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imageChevron's Huge Kern County Spill Endangers Valley Residents, Highlights Agency's Capture
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by Dan Bacher
“We have lost all faith in the ability of DOGGR to do its job of protecting Californians, and we call on the Governor to completely reform this corporate-captured agency,” said Linda Hutchins-Knowles, California Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front. “Regulators should not be allowed to own stock in the very industry they’re supposed to regulate."...
Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:28AM
image'Santa Cruz United' Volunteer May Have Violated the Law, Video Shows
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by Santa Cruz News Network
A video posted today on social media shows Attorney Jane Becker, a volunteer with Santa Cruz United, tabling downtown on July 15 and refusing to allow a member of the public to read one of the petitions the group is circulating to recall Santa Cruz City Councilmembers Drew Glover and Chris Krohn. Additionally, the video shows Becker jumping up from her table and attempting to take the petition away from the individual seeking information, who later explained that Becker physically grabbed the...
Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:51PM
imageSanta Cruz Residents Protest the Recall at Petition Signing Locations
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by Santa Cruz News Network
Santa Cruz residents are resisting what they are calling an "anti-democratic" effort to recall Progressive City Counclimembers Drew Glover and Chris Krohn by protesting at signature gathering sites. On July 15, a signature gathering location operated on Pacific Avenue by Take Back Santa Cruz member Jane Becker was protested....
Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:41PM
imageNew Northern California Police Accountability Project Seeking Support
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by Police Files
We need a centralized archive for information on law enforcement violence and corruption across Northern California, but no such resource currently exists. With your help, we can have a working version within a matter of months. Share this and donate to make it happen!...
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:26PM
imageNewsom Administration begins public process for Delta Tunnel
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by Dan Bacher
Newsom’s support of one tunnel to divert water from the Delta to corporate agribusiness and Southern California water agencies is no surprise. Newsom received a total of $637,398 from agribusiness in his 2018 campaign for Governor, including $116,800 from Beverly Hills agribusiness billionaires Linda and Stewart Resnick, the owners of the Wonderful Company two of the strongest supporters of the Delta Tunnel and promoters of numerous attacks on environmental protections for salmon and other f...
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:04PM
imageResist the Recall With Real Progressive Initiatives
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by Robert Norse
Flyer distributed at former mayor Mathews new bait-and-switch 'Bury the Library in the Parking Garage" Rally Today...
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:15PM
imageBoycott Businesses that Support the Santa Cruz Recall
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by Don't Sign the Recall Petition!
'Undemocratic', 'Xenophobic' and 'Racist' are a few of the terms that have have been used to describe the recall effort launched in Santa Cruz against Progressive City Councilmembers Chris Krohn and Drew Glover. A group calling themselves 'Santa Cruz United' has initiated a petition drive to get the recall on the ballot. The membership of Santa Cruz United draws primarily from two preexisting groups: public safety group Take Back Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz Together, the anti-rent control grou...
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:43PM
imageCalifornia’s Biggest Secret? How Big Oil Has Expanded Drilling Under Brown & Newsom
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by Dan Bacher
Consumer Watchdog and the FracTracker Alliance today released data showing a major increase in permits for new oil and gas wells this year under Governor Newsom. From January 1 to June 3, DOGGR approved 2,365 new oil and gas well permits and 191 fracking permits. The data reveals that this year regulators have considerably increased the number of permits granted for drilling new wells (by 35.3%), well reworks (by 28.3%), and hydraulic fracturing (by 103.2%) as compared to the permitting r...
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:36AM
textLabor Friendly Urgent Request by Scott Schroeder
Dear Friends of Labor,...
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:49AM
documentUC Santa Cruz Lobby Corps Addresses Recall Effort
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by Santa Cruz News
The UC Santa Cruz Lobby Corps has issued a letter opposing the recall effort being made by Santa Cruz United against Santa Cruz City Councilmembers Drew Glover and Chris Krohn. The letter states that, "students are at serious risk of losing some of our strongest advocates in local government" if the recall is successful. The letter accuses Santa Cruz United of spreading false information about the candidates, including, "falsely accusing Glover of perjury in federal court."...
Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:20PM
documentResist and Reject the Recall!
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by Robert Norse
Strongly and Clearly Reject Mayoral Bullying...
Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:06PM
imageGrassroots Democracy at the Crossroads
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by Steve Pleich
Recall Would Not Serve Our Community...
Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:14AM
imageThe New War Against the Homeless
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by Keith McHenry
Political recalls and the campaign to dehumanize those who live without housing....
Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:18AM
imageIs New City Manager Tina Friend Bringing an Anti-Homeless Agenda to Scotts Valley?
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by Santa Cruz News Network
Without public input, freshly hired City Manager Tina Friend has drafted the City of Scotts Valley's political position on Assembly Bill 516, a state bill which would amend the California vehicle code to extend the amount of time before local authorities may legally tow a vehicle parked in public, and would also prevent the sale of vehicles after they are impounded to cover towing expenses. The bill is seen as a much needed protection for low income residents in the state; having a vehicle to...
Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:39PM
imageOregon Governor Kate Brown Signs Five-Year Fracking Ban Bill
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by Dan Bacher
“While we applaud Governor Brown for signing the fracking moratorium into law, she needs to do even more to stop dangerous fracked gas infrastructure in Oregon," said Food & Water Watch Regional Organizing Manager Thomas Meyer. "A new Food & Water Watch report makes it clear that in order to address the climate crisis, we need to stop all new fracked gas infrastructure, including the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector pipeline. Governor Brown should use her executive au...
Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:29AM
imageOakland Activists Call for Impeachment
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by photos: Mary Martin DeShaw, Probono Photo
Over 140 rallies to push Congress to impeach Trump were held across the nation on June 15, 2019. These are photos from the demonstration in Oakland. Photos by Mary Martin DeShaw, Probono Photo. Please credit the photographer....
Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:18AM
imageClimate Shenanigans at the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco
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by Diablo Rising Tide
Climate Shenanigans at the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco. California's biggest secret is that Big Oil continues to dominate the conversation on fossil fuels and climate change in the largest Democratic controlled state in the country. Our goal is to fuck with that....
Posted: Sun Jun 2, 2019 3:12PM
textAbortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn’t Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? W...
Posted: Sun Jun 2, 2019 6:43AM
imageAnti Police-Terror Project Statement on AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives
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by APTP
From our inception, the Anti Police-Terror Project has never subscribed to the belief that policing in America can be fixed. The system is not broken and thus cannot be made to right itself. Born of the slave trade, policing in America was then - and is now - about the catching, killing and incarcerating of Black and Indigenous bodies. We are an abolitionist organization committed to interrupting and rapidly responding to state violence, radically transforming the way in which we as a society...
Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 3:12PM
imageRaising Some Issues at Oral Communications
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by Robert Norse & Alicia Kuhl
Continued delay and inaction on providing homeless shelter and services (to say nothing of civil rights) for homeless folks was the silent part of yesterday's Santa Cruz City Council agenda. Several of us raised issues at Oral Communications...
Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 10:16AM