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image SVMH RNs Retain Critical Charge Nurse Position, Uphold Patient Care in Tentative Contract 120_salinas_valley_nurses.jpg original image ( 600x346) - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) have reached a tentative contract agreement with hospital officials, protecting the vital clinical role of the charge nurse, a key issue in the contract fight that will strengthen quality of care at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today.
Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:21PM
text Investigative Report: City of Fresno's Relationship with JD Home Rentals - by No More Slumlords (posted by Mike Rhodes)
The 10:30 minute video at the link below is an investigative report about corruption, slumlords and business as usual in Fresno.
Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 11:02AM
image Protesters converge on Nestlé bottling plants in Sacramento and LA 120_group_shot.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Tim Molina, Strategic Campaign Organizer for the California-based Courage Campaign, said to the crowd, "Today we are saying enough is enough. With people across California doing their part to conserve water -- it’s time that Nestlé did the right thing and put people over profits - by immediately halting their water bottling operations across the State."
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 7:17PM
text UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal: Stop the Parking Fee Hikes - by Petition via Teamsters Local 2010
Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ucsc-chancellor-blumenthal
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:53PM
image Concerned Residents, Elected Officials Rally in Response to Refugio Beach Spill 120_no_fracking_santa_barbara.jpg original image ( 640x480) - by via Food & Water Watch
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Outraged over an oil pipeline burst that Tuesday spilled at least 105,000 gallons of oil into a nine-mile slick along the Pacific Coast near Santa Barbara, at least 150 community members joined non-profit and local elected officials for a rally and press conference today at Santa Barbara County Courthouse to express the urgent need to place a moratorium on fracking and phase out oil development in California. Photo: Santa Barbara County Community Members Urge Gov. Brown ...
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 5:40PM
audio Anti-Eviction Mapping Mural Project interview on Settingthestandard (audio/x-wav 263.0MB) - by paz
JUST IN from the amazing folks at the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. The long-awaited "Narratives of Displacement" is an oral history project map featuring the stories of the displaced upon a background of no-fault evictions in San Francisco and foreclosures in Alameda County. "The audio and video stories are embedded on the map, often in short and long format, so that viewers can engage in different clips of stories, or at times delve into deeper stories of loss and resistance." Check it ou...
Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 1:38PM
text California Officials Won’t Test More Water Wells for Oil Waste - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— After testing just nine water supply wells for contamination from illegal oil industry waste disposal operations, California regulators admitted today that they do not plan to do any additional state testing of water wells near protected aquifers tainted by illegal disposal wells.
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:30PM
image Referendum Suspends Santa Cruz County Ban on Medical Cannabis Cultivation 120_responsible-cultivation-santa-cruz-thank-you.jpg original image ( 630x283) - by via Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California – May 16, 2015 – The first successful Santa Cruz County referendum in 13 years has suspended an ordinance adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial cannabis cultivation. The ban was adopted on April 14, 2015, and was to go into effect on May 15, 2015.
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 3:18PM
image Canal littering exacerbates drinking water from canals 120_img_2080_b.jpg original image ( 800x600) - by Christine Kroll
Recent decisions by Fresno Irrigation District are that "canal water [is] to be restricted to 90,000 acre-feet to recharge underground aquifers and to surface water treatment plants in Fresno and Clovis." (Fresno Bee, May 14th [29]) Canals conveying future potable water have severe implications when the canals are almost filthy enough to require wastewater treatment before being passed through the water treatment plant. This article talks about issues involving litter, herbicide use, and tox...
Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 9:17AM
image Registered Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Plan Strike 120_salinas_valley_nurses.jpg original image ( 600x346) - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) will hold a one-day strike beginning May 27 to protest management's insistence on pursuing a restructuring plan that would drastically reduce bedside nursing staff and severely undermine the patient advocacy role of nurses in the hospital.
Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 5:07PM
text AB 718 Offers Hope to Vehicle Sleepers - by Steve Pleich
Bill Also Opportunity to Revisit Safe Spaces Parking Program
Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 3:38PM
text 100 California Officials Ask Gov. Brown for Fracking Moratorium - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANAHEIM, Calif.— More than 100 mayors, city council members and other local officials from dozens of communities want Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking to protect California’s water supply from contamination during a devastating drought.
