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Event Date:Fri May 1, 2015 5:30AM
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:51AM
Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling - by Dan Bacher
“We have to close the loophole in state law that could allow for new offshore oil development,” Senator McGuire said. “After all of the work that we have done to protect our coast and our environment, it’s unconscionable to think that there is a loophole that could lead to additional drilling in state water. It poses too great a risk.”
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:55PM
Stewart Resnick expands almond acreage as cities forced to slash water use - by Dan Bacher
"It appears that Stewart Resnick is making Paramount Farms into a Wall Street bank that is too big to fail," quipped Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:12PM
CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies Supports Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions - by via NACCS
The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference took place in San Francisco from April 15-18, 2015. The business meeting, open to all members, took place on Saturday evening at the close of the conference. At the business meeting, the membership gave unanimous support to the Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. In addition, individual FOCOS (regional caucuses) and interest group Caucuses all voted to support the resolution.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:24PM
Alleging Labor Abuses, U.S. and Mexican Workers Call for Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries - by via Rachel Luban, In These Times
Driscoll's is headquartered in Watsonville, California. In 2008, Driscoll's was named "business of the year" by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The company has fields in California, Florida, Mexico, and Australia.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:54AM
Lawsuit Targets 30-year Plan for Marine Terminal Receiving Ships Full of Dangerous Crude - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups sued the California State Lands Commission on April 17 for approving a 30-year plan for refinery operations at a Suisun Bay marine terminal that will receive hundreds of tankers full of dangerous crude oil feedstocks, including highly explosive Bakken crude.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:30PM
Commission approves fishing closure on Sacramento River section - by Dan Bacher
Fishermen, Tribal leaders and environmentalists note that the drought itself is not the reason for the collapse of winter Chinook salmon, the near extinction of Delta smelt and the collapse of American River steelhead, as agency officials often claim. They point to poor management of our reservoirs and rivers by the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources during a record drought as the culprit behind record low populations of fish species that once numbered in t...
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:43PM
Center for Food Safety Condemns Monsanto’s Monarch Recovery Pledge as Greenwashing - by via Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety on April 6 sharply criticized Monsanto’s announcement that it is giving $4 million toward monarch population restoration. Two decades of the company’s top-selling crop system – Roundup Ready corn and soybeans – has nearly eradicated milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s sole source of food, in cropland in the monarch’s vital Midwest breeding ground.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:28PM
20th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair - by Matt Leonard
The Crucible, 1260 7th St at Union, Oakland, CA (2 blocks from West Oakland BART)
Event Date:Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:25PM
CHP emails: Anti-terrorism cops track #BlackLivesMatter folk - by MPetrelis
A public records request has produced files providing a lotta sunshine of law enforcement agencies in CA and the East Bay.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:13PM
Coastal Redwood Forests: Carbon Offsets or Climate Mitigation - by Tomas DiFiore
Private corporate industrial commercial timberlands in Mendocino County do not have the standing timber volume inventory to merit carbon sequestration offsets accreditation. Mendocino Redwood Company should not be paid a green certified cent by large scale industrial polluters to ship the remaining redwood forests to expanding markets overseas for carbon offsets. The forest carbon offset marketplace is consumer-product oriented. The short-rotation carbon-decay curve diminishes the intrinsic v...
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:06PM
RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care - by via California Nurses Association
Will California finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status?
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:26PM
Endangered Sperm Whale Washes Ashore at Pacifica Beach - by Joanna Nasar
A sperm whale washed ashore in Pacifica, the cause of its death is still unknown. Sperm whales are endangered and off the coast of California on of the main threats to their survival is the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, which sets out huge mega nets and indiscriminately catches, harms or kills whatever happens to swim into those nets.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:31AM
The Extinction Governor Rips the Green Mask off His Tunnels Plan - by Dan Bacher
“The new plan is a giant step backward,” said Chelsea Tu, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "If it goes through, this massive project’s boosters will be able to build these tunnels without having to do anything to protect our wildlife and waters — and will neatly sidestep input from the public.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:28AM
Zeke Grader, Legendary Fish Advocate, Honored at Sausalito Gathering - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader has served as a relentless defender of fishing families and fishery restoration not only in California but across the world for over three decades. He developed a close working relationship with Indian Tribes and recreational anglers, as well as with environmentalists and human rights activists. I wish the best to Zeke and his family in his retirement! Photo: Representative Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader display the Congressional Proclamation honoring Zeke for over three decades...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:55PM
California water restrictions must include Nestlé, Big Ag and Big Oil! - by Dan Bacher
Almond acreage in California has expanded by 70,000 acres, a total of 280,000 acre feet per year of new water demand, during the current drought, according to "On the Public Record" blog. Graphic courtesy of US Uncut
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:25PM
Koch Brothers-Backed Pension Slashing Measure Draws Protest in Sacramento - by Steven Maviglio
Reason Foundation Hosts Meeting with Tea Party's Carl DeMaio, Chuck Reed
Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:45PM
Western Pond Turtle Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a 2012 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and several renowned scientists and herpetologists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for the western pond turtle. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on the turtle, which faces declines of up to 99 percent in some areas, including Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 8:08PM
A whale of a conflict of interest: Big oil lobbyist's oversight of marine protected areas - by Dan Bacher
The Western State Petroleum Association President's role as Chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast is undoubtedly one of the most overt conflicts of interest in recent years, but it's just one example of the conflicts of interests that infest environmental politics in California.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 5:00PM