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image Protesters sing, wave signs and blast Delta tunnels at "open house' 120_caleen_sisk.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
"Right now the existing water projects continue to damage our ecology," said Caleeen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. "They have already harmed our fish and driven them to extinction. The tunnels will only complete the job. The tunnels that they want to build are large enough to divert the entire Sacramento River." Photo: Chief Caleen Sisk at the protest against the Delta Tunnels in front of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on July 28. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:36PM
text Large Oil Slick Observed Off California Coast Near Santa Barbara - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOLETA, Calif.— Emergency officials are responding to a 2-mile oil sheen off the California coast near the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County. The slick extends to Platform Holly, an offshore drilling platform.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:45AM
text Proposition 47 Deserves Fair Chance to Transform Judicial System - by Steve Pleich
Prop 47 Offers Real Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:29PM
calendar 30th Annual Ohlone Day 120_ohlone_day_henry_cowell_redwoods_state_park.jpg original image ( 1200x803) - by
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 101 Big Trees Park Road, Felton (Highway 9 entrance)
Event Date:Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:25AM
image Revisited former Drakes Bay Oyster Company location 120_2015-07-27.jpg original image ( 1600x900) - by D. Boyer
I visited the former Drakes Bay Oyster Company location to get an update.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:27AM
image California's biggest "secret" - oil industry capture of the regulatory apparatus 120_sfc_-_lobby_spending_inforgraphic_v5_infograph.jpg original image ( 800x1719) - by Dan Bacher
Big Oil spent an amazing $266 million influencing California politics from 2005 to 2014, according to an analysis of California Secretary of State data by StopFoolingCA.org, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to “mislead and confuse Californians.” The industry spent $112 million of this money on lobbying and the other $154 million on political campaigns.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:49AM
audio 0.1% Power Elite 'owl worshippers' meeting now in secret at California's Bohemian Grove (audio/mpeg 51.8MB) - by Tony Gosling, Martin Summers
Interview with Sociology Professor Peter Phillips from Sonoma County University, California, USA – founder of Project Censored & author of dissertation: A Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club (1994) – he discusses Bohemian Grove where rich and influential men, including politicians, meet once a year to have fun and network
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:13AM
image Two Oakland Activists Accused of Freeing Animals Are Charged as Terrorists 120_mink.jpg original image ( 620x349) - by Will Potter, Green Is the New Red
The FBI arrested two animal rights activists today for allegedly freeing mink and other animals from fur farms, and vandalizing the property of animal-abusing businesses.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:56PM
document Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California brc-pathways-report.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy
The Pathways Report, released on July 21, 2015, provides the broad recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Marijuana Policy. The report draws from the research and public forums of the Blue Ribbon Commission to provide a comprehensive view of the strategies, policy goals, and policy options available to Californians as they consider the legalization and taxation of marijuana policy.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:13PM
text Court Order Sought to Force Disclosure of California Pesticide Spraying - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Public-health and environmental groups, along with the city of Berkeley, are seeking a court order on Friday to require that a California agency publicly disclose and analyze any pesticide spraying it conducts that poses risks to people, wildlife or the environment. The groups are asking a Sacramento court for a preliminary injunction to require that the California Department of Food and Agriculture follow state environmental laws when spraying harmful pesticides. This s...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:55PM
image Conservation groups slam Delta tunnels as Jerry Brown grandstands at Vatican 120_dsc_0030.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown and the tunnel-promoting agencies have a bad case of tunnel vision, and have ignored all requests for a Delta plan with true alternatives that reduce fresh water diversions and protect the Delta,” said Robert Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River. “The Environmental Water Caucus developed a Responsible Exports Plan alternative and handed it to BDCP agencies on a silver platter. Other agencies ranging from the National Academy of Sciences to the Environmental Pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:06PM
image Jerry Brown gushes about "fighting climate change" at Vatican as he fracks California 120_dsc_0035.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Dan Bacher
"We urge Pope Francis to send a clear message to Brown and other elected officials that fracking—in California, in Europe, or elsewhere—has no place in his vision for a greener planet," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe. Photo: Governor Brown delivers remarks at Vatican climate change symposium. Photo courtesy of Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:34PM
document New report reveals retiring toxic farmland would save water, money san_luis_unit_land_retirement_final_report_071415.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
“California needs to balance water demands with the realities of its supply, which means retiring inappropriate farmland,” said Adam Scow, California Director at Food & Water Watch. “Retiring toxic farmland in Westlands is a commonsense step toward protecting our overstretched and dwindling water supply.”
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:31AM
image Petition: Institute a one mile buffer zone between schools and spraying pesticides 120_pesticides_farms_schools_california.jpg original image ( 640x360) - by via change.org
Institute a 1 mile buffer zone between schools and spraying pesticides and at least a week's notice to schools before spraying begins. Sign petition: https://www.change.org/p/institute-a-1-mile-buffer-zone-between-schools-and-spraying-pesicides-and-at-least-a-week-s-notice-to-schools-before-spraying-begins
Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:19PM
image California Regulatory Bills on Medical Cannabis 120_california-cannabis-leaf.jpg original image ( 600x600) - by Americans for Safe Access
The California legislature has a full plate this year when it comes to medical cannabis
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:16PM
image California Rodeo Salinas Bans Cameras to Prevent Documentation of Animal Cruelty and Death 120_californiarodeosalinas-animalcruelty.jpg original image ( 800x400) - by Last Chance for Animals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday/July 17, 2015
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:39PM
audio The Dark History of the California Bear Flag: An Interview with Alex Abella (audio/mpeg 8.0MB) - by Dump the California Bear Flag
Alex Abella is a journalist and author. His article for the Los Angeles Times called California, it's time to dump the Bear Flag, tells the history of California’s Bear Flag and its origins in a racist revolt.
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:15PM
document Groups Demand More Time for Review of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan 7_16_15_comment_time_ext_req.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
The letter concluded, "In sum, the current comment period is inadequate because it fails to provide members of the public with adequate time for review. The proposed project is the most controversial public works project in California history. It is extremely complicated and the subject of voluminous analysis in the form of project justification and advocacy."
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:42AM
video Graphic TV Commercials Accuse Salinas Rodeo of Animal Cruelty, Ask Viewers Not to Attend (video/mp4 5.7MB) - by Last Chance for Animals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday/July 16, 2015
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:16PM
image Jerry Brown's New Fracking Regs Discriminate Against Latino Children 120_romovbrownmeme.jpg original image ( 422x265) - by Dan Bacher
“Everyday my daughters go to school, they fear for their health and safety because of how close the fracking wells are to their schools,” said Rodrigo Romo, the named plaintiff, whose two daughters have been exposed to dangerous levels of toxic pollution and psychological stress from extreme well stimulation while attending public schools in Shafter and Wasco, California.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:07PM

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