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Obama Administration Approves Resumption of CA Offshore Fracking
Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program, vigorously disagreed with the agencies’ finding of “no significant impact” — and warned they may file new litigation to halt offshore fracking. “The Obama administration is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” said Sakashita. “Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the on...
Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 5:04PM
Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement Will 'Condemn Tribe to Poverty'
Michael Orcutt, Hoopa Tribal Fisheries Director, said, “It is a travesty that the pristine waters of the Trinity Alps that have nurtured our people have been diverted from their natural course, sent 400 miles from our homeland and converted into toxic industrial waste by agribusiness in the Central Valley.” Photo of Trinity River below Lewiston Dam by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 9:19PM
Salinas Protest of Hillary Clinton
People of Salinas, and others, turned out to show their disgust with Hillary Clinton!
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:12AM
Cabrillo College Foundation bankrolling Yes on Q campaign
The Cabrillo College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is the major contributor to the Yes on Q campaign. Measure Q is a $310 million bond issue for capital projects at Cabrillo College over the next 15 to 20 years. Michael Machado, treasurer of both the Cabrillo College Foundation and Yes on Q, made a false e-filing last month claiming Yes on Q had neither received nor spent any money as of April 23. The Santa Cruz County Elections Department delayed posting some campaign contributions to ...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 9:57AM
California proposes government copyrights
California wants to grant copyrights to state and local government, and must be stopped. When the City of Inglewood sued a citizen who used city council video to criticize the mayor, the city lost in court. But AB 2880 would allow government officials to shield themselves from legitimate and effective criticism, by using this proposed copyright law. Heads Up!
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 2:35PM
Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On
Last chance to make a cry of outrage at the City Council'slaw to outlaw all handicraft vending in the downtown and wharf-beachfront areas. Follow-up by saying no to a cop-heavy budget (social services take up less than 3% of the budget compared to police & rangers (42%). Finally the Food-Not-Bombs supported Freedom Sleepers will resume their principled civil disobedience on the sidewalk and city hall courtyard that night for the 46th week.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:58PM
Anti-Hillary Clinton Action in Salinas
Hartnell College 411 Central Ave Building G -- Auxiliary Gym Salinas, California
Event Date: Wed May 25, 2016 11:00AM
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 5:29PM
Riders and drivers rally against bus cuts in Santa Cruz
A group of bus riders and drivers staged a rally at the Santa Cruz downtown METRO station in protest of planned cuts to the county bus system. METRO plans to reduce service across the county and cut more than 40 driver positions.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:28AM
The Racist History of El Dorado Hills/Negro Hills, CA
For the better part of five decades, the most notable tombstones at Mormon Island were those without names: 36 anonymous decedents whose grave markers shared a single, shocking label: “Moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery by the US Government in 1954.”
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 11:25PM
Mike Rotkin Addresses ACLU Board Concerns About Bus Route Reduction
Increased Federal Funding and Gas Tax Will Help Balance the Transit System Budget
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:07PM
Community Sleepout #45
The Freedom Sleepers organized their 45th community sleepout at Santa Cruz City Hall on May 17.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:34PM
Big Oil has spent $25 million lobbying in 2015-16 legislative session
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern California at the same time the oil industry was conducting offshore fracking operations. Meanwhile, James Boyd, Reheis-Boyd's husband, was serving as Vice-Chair of the California Energy Commission.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:24AM
Petition to Councilmember Comstock for public restroom support
The following letter was sent to Councilmember Pamela Comstock this Tuesday, asking for her support in establishing 24 hour public restrooms that are accessible to people with disabilities in downtown Santa Cruz.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 4:43PM
Anti-Fracking Initiative Qualifies for the November 2016 Ballot
The Protect Monterey County coalition was notified today by the Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela, that the anti-fracking initiative has received enough qualifying signatures to appear on the ballot for the November 2016 presidential election. Results from the petition count will be reported to the Board of Supervisors during their scheduled meeting on June 1. Initiative Proponents are Dr. Don King, Dr. Laura Solorio, Madeleine Clark, Mibs McCarthy, and Dr. Bill Melendez.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 4:28PM
Medicine for Real: California Lawmakers Should Tax and Regulate Cannabis Like Medicine
We would not tolerate a sin tax on insulin or chemotherapy, even if the revenue was dedicated to a laudable goal. Lawmakers must resist the temptation to lump medical and non-medical cannabis use together when making policy choices.
Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:01PM
Governor Brown Appoints Two New Fish and Game Commissioners
You can probably expect little change in direction with the two new Commission members, since both are apparently political insiders with the Brown administration who have represented organizations supporting Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to build the Delta Tunnels, Brown’s “legacy” project. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown speaks at ACWA conference in Sacramento this year. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:00PM
Shut Down Nazi Rally in Sacramento
California State Capitol-West Steps 1315 10th St, Sacramento, California 95814
Event Date: Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:00AM
Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:55PM
Freedom Sleepers Continue to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall
The Freedom Sleepers continue to directly oppose local laws that criminalize homelessness in Santa Cruz. On May 10, they held their 44th community sleepout at City Hall. The activists, some housed and some unhoused, have been organizing the sleepouts once a week since July 4. [Top photo: A Freedom Sleeper sleeps under the Food Not Bombs canopy in front of Santa Cruz City Hall in the early hours of May 11.]
Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 4:40PM
Big Nazi on Campus: How Racists Rallied at UC Berkeley with Police Protection
Identity Europa, formerly known as the National Youth Front, the youth wing of the Neo-Nazi American Freedom Party along with members of the National Policy Institute held a rally on UC Berkeley campus with the full protection and cooperation of the campus police. The group livestreamed the whole event and even put up a large poster in the Downtown Berkeley area. Members of the group that participated were well known Neo-Nazis and one, Nathan Damigo, served time for a hate crime against a cab...
Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 1:02PM
Stupid Bowl 50 Police State Cost Taxpayers $11.6 Million for 0 Benefit
On May 9, 2016, the San Francisco Controller’s Office issued a report itemizing how the San Francisco Democratic Party spent $11.6 million of our tax dollars on the 4 block Stupid Bowl 50 ...
Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 8:43AM