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RV Nighttime Parking, "Littering", Street Vendors Again on Chopping Block Today at Council
The Niroyan-led Nimbies are back again at City Hall demanding the City ban RV's at night city-wide. To avoid a veto from the Coastal Commission, city staff homeless-cleansers have dickered with Coastal Commission staff for half a year. They are introducing a midnight-5 PM resolution (though allowing for a broader parking ban in the law) (Item #25). Additional items of interest involve tripled fines for "littering" city-wide from July 2 through July 6 and $200+ fines for violating the "Vani...
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:55PM
Sol, not coal will loft Oakland's dole
The sometimes acrid confrontation of no-coal and pro-jobs-through-coal-if-necessary factions at the rally ahead of Monday's Oakland City Council hearing on coal missed an opportunity to unite in a clarion call for solar installation jobs funding through property tax overhaul.
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:22PM
Ventura Oil Spill Highlights Big Oil Regulatory Capture
“This company has a disturbing history of dangerous oil spills, yet federal pipeline regulators seem to have done almost nothing to protect our state,” said Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “The new spill is another grim example of why we have to get pipelines and oil drilling out of California’s vulnerable coastal environment. We’ve got to stop thinking about these oil spills as accidents and start seeing them for what they are: completely predi...
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:46PM
#ByeLibby (video/mp4 29.4MB)
2 minute video of local organizers speaking about the OPD scandal and Libby Schaaf's history of ignoring police terror in Oakland
Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:41PM
Freedom Sleeper "No Assembly at City Hall Grounds at Night" cases Go to Court
County Courthouse Superior Court 1
Event Date: Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:30PM
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:25PM
City of Santa Cruz: Keep SF Mime Troupe at San Lorenzo Park!
Local musician, activist, and volunteer for the SF Mime Troupe, Karen Kaplan, informs us that this year, the SF Mime Troupe will be performing at Porter College's outdoor quad at UCSC, but not at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz, as has been the tradition for so many years. Apparently the Mime Troupe performance was nixed by the City of Santa Cruz's Planning Department this year.
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:43PM
Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform
Critics Off the Mark
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:35AM
Oakland Community: OPD Is Rotten to Its Core and Libby’s Got to Go (audio)
On the morning of June 21, a number of Oakland community organizations came together in front of Oakland police headquarters to issue a set of demands in response to the ever-growing list of OPD crimes and cover-ups which have been exposed recently. The Anti Police-Terror Project and allies issued four demands: community-controlled policing; the defunding of OPD and investment in the community; the child sexual exploitation scandal be addressed in a meaningful way; and the resignation of May...
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:48PM
Darwin BondGraham & Ali Winston Discuss Their Oakland Police Investigation, Firing of Sean Whent (audio/mpeg 32.6MB)
Since this program was recorded, within a week of the firing of chief Sean Whent (on June 10), Oakland police have churned through two more, interim chief Ben Fairow (June 10 - June 15) and acting chief Paul Figueroa (June 15 - June 17). City Administrator Sabrina Landreth was then appointed by Mayor Libby Schaaf to oversee the department, and on June 20, deputy chief David Downing was named acting assistant chief. More and more crimes and corruption of Oakland police continue to be exposed.
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:33PM
As Attendance Swells at Community Sleepouts, Freedom Sleepers Plan One-Year Anniversary
On June 14, the Freedom Sleepers held their 49th community sleepout at Santa Cruz City Hall, with about two dozen people spending the night. As summer approaches, attendance has continued to increase at the weekly sleepouts, which are organized to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. The 50th community sleepout is planned for Tuesday, June 21, and the Freedom Sleepers have announced their one-year anniversary sleepout will be held on July 5. [Top photo: A Freedom Sleeper in front...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:48PM
Freedom Sleeper Case Demands Police Release Video Records
701 Ocean St. Santa Cruz Department 1 in the main court building.
Event Date: Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:00AM
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:56PM
Oakland Police Rocked by One Scandal After Another
Photo: Newly appointed Acting Oakland Police Chief Paul Figueroa. In 2011, Figueroa, then a Captain, was the commanding officer who gave the order that resulted in the shooting, and near killing, of Marine Veteran Scott Olsen during an Occupy Oakland Protest. Oakland paid $4.5 Million to settle a lawsuit brought by Olsen in 2014.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:33AM
Public Space goes down for the count?
Ed Lee et al may as well rename Civic Center "The corporate picnic area formerly known as public space."
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:02PM
Lies the Lobbyists in Berkeley Tell You
There are 2 main lobbyist groups influencing Berkeley city council to vote in favor of big developers. Historical, social, and environmental considerations raised by Berkeley citizens are ignored by the majority of city council, in favor of expensive housing projects that are financially out of reach of low income residents. "Livable Berkeley" and "East Bay Forward" use dishonest rhetoric and social media trolling so developers can make big gains. The lobbyist are bolstered by "Berkeleysid...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:35AM
Greenwashing Extinction: The Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative
Phil Isenberg, a former Sacramento Mayor and Assemblyman, chaired the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force to create faux "marine protected areas" on the Central Coast from 2004 to 2007. Isenberg then went on to Chair the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force that advocated building a peripheral canal or tunnel. Photo of the Sacramento River at Clarksburg by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:05AM
SF privatizes sacred space once again
The city of San Francisco once again rented out Civic Center for chump change, barring the public from the heart of Public Space, indicating to youth that the days of Bad King John are back.
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:17PM
To the Oakland City Council: Let The People Vote!
Three measures were endorsed by the Oakland Justice Coalition, a community-led project designed to bring radical groups together to make real change through the ballot box. We decided to endorse these measures because they directly address three of the biggest challenges facing Oakland residents today: rising rents, police violence, and economic injustice.
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:22PM
Freedom SleepOut #49 Will Follow Council's Doling Out More Cash for Cops
Bad news for those worried about expanded police power, throwing cash at the cops, and other issues on the Consent Agenda Tuesday afternoon at City Council. Following that, Freedom Sleepers will continue the determined campaign to end the 11 PM-8:30 AM Sleeping Ban and establish a "free from citation" space on the sidewalk. Additionally a few notes on the upcoming demands that police cough up their video of past harassment on June 17 10 AM in Dept. 1.
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:32PM
California Greens kick off registration and re-registration drive (audio/mpeg 3.4MB)
Thirty-two thousand members of the California Green Party, roughly 30% of its members, re-registered this year, presumably to vote for Bernie Sanders in the state’s Democratic primary. The Peace and Freedom Party, the other left party whose name appears on California ballots, lost 7,000 registered voters, or 9% of its membership. This week California Greens kicked off a drive to re-register former Greens and register those newly disaffected with the Democratic Party.
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:07AM
Conservation groups ask for more time to file objections to Delta Tunnels plan
Governor Jerry Brown is promoting his California WaterFix at a catastrophic time for salmon and Delta fish populations. In this spring’s California Department of Fish and Wildlife smelt survey released last week, the numbers of the endangered fish, once the most abundant fish in the estuary, have plummeted to a new low.
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:22AM