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May Day 2015 in Fresno - by Mike Rhodes
Several hundred workers, immigrants and their allies marched in downtown Fresno on May Day. They demanded immigrant rights and called for police accountability.
Posted: Fri May 1, 2015 10:04PM
Tunnel opponents blast Governor's revised Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
Critics of the tunnels slammed the revised tunnel plan for a number of severe flaws after reviewing the released documents. Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Board Member of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and Executive Committee Member of Restore the Delta, summed up the reactions of many to the revised plan when he said, "The Water Fix and Eco Restore are Ecocide for the Delta." Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director...
Posted: Fri May 1, 2015 9:35AM
Governor to unveil tunnels-only Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan - by Dan Bacher
“You cannot have successful habitat or restore fisheries while draining the Delta of its water,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, RTD executive director.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:41AM
Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign - by Dan Bacher
In contrast to the $21.8 million dumped into the campaign by Big Money interests, Proposition 1 opponents raised only $101,149 and spent $86,347 during the campaign. To put that in perspective, note that just one big grower, Stewart Resnick, contributed $150,000 to the Prop. 1 campaign, more than all of the opponents combined. And Resnick wasn’t even one of the top 23 donors, with Sean Parker being the largest individual donor at $1,000,000!
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:51AM
Dan Bacher Speaks Out About Water (audio/mpeg 15.1MB) - by Mike Rhodes
Pam Whalen interviewed Dan Bacher on the Street Heat radio show heard on KFCF 88.1 FM Friday, April 24. The 16:31 minute audio starts out with a brief clip of Mark Arax speaking at a water conference earlier that day and then Dan’s comments about and solutions to the water crisis in California.
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:39AM
How Blue is Your Valley? (audio/mpeg 26.7MB) - by Mike Rhodes
Mark Arax keynote address at the Community Conference on Water in the San Joaquin Valley (April 24, 2015 in Fresno California). Audio - 29:06 minutes.
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:47PM
The Homeless in Tulare and their Allies Organize for Change - by Mike Rhodes
A group of about 100 homeless people and their supporters attended the Tulare City Council meeting last night (Tuesday, April 21, 2015) calling for changes in public policy. The group, which delivered a petition signed by over 1,000 residents, called for improvements in the way homeless people are treated by the police, a safe place to sleep and equal rights.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:19PM
Stewart Resnick expands almond acreage as cities forced to slash water use - by Dan Bacher
"It appears that Stewart Resnick is making Paramount Farms into a Wall Street bank that is too big to fail," quipped Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:12PM
Wave Goodbye to Nukes - by sacpeace
Federal Building, 501 I St. Sacramento
Event Date:Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:55PM
CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
Commission approves fishing closure on Sacramento River section - by Dan Bacher
Fishermen, Tribal leaders and environmentalists note that the drought itself is not the reason for the collapse of winter Chinook salmon, the near extinction of Delta smelt and the collapse of American River steelhead, as agency officials often claim. They point to poor management of our reservoirs and rivers by the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources during a record drought as the culprit behind record low populations of fish species that once numbered in t...
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:43PM
Tax Day Protest in Fresno - by Mike Rhodes
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom distributed fliers today at the U.S. Post Office at Blackstone and Griffith today, protesting tax money being used to support militarism.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:57PM
The Extinction Governor Rips the Green Mask off His Tunnels Plan - by Dan Bacher
“The new plan is a giant step backward,” said Chelsea Tu, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "If it goes through, this massive project’s boosters will be able to build these tunnels without having to do anything to protect our wildlife and waters — and will neatly sidestep input from the public.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:28AM
Zeke Grader, Legendary Fish Advocate, Honored at Sausalito Gathering - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader has served as a relentless defender of fishing families and fishery restoration not only in California but across the world for over three decades. He developed a close working relationship with Indian Tribes and recreational anglers, as well as with environmentalists and human rights activists. I wish the best to Zeke and his family in his retirement! Photo: Representative Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader display the Congressional Proclamation honoring Zeke for over three decades...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:55PM
California water restrictions must include Nestlé, Big Ag and Big Oil! - by Dan Bacher
Almond acreage in California has expanded by 70,000 acres, a total of 280,000 acre feet per year of new water demand, during the current drought, according to "On the Public Record" blog. Graphic courtesy of US Uncut
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:25PM
Western Pond Turtle Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a 2012 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and several renowned scientists and herpetologists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for the western pond turtle. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on the turtle, which faces declines of up to 99 percent in some areas, including Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 8:08PM
A whale of a conflict of interest: Big oil lobbyist's oversight of marine protected areas - by Dan Bacher
The Western State Petroleum Association President's role as Chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast is undoubtedly one of the most overt conflicts of interest in recent years, but it's just one example of the conflicts of interests that infest environmental politics in California.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 5:00PM
UC Student Health Doctors To Start Six Days of Strikes on Thursday - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
OAKLAND, Calif. and LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by the University of California (UC) student health centers will hold multi-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strikes at all ten campuses starting Thursday, April 9th. Despite ample opportunity to do so, UC has not remedied any of the ULP charges that the union has filed ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 5:41PM
Jerry Brown meeting with water agency and agribusiness leaders about drought - by Dan Bacher
“As Californians, we have to save water in every way we possibly can and we have to pull together,” said Governor Brown at last week’s snowpack measurement. “We have to become more resilient, more efficient and more innovative and that’s exactly what we are going to do.” Photo of the American River above Watt Avenue when the river was still flowing at over 1000 cfs. Releases to the river below Nimbus Dam are now only 500 cfs.
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 2:00PM
Stop Business As Usual! Say No More! To The System Giving A Green Light To Killer Cops! - by d'andre
Oakland 1 PM, Oscar Grant Corner, 14th and Broadway San Francisco 12 noon, 24th and Mission St. BART Plaza Stockton 12:30, Pacific Ave & March Lane For even more local events, updates and national breaking news, go to: stopmassincarceration.net
Event Date:Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:00PM
Posted: Sun Apr 5, 2015 6:48PM