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Oakland Council Votes for Port-Only DAC, March 5, 2014: Full Video & City Resolution (video/mp4 340.3MB) - by Dave Id
For the history books, here's the full 5-hour video of the Oakland City Council discussion on Phase II development of the Domain Awareness Center from March 4, 2014. One hundred and forty-nine public speaker's cards were turned in prior to the meeting. Public comment was unanimous against a city-wide DAC. Council members, after having revealed on February 18 an interest in reigning in the expansive surveillance system that city staffers have pushed, followed through by passing a resolution...
Posted: Sun Mar 9, 2014 7:29PM
S.F. Rally in Solidarity with Venezuela and the Bolivarian Process (video/x-ms-wmv 188.8MB) - by Jonathan Nack
Excerpts from a rally held on February 17, 2014, in San Francisco, CA. It features excerpted comments by Mazda Majidi, of International ANSWER Coalition, and Carolina Morales, of the Center for Political Education.
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 10:19AM
Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial Kern Water Bank - by Dan Bacher
The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network and Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release regarding the ruling on their Monterey-Plus lawsuit. The court agreed with them that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) failed to properly consider the environmental impacts of the operation of the Kern Water Bank. "We respectfully disagree with the court’s conclusion on aspects of the case involving amendments to the Stat...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 9:46AM
Growing Criticism of Media Misinformation and Efforts to Destabilize Venezuela - by Jonathan Nack
Another rally has been called by solidarity groups for this evenning, March 5, at 5:00pm, at the same location, 24th Street and Mission BART plaza. The Center for Political Educaton, has organized a report back by Carolina Morales of her recent visit that will also commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of President Hugo Chavez. The event, which will include free Venezuelan food, will be held tonight, March 5, 2014, at 6:00pm, at 518 Valencia St., S. F. Rally in Solidari...
Posted: Wed Mar 5, 2014 2:56PM
Map reveals tunnels will supply water for agribusiness, fracking - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director for Food and Water Watch, said, “It's unfair for the Governor to make Californians subsidize water use and abuse by corporate agribusiness and oil companies, especially in a drought and in a bad economy."
Posted: Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:05AM
Salmon Committee Slams Peripheral Tunnel Plan - by Dan Bacher
The letter states, "BDCP promotes the unscientific scientific hypothesis that habitat restoration can substitute for flows. However, the State Water Resources Control Board has already indicated that Delta inflows and outflows are presently insufficient to help listed species recover their former abundance. BDCP would reduce Delta outlow, which contributes to the decreases in salmon smolt survival rates modeled by BDCP."
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 9:20AM
SF Bay Area’s 99% March Against Systemic Corruption: Money out of Politics! - by 99Rise Bay Area
Over one hundred people rallied and marched against government corruption as part of the worldwide effort to call attention to the fundamental issue of big money in politics and the wholesale takeover of our democracy by corporate interests and the 1%.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 8:11AM
The Big Oil Governor announces run for fourth term - by Dan Bacher
Brown avoided discussing the highly unpopular Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the twin tunnels, saying only, "I pledge my full commitment to bringing all the disparate parties together and working to achieve sensible, scientific and sustainable water policies."
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:45PM
California ocean salmon season looks promising - by Dan Bacher
Marci Yaremko, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) representative on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) answers a question about the upcoming salmon season as Dan Wolford, PFMC chair, listens at the CDFW meeting in Santa Rosa on February 26. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:33PM
California family farmers band together to fight fracking - by Dan Bacher
“Water is the lifeblood of a farm — without clean, affordable water we cannot grow food,” said the Shafter almond farmer Tom Frantz, who caught on video the illegal dumping of fracking wastewater in an unlined pit next to an almond orchard. “This drought has already put many of California’s small and midsized farms on the brink. To allow fracking on some of California’s most fertile agricultural land will further devastate California’s bucolic heritage. I don’t think this is t...
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:56AM
Not one drop of water for California fracking! - by Dan Bacher
The state has promised 5-1/2 times more water rights than the water that actually exists, according to Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). We can’t afford shipping more water from the Delta to support an environmentally destructive practice that pollutes groundwater supplies in Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley, a region already overwhelmed with pollution by selenium and other toxins caused by the irrigation of drainage impaired land on t...
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:59AM
I Love The Great Morgani!: Santa Cruz City Council Meeting - by
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:24PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan comment period extended by 60 days - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), a member organization of the Environmental Water Caucus, said, “We thank them for the additional time, but this won’t change the fact that you can't produce more water by throwing money at it. The state has promised 5-1/2 times more water rights than the water that actually exists – and they can't get around that fact.” Photo of John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources.
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:26AM
Oakland City Council and 76 Members of Public Debate the DAC, February 18, 2014 (video/mp4 338.6MB) - by Dave Id
For the history books, here's the full 4-hour video of the Oakland City Council discussion on the Domain Awareness Center from Feb 18, 2014. In the end, the Council did not vote on the City Resolution before them, which was to approve Schneider Electric as the contractor to build out Phase 2 of the DAC, or to give City Administrator Deanna Santana the authority to select a contractor on her own. Instead, after listening to seventy-six speaker's cards worth of public comment -- intelligent, ...
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:55AM
State Senators Mitchell and Leno introduce fracking moratorium bill - by Dan Bacher
“A moratorium on fracking is especially critical as California faces a severe drought with water resources at an all-time low,” said Senator Mark Leno. “We are currently allowing fracking operations to expand despite the potential consequences on our water supply, including availability and price of water, the potential for drinking water contamination and the generation of billions of barrels of polluted water. Photo: Gasland Part ll Director Josh Fox joins the launch of Californian...
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:25AM
EFF Submits Letter Opposing Oakland's Domain Awareness Center - by Nadia Kayyali, EFF
February 18, 2014
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:02PM
Siegel Stands With the Community to Raise the Minimum Wage - by Cat Brooks
Last Saturday, Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel joined Lift Up Oakland's event to place an initiative on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage.
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:40AM
Delta advocates, Winnemem call on Obama to not support tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Michael Tuiimyali, Winnemem Wintu Member and a recent U.C. Berkeley graduate, noted that members of his Tribe and other California Indian Tribes weren’t invited to Obama's meeting and tour. He emphasized the importance of salmon and the Delta to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a strong opponent of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels. “The collapse of salmon and the Delta is a threat to our cultural survival,” he said. “Our prophecies say that if the sal...
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:25AM
Luis Rodriguez, Green candidate for Governor, speaks about why he's running (video/x-ms-wmv 235.3MB) - by Jonathan Nack
26:28 minute video of excerpts of Luis Rodriguez's comments on why he's running for Governor of California, made at a reception at a home in Oakland, CA, on February 6, 2014. Video, editing, and titles: Jonathan Nack Produced in Oakland, California, 2014 Copy Commons: Publication by commercial for profit publications and web sites, without the written consent of Jonathan Nack, is prohibited.
Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:28PM
Automatic License Plate Readers - ACLU Letter to Santa Cruz City Council - by Moveon Petition
ACLU Letter to Santa Cruz City Council
Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:43PM