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Santa Cruz Sheriffs Shoot and Kill Mentally Ill Teenager in Boulder Creek Donations are being sought to support the family of 17-year-old Cyrus Hurtado, who was shot and killed by two Santa Cruz sheriff's deputies in Boulder Creek on July 9. Hurtado, who reportedly suffered from mental issues, was killed after a family dispute at his grandparents' house where he lived, and their home and possessions were severely damaged by the deputies' gunfire.

Questions have arisen following the press conference when Sheriff Jim Hart first released the details of the killing, such as whether the officers who killed Cyrus Hurtado were trained in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and when was their last class on how to deal with people experiencing mental illness. These details have been glossed over by the Sheriff's Department, the DA, and the media.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for memorial services, and donations to the family can also be made in person at the Liberty Bank branches in either Felton or Boulder Creek, using account #02-179538.

Read More | Funeral Expenses for Sweet 17 Boy
Case Closes for Three of the Santa Cruz Eleven after Years in Court On July 14, three of the remaining Santa Cruz Eleven defendants agreed to a plea deal with the prosecution, and it is likely the last remaining member of the group will follow suit at his upcoming hearing, bringing to a close the Occupy-era case that has been slowly moving along since 2011.

In front of Judge Siegel in the Santa Cruz Courthouse, Gabriella Ripley-Phipps, and Brent Adams, as well as Angel Alcantara through his attorney, entered pleas of “no contest” to a charge of misdemeanor trespass. The felony vandalism charge was dropped. They waived time for sentencing and were each sentenced to pay $1,500 in restitution to Wells Fargo, pay $220 in court fines (minus any credits for time served), serve 18 months formal probation – to be reduced to informal probation upon full payment of restitution, serve 100 hours of community service, and stay away from 75 River St (unless it officially becomes a Community Resource Center).

The Santa Cruz Eleven writes: The case of the Santa Cruz Eleven stemmed from an occupation of a downtown bank building that was given the dream and intention of becoming a real asset to the community. The attempt to turn an unused Wells Fargo property into a community center touches on the kind of change that might actually have rippling impacts in our lives. This is the spirit underneath the struggle in this case, and the power we walk with into our next projects.

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Previous Coverage: Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz || Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Follow the Money from Bob Lee to Wells Fargo at Latest Parade || The Show Goes On and On for the Santa Cruz Eleven || Parading through Town in Support of the Santa Cruz Eleven || With Trial Set for March, Parade Organized to Support Final Four SC11 Defendants || Trial Related to Bank Occupation of 2011 Rescheduled for March of 2014 || Santa Cruz Eleven Down to Four || Santa Cruz Eleven Preliminary Hearing Set for January 2013 || Preliminary Hearing for Seven Remaining Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Set for August 20th || Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Solidarity with 75 River St. Arrestees || Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony: Conspiracy to Make Media || Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Santa Cruz: "Drop the Charges! Bust the Banksters!" || ACLU Statement of Support and Petition for "Journalists, Local Press and Activists" || WILPF Condemns Local Law Enforcement and Supports Eleven Local Activists || Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven || Occupy Santa Cruz Supports the Santa Cruz Eleven || Demonstrators say, "Bob Lee, Stop Wasting Money! Drop the Charges!" || The California Constitution "Is Broader and More Protective Than the First Amendment" || All Charges Dismissed Against Indybay Photojournalists Bradley and Alex || Banners on Highway One: "Support The Santa Cruz Eleven" and "Drop All Charges Now!" || Preliminary Hearing Postponed for Santa Cruz Eleven || A Closer Look at One of the Santa Cruz Eleven || Gathering at India Joze Benefits Desiree Foster of the Santa Cruz Eleven
Increased Wildlife Protections Secured for California Solar Flats Project in Monterey Co. Conservation groups have reached an agreement with First Solar, Inc. to provide additional conservation protections to wild lands and wildlife as part of construction of the California Flats Solar Project, a proposed 280-megawatt solar energy project in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. It will affect 2,720 acres of important habitat for a number of rare and sensitive plants and animals. The project site is currently part of the 72,000-acre “Jack Ranch,” which is owned by the Hearst Corporation and currently operated as a cattle ranch.

The negotiations have resulted in better siting of the project to avoid harming a rare year-round stream and to preserve more than 1,000 acres of adjacent land for wildlife, with a $10.5 million fund to purchase additional land for habitat protection through an independent land trust. These conservation gains are in addition to the several thousand acres of habitat conservation required by Counties. The conservation groups in the agreement are Audubon California, California Native Plant Society, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.

