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Bay Delta Conservation Plan's Terminal Flaws Remain - by Dan Bacher
"These minor changes appear to save money for the water-takers on construction and possibly operation costs, but they still do not address local concerns," said Osha Meserve, counsel for Local Agencies of the North Delta (LAND). “It is a misnomer to call the new configuration ‘gravity flow’ as if it will operate on its own." Photo of American River, one of the main tributaries of the Sacramento River, above the Watt Avenue in Sacramento. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the p...
Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:23PM
Animal Groups Sue California Rodeo Salinas for Underreporting Animal Injuries - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Salinas, Calif. — On December 17, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the California Rodeo Salinas and its head veterinarian Tim Eastman for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law. The defendants are accused of significantly underreporting the number of animals injured at the California Rodeo Salinas, the largest rodeo in the state and one of the largest in the country. In the last...
Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:49PM
House Passes Salmon-Killing Drought Relief Bill - by Dan Bacher
or many years, corporate agribusiness interests and their Astroturf groups, including the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and the Latino Water Coalition, have blamed Endangered Species Act protections for Delta smelt and Central Valley Chinook salmon for creating an alleged "Dust Bowl" on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. However, the campaign to blame Delta smelt and salmon for reductions in Delta exports was shown to be a big “red herring,” pardon the pun, when Restore the ...
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:58AM
Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity - by via National Nurses United
Registered nurses who work in five Daughters of Charity hospitals across California will hold a Sacramento press conference Wednesday to urge Attorney General Kamala Harris to approve the sale of the hospitals to a buyer that has pledged to stop the threatened closure of the hospitals and preserve critical healthcare services. Photo: Registered Nurses held a vigil on Dec. 12, in front of O'Connor Hospital in San Jose supporting the sale to Prime Healthcare.
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:11PM
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Visualizes the Loss of Black Population in the Bay Area - by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is releasing an interactive map detailing shift in black populations from 1970 to 2013. Viewers can click through the panels on the left to witness demographic change by neighborhood. Viewers can also pan out to witness shifts across the United States during this time period. The map is here: http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/black.html
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:07PM
Western States Petroleum Association's Astroturf Campaign Exposed! - by Dan Bacher
The PowerPoint deck from a presentation by WSPA President Catherine Reheis-Boyd lays out the construction of what environmentalists contend is an elaborate ‘Astroturf' campaign by WSPA, the the oldest petroleum trade association in the United States and the most powerful corporate lobbying organization in Sacramento.
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:56AM
UC Student-Worker Union Members Vote to Support Divestment from Israel - by via UAW 2865
HISTORIC: UAW 2865, UC STUDENT-WORKER UNION, BECOMES FIRST MAJOR U.S. LABOR UNION TO SUPPORT DIVESTMENT FROM ISRAEL BY MEMBERSHIP VOTE.
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:45PM
State Department chose Chevron as finalist for "corporate excellence" award - by Dan Bacher
Fortunately, the State Department didn't pick Chevron as one of the three winners of the "corporate excellence" award on December 9. "We organized a big letter with 30 NGOs signing on and a petition to oppose the award and fortunately Chevron lost today," said Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch. (http://amazonwatch.org/) Instead, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli presented the Secretary of State's 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (...
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:38AM
Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans ha...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:22PM
Justice for Anthony "Skeet" Skeaton killed in custody by police - by gg
PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE 101 MAPLE STREET AUBURN, CA 95603
Event Date:Sat Dec 6, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:21PM
Conservation groups call on Feinstein to oppose Valadao drought bill - by Dan Bacher
"We urge a no vote on H.R. 5781, to avoid Congress micromanaging water usage and allocation in California," EWC Co-Facilitators Conner Everts and David Nesmith wrote. "Before allowing disruption of California’s 150-year old water rights system and major federal environmental protection laws, EWC wants Congress to undertake careful deliberation over H.R. 5781 by both houses."
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 5:21PM
House 'Drought Relief' Bill Would Eviscerate Environmental Protections - by Dan Bacher
“This bill will actually perpetuate our drought emergency by giving away all the water in storage to Big Ag,” said Tom Stokely, water policy analyst for the California Water Impact Network. “It will drain Trinity Lake, depleting the last cold water reserve available for Klamath and Trinity River salmon and steelhead. We’ll see fish kills that make the great die-off of 2002 look minor by comparison."
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:22AM
Brown Administration Abandons Raid on Fishing License Funds! - by Dan Bacher
The proposed use of the dedicated license funds to "manage" the alleged "marine protected areas" would have been a great mockery of justice, considering that these "marine protected areas" are not authentic ones that actually protect the ocean. The questionable "marine protected areas" created under the MLPA Initiative fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, corporate aquaculture, pollution, military testing and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering. Map of...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 10:04AM
EASTWEST #7: An Anarchist Newspaper - by EASTWEST
New issue of revolutionary anarchist paper covering news and analysis. Features original articles on the recent rebellions in solidarity with the insurrection in Ferguson, the California drought, ongoing labor struggles, a class-war history of Piedmont, struggles against gentrifying businesses in San Francisco, and a text from a recent solidarity demonstration with the disappeared students in Mexico.
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 1:02AM
California's Tricolored Blackbirds Get Emergency Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
VAN NUYS, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission today enacted emergency protections for tricolored blackbirds in response to a petition (see PDF) filed by the Center for Biological Diversity in October. The commission has protected the tricolored blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act for 180 days. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will next evaluate the petition and recommend to the commission whether to protect tricolors on a permanent basis and impose limits on...
Posted: Wed Dec 3, 2014 5:21PM
Minority Children More Likely to Attend School Near Fracking, Face Higher Health Risks - by Californians Against Fracking
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A new analysis released on November 18 on the distribution of California oil and gas wells in relation the state’s public schools finds that minority children are at a much greater risk of health problems related to fracking and other methods of oil drilling than white children (See PDF).
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 8:38PM
Group says Bechtel-funded water storage study is 'half-baked' - by Dan Bacher
"We really worry about the framing of research, and the pollution of its intent and findings, when it is wholly funded by those with a massive financial stake in the outcome," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "We also find it equally disturbing that academic leaders in water spend such little time studying, developing, and creating plans for implementing water technologies that could help alleviate problems with drought. Instead, they continue to promo...
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 8:13AM
House Keys not Handcuffs - an interview with Paul Boden (audio/mpeg 45.8MB) - by Mike Rhodes
This interview with Paul Boden was broadcast on KFCF 88.1 FM. Boden is the executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. The interview is about the origins of modern homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and building a movement to end homelessness. The audio is 50 minutes long (edited to comply with FCC regulations).
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:29PM
Ferguson Photos By Jessie S.with Interview, both rejected by Slingshot - by Jessie S. and Darin
With some resistance from the Slingshot collective, [by some I mean normative,] the interview was seemingly accepted by the collective, yet Jessie S. was essentially rejected from a Slingshot collective meeting. I felt that some discrimination had occured, [Slingshot is horribly biased and secular, I wasn't sure at the time if this was prejudice.] This photography rejection was racist in nature. In the past myself and many others have been snubbed by Slingshot, all kinds of prejudiced feeling...
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:45PM
Why I won't step foot in a Walmart - by Dan Bacher
Groups that really care about the environment and fish and wildlife restoration won't take a cent from the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart because the grants are designed to greenwash the corporation's terrible environmental policies and further the Walton Family's neo-liberal economic and environmental agenda. Photo of Mike Williams of the Brown Berets de SacrAztlan at the protest at Walmart in Sacramento on November 28 by Steve Payan.
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:24PM