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Santa Cruz City Council Members to Initiate Discussion of Local Minimum Wage - by Alex Darocy
Mayor Don Lane, Vice-Mayor Cynthia Mathews, and Council Member Cynthia Chase have submitted a proposal to be heard by the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday, April 28 which if passed, will direct city staff to research the subject of a local minimum wage.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:34AM
Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling - by Dan Bacher
“We have to close the loophole in state law that could allow for new offshore oil development,” Senator McGuire said. “After all of the work that we have done to protect our coast and our environment, it’s unconscionable to think that there is a loophole that could lead to additional drilling in state water. It poses too great a risk.”
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:55PM
The Homeless in Tulare and their Allies Organize for Change - by Mike Rhodes
A group of about 100 homeless people and their supporters attended the Tulare City Council meeting last night (Tuesday, April 21, 2015) calling for changes in public policy. The group, which delivered a petition signed by over 1,000 residents, called for improvements in the way homeless people are treated by the police, a safe place to sleep and equal rights.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:19PM
Commentary on Sheriff's Latest "Fence 'em Out!" Plan at the Jail - by Robert Norse
I wrote the two speeches below for the Board of Supervisors this morning. "More Martial Law Measures..." is an update of an earlier speech I prepared and only partially gave in February when the Supes were set to rubberstamp Hart's earlier request to post "No Trespassing" signs and fence off whatever areas he pleased. "Muzzle the Messenger..." was prepared for this meeting, but I only gave part of it.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:15PM
Stewart Resnick expands almond acreage as cities forced to slash water use - by Dan Bacher
"It appears that Stewart Resnick is making Paramount Farms into a Wall Street bank that is too big to fail," quipped Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:12PM
No New Fence Around the Jail! - Pack the Board of Supes - by Sin Barras
Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Room 500, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:30PM
Tax Day Protest in Fresno - by Mike Rhodes
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom distributed fliers today at the U.S. Post Office at Blackstone and Griffith today, protesting tax money being used to support militarism.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:57PM
RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care - by via California Nurses Association
Will California finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status?
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:26PM
The Extinction Governor Rips the Green Mask off His Tunnels Plan - by Dan Bacher
“The new plan is a giant step backward,” said Chelsea Tu, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "If it goes through, this massive project’s boosters will be able to build these tunnels without having to do anything to protect our wildlife and waters — and will neatly sidestep input from the public.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:28AM
Zeke Grader, Legendary Fish Advocate, Honored at Sausalito Gathering - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader has served as a relentless defender of fishing families and fishery restoration not only in California but across the world for over three decades. He developed a close working relationship with Indian Tribes and recreational anglers, as well as with environmentalists and human rights activists. I wish the best to Zeke and his family in his retirement! Photo: Representative Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader display the Congressional Proclamation honoring Zeke for over three decades...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:55PM
California water restrictions must include Nestlé, Big Ag and Big Oil! - by Dan Bacher
Almond acreage in California has expanded by 70,000 acres, a total of 280,000 acre feet per year of new water demand, during the current drought, according to "On the Public Record" blog. Graphic courtesy of US Uncut
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:25PM
A whale of a conflict of interest: Big oil lobbyist's oversight of marine protected areas - by Dan Bacher
The Western State Petroleum Association President's role as Chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast is undoubtedly one of the most overt conflicts of interest in recent years, but it's just one example of the conflicts of interests that infest environmental politics in California.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 5:00PM
Oil Industry Drops Lawsuit Over California County's Fracking Ban - by Center for Biological Diversity
HOLLISTER, Calif.— The only oil company to sue San Benito County over a local ban on fracking and other high-intensity petroleum operations announced today it has dropped its lawsuit, leaving the voter-approved ordinance in place.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 8:34PM
Governor Brown's drought order lets agribusiness, oil companies off the hook - by Dan Bacher
"In the two year period covering 2014-2015, the Westlands Water District is on pace to pump over 1 million acre feet of groundwater - more water than Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco combined use in 1 year," said Adam Scow, Food & Water Watch California Director. "Much of Westlands grows water-intensive almonds and pistachios, most of which are exported out of state and overseas. This is a wasteful and unreasonable water use, especially during a severe drought."
Posted: Sat Apr 4, 2015 1:35PM
Democrat Gov Jerry Brown Postures for Big Agriculture on Their Water Crisis - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
On April Fools' Day, 2015, Democrat Gov Jerry Brown posed at Phillips Station in the Sierras for a publicity stunt campaign to save his campaign contributors, Big Agriculture, and pretend to solve their water problem by attacking those who use 20% of California's agriculture, namely residents and businesses. The question must be asked, who is the April Fool, those who vote like robots for the Democrat-Republicans, who cause us only grief, or the Democrat-Republicans, who are the beneficiarie...
Posted: Thu Apr 2, 2015 8:24PM
Feds fund captive breeding program for Delta smelt - by Dan Bacher
"If Delta smelt, once the most numerous species in the estuary, and winter Chinook and other species lingering on the brink of extinction go extinct, the state water board and the state and federal fishery agencies will be the responsible policies," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:02AM
Westlands Water District hires Rep. Nunes' chief of staff - by Dan Bacher
"The District is excited about Johnny joining the District’s staff," said Thomas Birmingham, Westlands’ General Manager. “His prior work with elected officials at all levels of government in the San Joaquin Valley and other regions of the state will be instrumental in helping to forge a unified Valley position on potential solutions to address the Valley’s chronic water supply shortages.” Map of Westlands Water District courtesy of http://wwd.ca.gov/
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:36PM
Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento - by Dan Bacher
Representatives of the "Crunch Nestlé Alliance" said the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during a record drought. They claim Sacramento City Hall has made it possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway." Photo of protest in front of the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento on March 20 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:01PM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM
New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County - by Bradley Allen
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:52AM