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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
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
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 Trump's New Interior Department Transition Team Leader Believes Burning Fossil Fuels Is a 'Moral' Imperative by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016 — President-elect Trump today again shook up his anti-environmental transition team, naming the director of a pro-Big-Oil think tank to lead his Interior Department advisory group....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:12PM
text Feds Block Offshore Arctic Drilling, Allow New Oil and Gas Leases in Gulf by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2016 — A new offshore oil and gas plan from the U.S. Department of the Interior blocks two drilling leases in the Arctic, but allows a new lease in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years – a step that will worsen climate change by ensuring significant greenhouse gas pollution for the next 70 years....
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:36PM
text As Commercial Crab Season Opens, Fishermen Urged to Implement Gear Modifications to Prevent Whale Entanglements by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., November 14, 2016 — As the commercial Dungeness crab season opens in California Nov. 15, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging fishermen to comply with recommended gear modifications to help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. The season’s opening days put whales at high risk because more available crab means fishermen are on the water as many days as possible....
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:23PM
text Free Radio Evicted Today - Still on Internet by Uncle Dennis
The transmitter for Free Radio Santa Cruz went silent today because our host has been evicted. We are actively looking for a new site for our transmitter and antenna. Meanwhile we are still live web streaming at www.freakradio.org....
Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:08PM
text EPA Approves Use of Dangerous Herbicide Dicamba on GE Crops by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 9, 2016 — Ignoring the legal requirement to examine threats to endangered species, the Environmental Protection Agency today approved the use of the dangerously toxic herbicide dicamba on crops genetically engineered to tolerate the pesticide. Dicamba has been around for decades, but this new EPA decision allows the herbicide to be sprayed directly on genetically engineered cotton and soybeans — opening the door for dicamba use to jump from less than 1 million pounds to m...
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:16AM
text Landmark Victory: Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-producing County to Ban Fracking by Center for Biological Diversity
SALINAS, Calif., November 9, 2016 — Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, on Tuesday passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than 55 percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent 30 to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. Monterey is the sixth county in California to ban...
Posted: Wed Nov 9, 2016 10:47AM
text D is for Dilemma in Santa Cruz County by Stanley Sokolow
Measure D presents Santa Cruz County voters with a harsh dilemma. The measure would increase sales tax by 0.5% for the next 30 years to provide $510 million for transportation. 80% of the money would go to good things. The dilemma is that 20% would be wasted to pay for 6 exit-only auxiliary lanes on Highway 1 connecting on-ramps to the next off-ramp from Soquel Drive to State Park, which won't do what the proponents claim. Should we accept wasting over $100 million on futile lanes in orde...
Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:16PM
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 Court to Monterey County: Lawsuit Over Wildlife Services Animal-killing Contract Can Move Forward by Center for Biological Diversity
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
text ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate Police Use of Face Recognition by American Civil Liberties Union
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2016 — The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter (see PDF) today to the Justice Department urging it to investigate the increasing use and impact of face recognition by police....
Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:45PM
text Update on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Child Daycare Centers by charlotte fadipe
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
text Police and Ranger Raid on Homeless In the Rain Reported by Robert Norse
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
text Lawsuit Launched Over Oil, Gas Development in Los Padres National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., October 12, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity, Los Padres ForestWatch and Defenders of Wildlife filed a notice of intent Tuesday to sue the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other federal agencies over invalid and outdated Endangered Species Act approvals on a 2005 U.S. Forest Service plan that allowed expanded oil and gas development throughout the Los Padres National Forest. The challenge ...
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:26PM
text Lawsuit Launched to Protect Plants, Monarchs From Toxic New Pesticide by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, October 11, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for once again approving a toxic pesticide without fully considering its potential harm to the environment. The potent new plant-killer, halauxifen-methyl, could harm rare plants and the increasingly imperiled monarch butterfly. Yet the EPA approved the chemical without a robust and legally required scientific evaluation of its effects, including its potential to harm to bees and ot...
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:52PM
text Time for Serious Consideration of Rent Control Ordinance by Steve Pleich
Moving Toward Rent Control and Rent Stabilization in Santa Cruz...
Posted: Sun Oct 9, 2016 10:37AM