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Laird announces release of Marine Protected Areas 'Partnership Plan' - by Dan Bacher
The MLPA Initiative, called an "open, transparent and inclusive" process by Laird, other state officials and corporate "environmentalists," was anything but. The process was characterized by its private funding by the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation; its failure to create authentic marine protected areas; numerous conflicts of interests, including the leadership of the South Coast process by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association; incomplete and terminally flawed science; ...
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:04AM
New report documents Big Oil's huge increase in lobbying expenses! - by Dan Bacher
The Western States Petroleum Association spent a record $4 million in the last three months alone, more than twice historical levels. WSPA has spent more than $7 million so far in 2014, leading all statewide lobbying by a wide margin. The group paid nearly $2.5 million to KP Public Affairs, the state’s highest paid lobbying firm, in 2013-2014.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:42PM
Fuck the Regents and Fuck Jerry Brown Too - by via Education Should Be Free!
The alternative to tuition hikes proposed by Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is to turn the UCs into 3-year degree granting institutions. He wants to fire tenured faculty and lecturers and replace them with chat rooms for the profit of millionaire Stanford graduates in Silicon Valley. Online education may be a fine supplement to classroom learning, but only someone as clueless as Brown, who has never set foot in a classroom as an educator, could think that it might replace the type o...
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:57PM
Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits - by Dan Bacher
According to Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) records, at least 432 unlined pits are currently being used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:43AM
Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year - by Dan Bacher
Ronald Stork, Senior Policy Director of Friends of the River, said, "Feinstein said it will be reintroduced and go through the regular order in the new GOP led-Congress instead of being hatched in secret in the back rooms. That's a good thing, but it doesn't matter if California's two Senators are unwilling to stand up to the San Joaquin Valley Congressmen. Somebody has to show some courage."
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:06AM
Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy - by Dan Bacher
“It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein is not standing up for the economic engine of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, its water quality and native species that serve not only California’s economic engine but Oregon and Washington as well,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. “Instead of calling for every available bucket of water to be shipped immediately to unsustainable industrial agriculture, Sen. Feinstein should instead be pursuing water dema...
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:19AM
Quan & Schaaf: Issue statements now! Ease tensions before the Ferguson Grand Jury decides - by Mike Wilson
Oakland residents need their government to ease the tensions surrounding the St. Louis County Grand Jury investigation of the death of Michael Brown
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:29AM
Urgent Action Alert: Stop Salmon-Killing Drought Bills In Congress! - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta has received an important update on the drought legislation now proceeding through Congress. Please call Senators to oppose BOTH Feinstein's drought bill and the House of Representatives drought bill. Tell Senator Dianne Feinstein that she needs to talk to experts of the Bay Delta estuary. Share with your friends and thank you for taking action!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:51PM
30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking - by Dan Bacher
This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has just released a new report revealing that the oil industry spent $70 million on lobbyists in California since 2009. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of so-called "marine protected areas" created on the ...
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:19PM
"Get Out" Anti-Homeless Law...With Phony "Appeal" Process at Afternoon Council 11-18 - by Robert Norse
City Council is set to exponentially expand a "Stay from Parks and Other Public Areas" law passed last year (MC 13,08.100). This law allows immediate Stay-Away orders from all parks and many other public areas (for one day). This happends at the whim of a police officer or ranger once an infraction of any kind is issued. Infractions have mainly been issued to homeless people for such "crimes" as sleeping, being in a park after dark, and smoking--500 Stay-Away orders in the last year. The ...
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:54PM
A Simple Question of Right and Wrong - by Steve Pleich
Stay Away Ordinance Simply Wrong in Any Form
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:27PM
Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta. Greater freshwater flow through the Delta, not less freshwater flow, is needed. It is time to start over and for the BDCP agencies to stop hiding alternatives that would increase flows by reducing exports."
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:51PM
No April Fooling: Group Names Brown's Tunnel Plan Project of the Year! - by Dan Bacher
Lets get this right, folks - the "North American Strategic Leadership Forum" selected Jerry Brown's Peripheral Tunnel Plan, one of the most environmentally destructive projects in California history, as "Engineering Project of the Year" for 2014 and listed the boondoggle as a finalist for the categories of "Strategic Project of the Year” and “Green/New Project of the Year?"
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:06AM
Western States Petroleum Association spent $4 million lobbying this summer - by Dan Bacher
Besides fighting California’s clean air laws, massive oil industry opposition resulted in the defeat of a bill to protect a marine protected area in Southern California from oil drilling. On August 26, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to ban offshore oil drilling from an area of state waters in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge stalled on the Assembly Floor effectively killing the bill for the year.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:16PM
Goliath Wins Against David on Prop. 1 - by Dan Bacher
Folks like Stewart Resnick, the Fisher Family and other billionaires, the oil industry and agribusiness interests didn’t dump millions into the Yes on Prop. 1 campaign for the common good or benefit of all Californians – they did it as a relatively small investment to advance their own interests and to further privatize and plunder the public trust, including our rivers, Delta and the oceans, for their own personal profit. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown, known as "Big Oil Brown" for his...
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 11:30AM
Sentencing reform Proposition 47 passes, Advocates raise concerns about where the funding will go - by Californians United for a Responsible Budget
California - Tonight, California voters passed criminal justice reform measure Proposition 47. Proposition 47 changes the lowest level drug possession and petty theft crimes from felonies to simple misdemeanors for some people. Although re-sentencing is not guaranteed, up to 10,000 people in California’s prisons and jails will be eligible for resentencing, and newly sentenced individuals who meet the requirements will be under county jurisdiction. The measure predicted to save $150-250 mill...
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 12:02AM
EASTWEST #6: With a Feature on the Oakland Elections - by EASTWEST
700 issues have been distributed prior to the election, including at the MacArthur and West Oakland BART stations at rush hour. More will be distributed this week. This issue is dedicated to the "little people."
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 12:37PM
California's Multi-Billion Dollar Bondage Proposition - by Patrick Porgans
Approval of both propositions would enable Brown and his supporters to open the flood gates and promote more G.O. bonds. Those funds are to be used to cover the debt for the estimated $54.1 billion “Delta fix – twin tunnels” (Bay-Delta Conservation Plan) and the High Speed Rail “Bullet Train”.
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 9:00AM
Tribal Leaders Urge NO Vote On Prop. 1, the Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said the water bond, peripheral tunnels, Shasta Dam raise and other water projects now being planned by the state and federal governments are in in reality "one Big Project" that will destroy salmon, rivers and groundwater supplies. “It does not make sense that people are separating the water puzzle into individual pieces, such as: the raising of Shasta Dam, Proposition 1, the Delta tunnels, BDCP, Sites Reservoir, Tempe...
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 8:11AM
Committee for Responsible and Accurate Posters (CRAP) Corrects Richmond Chevron Billboards - by C.R.A.P.
The Committee for Responsible and Accurate Posters (CRAP) corrects Chevron-funded political billboards in Richmond in the week before the elections.
Posted: Sun Nov 2, 2014 1:30PM