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image Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy 120_top_secret.jpg original image ( 960x640) - by Dan Bacher
“It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein is not standing up for the economic engine of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, its water quality and native species that serve not only California’s economic engine but Oregon and Washington as well,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. “Instead of calling for every available bucket of water to be shipped immediately to unsustainable industrial agriculture, Sen. Feinstein should instead be pursuing water dema...
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:19AM
text Quan & Schaaf: Issue statements now! Ease tensions before the Ferguson Grand Jury decides - by Mike Wilson
Oakland residents need their government to ease the tensions surrounding the St. Louis County Grand Jury investigation of the death of Michael Brown
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:29AM
image Urgent Action Alert: Stop Salmon-Killing Drought Bills In Congress! 120_letter_photo_3325_.jpg original image ( 800x600) - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta has received an important update on the drought legislation now proceeding through Congress. Please call Senators to oppose BOTH Feinstein's drought bill and the House of Representatives drought bill. Tell Senator Dianne Feinstein that she needs to talk to experts of the Bay Delta estuary. Share with your friends and thank you for taking action!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:51PM
image 30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking 120_scmpas.jpg original image ( 1320x1020) - by Dan Bacher
This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has just released a new report revealing that the oil industry spent $70 million on lobbyists in California since 2009. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of so-called "marine protected areas" created on the ...
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:19PM
text "Get Out" Anti-Homeless Law...With Phony "Appeal" Process at Afternoon Council 11-18 - by Robert Norse
City Council is set to exponentially expand a "Stay from Parks and Other Public Areas" law passed last year (MC 13,08.100). This law allows immediate Stay-Away orders from all parks and many other public areas (for one day). This happends at the whim of a police officer or ranger once an infraction of any kind is issued. Infractions have mainly been issued to homeless people for such "crimes" as sleeping, being in a park after dark, and smoking--500 Stay-Away orders in the last year. The ...
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:54PM
text A Simple Question of Right and Wrong - by Steve Pleich
Stay Away Ordinance Simply Wrong in Any Form
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:27PM
image Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels 120_10342437_10152580177629563_158404123852791086_n.jpg original image ( 526x394) - by Dan Bacher
“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta. Greater freshwater flow through the Delta, not less freshwater flow, is needed. It is time to start over and for the BDCP agencies to stop hiding alternatives that would increase flows by reducing exports."
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:51PM
image No April Fooling: Group Names Brown's Tunnel Plan Project of the Year! 120_brown_water_plan.jpeg original image ( 554x686) - by Dan Bacher
Lets get this right, folks - the "North American Strategic Leadership Forum" selected Jerry Brown's Peripheral Tunnel Plan, one of the most environmentally destructive projects in California history, as "Engineering Project of the Year" for 2014 and listed the boondoggle as a finalist for the categories of "Strategic Project of the Year” and “Green/New Project of the Year?"
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:06AM
image Western States Petroleum Association spent $4 million lobbying this summer 120_hey_big_oil_.jpg original image ( 881x879) - by Dan Bacher
Besides fighting California’s clean air laws, massive oil industry opposition resulted in the defeat of a bill to protect a marine protected area in Southern California from oil drilling. On August 26, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to ban offshore oil drilling from an area of state waters in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge stalled on the Assembly Floor effectively killing the bill for the year.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:16PM
image Goliath Wins Against David on Prop. 1 120_big_oil_brown.jpg original image ( 321x321) - by Dan Bacher
Folks like Stewart Resnick, the Fisher Family and other billionaires, the oil industry and agribusiness interests didn’t dump millions into the Yes on Prop. 1 campaign for the common good or benefit of all Californians – they did it as a relatively small investment to advance their own interests and to further privatize and plunder the public trust, including our rivers, Delta and the oceans, for their own personal profit. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown, known as "Big Oil Brown" for his...
