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  • Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland [Blockading Israel Ship]

    08/17/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August17, 2014 | Rebecca Bowe
    Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day Rebecca Bowe at the Port of Oakland 17 August 2014 Pro-Palestinian protesters at the port of Oakland attempt to prevent an Israeli ship from docking. Photograph: Justin Benttinen/The Guardian An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags....
  • Prostitute accused of killing yacht-owning client with heroin

    07/10/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kale Williams
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Police arrested a prostitute on homicide charges Friday after they say she administered a lethal dose of heroin to a client and left him to die on a yacht in Santa Cruz last year. On Nov. 23, police were called to investigate the suspicious death of an unidentified 51-year-old man on a sailboat in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor.
  • I Started a Joke

    07/05/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UCSC humor study literally pulls legs and yanks chains to measure brain’s responses The physical act of pulling someone’s leg can make you a funnier person. At least for a short period of time following the act, says Patrawat Samermit, a Ph.D student of cognitive psychology at UCSC. The same is true for yanking someone’s chain. Samermit, who has ambitions to be the next Margaret Cho, is not pulling our leg (although she’d clearly like to). Her recent humor cognition study used mannequins to find out how enacting embodied metaphors of humor may affect humor production. After the yanking and...
  • South African Grant "Twiggy" Baker Wins 2014 Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest

    01/24/2014 4:15:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jan 24, 2014
    With the best of conditions under sunny skies, the Mavericks Invitational, the so-called Super Bowl of surfing, was won by South African Grant "Twiggy" Baker. Baker also won the title in 2006 and reclaimed the title on Friday afternoon, with Hawaiian Shane Dorian coming in second in his first Mavericks contest and Ryan Augenstein of Santa Cruz coming in third. Raw Video of Mavericks 2014 Fellow Californians Tyler Fox of Aptos, Greg Long of San Clemente and Anthony Tashnick of Santa Cruz rounded out the six surfers who made the finals. The competition kicked off Friday morning off the coast...
  • Editorial: Toilet trouble: City doing its best to deal with public defecation but root cause remains

    07/24/2013 11:51:15 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    It's a basic human act, and it says a lot about society -- and the state of homelessness in Santa Cruz in the year 2013 -- that a discussion about keeping people from doing it in public places is even warranted. But here we are. The problem: An increasing amount of human waste is being found along the San Lorenzo River levee and in downtown-area open space. People relieving themselves in public spots is apparently a growing problem in the city, one that has residents who regularly walk the levee path and business owners along Front Street -- many of...
  • Santa Cruz sheriff: Killer Shot two Plainclothes Officers at his Doorstep

    02/27/2013 11:07:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The gunman who killed two plainclothes Santa Cruz police detectives in cold blood grabbed their guns and took their car, launching a chase that forced three school lockdowns and a nearby shootout with officers that ended his life, authorities revealed Wednesday. As the city mourned his victims, the blood of 35-year-old Jeremy Peter Goulet -- a trained military police officer who wore body armor and used two of the three guns he possessed to fire at bystanders and firefighters on Tuesday -- still stained a wall where a barrage of gunfire had erupted. The day after, heartbreaking portraits emerged about...
  • Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches

    12/10/2012 3:32:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/10/12 | Cathy Kelly -
    APTOS -- California Department of Fish & Game scientists are investigating why hundreds of dead squid washed up on Aptos-area beaches roughly from Rio Del Mar to Pleasure Point on Sunday. Many of the squid remained on the sand at Rio del Mar State Beach on Monday, and a sea of seagulls gorged themselves. State Parks officials said they were just advised of the issue Monday and that their resource specialists had just started looking into it. Fish & Game promised a statement later Monday. In late October, about 100 squid beached themselves in Pacific Grove, the Monterey Herald reported....
  • What We Didn't See in Santa Cruz: "Obama 2012" Bumper Stickers

