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Activists warn: SB 350 won't address CA oil and gas drilling - by Dan Bacher
"Gov. Brown should immediately stop the worst drilling practices including all forms of fracking to further protect not just California communities, but natural resources worldwide," said Rebecca Claassen, Santa Barbara County organizer at Food & Water Watch, in a statement on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. Californians Against Fracking press conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 1:33PM
Contra Costa County begins counting Richmond anti-rent control petition signatures Oct. 5 - by Lynda Carson
[[[Apparently, recently Therrence James who is a signature gatherer (independent contractor) collecting signatures for Alex Arsenault, stood before the Richmond City Council and gave testimony that he was instructed to lie to people about the petition that blocked renter protections, as a way to trick them into signing it!]]]
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 7:37PM
Feds undermine Stockton California mayor - by David Roknich/IndyRadio
Stockton Mayor (here seen sleeping with the homeless under a freeway) was forced to give up his laptop password by DHS agents after returning from a mayor's conference in China. They offered no reason for search and seizure, not even the minimal "reasonable suspicion" required by a recent federal appellate court ruling. Sources claim a secret investigation is underway.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 11:37AM
We've filed our initiative to legalize cannabis in California in 2016! - by via ReformCA.com
I wanted you to be the first to know. We've filed your initiative!
Posted: Sun Oct 4, 2015 1:06PM
SF Election 11/3/15 to Save Our Homes - by SOS
San Francisco has a local election this year on November 3, 2015, with the housing crisis dominating the propositions, and it is the propositions that is the main reason for voting. Vote Yes on A,B,F, H, I,K. Vote No on C,D,E,G,J Voter turnout will decide this election and the mayor's election, which this is, is not known for a high voter turnout. If you want a place to live and you can vote, YOU MUST VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. You can still register until Oct 19 and you can vote by mail start...
Posted: Sun Oct 4, 2015 12:39PM
Contra Costa County Executives Lose Effort to Block Walkout - by via California Nurses Association
Nurses who work at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and clinics across the County remain on track to begin a two-day strike Tuesday, October 6 after County officials lost court efforts today to enjoin the walkout.
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:13PM
The Road Ahead - by Mike Rhodes
This article appears in the October Community Alliance newspaper (an alternative/independent monthly in Fresno California).
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2015 10:37AM
Experts reveal many terminal flaws of Delta Tunnels EIR - by Dan Bacher
Robert Wright, Senior Counsel for Friends of the River, reported on the devastating impacts that Tunnels Plan would have on endangered species, including Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, green sturgeon and Delta and longfin smelt. "The Delta Water Tunnels would instead destroy endangered and threatened fish species," said Wright. "The Tunnels would divert for the Central Valley and State Water Projects vast quantities of freshwater from the Sacramento River near ...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:36AM
Waking the Freedom Sleepers - by Alex Darocy
On September 22 community members protesting the criminalization of homelessness in Santa Cruz returned to city hall for their eleventh sleepout. A sizable group again made it through a night of sleep at city hall, though Santa Cruz police woke everyone up as a group at about 5:30am. The next sleepout is tonight, September 29, at Santa Cruz City Hall.
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:29PM
Whistleblower Wins $613K Verdict against City of Oakland - by Siegel & Yee
Jury Rules that Ex-City Administrator of Oakland Deanna Santana Fired Ex-Employee Relations Director Lawanna Preston for Disclosing and Refusing to Participate in Unlawful Acts
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:21AM
Indian Prime Minister Modi to Face Mounting Protests in Silicon Valley Visit - by Sharat G. Lin and Kaleem Kawaja
Opposition to Narendra Modi's visit to San Jose mounts as Indian-American groups and human rights organizations announce more protests and joint action. Modi's failure to address burning social issues, blind eye to attacks on minorities and women, and shielding of corruption is called into question. Scores of buses from across California are set to converge on SAP Center in San Jose.
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:00PM
Activists hold ground at city hall for 11th week in a row - by ZH
An account of the 11th Freedom Sleepers protest against the Santa Cruz camping ban law.
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:27AM
Another report on Sawant & Hedges meeting - by John Reimann
A socialist perspective on the meeting with Sawant, Hedges & McGloughlin in Oakland last Saturday. Among other things, the meeting provided an interesting view of the difference between Sawant and Hedges. The latter is well to the left of Sawant.
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:30PM
MWD considers purchasing Delta islands in tunnels' path - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, questioned why it was necessary for MWD to conduct its purchase of Delta land behind closed doors. “In secret, it appears MWD is getting into the land management business acquiring properties for a project that is neither approved, nor, as proposed, complies with federal and state water quality and environmental protection laws. Why is it necessary for MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger to conduct such a transaction be...
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:35AM
Coalition urges Interior Secretary to reject Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
The letter said the Delta Tunnels project would have “devastating impacts” on the Delta ecosystem, and inhibit the ability of Jewel’s agency to comply with the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act and to meet their trust obligations to Native Americans, especially those on the North Coast that depend on waters from the Trinity River Division.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:07PM
9/11/15 Oakland "Stop Urban Shield" Rally (video/x-flv 167.7MB) - by Ed Rippy
On 9/11/15 about 150 people showed up outside the Alameda County Sherriff's office in downtown Oakland to protest the ninth annual "Urban Shield" exercise. I have done my best to spell the names right, but no guarantees. You can hear police helicopters overhead throughout. (video: 19:29)
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:54PM
Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Cheered in Oakland - by Jonathan Nack
Kshama Sawant speaking in Oakland, CA Photo credit: Peter Manchini First Unitarian Church of Oakland September 19. 2015
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:21PM
No Council Meet But Freedom Sleepers Gather for SleepOut #11 - by Phil Posner (posting by Norse)
In the City Hall Courtyard as long as folks choose, and then on the sidewalks nearby. The event is scheduled to go on until 7:30 AM or 8 AM Wednesday 9-23.
Event Date:Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:42AM
Public Letter To SF Mayor Ed Lee, Sheriff Mirkarimi, and SF Sups On Hanging Nooses - by United Public Workers For Action
IBT Local 350 Member Daryle Washington wrote a letter to SF city officials about the blatant racist incidents at the Recology Company including a hanging noose incident and a city investigation since Recology has a major contract with the city and county of San Francisco "A injustice to one is an injustice to us all"
Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:41PM
Sleepout protest fighting Santa Cruz anti-camping ordinance moves into tenth week - by Zav Hershfield
Sleepout protest against Santa Cruz camping ban enters tenth week with First Alarm aggression, activist confrontation
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:58PM