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Feds undermine Stockton California mayor - by David Roknich/IndyRadio
Stockton Mayor (here seen sleeping with the homeless under a freeway) was forced to give up his laptop password by DHS agents after returning from a mayor's conference in China. They offered no reason for search and seizure, not even the minimal "reasonable suspicion" required by a recent federal appellate court ruling. Sources claim a secret investigation is underway.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 11:37AM
#CaravanForJustice to Mobilize CA Communities Against Police Violence - by ACLU of Northern California
Oakland – From Saturday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 10, a #CaravanForJustice featuring survivors of law enforcement violence and grassroots organizers will travel throughout California to mobilize communities of color against police brutality.
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:24PM
Winnemem Wintu Chief Leads 'Water. Every Drop Sacred' Rally and March - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, the Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, spoke movingly about the sacredness of water and the threat to the environment and people posed by controversial plans to raise the Shasta Dam and build Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels. “This spring, the headwaters of the Sacramento, is sacred to us,” said Chief Sisk. “Archeologists once said they couldn’t find any evidence of indigenous people around this spring. That’s because our ancestors believe the site ...
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2015 7:55PM
The Road Ahead - by Mike Rhodes
This article appears in the October Community Alliance newspaper (an alternative/independent monthly in Fresno California).
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2015 10:37AM
Experts reveal many terminal flaws of Delta Tunnels EIR - by Dan Bacher
Robert Wright, Senior Counsel for Friends of the River, reported on the devastating impacts that Tunnels Plan would have on endangered species, including Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, green sturgeon and Delta and longfin smelt. "The Delta Water Tunnels would instead destroy endangered and threatened fish species," said Wright. "The Tunnels would divert for the Central Valley and State Water Projects vast quantities of freshwater from the Sacramento River near ...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:36AM
MWD considers purchasing Delta islands in tunnels' path - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, questioned why it was necessary for MWD to conduct its purchase of Delta land behind closed doors. “In secret, it appears MWD is getting into the land management business acquiring properties for a project that is neither approved, nor, as proposed, complies with federal and state water quality and environmental protection laws. Why is it necessary for MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger to conduct such a transaction be...
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:35AM
Eight Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on September 17 announced (see PDF) that five amphibians and two reptiles in California, and one reptile in Arizona, may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection. Because habitat loss and other factors are threatening them with extinction, the Center petitioned for the amphibians and reptiles in July 2012. Photo: Shasta Salamander, Hydromantes shastae, US Forest Se...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:45PM
Coalition urges Interior Secretary to reject Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
The letter said the Delta Tunnels project would have “devastating impacts” on the Delta ecosystem, and inhibit the ability of Jewel’s agency to comply with the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act and to meet their trust obligations to Native Americans, especially those on the North Coast that depend on waters from the Trinity River Division.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:07PM
Groups Slam Sweetheart Settlement for Westlands Water District - by by Dan Bacher
“We are outraged that the Obama Administration has sold out California taxpayers and their water,” said Adam Scow, California Director of Food & Water Watch. “This bad deal will allow corporate agribusinesses in Westlands to keep irrigating water-intensive almonds and pistachios on toxic land in the desert, mostly for export to China. We will work to defeat this taxpayer giveaway in Congress.” Attached is the complete Westlands Drain Settlement that was filed in Federal Court in Fr...
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:06AM
Activists call for fracking ban as amended Senate Bill 350 passes - by Dan Bacher
Anti-fracking groups pointed out the contradiction between Brown’s campaign to take “carbon out of the modern economy” and his strong support of fracking. They urged Brown to use his “significant executive powers” to rein in the oil industry following the Assembly’s vote on the altered version of SB350 that excludes a provision to reduce petroleum usage in the state. Photo of Governor Jerry Brown, courtesy of the Governor's Office.
Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:11PM
Big Oil rejoices over gutting of Senate Bill 350 - by Dan Bacher
"Big Oil succeeded in gutting one of the most important provisions of this bill," said 350.org Strategy and Communications Director Jamie Henn. "Let's face it: Governor Brown got his hat handed to him. Now, the clearest way he can fight back against the industry is by banning fracking in California -- and that's something he can do on his own, without the State Legislature." Photo of Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and former Chair of the...
Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:07AM
Zeke Grader, West Coast fish and rivers advocate, passes away - by Dan Bacher
"There really was no one else like Zeke," said Carolee Krieger, the Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). "He fought for fishermen and fish, and in doing so, he also fought for the protection of our wetlands and rivers, and for the equitable distribution of our water. He was a man for all seasons, a man who was always ready with support or advice. He brought us all together, and made all of us stronger." Photo: Representative Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader disp...
Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:13PM
Governor Jerry Brown under fire for firing state oil regulators - by Dan Bacher
Anti-fracking activists disagreed with Brown administration claims that the allegations are "baseless." Following the relevation, Californians Against Fracking issued a statement from Adam Scow, California Director for Food and Water Watch “Gov. Jerry Brown intentionally allowed California’s groundwater to be contaminated, and subsequently accepted financial backing from the oil industry for his political efforts," said Scow. "The cracks in Jerry Brown’s leadership on climate chan...
Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2015 9:03AM
Bill to ban new offshore oil drilling held until next year - by Dan Bacher
“Big oil may have the money, but the people of California will win the fight to protect our environment and California’s $40 billion coastal economy,” said Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg). Photo: Mike McGuire speaks at a press conference for SB 788 at the State Capitol in Sacramento in April, 2015. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sun Sep 6, 2015 9:57AM
Take Action Now to Stop Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
The tunnels plan appears to ignore Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, which prohibits federal agency actions that are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or that “result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat of [listed] species.” Go to the Restore the Delta website to submit a public comment, sign their petition to send an automatic letter or create your own using their letter template: http://restorethedelta.org/take-...
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 9:08AM
1 Million CA Students Attend School in 1-Mile Impact Zone for Derailing Oil Trains - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— More than 1 million California children attend school within a one-mile evacuation zone of railroads used by oil trains, according to a new analysis (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/oil_trains/methodology.html) by the Center for Biological Diversity. Oil trains have experienced a dramatic increase in explosions and derailments across the country in recent years.
Posted: Thu Sep 3, 2015 4:53PM
Street Heat in Fresno -- August 2015 - by Mike Rhodes
This is an audio recording of the August 28, 2015 Street Heat radio show on KFCF 88.1 FM. The .mp3 is 1 hour long. Photo below: Bryson White is a community organizer for Faith in Community spoke about that groups effort towards a more just, compassionate, equitable and thriving city of Fresno.
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 10:19AM
Reclamation will slash lower American River flows to only 800 cfs - by Dan Bacher
Over the past 3 years during a record drought, the Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources have systematically drained Folsom Reservoir, along with Trinity Reservoir on the Trinity River, Shasta Lake on the Sacramento River and Lake Oroville on the Feather River, to export subsidized water to corporate agribusiness interests on the westside of the San Joaquin Valley, Southern California water agencies and oil companies conducting fracking and other extreme oil extra...
Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:52PM
Judge denies Westlands' request to block higher Trinity River flows - by Dan Bacher
"The potential harm to the Plaintiffs from the potential, but far from certain, loss of added water supply in 2015 or 2016 does not outweigh the potentially catastrophic damage that 'more likely than not' will occur to this year’s salmon runs in the absence of the 2015 FARs," ruled Judge O'Neill.
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:53PM
Protesters slam LA funding of Delta tunnels for Big Ag tycoons - by Dan Bacher
"Resnick, a billionaire agriculture tycoon who controls vast amounts of California water, is pushing the controversial tunnels in an attempt to secure more water for Central Valley corporate agriculture interests and dupe Californians into paying for massive tunnels that won’t secure new water for Angelenos," said Brenna Norton of Food and Water Watch, who spoke at the protest. "Food & Water Watch estimates the average household could be charged as much as $5000 to pay for the project." ...
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:15AM