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Feds fund captive breeding program for Delta smelt - by Dan Bacher
"If Delta smelt, once the most numerous species in the estuary, and winter Chinook and other species lingering on the brink of extinction go extinct, the state water board and the state and federal fishery agencies will be the responsible policies," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:02AM
New Report: Cancer-causing pesticide found in the air; Chavez Day call for reform - by Mark Weller
In honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a diverse coalition of farmworker groups, labor unions, teachers, parents and scientists will release new local information about pesticide threats – including powerful results from “Drift Catcher” pesticide air monitoring in Watsonville – and call for specific reforms relating to the use of pesticides. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez was the country’s most prominent advocate for pesticide reform, fasting 36 consecutive day...
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:30AM
Respect the People, Respect the Ancestors - DENOUNCE SERRA - by
Carmel Mission, 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
Event Date:Sun Apr 5, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:34PM
Westlands Water District hires Rep. Nunes' chief of staff - by Dan Bacher
"The District is excited about Johnny joining the District’s staff," said Thomas Birmingham, Westlands’ General Manager. “His prior work with elected officials at all levels of government in the San Joaquin Valley and other regions of the state will be instrumental in helping to forge a unified Valley position on potential solutions to address the Valley’s chronic water supply shortages.” Map of Westlands Water District courtesy of http://wwd.ca.gov/
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:36PM
Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento - by Dan Bacher
Representatives of the "Crunch Nestlé Alliance" said the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during a record drought. They claim Sacramento City Hall has made it possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway." Photo of protest in front of the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento on March 20 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:01PM
Expert Panel Releases Initial Marijuana Policy Report, Announces Public Phase - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – An initial progress report released today by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, identifies three key issues related to the possibility of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults to which the commission has devoted significant research and analysis during the past 18 months.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:07PM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement Begin - by Willow Katz
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC), began March 23, 2015. Actions were held in California from San Diego to Arcata (Arcata/Eureka, LA, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Cruz) and in Philadelphia, PA. More locations to come on April 23rd and the 23rd of each month. Below is a report from just one locality, Santa Cruz, which took a creative approach.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:13PM
New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County - by Bradley Allen
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:52AM
Prop.13 Reform Rally @ Chevron Refinery - by Emil Margolis
Washington Park (W Cutting Blvd and S Garrard Blvd, Richmond, CA 94801)
Event Date:Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:30AM
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:20PM
Petition for "Strategic Release" for Abdul Olugbala Shakur - by Steve Martinot
Abdul Olugbala Shakur is a political prisoner, one of the organizers of the Cal. prison hunger strikes, and a founder of the George Jackson University. He has stayed involved in black communities and the struggle for justice even while in prison. This is a petition to try to win parole for him.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:26AM
Board of Supervisors Vote on Medicinal Cannabis in Santa Cruz County! - by
Santa Cruz County Building 701 Ocean Street, room 525 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:50AM
Drought legislation must target agribusiness and Big Oil - by Dan Bacher and Others
“If the Governor was serious about protecting our water he would issue a moratorium on fracking to stop the ongoing pollution of 2 million gallons per day of fresh water and stop the ongoing dumping of oil wastewater into our aquifers. California’s aquifers are crucial and must be protected in order to save and store water for the future," said Scow. Photo courtesy of Stop Fooling California.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:09PM
Zafar of PUC: 75 yo Woman CutOff by PG&E "Shouldn't Manipulate Her Age & Fragility" - by J Hart
The CPUC claims that it “serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates.“ Yet internal e-mails show betrayal of the public interest, and state-sponsored tolerance, even sponsorship, of elder abuse .
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:21PM
Monarch Butterflies in North America Found to be Vulnerable to Extinction - by via The Xerces Society
PORTLAND, Ore.—A newly completed assessment has found that monarch butterflies in North America are vulnerable to extinction. The assessment was undertaken by NatureServe and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and results were published in a report released by the U.S. Forest Service on March 9 (see PDF).
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:21AM
BA Protests Visit Of Turkey Tech Minister Fikri Isik 3/17 To 3/23 -Stop Attack On Rights - by Turkish American Gezi Platform (TAGP)
Protests will be held against Fikri Isik, the Republic of Turkey’s Minister of Science, Technology and Industry for suppressing democratic communication rights.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:00PM
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) to start 3/23/15 - by PHSS Outreach Committee
Statewide Coordinated Actions every month respond to the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers’ November 2013 Proposals: “ We want to consider the idea of designating a certain date each month as Prisoner Rights Day. On that date each month prisoners across the state would engage in peaceful activities to call attention to prison conditions. At the same time our supporters would gather in locations throughout California to expose CDCR’s [CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] actions...
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:38PM
Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought - by Dan Bacher and Others
Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names.
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:30PM
Pit River Tribe and Allies Rally to Protect Medicine Lake - by Dan Bacher
“Medicine Lake is a sacred place and it needs to be protected at all costs,” said Pit River Tribal Chairman Mickey Gemmill. “We’re trying to preserve our culture and Medicine Lake is part of the beginning of our people. If we allow these corporations to come in and frack, we could lose that chance to bring back that part of our culture. So we’re asking the Calpine Corporation to step back and leave the Medicine Lake Highlands alone.” Photo of Medicine Lake defenders in front of...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:39PM
Lawsuits Charge Police Agencies with Refusing to Disclose Information about StingRay Use - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – The ACLU on March 10 filed lawsuits against the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Anaheim Police Department, charging that the two agencies refuse to produce documents related to their use of StingRays.
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:34PM