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The Rising Housing Prices In Sonoma County
In this piece I am discussing the difficulties and challenges Sonoma County residents face with the increasing housing prices. I am analyzing a Press Democrat article that looks at the negative effects of this housing crisis....
Posted: Mon Dec 5, 2016 2:14PM
Oakland officials are responsible for Ghost Ship warehouse fire
For years Oakland has only had around four building inspectors to deal with the thousands of code enforcement issues/ blighted issue complaints that occur on an annual basis in this city. Oakland needs more than four building inspectors to deal with all the code enforcement complaints in a city that has around 200,000 rental units!...
Posted: Sun Dec 4, 2016 1:42AM
Vigil Honoring Sean Arlt and Luke Smith Dec. 3, 2016
The event was held at the town clock in Santa Cruz Ca. We will be holding the event every Sat. at 1:30 PM>...
Posted: Sat Dec 3, 2016 11:38PM
Support Fund for Sean Arlt's Son Established
A support fund has been established for the 4-year-old son of Sean Arlt, who was shot and killed by officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department on October 16. Donations to the support fund can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/sean-arlts-son-support-fund...
Posted: Fri Dec 2, 2016 5:18PM
New Report on an Old Story: Can Santa Cruz Learn from Yale Law School?
On reading the summary of the Yale Law School report documenting the Criminalization of the Homeless in Connecticut, I reacted with some thoughts about Santa Cruz. Both my thoughts and the news report summarizing the report I post below. Also included are links to the Executive Summary and the full report....
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:41PM
Help Open Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen in Oakland, CA #GivingTuesday
The African People’s Education and Defense Fund Joins #GivingTuesday to Raise Funds to Open Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen in Oakland, CA...
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:21AM
HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley
I recently forwarded an article that contrasted principles and policies elsewhere with those of Santa Cruz authorities--which I caustically denounced in an accompanying "Notes from Norse". I believe these Notes are a useful update to some of the brutal practices ongoing in Santa Cruz and so pass them on for readers....
Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:56AM
After Rain, Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall and Make One Arrest
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. City Hall property is closed to the public between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in t...
Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:26PM
Berkeley Homeless Ask for Community Support
Please donate a few smackeroos to help the homeless fight for themselves and their rights....
Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:16PM
Sean Arlt fundraiser for his 4 year old son
Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Sunday November 27th, 1 - 4 PM...
Event Date: Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:00PM
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:18PM
More Bucks for Busts, Slashing Social Services & Rain Rousts- Come to Freedom Sleepout #72
On the sidewalk outside City Hall as the City Council votes to cut back further its wretched services for the poor and those outside. 809 Center St. facing the main library. The protest runs from 4 PM Tuesday to 9 AM or so Wednesday. Rain possible. Bring umbrellas, tarps, and protective gear....
Event Date: Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:25AM
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal National Day of Action
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland, CA...
Event Date: Fri Dec 9, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:45PM
Berkeley Homeless Advocacy Group Demands Cessation of Brutal Harassment - Real Solutions
First They Came for the Homeless has been and continues to make visible the face of homelessness in Berkeley. They demand the one thing that everyone needs - a place to call their own....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:04AM
Fighting Trumpism Against the Homeless in Santa Cruz: Freedom SleepOut #71
Bunking down on the sidewalk next to City Hall as things get chillier--weatherwise and otherwise. Center St. between Locust and Church. The event runs from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday mid-morning....
Event Date: Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:16AM
Attendance at City Hall Sleepouts Remains High
On November 8, the 70th Freedom Sleepers community sleepout was held at Santa Cruz City Hall, with about three dozen individuals participating and making it through the night. There have been periods of wet weather recently, but Tuesday nights have been dry in Santa Cruz, and attendance at the sleepouts has remained consistently high since August of this year....
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:47PM
A Trump administration will probably be hostile to affordable housing programs
Tens of thousands of low-income households in the Bay Area, including veterans, the chronically ill, elderly and disabled, are being placed at risk of homelessness if the Republicans have it their way, now that they are gaining full control of the House and Senate, including the White House!...
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:28PM
Who Killed Sean Arlt Demonstration! Thursday 11-10-16
A small group of people demonstrated yesterday at the corner of Center and Laurel that some call "Cop Corner" because of it's location next to the Santa Cruz Police Department....
Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:26AM
Renter control ballot measures pass in Oakland, Richmond and Mountain View
There are rent control victories in the Cities of Oakland, Richmond and Mountain View, in the effort to save tens of thousands of renters from being displaced from their housing by heartless greedy landlords, realtors and speculators in the Bay Area!...
Posted: Wed Nov 9, 2016 3:10PM
Older and Colder- Back for Election Night SleepOut #70
Weathering new attacks by First Alarm "security" thugs, out-of-the-park Rangers, and idle SCPD officers, the Freedom Sleepers will plant themselves on the sidewalk and nearby brick areas. The goal: to make homeless sleep after 11 PM is a right and not a crime. This in an increasingly homeless-aphobic town where there is shelter for only a handful of the 1000-2000 outside. Food Not Bombs and Joe Schultz will supply edibles and coffee. The event runs from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesd...
Event Date: Tue Nov 8, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Nov 8, 2016 6:07AM
Family of Sean Smith-Arlt Interrogated for Hours after his Death, According to Family Friend
The family of Sean Smith-Arlt was interrogated in the District Attorney's office for 5 1/2 hours on the morning of Sean's killing by Santa Cruz police. The interrogation took place only two hours after they were first informed of Sean's death on October 16, according to family friend Don Payne. Payne spoke at a community forum organized by the Social Justice Alliance of Santa Cruz (SJA) at Peace United Church on November 1 to address Sean's killing. Payne said he was speaking in the "spirit o...
Posted: Mon Nov 7, 2016 1:28PM