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image New rules allow increased killing of Delta smelt as species nears extinction 120_800px-delta_smelt_fish_in_hand.jpg original image ( 800x534) - by Dan Bacher
The decision by the Obama administration to more than double the permissable "take" limit of Delta smelt at the state and federal water export facilities is simply mind-boggling, especially just two days after a California Department of Fish and Wildlife fall survey revealed that the Delta smelt has declined to a record low population level. “As goes the Delta smelt, so goes the Delta,” said Bill Jennings, the executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “T...
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:50PM
document UC Strike Called for January 27th strike-public-flyer-v2.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by via UAPD
The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by its student health centers will hold a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Tuesday, January 27th, starting at 7:30 am.
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:55PM
image Merced Homeless Threatened 120_pan_of_camp.jpg original image ( 5317x1608) - by Mike Rhodes
Caltrans says this homeless encampment is on public (State of California) land. If these homeless people can't live here (on the people's land), where can they live?
Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:37PM
image Groups criticize California work plan for water bond storage projects 120_jerry_brown_1_5_15_-1.jpg original image ( 263x395) - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta and the Environmental Water Caucus told the California Water Commission that the Commission's work plan for the regulations and guidelines for implementing Chapter 8 of the water bond is "too narrow" for eligible projects. They also said the Commission should prioritize storage projects that do not require new surface water rights, and should prioritize sustainable water projects. Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Ba...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:32AM
image Oil lobbyist/former MLPA chair praises release of fracking EIR 120_scmpas_1.jpg original image ( 1320x1020) - by Dan Bacher
“While we are pleased with the state's process on implementing Senate Bill 4, it is important to note the draft EIR contemplates hypothetical development scenarios and provides a high level review. To date, well stimulation in California has never been associated with any known adverse environmental impacts,” claimed Reheis-Boyd. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of South Coast marine protected areas created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act Initiative...
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:33PM
image 1,500 march for Peace and Social Justice in Fresno 120_mlk_1.jpg original image ( 3008x2000) - by Mike Rhodes
A large march (the Fresno Bee estimated 1,500 people) was held on Martin Luther King Day in downtown Fresno. The marchers were there to honor King’s life. Many also came to demand police accountability, peace, social and economic Justice. Here are some photos from the march and the audio from Dolores Huerta’s keynote address.
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:39AM
video MLK Day in Fresno (video/mp4 49.4MB) - by Mike Rhodes
The 2015 Martin Luther King Day march in downtown Fresno started at City Hall with music and a brief rally with Dolores Huerta. This is a 4:47 minute video of photos from the march and excerpts from Huerta’s remarks at City Hall and the Memorial Auditorium.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:48PM
image Jerry Brown's True "Green Legacy" - the Death of the Delta? 120_one_lone_angler.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Salmon, steelhead and other fish survived thousands of years of California's erratic weather, including long periods of droughts, massive floods and huge earthquakes, but they may not survive the policies of Jerry Brown, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham. Photo of opening day of steelhead season on the American River, January 1 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:25AM
image California toxic waters rise despite decades of regulations and expenditure of $50 billion 120_ca-map.jpg original image ( 350x404) - by Patrick Porgans
Below is a groundbreaking report on how California toxic waters are rising despite decades of regulations and an expenditure of $50 billion. This report is very timely, considering the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's water bond, and the collapse of Delta smelt and other pelagic fish species and American River steelhead to record low population levels. For more information, go to: http://www.planetarysolutionaries.org
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:40AM
text California Oil Officials Release Deeply Flawed Fracking Environmental Review - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO— California oil regulators today released a draft environmental review of fracking that fails to adequately analyze many major risks from fracking, including air and water pollution and risks to public health. The review by California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources was released even though state scientists are still six months away from completing their analysis of the risks and harms of the controversial form of oil and gas extraction.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:56PM
text ALDF Intervenes in Cal OSHA Lawsuit after Lion Kills Worker; “Cat Haven” Settles - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Dunlap, Calif. — Last week, on January 6, a legal settlement brought conclusion to the tragic and fatal mauling of a zoo employee at Cat Haven Zoo, a 100 acre facility west of Kings Canyon National Park. The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) intervened in the legal battle between the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) and Project Survival (which runs Cat Haven), eventually resulting in approval of Cal/OSHA’s new requirement of...
