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Thu Feb 22 2018 (Updated 02/24/18)March For Our Lives
Bob M writes: In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the high school students at that school and across the country are calling for a walkout on March 24 and again on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in 1999. The students are calling for national leaders to listen to them, but as of yet they do not have demands other than getting AR-15s "out of the hands of people who should not have them." Many radicals still hold strong to the important point that de-arming must start with the cops and military, and not take away self-defense from oppressed communities.
Tue Feb 20 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)John Francisco Paiva Hits Capitola Renters with No-Cause Eviction
Maria Anderson is one of many tenants facing eviction from eight units in two apartment buildings at 2661 and 2651 Fresno Street in Capitola. The buildings were sold to a house flipper registered in Morgan Hill. The buyer — Charity Homes, LLC — is owned by John Francisco Paiva who, according to a 2014 press release from the San Jose Real Estate Investment Club, is a former executive with Cisco Systems and has acted as the full time president of Charity Rehabbers, LLC since 2013. Soon after the purchase cleared, each apartment in the two buildings received 60-day eviction notices.
Tue Feb 13 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)Tent City, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released a report, Tent City USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding, reviewing the rapid growth of homeless people living in tents across the United States over the past decade, as measured by documentation in media reports. Research showed a 1,342 percent increase in homeless encampments reported between 2007 and 2017, with at least one encampment reported in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. As encampments become increasingly common, local governments have enacted laws to prohibit living in tents.
Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/08/18)Californians Rally Against Offshore Drilling
Hundreds of Californians rallied against President Trump’s offshore oil leasing plan on February 8 in Sacramento, marching to the plan’s only formal hearing in California. Ahead of the hearing, thousands of Californians rallied in seven cities to oppose Trump’s proposal to open up the Pacific and other U.S. oceans to offshore drilling for the first time in more than 30 years. Rallies were held February 3 in at least seven communities after the federal government ignored requests by California’s congressional delegation and state leaders to hold additional hearings closer to coastal communities threatened by offshore drilling.
A broad-based coalition of community organizations and activists is championing a renter protection ballot initiative for the City of Santa Cruz on the November ballot. The initiative includes rent stabilization, eviction protections, and the formation of an elected “Rent Board” which will handle the regulation of rent prices and evictions. The rent control campaign kickoff will begin with a party at the Resource Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, February 11.
Sat Feb 3 2018Western Monarch Butterflies Continue to Decline
An annual census of monarch butterflies overwintering along California’s coast reveals that populations in western North America are at their lowest point in five years, despite recovery efforts. Volunteers with the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count visited more sites this past year than have ever been counted since the survey began in 1997, yet they tallied fewer than 200,000 monarchs. Pismo Beach State Park was down by 38%, a private site in Big Sur was down by 50%, and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove was down 57%. The few sites in which monarch numbers remained stable or increased compared to 2016, include Natural Bridges State Park, Moran Lake, and Lighthouse Field State Park, all in Santa Cruz County.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/23/18)Millions of Gallons of Untreated Sewage Spill into Monterey Bay
Approximately 4.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into the waters of Monterey Bay through an ocean outfall discharge pipe 2.5 miles offshore, the result of an “equipment control failure” at the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant in Marina on January 19 and 20. In response, the Monterey County Health Department issued beach closures from Moss Landing to Stillwater Cove. All Monterey County Beaches have been posted with a rain advisory due to the current weather. The public is advised not to have ocean water contact for three days after the rain event on January 22. The department warns that contact with contaminated water may cause gastroenteritis and other waterborne illnesses.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 02/06/18)California Mobilizes to Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling
On January 4, the Trump administration released a draft five-year plan that would open federal waters in the Pacific Ocean to new oil leasing for the first time in more than thirty years. The plan proposes new offshore drilling in almost all federal waters, including the currently protected Arctic and Atlantic oceans and eastern Gulf of Mexico. Resistance to Trump's plan spread throughout California quickly. Supervisors in San Franciscio and Marin County passed resolutions opposing offshore oil drilling. North coast environmental groups vowed to do everything in their power to fight it. In Santa Cruz and Laguna Beach, environmental groups have planned protest rallies on February 3
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/30/18)Millions March for Women's Rights Worldwide
On January 20, the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of President Trump, women, children, and allies worldwide demonstrated in hundreds of cities, often in freezing temperatures, to stand up against against Donald Trump and his policies, patriarchal and racist violence and oppression, and for a brighter future for women. The numbers were massive across North America, with 300,000 Chicago, 200,000 in New York City, a half million in Los Angeles, and at least 100,000 in San Francisco. Tens of thousands marched in medium-sized cities such as Oakland, and in smaller towns such as Fresno, thousands took a stand. On January 21, many more took to the streets of Las Vegas, Berlin, Paris, London, and other cities across the globe.
