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image Tribal Members rally in Sacramento to stop Klamath River fish kill 120_westlands_sucks_the_trinity_dry_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
“I told Murillo that if there is a fish kill, he is responsible for genocide,” said Annelia Hillman, a member of the Klamath Justice Coalition and Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:29AM
image Klamath River Tribes Confront Feds for Water Releases To Prevent Fish Kill 120_fish-need-water.jpg original image ( 1127x769) - by Klamath Justice Coalition
Sacramento, California – Hundreds of Tribal members and supporters from the Trinity and Klamath Rivers converged at the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento today. They demanded increased water flows, known as preventative flows, from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River, the largest tributary of the Klamath River. They also asked that more water be let out of Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath.
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:09PM
image Big Oil has spent over $63 million on lobbying in Sacramento since 2009 120_big_oil_1.jpg original image ( 658x656) - by Dan Bacher
Only in the oil-soaked politics of "Green California" would an oil lobbyist charged with the task of creating "marine protected areas" go on record against protecting a "state marine reserve" from oil drilling!
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:36PM
document CHP Vehicle Impoundments Disproportionately Impacted Latinos in Fresno County caruthers_chp_case_study.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by ACLU of Northern California
FRESNO – On August 14 the ACLU of California (ACLU) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) released a report (see PDF) confirming the Latino community’s experience of being targeted for suspected unlicensed driving by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers in Fresno County, with two officers being largely responsible for the racially disparate impact.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:17PM
image 546,335 Acres in 9 Western States Proposed as Critical Habitat for Yellow-billed Cuckoos 120_yellow-billed_cuckoo_seabamirum_flickr_commons_commercial_use_ok_fpwc.jpg original image ( 3393x2420) - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect more than a half-million acres of critical habitat across the West for the yellow-billed cuckoo, a songbird that lives along rivers and streams. The bird was proposed for Endangered Species Act protection in October 2013 as part of a 2011 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed protection decisions for 757 imperiled species nationwide. Today’s proposal would protect 546,335 acres of stream...
Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:36PM
image Governor Brown signs tunnels-enabling water bond 120_water_bond1_1.jpg original image ( 1200x539) - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta Executive Director, disagreed that the bond is "tunnels neutral." She responded to the passage of the bill by stating, "The passage of a water bond with BDCP funds for flows is unfortunate." "Instead of presenting a tunnels-neutral water bond, the governor has chosen to risk our water project bonds by tying his tunnels to it. There are so many projects we all can agree on. Leaving this section in the bill was a big mistake," she emphasized. P...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:53PM
image Tribal protesters urge Secretary Jewell to stop Klamath River fish kill 120_sallyjewel01_1.jpg original image ( 1280x720) - by Dan Bacher
Chairwoman Vigil-Masten also mentioned the lack of water in the Klamath and Trinity rivers having a profound impact on tribal members, especially during a time when there are no jobs, a lack of industry and a lack of financial resources. “But, the people taking the water are doing quite well,” said Vigil-Masten. “To me, it’s really frustrating to that millions of dollars are being made on the backs of our salmon and our drinking water.”
