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Laird announces release of Marine Protected Areas 'Partnership Plan' - 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
New report documents Big Oil's huge increase in lobbying expenses! - 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
Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits - 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used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.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
Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year - 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
Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy - 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
UC Regents Committee Passes Plan to Increase Tuition; Student Regent Voted 'NO' - 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
CUCFA statement on UC’s planned tuition increases - by via Council of UC Faculty Associations
The Council of UC Faculty Associations holds Governor Jerry Brown’s slashing of public higher education responsible for UC President Napolitano’s recent proposal to budget for 5% tuition increases every year for the next 5 years. Raising tuition is not the solution. There is a better way: provide California students and their families high quality, affordable higher education, as defined by the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The reality is that Governor Brown has not been wi...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:13PM
Urgent Action Alert: Stop Salmon-Killing Drought Bills In Congress! - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta has received an important update on the drought legislation now proceeding through Congress. Please call Senators to oppose BOTH Feinstein's drought bill and the House of Representatives drought bill. Tell Senator Dianne Feinstein that she needs to talk to experts of the Bay Delta estuary. Share with your friends and thank you for taking action!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:51PM
30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking - by Dan Bacher
This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has just released a new report revealing that the oil industry spent $70 million on lobbyists in California since 2009. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of so-called "marine protected areas" created on the ...
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:19PM
Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta. Greater freshwater flow through the Delta, not less freshwater flow, is needed. It is time to start over and for the BDCP agencies to stop hiding alternatives that would increase flows by reducing exports."
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:51PM
No April Fooling: Group Names Brown's Tunnel Plan Project of the Year! - by Dan Bacher
Lets get this right, folks - the "North American Strategic Leadership Forum" selected Jerry Brown's Peripheral Tunnel Plan, one of the most environmentally destructive projects in California history, as "Engineering Project of the Year" for 2014 and listed the boondoggle as a finalist for the categories of "Strategic Project of the Year” and “Green/New Project of the Year?"
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:06AM
Strikes by California RNs Kick Off Actions for Patient Safety and Ebola Precautions - by National Nurses United
Two-day strikes starting Tuesday that affect nearly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, a Sutter hospital in Tracy, and Watsonville Community Hospital kicking off a wave of protests at 15 states and the District of Columbia over eroding patient care conditions symbolized by inadequate Ebola safeguards at most U.S. hospitals.
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:07AM
They want to raise tuition again - by via reclaim UC
The UC Regents want to hike tuition again. At their upcoming meeting, they are planning to vote on a new policy that, if ratified, would make 5% annual tuition increases the default for the next five years. According to Napolitano, the tuition hikes (as much as $3,400 over five years) would go forward unless the state government increases UC's budget by amounts to be named later.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:09PM
Western States Petroleum Association spent $4 million lobbying this summer - by Dan Bacher
Besides fighting California’s clean air laws, massive oil industry opposition resulted in the defeat of a bill to protect a marine protected area in Southern California from oil drilling. On August 26, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to ban offshore oil drilling from an area of state waters in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge stalled on the Assembly Floor effectively killing the bill for the year.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:16PM
AFSCME 3299 Blasts UC Tuition Hike Threat - by via AFSCME 3299
Oakland: The University of California’s largest employee union today blasted Administrators over their threat of a five year tuition hike if state funding is not dramatically increased.
Posted: Thu Nov 6, 2014 7:00PM
University of California Student Association Rejects New UC Tuition Plan - by via UCSA
Oakland CA - Today, UC President Napolitano announced that she would recommend to the UC Regents a “five-year stability plan,” which would establish annual tuition and student fee increases of up to 5% for both undergraduate and graduate students. The UC Office of the President (UCOP) claims that tuition increase levels within this 5% would be contingent on funding from the state, and that these proposed increases could be reduced with more additional state investment.
Posted: Thu Nov 6, 2014 6:23PM
Interview with Mike Rhodes - about Homeless issues in Fresno (audio/mpeg 28.1MB) - by Mike Rhodes
This 30 minute interview with Mike Rhodes on the Stir it Up radio show on KFCF 88.1 FM was broadcast on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Host Pam Whalen talks to Rhodes about the recent settlement with the City of Fresno of 36 lawsuits filed by homeless people claiming the city had destroyed their property.
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 4:25PM
Goliath Wins Against David on Prop. 1 - by Dan Bacher
Folks like Stewart Resnick, the Fisher Family and other billionaires, the oil industry and agribusiness interests didn’t dump millions into the Yes on Prop. 1 campaign for the common good or benefit of all Californians – they did it as a relatively small investment to advance their own interests and to further privatize and plunder the public trust, including our rivers, Delta and the oceans, for their own personal profit. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown, known as "Big Oil Brown" for his...
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 11:30AM
California's Multi-Billion Dollar Bondage Proposition - by Patrick Porgans
Approval of both propositions would enable Brown and his supporters to open the flood gates and promote more G.O. bonds. Those funds are to be used to cover the debt for the estimated $54.1 billion “Delta fix – twin tunnels” (Bay-Delta Conservation Plan) and the High Speed Rail “Bullet Train”.
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 9:00AM
Tribal Leaders Urge NO Vote On Prop. 1, the Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said the water bond, peripheral tunnels, Shasta Dam raise and other water projects now being planned by the state and federal governments are in in reality "one Big Project" that will destroy salmon, rivers and groundwater supplies. “It does not make sense that people are separating the water puzzle into individual pieces, such as: the raising of Shasta Dam, Proposition 1, the Delta tunnels, BDCP, Sites Reservoir, Tempe...
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 8:11AM