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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Delayed! - by Dan Bacher
Tom Stokely, Water Policy Analyst with the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said he was not surprised with the delay in the BCP and accompanying federal documents. "This is not unexpected because we knew the environmental documents were fatally flawed," said Stokely. "The problem is that that they can't fix the BDCP because the project can't meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and other state and federal environmental laws." Photo: Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritu...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:26AM
Westlands asks Court to block releases for Klamath River salmon - by Dan Bacher
Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe Fisheries Director, said, "Hopefully, logic will prevail as the Judge has the same issue that he will be issuing a ruling on from last year's case." "A New TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) would only be issued if plaintiff can show 'irreparable' harm from BOR's action and they are already getting maximum deliveries from Trinity anyway. Moreover, BOR has already established its water deliveries so they won't be harmed by reductions in their water deliveries....
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:03PM
Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan On Healthcare & Zim Line Picket - by Labor Video Project
At the national conference of Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan who is also a mayoral candidate supported single payer and also supported the protests at the Port of Oakland against the Zim Line ship Piraeus. She also called for an end to US military aid not only to Israel but all other countries.
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:29PM
It's a mystery! The Disappearing Records of Bob Lee's $34,000 Wells Fargo Loan - by Becky Johnson (posted by Norse)
One of D.A. Bob Lee's principal demands in the Santa Cruz Eleven cases has been "restitution" to Wells Fargo Bank. Why are there "no records" of a $34,000 interest free loan to DA Bob Lee's 2010 re-election campaign from Wells Fargo Bank? On Wednesday August 20th, Judge Steven Siegel held a hearing on a motion by attorney Alexis Briggs to uncover the records of Wells Fargo's 2010 loan to Santa Cruz District Attorney Bob Lee. Lee has been relentless pursuing 11 activists at the cost of hund...
Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:10AM
Reclamation releases additional flows to avert Klamath River fish kill! - by Dan Bacher
"We have determined that unprecedented conditions over the past few weeks in the lower Klamath River require us to take emergency measures to help reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “This decision was made based on science and after consultation with Tribes, water and power users, federal and state fish regulatory agencies, and others.”
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:30AM
C-WIN Opposes Wasteful 'Porcine' Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
"In sum, Proposition 1 encompasses all the usual porcine metaphors used to describe wasteful government initiatives: It is both a pig in a poke, and the rankest variety of political pork," according to a news release from the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). Photo of the Delta Mendota Canal, California Aqueduct and Interstate Five courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources.
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:57PM
CSPA Wins Major Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against Water Board - by Dan Bacher
A Sacramento Superior Court Judge ruled that the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board violated the Clean Water Act in issuing an inadequate wastewater discharge permit to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. "The ruling in the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance lawsuit provides additional protection for fisheries and water quality in the Sacramento River and Delta and will improve the wastewater treatment plant permitting process throughout the regio...
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:44PM
Tribal members rally in Sacramento to stop Klamath River fish kill - by Dan Bacher
“I told Murillo that if there is a fish kill, he is responsible for genocide,” said Annelia Hillman, a member of the Klamath Justice Coalition and Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:29AM
Big Oil has spent over $63 million on lobbying in Sacramento since 2009 - by Dan Bacher
Only in the oil-soaked politics of "Green California" would an oil lobbyist charged with the task of creating "marine protected areas" go on record against protecting a "state marine reserve" from oil drilling!
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:36PM
Upcoming Events and Unanswered Questions Flyer for Candidates & Public - by Robert Norse
With a load of forums, protests, and a court date upcoming, I've prepared a preliminary HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom)-ish series of questions for the public and the City Council candidates to consider. The Unanswered Questions flyer can be downloaded and distributed or picked up in hard copy at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. along with the accompanying list of events--possible distribution points for the flyer.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:49AM
Governor Brown signs tunnels-enabling water bond - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta Executive Director, disagreed that the bond is "tunnels neutral." She responded to the passage of the bill by stating, "The passage of a water bond with BDCP funds for flows is unfortunate." "Instead of presenting a tunnels-neutral water bond, the governor has chosen to risk our water project bonds by tying his tunnels to it. There are so many projects we all can agree on. Leaving this section in the bill was a big mistake," she emphasized. P...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:53PM
Tribal protesters urge Secretary Jewell to stop Klamath River fish kill - by Dan Bacher
Chairwoman Vigil-Masten also mentioned the lack of water in the Klamath and Trinity rivers having a profound impact on tribal members, especially during a time when there are no jobs, a lack of industry and a lack of financial resources. “But, the people taking the water are doing quite well,” said Vigil-Masten. “To me, it’s really frustrating to that millions of dollars are being made on the backs of our salmon and our drinking water.”
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:22PM
Governor Brown’s water bond will be a referendum on tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Water law export John Herrick said, "Hence, any proposal for state or federal funding of new habitat for fish rearing or purchased water for fishery flows is a transfer of the projects' contractors' obligations onto the general public. Such a transfer is not just bad policy, it is illegal." Photo (From left to right): Assemblymember Rendon, Speaker Atkins, Governor Brown and pro Tem Steinberg meeting with their legislative, business, environmental and labor allies on August 12. Photo court...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:08PM
Water bond includes $485 million to buy water for Brown’s death tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“This bond proposal gives the Brown administration $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “It contains false protections for the Delta, and we call upon legislators, especially those representing the Delta, to vote against it. We are not fooled, and this bond will become a referendum on the tunnels. That is not going to advance the water solutions we need.” Photo of Governor Brown meeting with his legislati...
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02AM
Mayor Robinson Gives Summary of Her Year's Meetings, No Word Yet on Future Appearances - by Robert Norse
Last December, I requested Mayor Robinson itemize her meetings with lobbyists, upcoming public appearances, and also provide an interview for Free Radio Santa Cruz. She ignored this request (not even dignifying it with a response) until I followed up on August 1 with a formal Public Records Act request. See "Mayor Robinson Still Refuses Transparency, Won't Reveal Appointments, Public Appearances" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/08/05/18759617.php . Today I did receive an e-mail ...
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:49PM
Jerry Brown signs legislation to extend water bond deadline - by Dan Bacher
"The governor and others claim their proposals are ‘tunnels neutral’ while at the same time funding mitigation or replacement water,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck; it’s a duck. These provisions quack loudly and they say, ‘thanks for funding activities essential to building the massive water export tunnels for a few mega-grower billionaires.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at...
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:00PM
Delta tunnel opponents ask Brown to release water bond language - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown is using the bully pulpit of his office to insist that his bond proposal is tunnel neutral,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, "However, with $700 million marked for statewide water related habitat, flows, and water quality in watersheds, Restore the Delta questions if these funds will be used to create the water fund account needed to make the Delta tunnels project operational.” Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Thu Aug 7, 2014 6:04PM
ACLU Santa Cruz County Adopts Landmark Statement of Principle - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Board Supports Camping Ban Moratorium
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 8:02PM
Mayor Robinson Still Refuses Transparency, Won't Reveal Appointments, Public Appearances - by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz Mayor Lynn Robinson refuses to reveal the history of her meetings with lobbyists, her appointment book, or announcements of her upcoming public appearances. This is not unusual, however contrary to the public interest, as most mayors have done the same (with the exception of former Mayor Don Lane). Robinson was initially asked to come clean and public last March, but declined to respond. Three days after the request I was arrested at City Council for "unattended" audio recording...
Posted: Tue Aug 5, 2014 11:14PM
Steve Pleich Withdraws from City Council Race; Urges Support for Sherman and Van Allen - by Steve Pleich
Thanks and Goodbye
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 5:20PM