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The Right to Disrespect: A Reminder
I wrote this letter this morning after Vice-Mayor Cynthia Chase attempted to stop me from speaking with my back to the Council during Oral Communications yesterday afternoon. It wasn't clear to me that she was taking action to arrest me, but seemed like she was threatening to do so. It has to emphasized again that a violation of Council rules, unless it disrupts the meeting, is not a disruption, however much a presiding officer wants to paint it as one. The interruption and threat to the ...
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:56AM
Court to Monterey County: Lawsuit Over Wildlife Services Animal-killing Contract Can Move Forward
SALINAS, Calif., October 25, 2016 — The California Superior Court issued an order Monday evening denying Monterey County’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit, filed in June by animal protection and conservation organizations, that challenges the county’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services. This notorious federal program has killed more than 3,000 coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and other animals in the county in the past six years, largely in the name of pr...
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:46PM
NAMI Santa Cruz Expresses Deep Sadness at Horrible Death of Sean Arlt
NAMI joins our community in expressing our deepest sadness at the horrible death of Sean Arlt, a beautiful young man who was struggling with a mental illness....
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:01PM
ACLU of Northern California Statement on Killing of Sean Arlt
October 24, 2016 - The ACLU of Northern California joins communities in Santa Cruz in demanding justice for Sean Arlt and his family. The fatal shooting of Sean Arlt by Santa Cruz Police Department officers is highly disturbing, particularly given that he was in mental health crisis at the time....
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:12PM
Aromas - San Juan School Officials: Remove Shredded Tire Mulch from Playgrounds
We are a parent-led effort to replace shredded tires from Aromas-San Juan Unified Public Schools with a non-toxic alternative....
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:18PM
Candle light vigil held in remembrance of Sean Smith Arlt October 22, 2016
Santa Cruz turned out for a candle light vigil for Sean Arlt who was shot and Killed by Santa Cruz Police!...
Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:53AM
Proposition 57: A Vote For Justice
Prop 57 Next Logical Step Toward Model of Restorative Justice...
Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:24AM
Stop police violence in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center St, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:52PM
SCPD must release name of officer who killed man suffering from mental illness
The California Supreme Court ruled that police agencies must release the names of officers who kill citizens, but Santa Cruz Police are stalling the release of the name of their officer who killed a man this week and they are sending mixed messages to the public through the media....
Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:35AM
Big Money Funds Yes on Measure D Campaign in Santa Cruz County
October 2016 - Big money is being spent to influence the outcome of Measure D on the November 8, 2016 Santa Cruz County ballot. Unlike political offices, campaigns for ballot measures have no limit to the amount of money that can be contributed. There is no restriction on the source of contributions, so special interests from outside Santa Cruz County can buy influence in our local ballot measures....
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:32PM
Manifesto of Love
Santa Cruz Town Clock, corner of Pacific Ave and Water St, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:30PM
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:53PM
Update on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Child Daycare Centers
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has extended the public comment period for a proposed regulation that would give further protections to children when agricultural pesticides are applied close to schools and child daycare facilities*. The new deadline of December 9, 2016, gives the public more opportunity to weigh in on the issue. In addition, DPR has added an additional public hearing that will be held in Monterey County. Public hearings have already been scheduled...
Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:07PM
Family of Sean Smith-Arlt Releases Statement, Following his Killing by Santa Cruz Police
The family of Sean Smith-Arlt has released a public statement that describes how dear Sean was to them, and what type of person he was and what some of his accomplishments were. They have confirmed Sean was suffering from ongoing mental health issues at the time he was killed by Santa Cruz police on October 16 near the corner of Chace and Getchell Streets. The family is calling for a more independent investigation into the killing. "The information that has been released so far is not telling...
Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:23AM
Rain or Shine--Freedom SleepOut #67 Rolls On
Cityhall Land--where sleep for the homeless is banned and armed Sleepbusters get their paychecks at 809 Center St. After the First Amendment closes down at 10 PM on the City Hall grounds, many will choose to sleep along the Center St. sidewalk between Locust and Church Sts. The event goes on until Wednesday morning, after which houseless folks face harassment at the whim of police, rangers, and security thugs for the rest of the week....
Event Date: Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:00PM
Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:53AM
Solidarity with San Quintín Farmworkers at Driscoll’s Distribution Center in Aromas, CA
Farmworkers in San Quintín, México are urging people throughout the world to Boycott Driscoll’s products, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries....
Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:03AM
Statement of Steve Pleich Campaign
Time to Get Behind the Brand New Council...
Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:52PM
Santa Cruz Police Shoot and Kill Man on Westside
Officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department shot and killed a man outside of a home on the corner of Chace and Getchell Streets, in a residential neighborhood, on the west side of Santa Cruz. Preliminary reports from the media have stated that a 32-year-old man experiencing mental health issues was charging police with a gardening rake when officers deemed him a threat and shot and killed him at about 3:30 am on October 16. [Top photo: What appears to be a small rake lays in the street at ...
Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:14PM
Benefit Concert for a Brand New Council
Santa Cruz really needs to make a change or our hometown is going down the tubes!...
Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:29AM
Standing with San Quintin Farmworkers & Boycott Driscoll's 10-15-2016
The Boycott continues! Today we demonstrated in front of Driscoll's in Aromas California....
Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:15AM
Police and Ranger Raid on Homeless In the Rain Reported
Around 11 AM today, activist and car-dweller Jessica Nash reports that two vans of "Park Rangers" from Harvey West followed by 5 cars of SCPD in uniform pulled up on a dozen homeless people. They were sitting on the wall and under sheltering trees from the rain by the side of the sidewalk across from the Civic Auditorium today. The armed officers threatened to seize blankets, bikes, food, and belongings if the homeless didn't move out into the bad weather....
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:22PM