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Santa Cruz Police attempt to discredit Leonie Sherman by labeling her an anarchist - 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
Eviction Free SF Marches to the Home of Mayor Ed Lee and Demands a Moratorium on Evictions - 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
Will the Real Progressive Please Stand Up - 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
Big Oil Company Donates $250,000 to Yes on Proposition 1 Campaign - 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
Obama Selling Out California to Westlands Water District - 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
CREDO Action urges NO vote on Prop. 1, the California Water Bond - 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
Brown Regime Gets Ugly Over State Water Project Contract Extension - 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
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
Massive dumping of wastewater into aquifers shows Big Oil's power in California - 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
Corporate agribusiness showers big money on Proposition 1 - 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
The water bond: A classic David and Goliath battle in California politics - 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
MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Mauna Kea telescope - 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
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
Reclamation to Increase Flows at Iron Gate Dam to Avert Fish Kill - 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
Save the American River Association: Vote No on Prop. 1! - 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
Judge rejects Westlands lawsuit blocking Trinity River flows - 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
Governor signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’ - 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
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
Meet the Resnicks, the Koch Brothers of California Water - 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
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