Outreach for Yes on Prop 37 to Label GMOs at Wellness Fair in Santa Cruz

On August 25, Tarah Locke, Patti Bond and Melissa DeVera, tabled for GMO-Free Santa Cruz and Yes on Prop 37 at the 2012 Wellness Fair in downtown Santa Cruz.

On August 25, Tarah Locke, Patti Bond and Melissa DeVera, tabled for GMO-Free Santa Cruz and Yes on Prop 37 at the 2012 Wellness Fair in downtown Santa Cruz. Each year the College of Botanical Healing Arts (COBHA) sponsors “a Wellness Fair bringing together traditional and alternative practitioners, businesses and educational institutions reflecting our diverse Santa Cruz Community. Our aim is to promote personal and community wellness and sustainability through networking and education.”

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Pear Picking on the Westside with Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

The Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project is run entirely by volunteers who help to scout and map trees, and organize harvests and workshops.

On Sunday August 26, fruit pickers, gleaners, and aficionados gathered at Garfield Park on the Westside of Santa Cruz as part of the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project. Inspired by similar projects across Canada and in the US, Santa Cruz locals began organizing harvests and workshops in August 2010.

The Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project is run entirely by volunteers who help to scout and map trees, and organize harvests and workshops. The project seeks out residents willing to share their surplus fruit, as well as trees on public land or vacant lots, and then sets up designated harvest times. Workshops have included pressing cider, curing olives, and making jam and wine.

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Yes on Prop 37 March in Santa Cruz to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

Supporters of GMO-Free Santa Cruz and Proposition 37 on the California ballot, marched and sang along Pacific Avenue to raise awareness about the proposition, and encourage people to vote in favor of it.

On August 24, supporters of GMO-Free Santa Cruz and Proposition 37 on the California ballot, marched and sang along Pacific Avenue to raise awareness about the proposition, and encourage people to vote in favor of it.

Throughout the United States, people currently eat genetically engineered food, but they generally are not aware of it. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, Prop 37 on the November ballot, would simply require food sold in retail outlets in California, such as grocery stores, to be labeled if it is produced with genetic engineering.

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Santa Cruz Eleven Preliminary Hearing Set for January 2013

Approximately 50 supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven packed into Department 6 of the Santa Cruz Courthouse on August 20 2012, for a hearing before Judge Paul Burdick to decide if the case against the seven remaining defendants would be dismissed.

Approximately 50 supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven packed into Department 6 of the Santa Cruz Courthouse on August 20 2012, for a hearing before Judge Paul Burdick to decide if the case against the seven remaining defendants would be dismissed. The defendants, their attorneys, and supporters were disappointed when Judge Burdick ruled that the case will proceed, and scheduled a confirmation hearing on January 4 2013, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a preliminary hearing on Monday January 7.

Three district attorneys, Rebekah Young, Jeff Rosell, and David Sherman, were present to argue that the case should move forward. The district attorneys were both denying and admitting that throughout the case, there has been an improper disclosure of discovery evidence to the defense attorneys.

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Santa Cruz Eleven Update: Judge Burdick Says It Is “Doubtful We’re Going to Proceed”

The August 17 readiness hearing for seven of the Santa Cruz Eleven drew to a close with optimism for the defendants, and a weekend of work for District Attorney Rebekah Young.

The August 17 readiness hearing for seven of the Santa Cruz Eleven drew to a close with optimism for the defendants, and a weekend of work for District Attorney Rebekah Young. Judge Burdick issued an order that DA Young produce a detailed inventory of all evidence in the case, when it was, or was not, provided to each of the defense attorneys, and the methodology used to transmit the evidence, particularly the videos.

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