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:22PM
image Governor Brown’s water bond will be a referendum on tunnels 120_water_bond2-1.jpg original image ( 1056x800) - by Dan Bacher
Water law export John Herrick said, "Hence, any proposal for state or federal funding of new habitat for fish rearing or purchased water for fishery flows is a transfer of the projects' contractors' obligations onto the general public. Such a transfer is not just bad policy, it is illegal." Photo (From left to right): Assemblymember Rendon, Speaker Atkins, Governor Brown and pro Tem Steinberg meeting with their legislative, business, environmental and labor allies on August 12. Photo court...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:08PM
image Food & Water Watch Amplifies Pressure on Government to Ban Fracking on Federal Lands 120_fracking_national_parks_federal_lands.jpg original image ( 400x300) - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — The national advocacy group Food & Water Watch has ramped up pressure on the federal government to act in the public interest, calling on Congress to introduce legislation to ban fracking on all federal and Native American lands. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released proposed rules for drilling and fracking on public lands, which have not yet been finalized.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:50PM
text Obama Admin Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:27PM
image Water bond includes $485 million to buy water for Brown’s death tunnels 120_water_bond1.jpg original image ( 1200x539) - by Dan Bacher
“This bond proposal gives the Brown administration $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “It contains false protections for the Delta, and we call upon legislators, especially those representing the Delta, to vote against it. We are not fooled, and this bond will become a referendum on the tunnels. That is not going to advance the water solutions we need.” Photo of Governor Brown meeting with his legislati...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02AM
text Federal Court Strikes Down Illegal Permit for Avenal Power Plant - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down an illegal permit that would have allowed Avenal Power to build a new gas-fired power plant in Avenal, Calif. In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a permit for the project that illegally waived its need to comply with air quality safeguards. Had this permit gone through, the plant would have been built in one of the most polluted and economically disadvantaged areas of the San Joaquin Valley.
Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:14PM
image Jerry Brown signs legislation to extend water bond deadline 120_brown-circle_1.jpg original image ( 322x215) - by Dan Bacher
"The governor and others claim their proposals are ‘tunnels neutral’ while at the same time funding mitigation or replacement water,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck; it’s a duck. These provisions quack loudly and they say, ‘thanks for funding activities essential to building the massive water export tunnels for a few mega-grower billionaires.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at...
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:00PM
image Estella From Sol Collective/Worldhood interview Settingthestandardfor Global Local event 120_10402605_10152376022049069_3278522564644576914_n.jpg original image ( 742x960) - by paz
Estella From Sol Collective/Worldhood interview Settingthestandardfor Global Local event
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:44AM
image Delta tunnel opponents ask Brown to release water bond language 120_jerry_brown_.jpg original image ( 526x349) - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown is using the bully pulpit of his office to insist that his bond proposal is tunnel neutral,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, "However, with $700 million marked for statewide water related habitat, flows, and water quality in watersheds, Restore the Delta questions if these funds will be used to create the water fund account needed to make the Delta tunnels project operational.” Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Thu Aug 7, 2014 6:04PM
text Fresno Cannabis Association opposes Senate Bill 1262 - by Bud Green
Senate Bill 1262 would institutionalize a chaotic and ever-changing patchwork of “wet” and “dry” cities and counties, leaving medical cannabis patients in Fresno and much of the Central Valley with no safe access to medical cannabis.
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 3:02PM
image Tunnel Opponents Rally Against Brown Water Plan 120_stop_the_tunnels_rally.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of the Fishermen’s Associations, made the inevitable comparison between the water pirates leading the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation and the banksters who engineered the economic crash of 2008 and the bank bailouts. “Bernie Madoff may be in jail, but it is pretty obvious he is being channeled now by the Bureau of Reclamation and DWR - and we have to tell them today that we are not going to stand f...
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 11:56AM
image Hoopa Valley Tribe: Interior Secretary turns back on Klamath salmon 120_toxic_algae_on_the_klamath_river__.jpg original image ( 960x720) - by Dan Bacher
“It is as if the Secretary of Transportation said let’s forget about automobile seat belts, airbags and antilock brakes and spend the savings on ambulances,” said Hoopa Valley Tribe Chair Danielle Vigil Masten. “The problem is that the ambulance may or may not get to a crash scene in time, and when it does arrive, the crew will have to deal with far more serious injuries.” Photo of the Trinity River courtesy of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:53PM
text How Fresno Became a World Class City - by Mike Rhodes
In the not too distant future (or maybe a parallel universe). . .
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:01AM
image Greenwashing Destruction: Fake marine “protection” and Brown’s tunnels 120_stop_the_tunnels.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
We can see that MLPA and BDCP processes have much in common in terms of their leadership, funding, greenwashing goals, racism and denial of tribal rights, junk science and numerous conflicts of interest. I believe that people can more effectively oppose the Governor's twin tunnel plan by understanding the dark links between the MLPA Initiative and BDCP.
Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:00AM

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