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textRushed RV Ban on Tuesday City Council Agenda by Robert Norse
City Council's reactionary majority is likely to pass a measure likely to further expose the already unhoused population whose current home is their vehicle. The after-midnight oversized parking ban on "oversized" vehicles is a redo of Richelle Noroyan's failed 2016 nighttime RV ban which failed to meet Coastal Commission standards....
Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:07PM
textSanta Barbara County Planning Commission Rejects ExxonMobil’s Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil by Center for Biological Diversity
Commissioners Vote 3-2 Against Project, Joining Strong Community Opposition...
Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:14PM
textSan Luis Obispo County Approves Disputed Drilling at Arroyo Grande Oilfield by Center for Biological Diversity
Hearing Comes After Discovery of Covert Drilling Approvals...
Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:09PM
textEarly signs of hope as monarch butterflies return to California overwintering sites by The Xerces Society
Western monarchs are showing up along the California coast in greater numbers than last year’s historic low....
Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:52PM
textOur Downtown, Our Future by Robert Morgan
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* October 21, 2021 Group Announces Voter Initiative For Santa Cruz....
Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:22PM
textCourt Strikes Down Oil Industry Pollution Protections in Monterey County by Center for Biological Diversity
Decision Increases Pressure on Gov. Newsom to Stop New Oil Wells...
Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:42PM
textSanta Barbara County Staff Recommends Approval of ExxonMobil’s Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil by Center for Biological Diversity
Planning Staff Reverses Opposition to Using Hazardous Highway 166...
Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:44PM
textGoogle algorithms suppressing small websites by John Thielking
Google and Facebook are increasingly unfriendly for small publishers. The latest round is that Google no longer takes you to the URLs typed in search...
Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:37PM
textS. C. Community Credit Union members fight sale to NY developer for luxury hotel! by Build Community not Hotels Working Group
Movement to stop the Santa Cruz Community Credit union from selling valuable land zoned for housing to a NY developer to build a 228 room luxury hotel. A call for credit union members to attend an online meeting Friday from 12-2 and information about the situation for non-members....
Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:40AM
textThe Chico Decision-Hope for the Homeless in Santa Cruz by Robert Norse & Judge Morrison C. England
The grim news of sweeps removing homeless-run encampments in Sausalito and San Rafael, as well as the RV rousts in Seaside, in recent weeks is now counterbalanced by a ray of light from a federal court in the Warren v. City of Chico case, which I transcribe here....
Posted: Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:44PM
textcorruption rampant in Santa cruz by the Dev
Family law corruption and class action. I'd like to hear from those whom lost thier children to a biased Judge Miragonda only....
Posted: Sun Jul 4, 2021 6:29AM
textSaying No to the "Punish the No-Permit Protesters" Law by Robert Norse
Keith McHenry's Food Not Bombs facebook page has a one sentence descriptive protest against the permits-for-protest law. Its 2nd reading is coming up as item #40 at City Council on the June 22nd afternoon agenda. Likely around mid or late afternoon. I also include Keith's quoting of some sections of the law, and my earlier commentary on the law from 2013....
Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:18PM
textIMF Approves Sudan Debt Relief Plan by Zachary Conti
On Monday, the International Monetary Fund approved a plan to pay for Sudan's debt owed to the financial institution....
Posted: Tue May 11, 2021 8:59AM
textChico Shines a Light, But Activists Here Must Do the Heavy Lifting by Robert Norse
Down Chico way, a Senior Sacramento Judge of the Eastern Division of the Federal District Court has stopped encampment sweeps dead in their tracks city-wide with a TRO in the Commanche Creek Greenway case. This was justified not by the fading COVID-19 shelter-in-place concerns, but rather by lack of shelter or campground alternatives for those being rousted....
Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:57AM
textJudge "Relocates" San Lorenzo Survival Campers by Robert Norse
At a status hearing on March 30th, Federal Magistrate Susan Van Keulen bought the City Attorney's restrictive and repressive plan to relocate the San Lorenzo Park residents to the Benchlands, and move those currently in the Benchlands, first to San Lorenzo Park and then...to nowhere....
Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:55AM
textWin win solution for homeless issues by miss La
The Dana Spriggs foundation resource and refuge for the homeless...
Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:03PM
textAppeal Targets U.S. Wildlife Agency’s Refusal to Consider California Condor’s Significance to Tribal Groups in Approving Luxury Resort by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2021 — Conservation and tribal groups today appealed a recent court ruling that the California condor doesn’t qualify as a traditional Native American cultural property under federal law....
Posted: Wed Feb 3, 2021 12:59PM
textEducating the City Manager (and his Neighbors) by Robert Norse
On December 20th and 21st, Santa Cruz Union activists demonstrated and spoke in front of City Manager Martin Bernal's suburban house at 96 Brookwood Drive. Bernal's police have begun demolition of the San Lorenzo survival campgrounds destroying tents, gear, and other property. In winter weather, with no winter shelter, defying a shelter-in-place CDC order--Bernal's decree raised much outrage....
Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:24PM
textNext Steps in Fighting the Anti-Homeless Sweeps? by Robert Norse
An outreach demonstration today on Pacific Avenue seeks to gather perspectives and supporters for a sane and fair solution to the Winter Shelter crisis. The crisis has been provoked and intensified by City Manager Bernal's Sweeps, the overboard powers granted him by Myers' City Council, the lack of any walk-in shelter, and the police destruction of homeless gear in violation of the Boise v. Martin "no tickets without shelter" decision....
Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:11PM
textStimulus Deal Ups Food Aid for Puerto Rico by Zachary Conti
Congress passed additional Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for Puerto Rico as part of its $900 billion COVID stimulus plan....
Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:43PM