    06/16/2012 7:41:02 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 78 replies
    Self ^ | June 16, 2012 | Self
    Our daughter graduated with a BS in Biology this morning from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I did not see a single "Obama 2012" bumper sticker today -- not one! We drove about 40 miles from home to the campus and saw many hundreds or thousands of cars on Highways 85, 17, and 1; the local Santa Cruz streets; throughout campus; in the campus parking structure; and in the parking lots on campus. We walked quite a distance on campus and didn't spot a single Obama sign on any buildings, bus shelters, housing units, dorms, or student bulletin...
  • AZ sues over Mexico waste flowing into US [toxic waste crossing the border too]

    05/29/2012 7:52:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    KPHO ^ | May 26, 2012 | Dawn Alexander
    NOGALES, AZ (AP) - Arizona officials say the state is suing the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission for state permit and Clean Water Act violations caused by allowing untreated industrial wastewater to cross the U.S. border from Mexico at Nogales. The Nogales International reports that the lawsuit, filed Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that the IBWC has failed to implement a program to keep industrial waste from entering domestic sewage, which has resulted in illegal levels of cadmium, cyanide and ammonia nitrogen entering Arizona. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says it will ask the court to...
  • Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church

    05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/12 | Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel
    A vandal or vandals caused widespread damage at Holy Cross Church early Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The damaged items included a baptismal font brought to Mission Santa Cruz by Junipero Serra in the late 1700s, a church spokesman said... A custodian discovered the destruction to the main church and other areas on the property about 6:50 a.m., ...It included windows shattered by rocks and paint sprayed and poured on doors, walls, statues, a fountain area and sidewalks, Friend said. Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said. Targets included the main church,...
  • Letter: Changes on the horizon [SANTA CRUZ MOONBATS UNBOUND: a series brought 2 u by marty f]

    03/09/2012 4:22:29 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 15 replies
    The Press-Boner, er Banner LTTE ^ | 3/9/12 | Paul Taylor
    Part of an ongoing series where it can be seen what The Left thinks when unchallenged in one of the bluest of Blue areas: Santa Cruz County, CA EDITOR, Many of you are probably freaking out at the constantly escalating prices of gasoline these days. My advice: Don't be afraid. We are knee-deep in a major energy-lifestyle shift in America. We are 4 percent of the world's population, yet we consume 30 to 40 percent of the world's energy and resources. This is coming to an end. The days of the gas-guzzler are over. This is a time for most...
  • Student protesters shut down most of UC Santa Cruz

    03/01/2012 1:25:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Student protesters at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shut down most of the campus Thursday as part of statewide demonstrations against budget cuts to higher education. Hundreds of students blocked all entrances to the coastal campus and prevented vehicles from entering, said Josh Brahinsky, a graduate student and union representative who helped organize the action. The protest at Santa Cruz is part of demonstrations being held by college students at about 30 campuses across California and was scheduled to coincide with state budget negotiations, organizers said. Rallies, marches, teach-ins and walkouts to call on lawmakers to restore funding to...
  • Whale nearly swallows kayaker and surfer

    11/11/2011 12:47:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 21 replies ^ | 11-11-11 |
    A whale nearly swallowed two people on a kayak and a woman on a surfboard. The humpback whale lunged from out of nowhere just several feet away, forcing thousands of anchovies to the surface, with sea gulls swarming around the scene in search of breakfast. Barbara Roettger filmed the epic near-miss event near Santa Cruz, California where recently a sailboat collided with another humpback whale and at least one kayaker capsized. Oh, and for the record, humpback whales typically are about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons. That’s a whopping 2000 pounds for every foot of whale. Short be...
  • Santa Cruz County Offers Free Childcare for Migrant Families

    08/18/2011 7:16:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | Aug 18, 2011 | Brttany Davis Pulley
    Santa Cruz, Calif.- The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Migrant Head Start program says they are still accepting more kids in their free childcare program. It's not your typical babysitter, the childcare providers are certified teachers who offer a learning environment. Meals and diapers are provided. To qualify families must have moved within the last 24 months and over 50% of their income must come from agriculture work. If you're interested contact Sonia Cervantes, Migrant Head Start Specialist at (831) 466-5852.
  • Students suspended after racist incidents in Calif

