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image House Passes Salmon-Killing Drought Relief Bill 120_innocent_util_proven_guilty.jpg original image ( 526x394) - by Dan Bacher
or many years, corporate agribusiness interests and their Astroturf groups, including the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and the Latino Water Coalition, have blamed Endangered Species Act protections for Delta smelt and Central Valley Chinook salmon for creating an alleged "Dust Bowl" on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. However, the campaign to blame Delta smelt and salmon for reductions in Delta exports was shown to be a big “red herring,” pardon the pun, when Restore the ...
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:58AM
image Here is how we are going to win 120_2012_obama_and_romney.jpg original image ( 4224x3264) - by Mike Rhodes
The map below illustrates voting patterns in the City of Fresno in the November 2012 presidential race. Red = Romney and Blue = Obama. All but a few precincts in the far north of the city voted for Obama. However, voter turnout in north Fresno is much higher (85%) than in the southeast and southwest (sometimes as low as 20%). It is low voter turnout that makes it possible for conservative Republicans to dominate the political landscape in Fresno.
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:09PM
document Western States Petroleum Association's Astroturf Campaign Exposed! washington_research_council_-_cathy_reheis-boyd.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
The PowerPoint deck from a presentation by WSPA President Catherine Reheis-Boyd lays out the construction of what environmentalists contend is an elaborate ‘Astroturf' campaign by WSPA, the the oldest petroleum trade association in the United States and the most powerful corporate lobbying organization in Sacramento.
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:56AM
image State Department chose Chevron as finalist for "corporate excellence" award 120_2_justicia.jpg original image ( 2464x1648) - by Dan Bacher
Fortunately, the State Department didn't pick Chevron as one of the three winners of the "corporate excellence" award on December 9. "We organized a big letter with 30 NGOs signing on and a petition to oppose the award and fortunately Chevron lost today," said Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch. (http://amazonwatch.org/) Instead, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli presented the Secretary of State's 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (...
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:38AM
image California Central Valley Kwanzaa "First Fruits of the Harvest" 120_photo__26_.jpg original image ( 2048x1536) - by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Kwanzaa continues to grow throughout the world in a good way... Asante Sana, to Dr. Maulana Karenga and all who live, practice and teach the principles of the Nguzo Saba, year-round. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains focused on expanding equity and equal opportunity throughout global agriculture industries, closing the gap of access to clean water, fresh fruits and vegetables providing health and wellness in the spirit of Kwanzaa.
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 10:25AM
calendar Justice for Anthony "Skeet" Skeaton killed in custody by police - by gg
PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE 101 MAPLE STREET AUBURN, CA 95603
Event Date:Sat Dec 6, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:21PM
document Conservation groups call on Feinstein to oppose Valadao drought bill ewc-letter-on-h.r.-5871-valadao_1_1.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
"We urge a no vote on H.R. 5781, to avoid Congress micromanaging water usage and allocation in California," EWC Co-Facilitators Conner Everts and David Nesmith wrote. "Before allowing disruption of California’s 150-year old water rights system and major federal environmental protection laws, EWC wants Congress to undertake careful deliberation over H.R. 5781 by both houses."
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 5:21PM
image House 'Drought Relief' Bill Would Eviscerate Environmental Protections 120_h.r._5781.jpg original image ( 550x365) - by Dan Bacher
“This bill will actually perpetuate our drought emergency by giving away all the water in storage to Big Ag,” said Tom Stokely, water policy analyst for the California Water Impact Network. “It will drain Trinity Lake, depleting the last cold water reserve available for Klamath and Trinity River salmon and steelhead. We’ll see fish kills that make the great die-off of 2002 look minor by comparison."
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:22AM
image Brown Administration Abandons Raid on Fishing License Funds! 120_scmpas_1.jpg original image ( 1320x1020) - by Dan Bacher
The proposed use of the dedicated license funds to "manage" the alleged "marine protected areas" would have been a great mockery of justice, considering that these "marine protected areas" are not authentic ones that actually protect the ocean. The questionable "marine protected areas" created under the MLPA Initiative fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, corporate aquaculture, pollution, military testing and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering. Map of...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 10:04AM
image California's Tricolored Blackbirds Get Emergency Protection 120_tri_colored_blackbird.jpg original image ( 850x558) - by Center for Biological Diversity
VAN NUYS, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission today enacted emergency protections for tricolored blackbirds in response to a petition (see PDF) filed by the Center for Biological Diversity in October. The commission has protected the tricolored blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act for 180 days. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will next evaluate the petition and recommend to the commission whether to protect tricolors on a permanent basis and impose limits on...
