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Environmental Water Caucus Unveils Real-Time Drought Response - by Dan Bacher
"With a history of recurring drought in California- 40% of recent years have been drought level years -California ought to be well prepared for these conditions. Instead we have another of the usual 'emergency drought proclamations' from the Governor," said Nick Di Croce, Co-Facilitator of the Environmental Water Caucus.
Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:57PM
Frack to the Future: Interview with Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity on Fracking - by FireWorks
As the the drought, global climate chaos, and the fallout of industrial capitalism continues to be felt throughout the world, the issue of fracking looms as a potential for mass struggle against resource extraction - especially within California. Across North America, many indigenous groups are already waging various battles over fracking and the removal of resources from their lands. Catching up with the group Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity (SCIS), we asked them their thoughts on the possi...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 6:04PM
Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial Kern Water Bank - by Dan Bacher
The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network and Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release regarding the ruling on their Monterey-Plus lawsuit. The court agreed with them that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) failed to properly consider the environmental impacts of the operation of the Kern Water Bank. "We respectfully disagree with the court’s conclusion on aspects of the case involving amendments to the Stat...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 9:46AM
March 5-6 UCSC Hahn Occupation Statement - by Autonomous Students
March 5-6 UCSC Hahn Occupation Statement
Posted: Thu Mar 6, 2014 10:55AM
Map reveals tunnels will supply water for agribusiness, fracking - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director for Food and Water Watch, said, “It's unfair for the Governor to make Californians subsidize water use and abuse by corporate agribusiness and oil companies, especially in a drought and in a bad economy."
Posted: Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:05AM
Rally on Mission Safeway to Label GMOs! - by
Santa Cruz Safeway 2111 Mission St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Fri Mar 7, 2014 11:00AM
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 7:14PM
The California Drought: Is this the big one? - by Alex Smith
Despite recent rains, California's reservoirs are near empty, snow-pack light, and groundwater depleted. Four experts on a drought that really started in 2006, impacts on economy, food, farming, and nature.Dr. Peter Gleick, Dr. Jay Famiglietti, David Schroeder, Dr. Reagan Waskom
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 4:16PM
As UC Continues Bad Faith Bargaining with Patient Care Workers, ULP Strike Vote Scheduled - by AFSCME 3299
Oakland: The University of California’s largest union, AFSCME 3299, has announced that its 13,000 Patient Care Technical Workers will vote on whether to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice Strike on March 12th and 13th.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:19PM
Salmon Committee Slams Peripheral Tunnel Plan - by Dan Bacher
The letter states, "BDCP promotes the unscientific scientific hypothesis that habitat restoration can substitute for flows. However, the State Water Resources Control Board has already indicated that Delta inflows and outflows are presently insufficient to help listed species recover their former abundance. BDCP would reduce Delta outlow, which contributes to the decreases in salmon smolt survival rates modeled by BDCP."
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 9:20AM
San Rafael Passes California’s 100th Plastic Bag Ban - by Environment California
San Rafael—The City Council voted unanimously tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. San Rafael is the 100th California community to ban plastic bags. Nearly 1 in 3 Californians, 12.3 million in all, now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 8:18PM
Soledad Prison Psychiatrist Convicted of Grand Theft - by California Prison News
Last week in Monterey Superior Court, Dr. Pedro Eva of Soledad was convicted of grand theft and submitting false claims to the State of California. Dr. Eva and four other doctors were over billing the State of California for services rendered at Salinas Valley State Prison, which is located in Soledad.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 5:53PM
Don't Frack California - by Tia Lebherz
The State Capitol Lawn, Sacramento, CA
Event Date:Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 12:49PM
Farmers target four Sprouts locations to save Gill Tract farm - by Boycott Sprouts
On Saturday afternoon, urban farmers demonstrated at Sprouts grocery chain locations in Petaluma, Fremont, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View. The farmers held banners, distributed flyers, and mic-checked messages urging customers to shop elsewhere until the chain agrees not to pave over the historic Gill Tract farm in Albany.
Posted: Sat Mar 1, 2014 10:16PM
The Big Oil Governor announces run for fourth term - by Dan Bacher
Brown avoided discussing the highly unpopular Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the twin tunnels, saying only, "I pledge my full commitment to bringing all the disparate parties together and working to achieve sensible, scientific and sustainable water policies."
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:45PM
California ocean salmon season looks promising - by Dan Bacher
Marci Yaremko, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) representative on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) answers a question about the upcoming salmon season as Dan Wolford, PFMC chair, listens at the CDFW meeting in Santa Rosa on February 26. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:33PM
AFSCME 3299 Cancels Strike, Announces "Historic" Agreement for UC Service Workers - by AFSCME Local 3299
Oakland: The University of California and AFSCME 3299 have reached an historic, tentative, 4-year contract agreement for the system’s 8300 Service Workers. As a result, next week’s scheduled strike by AFSCME 3299 represented UC workers has been cancelled.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:59PM
California family farmers band together to fight fracking - by Dan Bacher
“Water is the lifeblood of a farm — without clean, affordable water we cannot grow food,” said the Shafter almond farmer Tom Frantz, who caught on video the illegal dumping of fracking wastewater in an unlined pit next to an almond orchard. “This drought has already put many of California’s small and midsized farms on the brink. To allow fracking on some of California’s most fertile agricultural land will further devastate California’s bucolic heritage. I don’t think this is t...
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:56AM
Water Wars: Hood California, The Town Los Angeles Drank - by Razer Ray
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would bore two tunnels longer than the English-French Chunnel underneath the California Delta. The locals don’t like that, but their real worry is that the tunnels will be used to drain the Delta’s fresh water—in effect, wiping out the farmers here in favor of bigger southern producers. Their worries are NOT baseless…
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:32AM
Not one drop of water for California fracking! - by Dan Bacher
The state has promised 5-1/2 times more water rights than the water that actually exists, according to Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). We can’t afford shipping more water from the Delta to support an environmentally destructive practice that pollutes groundwater supplies in Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley, a region already overwhelmed with pollution by selenium and other toxins caused by the irrigation of drainage impaired land on t...
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:59AM
UC Student Worker Justice Network Demands Fair Contract for AFSCME 3299 Workers - by UC Student Worker Justice Network
We, the Student Worker Justice Network, are a coalition of students, staff, faculty and community members working for fair wages and just working conditions for UC workers, and we demand a fair contract for AFSCME 3299 service workers in the University of California system.
Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:49PM