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text The Future of Parkmerced Redux by tenant activist
A recently completed documentary about Parkmerced, the largest rent-controlled housing complex west of the Mississippi. In an unprecedented political action the San Francisco Board of Supervisors authorized that all 1500 garden apartments be demolished and replaced with luxury condos with dubious rent-control protections. (running time 14 minutes). This free screening takes place at Artists Television Access (ATA), 992 Valencia Street (at 22nd Street), San Francisco; Thursday, December 1st ...
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:03PM
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
text Why Health Care Should Be a Human Right by Kristy Dale
In the article "My 22-Year Old Daughter Died Because She Told ER She Didn’t Have Health Insurance" by Tana Ganeva from Truth Out explains that a woman named Shalynne was not treated by the hospital because she did not have healthcare. Shalynne, at the age of twenty two, ended up dying because she did not receive the care or treatment she needed for the pain she was feeling in her knee....
Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:04PM
text Excessive Force by Police Injures 300 Water Protectors at Standing Rock by via Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
November 20, 2016 - The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council responded to a mass casualty incident that began at 6pm yesterday evening. Approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by our physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by police over the course of 10 hours. At least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance...
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:43PM
text Berkeley Homeless Advocacy Group Demands Cessation of Brutal Harassment - Real Solutions by First They Came for the Homeless
First They Came for the Homeless has been and continues to make visible the face of homelessness in Berkeley. They demand the one thing that everyone needs - a place to call their own....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:04AM
text Poisoned food products will be delivered to Syria through Kilis, Turkey by Mike Stalwart
Great anxiety has been raised by the info about preparations for a provocation against Aleppo where canned food products containing toxic agents were to be massively distributed under the guise of humanitarian aid from the Assad government....
Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:18AM
text A Trump administration will probably be hostile to affordable housing programs by Lynda Carson
Tens of thousands of low-income households in the Bay Area, including veterans, the chronically ill, elderly and disabled, are being placed at risk of homelessness if the Republicans have it their way, now that they are gaining full control of the House and Senate, including the White House!...
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:28PM
text Lyme Disease & the Weaponization of Borrelia by Elena Cook
Microbiologist Mike Sawyer writes a hypothetical scenario of how Borrelia could have been weaponized in the WW2 era, and how that could explain the current Lyme Disease Denialism in mainstream medicine. Sawyer suffers chronic Borreliosis himself....
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:28PM
text Renter control ballot measures pass in Oakland, Richmond and Mountain View by Lynda Carson
There are rent control victories in the Cities of Oakland, Richmond and Mountain View, in the effort to save tens of thousands of renters from being displaced from their housing by heartless greedy landlords, realtors and speculators in the Bay Area!...
Posted: Wed Nov 9, 2016 3:10PM
text Myth: The Public Service Sector is Inefficient and Much Too Expensive by Sven Hergovich
Privatizations do not usually lead to lower prices. Privatizations often entail hidden costs. If a business saves by investing less in training, the state has to invest more. Privatizations have cost public budgets more money than they brought in. Privatizations also represent a loss of control for the state. For employees, they mostly mean staff reductions, lower wages and increasing work pressure....
Posted: Mon Nov 7, 2016 4:44AM
text Renter protection activists counter the lies of the California Apartment Association by Lynda Carson
According to Cindy Cornell, Founder of the Yes on Measure R campaign in Burlingame,”In our campaign for rent stabilization in Burlingame (Measure R), we have consistently seen lies and distortions of the truth in mailers, tv and radio commercials, letters to the editor, and directly out of the mouth of Josh Howard, Executive Director of CAA's Tri-County Division!...
Posted: Fri Nov 4, 2016 4:49PM
text Flower Pot Candle Heaters And Your Health by Tomas DiFiore
Toxicity levels aside; seems the science behind the ingenuous design, and curious scrutiny, over the years has evolved ways of additional heat absorption, conductivity, mass and heat transference. Assorted model kits are available online. The downside is the toxicity of petroleum by-products introduced into a home environment by paraffin candles - or a massage setting, or Tiny Home, RV, or any small space - which few talk about. Beeswax candle fuel is the candle fuel that produces the most ne...
Posted: Wed Nov 2, 2016 10:57AM
text Oakland's notorious serial evictor is William J. Rosetti with 4,000 eviction notices by Lynda Carson
With over 4,000 eviction notices served, William J. Rosetti, aka Bill Rosetti, is a prominent member of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s, Oakland Housing Cabinet. William J. Rosetti, aka Bill Rosetti, is allegedly the biggest serial evictor in Oakland!...
Posted: Tue Nov 1, 2016 12:10AM
text Corrupting influence of big money against rent control by Lynda Carson
In opposition to the renters in the “David vs. Goliath” renter protection campaigns taking place in the Bay Area, are the greedy landlords, speculators, realtors & realtor associations, and apartment associations that are spending a ton of money to have the notorious California Apartment Association (CAA) run some massive campaigns against Bay Area renters seeking renter protections. The massive campaigns and big money being spent by the CAA are corrupting the political process in the Bay Are...
Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:25PM
text Alameda activists to rally & distribute 10,000 door hangers supporting Measure M1 by Lynda Carson
Measure M1 provides sustainable rent increases and just-cause for eviction protections to City of Alameda residents. More than 7,300 Alamedan voters signed petitions to put M1 on the November 8 ballot. A growing coalition of renters, homeowners, landlords, faith leaders, and small business owners support Measure M1 for its balanced approach to renter protections and community stability....
Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:10PM
text Tom Hayden on The Unfinished Business of Democracy by The Nation
From helping to found the New Left in the 1960s right up to this turbulent election season, Hayden was a pillar of Democratic politics, a brilliant strategist and political thinker, and a leading advocate for a more just and equal society....
Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:54AM
text CAA opposes ordinance to protect Section 8 renters from discrimination by Lynda Carson
The California Apartment Association (CAA) stepped up to the plate to oppose a proposed ethical ordinance prohibiting discrimination against section 8 tenants in Marin County. The CAA has taken an unethical position against the ordinance to protect section 8 renters, as well as opposing some ethical renter protection ballot measures in 6 cities in the Bay Area recently!...
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:29PM
text The Right to Disrespect: A Reminder by Robert Norse
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
text DOJ Says Poor Defendants Can’t Be Held If They Can’t Afford Bail by Angela Bronner Helm, The Root
The Obama administration decrees that poor people deserve equal protection under the law, too....
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:06PM