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Tell Governor Brown No to the Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
A total of $240 million has already been spent on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels - and it will take another $1.2 billion to complete the design and planning for the government boondoggle. Why throw more good money after bad? Now's the time for the Brown administration to flush its twin tunnels plan down the toilet of history before it costs taxpayers, water district and ratepayers even more than it already has.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:37AM
Fundraiser Dinner for Kevin and Tyler - by
On Magnolia between 32nd and 34th. Look for signs! In case of rain, the event will be held indoors at a space located at 45th and Adeline.
Event Date:Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:00PM
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 6:10PM
Court Rejects Plan to Clearcut California Redwoods for Vineyard - by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA ROSA, Calif.— Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum has rejected a plan to clearcut 154 acres of Northern California redwoods to plant vineyards for a winery. The proposal for an area in northwestern Sonoma County was challenged by the Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Gualala River. In response, Judge Daum said the state’s “environmental impact report” for Artesa Winery’s forest-to-vineyard project violates the Ca...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:33AM
December 19: a dark day for science and the ocean - by Dan Bacher
The mainstream media, state officials and corporate "environmentalists" refuse to discuss one of the biggest scandals regarding the creation of these marine protected areas - the terminally flawed and incomplete science that these MPAs were based upon and the alarming fact that Ron LeValley of Eureka, the co-chair of the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team that oversaw the crafting of these alleged "Yosemites of the Sea," is now awaiting trial on federal conspiracy to embezzle charges. M...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:04AM
Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday - by Dan Bacher
The tunnel plan is based on the false premise that you can restore a river system by stealing more water from it.
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 7:56PM
Over 3500 People Attend Indigenous Peoples Annual Sunrise Gathering - by Dan Bacher
“As we gather today to celebrate, we do not celebrate the re-write of history that has become Thanksgiving," said Andrea Carmen, Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council. "We celebrate our survival as indigenous people. In reality, on this day so long ago, 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation were slaughtered during their sacred Green Corn ceremonies by Pilgrims they had saved during the winter months with their own food." Photo of Radley Davis, Morning ...
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 5:48PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the 'most realistic plan' - by Dan Bacher
How will the tunnels benefit salmon, steelhead and other species when they are in fact only spreading the fish carnage from the South Delta to the Sacramento River also? The massacre of Central Valley salmon, steelhead, Sacramento splittail, American shad, striped bass and other species will continue when the South Delta pumps are operating - while the new intake facilities on the Sacramento River will imperil migrating salmon, steelhead and other fish in their major migratory corridor.
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 10:40AM
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay DEC 2013: "Youth & Education Movements" (audio/mpeg 94.0MB) - by Radio Autonomía
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay DEC 2013 SHOW "Youth & Education Movements"
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 12:35AM
Fifteen people arrested at Walmart protest in Roseville - by Dan Bacher
“We're standing with Walmart Associates across the nation today,” said Meisha Bradley, who works at the Florin Road Walmart and is a member of OUR Walmart, an organization working for higher pay and better treatment of the retail giant's workers. “I consider this protest to be a big success - we got young and old people here today and we’re going to win this fight together." Photo: Protesters block the street prior to the arrests. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:21PM
State will hold public meetings on EIR for fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
You know that this legislation won't protect the land, water, fish, wildlife and people of California from the expansion of fracking when a big oil lobbyist praises the draft regulations.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:19PM
Walmarting the rivers and oceans - by Dan Bacher
The Walton Family Foundation reported “investments” totaling more than $91.4 million in “environmental initiatives” in 2012, including contributions to corporate “environmental” NGOs pushing ocean privatization through the “catch shares” programs and so-called “marine protected areas” like those created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, as well as to groups supporting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnel...
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:44PM
BART Board of Directors unilaterally amend union-approved contract - by World Socialist Website (repost)
A month after the latest strike by transit workers, which was called off by the unions after only four days, on the basis of an agreement that accepts most of management’s key demands: * Directors of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board reject a clause of a labor contract previously approved by workers' unions. * The cost of the clause is relatively minor compared to increased pension and health care costs for workers. * The action expresses the vindictiveness of BART management, backed by ...
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:09PM
Toxic: Flash Mob Against Fracking in California (video/ogg 84.0MB) - by mark
Flash mobbers targeted a Jerry Brown event in San Francisco to send a message: Ban Fracking Now!
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:12PM
California Democratic Party’s Environmental Caucus Rejects Drakes Bay Oyster Co. - by Amy Trainer
In three key votes, the Environmental Caucus overwhelmingly supported Drakes Estero Wilderness by 3 to 1 margin and rejected support of Drakes Bay Oyster Company.
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:40AM
Peripheral tunnels won't address subsidence threat to Central Valley - by Dan Bacher
"They’ve exhausted their own groundwater supply, and now they are coming after the Delta and upstream rivers to support farms that are not environmentally and economically sustainable," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "Sending them water is like enabling a drug addict. Is the state’s entire water supply to be sacrificed for almonds to export to China?"
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:28PM
Westlands officials ponder big buy-in on Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Lloyd G. Carter
Following the 90-minute workshop, Westlands directors went into executive session to discuss, among other things, whether they want to participate further in BDCP financing. It is unknown if Westlands is comparison shopping by talking with bond underwriters other than Houston, who has done bond work for Westlands in the past. Photo of Hoopa Valley Tribe protest against Westlands Water District in Fresno on August 21 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:44AM
Congresswoman Lois Capps calls for offshore fracking moratorium - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, urged people to support a ban on fracking in California. "California's new draft fracking rules Are BAD," she said. "Tell Governor Brown that weak regulations won't cut it. We need a ban!" "Regulations don't make fracking any safer - no water for fracking at the expense of the Tribal ceremonies and salmon habitat," Sisk stated. Photo of offshore oil drilling platform courtesy of: http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/offshore-oil-dr...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:26PM
Glass War - by Tech Antagonist
New article from FireWorks, a "bay anarchist counterinformation project" about the new google glass barge and its implications.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:10PM
9th Circuit Asks DOI to Respond to Drakes Bay Oyster Company's En Banc Petition - by Protect Our Shoreline News
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the United States government through the Department of the Interior (DOI) and National Park Service (NPS) whether the denial of an appeal by Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) for an injunction should be reheard en banc. DBOC's attorneys filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in October. The DOI/NPS have until December 2 to respond.
Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:53PM
State Water Project initial allocation only 5% - after summer of reservoir draining - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), emphasized, "There is no limit to the gall of these folks. They killed 98.9 percent of the Delta smelt population and now they are blaming the 1.1 percent that are left for causing operational constraints on pumping? Then they wiped out 99.7 percent of the longfin smelt - and now they are blaming the remaining three-tenths of 1 percent for operational constraints on public trust water as they continu...
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:32PM