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image Sacramento activists sing "No Fracking No Way" at protest 120_raging_grannies__1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
People gathered at 18 coordinated "Clean Not Extreme" events that were a part of a statewide day of action following the release of a statewide study on fracking and oil well stimulation in California. These actions demonstrated mounting public opposition to fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods and increasing support for a pathway to 100% clean energy, according to Californians Against Fracking. Photo of Raging Grannies singing in front of the Department of Conservation by Dan...
Posted: Sat Aug 1, 2015 5:50PM
image Protesters sing, wave signs and blast Delta tunnels at "open house' 120_caleen_sisk.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
"Right now the existing water projects continue to damage our ecology," said Caleeen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. "They have already harmed our fish and driven them to extinction. The tunnels will only complete the job. The tunnels that they want to build are large enough to divert the entire Sacramento River." Photo: Chief Caleen Sisk at the protest against the Delta Tunnels in front of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on July 28. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:36PM
text Large Oil Slick Observed Off California Coast Near Santa Barbara - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOLETA, Calif.— Emergency officials are responding to a 2-mile oil sheen off the California coast near the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County. The slick extends to Platform Holly, an offshore drilling platform.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:45AM
calendar 30th Annual Ohlone Day 120_ohlone_day_henry_cowell_redwoods_state_park.jpg original image ( 1200x803) - by
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 101 Big Trees Park Road, Felton (Highway 9 entrance)
Event Date:Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:25AM
text Organizations Sue Mendocino County in Response to Wildlife Services Contract Renewal - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif., July 27, 2015 — Animal-protection and conservation organizations filed suit today challenging Mendocino County’s contract renewal with Wildlife Services, a notorious federal wildlife-killing program that killed close to 3 million animals in the United States in 2014.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:14PM
image Revisited former Drakes Bay Oyster Company location 120_2015-07-27.jpg original image ( 1600x900) - by D. Boyer
I visited the former Drakes Bay Oyster Company location to get an update.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:27AM
image California's biggest "secret" - oil industry capture of the regulatory apparatus 120_sfc_-_lobby_spending_inforgraphic_v5_infograph.jpg original image ( 800x1719) - by Dan Bacher
Big Oil spent an amazing $266 million influencing California politics from 2005 to 2014, according to an analysis of California Secretary of State data by StopFoolingCA.org, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to “mislead and confuse Californians.” The industry spent $112 million of this money on lobbying and the other $154 million on political campaigns.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:49AM
text Court Order Sought to Force Disclosure of California Pesticide Spraying - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Public-health and environmental groups, along with the city of Berkeley, are seeking a court order on Friday to require that a California agency publicly disclose and analyze any pesticide spraying it conducts that poses risks to people, wildlife or the environment. The groups are asking a Sacramento court for a preliminary injunction to require that the California Department of Food and Agriculture follow state environmental laws when spraying harmful pesticides. This s...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:55PM
image Conservation groups slam Delta tunnels as Jerry Brown grandstands at Vatican 120_dsc_0030.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown and the tunnel-promoting agencies have a bad case of tunnel vision, and have ignored all requests for a Delta plan with true alternatives that reduce fresh water diversions and protect the Delta,” said Robert Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River. “The Environmental Water Caucus developed a Responsible Exports Plan alternative and handed it to BDCP agencies on a silver platter. Other agencies ranging from the National Academy of Sciences to the Environmental Pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:06PM
image Seize The Tide: Decolonize the Watersheds of the East Bay 120_omsausal700.jpg original image ( 1356x3300) - by The Autonomy Group
Say infrastructure and you’re saying that life has been detached from its conditions. That conditions have been placed on life. That life now depends on factors out of its control, that it has lost its footing. Infrastructures organize a life without a world, suspended, expendable, at the mercy of whoever is managing them. -The Invisible Committee, 2014
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:55PM
image Jerry Brown gushes about "fighting climate change" at Vatican as he fracks California 120_dsc_0035.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Dan Bacher
"We urge Pope Francis to send a clear message to Brown and other elected officials that fracking—in California, in Europe, or elsewhere—has no place in his vision for a greener planet," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe. Photo: Governor Brown delivers remarks at Vatican climate change symposium. Photo courtesy of Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:34PM
image Sam Farr Is Waffling On HR 1599, The DARK Act 120_sam-farr.jpg original image ( 1185x1485) - by Pamm Larry, LabelGMOs
Rep. Sam Farr is waffling on his DARK vote. Rep. Farr is traditionally a supporter of laws that support consumer rights but needs you to remind him this is one of those issues and you want him to stand strong. Tell Farr to vote NO on HR 1599.
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:53PM
document New report reveals retiring toxic farmland would save water, money san_luis_unit_land_retirement_final_report_071415.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
“California needs to balance water demands with the realities of its supply, which means retiring inappropriate farmland,” said Adam Scow, California Director at Food & Water Watch. “Retiring toxic farmland in Westlands is a commonsense step toward protecting our overstretched and dwindling water supply.”
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:31AM
image Petition: Institute a one mile buffer zone between schools and spraying pesticides 120_pesticides_farms_schools_california.jpg original image ( 640x360) - by via change.org
Institute a 1 mile buffer zone between schools and spraying pesticides and at least a week's notice to schools before spraying begins. Sign petition: https://www.change.org/p/institute-a-1-mile-buffer-zone-between-schools-and-spraying-pesicides-and-at-least-a-week-s-notice-to-schools-before-spraying-begins
Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:19PM
calendar Roy Kaylor - Court Hearing - by Roy Kaylor
Santa Cruz County Superior Court 701 Ocean Street, Dept. 4 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:00AM
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:07PM
document Groups Demand More Time for Review of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan 7_16_15_comment_time_ext_req.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
The letter concluded, "In sum, the current comment period is inadequate because it fails to provide members of the public with adequate time for review. The proposed project is the most controversial public works project in California history. It is extremely complicated and the subject of voluminous analysis in the form of project justification and advocacy."
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:42AM
image Jerry Brown's New Fracking Regs Discriminate Against Latino Children 120_romovbrownmeme.jpg original image ( 422x265) - by Dan Bacher
“Everyday my daughters go to school, they fear for their health and safety because of how close the fracking wells are to their schools,” said Rodrigo Romo, the named plaintiff, whose two daughters have been exposed to dangerous levels of toxic pollution and psychological stress from extreme well stimulation while attending public schools in Shafter and Wasco, California.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:07PM
document EASTWEST: Bay Area Analysis, Revolt, History, and Subversion eastwest12.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by EASTWEST
EastWest returns with a full cover issue. Tackling such topics as Oakland's attempt at containing the Ferguson inspired revolt with curfews and repression, a look at the burgeoning weed bubble, a look at the drought from a anti-colonial perspective, action and repression news, and an in depth interview with anti-eviction organizer James Tracey.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:42AM
calendar 70 Years of Nuclear Weapons - At What Cost? - by Stephen McNeil
Livermore Labs Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads Livermore, CA 94550
Event Date:Thu Aug 6, 2015 8:00AM
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:54PM
image Arrests in Martinez as Californians demonstrate against oil trains 120_350sanjoserobotbest.jpg original image ( 2448x3264) - by R. Robertson
Police arrested four Bay Area protesters after they suspended themselves from the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge to hang a banner protesting oil trains. Photos here are of the protest in San Jose, California. Both protests were part of a week of action against oil trains.
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:22PM

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