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image Central Coast Collecting Supplies and Organizing Caravan to the Border 480_migrant_caravan_donations_direct_action_monterey_network_2018_1.jpg by Direct Action Monterey Network
The Direct Action Monterey Network, in collaboration with other organizations in the region, will be collecting supplies and organizing a caravan to the border to support the refugees and immigrants who are attempting to apply for asylum....
Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:09PM
text Will CA Department of Pesticide Regulation ban Big Ag's use of Toxic Air Contaminates? by Kate Hitt
As a Watsonville local and school bus driver, I have had it with all the toxic fumigants and sprays that are poisoning us and contributing to climate change. I joined Safe Ag, Safe Schools to stop poisoning kids and neighbors by making 1 mile 24-hour no toxic spray or fumigation buffer zones around schools....
Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:39PM
image Dead Man Pulled From Culvert at Plymouth and Highway 17 480_homeless_death_santa_cruz_1.jpg by Robert Norse
On Saturday morning, I saw several police officers and a deputy examine what appeared to be a dead body behind a yellow "crime scene" tape at the edge of a culvert adjoining Highway 17 near the Plymouth/Highway 17 stoplight....
Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:06AM
calendar Defend the Rent Freeze 480_santa_cruz_rent_freeze_1.jpg by YES on M: SC for Rent Control
City Hall: 809 Center St, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:00PM
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:21PM
image The Movement is Only Getting Started 480_santa_cruz_rent_control_1.jpg by YES on M: SC for Rent Control
We are sad to announce that Measure M will not pass, but we are not discouraged! The Movement for Housing Justice is only getting started....
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:41PM
image Department of Pesticide Regulation rejects Federal Court Order to ban chlorpyrifos 480_pesticide-0282_1.jpg by Sarait Martinez
Rejecting the order of the 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court to end the use of a brain-harming pesticide, state regulators November 15th announced a set of interim recommended measures aimed at limiting exposure to the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos, known to cause permanent brain damage in young children. But the measures fall far short of the ban many are calling for. State regulators have found that young children in California risk permanent neurotoxic effects from exposure to uns...
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:42PM
image Community Survival Camp Established at Santa Cruz Post Office 480_community-survival-camp-santa-cruz-post-office-1_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
In response to the planned closure of the River Street homeless campground, community members in Santa Cruz have established a survival camp at the downtown post office. At 11pm on November 15, nearly two dozen individuals had set up spaces to sleep along the sidewalk in front of the large postal building, which is a landmark downtown. "Please join us for a peaceful night's sleep while celebrating the constitution and supporting the human right to sleep. Everyone is welcome, whether you have ...
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:23AM
image City of Santa Cruz Announces Park Closures 480_rincon-fire-santa-cruz-county-november-2018-1_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
Due to a recent string of "suspicious" fires, the City of Santa Cruz today announced the closure of the following parks: Pogonip, Arana Gulch, Moore Creek, DeLaveaga, and Arroyo Seco. "Police and Fire Investigators have aggressively investigated every fire, which has resulted in five arrests in the past four weeks," a press release from the city states. The parks will be closed indefinitely. [Top Photo: The Rincon Fire.]...
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:12PM
image UCSC Students Initiate Petition to Close Campus Due to Poor Air Quality 480_california_wildfires_2018_1.jpg by Santa Cruz News
Students at the University of California, Santa Cruz have initiated a petition calling for the closure of campus due to poor air quality from the California wildfires. Over 700 individuals have signed the electronic petition so far. One individual commented on the website that they felt like they were "back in Beijing". Another wrote: "I don't want lung cancer". Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/uc-santa-cruz-administration-closing-campus-due-to-poorair-quality-uc-santa-cruz...
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:51PM
image California Dungeness Crab Season Opens, Endangering Whales, Sea Turtles 480_humpback_whale_entanglements_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Thursday’s opening of California’s commercial Dungeness crab season is clouded by the outbreak of a powerful neurotoxin and continuing concerns about the fishery entangling endangered whales and sea turtles. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that the Nov. 15 season opener will not include areas north of Bodega Head because of high levels of domoic acid found in crabs there....
Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:18PM
image Judge orders moratorium on offshore fracking in federal waters off California 480_brown_vs._trump_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“Protecting the health of our coastal waters is essential to our commitment to conserving the ecosystem and marine life necessary for our maritime culture,” said Mati Waiya, executive director of Wishtoyo Foundation. “The decision by honorable Judge Gutierrez upholds the law that ensures the health of our ocean waters. We all celebrate this decision that honors the rights of our maritime resources.”...
