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Why should Californians pay for $50 billion tunnel boondoggle? - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta (RTD) responded to Meral’s latest claim by asking, “So why then should rate payers from Southern California and tax payers throughout the state be asked to pick up the tab for a $50 billion project that will not make more water for Southern California or save the Delta? Photo of Jerry Meral at BDCP meeting by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 12:19PM
Occupy the Farm Work Party & Land Occupation - by Occupy the Farm
San Pablo and Monroe, Albany CA
Event Date:Sat May 25, 2013 5:00PM
Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:42PM
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) threatened in San Francisco (audio/mpeg 1.4MB) - by KPFA Evening News, 05.18.2013
California's most important environmental law, the California Environmental Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), is under attack, and activists are trying to make sure the act will still hold sway in San Francisco. CEQA requires corporations and landholders to provide public information about potential environmental impacts of their projects in advance. A statewide coalition recently blocked attempts to weaken CEQA at the state level, but now San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has proposed ...
Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 5:27PM
California Trust Act Moves Forward - by Steve Pleich
Trust and Equal Protection Under the Law
Posted: Sun May 19, 2013 2:50PM
UC & FEMA Tree Removal in East Bay Hills - Public Meeting - by Hchapot
Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Ave., Oakland.
Event Date:Sat May 18, 2013 10:00AM
Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:13PM
Delta Stewardship Council Adopts Plan Amidst Massive Opposition - by Dan Bacher
Nicky Suard, owner of Snug Harbor Resorts in Walnut Grove on the Delta, summed up the lack of credible science in the Delta Plan and the EIR when she described it as "Salad Bowl Science," where the plan officials "pick and choose" the science to justify their pre-determined goals. "Don't pass this plan," Suard urged the Council. "It will destroy the Delta and everything in it." Photo of Wendy Stokes, Chair of Restore the Delta, speaking at the protest at the Delta Stewardship Council m...
Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 12:43PM
Three fracking moratorium bills pass Assembly Resources Committee - by Dan Bacher
Kristin Lynch, Pacific region director for Food and Water Watch, said the Natural Resources Committee “sided with the people of California” when it voted to advance legislation that places a moratorium on fracking. “From the food that California farmers grow today to the long-term future of our state’s water resources and air, California’s economy and vital resources hang in the balance if we allow fracking to continue in California,” stated Lynch. Photo courtesy of Food an...
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 4:08PM
Counter-Currents on the Run! - by Circle Ansuz Bay Area Leidang
The Circle Ansuz Bay Area Leidang has been actively pursuing Counter-Currents Publishing for the last several months. We have recently learned they are claiming to have left the Bay Area and have moved to San Diego, CA.
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:28AM
Brightman Family Evicted from Our Home Need Help Moving - by Quanah Brightman
Brightman Family has Been Evicted from Our Home of Over 26 Years, and that We Must Be Completely Moved Out By Wednesday June 5th 2013 by 4pm. Please Donate to Help us Move. United Native Americans,Inc. 2434 Faria Ave Pinole, CA 94564 (510)672-7187 BANK OF THE WEST ACCOUNT NUMBER # 106012446 http://www.gofundme.com/2smvf4
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:03AM
Police Raid Volunteer Farm, arrest 4, & illegally abuse UC Berkeley student - by Teresa Smith
Summary: On Monday, university police raided the all-volunteer farm at the Gill Tract. Four people were arrested. One of them was Brooke Marino, a geography student from UC Berkeley, who was standing on a public sidewalk outside the property. As seen in the vdieo footage, Marino was being nonviolent. Police, however, put her in a "pain compliance hold" and carried her by her neck across the street. Civil Rights attorney Dan Siegel witnessed this, and says the police broke the law by bypas...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 10:19AM
Bay-Delta salmon population just one fifth of mandated goal - by Dan Bacher
“After two closed salmon fishing seasons in 2008 and 2009, and a token season in 2010, fishermen are fishing again, but we remain far below the abundant runs required by law,” said Zeke Grader, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association and GGSA board member. “Stronger Delta pumping restrictions are paying off but we have to finish the job and get these salmon runs rebuilt.” Photo of commercial salmon fishing boat outside of the Golden Gate by Dan B...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2013 8:24AM
Barrigan-Parrilla will oppose Delta tunnels at Senate hearing - by Dan Bacher
"We oppose the rush to build a project that would exterminate salmon runs, destroy sustainable family farms and saddle taxpayers with tens of billions in debt, mainly to benefit a small number of huge corporate agribusinesses on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta (RTD). Photo of Governor Jerry Brown, flanked by California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, at the press con...
Posted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:18AM
Desal Advocacy and Conflict of Interest - Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District - by Paul Gratz
Last week at the so-called special joint study session, the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District rolled out their advocacy campaign to build political and public acceptance for the desal EIR study and approval of the regional desal plant. All eyes are now on Santa Cruz , which should be considered the litmus test for the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary’s desal future. If the Santa Cruz “expandable” regional desal plant is approved, then desal industry leaders can easily pur...
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 10:02PM
More Links between Drakes Bay Oyster Co., Right-Wing Groups - by EAC of West Mariin
With a hearing scheduled in the 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court tomorrow, May 14th, the long-scheduled closure of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company has become a cause celebre of well-funded conservative groups, as they seek to overturn the Interior Department’s decision so they can open more of our protected public lands to oil and gas exploration.
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:08PM
Costa introduces legislation to strip ESA protections for Delta fish - by Dan Bacher
"Congressman Jim Costa’s call to restrict the Endangered Species Act gets to the heart of the problem with current management of the Delta, as well as Governor Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "Five times more in water rights has been promised to water takers than what exists in the watershed. Rep. Costa’s solution is to simply further deprive the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, the Delta...
Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:42AM
Escaped Guantanamo Prisoners Spotted on BART - by Kate
As the massive hunger strike among prisoners at Guantanamo enters its third month, Bay Area activists took to the rails to raise awareness of this escalating human rights violation.
Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 9:28PM
Liberate the Land Party! Occupy the Farm Returns to Gill Tract - by Occupy the Farm
Meet up at Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave!
Event Date:Sat May 11, 2013 12:00PM
Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:48AM
Brown and Obama administrations set Oct. 1 deadline for draft tunnel plan - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, responded to the state-federal announcement by stating, “The governor’s new Oct. 1 deadline is an attempt to thread the needle between pressure from the water-takers, who are threatening to stop paying for the BDCP, and the delay he faces because the science stubbornly still shows his tunnels would kill the Delta."
Posted: Thu May 9, 2013 5:18PM
Sierra Club California Condemns Governor's Delta Policy - by Dan Bacher
Based on recently released chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the tunnel proposal “will be disastrous for the environment, the cultural resources and the economy in the Delta,” the letter from Sierra Club California says.
Posted: Tue May 7, 2013 5:58PM
California Homeless Bill Of Rights Supercharges Incredible Hulkamania - by carol harvey
Angry Chamber of Commerce Man transmogrifies into Corporate Hulk roaring across the Web,“The Unhoused are rejecting attempts to disappear them and are claiming equal rights!”
Posted: Thu May 2, 2013 1:58PM