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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
Lawsuit to Protect Pinto Abalone From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change and Poaching - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today of their intent to sue the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the pinto abalone, an approximately six-inch snail with an iridescent inner shell that was once common in rocky, intertidal coasts from Alaska to Baja California.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:27PM
Mountain View's Lack-Luster Minimum Wage Increase: Who is the Problem? - by R. Stevens
Despite a council chamber filled with proponents of a minimum wage increase that would come closer to matching Seattle's $15 an hour, the Mountain View City Council only approved an hourly rate of $10.30. Vice-Mayor Jack McAlister is a business owner who should recuse himself; council member John Inks claims that most people work minimum wage jobs only temporarily, although the evidence shows otherwise.
Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:19PM
Only Tiny Increase to Minimum Wage in Google's Backyard - by Tsurugi/Robertson
Rents are expensive in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California, home to Google and LinkedIn. For people working for minimum wage there is no money left for food, clothes, health care, transportation or education, after paying monthly rent. Often they share apartments with strangers, while others live in their cars. Despite this, on October 9 the city's council voted against all proposals for increases to the minimum wage except one allowing the tiniest of increases. "We cannot be...
Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:59AM
MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Mauna Kea telescope - by Dan Bacher
“The TMT is an atrocity the size of Aloha Stadium,” said Kamahana Kealoha, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and organizer of those who held a protest today at Mauna Kea, where a scheduled groundbreaking ceremony was delayed. “It is like building a sky-scraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually.” Photo of protest at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation offices today in solidarity with protests to stop the bui...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:38PM
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
Kū Kia'i Mauna a Wakea: Protect Mauna Kea solidarity protest in Palo Alto - by
Gordon And Betty Moore Foundation 1661 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, California 94304
Event Date:Tue Oct 7, 2014 9:00AM
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 10:58AM
Standing Strong Against the Death Penalty - by Tsurugi/Robertson
Amnesty International Chapter 19 launched a rally in observance of World Day Against the Death Penalty in Palo Alto today. Standing strong were speakers Mary Kay Raftery and Chris Walker, who argued that there is no such thing as "closure" as pro death penalty folks promote. Mary Kay's son was murdered; Chris talked about his experience as an innocent man in Pelican Bay prison.
Posted: Sun Oct 5, 2014 11:47PM
We Are Not World Cops - by Bay Area Reaction to airstrikes on Syria
On the evening of September 23rd the airwaves were filled with reports of strikes by the United States and its allies against targets in Syria. Quick response by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center called on SF Peninsula residents to gather and protest. Demonstrations were held in San Francisco and San José as well.
Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:23AM
Martin's Beach Access Lawsuit Won Against Vinod Khosla - by via Surfrider Foundation
On September 24, the Surfrider Foundation (surfrider.org), scored a huge victory in its protracted legal battle against billionaire and venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach in San Mateo, California. In a decision made by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach, Khosla will be required to seek a permit from the California Coastal Commission for the gates, signage and other access-blocking development at Martin’s Beach and begin a publ...
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:05PM
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:32PM
New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— The National Marine Fisheries Service has released new data showing that the California-based drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish killed an estimated 53 marine mammals from May 2013 through January 2014. Fishery observers monitored 34 percent of the drift gillnet sets made last year; they documented that the fishery killed an estimated three California gray whales, six short-finned pilot whales, nine northern right whale dolphins, nine California sea lions and 26 sho...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:01PM
Family of Yanira Serrano Files Federal Lawsuit Against Deputy Trieu and San Mateo County (video/x-flv 113.5MB) - by Alex Darocy
On September 9, the family of Yanira Serrano Garcia announced they filed a civil rights lawsuit against San Mateo County and San Mateo Sheriff's Deputy Menh Trieu in Federal District Court in San Francisco for the June 3 killing of Yanira at her home in Half Moon Bay. [Top video: Attorney Arnoldo Casillas speaks. Scroll down for more videos, photos, the independent autopsy, a copy of the lawsuit, and a recording of the 911 call]
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:57PM
Family of Yanira Serrano Marches in Response to DA's Decision Not to Indict Deputy Trieu - by Alex Darocy
The family of Yanira Serrano held a rally and march in Half Moon Bay on September 6 in reaction to District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe's decision not to indict San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy Menh Trieu for killing Yanira on June 3 outside of her home in Moonridge. In attendance and marching were Yanira's parents, brother, grandmother and uncle, and speakers at the rally included a group of religious leaders from a variety of faiths. Attorney Jonathan Melrod spoke on behalf of the Serran...
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 2:49AM
Peaceful Protest In Memory Of Yanira Serrano - by
City of Half Moon Bay Fire Department 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay, California 94019
Event Date:Sat Sep 6, 2014 2:00PM
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 11:52PM
Rally for Equal Rights Amendment - by Granny Mandy
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. It's time for these words to be made constitutional law", said Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district at a rally in Redwood City yesterday. She had introduced legislation for passage this year. In top photo she introduces a woman who worked in an airplane factory during WWII, who said that women were paid the same rate as men while ...
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:17AM
Obama Admin Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:27PM
Lawsuit Launched to Reinstate Protections for Endangered Sperm Whales - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network and conservation groups today announced plans to file a lawsuit to reinstate rules designed to protect endangered sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets in ocean waters off California.
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:30PM
Illegal Relationship Exposed Between CPUC and PG & E: PG & E/CPUC emails - by Posted by Lynda Carson
The following Press Release came from the City of San Bruno: “Today’s disclosure demonstrates an ongoing, illicit and illegal relationship between the CPUC and PG&E,” said San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane, who released more than 7,000 pages of documents received after San Bruno filed a Public Records Act lawsuit against the CPUC. Download the PG&E-CPUC emails and highlights by visiting www.gaspipelinesafety.org .
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:34PM
On the Streets in Palo Alto: Two Sides Face Off on Palestine - by R. Robertson
While a rally in Palo Alto on Thursday night was mostly peaceful, members on both sides of the issue got into shouting matches. One pro-Israel demonstrator waved an Israeli flag in the pathway of the Free Palestine vigilers as they began their march down Palo Alto's University Avenue.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:43AM