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image Governor Reveals True Intent of Prop. 1 - the Brown Water Plan 120_brown_water_plan.jpeg original image ( 554x686) - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla noted that Proposition 1 is closely allied to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a Brown scheme that is a reprise of the Peripheral Canal. The BDCP would authorize the construction of two gigantic trans-Delta tunnels that would devastate the Delta, cost $70 billion or more, and benefit corporate San Joaquin Valley farmers at the expense of citizen ratepayers.
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:25AM
text Bike Advocates Endorse Staunchly Anti-Poor Candidate - by Steve Schnaar
The local bicycle advocacy group People Power, part of the Progressive Coalition, is again showing their questionable progressive credentials by supporting the election of David Terrazas, part of the City's conservative Council majority that has consistently voted against the side of poor people and evidence-based policies.
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:42AM
image The Home of the Free Speech Movement Suppresses Freedom of Speech 120_slide3.jpg original image ( 416x538) - by Dan Bacher
"We were there Tuesday because the administration shut down the event about the privatization of a natural resource, water, at the site of resistance against the privatization of land," said Paula Jaramillo of Students for Engaged and Active Learning (SEAL). "We were shut down by someone who actively privatizes life itself through patenting GMOs."
Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:14PM
text Time to Step Up and Fight City Hall on “Stay Away” Ordinance - by Steve Pleich
Legal Action the First and Best Option
Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:15AM
image Santa Cruz Police attempt to discredit Leonie Sherman by labeling her an anarchist 120_leonie-sherman.jpg original image ( 500x470) - by @ll Me@ns Necess@ry
Santa Cruz Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Clark labeled Santa Cruz City Council candidate Leonie Sherman an "anarchist" on the evening news due to the fact that she hung a banner at the WTO protest in Seattle 15 years ago.
Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:14PM
image Eviction Free SF Marches to the Home of Mayor Ed Lee and Demands a Moratorium on Evictions 120_1969351_632161003563341_8011385243557807358_n.jpg original image ( 960x720) - by Eviction Free San Francisco
Protesters to march to the home of Mayor Lee to demand a halt on market rate housing and a citywide moratorium on evictions.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:56PM
image Will the Real Progressive Please Stand Up 120_dsc_5411.jpg original image ( 2292x1530) - by Mike Rhodes
Cary Catalano and Esmeralda Soria spoke at the Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley. Ray Ensher (center) is the group’s past president. Photo by Howard Watkins
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:44PM
image Big Oil Company Donates $250,000 to Yes on Proposition 1 Campaign 120_donkeyhotey_jerry_brown-285x350_1.jpg original image ( 285x350) - by Dan Bacher
It’s hard not to see the irony of a big oil company contributing $250,000 to a campaign for a water bond that allocates $900 million for alleged “groundwater sustainability” less than two weeks after the Center for Biological Diversity released state documents revealing that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms. Graphic of Jerry Brown courtesy of Red, Green...
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:47AM
image Obama Selling Out California to Westlands Water District 120_bill_jennings.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, the chairman and executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, observed the deal is bad for many water contractors, not just fisheries and the environment. “It would give Westlands a permanent water contract before all Endangered Species Act litigation is completed,” said Jennings. “In effect, this gives Westlands a leg up over other south-of-Delta contractors.” Photo of (center) Bill Jennings slamming Governor Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion w...
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:10AM
image CREDO Action urges NO vote on Prop. 1, the California Water Bond 120_bill_jennings_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
CREDO joins Food and Water Watch and AFSCME 57 in opposing Prop. 1. The Con argument for Prop. 1 on the Progressive Voter Guide states: "Proposition 1 is an expensive and unfair taxpayer giveaway to special interests that won’t solve the drought or help secure our water future. It allocates over $3.6 billion, without oversight by the legislature, to build dams and pay for water transfers for corporate agribusiness. Prop 1 with interest will cost CA taxpayers $14.4 billion or $360 million pe...
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:54PM
image Brown Regime Gets Ugly Over State Water Project Contract Extension 120_brown_water_plan.jpeg original image ( 554x686) - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said the contract extension “is the equivalent of being told in the 20th year of your 30 year mortgage that you have to add another 30 years to pay for undisclosed costs, or else you will lose your home.”
