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image Appeals Court rules in favor of Delta smelt 120_5_15_08_img_2324lg.jpg original image ( 2184x1456) - by Dan Bacher
Trent Orr, Earthjustice staff attorney, said, “Today’s decision strongly reinforces the requirement of the Endangered Species Act that if, the Bureau of Reclamation has any discretion in negotiating long-term water contracts to benefit a listed species, the agency must exercise that discretion to ensure that the contracts do not harm the species. The court found that the Bureau does have such discretion." Photo of Delta smelt courtesy of California Department of Water Resources.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:36PM
image Howard Jarvis Taxpayers and sustainable water advocates slam tunnel plan 120_delta-protection-campaign-image.jpg original image ( 511x349) - by Dan Bacher
“C-WIN is looking forward to working with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and any other group of concerned citizens in the campaign to stop the BDCP,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of C-WIN. “This fight transcends the usual political divisions. It’s about the responsible use of taxpayer money, and it’s about making government accountable to the people – all the people.” California Delta photo courtesy of C-WIN.
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:18PM
image California Wolf-protection Decision Postponed 90 Days by Commission 120_gray_wolf_northern_rockies_nps_fpwc.jpg original image ( 294x448) - by Center for Biological Diversity
VENTURA, Calif.— After hearing several hours of public testimony from an overflow crowd of more than 200 people and receiving more than 2,600 pages of comments, California Fish and Game commissioners voted on Wednesday to postpone until July their decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. In the surprise decision, the commission said the law allowed it the option of deferring the decision for up to 90 days, during which the public-comment period will be ...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:18PM
image Phil Isenberg on Board of Bechtel Foundation-Funded PPIC 120_1_salonideal.jpg original image ( 580x340) - by Dan Bacher
The relationship between Bechtel and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is so close that the PPIC's conference center is named the "Bechtel Conference Center." Photo of Bechtel Conference Center by PPIC.
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:39AM
document Dueling Quotes And Arguments Re: Possible Diablo Canyon Plant Health Effects 0-0000-0-0-rebuttalofhealth_concerns_from_dcnpp.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by John Thielking
A scathing rebuttal of a recent report that seemed to link the operation of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant to health problems in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County is presented (and disputed).
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:53AM
image Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan Lacks Answers 120_10250194_10152144447004563_7596473937802456965_n.jpg original image ( 403x321) - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, executive director, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), said, “If they cannot explain in the implementation agreement how the 40,000 pages of fantasy in the BDCP and the EIR are going to be implemented or financed, then how can the public be expected to comment effectively by June 13, 2014, or any date for that matter?”
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:04PM
image Class Size and Class Struggle: Organizing Lessons from the UCSC Strike 120_uc-santa-cruz-strike-4-3-2014-28-scpd-dan-flippo.jpg original image ( 700x593) - by J. Brahinsky, A. Haider, S. Smith
“I appre­ci­ate the calm and pro­fes­sional man­ner in which UC police han­dled this morning’s chal­lenge,” wrote Exec­u­tive Vice Chan­cel­lor Ali­son Gal­loway in an offi­cial email about our April 2-3 strike at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia. This was just after one of us was dragged to the ground and forcibly arrested after pub­licly announc­ing an inten­tion to legally picket, and com­ply­ing with police demands to turn around.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:38PM
image Secretary John Laird, ocean 'protector' 120_john-laird-photo.jpg original image ( 300x300) - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that the oceans are in deep trouble with folks like Secretary John Laird and Senator Fran Pavley in charge of "ocean protection" in California. Laird is one of the worst Natural Resources Secretaries for fish, oceans and the environment in California history.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:05AM
text Small Allocations for Wildlife Refuges in 2014 Drought Plan Signal a Brutal Year for Birds - by Audubon California
Sacramento, CA - While certainly every water stakeholder in California will feel pain under a new drought operations plan released on April 9 by the California Department of Water Resources, Central Valley refuges and the millions of migratory birds they support will be particularly hard hit. Representatives of Audubon California today called for a greater commitment to supporting these critical habitat areas.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:31PM
image Friends of the River stands up for the First Amendment 120_unknown__11_.jpg original image ( 320x213) - by Dan Bacher
Bob Wright, Senior Counsel for Friends of the River, said, “The BDCP Water Tunnels project is in reality a dagger aimed at the hearts of the Sacramento River and the San Francisco Bay-Delta as well as a pickpocket after the wallets of California taxpayers and ratepayers. That is why the BDCP agencies are afraid to post the comments. They are afraid of the truth.” Photo of Bob Wright of Friends of the River at a rally at the State Capitol against the tunnels in December 2013. Photo by ...
