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image Judge Rejects Water-Grabbing Lawsuit over 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
image Governor signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’ 120_chesbro.jpg original image ( 445x470) - by Dan Bacher
“As chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2010, every year I have authored an ‘omnibus’ bill to protect California fisheries and enhance commercial and sport fishing in the state,” Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro said. “The idea for this year’s bill – to protect our irreplaceable salmon and steelhead fisheries – came out of the annual Fisheries Forum that the Joint Committee hosted at the Capitol earlier this year."
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 8:44AM
text Giant tree fruit grower suggests suing Berkeley over resolution supporting Fresno workers - by United Farm Workers
Berkeley, Calif.—One of America’s largest tree fruit growers is suggesting a lawsuit against Berkeley if its city council approves a resolution at tonight’s meeting urging giant Gerawan Farming Inc. to refrain from violating state labor laws and to “immediately implement [a] union contract issued by [a] neutral mediator and the state of California” last year.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:35PM
image Meet the Resnicks, the Koch Brothers of California Water 120_meet_the_resnicks.jpg original image ( 497x564) - by Dan Bacher
While serving on the board of Conservation International, Stewart Resnick become notorious for buying subsidized Delta water and then selling it back to the public for a big profit as Delta fish and Central Valley salmon populations crashed.
Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:31AM
text Prop 47 Offers Smart Solutions for Real Criminal Justice Reform - by Steve Pleich
Reduction of Low Level Offenses is Sensible Policy
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:24AM
image Big Oil Brown greenwashes his legacy at U.N. Climate Summit 120_no_more_fracking____1_1.jpg original image ( 507x350) - by Dan Bacher
Oil Change International, a research, communication, and advocacy organization focused on "exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the coming transition towards clean energy" has given Brown a new nickname, "Big Oil Brown," for the large contributions he has received from oil companies and his support of fracking. Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of Damien Luzzo.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:42AM
image Santa Cruz Sierra Club Group Endorses Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van Allen for City Council 120_bruce_van_allen_leonie_sherman-sierra-club-santa-cruz.jpg original image ( 111x220) - by via Santa Cruz Sierra Club
The Santa Cruz Sierra Club Group is endorsing Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van Allen for Santa Cruz City Council based on their "commitment to the environment" as evidenced by their answers during the candidates forum the group co-sponsored in August, as well as their responses to a questionnaire provided by their political committee.
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:03PM
image Did Prop. 30 donors know their money would support deadbeat dams? 120_chalktalk.jpg original image ( 2434x1780) - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, No on Prop. 1 leader and California Water Impact Network (CWIN) Executive Director, said, “The governor is using a legal loophole to divert donations for public education to back his deadbeat dams, pork programs and subsidies for huge agribusiness.
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:47PM
image Feds release emergency flows after fish parasite found in Klamath 120_lewiston_dam_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by by Dan Bacher
“While there has not been a confirmation that any fish have died as a result of Ich, we are extremely concerned that there could be another fish kill in the coming weeks if additional flows are not released. We appreciate that the Bureau of Reclamation heeded our request to send emergency flows down the Klamath River,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chair of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:11PM
image Winnemem Wintu War Dancers: Shasta Dam a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction' 120_mark_miyoshi__chief_sisk__jesse_sisk_and_james_ward_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
“We should be a salmon state, not a watermelon or pistachio state. We have the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. We have some of the largest salmon rivers in the West, but people have given these up for agribusiness, for large farms in a desert," Chief Caleen Sisk said. She reiterated that Shasta Dam is “a weapon of mass destruction” against the Winnemem Wintu and said the idea of dams is a “horrible archaic project.” Mark Miyoshi and Chief Caleen Sisk watch ...
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:28AM
image No on Prop. 1: Californians Deserve Sustainable Water Solutions 120_180px-california_no_on_prop_1_2014_logo.jpg original image ( 180x180) - by Dan Bacher
“If California taxpayers are going to invest $7.5 billion—and that’s $14.4 billion with interest, they deserve real solutions,” says Carolee Krieger, executive director of California Water Impact Network.
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:02PM
video Paula Gregoire: Save Paula's Cottage (video/mp4 70.4MB) - by Bradley Allen
On September 9, 2014, Paula Gregoire, her mother also named Paula, and her daughter Isabella, spoke before the Santa Cruz City Council against the city's inhumane rental inspection program. The cruel and invasive ordinance was pushed through in August 2010 in a 5-1 vote by the gentrifying forces of the Santa Cruz City Council with pressure and backing from UC Santa Cruz.
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:05PM
image Dam The Indians Anyway - War Dance at Shasta Dam 120_war_dance.jpg original image ( 526x349) - by Dan Bacher
“Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” says Caleen Sisk , Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. "We can't be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 6:58PM
text Recommendations by San Francisco Tenants Union - by sftu.org
SFTU.org likes SF local measures A, B, C, D, E; G, H; J, K.... [ + candidates, state measures] ............................
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 6:35PM
image Big Oil money defeated bill to ban drilling in marine protected area 120_big_oil_1.jpg original image ( 658x656) - by Dan Bacher
An ongoing analysis of reports filed with the California Secretary of State shows that the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento, collectively spent over $63 million lobbying California policymakers between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2014. The Western States Petroleum Association, led by President Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the former chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern Califor...
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 7:30PM
text Most voters don't support Prop. 1's $15 billion debt for dams, agribusiness subsidies - by Dan Bacher
The survey of 600 likely November voters found that Prop. 1, Governor Jerry Brown's Water Bond Festival of Pork, fails to attract majority support, with just 42% of voters saying they’d vote yes, 24% no, and 34% undecided. Voters understand the State of California is a staggering $770 billion in debt - and Prop. 1 will add to that debt, costing taxpayers $360 million per year for the next 40 years, all to pay for dams, bike trails in conservancies and huge subsidies for already heavily subs...
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 10:08AM
image Governor Brown makes false claims about tunnel plan during debate 120_800_raging_grannies_against_the_tunnels.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
Brown, clearly on the defensive, used the debate to tout the false claim that the Delta is uniquely threatened by an earthquake or other disaster, even though the exported Delta water goes through hundreds of miles of aqueducts and canals in earthquake and disaster prone areas to reach its destination. Photo: The Raging Grannies sing at a rally against Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels at the State Capitol on July 29. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 9:05AM
image Dan Siegel Issues Statement on Urban Shield 120_1-urban-shield-.jpg original image ( 600x399) - by Cat Brooks
Mayoral Candidate and long-time civil rights activist speaks out against the return of Urban Shield to our City.
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 10:27PM
image Longtime Santa Cruz Residents Forced Out of Town by City and UCSC 120_paula-and-isabella.jpg original image ( 2048x1365) - by via Save Paula's Cottage
A City of Santa Cruz program backed by UCSC to red-tag and evict residents of "accessary dwelling units" (granny units) are driving longtime residents out of Santa Cruz!
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 11:19AM
document CSPA: Water Bond Is Insidious Threat to Delta and Central Valley Rivers cspa_14-point_opposition_prop_1.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
CSPA Executive Director Bill Jennings observed, “Proposition 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.
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 7:53AM

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