    05/27/2011 5:04:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2011 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Students at a California high school have been suspended for suspected scrawling of racist graffiti and joining together in a white supremacy gesture while the senior class picture was being taken, school officials said Friday. Soquel High School administrators decided late Wednesday to suspend about five students and ban them from the prom, Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Gary Bloom said.
  • Man challenging Santa Cruz rental inspection program in court (creative financing vs privacy right)

    04/13/2011 10:22:56 AM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    KION News 46 (tv) ^ | Jan 19, 2011 6:16 AM PST Updated: Jan 26, 2011 4:20 PM PST | Matt de Nesnera
    Posted: SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Political activist Harold Griffith is challenging the city's new residential rental inspection program in court. Both sides will appear before a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge Wednesday morning for a case management conference. According to the law, rental property owners would be required to register with the city – either for city inspection or self-certification. In court documents, Griffith argues the program violates equal protection rights because it doesn't require inspection for all rentals. The ordinance, which passed last fall, states there are some exceptions, including "rooms rented to single individuals in an owner-occupied...
  • New issue postpones hearing challenging Santa Cruz rental inspection ordinance

    04/13/2011 11:06:22 AM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    The Santa Cruz Sentinal ^ | 04/07/2011 08:19:30 PM PDT | Cathy Kelly
    SANTA CRUZ - A judge Thursday asked Santa Cruz city attorneys to research a new issue raised by a property owner challenging the city's rental inspection ordinance. The Santa Cruz City Council passed an ordinance in September requiring owners of rental properties to register their units and eventually submit to inspection, and to pay fees for that. The law was written in part due to an agreement with UC Santa Cruz to prevent unsafe housing conditions and control student growth. Watsonville anti-tax advocate Harold Griffith sued the city days later, claiming the ordinance violates equal protection of law standards by...
  • Feds eye anti-Semitism claims at Calif university

    03/16/2011 4:45:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a faculty member's complaint that a series of pro-Palestinian events at a California university crossed the line into anti-Semitism and created a hostile environment for Jewish students. The department's Office for Civil Rights notified the University of California, Santa Cruz last week that it planned to look into allegations made by Hebrew lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin dating back to 2001.
  • Feds probe anti-Semitism allegations at Santa Cruz

    03/16/2011 1:41:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/16/11
    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a faculty member's complaint that a series of pro-Palestinian events at the University of California, Santa Cruz have crossed the line into anti-Semitism and created a hostile environment for Jewish students.
  • LIVE: KCRA 3 Coverage - Santa Cruz Co. Issues Evacuation Advisory (Pretty good surges goin' on)

    03/11/2011 10:27:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    KCRA 3 ^ | 3/11/11 | KCRA 3
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Santa Cruz County has issued an evacuation advisory in response to a tsunami expected to hit the Bay Area this morning. Residents who live in an inundation zone, or coastal or low-lying areas, are being told to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground, county spokesman Enrique Sahagun.
  • Bolivia: Morales says victory ‘deepens democracy’

    08/11/2008 11:42:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 134+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 8/11/2008 | Naomi Mapstone in La Paz
    Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, has claimed a reinvigorated mandate for constitutional reform after a partial count of Sunday’s recall referendum showed he had won more than 60 per cent of a national vote of confidence in his government. The president is expected to move swiftly to seek approval for a draft constitution that would redistribute wealth from the hydrocarbons industry, intro­duce land reform and open his way to run for a second term. Addressing supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace on Sunday, Mr Morales said the vote had “deepened democracy”. “We are convinced that it is important to...
  • Bolivia raises hackles with ID

