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Will the Real Progressive Please Stand Up - by Mike Rhodes
Cary Catalano and Esmeralda Soria spoke at the Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley. Ray Ensher (center) is the group’s past president. Photo by Howard Watkins
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:44PM
Big Oil Company Donates $250,000 to Yes on Proposition 1 Campaign - by Dan Bacher
It’s hard not to see the irony of a big oil company contributing $250,000 to a campaign for a water bond that allocates $900 million for alleged “groundwater sustainability” less than two weeks after the Center for Biological Diversity released state documents revealing that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms. Graphic of Jerry Brown courtesy of Red, Green...
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:47AM
Obama Selling Out California to Westlands Water District - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, the chairman and executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, observed the deal is bad for many water contractors, not just fisheries and the environment. “It would give Westlands a permanent water contract before all Endangered Species Act litigation is completed,” said Jennings. “In effect, this gives Westlands a leg up over other south-of-Delta contractors.” Photo of (center) Bill Jennings slamming Governor Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion w...
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:10AM
CREDO Action urges NO vote on Prop. 1, the California Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
CREDO joins Food and Water Watch and AFSCME 57 in opposing Prop. 1. The Con argument for Prop. 1 on the Progressive Voter Guide states: "Proposition 1 is an expensive and unfair taxpayer giveaway to special interests that won’t solve the drought or help secure our water future. It allocates over $3.6 billion, without oversight by the legislature, to build dams and pay for water transfers for corporate agribusiness. Prop 1 with interest will cost CA taxpayers $14.4 billion or $360 million pe...
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:54PM
Brown Regime Gets Ugly Over State Water Project Contract Extension - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said the contract extension “is the equivalent of being told in the 20th year of your 30 year mortgage that you have to add another 30 years to pay for undisclosed costs, or else you will lose your home.”
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:12PM
Massive dumping of wastewater into aquifers shows Big Oil's power in California - by Dan Bacher
The illegal dumping took place in a state where Big Oil is the most powerful corporate lobby and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is the most powerful corporate lobbying organization, alarming facts that the majority of the public and even many environmental activists are not aware of. An analysis of reports filed with the California Secretary of State shows that the oil industry collectively spent over $63 million lobbying California policymakers between January 1, 2009 and Ju...
Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:06PM
Corporate agribusiness showers big money on Proposition 1 - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow from Food and Water Watch noted, “Corporate agribusiness giants, including Stewart Resnick, are spending big to pass Proposition 1, a bloated $7.5 billion bond measure that would funnel more water to big agribusinesses at taxpayer expense. Prop 1 is a measure to quench their greed—it will not solve California’s water problems."
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 5:55PM
The water bond: A classic David and Goliath battle in California politics - by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 1 and 2 campaign has raised $6,621,946 and has spent $817,276, while the No on Proposition 1 campaign has raised a total of $71,000 and has spent $41,036 as of October 6, 2014,
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 4:45PM
Corcoran Strike for Medical Care Leads to Hospitalization of Diabetic - by Solitary is Torture
After a week of hunger striking by three men inside Corcoran SHU and organizers calling and writing to the prison, we are happy to report that Kambui Robinson has been moved to the Acute Care Hospital in Corcoran for his diabetic complications, and the hunger strike is now ended.
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 7:31PM
Tell No Lies - a book review - by Mike Rhodes
Dolores Huerta, UFW co-founder says “Tell No Lies is a vivid account of the 1970's United Farmworkers Union. Read this novel to understand the dangers faced by organizers and all who worked with them.”
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 4:47PM
Walton Family Foundation gave $9.2 million to NGOs backing water bond - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, said, “It is highly troubling to see the impact that Walmart and a few big foundations are having on the conservation of our resources, as well as the protection of our artisanal and traditional fisheries including tribal fisheries.” Photo: Protesters block an intersection at an anti-Walmart protest in Roseville on November 29, 2013. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 6:43AM
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for 16 Rare Amphibians and Reptiles in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to decide whether 16 increasingly rare amphibians and reptiles in California warrant consideration for Endangered Species Act protection. The Center first petitioned for these species — the western pond turtle, southern rubber boa, western spadefoot, foothill yellow-legged frog, Colorado Desert fringe-toed lizard, sandstone night lizard and ni...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:07PM
Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected into Central California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 4:42PM
Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial Kern Water Bank - by Dan Bacher
"The Kern Water Bank must be returned to the public trust,” said Carolee Krieger, president and executive director of the California Water Impact Network. “Millions of rank-and-file ratepayers suffer, and suffer greatly, because their access to water is dictated by a handful of corporate growers." Photo of Kern Water Bank courtesy of Maven's Blog.
Posted: Sat Oct 4, 2014 2:51AM
Reclamation to Increase Flows at Iron Gate Dam to Avert Fish Kill - by Dan Bacher
“Reclamation understands the severity of the Klamath River Ich disease outbreak and the large-scale impacts that could occur to our valuable in-stream resources and the local communities if a fish die off were to occur. We are continuing to work closely with our federal partners and tribal leaders to ensure that the volume of water we are making available below Iron Gate Dam is used as effectively as possible.” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director, David Murillo. Photo of...
Posted: Sat Oct 4, 2014 2:33AM
Brown Proclaims “Water Is Sacred” As He Promotes Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown was originally scheduled to read the proclamation but he didn’t show up. Instead, Cynthia Gomez, Tribal Advisor for Governor Brown, read Governor Brown's proclamation for California Native American Day as Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Liaison for the State Department of Water Resources, stood next to her. Photo of Jessica Lopez, Chair of the Concow Maidu Tribe, Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Morning Star Gali of the Pit River Tribe at the State Capit...
Posted: Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:34PM
Save the American River Association: Vote No on Prop. 1! - by Dan Bacher
As Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance has said, Prop. 1 "is a poster-child of why California is in a water crisis: it enriches water speculators but accomplishes little in addressing the drought, solving California's long-term water needs, reducing reliance on The Delta, or protecting our rivers and fisheries." Photo of Nimbus Fish Hatchery Weir on the American River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Oct 2, 2014 11:36AM
920 Chickens Killed in Shocking Central Valley Chicken Massacre - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
Caruthers, Calif. — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) who used a golf club to massacre 920 chickens at a Foster Farms facility. The massacre occurred the morning of September 20 approximately 20 miles south of Fresno. Media reports indicate that the killers broke into the property through a hole in the fence at 3691 West Swanson Ave. and used a golf club, and possibly another in...
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 4:12PM
Judge rejects Westlands lawsuit blocking Trinity River flows - by Dan Bacher
"Straight up, if the Bureau of Reclamation did not make the decision to augment flows on the Klamath, we would be right now cleaning up thousands of salmon carcasses on the river,” said Thomas P. O'Rourke, Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We applaud Judge O'Neill's decision. We need to do everything possible to ensure in-basin fish needs are met and to prevent another heartbreaking tragedy on the Klamath River." Photo of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 3:37PM
Governor signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’ - by Dan Bacher
“As chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2010, every year I have authored an ‘omnibus’ bill to protect California fisheries and enhance commercial and sport fishing in the state,” Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro said. “The idea for this year’s bill – to protect our irreplaceable salmon and steelhead fisheries – came out of the annual Fisheries Forum that the Joint Committee hosted at the Capitol earlier this year."
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 8:44AM