
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
Call them at: 800-304-0657
§Protect the Ancestors
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§Would You Dig Up Your Grandparent's Grave?
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§All Cemeteries Are Sacred
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§No Cultural Genocide!
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
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§Ann Marie Sayers
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
Ann Marie Sayers, an Ohlone native, has been designated as the "Most Likely Descendent" of peoples who have been dug up during the construction which has already begun at Branciforte Creek.
§Charlene Sul
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
Charlene Sul, an Ohlone native, is an artist, activist and newly-appointed professor at CSU Monterey Bay.
§Santa Cruz City Council: Leadership Not Neglect: Honor Sacred Lands
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM
§Santa Cruz City Council
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§Jennifer Charles, Save the Knoll Coalition
by ~Bradley Thursday Aug 25th, 2011 5:24 PM

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Although the details in this article need some clarification before I can start celebrating, it seems they have come to an agreement not to build. Thank you all who are fighting the good fight. If it was not for all the voices of descent, KB would of had their way without any public opinion.
by KB Home Problems
Thursday Feb 23rd, 2012 4:05 PM
Unfortunately, given our KB Home experience and the research we've done on KB Home it seems that KB Home doesn't really seem to care. I've heard they'll also build on toxic sites, they build in flood zones, where the drinking water is contaminated and will slip release of liability into the lengthy contract so you don't have any recourse. For more information about our own KB Home experience visit KB Home Problems