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In San José, Marchers Say No to Monsanto - by Ryobo
Organizers called for community members to deepen their commitment in the fight against Monsanto by boycotting Kellogg brand products. They encouraged everyone to stop using the heavily advertised RoundUp pesticide and continue the campaign to see that GMO foods are properly labeled. Photo: Kim Kinoshita
Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 12:32AM
Soy Maíz, Local Farmers, GMO Label Seekers March Against Monsanto in San Francisco - by R. Robertson
Monsanto produces genetically modified food; protesters in more than 50 countries were on board to protest that company's practice on Saturdy. In San Francisco a march from Union Square culminated with speeches and entertainment at Justin Herman Plaza.
Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 12:09AM
Will Parrish at SubRosa on Tree Sits, Saving Little Lake Valley, and Defending the Land (audio/mpeg 75.4MB) - by Alex Darocy
On May 24 at SubRosa Community Space in Santa Cruz, Mendocino County resident Will Parrish spoke about the ongoing efforts to protect the large areas of land that are being disturbed as part of a highway project by Caltrans to build a bypass around the town of Willits. Community members there have been resisting the project through tree sits, demonstrations, and by appealing directly to politicians in California in an effort to save the area, which is also known as Little Lake Valley.
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 2:31PM
Wardens cite abalone poachers in marine protected area - by Dan Bacher
California Department of Fish and Wildlife leaders and other state officials fail to acknowledge the "inconvenient truths" about the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that the new “marine protected areas” in California were created under.
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 12:54PM
UC/FEMA East Bay fire control project generates huge reaction - by environmental activist
There's a lot to learn about this issue. FEMA is still taking comments, but please educate yourself before you comment because there's a lot of misinformation going around about this complex affair.
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 4:00AM
Delta Protection Commission Opposes Peripheral Tunnels! - by Dan Bacher
The Delta Protection Commission voted 9-2 on May 24 to oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels as currently drafted. This is a huge victory for Delta advocates, fish, the environment and the people of California. The construction of the twin tunnels would hasten the extinction of Sacramento River chinook salmon, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species and take large areas of Delta farmland, among the most fertile on the planet, out of productio...
Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 11:19AM
Health and Safety Gaps in Safe Drinking and Clean Water Acts - by by Patrick Porgans and Lloyd G. Carter
Since 1978 the State has received on average $600 million to $800 million annually for clean water programs that are administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. EPA officials estimate California needs $39 billion in capital improvements through 2026 for water systems to continue providing safe drinking water to the public. Instead, Gov. Brown is pushing a $14 billion twin tunnel project to ship relatively clean S...
Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:20AM
Damage control. City entangled in CalDesal’s advocacy and lobbying activities - by Paul Gratz
Last week, the City of Santa Cruz issued the unusual news release entitled “Santa Cruz Water Director Key to Non-Profit CalDesal Success. Bill Kocher Named Vice-President of the Board.” The PR piece appears designed as a damage control tactic to both reframe and obfuscate the city’s role as a prominent member of the CalDesal advocacy and lobbying organization. [Attachment: City issued news release extolling the key contributions of Bill "Desal or Die" Kocher makes towards advancing th...
Posted: Wed May 22, 2013 2:16PM
Why should Californians pay for $50 billion tunnel boondoggle? - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta (RTD) responded to Meral’s latest claim by asking, “So why then should rate payers from Southern California and tax payers throughout the state be asked to pick up the tab for a $50 billion project that will not make more water for Southern California or save the Delta? Photo of Jerry Meral at BDCP meeting by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 12:19PM
Occupy the Farm Work Party & Land Occupation - by Occupy the Farm
San Pablo and Monroe, Albany CA
Event Date:Sat May 25, 2013 5:00PM
Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:42PM
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) threatened in San Francisco (audio/mpeg 1.4MB) - by KPFA Evening News, 05.18.2013
California's most important environmental law, the California Environmental Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), is under attack, and activists are trying to make sure the act will still hold sway in San Francisco. CEQA requires corporations and landholders to provide public information about potential environmental impacts of their projects in advance. A statewide coalition recently blocked attempts to weaken CEQA at the state level, but now San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has proposed ...
Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 5:27PM
Liberate The Land: Direct Action to Plant Food and Hold Space - by Ryan Rising
The Free Farm: 950 Gough Street @ Eddy Street, San Francisco
Event Date:Sat Jun 1, 2013 1:00PM
Posted: Sat May 18, 2013 12:54AM
UC & FEMA Tree Removal in East Bay Hills - Public Meeting - by Hchapot
Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Ave., Oakland.
Event Date:Sat May 18, 2013 10:00AM
Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:13PM
Delta Stewardship Council Adopts Plan Amidst Massive Opposition - by Dan Bacher
Nicky Suard, owner of Snug Harbor Resorts in Walnut Grove on the Delta, summed up the lack of credible science in the Delta Plan and the EIR when she described it as "Salad Bowl Science," where the plan officials "pick and choose" the science to justify their pre-determined goals. "Don't pass this plan," Suard urged the Council. "It will destroy the Delta and everything in it." Photo of Wendy Stokes, Chair of Restore the Delta, speaking at the protest at the Delta Stewardship Council m...
Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 12:43PM
Three fracking moratorium bills pass Assembly Resources Committee - by Dan Bacher
Kristin Lynch, Pacific region director for Food and Water Watch, said the Natural Resources Committee “sided with the people of California” when it voted to advance legislation that places a moratorium on fracking. “From the food that California farmers grow today to the long-term future of our state’s water resources and air, California’s economy and vital resources hang in the balance if we allow fracking to continue in California,” stated Lynch. Photo courtesy of Food an...
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 4:08PM
Video of Take Back Santa Cruz-supported Clean Team Harassing Homeless Forced Off Internet - by Robert Norse
A week ago, writer Jeremy Leonard posted a video with faces disguised of a member of the Clean Team threatening and harassing a homeless camper as he and others did one of their regular "clean-up's". The video was only up very briefly before it was taken down. A few days ago it reappeared as part of a long interview Leonard did with former Clean Team founder T.J. Magallanes. The interview--still up as of this writing--provoked dozens of comments, and reportedly numerous threats against Le...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 11:31PM
A Few Words from a David Grefrath, who is currently in jail for farming - by Samara Steele / David Grefrath
On Saturday, May 11th, over a hundred people gathered at the Gill Tract in Albany with the intention of using publicly-owned university land to grow vegetables for a 2nd year in a row. The following Monday, police raided the the farm, forcing everyone to stand on the sidewalk and watch as the cops used a tractor to shred the freshly planted vegetables. Four people were arrested on Monday, including David Grefarth, who works as baker at the Nabolom Bakery in Berkeley. David att...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 6:56PM
Re-Occupy The Farm! - by
San Pablo Ave & Monroe in Albany, CA
Event Date:Sat May 18, 2013 11:00AM
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:52PM
Californians Against Fracking Rally - by Rose Braz
Governor Jerry Brown's Office: State of California Bldg, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Event Date:Thu May 30, 2013 12:00PM
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 11:33AM
Police Raid Volunteer Farm, arrest 4, & illegally abuse UC Berkeley student - by Teresa Smith
Summary: On Monday, university police raided the all-volunteer farm at the Gill Tract. Four people were arrested. One of them was Brooke Marino, a geography student from UC Berkeley, who was standing on a public sidewalk outside the property. As seen in the vdieo footage, Marino was being nonviolent. Police, however, put her in a "pain compliance hold" and carried her by her neck across the street. Civil Rights attorney Dan Siegel witnessed this, and says the police broke the law by bypas...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 10:19AM