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News :: Resistance & Tactics

‘Weapons inspectors’ invade Bonny Doon

‘Weapons inspectors’ invade Bonny Doon

April 12, 2003
By ROBYN MOORMEISTER
Sentinel Staff Writer

About 60 war protesters, several dressed as chemical weapons inspectors, were denied entry Friday to weapons developer Lockheed Martin’s Santa Cruz facility.
Members of the self-declared Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team, a group of Bonny Doon residents and representatives of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, were hoping to march into the Lockheed facility in Bonny Doon to protest the company’s development of weapons.
Group organizer Lynda Marin said the protesters, seven donning white jumpsuits, gas masks and rubber gloves, intended to investigate the company’s research and development of weapons of mass destruction.
“I’m frustrated that our country can continue to sell weapons of mass destruction and tell people how to live in the guise of freeing them,” said protester Justin Mayer. “I consider our foreign policy to be a major terrorist threat.”
Lockheed is one of the world’s largest developers of weapons systems. According to the Arms Trade Resource Center, it received $30 billion in federal contracts in fiscal year 2000-2001.
Carrying signs with antiwar sentiments and flags with peace signs, protesters walked half a mile uphill to a locked front gate. They were forced to park their cars a distance from the Lockheed facility because five California Highway Patrol officers had formed a roadblock.
“As a mother I’m deeply concerned about the toxins and chemicals coming out of this facility,” Bonny Doon resident Larissa Shapiro said as she trudged up Empire Grade Road. “These weapons are used to kill people .”
Shapiro said she didn’t think anyone at Lockheed would take the protesters’ concerns seriously.
Nonetheless, the group was politely acknowledged.
“Sorry. We can’t let you in,” facility systems employee Pete Olinger said to the protesters through a locked gate. “We respect your right to your opinions and we hope you respect our property and our facility.”
He referred all questions to Lockheed’s public relations director Jeff Richmond.
Richmond could not be reached for comment.
Marin handed Olinger a letter containing questions about the facility’s operations, addressed to Lockheed’s Senior Manager Byron Ravenscraft.
Olinger said Ravenscraft would receive the letter.
As they walked away from the facility, protesters said Friday’s action was just the beginning of their fight.
“We decided not to enter the facility without permission today but we may consider doing that,” protester Eva Brumner said.
She said Friday’s action was not a futile exercise.
“We let the public know that weapons of mass destruction are used by our country,” she said.
Olinger refused to answer questions about the facility’s operations.
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Contact Robyn Moormeister at rmoormeister@santa-cruz.com.

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Windows broken at City Hall

Windows broken at City Hall

April 12, 2003

Police found two ground-floor windows broken at the City Hall annex Friday morning.
Police Chief Steve Belcher said he did not know if the vandalism was connected to last week’s City Hall arson, which resulted in $400,000 in damages.
Police gathered evidence at the scene and determined that no one entered the building through the windows. The incident occurred between 4 and 6 a.m.

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Re: Yellow Ribbon Week will honor men and women in the military

"'He loves the B52s,' his mom said.".
Oh he loves killing children doesn't he? "I can't believe I'm being paid to babies!!! Wooo how fun!!"

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Re: Capitola considers using falcons to "restore" beach

Thanks Barbara for taking the time to to demonstrate the ignornace and stupidity of both the Sentinel and Capitola Chamber of Commerce regrading the falcons on the river mouth.

This article is along the lines of the UCSC frat house prank of killing and eating a koi a Porter College and the comments by Vinny about the relationship of us supreme beings with those of lowly animal status (sarcasim here in case you can't read through the lines).

~Bradley

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http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/4573/index.php
For me, the entire incident is a sad commentary which highlights how humans believe they are the most important species on the planet. That a police officer thinks it not really a big deal if someone kills a live creature as joke is quite telling how they view you and I.
Until all creatures are free,
Vinny

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and this article for portland indymedia:

Snail Medicine
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266048.shtml
I went out to purchase a couple of yard tools this morning. While I was standing in queue my eyes roamed to the items in the cart ahead of me. A few plants, a garden hose, a bag of "snail and slug death"...A BAG OF "SNAIL AND SLUG DEATH"!!

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Re: California Sharply Raises Public University Fees

Davis Administration Fleeces Ratepayers
Energy Settlement Refunds

Everyone knew that the Davis Administration plan to send the Department of Water Resources to negotiate electricity contracts with the generators was like sending sheep to negotiate the dinner menu with the wolves. It comes as no surprise that in the end, California ratepayers were fleeced. Every cent of the $2.1 billion in settlement proceeds must be returned to the ratepayers as a small, but crucial compensation for that folly.
--Senator Bill Morrow

As a result of the energy crisis, Californians will be forced to repay $17.4 billion in energy bonds ($12 billion in principal and $5.4 billion in interest) and $43 billion in long-term contracts, which will be paid for through higher utility bills over the next 20 years. Recently, the Attorney General negotiated settlement agreements with various energy companies totaling $2.1 billion in cash, reduction of future energy purchase prices through renegotiated contracts, and generation equipment. Settlement negotiations are taking place with several other market participants in an attempt to recover additional proceeds. The $2.1 billion in settlement proceeds does not include California's share of the approximately $3.3 billion in refunds pending at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC).

