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textRoe is overturned -- Protests Today, near you by Occupy the Court
This morning, the Supreme Court formally overturned Roe v. Wade. Protests, which had been scheduled for awhile all over the country for "Decision Day", will now be taking place later today....
Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2022 9:43am PDT
textKoffee Klatch Against Cold Hearts at City Hall by Robert Norse
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) wants to encourage those outside and their supporters to provide a true narrative that exposes the unjustified and exaggerated claims of City officials led by City Manager Matt Huffaker, With help from Food Not Bombs and other good samaritans, we'll be providing coffee and sweet rolls in the morning for 3-days next week (June 6-8) and perhaps beyond.....
Posted: Fri, Jun 3, 2022 12:49pm PDT
textFracking Exporters Post Huge First Quarter Profits by Food & Water Watch
LNG boom bad news for climate, but great news for CEOs and shareholders...
Posted: Thu, Jun 2, 2022 9:17am PDT
textReview of anti masking book Unmasked by Ian Miller by An Other Guy
Ian Miller's new book, Unmasked fails to make the case that masks don't work to prevent the spread of COVID19...
Posted: Sun, Apr 24, 2022 3:22am PDT
textBiden Launches Process for Protecting Mature, Old-Growth Forests on Federal Lands by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE, April 22, 2022 — President Joe Biden will issue an executive order today that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change....
Posted: Fri, Apr 22, 2022 11:17am PDT
textBiden Administration to Restart Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2022 — The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will resume oil and gas leasing on public lands, violating President Biden’s campaign promise to end new oil and gas leasing and locking in new extraction that thwarts his pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions....
Posted: Fri, Apr 15, 2022 2:18pm PDT
textTriple Trouble Tuesday: Trio of Terrible Items Scars Council Agenda by Robert Norse
Bad news for buskers, street vendors, and rv-dwellers hits the City Council agenda Tuesday April 12th on items 24, 30, and 31 in yet another "public not wanted" Zoomed meeting....
Posted: Sun, Apr 10, 2022 11:27pm PDT
textU.S. Company Seeks to Extend License for Deep-Sea Mining in Pacific by Center for Biological Diversity
Mining Oceans Depths Poses Risks to Global Biodiversity...
Posted: Mon, Mar 21, 2022 9:47am PDT
textPolice Brutality Claim Highlights City Council Censorship by Robert Norse
Rhonda Reyna accused the SCPD of abusive violence & kidnapping against a minor last summer. City Administrator/Clerk Bonnie Bush refused to post the full text of this Claim on the twice-monthly Santa Cruz City Council agenda for its 2-4 meeting, leaving the community in the dark before the upcoming Council meeting. But then, this may have been the whole point....
Posted: Tue, Feb 15, 2022 9:20am PST
textDenied City and County Parking Lots, Food Not Bombs is back at the Town Clock by Keith McHenry (posted, with notes by Norse)
Denied City and County Parking Lots, Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry reports, is now serving regularly at the Town Clock noon to 4 PM Daily. In spite of initial apprehensions, County Health has apparently backed off its "Get a Permit or Perish" strategy--okaying FNB's daily use of the Calvary Episcopal Church kitchen at a cost of a mere $4000/month....
Posted: Tue, Feb 1, 2022 1:34pm PST
textCalifornia Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Measure Z Oil, Gas Protections Case by Center for Biological Diversity
Court Will Determine Fate of Local Ordinance Restricting Oil Extraction, Pollution...
Posted: Thu, Jan 27, 2022 6:08pm PST
textDeadline, Background, and Significance of Latest City Attack on Food Not Bombs by Keith McHenry (posted by Norse)
With less than a week remaining at their brief respite spot at 440 Front St., Food Not Bombs [FNB] activist Keith McHenry outlines the dark history of the City's attempt to crush the daily meal. With City Council rubberstamping the declared and seemingly endlessly renewed City Manager's powers during the 'COVID emergency" FNB has provided meals which the City and Housing Matters have cut off....
Posted: Sat, Jan 22, 2022 3:29am PST
textExecution Delayed But Not Reversed: OVO Up for Rubberstamping 1-12 by Robert Norse
A new "hearing" for the OVO [Oversized Vehicle Ordinance] will be held on January 12th at 10 AM by the Zoning Administrator to confirm the ouster of "Oversized", i.e. homeless vehicles, from a large segment of the City....
Posted: Sat, Jan 8, 2022 10:41am PST
textA Sneak Play Past the Community and Coastal Commission...Again by Robert Norse
City staff is urging the Zoning Administrator to authorize and sanctify the reactionary City Council's latest RV ban (the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance). The hearing is being zoomed at 10 AM on Wednesday January 5th. Oppose it in writing now and prepare for an appeal!...
Posted: Mon, Jan 3, 2022 2:54pm PST
textMental Health Services for the Homeless: Where Are They? by Lilly Berlin
This piece discusses how mental health services for the homeless are an important part of housing the homeless population, yet it is usually overlooked. I believe that these services need to be available in order to help the homeless population and help get them off the streets....
Posted: Tue, Nov 16, 2021 6:42pm PST
textSanta Barbara Commission Vote Puts Exxon Oil Trucking Plan on Thin Ice by Center for Biological Diversity
Commissioners Vote 3-2 Against Project, Citing Public Safety, Oil Spill Concerns...
Posted: Wed, Nov 3, 2021 2:53pm PDT
textAnimals Recognized as Legal Persons for the First Time in U.S. Court by Animal Legal Defense Fund
An international fight to protect Pablo Escobar’s hippos from slaughter results in a U.S. federal court order recognizing animals can be “interested persons”...
Posted: Tue, Nov 2, 2021 11:20am PDT
textCalifornia Delays Some Dungeness Crab Fishing to Protect Whales by Center for Biological Diversity
Announcement Comes After Humpback Entanglement in Crab Gear...
Posted: Tue, Nov 2, 2021 11:02am PDT
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 PDT
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 PDT