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:08PM
text Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption - by Michael Thornton, Sierra Club California
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption. Highlights Need to Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground. Shows Additional Reasons for Halting "Fracking" and Extreme Oil Extraction in California and Beyond.
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:56AM
text Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort - by Audubon California
San Francisco - California's birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback on April 11. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the "Monterey Shores Eco-resort."
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:32AM
text The leftist protest ghetto and the anarchist subculture - by Kevin Keating
A review of 'Fireworks Issue 3.'
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:07AM
image California Senate Committee approves fracking moratorium bill 120_603645_584446214996460_8874886975871689032_n.jpg original image ( 526x394) - by Dan Bacher
"A moratorium on fracking is a crucial and necessary measure towards protecting California's water and family farmers,” said Adam Scow, California Director of Food and Water Watch. “We applaud the Senate Committee's passage of SB 1132 to stop the oil industry's irresponsible and harmful pollution of our water, air, and soil." Photo of packed hearing room at the State Capitol as the Senate Committee discussed Senate Bill 1132. Photo courtesy of Californians Against Fracking.
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 1:31PM
text Treatment for Mentally Ill Offenders - by Brenda Olave Campbell
This is an editorial regarding the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 (H.R. 401/ S. 162) and the treatment of mentally ill offenders. Santa Cruz has developed innovative programs to provide individuals diagnosed with mental illness treatment rather than incarceration; other counties can learn and implement something similar if they had the funding.
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:35PM
document Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Pacific Bluefin Tuna Fishing petition_for_rulemaking_to_end_pacific_bluefin_tuna_fishing.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a legal petition (see PDF) urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to prohibit fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna, which has suffered a 96 percent decline since large-scale fishing began. News of the population’s historic low triggered a requirement for the Pacific Fishery Management Council to recommend new regulations for managing Pacific bluefin tuna by Tuesday, April 8. The council, though, declined to take any action t...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:06PM
document Oil Lobby spending in California increases by 400 percent bil_oil_floods_the_capitol_4.1.14v2.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
The rise of oil industry spending documented in the report corresponds directly with the increase in fracking in Monterey Shale deposits in Kern County, coastal areas and Southern California ocean waters – and the creation of so-called "marine protected areas" that fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, pollution, military testing and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering. Oil companies have fracked offshore wells at least 203 times over the past 20 years in ...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:03AM
image San Benito County Residents Halfway to Signature Goal for Fracking Ban Ballot Initiative 120_san-benito-rising-1.jpg original image ( 720x960) - by Alex Darocy
Community members in San Benito are hoping they will be the first "frontline" county in California to ban fracking and other methods of extreme oil and gas extraction. Since late March, volunteers across the county have begun collecting signatures for a fracking ban initiative they hope to have on the 2014 ballot in November. Progress is moving quickly: after only two weeks of collecting signatures, the organization San Benito Rising announced they are nearly halfway through their drive. [Top...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 6:20PM
text Public housing tenants to pay higher rents - by Lynda Carson
Many public housing tenants are now facing major rent increases according to Section 210 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Act of 2014. The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547) affecting public housing tenants was passed by a Senate vote of 72 to 26 on January 16, 2014, and shortly after was signed into law by President Obama.
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 3:10AM
image Riot Squads Return, Police Shut Down UCSC Campus on Second Day of UAW Strike 120_uc-santa-cruz-strike-4-3-2014-1-uaw-local-2865.jpg original image ( 700x466) - by Alex Darocy
Graduate and undergraduate student demonstrators at UC Santa Cruz continued to face university intimidation during the second day of the UAW Unfair Labor Practices strike on April 3. During both days of the strike, riot police were outfitted and deployed at the west entrance of campus. Two individuals were arrested on April 3, which followed the 20 arrests that were made the previous day by University of California police. Additionally, the university continued to video tape legal strike acti...
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 3:23PM

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