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 11:30AM
image Sentencing reform Proposition 47 passes, Advocates raise concerns about where the funding will go 120_california-state-prison-los-angeles-county.jpg original image ( 3000x2400) - by Californians United for a Responsible Budget
California - Tonight, California voters passed criminal justice reform measure Proposition 47. Proposition 47 changes the lowest level drug possession and petty theft crimes from felonies to simple misdemeanors for some people. Although re-sentencing is not guaranteed, up to 10,000 people in California’s prisons and jails will be eligible for resentencing, and newly sentenced individuals who meet the requirements will be under county jurisdiction. The measure predicted to save $150-250 mill...
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 12:02AM
document EASTWEST #6: With a Feature on the Oakland Elections newa-6.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by EASTWEST
700 issues have been distributed prior to the election, including at the MacArthur and West Oakland BART stations at rush hour. More will be distributed this week. This issue is dedicated to the "little people."
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 12:37PM
text California's Multi-Billion Dollar Bondage Proposition - by Patrick Porgans
Approval of both propositions would enable Brown and his supporters to open the flood gates and promote more G.O. bonds. Those funds are to be used to cover the debt for the estimated $54.1 billion “Delta fix – twin tunnels” (Bay-Delta Conservation Plan) and the High Speed Rail “Bullet Train”.
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 9:00AM
image Tribal Leaders Urge NO Vote On Prop. 1, the Water Bond 120_800_group_photo.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said the water bond, peripheral tunnels, Shasta Dam raise and other water projects now being planned by the state and federal governments are in in reality "one Big Project" that will destroy salmon, rivers and groundwater supplies. “It does not make sense that people are separating the water puzzle into individual pieces, such as: the raising of Shasta Dam, Proposition 1, the Delta tunnels, BDCP, Sites Reservoir, Tempe...
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 8:11AM
image Committee for Responsible and Accurate Posters (CRAP) Corrects Richmond Chevron Billboards 120_billboardpic1.jpg original image ( 2538x1842) - by C.R.A.P.
The Committee for Responsible and Accurate Posters (CRAP) corrects Chevron-funded political billboards in Richmond in the week before the elections.
Posted: Sun Nov 2, 2014 1:30PM
audio Alameda Greens call for boycott of statewide elections excluding third parties (audio/mpeg 928.1 KB) - by KPFA Weekend News, 11.02.2014
Proposition 14, passed by 54 percent of California voters in 2010, amended the State Constitution in a way that effectively excluded third parties from statewide general elections. Only the top two vote getters in statewide primaries now advance to the general election. Alameda Greens County Councilor Greg Jan told KPFA that proportional representation, in which any party that wins, for example, 10 percent of the vote, elects 10 percent of state legislators would be a more democratic and dy...
Posted: Sun Nov 2, 2014 7:43AM
image Big Tobacco, Health Care Industry Team Up to Fund Prop. 1 Campaign 120_03-1b.jpg original image ( 635x496) - by Dan Bacher
“Gov. Brown should return this money right away,” said Jim Knox, vice president of government relations for ACS CAN in California. “Propositions 1 and 2 are important public policy debates, but the tobacco companies are cynically using these measures to curry favor with the governor. Philip Morris doesn’t care about water or a rainy day fund. They only care about addicting youth and low-income communities to their deadly products."
Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:08AM
image Goliath Gets Bigger: Prop. 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 million 120_pledge_to_vote_no_on_prop._1_.jpg original image ( 715x713) - by Dan Bacher
The Yes on Prop. 1 contributions feature millions of dollars from billionaires, corporate agribusiness, Big Oil and and the tobacco industry - corporate interests that all expect a big return for their "investment" in the corrupt "play to pay" politics that rules California today.
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:44PM
image Peace & Freedom Party Endorses Chase, Van Allen, and Sherman 120_peace_and_freedom_party_logo.jpg original image ( 150x150) - by Santa Cruz News
The Santa Cruz Chapter of the Peace & Freedom Party has issued its set of endorsements for the 2014 election.
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:23PM
image Leonie Sherman's Statement on the Negative Campaigning Aimed at Her 120_leonie_sherman.jpg original image ( 300x296) - by Santa Cruz News
Leonie Sherman has released a statement in response to the SCPD's smear campaign aimed at her Santa Cruz City Council candidacy.
Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:43PM

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