Sun Jan 21 2018 (Updated 01/22/18)'Soledad Brother' John Clutchette Granted Parole
On January 12, 2018, the California Board of Parole Hearings granted parole to an elderly inmate named John Clutchette. However, supporters of parole for Clutchette are concerned that California Governor Jerry Brown will reverse the Board's decision, and Clutchette will not be released. Supporters have a reason to be concerned. After all, this is exactly what happened in 2016 when Clutchette was similarly granted parole by the Board but Governor Brown chose to reverse the Board's ruling. In an Angola 3 News interview, legal scholar Angela A. Allen-Bell contextualizes Brown's reference to the Soledad Brothers, and identifies other troubling aspects of the case.
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/21/18)Protect Monterey County to Appeal Court Decision on Measure Z
Protect Monterey County and its attorneys will appeal the Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells. The court’s decision leaves the fracking ban in place, holding that oil-industry plaintiffs lack standing to challenge it. However, the decision strikes down the ban on new oil and gas wells and wastewater injection.
7PM Saturday Mar 3 The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian...
7PM Thursday Mar 8 Creating an Employee Ownership Succession Plan
11AM Sunday Mar 11 Armistice Year Celebration
9:45AM Saturday Mar 17 Transportation Justice Conference
7PM Saturday Mar 17 The Watsonville Canning Strike - Peter Shapiro
10AM Saturday Mar 24 March For Our Lives Santa Cruz
10AM Saturday Mar 24 March For Our Lives Monterey
1PM Saturday Mar 24 International Women's Day 2018
March For Our Lives Monterey Sat Feb 24th 5:09pm
March For Our Lives Santa Cruz Mon Feb 19th 8:17pm
Capitola Renters Face Mass Eviction After Morgan Hill House Flipper Buys Their Buildings (8 comments) Mon Feb 19th 2:42pm
Santa Cruz Benchlands Hooverville to be Permanently Closed Feb 28 (1 comment) Mon Feb 19th 10:02am
RNs to Rally Across California Feb. 22 in Protest Over Supreme Court Case Seen as Threat to Patient Care Sat Feb 17th 11:21pm
Urgent! The Beach Flats Garden Needs Your Help Sat Feb 17th 10:56pm
Another Mountain Lion Killed on 17 Sat Feb 17th 10:33pm
Keep New Leaf Market Organic! (1 comment) Fri Feb 16th 11:29am
Hundreds Rally in Sacramento Against Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Thu Feb 8th 3:55pmMore Local News...
Nestlé and Others Cashing in On U.S. Water Infrastructure Crisis Wed Feb 21st 3:23pm
From School Shootings to Revolutionary Social Transformations Sun Feb 18th 1:51pm
Report Reveals Rapid Growth of Homeless Tent Cities Across U.S. (1 comment) Sun Feb 11th 5:53pm
Oregon Wildlife Commission to Decide Fate of Threatened Seabird Thu Feb 8th 3:58pm
Analysis: Trump Offshore Plan Could Cause More Than 5,000 Oil Spills Fri Feb 2nd 9:58pm
Conservation, Tribal Groups Sue to Block Repeal of Federal Fracking Rule Thu Jan 25th 12:47pm
Medicare For All National Townhall (1 comment) Wed Jan 24th 5:02pm
Eastern Puma Officially Declared Extinct, Taken Off Endangered Species List Tue Jan 23rd 8:56pm
Court Ruling Moves Orcas Closer to Protection from Oil Tankers Thu Jan 18th 11:08pmMore Global News...
Police Officer Fired for not Shooting Unarmed Man Reaches Settlement with W.Va. City Thu Feb 15th 10:04pm
Sempervirens Fund Acquires Cotoni-Coast Ridge Property Sun Jan 21st 8:44pm
Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan Thu Jan 11th 8:14pm
ICE Raids Cause Minority Women to Live in Fear Sat Jul 29th 9:12am
Local law enforcement and government protect TBSC gang stalkers (1 comment) Tue Jul 25th 9:15pm
Statement from Afrikan/Black Student Alliance on Reclamation of Kerr Hall at UC Santa Cruz Wed May 3rd 11:23am
Are We Ready for Body-Worn Cameras in Santa Cruz? Sun Apr 16th 4:12pm
Earthquake Strikes Wayne National Forest Near Fracking Operations Mon Apr 3rd 5:02pm
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Fri Mar 17th 6:01pmOpen Newswire...
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