    04/10/2008 11:49:55 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 50+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-10-08 | Martin Arostegui
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — The appearance of a Star of David on new national identity cards has alarmed opponents of President Evo Morales, who recall how the symbol was used to brand Jews in Nazi Germany. Tiny six-pointed stars within a tight circle are printed on the back side of some, but not all, recently issued picture IDs in the Santa Cruz region. The mark was present on three cards seen by The Washington Times. "It raises suspicions that the government is identifying individuals or segments of the population along racial, religious or ideological lines" said Carlos Klinsky, a member...
  • Appeals court reinstates Nazi salute lawsuit

    12/15/2010 1:24:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/15/10
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ordered a trial judge to reconsider a lawsuit by a Santa Cruz man who was arrested for raising a Nazi salute during a city council meeting. Robert Norse claims his free speech rights were violated with the 2002 arrest.
  • Los Gatos green cement manufacturer to test product in Santa Cruz

    12/04/2010 11:21:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 3, 2010 | Kurtis Alexander
    SANTA CRUZ -- The Los Gatos startup that pledged to turn greenhouse gas into cement has landed its first job: a sidewalk in the city of Santa Cruz. While a relatively small project, the 400-foot walkway off Morrissey Boulevard will serve as a big test for plans by the environmentally minded Calera Corp. to capture carbon dioxide exhaust from the Moss Landing Power Plant and fashion it into commercially viable construction materials, like cement. "We're at the point where we want to start using our materials in the built-in environment," said Martin Devenney, vice president of materials development at Calera....
  • Save the Frogs Founder to Speak at UCSC About Importance of Amphibians

    10/03/2010 11:46:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/29/2010 | Jory John
    Kerry M. Kriger wants to make Santa Cruz County the most frog-friendly county on the planet. The county is home to three endangered amphibians, including the California red-legged frog. "I definitely want our community to understand the importance of amphibians," he said. "We have some important Santa Cruz-based projects that we're working on, and we'll need a lot of community participation." Kriger - founder and executive director of Save the Frogs, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting amphibian populations and "promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife" - will speak at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum today, as...
  • Prominent Westside couple identified in murder-suicide off Soquel Drive {Democrat of the year}

    09/25/2010 9:52:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 9/25/10 | Jennifer Squires
    SANTA CRUZ -- Two well-known Westside Santa Cruz residents were killed in a murder-suicide in a residential neighborhood off Soquel Drive late Thursday, authorities reported. Gayle Mozee-Baum, 54, shot and killed her estranged husband, James "Jimmy" Baum, 61, around 11:15 p.m., then turned the gun on herself, the Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff's Sgt. Ian Patrick called the deaths "a tragic event." Friends were taken aback at the news. "Jimmy was just kind-hearted. He was a gentleman," said Steve Robertson, a drummer from Aptos who knew Baum for 25 years. "Gayle was a very nice person. Everybody is just shocked by...
  • Santa Cruz County unemployment dips to 11 percent despite job losses in August

    09/18/2010 12:21:23 AM PDT · by Nitehawk0325 · 4 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/17/2010 06:42:22 PM PDT | By JONDI GUMZ
    SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz County unemployment dipped in August to 11 percent, down from 11.3 percent last month, but up from a year ago, when it was 10.2 percent. The reason: Not job growth, but a smaller labor force. The jobless rate remained steady nationwide at 9.5 percent and inched up to 12.4 percent in California. "Californians are continuing to suffer from slow job growth, and things will only improve when there is strong hiring in the private sector," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. Most private-sector industries in Santa Cruz County have a long way to go to recover jobs...
  • Arsonist strikes at Santa Cruz city attorney's office; firebombing follows anti-camping ban graffiti

    07/02/2010 12:44:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 7/2/10 | Jennifer Squires - Santa Cruz Sentinel
    SANTA CRUZ - An arsonist firebombed the Santa Cruz city attorney's office early Friday, but a security guard heard a smoke alarm sounding and called for fire crews before the Molotov cocktail burned down the building, authorities reported. The attack came just days after vandals spray painted a swastika, an anarchist symbol and a tirade about the city's long-disputed camping ordinance on the front office walkway last month, according to City Attorney John Barisone, whose firm, Atchison, Barisone, Condotti & Kovacevich, contracts with the city to provide legal assistance. The firebombing at the private office, at 333 Church St., happened...
  • Santa Cruz police to partner with immigration officials to fight gang violence

