image Body Cameras for Santa Cruz Police on City Council Agenda 480_police_body_camera_1.jpg by Santa Cruz Police News
On Tuesday Santa Cruz police will introduce to the City Council a proposed "draft implementation timeline" regarding body worn cameras for SCPD officers. City staff is requesting the city council provide direction on their deployment. SCPD will also submit to the city council a comparative analysis of the police department's current practices and how they align with President Obama's 21st Century Policing recommendations. These issues are on the afternoon agenda of the December 13 city counci...
Posted: Fri Dec 9, 2016 9:55PM
text Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 8, 2016 — Federal officials this week announced receipt of a new permit application to frack an oil well in federal waters off the coast of California. If approved it would be the first offshore frack near the California coast since the federal government lifted a moratorium on the controversial oil-extraction process earlier this year....
Posted: Thu Dec 8, 2016 5:09PM
calendar Justice for Sean Arlt and Luke Smith by HUFF & Revolutionary Tendency
Town Clock Downtown Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:30PM
Posted: Wed Dec 7, 2016 1:50PM
document Plastics BAN list report identifies most harmful plastic products and alternatives in CA plasticsbanlist2016.pdf_140_.jpg by Surfrider Foundation
The plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) list identifies California's most harmful plastics and alternate solutions....
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 2:14PM
document Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns cae_blockingthesun_v2.pdf_140_.jpg by via Environment California
Los Angeles, CA, December 1, 2016 – With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast-growing, pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and running media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a...
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 2:08PM
text New Study: Mounting Evidence Supports Eating Less Meat for Health of People, Planet by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A new systematic review of dietary patterns and sustainability published in the latest edition of Advances in Nutrition provides additional evidence that diets lower in animal-based foods and higher in plant-based foods are better for the health of people and the planet. The review highlights the urgency of addressing sustainability in national food policy as a matter of food security: “Long-term food security can be ensured only if we consider the sustainability of our food suppl...
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:59PM
text Forest Service Agrees to Halt Oil, Gas Leasing in Los Padres National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 6, 2016 — The U.S. Forest Service is halting new oil and gas leasing throughout the Los Padres National Forest, which prompted a federal court today to stay ongoing litigation against the agency by conservation groups. The leasing suspension will allow the Forest Service to consider the risks of fracking and drilling in the southern and central California forest to air and water quality and endangered animals like the California condor....
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:32PM
calendar Sleep Protectors Gather for Freedom SleepOut #74 by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
On the sidewalks near City Hall, barred from taking shelter under the eaves in the rain, protesters will spend the night outside, under tarps, perhaps with a tent or two, and in nearby vehicles. The protest runs from Tuesday afternoon to mid-morning Wednesday (to about 9 AM). For nearly a year and a half, a small community of housed and homeless have demanded an end to laws criminalizing survival sleeping and other life-sustaining activities. Watchers, well-wishers, blankets, and visitors...
Event Date: Tue Dec 6, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 12:29AM
image Vigil Honoring Sean Arlt and Luke Smith Dec. 3, 2016 480_090_1.jpg by AutumnSun
The event was held at the town clock in Santa Cruz Ca. We will be holding the event every Sat. at 1:30 PM>...
Posted: Sat Dec 3, 2016 11:38PM
image Santa Cruz Holiday Parade December 3, 2016 480_001_1.jpg by AutumnSun
The event is held every year in Santa Cruz Ca....
Posted: Sat Dec 3, 2016 10:26PM
image Support Fund for Sean Arlt's Son Established 480_sean_arlt_support_fund_1.jpg by Santa Cruz News
A support fund has been established for the 4-year-old son of Sean Arlt, who was shot and killed by officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department on October 16. Donations to the support fund can be made at:
Posted: Fri Dec 2, 2016 5:18PM
calendar Justice for Sean Arlt, Luke Smith, and Santa Cruz: Community Control of Police Now! by Steve Argue
Town Clock Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sat Dec 3, 2016 1:30PM
Posted: Thu Dec 1, 2016 12:06PM
image Pipeline Protesters Shut Down Bank of America 480_dapl_protest_bofa_crop_1.jpg by Free Speech Matters
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters close the Santa Cruz branch of Bank of America at River and Water Streets....
Posted: Thu Dec 1, 2016 10:59AM
calendar A Conversation with AK Thompson: Join activist, writer and scholar AK Thompson at SubRosa images.jpg by SubRosa
at SubRosa (703 Pacific Ave, downtown Santa Cruz)...
Event Date: Fri Dec 2, 2016 6:00PM
Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:59AM
calendar Caught in the Act--Ranger Harassment & Survival Gear Seizure as Freedom Sleepout 73 Looms by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
After "Rousted Into the Rain" treatment during the last Freedom Sleepout a week ago [see "After Rain, Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless..." at] homeless civil rights fighters will resume their weekly sleepout in front of City Hall from 4 PM Tuesday to 9 AM Wednesday at 809 Center St. on the sidewalk facing the library....
Event Date: Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:14AM
text New Report on an Old Story: Can Santa Cruz Learn from Yale Law School? by Yale Law School, Robert Norse
On reading the summary of the Yale Law School report documenting the Criminalization of the Homeless in Connecticut, I reacted with some thoughts about Santa Cruz. Both my thoughts and the news report summarizing the report I post below. Also included are links to the Executive Summary and the full report....
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:41PM
text HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley by Robert Norse
I recently forwarded an article that contrasted principles and policies elsewhere with those of Santa Cruz authorities--which I caustically denounced in an accompanying "Notes from Norse". I believe these Notes are a useful update to some of the brutal practices ongoing in Santa Cruz and so pass them on for readers....
Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:56AM
image After Rain, Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall and Make One Arrest 480_freedom-sleepers-1_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. City Hall property is closed to the public between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in t...
Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:26PM
audio Kingdom of the Unjust - Medea Benjamin Speech - Nov. 12 2016 - Santa Cruz, California (audio/mpeg 45.4mb) by John Malkin
Speech by Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin on her new book "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection" with opening comments on the recent presidential "elections."...
Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:33PM
calendar Sean Arlt fundraiser for his 4 year old son 480_img_0128.jpg by Jeffrey Arlt
Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Sunday November 27th, 1 - 4 PM...
Event Date: Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:00PM
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:18PM