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:06PM
image Statewide Tour Urges Governor Brown to Stop Fracking 120_jerry_brown_1_5_15_.jpg original image ( 263x395) - by Dan Bacher
“California is at a crossroads," said David Braun of Californians Against Fracking and an organizer of the tour. "Our governor and our elected officials need to decide if we’re going to be a real leader on climate change, or if we will continue to allow fracking and other dangerous extractions methods that put our communities and environment at risk." Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:16AM
image Tunnel critics respond to secret settlement as Delta smelt nears extinction 120_delta_smelt.jpg original image ( 480x266) - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla stated, “The idea that the Westlands Water District can secretly negotiate a settlement with the Federal Government that secures Westlands’ water rights, by circumventing state water rights, and that lets Westlands walk away from hundreds of millions of dollars of debt that they owe to U.S. taxpayers is incomprehensible."
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:37PM
video In Honor of Les Kimber (video/mp4 23.3MB) - by Mike Rhodes
2 minute video of Les Kimber speaking at the 2014 Martin Luther King march in Fresno.
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:34PM
image Delta smelt reaches new record low in fall survey 120_1280px-hypomesus_transpacificus.jpg original image ( 1280x742) - by Dan Bacher
"The 2014 Delta Smelt index is 9, making it the lowest index in FMWT history," wrote Steven Slater, CDFW environmental scientist, in a memo revealing the results of the survey. "Delta Smelt abundance was highest in 1970 and has been consistently low since 2003, except in 2011."
Posted: Fri Jan 9, 2015 7:47PM
image Alfonso Hernandez Speaking at the Chicano History Revisited event 120_alfonso_hernandez.jpg original image ( 3008x2000) - by Mike Rhodes
Alfonso Hernandez
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 4:20PM
image Federal Government Agrees to Release Environmental Activist Eric McDavid from Prison Because It Withheld Documents from Him at Trial 120_eric_blue_flannel_2.jpg original image ( 2592x1944) - by Civil Liberties Defense Center
Re: U.S. v. McDavid, Case No. 06-cr-0035 (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California)
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 3:38PM
image 83-Year Old Tenant Finds New Home Thanks to Outpouring of Support 120_cb31dd27-900a-4815-a32d-f09e5fb8989f_0.jpg original image ( 960x540) - by Dean Preston, Tenants Together
Tenants Together is pleased to announce that 83-year old Dorothy Morris has found a new home that will take her section 8 Voucher. Thanks to her determination and an outpouring of support, Morris will avoid homelessness and land in a decent, affordable home in Sacramento. She will no longer be subject to mistreatment by Sacramento Manor.
Posted: Tue Jan 6, 2015 11:54AM
image Tunnel critics urge Brown to inaugurate a new water solution 120_jerry_brown_1_5_15_.jpg original image ( 263x395) - by Dan Bacher
“For $67 billion, Californians get no new water, lose our fisheries and spend generations paying to subsidize huge, unsustainable industrial agriculture on unsuitable, drainage impaired Westside San Joaquin Valley lands," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. "That money would be better spent on alternatives that will make more water available to all Californians: recycling, storm water capture, conservation, groundwater cleanup and recharge etc." Phot...
Posted: Mon Jan 5, 2015 8:00PM
image Interior finally recognizes Humboldt County's right to Trinity River water 120_800_traditional_hoopa_yurok_karuk_brush_dance_1.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
“While this authority should have been acknowledged years ago, I am pleased that our arguments on behalf of Humboldt County, the county’s hard work on the issue, and the efforts by the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes have finally paid off,” said Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael). Photo of a traditional Hoopa/Yurok/Karuk Brush dance demonstration at a "Water Warriors" celebration and rally at the Lewiston Fish Hatchery on the Trinity River on August 27, 2014. After the rally en...
Posted: Fri Jan 2, 2015 7:27PM

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