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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.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)State of Mexico Riot Police Raid San Francisco Xochicuautla
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)New Attack Against Otomí Community and Its Forest Arouses Widespread Repudiation
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Housing State of Emergency Declared in Oakland
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)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.
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)San Francisco Police Execute Homeless Man
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Despite SFPD Deescalation Claim, Jose Luis Gongora Shot Down in Under 30 Seconds
On April 7, a homeless man, Jose Luis Gongora, allegedly brandishing a knife, was executed by SFPD. Surveillance camera video shows police cars rolling up, cops getting out and approaching Jose Luis off-camera. Police claimed they attempted to deescalate the situation, but the video shows two cops approaching Jose Luis with a shotgun pointed at him and shouting at him. The cop with the shotgun can be heard firing four "less lethal" bean-bag rounds at Jose Luis before at least one of the cops shoots and kills him. On April 9, SFPD raided a nearby tent encampment on Shotwell Street, knocking over objects with sticks, including several memorial candles that lined the front of Jose Luis' tent which is still at the scene.
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Justice Coalition Pushing for Radical Change at the Ballot Box
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Grassroots Effort Under Way for New Oakland Police Commission, Tenant Rights, $20 Min Wage
Community activists working independently on separate ballot measures have come together under the umbrella of the Oakland Justice Coalition. Together, the three measures they propose would radically transform police accountability, renters' protections, and the minimum wage in Oakland. On March 24, Oakland Justice Coalition members made a formal announcement of their intentions in front of Oakland City Hall. The canvassing kickoff will be held on April 2.
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)City Bulldozes Beach Flats Community Garden for Seaside Company
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Remain Committed to 2016 Planting Season Despite Losing Land
A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Community Garden early Thursday morning, March 24, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. Despite the loss of land, fruit trees, and nopales, the Beach Flats Gardeners are committed to making the best of the 2016 planting season.
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)CAA Opposes Rent Controls in Oakland, Alameda, San Jose, Mountain View, and Other Cities
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and all renter protections being promoted by renters, tenant activists, and their supporters. The same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the Renters Upgrade, the CAA announced that they were keeping an eye on things, and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenants' movement efforts.
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.
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2:30PM Saturday May 7 Rock Against Racism!!! All Ages!!!
5PM Saturday May 7 Film Showing: "No Más Bebés"
5PM Sunday May 29 Super DJ Benefit for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area
Signature Gathering for more Oakland renter protections Friday Apr 29th 4:58 PM
Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise (1 comment) Thursday Apr 28th 5:51 PM
California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users (5 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 7:18 PM
Eminent Domain for the Gardeners (6 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 11:05 AM
Santa Cruz Beach Flats Community Garden March To City Hall (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 12:34 AM
Mayor Schaaf’s “Plantation-Style” Approach Leaves Oakland Community No Seat at the Table (2 comments) Monday Apr 25th 11:15 PM
Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz: The Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Report on Freedom in the USA (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 6:52 PM
The Garden and the Freeway (4 comments) Saturday Apr 23rd 11:40 PM
For-profit affordable housing developers target the Bay Area (1 comment) Friday Apr 22nd 8:11 PM
Pacific Avenue: Freedom Of Press At Its Finest (3 comments) Thursday Apr 21st 9:49 PM
Oakland double-crosses tenant and affordable housing activists Wednesday Apr 20th 2:17 AMMore Local News...
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Scar Story: Documentary of Paulette Leaphart's 1,000 Mile Walk to DC Friday Apr 29th 8:34 AM
Nepal Struggles to Rebuild One Year After Massive Earthquake Monday Apr 25th 4:07 PM
Puerto Rico's Humanitarian Crisis Deepens as Congress Debates Legislation Tuesday Apr 19th 9:23 AM
A law offers relief to families struggling to care for serious mentally ill loved ones. Saturday Apr 16th 10:09 AM
RNs Welcome Bill to Step Up Public Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation' Friday Apr 15th 3:58 PM
#XochicuautlaAlert: Statement on San Francisco Xochicuautla Wednesday Apr 13th 9:00 AM
#AlertaXochicuautla: Pronunciamiento sobre San Francisco Xochicuautla Wednesday Apr 13th 8:56 AM
The Financial Market Crisis in the Light of the Social Market Economy (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 13th 5:16 AM
Philippines: Fast-track legislation to end hunger Tuesday Apr 12th 12:45 AM
USDA Proposes Organic Animal Welfare Regulations Friday Apr 8th 6:08 PM
AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label (1 comment) Thursday Apr 7th 4:40 PMMore Global News...
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ALRB approved: Here’s what the UFW says you get for 3% of your salary Monday Apr 25th 5:49 PM
The Steep Cost of Tax Dodging (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 19th 6:52 AM
Support a Public Inquest into the continuing deaths at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Center Tuesday Apr 5th 4:32 PM
Shame On Meat And Dairy Invested Cornell For Latest Disinformation About Animal Flesh Thursday Mar 31st 7:23 AM
March 8 challenge to Santa Cruz sleeping ban media archive Thursday Mar 17th 4:09 PM
Warming Center Program - Plans & Protocols (1 comment) Thursday Feb 18th 4:50 PM
As Heinz Promotes Hotdogs,What's Really In Hot Dogs, Sausages, Cold Cuts? Wednesday Feb 3rd 7:42 AM
Stack o' Dolla Make The World Go Round Sunday Jan 31st 1:10 PM
Why isn't there effective housing resistance in San Francisco now? Thursday Jan 28th 6:55 AM
Let Them Eat Fluoride (1 comment) Monday Jan 25th 5:12 AM
Peninsula Tenants Urge your elected official to ENACT RENT CONTROL and TENANT PROTECTIONS Thursday Jan 7th 1:14 PMOpen Newswire...
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