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:24PM
image Local Victories Power California Tenant Movement, Despite Prop. 10 Loss 480_please_stop_raising_our_rent_1.jpg by Tenants Together
Proposition 10, the proposed initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, was stymied at the state ballot Tuesday thanks to an unprecedented $74 million in real estate industry opposition money, but there were also victories for rent control at local ballots across California....
Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 12:24PM
document Polling Folks Outside for November 15th campground_poll__updated_again.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
This poll was distributed yesterday at the Red Church meal and will be made available to unhoused (and housed) folks throughout the City to provide input for the march on November 15th to begin at the Town Clock and lead to a Campsite....
Posted: Tue Nov 6, 2018 9:06AM
image Rent Control: The Bigger Picture 480_i_support_rent_control_in_santa_cruz_1.jpg by YES on M: SC for Rent Control
The scope of the crisis faced by renters in Santa Cruz is familiar to most of us: the extra jobs required to pay the rent, the threat of eviction, the endless searches for an affordable place, the looming possibility of homelessness. Not mentioned as often are all the side effects of this insecurity: illness, relationships distorted by impossible conditions, life plans and careers derailed. While the crisis here is extreme, Santa Cruz is not alone. According to research by the National Low In...
Posted: Mon Nov 5, 2018 12:37PM
image Darius Mohsenin Harasses Organizers of Color 480_darius_mohsenin_racist_santa_cruz_rent_control_flyer_1.jpg by Rent Control Now
This is urgent, please share: This is why we are YES ON M & YES ON 10...
Posted: Mon Nov 5, 2018 12:22PM
image City Council Candidate Ashley Scontriano Calls Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones "Enlightening" 480_ashley_scontriano_alex_jones_black_lives_matter_santa_cruz_city_council_1.jpg by Peter Green
After Santa Cruz City Council candidate Ashley Scontriano refused to denounce white supremacy at a candidates forum held at UC Santa Cruz on Monday night, students in the audience chanted "Black Lives Matter" in unison. A short while later Scontriano walked out of the forum, as did two other candidates. "A group of students started chanting Black Lives Matter after I spoke up about equality for all, not just for one race or gender," Scontriano later stated. Scontriano's views on the Black Liv...
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2018 6:27PM
image Beware of Greg Larson 480_greg-larson---santa-cruz-city-council-candidate_1.jpg by Bratton Online
Never in my 48 (forty eight) years of voting in Santa Cruz have I watched a more desperate candidate than Greg Larson. I’ve never seen more money spent by an individual than Greg Larson, either. We need to ask why he has such desire, drive and — and such questionable financial backing. That includes every major developer, and of course the Boardwalk, franchises, the real estate conglomerate…think for a second what that means for Santa Cruz’s future....
Posted: Fri Nov 2, 2018 10:47PM
video City Council candidates walk out of UCSC forum when questioned about white supremacy (video/mp4 15.9MB) by Black Lives Matter Ally
On October 29 at a city council candidates forum at UC Santa Cruz, all of the white candidates running except for Phil Crawford and Cynthia Hawthorne walked out after being called out by the audience for responding with pro-police and "All Lives Matter" statements to a question about what they would do to combat white supremacy, according to an account published by a student on social media. (Video: Candidate Drew Glover speaks about the prevalence of white supremacy in Santa Cruz, followed b...
Posted: Fri Nov 2, 2018 8:30PM
image Photos: March Against Racist Slumlord Darius Mohsenin 480_santa_cruz_rent_contyrol_no_on_measure_m_racist_slumlord_darius_mohsenin_1_1.jpg by Rent Control Now
Today the Santa Cruz community gathered at the Town Clock to march and protest the actions of slumlord Darius Mohsenin, a downtown apartment building owner who poorly maintains his property, and distributed racist flyers against Measure M and rent control in Santa Cruz at a recent local housing event....
Posted: Fri Nov 2, 2018 7:58PM
image Demonstration Against Racist Slumlord Darius Mohsenin 480_scumbagdarius.jpg by Zav Hershfield
Students United with Renters and the Yes on M Campaign will march on Pacific Avenue Friday at 5:30pm to protest racist slumlord Darius Mohsenin and the No on M campaign’s ties to him. The march will begin at the downtown clock tower and move down Pacific Avenue to the corner of Pacific and Cathcart. At that corner we will host a series of speakers who will address Mr. Mohsenin’s racism, who is funding the campaign against M, and why attendees should vote Yes on M on November 6. We will then o...
Posted: Thu Nov 1, 2018 8:51PM