Shifting of Funds

With little legislative oversight, some of the $2.1 billion settlement funds have been allocated for solar panels on public schools, alternative energy programs, and other projects. While some funded projects may be worthy, they have little to do with providing direct ratepayer relief. Additionally, there is no assurance that these diverted funds will be spent on schools in those communities paying for the bonds.

Resolution Calls For Putting Consumers First

I’ve co-authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 (SCR 30) that requests that energy-related refunds ordered by FERC, or settlement agreements negotiated by the Attorney General, the Governor, or any other agent of the state, should be used solely to provide relief to ratepayers forced to bear high electricity rates associated with the 2000-2001 energy crisis.

On July 8, 2003, SCR 30 passed the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee.

Letter to the Budget Committee

Recognizing the lack of legislative oversight over recent settlement funds, the budget committee drafted language, which attempts to limit the ability to bypass the legislative process. The proposed energy trailer bill language contained in AB 1756 fails to ensure that the direct restitution of ratepayers is the state's number one priority. Under the proposed statutory language, non-monetary settlement funds can be diverted to projects other than the repayment of debt or the reduction of utility rates. The language also does not address the diversion of funds from previous settlement agreements, nor does it apply to FERC-ordered settlements.

Members of the Senate Republican Caucus recently sent a letter to the Joint Budget Committee stating, in part:

We, the undersigned members of the Legislature, urge you to reconsider the trailer bill language adopted last week addressing the disposition of energy settlement funds. Although the proposed Government Code section 16429 provides the Legislature with oversight of energy settlement funds, it does not specify the beneficiaries of the settlement proceeds nor does it apply to settlement proceeds already allocated by the Attorney General.

Settlement Details

To date, the most significant agreements reached include:

Constellation

Rollback of future electricity purchase costs [renegotiations of long-term energy contracts]
$2.5 million [$1.25 million - deposited into the Alternative Energy Account for solar retrofits; $1.25 million to the AG]
Calpine Settlement Agreement

Rollback of future electricity purchase costs [renegotiations of long-term energy contracts]
$6 million [$ 1.5 million-Solar retrofit program; $4.5-Attorney General]
Williams Settlement

The Williams Settlement Agreement is valued at approximately $430 million. Settlement funds will be provided through electricity contract renegotiations, electricity purchase price reductions, cash and equipment.

$140 million of the cash settlement will be disbursed through 2010. The first major allocation will be as follows:

$2 million to the Energy Oversight Board for costs;
$2.75 million to the Attorney General for costs;
$2.75 million to the California PUC for costs;
$8.085 million to the Alternate Energy Retrofit at the Power Authority for the retrofit of schools and public buildings.
$4 million to a fund to be created in the California Power Authority for costs associated with citing and installation of the LM 6000 obtained through this settlement;
$1 million to the City of Oakland to promote alternative energy production or improved energy efficiency in the county;
$1 million to the City of Santa Clara to promote alternative energy production or improved energy efficiency in the county;
$1 million to Contra Costa County to promote alternative energy production or improved energy efficiency in the county;
$2.1 million to California Water Districts restricted to the construction of energy efficiency and/or reduction of pollution associated with the consumption of energy;
El Paso Settlement Agreement (June 2003)

Total of $1.625 billion Settlement Agreement in cash, long-term contract reductions, and natural gas. The proceeds will be allocated as follows:

El Paso will provide $1.5 billion in cash and non-monetary consideration. CPUC will determine how most of the ratepayer reimbursement will be allocated.
$600 million initial installment
$900 million over 15 years to 20 years
El Paso will make 3,290 million cubic feet per day of firm pipeline capacity to California.
$2 million [El Paso Executive compensation]
$125 million [Reduction of long-term Energy Contracts]
$92 million to the states of Oregon, Washington and Nevada.
(Settlement Information Source: Attorney General web-site)


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Contact Senator Morrow:
Senator.Morrow@sen.ca.gov

Capitol Office: Carlsbad Office: San Juan Capistrano Office:
State Capitol, Room 4048 2755 Jefferson St., #101 27126-A Paseo Espada, #1621
Sacramento, CA 95814 Carlsbad, CA 92008 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (916) 445-3731 Phone: (760) 434-7930 Phone: (949) 489-9838
Fax: (760) 434-8223 Fax: (949) 489-8354

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Re: Local ‘gutterpunks’ get magazine’s nod

i think it is sad what my beautiful santa cruz has come to! we should all be ashamed.

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Re: Fox Network Threatens to Sue Itself

freaking hysterical! what mo-rons!

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Re: Esselen Nation fights for identity

Greetings. My husband, Jonathan would like to connect with the people of the Santa Cruz area, and in particular meet Rudy Rosales. He and his son Hawk, the coordinator of the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council will be in the area in mid February. Please contact me at sheep4d2hotmail.com. Thankyou.

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