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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 6:48pm PST
imageWestern monarchs rebound to final tally of nearly 250,000 butterflies
by The Xerces Society
PORTLAND, Ore.; Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – For decades, the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count has been cataloging the rapid decline of one of North America’s most enigmatic butterflies. In a surprising and remarkable outcome, this winter brought a final tally of 247,237 monarch butterflies observed across the West, an over 100-fold increase from the previous year’s total of less than 2,000 monarchs and the highest total since 2016....
Posted: Thu, Jan 27, 2022 6:46pm 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 3:28am PST
imageConfrontational Anti-Mask Vlogger is Married to a Surgeon
by Krista Freed
Aptos resident and vlogger Kathryn Saari is an anti-masker and anti-vaxxer who has been harassing workers and posting confrontational videos to social media of her attempts to patronize stores without wearing a mask. Saari refers to the Covid-19 pandemic as a "scamdemic" and a "plandemic," and has made threatening statements targeting specific public officials in Santa Cruz County due to their positions on health and safety guidelines. She describes herself as a "full-time volunteer organizer...
Posted: Fri, Jan 21, 2022 11:45pm PST
imageFood Not Bombs Faces New Eviction Threat
by Keith McHenry (posted by Norse)
Food Not Bombs volunteers and those eating with them could be arrested and our equipment stolen by the property speculators on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5 PM.from their new location next to University Copy at Cathcart & Pacific. Their storage area near India Joze is also under threat of seizure....
Posted: Tue, Jan 18, 2022 6:56pm 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 10:02am 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 2:38pm PST
imageFour California Frog Populations Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection
by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, December 27, 2021 — In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition and lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for four populations of foothill yellow-legged frogs in the Sierra Nevada and central and Southern California. This stream-dwelling frog species has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state....
Posted: Mon, Dec 27, 2021 3:11pm PST
imageWhere Would Jesus Sleep in Santa Cruz?
by Keith McHenry
Bedding swirled into the San Lorenzo River as people in a panic dragged their soaked tents to higher ground. The shame of Santa Cruz officials indifference to the homeless for the world to see. Merry Christmas....
Posted: Tue, Dec 21, 2021 5:36pm PST
imageWatsonville Community Hospital nurses to hold press conference to demand hospital remain open
by California Nurses Association
Nurses who work at Watsonville Community Hospital will hold a press conference on Friday, Dec. 3, to demand that the hospital remain open, announced California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today. The event is being held in response to a recent letter from the hospital to employees citing plans to sell the facility as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization process....
Posted: Thu, Dec 2, 2021 10:44pm PST
imagePajaro Survival Encampment To Be Dispersed December 13th
by Robert Norse
A week ago after a 45-minute hearing, Federal Magistrate Susan van Keulen ordered the long-standing encampments at the Pajaro River dispersed by December 13th. She ordered no accommodations beyond temporary motel vouchers and transportation for 25 of an estimated 25 to 200 residents....
Posted: Thu, Dec 2, 2021 10:47am PST
documentCalifornia Supreme Court Review Sought for Oil, Gas Protections in Monterey County
by Center for Biological Diversity
Local Ordinance Restricting Oil Extraction, Pollution Hangs in Balance...
Posted: Fri, Nov 19, 2021 1:10pm PST
imageTermination of former Pacific Grove police officer Michael Gonzalez upheld
by Pacific Grove resident
Update on former Pacific Grove police officer Michael Gonzalez's effort to get his job back. For background, see link....
Posted: Wed, Nov 17, 2021 10:52am PST
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 11:03am PDT
imageBig Money Behind Greenway's Effort to Block Passenger Rail in Santa Cruz County
by Santa Cruz News Group
The 'Yes Greenway' campaign took $56,876.47 in contributions between July 26 and September 30, according to financial documents filed today, November 1 with the County of Santa Cruz (see attached PDF file). The 'Yes Greenway' campaign committee has been collecting signatures, and officially soliciting donations, since July of this year to put an initiative on the 2022 ballot that would block the establishment of clean, electric passenger rail service along the Coastal Rail Corridor in Santa C...
Posted: Mon, Nov 1, 2021 6:01pm PDT
documentFlyer Distributed at Friday's Anti-Gentrification and Climate Justice Rally
by Robert Norse
With an eye to cross-pollination, I distributed 100 copies of the flyer below at the "Our Downtown, Our Future" rally at the Farmer's Market on 10-29 and the following Climate Justice rally. The flyer updates somewhat my perspective on the state of civil rights for homeless ("unhoused") folks in Santa Cruz....
Posted: Sun, Oct 31, 2021 9:04am PDT
imageACLU Report: California’s War on Unhoused People
by ACLU of Northern California
Communities Target Unhoused People with Discriminatory Tactics that Exploit Legal Loopholes...
Posted: Tue, Oct 26, 2021 10:51pm 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 12:41pm PDT
calendarClimate Walkout Strike in Santa Cruz
by Youth for Climate Justice, more
Converge at Well's Fargo, River St., Santa Cruz at 2pm...
Event Date: Fri, Oct 29, 2021 12:00pm PDT
Posted: Fri, Oct 22, 2021 4:05pm PDT
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 10:20pm PDT