    05/05/2010 8:56:18 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 10 replies · 415+ views
    Updated: 05/05/2010 07:48:38 PM PDT SANTA CRUZ - Besieged by unsolved gang violence, Santa Cruz police turned to federal immigration agents for help this week. Beginning Tuesday, a team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are working with the Police Department to investigate gang crime in the city, Santa Cruz Police Chief Howard Skerry announced Wednesday. "We've reached a point where I, as chief, will call in every available resource," Skerry said. "The whole focus of this is to find out who committed these crimes and bring them to justice." Carl Reimer, 19, died April 17 after being shot three...
  • Lawlessness in Santa Cruz

    05/05/2010 7:42:29 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 12 replies · 453+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | May 5 2010 | Don Miller
    Today’s Sentinel story on how the Santa Cruz City Council has responded to Saturday’s downtown mayhem with a directive to hire more cops is not surprising. The council, and city government including police, were already being pressured by groups such as Take Back Santa Cruz to do something about gang violence and the flourishing drug trade in the city. Now, many people think the police were either understaffed, or underprepared, to handle what happened Saturday night. In any case, the city has had to deal with a rising tide of discontent, along with violence, mixed in with the historic “tolerance”...
  • Freep This FaceBook Anarchist Website (Partial Vanity)

    05/04/2010 5:32:15 PM PDT · by dersepp · 2 replies · 262+ views ^ | 4 May 10 | dersepp
    So you might have heard that the already struggling and economically depressed city of Santa Cruz, CA had a public gathering on Mad Day evening go south and turn into a mini-riot ( The articles notes there is an anarchist internet cafe in town that serves as a hub for that group. Now I do not wish any harm to come to this group (save for the FBI and then later their fellow inmates), but I think we as Freepers should have at them in their virtual world as only we can do. While you're checking your FaceBook account, why...
  • Riot breaks out in downtown Santa Cruz;

    05/03/2010 10:42:34 AM PDT · by Calamari · 27 replies · 1,049+ views ^ | 05/02/2010 01:45:50 AM PDT | Alia Wilson
    SANTA CRUZ - A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker's and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
  • Santa Cruz Man Gets Rehearing in Mock Nazi Salute

    03/14/2010 10:03:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 681+ views
    A federal appeals court granted a new hearing Friday to a homeless-rights advocate who sued the city of Santa Cruz after he was expelled from a City Council meeting for giving a mock Nazi salute to the mayor. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in November that a federal judge had properly dismissed Robert Norse's free-speech suit because his actions were disruptive. But the court said Friday that a majority of its 26 active judges had voted to order a rehearing before an 11-judge panel of the appeals court. Norse, who...
  • Seattle Murder Suspect Extradited From Santa Cruz

    01/15/2010 12:03:00 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 419+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/14/10 | Cathy Kelly
    Murder suspect Daniel Hicks was transferred from Santa Cruz County Jail Wednesday, jail records show. Hicks, 30, faces murder charges in Seattle. He was arrested in Santa Cruz on Dec. 28, allegedly on the lam after killing his longtime girlfriend and 13-week-old infant daughter in the Seattle area, authorities said. Jennifer Morgan, and the couple's 13-week-old daughter, Ema Morgan, were shot multiple times on Dec. 21, police said. A King County Superior Court judge issued a no-bail warrant Dec. 24 charging Hicks with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder. According to court documents filed in Washington, the couple's friends and...
  • Carly Fiorina brings Republican message to liberal Santa Cruz