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:27PM
text Preliminary Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit Over Conditions at Monterey County Jail - by ACLU of Northern California
SALINAS, Calif. – Lawyers for all parties in Hernandez v. County of Monterey announced on May 11 that they have reached a preliminary comprehensive settlement in the class action lawsuit filed in May 2013 in federal court in San Jose regarding conditions at the Monterey County Jail. The settlement was approved by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG), the Monterey County Public Defender, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm...
Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:27AM
video People's City Council Steps into Action in Oakland City Hall to Save E12th Street (VIDEO) (video/mp4 46.9MB) - by Dave Id
Here's the clip from the city of Oakland's own video as activists seize control of the Oakland Council Chamber in City Hall on May 5 to protest the illegal sale of city-owned land at E12th Street. In the clip here, new mayor Libby Schaaf makes closing remarks on her first proposed city budget, before the Council was to proceed with their scheduled agenda including the pro forma approval of transfering city land to a for-profit developer with no affordable housing requirements. Then, before th...
Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 11:40AM
image Protest the 2015 California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard! 120_protest-2015-california-strawberry-festival.jpg original image ( 802x1038) - by Boycott Driscoll’s
The California Strawberry Festival is one of the largest outdoor annual events in California that celebrates the success of the multi-billion dollar global agricultural industry. However, this success has come at the great economic, social and overall health expense to those who pick the berries. The growers have maintained a blatant disregard for workers’ rights and wellbeing and have also neglected to take a stand as stewards of the environment by stopping the use of harmful industrial ch...
Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 5:54PM
audio Black and gray uprising in Vallejo (audio/mpeg 2.0MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Ann Garrison
A Black and gray uprising in Vallejo is demanding the return of a tournament size pool table donated to the Florence Douglas Senior Center by Vallejo native son CC Sabathia, a major league baseball star currently pitching for the New York Yankees.
Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 5:35PM
video Housing Activists Take Over SF City Hall (video/x-flv 62.1MB) - by D. Boyer
On Friday, May 8, 2015, approximately 300 people took over San Francisco City Hall to deliver their messages about the untenable evictions that are now occurring in the City. The protest included an ethnic ritual, chants, testimonials by victims of the evictions, and a walk around San Francisco City Hall’s political chambers to deliver their messages personally to the Supervisors and Mayor. The protest was loud and was peaceful. The sheriff deputies did confiscate the protesters banners.
Posted: Fri May 8, 2015 8:15PM
image Monterey Police Take Names, Issue 'Warnings' at Latest Sit-Lie Demonstration 120_sit-lie-protest-alvarado-street-monterey.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
Monterey Police have portrayed their enforcement of the city's sit-lie ban as a friendly process where first-time violators are simply given a "warning" when found sitting or lying on sidewalks located downtown and in other commercial districts. On May 1, community members participating in a sit-in held on the sidewalk of Alvarado Street to protest the new law demonstrated the process isn't quite that simple. More than a dozen individuals were confronted by police and forced to give them thei...
Posted: Fri May 8, 2015 7:03PM
image "Dream Bigger Than Cops & Condos": #SaveE12th Activists Takeover Oakland City Council 120_irony_b_folks_labor_demise_me.jpg original image ( 1024x768) - by Anti Police-Terror Project
On Tuesday May 5th, Black.Seed, Asians4BlackLives, and allies shut-down the Oakland City Council and held a People's City Council against a proposed development on East 12th Street. The development, up for a vote at that evening's city council meeting, includes no affordable housing and links to the larger wave of displacement being felt throughout Oakland and the bay area. According to the activists, the high-rise luxury condos include one bedrooms upwards of $3,150/month. The condos are p...
Posted: Thu May 7, 2015 7:15PM
image Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Illegal Dumping of Toxic Oil Waste into CA Water Supplies 120_mount_poso_pace_diversified_tribe-8_california_division_of_oil_gas_and_geothermal_resources_fpwc.jpg original image ( 1425x1069) - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A lawsuit filed today by environmental organizations seeks to halt illegal oil industry operations that are dumping millions of gallons of toxic oil waste a day into California’s dwindling underground water supplies.
Posted: Thu May 7, 2015 12:21PM

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