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Health and Safety Gaps in Safe Drinking and Clean Water Acts - by by Patrick Porgans and Lloyd G. Carter
Since 1978 the State has received on average $600 million to $800 million annually for clean water programs that are administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. EPA officials estimate California needs $39 billion in capital improvements through 2026 for water systems to continue providing safe drinking water to the public. Instead, Gov. Brown is pushing a $14 billion twin tunnel project to ship relatively clean S...
Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:20AM
Why should Californians pay for $50 billion tunnel boondoggle? - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta (RTD) responded to Meral’s latest claim by asking, “So why then should rate payers from Southern California and tax payers throughout the state be asked to pick up the tab for a $50 billion project that will not make more water for Southern California or save the Delta? Photo of Jerry Meral at BDCP meeting by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 12:19PM
Occupy Merced Tioga Support Pot Luck - by
1715 N St, Merced, CA 95340
Event Date:Sat May 25, 2013 3:00PM
Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:11PM
Delta Stewardship Council Adopts Plan Amidst Massive Opposition - by Dan Bacher
Nicky Suard, owner of Snug Harbor Resorts in Walnut Grove on the Delta, summed up the lack of credible science in the Delta Plan and the EIR when she described it as "Salad Bowl Science," where the plan officials "pick and choose" the science to justify their pre-determined goals. "Don't pass this plan," Suard urged the Council. "It will destroy the Delta and everything in it." Photo of Wendy Stokes, Chair of Restore the Delta, speaking at the protest at the Delta Stewardship Council m...
Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 12:43PM
Three fracking moratorium bills pass Assembly Resources Committee - by Dan Bacher
Kristin Lynch, Pacific region director for Food and Water Watch, said the Natural Resources Committee “sided with the people of California” when it voted to advance legislation that places a moratorium on fracking. “From the food that California farmers grow today to the long-term future of our state’s water resources and air, California’s economy and vital resources hang in the balance if we allow fracking to continue in California,” stated Lynch. Photo courtesy of Food an...
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 4:08PM
Bay-Delta salmon population just one fifth of mandated goal - by Dan Bacher
“After two closed salmon fishing seasons in 2008 and 2009, and a token season in 2010, fishermen are fishing again, but we remain far below the abundant runs required by law,” said Zeke Grader, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association and GGSA board member. “Stronger Delta pumping restrictions are paying off but we have to finish the job and get these salmon runs rebuilt.” Photo of commercial salmon fishing boat outside of the Golden Gate by Dan B...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 8:24AM
Barrigan-Parrilla will oppose Delta tunnels at Senate hearing - by Dan Bacher
"We oppose the rush to build a project that would exterminate salmon runs, destroy sustainable family farms and saddle taxpayers with tens of billions in debt, mainly to benefit a small number of huge corporate agribusinesses on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta (RTD). Photo of Governor Jerry Brown, flanked by California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, at the press con...
Posted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:18AM
Costa introduces legislation to strip ESA protections for Delta fish - by Dan Bacher
"Congressman Jim Costa’s call to restrict the Endangered Species Act gets to the heart of the problem with current management of the Delta, as well as Governor Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "Five times more in water rights has been promised to water takers than what exists in the watershed. Rep. Costa’s solution is to simply further deprive the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, the Delta...
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:42AM
Brown and Obama administrations set Oct. 1 deadline for draft tunnel plan - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, responded to the state-federal announcement by stating, “The governor’s new Oct. 1 deadline is an attempt to thread the needle between pressure from the water-takers, who are threatening to stop paying for the BDCP, and the delay he faces because the science stubbornly still shows his tunnels would kill the Delta."
Posted: Thu May 9, 2013 5:18PM
Sierra Club California Condemns Governor's Delta Policy - by Dan Bacher
Based on recently released chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the tunnel proposal “will be disastrous for the environment, the cultural resources and the economy in the Delta,” the letter from Sierra Club California says.