    01/14/2010 6:59:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 499+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/15/09 | Kurtis Alexander
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina braved territory normally reserved for Democrats on Thursday, telling a business group in the liberal city by the beach that the federal government had grown too big and that its ventures into health care, financial regulation and economic stimulus were misguided. Championing herself as a "conservative" because she has "faith in people" and not politicians, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer is moving full speed ahead in her bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer — at a time when many in the Republican Party believe Democratic incumbents are vulnerable. "The fact that the...
  • Santa Cruz County wind turbine presents conundrum for state regulators

    12/31/2009 10:58:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 960+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/31/9 | Kurtis Alexander
    PLEASURE POINT -- The state Coastal Commission encourages California's seaside communities to embrace clean energy -- with a caveat. It has to look good. The regulatory agency has told a Santa Cruz County couple that a wind turbine planned for their new home in the Pleasure Point neighborhood is too tall. Suggesting it would add to the area's "visual clutter," the commission recommends the residents lower their proposed 35-foot-high, electricity-generating windmill, an idea the home's architect says is simply unworkable. "You can also put photovoltaic cells in a garage, but it's not going to do much for you," said Cove...
  • UC Santa Cruz protest ends in tense scene

    11/23/2009 7:55:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 527+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/23/9 | Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Dozens of student protesters who took over a UC Santa Cruz administrative building after a systemwide tuition increase were removed Sunday morning when police officers in riot gear ordered them to exit the building or face arrest. No arrests were made, and university officials said the operation concluded peacefully. But videos provided by some of the 70 or so protesters show a tense scene, with officers pushing their way through a wall of students chanting "We are peaceful, what about you?" to reach the entrance of Kerr Hall. Anthropology Professor Mark Anderson suffered minor injuries after he was squeezed off...
  • More than 2,000 flee California wildfire

    08/14/2009 10:56:46 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies · 1,982+ views
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 8/14/09 | Peter Henderson
    A California wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people near the surfing town of Santa Cruz, emptying wineries and rustic homes on Friday. Billowing white smoke, punctuated by orange flames, covered rolling hills in television footage of the coastal mountain fire about 80 miles south of San Francisco.
  • Why hippies shouldn't talk about economics

    07/30/2009 8:03:07 AM PDT · by Zman · 51 replies · 3,368+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 30 July 2009 | Matthew Sheffield
    The following video from a Santa Cruz, California city council meeting shows why some people really should avoid talking about economics. If you need a laugh this Friday morning, listening to the sage advice on display ought to do the trick:
  • Government educated and clueless… is that a redundancy in 2009? (VIDEO)

    07/28/2009 8:24:30 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 4 replies · 340+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 07/28/09 | Michael Naragon
    As yet another exhibit in the ongoing argument against government education, I offer this video which was sent to me by one of my students. Two points. First, this partially explains why California is bankrupt. Second, you want to turn over your healthcare to the government that produced this girl’s worldview? It’s no wonder Obama won…
  • Brilliant Woman Solves All of California's Problems

    07/23/2009 8:32:50 PM PDT · by kalee · 122 replies · 3,489+ views
    Today's Big Thing ^ | july 23, 2009 | unknown
    Brilliant Woman Solves All of California's Problems It's nice to see that Miss Teen South Carolina is trying to make a difference now that she's all grown up.
  • County retirement payouts are one more toll on budget

    06/21/2009 7:26:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies · 816+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 06/21/2009 | Kurtis Alexander
    County retirement payouts are one more toll on budget By Kurtis Alexander 06/21/2009 SANTA CRUZ - As county leaders cut health and human services, furlough employees and reduce office hours to close a record budget shortfall, one more expense is weighing on the bottom line: hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to retirees for unused vacation and sick time. A Sentinel review of county payroll records shows during the past six months retiring employees cashed out nearly $900,000 in unused vacation, sick time and other leave. More than a third of that money went to four retirees, top managers who...
  • UC Santa Cruz students launch hunger strike over budget cuts

