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Map reveals tunnels will supply water for agribusiness, fracking - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director for Food and Water Watch, said, “It's unfair for the Governor to make Californians subsidize water use and abuse by corporate agribusiness and oil companies, especially in a drought and in a bad economy."
Posted: Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:05AM
As UC Continues Bad Faith Bargaining with Patient Care Workers, ULP Strike Vote Scheduled - by AFSCME 3299
Oakland: The University of California’s largest union, AFSCME 3299, has announced that its 13,000 Patient Care Technical Workers will vote on whether to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice Strike on March 12th and 13th.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:19PM
Salmon Committee Slams Peripheral Tunnel Plan - by Dan Bacher
The letter states, "BDCP promotes the unscientific scientific hypothesis that habitat restoration can substitute for flows. However, the State Water Resources Control Board has already indicated that Delta inflows and outflows are presently insufficient to help listed species recover their former abundance. BDCP would reduce Delta outlow, which contributes to the decreases in salmon smolt survival rates modeled by BDCP."
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 9:20AM
Don't Frack California - by Tia Lebherz
The State Capitol Lawn, Sacramento, CA
Event Date:Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 12:49PM
The Big Oil Governor announces run for fourth term - by Dan Bacher
Brown avoided discussing the highly unpopular Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the twin tunnels, saying only, "I pledge my full commitment to bringing all the disparate parties together and working to achieve sensible, scientific and sustainable water policies."
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:45PM
California ocean salmon season looks promising - by Dan Bacher
Marci Yaremko, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) representative on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) answers a question about the upcoming salmon season as Dan Wolford, PFMC chair, listens at the CDFW meeting in Santa Rosa on February 26. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:33PM
AFSCME 3299 Cancels Strike, Announces "Historic" Agreement for UC Service Workers - by AFSCME Local 3299
Oakland: The University of California and AFSCME 3299 have reached an historic, tentative, 4-year contract agreement for the system’s 8300 Service Workers. As a result, next week’s scheduled strike by AFSCME 3299 represented UC workers has been cancelled.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:59PM
California family farmers band together to fight fracking - by Dan Bacher
“Water is the lifeblood of a farm — without clean, affordable water we cannot grow food,” said the Shafter almond farmer Tom Frantz, who caught on video the illegal dumping of fracking wastewater in an unlined pit next to an almond orchard. “This drought has already put many of California’s small and midsized farms on the brink. To allow fracking on some of California’s most fertile agricultural land will further devastate California’s bucolic heritage. I don’t think this is t...
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:56AM
Water Wars: Hood California, The Town Los Angeles Drank - by Razer Ray
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would bore two tunnels longer than the English-French Chunnel underneath the California Delta. The locals don’t like that, but their real worry is that the tunnels will be used to drain the Delta’s fresh water—in effect, wiping out the farmers here in favor of bigger southern producers. Their worries are NOT baseless…
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:32AM
Not one drop of water for California fracking! - by Dan Bacher
The state has promised 5-1/2 times more water rights than the water that actually exists, according to Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). We can’t afford shipping more water from the Delta to support an environmentally destructive practice that pollutes groundwater supplies in Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley, a region already overwhelmed with pollution by selenium and other toxins caused by the irrigation of drainage impaired land on t...
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:59AM
Save it! Don't pave it!! Support Option 3 to restore and protect Fresno's heArt - by chuck mcnally
Join us in sending a message to the Fresno City Council from the community - Save it! Don't pave it!! Support Option 3!!!
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:38PM
Candle Light Vigil and March to honor the life of Anthony "Skeet" Skeaton - by Doug
Bell road and Hwy 49 Auburn California
Event Date:Sat Mar 1, 2014 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:11PM
Findings Confirm Concerns that CHP was Targeting Drivers based on Latino Appearance - by ACLU of Northern California
Fresno – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) released preliminary findings (see PDF) Saturday of an investigation into 2012 traffic citations issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Fresno.
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:59PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan comment period extended by 60 days - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), a member organization of the Environmental Water Caucus, said, “We thank them for the additional time, but this won’t change the fact that you can't produce more water by throwing money at it. The state has promised 5-1/2 times more water rights than the water that actually exists – and they can't get around that fact.” Photo of John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources.
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:26AM
State Senators Mitchell and Leno introduce fracking moratorium bill - by Dan Bacher
“A moratorium on fracking is especially critical as California faces a severe drought with water resources at an all-time low,” said Senator Mark Leno. “We are currently allowing fracking operations to expand despite the potential consequences on our water supply, including availability and price of water, the potential for drinking water contamination and the generation of billions of barrels of polluted water. Photo: Gasland Part ll Director Josh Fox joins the launch of Californian...
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:25AM
UC Service Workers Announce Five Day Strike - by AFSCME Local 3299
Oakland: With negotiations over wages and staffing at a stalemate, the 8300 University of California Service Workers represented by AFSCME 3299—the lowest paid workers at UC--have given ten day notice that they will strike March 3rd-March 7th.
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:15PM
Restore the Delta releases drought chronology - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta on February 19 released an excellent chronology of drought-related events that help to reveal the mismanagement of California reservoirs and rivers and the Delta by the state and federal governments during the drought. The document's release took place as Governor Jerry Brown continues to fast the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, a multi-billion dollar project that would devastate Central Valley salmon and Delta fish populations while taking va...
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:02AM
Delta advocates, Winnemem call on Obama to not support tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Michael Tuiimyali, Winnemem Wintu Member and a recent U.C. Berkeley graduate, noted that members of his Tribe and other California Indian Tribes weren’t invited to Obama's meeting and tour. He emphasized the importance of salmon and the Delta to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a strong opponent of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels. “The collapse of salmon and the Delta is a threat to our cultural survival,” he said. “Our prophecies say that if the sal...
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:25AM
Tunnel opponents urge Obama not to support water export tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta (RTD) on Friday, February 14 organized a bus and several car pools of people, including Delta farmers, fishermen, Tribal members, environmentalists and Delta residents, to travel from Stockton to the Fresno area to call upon President Obama not to support the peripheral tunnels and to led federal officials do their job without interference. The group held a press conference in Fresno in the morning and then rallied at an intersection on the West side of the San Joaquin Valle...
Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:55AM
Klamath River youth travel to Brazil to join Belo Monte Fight - by Dan Bacher
“We are fix the world people, that is why creator put us here on this river, our dances every Fall bring about world renewal. We pray, dance and put the pieces of our damaged but functioning culture back together. This is how we protect this land for future generations. It is not lost on us, the irony of the incredible passion shown by the world’s most downtrodden, rising in solidarity to fix the world,” stated Sammy Gensaw, 20-year-old Yurok Tribal Member and co-founder of The Ancestra...
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:59PM