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text Questions About Mass Incarceration Remain Unanswered by Steve Pleich
Grand Jury Report and Larger Problems Still Ignored...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:17AM
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 Citizens Police Review Board an Idea Whose Time Has Come? by Steve Pleich
Community is Ready to Move Forward...
Posted: Fri Jul 1, 2016 12:49PM
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 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 Pipeline Company in Southern California Oil Spill Has Long History of Leaks by Center for Biological Diversity
VENTURA, Calif., June 23, 2016 — The company that just spilled thousands of gallons of crude near the California coast in Ventura has a decade-long history of oil spills in the state, according to information uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:04PM
text Unprecedented Offshore Fracking Threatens Alaska's Endangered Belugas by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 22, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today urged federal officials to block an oil company’s plans to drill multiple new wells and conduct the first large, multistage offshore fracking ever done in Alaska’s environmentally sensitive Cook Inlet....
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:40AM
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 Groups Question Lack of Transparency in Genetically Engineered Moth Experiments by via Food & Water Watch
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 — Environmental, food safety and organic farming organizations are demanding clear public information about a controversial plan to conduct an open air field trial of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York. The GE moths are intended to control population levels with an engineered trait that causes female offspring to die in the larval stage. The diamondback moth is a pest for producers of crops l...
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:06PM
text Freedom SleepOut #49 Will Follow Council's Doling Out More Cash for Cops by Robert Norse
Bad news for those worried about expanded police power, throwing cash at the cops, and other issues on the Consent Agenda Tuesday afternoon at City Council. Following that, Freedom Sleepers will continue the determined campaign to end the 11 PM-8:30 AM Sleeping Ban and establish a "free from citation" space on the sidewalk. Additionally a few notes on the upcoming demands that police cough up their video of past harassment on June 17 10 AM in Dept. 1....
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:32PM
text West Coast Whale Entanglements Increasing, On Pace for Another Record Year by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., June 9, 2016 — Nearly 40 reports of whales entangled in fishing gear have been recorded off the West Coast in 2016 — including at least 20 whales that are estimated to still be entangled — putting this year on pace to break the record for the third straight year. Although some whales are able to escape from fishing gear, often with the help of California Whale Rescue teams that are now being overwhelmed with entanglement reports, those that continue to drag fishing gear can d...
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 1:39PM
text Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Water Supplies by Center for Biological Diversity
California Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Dozens of Underground Water Supplies...
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 3:57PM
text Mark Stone Voted for Unconstitutional, Anti-BDS Law AB 2844 by via South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace
On June 6, South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace sent out a letter asking supporters to contact Assembly Members Evan Low, Nora Campos, and Mark Stone, to convey disappointment that they voted in favor of the anti-BDS law AB 2844....
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 12:08PM
text Pleich Opens Council Campaign With Support for Workers by Committee to Elect Steve Pleich
We Stand With Working Men and Women...
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 11:22AM
text Renewed Concern Over Labor Dispute at Washington Farm by via Fair World Project
Thousands of Consumers Ask Sakuma Brothers Farm to Negotiate a Fair Contract While Over 30 Organizations Ask Driscoll’s to Uphold Commitment to Freedom of Association PORTLAND, OR, May 26, 2016 – Leading fair trade advocacy organization, Fair World Project, joined over thirty other organizations in signing a letter asking Driscoll’s, the largest distributor of berries in the world, to make good on its commitment to enforcing the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. As...
Posted: Thu Jun 2, 2016 3:32AM
text Obama Administration Reportedly Lifting Moratorium on California Offshore Fracking by via Food & Water Watch
In the waning days of his administration, President Obama appears to be doubling down on fracking....
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 2:57PM
text Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2016 — The Obama administration today finalized plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and dumping fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater in California’s wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel....
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 2:34PM
text Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On by Robert Norse
Last chance to make a cry of outrage at the City Council'slaw to outlaw all handicraft vending in the downtown and wharf-beachfront areas. Follow-up by saying no to a cop-heavy budget (social services take up less than 3% of the budget compared to police & rangers (42%). Finally the Food-Not-Bombs supported Freedom Sleepers will resume their principled civil disobedience on the sidewalk and city hall courtyard that night for the 46th week....
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:58PM
text Mike Rotkin Addresses ACLU Board Concerns About Bus Route Reduction by Steve Pleich
Increased Federal Funding and Gas Tax Will Help Balance the Transit System Budget...
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:07PM