    05/27/2009 10:36:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies · 855+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel | 5/27/09 | J.M. BROWN
    SANTA CRUZ -- More than 100 students and staff from UC Santa Cruz gathered at the foot of campus Tuesday to launch a hunger strike aimed at urging administrators to reverse course on budget cuts that opponents say disproportionately affect students of color.
  • UC Santa Cruz students launch hunger strike over budget cuts

    05/27/2009 7:57:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 65 replies · 1,600+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 5/27/9 | J.M. BROWN
    SANTA CRUZ -- More than 100 students and staff from UC Santa Cruz gathered at the foot of campus Tuesday to launch a hunger strike aimed at urging administrators to reverse course on budget cuts that opponents say disproportionately affect students of color. About two dozen people, some attending the noon rally organized by the nascent Students of Color Collective, pledged not to take nourishment until a long list of demands is met. The demands include blocking cuts to the Community Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies departments, as well as hiring full-time directors for the American Indian Resource...
  • Santa Cruz (CA) Tea Party pix

    04/19/2009 7:00:04 PM PDT · by jiggyboy · 28 replies · 1,270+ views
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  • UC Santa Cruz's Science Hill Grove Felled

    12/16/2008 12:51:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 596+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 12/16/8 | Richard Brenneman
    The last UC Santa Cruz treesitter surrendered to campus police Saturday, moments before a chainsaw-wielding crew began to level the redwood grove they had occupied for 402 days. “We knew they were getting ready for an extraction, so we had been preparing,” said Jennifer Charles, who had been the designated media contact for the protest. In the end, when “about 90 police in riot gear” and the commercial tree-cutters appeared Saturday morning, only one treesitter was left in the branches, Charles said. He came down of his own volition, to be promptly booked on charges of trespassing, disturbing the peace...
  • Santa Cruz firebombs look familiar

    08/04/2008 7:47:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 226+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/4/8 | Wyatt Buchananand Demian Bulwa
    Santa Cruz -- The devices used in two firebombings targeting UC Santa Cruz biologists are similar to some used in the past by animal rights activists, investigators said Sunday. The bombs were so powerful they were like "Molotov cocktails on steroids," said Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark.One struck the home of assistant biology Professor David Feldheim on Saturday morning, forcing him to flee with his family. The other exploded just a few minutes earlier, gutting a car parked outside the campus home of a second researcher.Later, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies went to the home of a third researcher...
  • N. Calif. wildfires force hundreds to flee homes

    06/11/2008 8:15:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 154+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/11/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A second day of hot weather and dry wind stoked new wildfires across Northern California on Wednesday, as firefighters battled blazes that have damaged at least 50 homes and threaten hundreds more. About 1,500 residents in the heavily forested hills north of Santa Cruz were told Wednesday afternoon to leave their homes as a quick-moving wildfire spread through the area. The 300-acre blaze broke out in the Bonny Doon area of Santa Cruz County just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Battalion Chief Paul Van Gerwen said the fire threatened...
  • Mountain lion spotted on Scotts Valley campus ( Again )

    06/05/2008 5:51:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 166+ views
    A mountain lion attacking a small animal was spotted by students living near Gerhart Hall on the Bethany University campus in Scotts Valley Monday night, the second such sighting in as many days... Students reported seeing the cougar on both Sunday and Monday nights... Students are also being advised to avoid jogging or walking alone during the early morning hours or at dusk to avoid coming into contact with a mountain lion.
  • Evacuations under way as wildfire rages in Santa Cruz Mountains

    05/22/2008 8:11:29 AM PDT · by EggsAckley · 65 replies · 419+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 5-22-08 | By Mark Gomez
    Firefighters are evacuating residents near a wildfire that is burning out of control this morning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire has burned about 500 acres. Sheriff's deputies from Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties are in the process of evacuating residents living in a three-mile stretch near Mount Madonna Road, according to Chris Morgan, a fire prevention specialist. Morgan estimates there are at least 20 homes in the are being threatened by the fire. "Our main priority is evacuations, getting people out safely," Morgan said. "Then we can start...