“As California makes a rapid transition off climate-disrupting fossil fuels, it’s crucial to do so in a way that also protects wildlife and important wild places.” said Ileene Anderson with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Salinas Rodeo Hides Animal Injuries in Violation of California Law The California Rodeo Salinas is scheduled to start on July 16, yet the rodeo refuses to change its illegal practice of hiding injuries to animals. In December 2014, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) against the rodeo for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law. ALDF and SHARK accuse the defendants of significantly underreporting the number of animals injured at the California Rodeo Salinas, the largest rodeo in the state and one of the largest in the country.

For the last two years, SHARK has attended the California Rodeo Salinas and videotaped more than forty injuries to animals, including calves limping in pain after being dragged to the ground and a horse with a tennis ball-sized wound on his neck. Expert veterinary assessment of this footage confirms that these injuries required immediate veterinary care and should have been reported. But to mask the inherent dangerousness of rodeo events, California Rodeo Salinas has drastically and chronically underreported animal injuries. The rodeo reported only four out of the forty-one injuries to animals documented by SHARK.

videoRead More with Video | California Rodeo Salinas Bans Cameras to Prevent Documentation of Animal Cruelty and Death | videoGraphic TV Commercials Accuse Salinas Rodeo of Animal Cruelty, Ask Viewers Not to Attend | Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) | Showing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK) | ShameonSalinas.com

Previous Coverage: Animal Groups Sue California Rodeo Salinas for Under-Reporting Animal Injuries
Community Campout Ends with Citations On July 4, community members in Santa Cruz held a public campout at Santa Cruz City Hall, but it was quickly cut short by police at about 1am. The campout was organized in response to the recent reduction of services at the Homeless Services Center that occurred due to a funding deficit, as well as to protest local laws that criminalize sleeping outdoors.

The campout began in the early evening with about 25 people setting themselves up to sleep in various locations around City Hall's courtyard. Some snuggled into free sleeping bags, and others ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, both of which were provided by the organizers. At 1am a group of 22 police officers arrived at City Hall. Some of those who were sleeping quickly rose and avoided being cited, but others refused to move in an act of civil disobedience.

At least eight individuals were issued infraction citations for refusing to leave City Hall. Those cited include homeless activists Rabbi Philip Posner, Abbi Samuels, and Robert Norse.

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | See Also: On the Eve of Protest: Letters to and From Councilmember Micah Posner | "Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut

Previous Coverage: Residents Respond to Withdrawal of Homeless Services Funds in Santa Cruz
Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails In June, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its report: Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff­ Coroner Manage Oversight? (PDF) Since 2012, Santa Cruz County has outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-­profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG). The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff ­Coroner’s office."

The report also summarizes the Grand Jury investigation of the November 2014 death of 65-year-old Sharyon Gibbs, who died in custody, stating that, "On the night of her death, around midnight, she complained of back pain to the on­duty Corrections Officer," and was later found dead. When the Grand Jury was investigating her death, CFMG would not provide access to Gibbs' full medical records, according to the report.

Since August of 2012, six individuals have died while in custody at the Santa Cruz County Jail. In May of 2014, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released a report on jail medical care and conditions titled: Five Deaths in Santa Cruz: An Investigation of In-Custody Deaths (PDF). In that report, one juror reported he was “shocked” at the lax oversight and poor communication between jail staff and medical personnel that led to the five deaths that occurred in the facility at that time.

pdfRead More with PDF of the Report | See Also: pdfSanta Cruz County Grand Jury Releases Annual Jail Report

Previous Coverage: Hundreds March for Freedom at Cages Kill Rally in Santa Cruz || One More Death at Santa Cruz County Jail Makes Six In Two Years || Grand Jury Report on Jail Deaths Only a Snapshot of the Larger Picture || Sin Barras Rally at SC County Jail Held in Response to Recent Deaths at Facility
Peace and Justice Community Returns to Ocean Street for Annual 4th of July Rally On the 4th of July, community members in Santa Cruz brought messages of peace, justice, and equality to Ocean Street as they greeted visitors entering town for the busy holiday. Every year a variety of groups working on peace and justice issues rally along Ocean Street as thousands of people make their way to the beach and the Boardwalk.

Although some very serious statements were communicated by those holding signs at the rally, the atmosphere was generally fun and festive, and the tourists showed a lot of support for what they saw as they rolled by. Some of the topics communicated at this year's rally included support for the Highway 17 Six, ending solitary confinement in prison, ending U.S. military involvement in Syria and the Ukraine, ending sexual violence, ending the killing of children and adults by U.S drone warfare, and ending the war on Gaza.

One individual at the rally wore like a necklace a set of signs that were tied together and inscribed with the names of four sisters killed in an American drone strike in Yemen. They were members of the Ali Mohammed Nasser family. Afrah was 9 years old, Zayda was 7 years old, Hoda was 5 years old, and Sheika was 4 years old when they were all killed in the attack.

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