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textThe City Council Recall is a Cynical Power Grab by John Kevin Rothwell
Let’s tell it like it is. The Santa Cruz City Council recall campaign is a political power grab sponsored by landlord and real estate interests - the same class of people who have been relentlessly driving up the cost of housing here for years now....
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:27AM
textExpanded Legal Assistance for People Experiencing Homelessness by Steve Pleich
Need for Legal Assistance Growing Among the Homeless...
Posted: Tue Oct 8, 2019 11:51AM
textTrump Bucks Protests, Opens 725,500 Acres of California’s Central Coast to Oil Drilling by Center for Biological Diversity
MARINA, Calif., October 4, 2019 — The Trump administration today dismissed protests and made a formal decision to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling and fracking....
Posted: Fri Oct 4, 2019 10:10AM
textClimate Strike Highlights Opposition to Restarting ExxonMobil Offshore Oil Platforms Off Santa Barbara by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., September 26, 2019 — California Central Coast residents will march and call for climate action Friday as part of the global Climate Strike Week of Action. The Center for Biological Diversity, one of more than 30 participating organizations, will use the occasion to highlight opposition to ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its dormant offshore drilling platforms off Santa Barbara County....
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:53PM
textWhite House Policy Paper on Homelessness Misrepresents Evidence, Drives Wrong Conclusions by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
September 17, 2019, Washington, DC — On Monday evening, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors released a white paper that ignores and directly contradicts the evidence-based consensus of 19 of his own agencies. Last year, those agencies published the Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, stating that housing, low barrier shelter, and decriminalization is the best way to end homelessness....
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:03PM
textSept. 20-27: Santa Cruz to Demonstrate in Global Climate Strike by Michelle Merrill
Santa Cruz activists join the Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20-27, to demand transformative changes to address the Climate Emergency; a week of events culminates in Santa Cruz school/work Strike/walkout, march and rally Sept. 27....
Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:46AM
textTrump Administration’s Plan to Crack Down on Homeless Encampments Raises Alarms by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
September 12, 2019, Washington, DC – On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that President Trump ordered White House officials to “crack down” on homeless encampments in California. While the Law Center agrees that unsheltered homelessness is a crisis in California and across the country, we are concerned about the Administration’s plans to displace people without real attention to alternatives....
Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:32AM
textPassing the Buck and Rubberstamping at the Parks and Recreation Commission Yesterday by Robert Norse
Where's the "Progressive" Input at Parks and Recreation ?...
Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:01AM
textAmah Mutsun Tribal Band Will Lead ‘Walk for Juristac’ Sunday to Protect Sacred Lands by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif.— The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will be stepping forward in a public journey of healing and restoration on Sunday. One of the greatest challenges before the tribe is the protection of their sacred grounds at Juristac (Sargent Ranch). The site is currently threatened by Sargent Quarry, a proposed 320-acre sand-and-gravel mining operation....
Posted: Fri Sep 6, 2019 4:00PM
textWhich side are you on, Representative Anna Eshoo? by Stanley Sokolow
US Representative Anna Eshoo (north Santa Cruz County and SF Peninsula) received over $1 million in contributions from Pharma, Healthcare providers, and investors since 2013. She chairs the Subcommittee on Health. She told falsehoods about single-payer healthcare at her recent town hall, so she cannot be trusted to give the Medicare for All bill fair consideration....
Posted: Mon Sep 2, 2019 10:48PM
textWho Will Change City Council's Dirty Diapers at Louden Nelson and City Hall? by Robert Norse
Item #1 on the City Council's Evening Agenda at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 8-26 endorses the Continued Exclusionary "Closed Bathroom" Policies of Louden Nelson Supervisor Iseth Rae and her superior Tony Elliot. The Parks and Recreation [P&R] Commission have essentially reversed Councilmember Drew Glover's original proposal, which Mayor Watkins and City Manager Bernal successfully delayed for six months....
Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:02AM
textTrump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act by Center for Biological Diversity
Rollback Threatens Wildlife Across Country, Will Face Legal Challenge...
Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:57PM
textMozambique Charges Former President's Son, Officials for Secret Debt Scandal by Kate Zeller
Mozambique charged the former president's son and 19 others on corruption, fraud and blackmail in relation to a $2 billion dollar loan scandal....
Posted: Fri Aug 9, 2019 2:02PM
textThe fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings by Patrick Martin, WSWS
[August 3: This article is republished here the same day yet another white supremacist has killed at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas, less than a week after the racist attack at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy.]...
Posted: Sat Aug 3, 2019 7:15PM
textA short survey of signatories to the Glover recall petition by William Machtes
Survey of property holdings of proponents to recall Councilmember Drew Glover...
Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:03PM
textSenate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 ― A Senate committee today approved a bill that would side-step environmental review to fast-track large infrastructure projects, including oil pipelines and natural gas export terminals....
Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:56AM
textPuerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Resigns by Kate Zeller
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned Wednesday. Protests engulfed the island for nearly two weeks after Rosselló drew criticism for offensive language in leaked communications and the FBI arrested former members of his administration on corruption charges....
Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:04AM
textPoor Countries Lose Billions from Tax Avoidance, Reveal "Mauritius Leaks" by Kate Zeller
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released evidence that laws in the country of Mauritius help corporations avoid taxes globally, including on the continent of Africa....
Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:23PM
textCredit Suisse Banker Pleads Guilty in Mozambique Loan Scandal by Kate Zeller
On Friday, former Credit Suisse banker Andrew Pearse pled guilty in US Federal Court for accepting millions of dollars in a fraud scheme that led to a $2 billion Mozambique loan scandal and debt crisis in the East African country....
Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:09PM
textNationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
(July 17, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Today, the #IAskForHelpBecause Campaign launched its second round of a nationwide effort to strike down bans on panhandling and to replace them with more constructive policies that address the root causes of homelessness. Since the 2015 decision in Norton v. Springfield that found any targeting of speech asking for donations for punishment invokes the strictest scrutiny under First Amendment protections, every ordinance limiting panhandling, begging, or sol...
Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:24AM