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Statewide Coalition Sues to Halt Delta Plan, Water Export Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The Delta Reform Act gave the Delta Stewardship Council an historic opportunity to remedy 40 years of water policy failures. Instead, the council failed to use the best available science - biological or economic - and adopted a status quo program that fails to fix the Delta or the water supply problem,” said Santa Barbara resident Carolee Krieger, executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), a statewide water advocacy organization. “The council failed to honor its...
Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:36PM
San Onofre: Anatomy of a Nuclear Shutdown - by Michael Steinberg
How the recent shudown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant happened, and why.
Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:56PM
Fishing and conservation groups, Winnemem Wintu sue over Delta Plan - by Dan Bacher
According to the complaint, "This is a public interest citizen suit to enforce California's environmental laws and protect the Delta from imminent ecological collapse. Petitioners bring this action to challenge the Delta Stewardship Council's approval of its Final Delta Plan and certification of its Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) on May 16, 2013."
Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:14PM
Empty The Tanks Demonstration ~ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - by Lisa Robles
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, California 94589
Event Date:Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:00AM
Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:14PM
Fishing, environmental, farming groups will sue to halt Delta Plan - by Dan Bacher
The peripheral tunnels will divert a large portion of the flow of the Sacramento River for use by corporate agribusiness and oil companies. Photo of Sacramento River in the city of Sacramento by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:53PM
Statewide Campaign Launched to Defeat Governor Brown's $54.1 Billion Water Tunnels Project - by Dan Bacher
The State has a history of underestimating the costs of major water projects. In 1991 Santa Barbara County voters approved the Coastal Aqueduct at an estimated cost of $270 million. Thus far the aqueduct has cost nearly $1.7 billion and has proven to be unnecessary to meet the County's water needs. "California ratepayers and taxpayers should expect the same bad deal with the twin-tunnels," said Carolee Krieger, executive director of the California Water Impact Network. "Just like the aqued...
Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:34AM
The Desal EIR & Lobbying: Plunging trust in SC City Council? - by Paul Gratz
The overwhelming passage of Measure P last year followed by a standing room only turnout at the City’s May 7 desal EIR “Study Session” sent a well-intentioned message about the people’s mistrust trust of local government which Santa Cruz politicians should heed.
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:01PM
Buffett's PacifiCorp Plans to Apply Toxins to Klamath River Despite Massive Opposition - by Hoopa Valley Tribe
Community petition to PacifiCorp and California receives 2000 signatures in first week Eureka, California-Recently Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp quietly submitted a plan to apply toxins for the second year to Klamath River reservoirs as an algae killing experiment. River users, including fisherman and Native American Tribes, unanimously oppose this action citing last year’s studies that show killing the algae actually releases the algae toxin, microcystin at a time of year when people are...
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:22PM
Brown proclaims 'Great Outdoors Month" as he plans Delta's destruction - by Dan Bacher
"Today, I invite all Californians to experience some small piece of the varied and magnificent land of California," proclaimed Governor Brown. Photo of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping the day after issuing his proclamation declaring June as "Great Outdoors Month."
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:11PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan's actual cost: $54.1 billion - by Dan Bacher
"The Brown Administration has released tens of thousands of pages but not one single, simple accounting of the costs," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. "They are hiding the math because the cost keeps escalating and the benefits diminishing." The peripheral tunnels will divert a large portion of the flow of the Sacramento River for use by corporate agribusiness and oil companies. Photo of Sacramento River in the city of Sacramento by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jun 6, 2013 9:43AM
California Assembly passes bill in opposition to indefinite detention provisions of NDAA - by Nadia Kayyali
A California bill, AB 351, passed by the state Assembly on 5/31/13, if also passed by the California Senate and signed by the governor, would make it illegal for any California agency or employee to cooperate with the US Armed Forces in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of a person within California under the NDAA, the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or any other federal law. Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a national organization which organizes gr...
Posted: Wed Jun 5, 2013 1:48PM
Right-wing, Anti-National Park Interests Misled Sonoma City Council Resolution - by EAC of West Marin
The facts don't matter as Drakes Bay Oyster Company seeks to privatize Point Reyes National Seashore.
Posted: Tue Jun 4, 2013 2:14PM
Members of Congress Slam Brown’s Peripheral Tunnel Plan - by Dan Bacher
Representative John Garamendi began his presentation with very harsh words for Governor Jerry Brown, who has fast-tracked the peripheral tunnel plan. “Let’s make it clear Jerry – you tried to cram the canal down the throats of Californians and you lost,” said Garamendi. “The tunnel project will destroy the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas and not deliver one new single gallon of new water.” Photo of John Garamendi speaking at the podium at the press conferen...
Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 6:53PM
Delta Stewardship Council says Westlands lawsuit is 'disappointing' - by Dan Bacher
In response to the Council's statement, Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and a board member of Restore the Delta and the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), quipped, "If the Council is disappointed by the Westlands lawsuit, they will be appalled by the avalanche of lawsuits from everyone else that is coming down the road." Photo of Bill Jennings speaking at a Restore the Delta protest outside of the Delta Stewardship Council meeting ...
Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 9:50AM
Dept of Toxic Substances Control Fact Sheet: LBNL/UC Berkeley VOCs - by Dial B For Bevatron
The Department of Toxic Substances Control quietly released a public notice regarding "relatively high concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds" (VOCs) from the site of LBNL/UC Berkeley's Building 51, which formerly housed the Bevatron particle accelerator. These VOCs have leeched into the groundwater. At this point, there is no open public meeting on the issue; the DTSC is only taking written public comments. Mail must be postmarked by June 7th, and emails must be sent before 5PM Jun...
Posted: Thu May 30, 2013 2:46PM
Local ACLU Issues Letter of Support for AB 5 The Homeless Bill of Rights - by Steve Pleich
ACLU Urges Restoration of "Quality of Life" Provisions
Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:36PM
Remaining Delta tunnel plan documents released amidst broad opposition - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, president and executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), exposed how the construction of the peripheral tunnels would actually raise water rates in Southern California, pointing to the example of Santa Barbara County where residents have been forced to pay 6.5 times what they were promised for Delta water in 1991. “In 1991, Santa Barbara County voters approved the Coastal Aqueduct at an estimated cost of $270 million,” said Krieger. “The aqued...
Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:36PM
Westlands Water District Files Lawsuit Against Delta Plan - by Dan Bacher
Westlands Water District joined the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority in a legal action filed in the Sacramento Superior Court to require the Delta Stewardship Council to revise the Delta Plan “to be consistent with the 2009 Delta Reform Act, which created the Council,” according to a Westlands news release. Photo of Clifton Court Forebay on the South Delta, the body of water created in 1969 that serves as the Mile Zero intake point of the California Aqueduct and feeds the Del...
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:08AM
Will Parrish at SubRosa on Tree Sits, Saving Little Lake Valley, and Defending the Land (audio/mpeg 75.4MB) - by Alex Darocy
On May 24 at SubRosa Community Space in Santa Cruz, Mendocino County resident Will Parrish spoke about the ongoing efforts to protect the large areas of land that are being disturbed as part of a highway project by Caltrans to build a bypass around the town of Willits. Community members there have been resisting the project through tree sits, demonstrations, and by appealing directly to politicians in California in an effort to save the area, which is also known as Little Lake Valley.
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 2:31PM
The Five Inconvenient Truths about the MLPA Initiative - by Dan Bacher
California Department of Fish and Wildlife leaders and other state officials fail to acknowledge the "inconvenient truths" about the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that the new “marine protected areas” in California were created under.
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 12:54PM