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Hoopa Valley Tribe Opposes Proposition 1 - by Dan Bacher
The Hoopa Valley Tribe joins the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Pulga Rancheria Concow Maidu Indians and a broad coalition of fishing groups, grassroots environmental organizations, family farmers, consumer organizations and a labor union in opposition to Prop. 1.
Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:16PM
Big Oil spends big money to stop fracking ban in Santa Barbara County - by Dan Bacher
The stakes are huge in this campaign by grassroots activists to stop fracking and other environmentally destructive oil extraction techniques. Documents recently obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity reveal that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms.
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:43PM
Bees Swarm Santa Cruz w/ new graphic "Sucked Dry: Drought and Privatization" - by Sakura Saunders
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St.
Event Date:Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:46AM
Governor Reveals True Intent of Prop. 1 - the Brown Water Plan - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla noted that Proposition 1 is closely allied to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a Brown scheme that is a reprise of the Peripheral Canal. The BDCP would authorize the construction of two gigantic trans-Delta tunnels that would devastate the Delta, cost $70 billion or more, and benefit corporate San Joaquin Valley farmers at the expense of citizen ratepayers.
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:25AM
The Home of the Free Speech Movement Suppresses Freedom of Speech - by Dan Bacher
"We were there Tuesday because the administration shut down the event about the privatization of a natural resource, water, at the site of resistance against the privatization of land," said Paula Jaramillo of Students for Engaged and Active Learning (SEAL). "We were shut down by someone who actively privatizes life itself through patenting GMOs."
Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:14PM
ALDF Petitions California to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions from Animal Agriculture - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
SAN FRANCISCO — On October 16, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a formal rulemaking petition with the California Air Resources Board to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture, as it does for the energy and transportation sectors. The petition calls on the agency to require factory farms to report greenhouse gas emissions to the Air Resources Board, which will “cap” these emissions. California’s groundbreaking cap-and-trade program stems ...
Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:19PM
Lawsuit to Protect Pinto Abalone From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change and Poaching - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today of their intent to sue the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the pinto abalone, an approximately six-inch snail with an iridescent inner shell that was once common in rocky, intertidal coasts from Alaska to Baja California.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:27PM
Big Oil Company Donates $250,000 to Yes on Proposition 1 Campaign - by Dan Bacher
It’s hard not to see the irony of a big oil company contributing $250,000 to a campaign for a water bond that allocates $900 million for alleged “groundwater sustainability” less than two weeks after the Center for Biological Diversity released state documents revealing that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms. Graphic of Jerry Brown courtesy of Red, Green...
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:47AM
California Leads the Way in the “Block the Boat” Movement - by Ben Norton, Counterpunch
Fighting the Occupation on the West Coast
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:27PM
Obama Selling Out California to Westlands Water District - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, the chairman and executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, observed the deal is bad for many water contractors, not just fisheries and the environment. “It would give Westlands a permanent water contract before all Endangered Species Act litigation is completed,” said Jennings. “In effect, this gives Westlands a leg up over other south-of-Delta contractors.” Photo of (center) Bill Jennings slamming Governor Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion w...
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:10AM
EASTWEST #5: An Anarchist Newspaper - by EASTWEST
EastWest is a free anarchist newspaper distributed from libraries to liquor stores, laundry mats to infoshops, across the bay area. Email us for copies if you cannot find one.
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:11AM
CREDO Action urges NO vote on Prop. 1, the California Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
CREDO joins Food and Water Watch and AFSCME 57 in opposing Prop. 1. The Con argument for Prop. 1 on the Progressive Voter Guide states: "Proposition 1 is an expensive and unfair taxpayer giveaway to special interests that won’t solve the drought or help secure our water future. It allocates over $3.6 billion, without oversight by the legislature, to build dams and pay for water transfers for corporate agribusiness. Prop 1 with interest will cost CA taxpayers $14.4 billion or $360 million pe...
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:54PM
Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California's Shores
Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:05PM
Brown Regime Gets Ugly Over State Water Project Contract Extension - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said the contract extension “is the equivalent of being told in the 20th year of your 30 year mortgage that you have to add another 30 years to pay for undisclosed costs, or else you will lose your home.”
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:12PM
WW 10-11-14 From Ferguson To Andy Lopez And Alex Nieto In California - by WorkWeek Radio KPFA
In special programming on KPFA WorkWeek radio we look at the connection between Ferguson and The Bay Area
Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:49PM
Massive dumping of wastewater into aquifers shows Big Oil's power in California - by Dan Bacher
The illegal dumping took place in a state where Big Oil is the most powerful corporate lobby and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is the most powerful corporate lobbying organization, alarming facts that the majority of the public and even many environmental activists are not aware of. An analysis of reports filed with the California Secretary of State shows that the oil industry collectively spent over $63 million lobbying California policymakers between January 1, 2009 and Ju...
Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:06PM
Corporate agribusiness showers big money on Proposition 1 - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow from Food and Water Watch noted, “Corporate agribusiness giants, including Stewart Resnick, are spending big to pass Proposition 1, a bloated $7.5 billion bond measure that would funnel more water to big agribusinesses at taxpayer expense. Prop 1 is a measure to quench their greed—it will not solve California’s water problems."
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 5:55PM
The water bond: A classic David and Goliath battle in California politics - by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 1 and 2 campaign has raised $6,621,946 and has spent $817,276, while the No on Proposition 1 campaign has raised a total of $71,000 and has spent $41,036 as of October 6, 2014,
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 4:45PM
KPFA Pacifica Flashpoints Slashed By Management With Collusion of CWA 9415 Union Officials - by repost
KPFA programmers Brian Edwards-Tiekert in collusion with management of KPFA and Pacifica ED Margy Wilkinson is seeking to destroy the activist news program Flashpoints by illegally laying off people without regard to seniority. They are doing this collusion with CWA 9415 union official Christine Huggins and pro-managment stewards at KPFA.
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 9:49AM
Corcoran Strike for Medical Care Leads to Hospitalization of Diabetic - by Solitary is Torture
After a week of hunger striking by three men inside Corcoran SHU and organizers calling and writing to the prison, we are happy to report that Kambui Robinson has been moved to the Acute Care Hospital in Corcoran for his diabetic complications, and the hunger strike is now ended.
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 7:31PM