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Tue Feb 13 2018 (Updated 02/14/18)Tent City, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments
Tue Feb 13 2018 (Updated 02/14/18)Report Reveals Rapid Growth of Homeless Encampments Across America
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
Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/08/18)Opposition Grows to Trump's Plan for Offshore Oil Drilling in Pacific and Arctic
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
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/23/18)Treatment Plant Discharges 4.4 Million Gallons of Untreated Wastewater 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
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 02/06/18)Trump Plan Would Open Portions of Pacific to New Oil Leasing for First Time in 30 Years
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
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/30/18)Women Across North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa Rise Up for the 2018 Women's March
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
Sun Jan 21 2018 (Updated 01/22/18)Campaign Underway to Assure Jerry Brown Doesn't Reverse Parole for John Clutchette Again
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
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/21/18)Superior Court Overturns Portions of Monterey County Fracking Ban
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.
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/18/18)SCPD and Santa Cruz NAACP to Cosponsor MLK March
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/18/18)Social Justice Organizations Continue Partnership with Police
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Santa Cruz branch of the NAACP and the Santa Cruz Police Department are co-sponsoring an event titled "March for the Dream: Honoring the Past - Impacting the Future" on January 15. In an open letter to police chief Andy Mills, former city council candidate Steve Schnaar questions if SCPD's dream for a better society is really in line with the dream of King.
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)Anarchist Community Center Celebrates Nine Years in Santa Cruz
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)SubRosa is an Anarchist Community Space Run by a Collective of Volunteers
On November 1, SubRosa turned nine years old. SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed volunteers from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of their energy and time. Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, it is one of few places in Santa Cruz that is not focused on commerce. SubRosa has books and zines you can't find anywhere else, as well as the Anarchist Lending Library. Meetings, film screenings, music shows, art exhibitions, privacy workshops, and the increasingly popular Really Really Free Market all take place at SubRosa.
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Eviction Notice Posted for Homeless Folks at San Lorenzo Park
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Homeless Campers in Santa Cruz at San Lorenzo Park's Benchlands Face Eviction
After being booted from downtown Santa Cruz and directed across the river to San Lorenzo Park, homeless people are being told to move again. The Hooverville-type camp on the benchlands in San Lorenzo Park now faces eviction. A posted notice announces that park will be closed for "maintenance" on Thursday, November 9. Homeless people began occupying the benchlands after the Santa Cruz police vowed to "clean-up the downtown area". Now City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation says it is time for folks to move along. The notice states, "All of San Lorenzo Park will be closed for maintenance on: Thursday 11/9/2017. Please vacate these grounds by the end of the day Wednesday 11/8/2017."
Wed Oct 18 2017PG&E's Role in Deadly Wildfires Questioned
Late in the evening on October 8, the Diablo Winds blew into Santa Rosa, resulting in five fires. The rapidly spreading fires caused dozens of deaths and burned thousands of homes and other structures to the ground. Beyond those directly effected, the Santa Rosa firestorm, and other fires in the North Bay have polluted the air across the entire region. The elderly and children are at greatest health risk from the smoke of the wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Yuba and Mendocino Counties. On October 16 a new wildfire started in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, spurring evacuations. Concerns remain about the origin of the fires; one theory being that high winds caused power lines to collapse, raising questions about PG&E's culpability.
Sat Sep 9 2017 (Updated 09/10/17)Thousands Hit the Streets to Defend DACA
Sat Sep 9 2017 (Updated 09/10/17)Nationwide Protests Against Trump DACA Action, UC Sues DHS, Colleges Vow Support
Trump’s decision to quickly phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order protecting young adults who were brought to the U.S. by undocumented immigrant parents as children, propelled thousands of protesters to the streets of San Francisco, San José, Santa Cruz and elsewhere in the Bay Area. The University of California sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in federal court to stop the Trump administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the California State College and Community College systems have vowed to continue supporting DACA recipients.
12PM Tuesday Feb 20 Free the Tamimis: Day of Action/ Teach in
6PM Friday Feb 23 Breaking the Seige of Gaza: fundraiser featuring Ann...
11AM Saturday Feb 24 Community Swap
3PM Saturday Feb 24 Crisis in Yemen: Who is Responsible?
7PM Saturday Mar 3 The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian...
7PM Thursday Mar 8 Creating an Employee Ownership Succession Plan
7PM Saturday Mar 17 The Watsonville Canning Strike - Peter Shapiro
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 3:55pm
California Wildlife Officials Urged to Prevent Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear (1 comment) Tue Feb 6th 6:07pm
NAACP Presentation at Greater Purpose Community Church Mon Feb 5th 10:23am
Californians Rally Against Trump's Plan for Offshore Oil Drilling in Pacific, Arctic Mon Feb 5th 10:21am
Sierra Club Announces Opposition to the Eastside Parkway Sat Feb 3rd 1:29pmMore Local News...
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 11:08pm
Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions Thu Jan 18th 10:38pmMore 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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