Posted: Tue May 7, 2013 5:58PM
California Homeless Bill Of Rights Supercharges Incredible Hulkamania - by carol harvey
Angry Chamber of Commerce Man transmogrifies into Corporate Hulk roaring across the Web,“The Unhoused are rejecting attempts to disappear them and are claiming equal rights!”
Posted: Thu May 2, 2013 1:58PM
May Day march for Immigrant Rights in Fresno (video/mp4 41.7MB) - by Mike Rhodes
About 650 people marched in Fresno for immigrant rights on May 1, 2013 (International Workers Day).
Posted: Wed May 1, 2013 9:59PM
Statue of Sojourner Truth in Sacramento, CA reportedly damaged on Dr. MLK Jr. birthday - by khubaka, michael harris
A restless, sleepless night will not help restore the statue of Sojourner Truth. Communication not silence is the key to understanding and a good way forward. This 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation continues in a profound way. Globally, a singular voice of justice against this ongoing methodology of terrorism and probable hate crimes throughout the heart of the California Central Valley can usher a positive new way forward.
Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:38PM
Congressional Democrats call for Brown administration official's resignation - by Dan Bacher
“Director Meral’s comments suggest the Brown Administration has violated the public trust," said U.S. Rep. George Miller (CA-11). "He needs to be held accountable for that. And now the Administration needs to be forthcoming as to whether they intend to honor their stated goal to restore the region’s already struggling habitat, or whether this is simply a water grab which will drive the Bay-Delta to ruin. Based on his comments, Deputy Director Meral should resign immediately." Photo: ...
Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:35PM
Stop Discrimination at UC Davis - by Brittany Delany
No student should tolerate any form of abuse from people in authority within any institution of learning. All students have the right to be treated in a healthy, respectful and in a dignified manner. This campaign is spearheaded by several male students of African descent that attend UCD, past and present students of color from the dramatic arts department/ performance studies department who have been assaulted by various forms of hostile treatment and discrimination. We bring light, support...
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:08PM
Mother's Day March on the NRA Lobbyist in Sacramento - by CODEPINK
Assemble on 10th St and Capitol Mall and March to the National Rifle Association office at 555 Capitol Mall (at 5th St.) in Sacramento
Event Date:Fri May 10, 2013 11:30AM
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:07AM
Congressman McNerney calls for cost-benefit analysis of tunnel plan - by Dan Bacher
Estimates for BDCP place the project’s cost anywhere from $12-20 billion, according to/Users/dan/Desktop/Passwords/EWC Call McNerney. To date, the state of California has not identified the cost to taxpayers. Furthermore, there has yet to be a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis on the proposed plan. The federal government conducts cost-benefit analyses on a wide range of projects and environmental rules, and the BDCP should be held to the same standards and oversight."
Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:37AM
Civil Rights Groups & Pastors Rally against Police Brutality - by Central Valley Solidarity
Reverend Floyd D. Harris Jr., National President of The National Network in Action, a civil and human rights organization, with The Mexican-American Political Association, The Fresno Brown Berets, and New Light for New Life Church of God, together held a community rally against police brutality, harassment, racial profiling, excessive force & deadly force.
Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:30PM
Brown administration official claims 'Delta can't be saved' - by Dan Bacher
While speaking with Tom Stokely of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) at a meeting with Northern California's Native American Tribes on Monday, April 15, Natural Resources Agency Deputy Director Jerry Meral said, "BDCP is not about, and has never been about saving the Delta. The Delta cannot be saved." Photo of Jerry Meral (left) at BDCP meeting by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:41PM
The BDCP Propaganda Mill is at again. Is there no shame? - by Burt Wilson, Public Water News Service
This article turns out to be a shameless example of water agency propaganda--the kind the Bee loves to print--turgid prose loaded with assumptions designed to throw a scare into people. I'm really surprised the Bee actually printed it.
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:20PM