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LOCAL News :: Environment & Food : Government & Elections : Poverty & Urban Development

Clear View Court Residents are Kept in the Dark

On January 25, local Attorney Emily Malone addressed the Santa Cruz City Council on behalf of the Board of the Clear View Court Home Owners Association.
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LOCAL News :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture : Media Criticism

A few pix from Felton Radio benefit

CesspoolBand_FeltonRadio_00.jpgA bunch of folks turned out Friday night at the Felton Community Hall to learn about independent media, support Felton Free Radio, and watch good movies. Plus, there was old-timey music to dance along with!
 

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News :: [none]

Santa Cruz City Council Approves Coast Hotel Project Despite Widespread Community Opposition

In a 4-3 vote, the Santa Cruz City Council approved the Coast Hotel and Convention Project. Supporting the proposal were Ryan Coonerty, Cynthia Matthews, Mike Rotkin and Tony Madrigal; opposing it were Emily Reilly, Ed Porter and Tim Fitzmaurice.

Expressing deep concern for the process which she felt left out much of the community, Reilly suggested an alternative motion to the approval of the Environmental Impact Report that would table the issue for six weeks while the community was able to learn more and communicate about the project. She expressed her desire to get the community behind the project instead of dealing with “a bitter community for the next year and a half.?

Video: Clear View Court Residents are Kept in the Dark
Photos: From the Council meeting
 

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News :: Resistance & Tactics

My Mother, the Virgin, and Me

What would happen if women, in grief about war and destruction, bared their breasts and gathered together to lament and grieve in public?
 

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LOCAL News :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture : Civil & Human Rights

Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez speak at the Rio

The event with Ralph Nader was a smashing success
 

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Announcement :: [none]

Santa Cruz C. C. Meeting on Hotel-Convention Center Project

SC City Council discussed the Hotel-Convention Center Project on Tuesday night, 25 January, at 809 Center St. People opposed to convention-hotel at the Dream Inn site, along with a 6-story parking garage, came to the city council meeting to keep the pressure on the council to not pass this deal with the developers and replace one eyesore for another on our coast.

After two public hearings last week, including one that went past midnight, the City Council is poised to make a decision on financing $30 million for this project tonight. Many residents have already voiced their disapproval of this plan which seems to be broadly flawed.

A particularly convincing argument against the project was that these types of ventures are not bringing in substantial dollars for the cities that invest in them and many are in the red, according to a recently published Broookings Institute study. Read more about the study at Bruce Bratton's website or on Brookings Institute online.
 

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Commentary :: Environment & Food

Finding Historic and Utilitarian Trees in Your City

Back in approximately 1990, I bought a $3 zine entitled "Beyond Blackberries," at an anarchist pizza shop called "Morningtown," in Seattle. "Beyond Blackberries" is a zine that catalogued the nut and fruit trees on public land in the Seattle area. The zine includes information about parks department contacts to ask about pesticide spraying in the area, etc. You can see the same line of thinking going on with the Tree People in Los Angeles, who plant fruit and nut trees in poorer parts of the city, and also facilitate community workshops on how to maintain the trees so they will live long and bear as much fruit as possible. There is no reason that cities have to be sterile, void of trees with fruits and nuts. You could even plant a medicinal herb garden on public land as has been done on the University of Washington campus. I have no idea why urban areas were designed to look like prisons, with so much concrete and so many fences, but trees can really put life back into these concrete canyons. Imagine walking down the street and smelling lemons, or being able to grab apples at all the local parks. Livability needs to be part of our urban vision, and trees make everything more livable. They lower the temperature of our cities, and if nut and fruit trees are planted, they can feed the hungry.
 

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LOCAL Commentary :: Environment & Food

Bikes in Garages Versus Bikes in the Streets

Someone just gave me a bike. It was really amazing riding a bike, after not riding one in a long time. I have been doing a lot of walking and riding buses over the last many years, not bike riding. A bike to me is more than a recreational toy, it is something that will increase my quality of life greatly, on a daily basis. The bike will cut down on my travel times considerably. Many people do not realize that not only do you spend extended journeys on buses due to stopping every few blocks for passengers en route, but if bus transfers are involved, that overlay is time consuming as well, both coming and going. Having a bike now means I can ride my bike to the bus stop, eliminating 10 minutes there, then put the bike on the bus bike rack and ride for an hour into Seattle. In the past, I would then have to transfer to one or more buses to get where I was going. Now, I can just unload my bike once in Seattle, and ride to those destinations, taking only one round trip bus ride, versus the previous three roundtrip bus rides. The bike makes going to the library and grocery store easier, as the bike can carry the weight of juice or books, rather than me. It seems many, if not most, middle class garages are filled with one bike per family member, even though the family uses the SUV more than the fleet of bikes. I think we should have *bike drives* for the poor, like we have food or clothing drives.
 

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LOCAL Commentary :: Resistance & Tactics

Practicing Spontaneity To Increase Our Collective Courage

All Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and grassroots movements require the ability to think for yourself, on the part of organizers and participants, against a tide of corporate advertising assaults, and amidst conflicting religious and political agendas. Somewhere inside this whirl of spin doctors and commercialism, exists a people who still operate free of the machine. There is great freedom in knowing you can trust your own intuition, independent of peer pressure, the status quo, or criminalization of thought. Most great art, music, literature, et al, comes from people who follow their own drummers, to paraphrase Thoreau. The cost for this thought freedom is courage. The courage to follow your own eyes, beliefs, instincts, logic, and visions, off the beaten path, is like the boy who points and shouts the Emperor has no clothing. It is dangerous and risky, but necessary. And you are sure to have failures as well as successes. That is also one of the prices for this freedom: accepting the risk and reality of occasional failures. But the only real failure is the failure to try.
 

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Commentary :: Womyn

Vaginas in Mythology, Art, and History

Much as breasts have become a market commodity, vaginas have suffered a similar fate. Girls, women, boys, and men, are given little to no empowering imagery, mythology or language within American culture, regarding vaginas and female genitals. The most common thing kids and adults hear about female genitals is they supposedly stink like rotten tuna fish, or leave trails like slugs. Additionally, those jokes about tuna and slugs are bantered about lightly by males and females alike. Women are taught their genitals are gross in American culture, yet we also know they are an economic commodity, which is confusing.
 

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