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image Farmers Occupy Proposed Development Site with Homegrown Farm Stand 120_img_6798.jpg original image ( 5472x3648) - by Occupy the Farm
On April 25th, over 400 people joined the Permaculture Action Day hosted by the UC Gill Tract Community Farm. Bay area residents and UC students from across the state participated in an exciting day of farming, workshops and music. Shortly before 5pm, Occupy the Farm, joined by community farmers, students and the East Bay permaculture community, marched down San Pablo Ave to the south side of the Gill Tract. Together, the crowd, in an act of civil disobedience, built a farm stand on the site...
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:46PM
audio Dan Bacher Speaks Out About Water (audio/mpeg 15.1MB) - by Mike Rhodes
Pam Whalen interviewed Dan Bacher on the Street Heat radio show heard on KFCF 88.1 FM Friday, April 24. The 16:31 minute audio starts out with a brief clip of Mark Arax speaking at a water conference earlier that day and then Dan’s comments about and solutions to the water crisis in California.
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:39AM
audio How Blue is Your Valley? (audio/mpeg 26.7MB) - by Mike Rhodes
Mark Arax keynote address at the Community Conference on Water in the San Joaquin Valley (April 24, 2015 in Fresno California). Audio - 29:06 minutes.
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:47PM
image Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling 120_mike_mcguire_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
“We have to close the loophole in state law that could allow for new offshore oil development,” Senator McGuire said. “After all of the work that we have done to protect our coast and our environment, it’s unconscionable to think that there is a loophole that could lead to additional drilling in state water. It poses too great a risk.”
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:55PM
calendar Defend Knowland Park! A development plan scouting hike and native plant walk! 120_knowland_flyer.jpg original image ( 1120x840) - by Defend Knowland Park!
Meet at the crossroad entrance of Snowdown and Malcolm Ave.
Event Date:Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:00PM
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:02AM
image Stewart Resnick expands almond acreage as cities forced to slash water use 120_meet_the_resnicks.jpeg original image ( 497x564) - by Dan Bacher
"It appears that Stewart Resnick is making Paramount Farms into a Wall Street bank that is too big to fail," quipped Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:12PM
text CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
text Lawsuit Targets 30-year Plan for Marine Terminal Receiving Ships Full of Dangerous Crude - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups sued the California State Lands Commission on April 17 for approving a 30-year plan for refinery operations at a Suisun Bay marine terminal that will receive hundreds of tankers full of dangerous crude oil feedstocks, including highly explosive Bakken crude.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:30PM
image Activists protest Sprouts Grand Opening 120_dsc_4096.jpg original image ( 4155x2731) - by Kelly Johnson
Gill Tract, Occupy the Farm Activists protest the San Rafael Sprout's Grand opening.
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:55PM
image Commission approves fishing closure on Sacramento River section 120_winter_chinook.jpg original image ( 600x450) - by Dan Bacher
Fishermen, Tribal leaders and environmentalists note that the drought itself is not the reason for the collapse of winter Chinook salmon, the near extinction of Delta smelt and the collapse of American River steelhead, as agency officials often claim. They point to poor management of our reservoirs and rivers by the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources during a record drought as the culprit behind record low populations of fish species that once numbered in t...
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:43PM
image Week of Success! Fight for Fifteen, Boycott Sprouts, and EIR Lawsuit! 120_gilltract-permacultureactionday-2015.jpg original image ( 720x932) - by Occupy the Farm
Thank you for all of your support over the past month. From our first Boycott Sprouts action at Walnut Creek at the beginning of March, to the third (and fourth!) ones on April 15, this month has been packed to the gills with success stories and community mobilizations of support. There are still more big days coming up right around the corner — thank you for sticking with us for this ride!
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:52PM
image Center for Food Safety Condemns Monsanto’s Monarch Recovery Pledge as Greenwashing 120_monarch-butterfly-and-flower.jpg original image ( 488x272) - by via Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety on April 6 sharply criticized Monsanto’s announcement that it is giving $4 million toward monarch population restoration. Two decades of the company’s top-selling crop system – Roundup Ready corn and soybeans – has nearly eradicated milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s sole source of food, in cropland in the monarch’s vital Midwest breeding ground.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:28PM
text 250 Native Elk Die Inside Fenced-in Area at Point Reyes National Seashore - by Center for Biological Diversity
POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service has acknowledged that that more than 250 tule elk died inside the fenced Pierce Point Elk Preserve at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore from 2012 to 2014, likely due to lack of access to year-round water. While nearly half the elk inside the fenced area died, free-roaming Point Reyes elk herds with access to water increased by nearly a third during the same period.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:04AM
image Coastal Redwood Forests: Carbon Offsets or Climate Mitigation 120_site_pi_table.jpg original image ( 900x1251) - by Tomas DiFiore
Private corporate industrial commercial timberlands in Mendocino County do not have the standing timber volume inventory to merit carbon sequestration offsets accreditation. Mendocino Redwood Company should not be paid a green certified cent by large scale industrial polluters to ship the remaining redwood forests to expanding markets overseas for carbon offsets. The forest carbon offset marketplace is consumer-product oriented. The short-rotation carbon-decay curve diminishes the intrinsic v...
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:06PM
text Endangered Sperm Whale Washes Ashore at Pacifica Beach - by Joanna Nasar
A sperm whale washed ashore in Pacifica, the cause of its death is still unknown. Sperm whales are endangered and off the coast of California on of the main threats to their survival is the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, which sets out huge mega nets and indiscriminately catches, harms or kills whatever happens to swim into those nets.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:31AM
image The Extinction Governor Rips the Green Mask off His Tunnels Plan 120_jerry_brown_1_5_15_.jpg original image ( 263x395) - by Dan Bacher
“The new plan is a giant step backward,” said Chelsea Tu, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "If it goes through, this massive project’s boosters will be able to build these tunnels without having to do anything to protect our wildlife and waters — and will neatly sidestep input from the public.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:28AM
image Protect Elkhorn Slough from Polluted Stormwater 120_elkhorn_slough_marsh_birds_noaa.jpg original image ( 1000x659) - by via EcoRights
According to the environmental group EcoRights, polluted industrial drainage water is entering into Elkhorn Slough from the Pick-n-Pull auto-wrecking yard in Moss Landing. In response, the group has initiated a petition calling on the County of Monterey to require a Environmental Impacts analysis, and to require the business to relocate if it cannot operate without polluting the Slough and harming resident species. Among the rare, threatened, and endangered species the Slough calls home are t...
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:57PM
image Zeke Grader, Legendary Fish Advocate, Honored at Sausalito Gathering 120_zeke_and_jared.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader has served as a relentless defender of fishing families and fishery restoration not only in California but across the world for over three decades. He developed a close working relationship with Indian Tribes and recreational anglers, as well as with environmentalists and human rights activists. I wish the best to Zeke and his family in his retirement! Photo: Representative Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader display the Congressional Proclamation honoring Zeke for over three decades...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:55PM
text Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
text Questions Remain After UC's Tree Removal at People's Park - by Molly Batchelder
This letter was sent on 3-27-15 to UC Capital Projects Project Manager, David Johnson, as well as Christine Shaff, Communications Director at UC Berkeley Real Estate, two individuals directed to handle public concerns regarding the recent tree removal at People's Park. Both emails bounced back. The letter addresses some of my concerns after reading the HortScience Arborist Report and reasons for recommended tree removals.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:22PM

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