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text Police Officer Fired for not Shooting Unarmed Man Reaches Settlement with W.Va. City by ACLU
WEIRTON, W.Va., February 12, 2018 — A settlement agreement was reached between former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader and the City of Weirton in a lawsuit challenging the termination of Mr. Mader’s employment because he chose not to shoot and kill a suicidal Black man whom he concluded did not pose a threat warranting the use of deadly force. The Law Office of Timothy O’Brien and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) sued the City of Weirton for wrongful terminati...
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04PM
text Oregon Wildlife Commission to Decide Fate of Threatened Seabird by Center for Biological Diversity
Marbled Murrelet Needs Stronger Endangered Species Protections...
Posted: Thu Feb 8, 2018 3:58PM
text Hundreds Rally in Sacramento Against Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 8, 2018 — Hundreds of people rallied at California’s capitol today against President Trump’s offshore drilling plan, which would allow a dramatic increase in oil and gas drilling off the coast of California and along all U.S. coasts and the Arctic....
Posted: Thu Feb 8, 2018 3:55PM
text A Response to Jessica York's Latest Sentinel San Lorenzo Campground Story by Robert Norse
Jessica York's front-page story in today's Scent Anal "Camp Cleanups Shuffle City's Homeless Population" breezes over the destruction of homeless property and survival gear. It does indicate that City bosses colluded with Cal-Trans in the latest "destroy their stuff" campaign. Those bosses, of course, would be City Manager Bernal, Police Chief Mills, P & R head Garcia, and nominally Mayor Terrazas). Perhaps it's just raw meat for the Next Door/Take Back Santa Cruz crowd, but it's criminal...
Posted: Sat Feb 3, 2018 9:24AM
text Analysis: Trump Offshore Plan Could Cause More Than 5,000 Oil Spills by Center for Biological Diversity
More Than 34 Million Gallons Could Be Dumped Along America's Coasts...
Posted: Fri Feb 2, 2018 9:58PM
text Eastern Puma Officially Declared Extinct, Taken Off Endangered Species List by Center for Biological Diversity
Conservationists Urge States Like New York to Consider Reintroductions...
Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:56PM
text Flyer Distributed at the Women's March in Santa Cruz by Robert Norse
This is an updated version of a flyer originally prepared last year in response to repression at the Bookshop Santa Cruz in its hypocritical reading of George Orwell's 1984, while excluding disfavored activists from the store, even from access to its publicly funded bathroom. My broader focus was on the criminalization of the poor and specifically poor women....
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:22PM
text Feds Halt Idaho Oil, Gas Lease Sale After Conservation Groups Protest by Center for Biological Diversity
BOISE, Idaho, January 18, 2018 — The Trump administration has halted an oil and gas lease sale near eastern Idaho’s Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in response to protests from conservation groups....
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:13PM
text Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales by Center for Biological Diversity
State Wildlife Agency Urged to Address Risk of Deadly Entanglements...
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:09PM
text Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan by Oceana
January 10, 2018 - Last night, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that Florida is being removed from the Trump administration’s new draft five-year program (2019-2024) for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The announcement came only days after the Department of the Interior (DOI) outlined its plans to expand future oil and gas leasing to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico, offering the largest number of potent...
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:14PM
text Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions by Center for Biological Diversity
TEMECULA, Calif., January 11, 2018 — Conservation organizations sued the city of Temecula today for approving the Altair housing development, which would endanger the local mountain lion population by disrupting critical wildlife corridors. The groups include the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Mountain Lion Foundation and Cougar Connection....
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:34PM
text Demands of the New Police Chief and His Initial Response by Robert Norse
In a letter to me, Police Chief Andy Mills has responded item-by-item to a series of concerns I raised in response to Steve Schnaar's letter skeptically regarding the SCPD endorsement of Martin Luther King celebration. While I remain skeptical of his answers--and they are pretty general--I reprint them so community members themselves can judge. I also include follow-up correspondence, which isn't too encouraging. While Mills temporarily instituted an incrementally saner policy around the S...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:07PM
text Protect Monterey County to Appeal Decision on Measure Z's Ban on Harmful Oil Industry Practices by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif., December 29, 2017 — Protect Monterey County and its attorneys announced that they will appeal yesterday’s Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells....
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:53PM
text SCPD to Cosponsor MLK Event - Questions for Chief Mills by Steve Schnaar
An open letter to Chief Mills regarding the upcoming event on January 15th, "March for the Dream: Honoring the Past - Impacting the Future," which is co-sponsored by the NAACP and the Santa Cruz Police Department. Martin Luther King called for a revolution of values, challenging the racism, militarism, and poverty central to American society. This letter asks how the SCPD might contribute to this struggle for justice, in light of its history which often has run counter to these goals....
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:21AM
text Homeless Services Center and Calamity's Cupboard -- and Art Show! by Linda Ellen Lemaster
I went to TOUCHED BY HOMELESSNESS, an inclusive Art Show, in early November. Story reviews the art on display at HSC show, then through memories, I've explored HSC history and community engagement...
Posted: Tue Dec 5, 2017 5:51PM
text David Duke campaign contributor Roger Grigsby reopens O’mei restaurant by Lynda Carson
Reportedly last Friday in This Small Planet, during the past week there has been an “Open” sign at the O’mei restaurant in Santa Cruz, in addition to a “Now Hiring” sign....
Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:34AM
text O'Mei To Re-Open? Will Santa Cruz Patronize A White Supremacist Restaurateur? by Michael Donnelly
O'Mei, a Chinese restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA. closed after it was revealed the owner was a white supremacist who gave $500 to David Duke. The owner now wants to re-open the restaurant. Will the boycott continue?...
Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:24AM
text Outing the KKK and more fascist David Duke campaign contributors by Lynda Carson
White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and hate groups are active all across the nation, and they are supporting the fascist Trump regime in Washington D.C.!...
Posted: Sat Oct 7, 2017 12:04AM
text Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America by The Xerces Society
New study reveals that western monarch decline is more severe than decline in East...
Posted: Fri Oct 6, 2017 1:32AM
text Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside by Robert Norse
Coming up today at City Council on the noon agenda (unusually early) is Item, #14. It may come up within an hour by 1 PM if not before. MC 13.08.100 exponentially expands the time a cop or ranger can unilaterally order a person to leave an area and not return. The vastly expanded area includes the Pogonip, Arana Gulch, and Moore Creek. The law is billed as a "School Safety" law, though the vast majority of the area covered is much further than 300' from a school....
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:41AM