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Earth Day to May Day Days of Direct Action - by email@example.com
Direct Action/Events Calendar! The Assembly is every Sunday – 2:00 PM – Mosswood Park Amphitheater (South-West Side of Mosswood Park) – MacArthur and Telegraph – Oakland – CA _________________________________________________ Tuesday, April 22nd: Earth Day March! 1:00 PM – Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley – Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way – Berkeley, California Unanimously approved! _____________________________________________ Wednesday, April 23rd: Guerr...
Event Date:Thu May 1, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:26AM
Appeals Court rules in favor of Delta smelt - by Dan Bacher
Trent Orr, Earthjustice staff attorney, said, “Today’s decision strongly reinforces the requirement of the Endangered Species Act that if, the Bureau of Reclamation has any discretion in negotiating long-term water contracts to benefit a listed species, the agency must exercise that discretion to ensure that the contracts do not harm the species. The court found that the Bureau does have such discretion." Photo of Delta smelt courtesy of California Department of Water Resources.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:36PM
Community Organizes to Oppose PG&E Power Line Project - by Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community
APTOS, Calif. - Santa Cruz County residents and concerned citizens have joined together in a new grassroots organization, Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community (NOPOC), to voice their concerns about the impact of a proposed power line project. The neighborhood alliance believes the Santa Cruz 115 kV Reinforcement Project as proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company will adversely affect the environment, wildlife, livestock, agriculture, businesses, and residents in the impacted area...
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:39AM
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers and sustainable water advocates slam tunnel plan - by Dan Bacher
“C-WIN is looking forward to working with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and any other group of concerned citizens in the campaign to stop the BDCP,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of C-WIN. “This fight transcends the usual political divisions. It’s about the responsible use of taxpayer money, and it’s about making government accountable to the people – all the people.” California Delta photo courtesy of C-WIN.
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:18PM
California Wolf-protection Decision Postponed 90 Days by Commission - by Center for Biological Diversity
VENTURA, Calif.— After hearing several hours of public testimony from an overflow crowd of more than 200 people and receiving more than 2,600 pages of comments, California Fish and Game commissioners voted on Wednesday to postpone until July their decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. In the surprise decision, the commission said the law allowed it the option of deferring the decision for up to 90 days, during which the public-comment period will be ...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:18PM
Phil Isenberg on Board of Bechtel Foundation-Funded PPIC - by Dan Bacher
The relationship between Bechtel and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is so close that the PPIC's conference center is named the "Bechtel Conference Center." Photo of Bechtel Conference Center by PPIC.
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:39AM
Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan Lacks Answers - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, executive director, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), said, “If they cannot explain in the implementation agreement how the 40,000 pages of fantasy in the BDCP and the EIR are going to be implemented or financed, then how can the public be expected to comment effectively by June 13, 2014, or any date for that matter?”
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:04PM
Secretary John Laird, ocean 'protector' - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that the oceans are in deep trouble with folks like Secretary John Laird and Senator Fran Pavley in charge of "ocean protection" in California. Laird is one of the worst Natural Resources Secretaries for fish, oceans and the environment in California history.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:05AM
Idiocy of Tech buses in 2 photos - by a TG person
The idiocy of the so-called Tech buses in 2 photos.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:47PM
Small Allocations for Wildlife Refuges in 2014 Drought Plan Signal a Brutal Year for Birds - by Audubon California
Sacramento, CA - While certainly every water stakeholder in California will feel pain under a new drought operations plan released on April 9 by the California Department of Water Resources, Central Valley refuges and the millions of migratory birds they support will be particularly hard hit. Representatives of Audubon California today called for a greater commitment to supporting these critical habitat areas.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:31PM
Friends of the River stands up for the First Amendment - by Dan Bacher
Bob Wright, Senior Counsel for Friends of the River, said, “The BDCP Water Tunnels project is in reality a dagger aimed at the hearts of the Sacramento River and the San Francisco Bay-Delta as well as a pickpocket after the wallets of California taxpayers and ratepayers. That is why the BDCP agencies are afraid to post the comments. They are afraid of the truth.” Photo of Bob Wright of Friends of the River at a rally at the State Capitol against the tunnels in December 2013. Photo by ...
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:08PM
New Report: San Jose Ranks 4th Among Major U.S. Cities for Installed Solar - by Environment California
San Jose – On April 10, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the Tech Museum of Innovation by San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) and local renewable energy advocates to release a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.” (see PDF) The report ranks San Jose fourth in the nation for the amount of solar installed and second for per capita solar installations,...
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:13PM
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption - by Michael Thornton, Sierra Club California
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption. Highlights Need to Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground. Shows Additional Reasons for Halting "Fracking" and Extreme Oil Extraction in California and Beyond.
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:56AM
Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort - by Audubon California
San Francisco - California's birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback on April 11. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the "Monterey Shores Eco-resort."
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:32AM
Exporting LNG Starts By Drilling Somewhere, Then Everywhere - by Tomas DiFiore
Fracking is a runaway industry, running away with our heritage and our future. There are billion dollar loans and international trade agreements, liens on private landowner's properties, and a toxic legacy not well understood. How long will children suffer ill health effects from frac related air pollution and contaminated water? How long does it take for Green Energy Refugees across America to recover financially from selling property and homes at steep intervals below market value to escape...
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:28PM
Four Salmon Restoration Grants Go to Projects in Marin - by Joanna Nasar
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) has announced 2014 funding totaling $525,307 for four projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Watershed. The three organizations who received FRGP grant awards include: Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program (which was awarded two grants), Trout Unlimited and the Marin County Department of Public Works.
Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:36AM
California Senate Committee approves fracking moratorium bill - by Dan Bacher
"A moratorium on fracking is a crucial and necessary measure towards protecting California's water and family farmers,” said Adam Scow, California Director of Food and Water Watch. “We applaud the Senate Committee's passage of SB 1132 to stop the oil industry's irresponsible and harmful pollution of our water, air, and soil." Photo of packed hearing room at the State Capitol as the Senate Committee discussed Senate Bill 1132. Photo courtesy of Californians Against Fracking.
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 1:31PM
Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Pacific Bluefin Tuna Fishing - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a legal petition (see PDF) urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to prohibit fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna, which has suffered a 96 percent decline since large-scale fishing began. News of the population’s historic low triggered a requirement for the Pacific Fishery Management Council to recommend new regulations for managing Pacific bluefin tuna by Tuesday, April 8. The council, though, declined to take any action t...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:06PM
Oil Lobby spending in California increases by 400 percent - by Dan Bacher
The rise of oil industry spending documented in the report corresponds directly with the increase in fracking in Monterey Shale deposits in Kern County, coastal areas and Southern California ocean waters – and the creation of so-called "marine protected areas" that fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, pollution, military testing and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering. Oil companies have fracked offshore wells at least 203 times over the past 20 years in ...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:03AM
San Benito County Residents Halfway to Signature Goal for Fracking Ban Ballot Initiative - by Alex Darocy
Community members in San Benito are hoping they will be the first "frontline" county in California to ban fracking and other methods of extreme oil and gas extraction. Since late March, volunteers across the county have begun collecting signatures for a fracking ban initiative they hope to have on the 2014 ballot in November. Progress is moving quickly: after only two weeks of collecting signatures, the organization San Benito Rising announced they are nearly halfway through their drive. [Top...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 6:20PM