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text Santa Cruz Sentinel Reporter Leaves Questionable Voicemail by Tannery Concerned
A phone call from a Santa Cruz Sentinel staff reporter left a sting and insulted a friend of the mother of Maddy Middleton this week. He left his name and intention and the phone message is included with more. This was the year anniversary of the tragedy that happened last year at Tannery....
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:09PM
text The Social State Benefits All of Us by R Brait, A Buxbaum and M Schnetzer
The social state can only fulfill expectations when financed n a broad and just basis. The social state must be adjusted to do justice to the pressing challenges like the separate development of poor and rich and social and economic dislocations in the wake of the financial and economic crisis. Helmut Schmidt (German chancellor 1974-1982) said: "The social state is the greatest cultural achievement int he otherwise terrible 20th century."...
Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:20AM
text Fluoridegate: Dental Group Document Reveals Extensive Fluoridation Safety Research Needed by Daniel G. Stockin, MPH
Officials pronounce fluoridation safe and effective; but privately they aren’t so sure. A CDC freedom of information request uncovered a document from the the American Dental Association, an ardent fluoridation protector and promoter, asking for fluoridation safety studies....
Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:37PM
text Farming Community Rallies in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Residents from California’s most extensively farmed regions converged on Sacramento today to deliver more than 27,000 petition signatures and a letter representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, all demanding protections for their children from exposure to agricultural pesticides at school....
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:36PM
text Bus Rider's Association Brings Change by Lemon Tree
A statement and update from one of the members of the bus rider's association, a group that came together to fight the bus cuts. Wider thoughts and realities are brought into the picture of what is taking place locally with transportation issues....
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 4:58PM
text Democracy vs. Begging at City Council by Steve Martinot
This is an account of multiple betrayals by the Berkeley City Council. With $25 million in reserve, it begrudges non-profits that serve the homeless a mere $40K. Along with that cut, it advances to the police some $400K. It is as if it knows it has to beef up the police if it is going to cut services to the poor. Apparently, money is no object. What is the object? And what can we who believe in democracy do about it?...
Posted: Fri Jul 1, 2016 4:15PM
text Four Days…the Slaying of Krista Deluca in the Santa Cruz County Jail by Dr. Bruce Loisel
A description and analysis of the incarceration and pain she endured in the four days and nights she was held captive by the officials in charge of the Santa Cruz County jail. She was deprived of the medication that, without question, would have ended her agony and saved her life. The limitlessness of her four sleepless days and nights of torture and mayhem, that culminated in her choking on her own vomit and dying, is not easy to imagine....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:16AM
text Press the press on homelessness by David Giesen
Inforum at the Commonwealth Club hosted a panel of journalist biggies who didn't finger community-generated land values as the key to addressing homeless issues....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:36AM
text RV Nighttime Parking, "Littering", Street Vendors Again on Chopping Block Today at Council by Robert Norse
The Niroyan-led Nimbies are back again at City Hall demanding the City ban RV's at night city-wide. To avoid a veto from the Coastal Commission, city staff homeless-cleansers have dickered with Coastal Commission staff for half a year. They are introducing a midnight-5 PM resolution (though allowing for a broader parking ban in the law) (Item #25). Additional items of interest involve tripled fines for "littering" city-wide from July 2 through July 6 and $200+ fines for violating the "Vani...
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:55PM
text BART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal. The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. by JP Massar
In April, the BART Board passed a law making it illegal to occupy two seats during rush hour on a BART train. The law was not to take effect until the BART police presented their implementation strategy. At the most recent BART Board meeting the BART police presented how they intend to enforce the new law....
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:42PM
text Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform by Steve Pleich
Critics Off the Mark...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:35AM
text San Francisco's Mission St. Mission by San Francisco
The contentious public hearing Monday evening, June 20, at the Mission Cultural Center regarding the MUNI changes on Mission St. was exacerbated by unrequited gentrification....
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:37PM
text Non-Profits versus Profit Maximization by Heidrun Bluhm and Andrej Holm
Cooperation and competition strengthen each other. Creating a non-profit or cooperative housing sector is the only remedy to gentrification and commodification as rental prices go through the roof. Social blindness and market failure are everywhere in Germany and the US. In Germany there is recognition that privatizing social housing was a terrible mistake. Housing as a human right is subverted by the right of speculation. Housing often mutates from a human and social necessity to a specu...
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:51AM
text Nuclear Shutdown News June 2016 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry at home and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those who are fighting to create a nuclear free future. Here is our June 2016 issue:...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:39PM
text Public Space goes down for the count? by David Giesen
Ed Lee et al may as well rename Civic Center "The corporate picnic area formerly known as public space."...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:02PM
text Three Little Scams: Manipulating the Housing Crisis by Steve Martinot
City councils think that they are dealing with the housing crisis by requiring inclusion of affordable housing units in buildings composed of market rate units. Their attempts violate the class composition of this area. They ignore the salient factors of corporate economics. And they pretend that affordable housing units are just another form of market rate housing. Thus, they hide from the real problem, state laws which violate and obviate the democratic needs of the cities, and which need t...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:16PM
text Lies the Lobbyists in Berkeley Tell You by Berkeley Anonymous
There are 2 main lobbyist groups influencing Berkeley city council to vote in favor of big developers. Historical, social, and environmental considerations raised by Berkeley citizens are ignored by the majority of city council, in favor of expensive housing projects that are financially out of reach of low income residents. "Livable Berkeley" and "East Bay Forward" use dishonest rhetoric and social media trolling so developers can make big gains. The lobbyist are bolstered by "Berkeleysid...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:35AM
text SF privatizes sacred space once again by David Giesen
The city of San Francisco once again rented out Civic Center for chump change, barring the public from the heart of Public Space, indicating to youth that the days of Bad King John are back....
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:17PM
text As Warriors prepare to celebrate, City of Oakland prepares to evict several more homeless. by Draymon Green in exile
As Warriors prepare to celebrate, City of Oakland prepares to evict several more homeless....
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:42AM
text Democracy Dissolves by Wolfgang J. Koschnick
Worldview parties mutated to popular or catchall parties and gradually lost their clear profile and their voters. Now the long march into political nothingness follows inexorably. Citizens have long known something is rotten in the state. The political parties are state-subsidized parasites. Politics first despised the trust of the population and then lost that trust. Weariness is not a moody aberration of people but the reaction to a contempt of their well-being. Establishment politics ha...
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:29AM