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imageNearly 2,000 rally for black lives in Seaside, 100s take Highway 1 in Monterey
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by NR
Nearly 2,000 people met at a Seaside City Hall on Tuesday demanding an end to police brutality and justice for George Floyd in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 20 second video of march....
Posted: Tue Jun 2, 2020 11:36PM
image'I Can't Breathe' Signs Suspended on Water Street Bridge Fishing Rods in Santa Cruz
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by Alex Darocy
Signs positioned to read "I can't breathe" were installed on the City of Santa Cruz's Fishing Rods art installation on the Water Street Bridge....
Posted: Tue Jun 2, 2020 9:56PM
imageSanta Cruz Demands Justice for George Floyd
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by Alex Darocy
On May 31, thousands marched through downtown Santa Cruz, and then on to the police station, to demand justice for George Floyd. Demonstrators chanted loudly along the entire course of the march, and stopped as a group several times to kneel for George....
Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:12PM
imageBlack Lives Matter March Santa Cruz 5-30-2020
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by AutumnSun
On a rainy day in Santa Cruz as I traveled through Santa Cruz, Ca. this morning. Glad to see we are not sitting still!...
Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:10PM
calendarRemember George Floyd
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by Remember George Floyd
Santa Cruz Clocktower Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sun May 31, 2020 1:00PM
Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 5:42PM
calendarMonterey: Justice for George Floyd Demonstration
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by Monterey City Councilmember Tyller Williamson
Window on the Bay Del Monte Ave, Monterey...
Event Date: Sat May 30, 2020 9:00AM
Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 3:44PM
imageSan Benito Evening Primrose Recovered, No Longer Needs Endangered Species Protection
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by Center for Biological Diversity
VENTURA, Calif., May 29, 2020 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed removing the San Benito evening primrose from the federal list of threatened species based on recovery of the plant, which occurs in the central coast range of San Benito, Monterey and Fresno counties....
Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 3:27PM
textAn Updated Letter to SCPD Police Chief Mills in the Wake of the George Floyd Murder by Robert Norse
In anticipation of possible protests in Santa Cruz regarding police violence and racial injustice, I've written Chief Andy Mills a follow-up letter regarding concerns I expressed 2 1/2 years ago. I begin with an earlier letter I sent him, and his responses to that letter. Attempts to get more detailed information were unsuccessful....
Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:28AM
imageFood Not Bombs Marks its 40th Anniversary by Responding to the Global Pandemic
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by Keith McHenry
The shock of COVID 19 and economic crisis is not the way I imagined Food Not Bombs would be marking our fourth decade. The vision of free concerts in cities all over the world has vanished and now we find ourselves rushing to support the food and safety needs of people who were already marginalized before the crisis....
Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:14PM
imageEntangled Humpback Whale Freed in Monterey Bay
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by Santa Cruz News
A humpback whale found entangled in dungeness crab fishing gear in the Monterey Bay was freed by a team of rescuers on Monday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The whale was entangled in multiple sets of fishing gear that were so heavy, they "anchored the whale in place," according to Justin Viezbicke, California Marine Mammal Stranding Response Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region....
Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 1:06PM
textCalifornia Proposes Regulations to Prevent Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 15, 2020 — California state officials released a proposed rule today to reduce the number of endangered whales and sea turtles that get entangled in commercial Dungeness crab gear. The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) was prompted by steep annual increases in reported whale entanglements and a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 2:09PM
textSanta Cruz Needs Community Control of Surveillance by Tracy Rosenberg
Santa Cruz has a community control of surveillance law in front of the City Council. We need transparency, advanced notice and joint decisionmaking about pervasive surveillance everywhere. Sign the petition (from ACLU) https://action.aclu.org/petition/cn-santa-cruz-surveillance-petition...
Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 2:37PM
image21-Year-Old Dies in Santa Cruz County Jail
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by Santa Cruz Police News
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office says on Sunday evening, May 10, correctional officers discovered 21-year-old Tamario Smith was unresponsive in his cell at the County Jail. At about 6pm, paramedics administered medical aid, however Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the Sheriff's Office, Smith did not share a cell, and foul play is not suspected. The Sheriff's Office states there were no signs of trauma or visible injuries, and that Smith did not show signs of COVID-19 sy...
Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 1:47PM
imageProdded by Right Wingers, Santa Cruz Businesses Operate Outside of Health Restrictions
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by Santa Cruz News
The "Committee to Reopen Santa Cruz,” a group founded recently by right wing extremists who believe the COVID-19 Pandemic is a hoax, is prodding local businesses to open early. The group has announced that the Om Gallery on Pacific Avenue is opening to two shoppers at a time from 1-5pm on Friday, May 8, by appointment. The Committee to Reopen Santa Cruz also plans to do "guerrilla yoga" at a studio that will secretly open its doors for the group. "Some studios are opening the back door for th...
Posted: Thu May 7, 2020 8:31PM
imageMay Day Caravan in Santa Cruz
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by Santa Cruz News
#COLA4ALL activists in Santa Cruz organized a May Day Caravan to support those "striking and fighting for their right to live in this city". Beginning on the UC Santa Cruz campus to support the striking COLA graduate students, the caravan traveled downtown to the Santa Cruz Main Jail, and then on to support Food Not Bombs at Front and Laurel Streets. (Photos taken downtown by Keith McHenry of Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs.)...
Posted: Sat May 2, 2020 5:27PM
audioGood Riddance Releases EP to Benefit Aid During Virus Pandemic (audio/mpeg 83.0MB) by John Malkin
Santa Cruz punk band Good Riddance released a benefit EP on April 15 to benefit the World Food Programme, the food assistance branch of the United Nations. The four songs are previously unreleased tracks from the band's "Thoughts and Prayers" recording sessions....
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:22PM
calendarWatsonville: International Workers' Day Action
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by Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action
Watsonville Plaza 350 Main St, Watsonville...
Event Date: Fri May 1, 2020 11:00AM
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:27AM
calendarSanta Cruz: May Day Car and Bike Caravan
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by UC Student Workers UAW 2865 Santa Cruz
Oakes College, UC Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Fri May 1, 2020 12:00PM
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:53PM
documentOppose the Attack on Food Not Bombs & Expansion of Police Power
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by Keith McHenry (posted, modified by Norse)
This flyer was distributed at the Friday protest urging the City to immediately open motels in place of the toxic congregate shelters currently housing vulnerable homeless people in crowded conditions violating CDC recommendations....
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:21PM
textAnother Round of Partial Answers and Continued Questions by Jessica Scheiner and Robert Norse
Here's a letter I e-mailed several days ago with questions, Jessica Scheiner's answers, and my further questions. Scheiner is with the County of Santa Cruz, Human Services Department. E-mail: Jessica.Scheiner@santacruzcounty.us: Phone: 831-454-4088. Those who want to press for safe and sane homeless shelter-in-place now in a time of pandemic might call or e-mail her in hopes of speeding that action....
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:36AM