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Westlands Water District hires Rep. Nunes' chief of staff - by Dan Bacher
"The District is excited about Johnny joining the District’s staff," said Thomas Birmingham, Westlands’ General Manager. “His prior work with elected officials at all levels of government in the San Joaquin Valley and other regions of the state will be instrumental in helping to forge a unified Valley position on potential solutions to address the Valley’s chronic water supply shortages.” Map of Westlands Water District courtesy of http://wwd.ca.gov/
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:36PM
Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento - by Dan Bacher
Representatives of the "Crunch Nestlé Alliance" said the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during a record drought. They claim Sacramento City Hall has made it possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway." Photo of protest in front of the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento on March 20 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:01PM
People's Park under Siege, Call for Support! - by Defenders
More support needed! People will be meeting at the People's Park stage at 9 PM this evening to discuss possible next steps. We strongly encourage everyone to come by People's Park tomorrow at 6 AM to prevent further damage to the park. Everyone is encouraged to come to People's Park tomorrow throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:39PM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM
New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County - by Bradley Allen
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:52AM
People's Park: Chancellor Dirks Will Remember It For You, Wholesale - by Save People's Park Trees
This week is Spring Break; one day this week, workers from HortScience will enter the park and remove trees. On March 5th of 2012, the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission passed a resolution in favor of reinstating a community advisory board before any alterations to the park are made. This resolution was made after the UC destroyed trees and flattened berms on the west end of the park. On April 3rd of 2012, Berkeley city council unanimously passed the resolution titled: "Ensuring Commun...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:06PM
Sprouts Management Intimidates Protests of Their Brand - by Boycott Sprouts
The management of the chain supermarket retailer Sprouts “Farmers Market” is intimidating and repressing protestors who are speaking out about their greenwashed brand, which is set to pave historic Gill Tract farmland in the East Bay.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:22PM
Board of Supervisors Vote on Medicinal Cannabis in Santa Cruz County! - by
Santa Cruz County Building 701 Ocean Street, room 525 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:50AM
Shutting Down Sprouts: Reportback from the #GilltractDefense Action in Walnut Creek - by Kaitlin Oki and Kat Perkins, OTF
Reportback from the #GilltractDefense and Boycott Sprouts action on March 14, 2015 in Walnut Creek, California
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:40PM
Defend Knowland Park! A Non-Violent Direct Action Against The Oakland Zoo Expansion! - by DefendKnowlandPark!
Snowdown Ave. and Malcolm Trail Entrance Knowland Park - Oakland - CA
Event Date:Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:00PM
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:09PM
Drought legislation must target agribusiness and Big Oil - by Dan Bacher and Others
“If the Governor was serious about protecting our water he would issue a moratorium on fracking to stop the ongoing pollution of 2 million gallons per day of fresh water and stop the ongoing dumping of oil wastewater into our aquifers. California’s aquifers are crucial and must be protected in order to save and store water for the future," said Scow. Photo courtesy of Stop Fooling California.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:09PM
Zafar of PUC: 75 yo Woman CutOff by PG&E "Shouldn't Manipulate Her Age & Fragility" - by J Hart
The CPUC claims that it “serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates.“ Yet internal e-mails show betrayal of the public interest, and state-sponsored tolerance, even sponsorship, of elder abuse .
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:21PM
Monarch Butterflies in North America Found to be Vulnerable to Extinction - by via The Xerces Society
PORTLAND, Ore.—A newly completed assessment has found that monarch butterflies in North America are vulnerable to extinction. The assessment was undertaken by NatureServe and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and results were published in a report released by the U.S. Forest Service on March 9 (see PDF).
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:21AM
Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought - by Dan Bacher and Others
Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names.
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:30PM
Protesters Shut Down Sprouts Farmers Market to Stop Planned Development of Historic Gill Tract - by Occupy the Farm
On March 14th, farmers and neighbors of the historic Gill Tract turned out in large numbers to disrupt business as usual and eventually shutdown a local Sprouts supermarket. Their message to this corporate supermarket chain? "Don't build a Sprouts 'Farmer's Market' on our historic Gill Tract Farmland".
Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:06PM
Pit River Tribe and Allies Rally to Protect Medicine Lake - by Dan Bacher
“Medicine Lake is a sacred place and it needs to be protected at all costs,” said Pit River Tribal Chairman Mickey Gemmill. “We’re trying to preserve our culture and Medicine Lake is part of the beginning of our people. If we allow these corporations to come in and frack, we could lose that chance to bring back that part of our culture. So we’re asking the Calpine Corporation to step back and leave the Medicine Lake Highlands alone.” Photo of Medicine Lake defenders in front of...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:39PM
Call to Defend the Afrika Town Community Garden in Oakland - by Qilombo
On Saturday, May 7th, hundreds of people gathered in the garden space next to the Qilombo Community Center and "harvested and planted for spring, fed the community, made medicines, created a beautiful mural, cleaned up the neighborhood, painted red, black, green, and yellow all over the block, and put Afrika Town signs up everywhere. We are claiming our right to take over space and our right to exist." Organizers went on to say, "This is what Black lives Matter really means! This is where Bla...
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:07PM
Agency leaders admit big failure to protect water from oil pollution - by Dan Bacher
“The ongoing contamination of California’s drinking and irrigation water with toxic oil industry waste fluids is yet another example of why oil companies can’t be trusted to operate while ensuring the protection of our communities’ health and the environment,” Dan Jacobson, State Director of Environment California said on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. Photo of part of the Pacific Islander contingent at the "March for Climate Leadership" in Oakland on February 7, the la...
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:42PM
Scientists Sign On to Support the Phase Out of the California Drift Gillnet Fishery - by Joanna Nasar
Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and 230 scientists signed on to a letter opposing the deadly California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish, which has some of the highest bycatch rates in the world. The letter specifically requests that immediate action be taken to phase out the fishery and protect the ecological integrity of California’s coastal waters.
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:58PM
MLPA chair/big oil lobbyist takes Oregon's low carbon fuel standard to court - by Dan Bacher
Reheis-Boyd's leadership role in creating "marine protected areas" at the same time she was leading the campaign to eviscerate California and Oregon's environmental laws is one of the biggest conflict of interest stories in the state's history, but the corporate media and many "alternative" media outlets refuse to cover it. That is undoubtedly because Big Oil controls the state's politicians and political processes - and has inordinate influence over the media. The oil industry is the mos...
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2015 4:43PM