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Groups Sue to Stop Daily Train Deliveries of Toxic Crude Oil to Bakersfield Terminal - by Center for Biological Diversity
TAFT, Calif.— Community and environmental groups filed suit today (see PDF) over the expansion — orchestrated mostly in secret — of a crude oil operation in Kern County that could lead to a 1,000 percent increase in the amount of crude imported by rail into California each year.
Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:06PM
Federal fish agency opposes Shasta Dam raise - by Dan Bacher
“Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” said Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. "We can't be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide." Photo: Mark Miyoshi and Chief Caleen Sisk watch as Jesse Sisk and James Ward work on lighting the ceremonial fire. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:54PM
Nuclear Hotseat Show "Diablo Canyon Shutdown Special" - by Nuclear Hot Seat
A California conference was held to discuss the campaign to close the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant run by corrupt PG&E. This is an audio of some of the speakers
Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:31AM
Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released today shows a modest population rebound from last year’s lowest-ever count of 34 million butterflies, but is still the second lowest population count since surveys began in 1993. The population was expected to be up this winter due to favorable spring and summer weather conditions in the monarch’s U.S. and Canadian breeding areas, as butterfly populations fluctuate widely with changing weather. But the 56.5 milli...
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:09PM
EASTWEST #8: An Anarchist Newspaper - by EASTWEST
Bay area anarchist publication dealing with community and social struggles in our area. This issue touches on the continued rebellion against the police that we began to cover in the last issue.
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:04PM
New rules allow increased killing of Delta smelt as species nears extinction - by Dan Bacher
The decision by the Obama administration to more than double the permissable "take" limit of Delta smelt at the state and federal water export facilities is simply mind-boggling, especially just two days after a California Department of Fish and Wildlife fall survey revealed that the Delta smelt has declined to a record low population level. “As goes the Delta smelt, so goes the Delta,” said Bill Jennings, the executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “T...
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:50PM
UC Strike Called for January 27th - by via UAPD
The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by its student health centers will hold a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Tuesday, January 27th, starting at 7:30 am.
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:55PM
Merced Homeless Threatened - by Mike Rhodes
Caltrans says this homeless encampment is on public (State of California) land. If these homeless people can't live here (on the people's land), where can they live?
Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:37PM
Lawsuit Challenges California Plan Allowing Pesticide Spraying on Schools, Homes - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Eleven groups and the city of Berkeley sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture today (see PDF) over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas. California approved the program despite tens of thousands of public comment letters calling for a less toxic approach that would protect the vitality and resilience o...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:32PM
Petition: Urge Pope Francis to abandon his decision to canonize Junipero Serra - by via MoveOn.org
Urge Pope Francis to abandon his decision to canonize Junipero Serra as "the great evangalizer" and apologize to the descendants of thousands of indigenous Californians that died at the hands of Serra's Mission system. Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/urge-pope-francis-to
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:32PM
Groups criticize California work plan for water bond storage projects - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta and the Environmental Water Caucus told the California Water Commission that the Commission's work plan for the regulations and guidelines for implementing Chapter 8 of the water bond is "too narrow" for eligible projects. They also said the Commission should prioritize storage projects that do not require new surface water rights, and should prioritize sustainable water projects. Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Ba...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:32AM
Oil lobbyist/former MLPA chair praises release of fracking EIR - by Dan Bacher
“While we are pleased with the state's process on implementing Senate Bill 4, it is important to note the draft EIR contemplates hypothetical development scenarios and provides a high level review. To date, well stimulation in California has never been associated with any known adverse environmental impacts,” claimed Reheis-Boyd. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of South Coast marine protected areas created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act Initiative...
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:33PM
Jerry Brown's True "Green Legacy" - the Death of the Delta? - by Dan Bacher
Salmon, steelhead and other fish survived thousands of years of California's erratic weather, including long periods of droughts, massive floods and huge earthquakes, but they may not survive the policies of Jerry Brown, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham. Photo of opening day of steelhead season on the American River, January 1 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:25AM
California toxic waters rise despite decades of regulations and expenditure of $50 billion - by Patrick Porgans
Below is a groundbreaking report on how California toxic waters are rising despite decades of regulations and an expenditure of $50 billion. This report is very timely, considering the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's water bond, and the collapse of Delta smelt and other pelagic fish species and American River steelhead to record low population levels. For more information, go to: http://www.planetarysolutionaries.org
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:40AM
Cannabis Advocates Alliance Letter to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors - by Cannabis Advocates Alliance
Among other things, we are requesting: 1) that local patients be given a greater voice in re-drafting the County cannabis ordinances; 2) that the County draft clearer and more environmentally-friendly paths to compliance for patient-cultivators, and 3) that in re-drafting the existing ordinances the County preserve the minimal diversity of choice required for patients to have proper access to quality cannabis medicine.
Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:21PM
California Oil Officials Release Deeply Flawed Fracking Environmental Review - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO— California oil regulators today released a draft environmental review of fracking that fails to adequately analyze many major risks from fracking, including air and water pollution and risks to public health. The review by California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources was released even though state scientists are still six months away from completing their analysis of the risks and harms of the controversial form of oil and gas extraction.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:56PM
DPR Recommendations Leave Schoolchildren, Rural Communities At Risk from Pesticides - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform/MBCLC
Sacramento, CA – Today the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new “recommended restrictions” on the use of chloropicrin, a cancer-causing pesticide used widely on California strawberries. Health, environmental and rural advocates say that DPR ignored its own scientists in developing today’s proposal, and that the recommended restrictions fall far short of protecting schoolchildren and rural residents from harmful exposures to the toxic pesticide.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:01PM
National Efforts for Police Accountability and Community Empowerment Must Include Salinas - by via Luis J. Rodriguez
Most of the poor and Spanish-speaking population lives in East Salinas, on the “wrong side” of the 101 Freeway. On the west end are predominately better-off communities. Some people call this divide the “lettuce” curtain. From March through July of this year, police killed four East Salinas residents who had no weapons, save work tools like a leafing knife, shears, or a common cell phone. One young woman videotaped officers with guns drawn against one of those residents; the man appea...
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:43PM
Statewide Tour Urges Governor Brown to Stop Fracking - by Dan Bacher
“California is at a crossroads," said David Braun of Californians Against Fracking and an organizer of the tour. "Our governor and our elected officials need to decide if we’re going to be a real leader on climate change, or if we will continue to allow fracking and other dangerous extractions methods that put our communities and environment at risk." Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:16AM
Tunnel critics respond to secret settlement as Delta smelt nears extinction - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla stated, “The idea that the Westlands Water District can secretly negotiate a settlement with the Federal Government that secures Westlands’ water rights, by circumventing state water rights, and that lets Westlands walk away from hundreds of millions of dollars of debt that they owe to U.S. taxpayers is incomprehensible."
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:37PM