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FOIA Lawsuit Filed Over Efforts to Limit Municipalities' Foreclosure Prevention Options - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Popular Democracy today filed a lawsuit (see PDF) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to provide details about the agency's relationship with the financial industry and its efforts to block municipalities from using eminent domain to prevent foreclosures.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 12:03PM
December 19: a dark day for science and the ocean - by Dan Bacher
The mainstream media, state officials and corporate "environmentalists" refuse to discuss one of the biggest scandals regarding the creation of these marine protected areas - the terminally flawed and incomplete science that these MPAs were based upon and the alarming fact that Ron LeValley of Eureka, the co-chair of the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team that oversaw the crafting of these alleged "Yosemites of the Sea," is now awaiting trial on federal conspiracy to embezzle charges. M...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:04AM
Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday - by Dan Bacher
The tunnel plan is based on the false premise that you can restore a river system by stealing more water from it.
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 7:56PM
Full Text of Speech to City Council on 12-3 - by Robert Norse
Even though Mayor Bryant allowed three minutes per speaker (to her credit), I was unable to finish the speech I prepared, so I reprint it here since I've heard some favorable comment. Well, I'd actually be posting it even if I hadn't. Folks should be aware that if you want to make a presentation for a group, you should inform the Mayor (we'll see if Robinson tries to shut this down) a few days in advance, and you should be able to get 5 minutes. At least such was the practice in the past. ...
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:03AM
Over 3500 People Attend Indigenous Peoples Annual Sunrise Gathering - by Dan Bacher
“As we gather today to celebrate, we do not celebrate the re-write of history that has become Thanksgiving," said Andrea Carmen, Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council. "We celebrate our survival as indigenous people. In reality, on this day so long ago, 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation were slaughtered during their sacred Green Corn ceremonies by Pilgrims they had saved during the winter months with their own food." Photo of Radley Davis, Morning ...
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 5:48PM
Litigation as Tactic - by Steve Pleich
The Courts and Civil Liberties
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 2:02PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the 'most realistic plan' - by Dan Bacher
How will the tunnels benefit salmon, steelhead and other species when they are in fact only spreading the fish carnage from the South Delta to the Sacramento River also? The massacre of Central Valley salmon, steelhead, Sacramento splittail, American shad, striped bass and other species will continue when the South Delta pumps are operating - while the new intake facilities on the Sacramento River will imperil migrating salmon, steelhead and other fish in their major migratory corridor.
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 10:40AM
State will hold public meetings on EIR for fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
You know that this legislation won't protect the land, water, fish, wildlife and people of California from the expansion of fracking when a big oil lobbyist praises the draft regulations.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:19PM
Walmarting the rivers and oceans - by Dan Bacher
The Walton Family Foundation reported “investments” totaling more than $91.4 million in “environmental initiatives” in 2012, including contributions to corporate “environmental” NGOs pushing ocean privatization through the “catch shares” programs and so-called “marine protected areas” like those created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, as well as to groups supporting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnel...
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:44PM
New Public Assembly Restrictions Up For Initial Vote Tuesday 11-26 at City Council - by Robert Norse
I've not had time to look at it carefully, but agenda item #12 rewrites the entire sections on public demonstrations for commercial and non-commercial events. The staff report can be found at http://sire.cityofsantacruz.com/sirepub/cache/2/gm3nxoa24g4uqu55k4gs1zrb/382360111252013053508496.PDF . I hope to take a longer look later, but the one thing I do notice is that the permit requirement has now tightened apparently so that 50 rather than 100 people require a permit. Additionally marchi...
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:47PM
Are local community groups all beholden to TBSC? - by John E. Colby
After publicizing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests which expose potential fraud by local government and social service providers who I allege are abusing public compassion for the homeless, Santa Cruz politician Steve Pleich removed me (without warning or notice) from his Facebook group called Citizens For a Better Santa Cruz (CFAB SC).
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:07PM
Peripheral tunnels won't address subsidence threat to Central Valley - by Dan Bacher
"They’ve exhausted their own groundwater supply, and now they are coming after the Delta and upstream rivers to support farms that are not environmentally and economically sustainable," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "Sending them water is like enabling a drug addict. Is the state’s entire water supply to be sacrificed for almonds to export to China?"
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:28PM
Westlands officials ponder big buy-in on Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Lloyd G. Carter
Following the 90-minute workshop, Westlands directors went into executive session to discuss, among other things, whether they want to participate further in BDCP financing. It is unknown if Westlands is comparison shopping by talking with bond underwriters other than Houston, who has done bond work for Westlands in the past. Photo of Hoopa Valley Tribe protest against Westlands Water District in Fresno on August 21 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:44AM
Congresswoman Lois Capps calls for offshore fracking moratorium - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, urged people to support a ban on fracking in California. "California's new draft fracking rules Are BAD," she said. "Tell Governor Brown that weak regulations won't cut it. We need a ban!" "Regulations don't make fracking any safer - no water for fracking at the expense of the Tribal ceremonies and salmon habitat," Sisk stated. Photo of offshore oil drilling platform courtesy of: http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/offshore-oil-dr...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:26PM
State Water Project initial allocation only 5% - after summer of reservoir draining - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), emphasized, "There is no limit to the gall of these folks. They killed 98.9 percent of the Delta smelt population and now they are blaming the 1.1 percent that are left for causing operational constraints on pumping? Then they wiped out 99.7 percent of the longfin smelt - and now they are blaming the remaining three-tenths of 1 percent for operational constraints on public trust water as they continu...
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:32PM
Oakland’s Vendor Pool to Complete the “DAC” Is Filled With Nuclear Weapons Contractors - by Darwin BondGraham (repost)
Darwin BondGraham's research into the contractor pool for Oakland's Domain Awareness Center.
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:09AM
Petition Seeks to Gag San Francisco Supervisor at Annual Harvey Milk Memorial - by David Francisco
San Francisco Group for Accountable Government (SFGAG) seeks to prevent media hungry SF Supervisor from hijacking the annual Harvey Milk Candlelight Memorial.
Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:22PM
Big oil lobbyist/marine guardian praises draft fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
"Governor Brown signed SB 4 less than two months ago, and the state has worked expeditiously to implement this new comprehensive law," said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). "These regulations are extensive but strike the right balance that will result in an environmental platform which will ensure that the potential energy resources contained in the Monterey Shale formation can be responsibly developed."
Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:28AM
State owes counties over $17 million as Brown fast-tracks tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“Why would we trust these same agencies to keep their promises about the $54 billion tunnels, the land they will purchase or the ‘habitat’ they will buy and manage?" asked RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “The failure to repay for lands is just one in a long series of broken promises by these same agencies. They are not trustworthy.” Graphic of Jerry Brown courtesy of Red, Green and Blue.
Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:34PM
Flush The TPP - Part 2 . (video/quicktime 28.6MB) - by Bill Carpenter
Bay Area activists urge Nancy Pelosi to oppose the Trans-Pacific trade agreement. Four-minute QT movie. 30MB.
Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:51AM