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text Bummer Bernie Bylaws by dogwood
The new bernie group, which is made up of at least some of the Bernie volunteers who worked for Bernie's campaign this past year have created a set of Bylaws that are extremely disappointing in that they want to go with old-style structures that tie dues to membership. Although these people are saying that these are not final structures, they pushed and hoodwinked a fast vote on the bylaws this past Wednesday night, when we all met to listen to Bernie on a live video stream. The excuse was ...
Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:58PM
text An Open Letter to the Santa Cruz City Council by Steve Pleich
Time to Revisit RV Safe Spaces Program...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:09AM
text Public Records Sought Over Federal Surveillance of Climate Protesters by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, August 11, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed nine Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the release of public records relating to surveillance of peaceful protests of federal fossil fuel auctions. Records obtained by the Intercept in July revealed that federal and local police agents went undercover at a May 20 public protest of a Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel auction in Lakewood, Colo....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:54PM
text Massive hydroelectric dam threatens Indigenous communities in Canada by Amnesty International
August 9, 2016 - A massive hydroelectric dam now under construction in the Canadian province of British Columbia violates Canada’s commitments to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples, says a new brief by Amnesty International....
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:55PM
text Preacher to Call SCPD Music Critics to Account? by Robert Norse
The Santa Cruz Urinal (also known as the Sentinel) published a front-page story yesterday. Donald Harman is suing the City government, SCPD Chief Vogel, and a variety of police underlings for selectively enforcing MC 9.36.020 and 9.40.010 repeatedly without legal justification. This follows a somewhat questionable victory, a few years ago, by an earlier street preacher. The City's repressive "Unreasonably Disturbing Noise" law has long been used to harass activists and musicians playing m...
Posted: Sun Aug 7, 2016 8:23AM
text Not Our Fault Won't Vote for Clinton by Elise Casby
This is a response to a Berniecrat who wrote to other Berniecrats on his way home from Philadelphia. He is worried about not defeating Trump, and imploring us to vote for Hillary. My response to him, in this letter, is also a reasoned argument for why we should not vote for Hillary....
Posted: Thu Aug 4, 2016 5:28PM
text Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Turn California Aquifer Into Dump for Oil Waste by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., August 3, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today sued California regulators for supporting a so-called “aquifer exemption” plan to turn underground water in the Price Canyon area of San Luis Obispo County into a permanent disposal site for oil wastewater and other fluids. There are at least 100 water supply wells for drinking water and crop irrigation within a mile of this aquifer....
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 11:38PM
text Why I Support the November Transportation Tax Measure by Steve Pleich
Programs Can Reduce Carbon Emmissions...
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 11:10AM
text Santa Cruz Sentinel Reporter Leaves Questionable Voicemail by Tannery Concerned
A phone call from a Santa Cruz Sentinel staff reporter left a sting and insulted a friend of the mother of Maddy Middleton this week. He left his name and intention and the phone message is included with more. This was the year anniversary of the tragedy that happened last year at Tannery....
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:09PM
text Renowned Marine Biologist Asha de Vos Joins Oceana by Oceana
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Oceana announced that Asha de Vos, a pioneering Sri Lankan marine biologist, has joined the organization as a senior advisor....
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:46AM
text Reigning Debbie Was. Schultz Resigns by Elise Casby
Debbie Wasserman Schultz will resign. This is a victory for progressives, and all who work against illicit wars, and for labor in the U.S. This signals the defeat of a leadership that has feigned to be about liberalism, when, in fact, the methods, practice and policies of Ms. Schultz were about supporting a Neocon agenda. Ms. Wasserman Schultz presided over one of the worst periods of voter fraud, class war against workers and the poor, enrichment of the wealthy and corporate power, and ag...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:24PM
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