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:12PM
audio Campos and Chiu are NOT the same, but the outcome now depends on who votes (audio/mpeg 2.0MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Ann Garrison
Tim Redmond, Editor of the website "48 Hills, the Secrets of San Francisco" says that 17th District California State Assembly candidates David Campos and David Chiu are quite different candidates, especially on hard core economic issues. However, the race between them is now so close that it's all about who most effectively gets their voters to the mail with their absentee ballots or to the polls between now and November 4th, election day.
Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:15PM
image Massive dumping of wastewater into aquifers shows Big Oil's power in California 120_stop_fracking.jpg original image ( 526x394) - by Dan Bacher
The illegal dumping took place in a state where Big Oil is the most powerful corporate lobby and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is the most powerful corporate lobbying organization, alarming facts that the majority of the public and even many environmental activists are not aware of. An analysis of reports filed with the California Secretary of State shows that the oil industry collectively spent over $63 million lobbying California policymakers between January 1, 2009 and Ju...
Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:06PM
image Corporate agribusiness showers big money on Proposition 1 120_meet_the_resnicks.jpg original image ( 497x564) - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow from Food and Water Watch noted, “Corporate agribusiness giants, including Stewart Resnick, are spending big to pass Proposition 1, a bloated $7.5 billion bond measure that would funnel more water to big agribusinesses at taxpayer expense. Prop 1 is a measure to quench their greed—it will not solve California’s water problems."
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 5:55PM
image The water bond: A classic David and Goliath battle in California politics 120___850_000_by_agribusiness.jpg original image ( 525x350) - by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 1 and 2 campaign has raised $6,621,946 and has spent $817,276, while the No on Proposition 1 campaign has raised a total of $71,000 and has spent $41,036 as of October 6, 2014,
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 4:45PM
image MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Mauna Kea telescope 120_10418258_721389854612906_536234322340149560_n-1.jpg original image ( 960x699) - by Dan Bacher
“The TMT is an atrocity the size of Aloha Stadium,” said Kamahana Kealoha, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and organizer of those who held a protest today at Mauna Kea, where a scheduled groundbreaking ceremony was delayed. “It is like building a sky-scraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually.” Photo of protest at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation offices today in solidarity with protests to stop the bui...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:38PM
text Measure K Committee Craps Out Again--Another Free Ride for the SCPD - by Robert Norse
The Measure K Committee, created by voter initiative in 2006 here, in Santa Monica, and in Santa Barbara was supposed to be the first step in holding the local PD and similar agencies accountable and moving to end Marijuana Prohibition. I detailed the agenda and some preliminary concerns about the Committee pro-police bias at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/05/18762458.php . The well-oiled rubberstamp proceeded as ever
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 11:06PM
image Reclamation to Increase Flows at Iron Gate Dam to Avert Fish Kill 120_klamath.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
“Reclamation understands the severity of the Klamath River Ich disease outbreak and the large-scale impacts that could occur to our valuable in-stream resources and the local communities if a fish die off were to occur. We are continuing to work closely with our federal partners and tribal leaders to ensure that the volume of water we are making available below Iron Gate Dam is used as effectively as possible.” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director, David Murillo. Photo of...
Posted: Sat Oct 4, 2014 2:33AM
image Save the American River Association: Vote No on Prop. 1! 120_640_img_0665_1-1.jpg original image ( 640x426) - by Dan Bacher
As Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance has said, Prop. 1 "is a poster-child of why California is in a water crisis: it enriches water speculators but accomplishes little in addressing the drought, solving California's long-term water needs, reducing reliance on The Delta, or protecting our rivers and fisheries." Photo of Nimbus Fish Hatchery Weir on the American River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Oct 2, 2014 11:36AM
image Judge rejects Westlands lawsuit blocking Trinity River flows 120_lewiston_dam.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
"Straight up, if the Bureau of Reclamation did not make the decision to augment flows on the Klamath, we would be right now cleaning up thousands of salmon carcasses on the river,” said Thomas P. O'Rourke, Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We applaud Judge O'Neill's decision. We need to do everything possible to ensure in-basin fish needs are met and to prevent another heartbreaking tragedy on the Klamath River." Photo of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 3:37PM

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