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imageFundraiser Initiated to Support the Ross Camp
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by Santa Cruz News
A fundraiser to support the homeless residents of the Ross Camp has been initiated by Alicia Kuhl of Santa Cruz County Homeless Advocates. Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-ross-camp...
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:14AM
calendarEmergency Protest to Defend Those Without Housing
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by Keith McHenry
809 Center St, Santa Cruz, California...
Event Date: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:00PM
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:36PM
imageHomeless Residents Name Take Back Santa Cruz in Lawsuit
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by Santa Cruz News
Homeless residents of the Ross/Hero's Camp in Santa Cruz have named the group Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) in a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court on April 9 to prevent the camp's closure. While the text of the lawsuit is primarily focused on stopping the City of Santa Cruz's planned closure of the camp, it also seeks legal relief with regards to the wider campaign of hatred being waged in the community against the camp's homeless residents. The lawsuit is asking that Take Back Santa ...
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09PM
textExxonMobil Seeks to Restart Offshore Drilling Platforms, Truck Oil in California by Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental Study Released, Santa Barbara Hearing Set...
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:26PM
imageLawsuit Forces Federal Protection for Endangered Orcas' West Coast Habitat
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by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE, April 12, 2019 — The Center for Biological Diversity has won a victory in the legal battle to force the Trump administration to protect the West Coast habitat of the last remaining Southern Resident killer whales....
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:17PM
imageHero's Camp Plaintiffs Demand City Provide Indoor Shelter for Entire Homeless Population in Santa Cruz
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by Santa Cruz News
Today, homeless residents of the Hero's Camp, who are suing the City of Santa Cruz to prevent their eviction, held a press conference to officially announce the lawsuit. Following the press conference, representative Alicia Kuhl announced that the group is demanding the city provide indoor shelter space for for the "entire" homeless population in Santa Cruz before the encampment, which is located next to Ross Dress for Less and the Gateway Plaza, be vacated....
Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:31PM
calendarHistoric Lawsuit Filed by Homeless People in Santa Cruz to Block Eviction of Survival Camp
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by Alicia Kuhl (reposted)
Hero’s Camp (behind Ross at the Gateway Plaza), River Street, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:30AM
Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:53PM
imageChief Mills to 'Present' BearCat to Public
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by Santa Cruz Police News
In an email to the Santa Cruz Police Chief’s Advisory Committee, it was announced that Police Chief Andrew Mills is planning to host a community presentation of the Santa Cruz Police Department's BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) on May 4. The vehicle was purchased by SCPD with the approval of the Santa Cruz City Council in 2015, despite large protests from the community over the militarization of police....
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:59PM
documentACLU Letter to Santa Cruz City Council Opposes Ross Camp Closure
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by Santa Cruz News
On April 8, the ACLU of Northern California and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty sent a joint letter to the Santa Cruz City Council opposing the closure of the Ross homeless encampment. "[W]e are concerned about any plan to criminalize the living behaviors of residents of the Ross Camp, either directly or indirectly. Due to the lack of available shelter bed, Martin bars the City from carrying out such a plan," the letter states....
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:47PM
imageRoss Camp Eviction Date Could be Extended, but City Support for Safe Sleep Options Wavers
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by Santa Cruz News
The agenda for the Santa Cruz City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 9 includes one item that indicates the deadline for the closure date for the Ross homeless encampment may be extended. Councilmember Brown and Vice-Mayor Cummings have submitted a proposal, "to close the Gateway Encampment when sufficient, campground or non-campground emergency shelter beds are available." The encampment closure date previously had been planned for April 17, but an extension could easily pass with Counclilme...
Posted: Mon Apr 8, 2019 4:34PM
calendarCompassion Not Eviction
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by Keith McHenry
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Tue Apr 9, 2019 12:30PM
Posted: Fri Apr 5, 2019 6:54PM
imageLawsuit Aims to Protect West Coast Salmon for Starving Orcas
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by Center for Biological Diversity
Southern Resident Population Drops to 75 as Trump Administration Ignores Fisheries' Impact...
Posted: Wed Apr 3, 2019 7:43PM
imageCesar Chavez Day Celebration March 31, 2019
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by AutumnSun
This is the second year I was invited to cover this wonderfull event and I am very happy to be a part ! Nane Alejandrez is the founder and "Inspirational Leader" of Barrios Unidos!...
Posted: Mon Apr 1, 2019 1:48PM
imageEntanglement Settlement Protects Whales, Sea Turtles, California’s Crab Fishery
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by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2019 — Californians will be pleased to know that Dungeness crab will be caught off the coast with greater care for endangered wildlife under a settlement announced today by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations....
Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:48PM
imageLawsuit Seeks Records on Trump's California Oil, Gas Leasing Plans
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by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2019 — The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Bureau of Land Management today over its refusal to provide public records of its plans to clear the way for new oil drilling and fracking along California’s Central Coast and in the Bay Area. The BLM has yet to publicly release the final resource-management plans, but the federal lands and mineral estate earmarked for leasing are in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joa...
Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:16PM
imageDowntown Church Blocks Front Door During Weekly Homeless Giving Event
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by Santa Cruz News
On Wednesday, the front door of the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Santa Cruz was blocked off during their weekly coffee giveaway for the homeless, according to one churchgoer. The measure was taken after Rev. Fr. Milutin Janjic told parishioners that a man came to the church with a larger pet rat on his shoulder, and was kissing it. "I know father went through the Bosnian War. He isn't easily rattled," Prophet Elias parishioner Anne Solso said in a statement on Facebook. Despite the ...
Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:37AM
imageUse of the Word "Dindunuffin" by Police Officer Triggers Internal Affairs Investigation
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by Santa Cruz News
The Santa Cruz Police Department has opened an internal affairs investigation into the conduct of Officer Chris Galli, who in January referred to a man who he had previously arrested as a dindunuffin on social media. Galli, posting as "Chris Meriekuh", made the comment about the individual, who is African American and homeless, on Joe Netro's Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real hate blog. A screen capture of the comment was posted in an Indybay article, helping to raise awareness concerning the r...
Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:55PM
imageWhere Do We Go From Here? Addressing Homelessness in Santa Cruz
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by Santa Cruz City Councilmember Drew Glover
A lot has been happening recently in the City of Santa Cruz, California related to homelessness. After years of criminalizing homelessness and constantly shuffling people from place to place, the City has started to look at proven options that help people experiencing homeless receive the services they need as well as permanent supportive housing. Transitional Encampments, safe-sleeping, and safe-parking programs are tactics that have made an impact in North-Western cities like Eugene, Portla...
Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:52AM
imageStop the "Sleep Space" at Depot Park Lot 24, Support an Encampment at Harvey West
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by Alicia Kuhl (reposted)
Opening up a safe sleep located in lot #24 near Depot Park in Santa Cruz is causing an outrage from neighbors and concerned citizens. A safe sleep spot does not meet shelter criteria, and is not good for anyone. Your concerns about this are totally logical, it will force people to find a place to exist during the daytime hours in that area....
Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:13PM
imageFelton and Boulder Creek Recycling Centers to Close
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by Santa Cruz News
The Valley Women's Club of San Lorenzo Valley has announced that they must close the Boulder Creek and Felton Recycling Centers on July 1, due to changes in the County of Santa Cruz's waste management budget. The loss of these recycling centers will affect countless community members in the San Lorenzo Valley, including homeless and low income residents, and the workers at the facilities, some of whom have been employed there for 14-28 years....
Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:05PM