Posted: Wed Dec 3, 2014 5:21PM
document Minority Children More Likely to Attend School Near Fracking, Face Higher Health Risks schoolenrollmentreport_11.17.14.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Californians Against Fracking
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A new analysis released on November 18 on the distribution of California oil and gas wells in relation the state’s public schools finds that minority children are at a much greater risk of health problems related to fracking and other methods of oil drilling than white children (See PDF).
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 8:38PM
image Group says Bechtel-funded water storage study is 'half-baked' 120_10400022_10152617370884563_5625085893068363614_n.jpg original image ( 720x529) - by Dan Bacher
"We really worry about the framing of research, and the pollution of its intent and findings, when it is wholly funded by those with a massive financial stake in the outcome," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "We also find it equally disturbing that academic leaders in water spend such little time studying, developing, and creating plans for implementing water technologies that could help alleviate problems with drought. Instead, they continue to promo...
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 8:13AM
audio House Keys not Handcuffs - an interview with Paul Boden (audio/mpeg 45.8MB) - by Mike Rhodes
This interview with Paul Boden was broadcast on KFCF 88.1 FM. Boden is the executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. The interview is about the origins of modern homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and building a movement to end homelessness. The audio is 50 minutes long (edited to comply with FCC regulations).
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:29PM
image Why I won't step foot in a Walmart 120_mike_williams.jpg original image ( 960x720) - by Dan Bacher
Groups that really care about the environment and fish and wildlife restoration won't take a cent from the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart because the grants are designed to greenwash the corporation's terrible environmental policies and further the Walton Family's neo-liberal economic and environmental agenda. Photo of Mike Williams of the Brown Berets de SacrAztlan at the protest at Walmart in Sacramento on November 28 by Steve Payan.
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:24PM
image Laird announces release of Marine Protected Areas 'Partnership Plan' 120_brown-laird-salazar.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
The MLPA Initiative, called an "open, transparent and inclusive" process by Laird, other state officials and corporate "environmentalists," was anything but. The process was characterized by its private funding by the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation; its failure to create authentic marine protected areas; numerous conflicts of interests, including the leadership of the South Coast process by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association; incomplete and terminally flawed science; ...
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:04AM
image New report documents Big Oil's huge increase in lobbying expenses! 120_oil-industy-lobbying-report.jpg original image ( 1639x1019) - by Dan Bacher
The Western States Petroleum Association spent a record $4 million in the last three months alone, more than twice historical levels. WSPA has spent more than $7 million so far in 2014, leading all statewide lobbying by a wide margin. The group paid nearly $2.5 million to KP Public Affairs, the state’s highest paid lobbying firm, in 2013-2014.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:42PM
image Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits 120_central_valley_wastewater_sumps.jpg original image ( 511x395) - by Dan Bacher
According to Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) records, at least 432 unlined pits are currently being used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:43AM
image Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year 120_feinstein_official_photo.jpg original image ( 474x600) - by Dan Bacher
Ronald Stork, Senior Policy Director of Friends of the River, said, "Feinstein said it will be reintroduced and go through the regular order in the new GOP led-Congress instead of being hatched in secret in the back rooms. That's a good thing, but it doesn't matter if California's two Senators are unwilling to stand up to the San Joaquin Valley Congressmen. Somebody has to show some courage."
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:06AM
image Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy 120_top_secret.jpg original image ( 960x640) - by Dan Bacher
“It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein is not standing up for the economic engine of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, its water quality and native species that serve not only California’s economic engine but Oregon and Washington as well,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. “Instead of calling for every available bucket of water to be shipped immediately to unsustainable industrial agriculture, Sen. Feinstein should instead be pursuing water dema...
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:19AM
image UC Regents Committee Passes Plan to Increase Tuition; Student Regent Voted 'NO' 120_sadia_saifuddin_uc_student_regent.jpg original image ( 300x300) - by UC News
Today a committee of the UC Regents passed a plan by a 7-2 vote to increase tuition and fees for University of California students by at least 5% a year over the next five years. UC Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin, who was one of the two dissenting votes, issued a statement condemning the plan when she voted no.
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:29PM

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