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An Open Letter to the Santa Cruz City Council - by Steve Pleich
Posted: Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:40PM
Lawsuit Charges Calaveras County with Unconstitutionally Promoting One Religious Belief - by ACLU of Northern California
San Andreas – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on February 18 filed a lawsuit (see PDF) against the county of Calaveras, charging the board of supervisors with passing a resolution last summer that unconstitutionally promotes one particular set of religious beliefs over all others.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:41PM
Water board chief admits he was 'just wrong’ - by Dan Bacher
"He admitted he was wrong last year in assessing the impacts to fish - and so now he is proposing to do it again," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:20PM
Bay Area says: Overturn CITIZENS UNITED - Pt. 2 (video/quicktime 76.2MB) - by Bill Carpenter
The January 21, 2015, demonstration began at Sen. Diane Feinstein's office at Market & Montgomery in San Francisco. Eleven-minute QT movie. 80MB
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:11PM
Historic march for divestment at UC Davis photo essay - by Francisco J. Dominguez
One hundred students at UC Davis marched in a call for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi on February 10.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:30PM
Governor Jerry Brown wins "Cold, Dead Fish Award" three years in a row! - by Dan Bacher
The common link in much of the destruction and mayhem I’ve described in my articles is Jerry Brown, the worst Governor for fish, water and the environment in recent California history. Brown has constantly gushed about his "green energy" and carbon trading policies at press conferences and photo opportunities while he enthusiastically supports the expansion of fracking in California and is rushing the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, the Bay Delt...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:50PM
American River steelhead run is worst on record - by Dan Bacher
“The steelhead died for a noble cause - almonds," quipped Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). Photo of Sammy Yoro, Jr., of Watsonville with two winter hatchery steelhead caught on the American River in January 2011 by Dan Bacher. The Bureau of Reclamation's abysmal management of Folsom Reservoir and the American River during a record drought has resulted in the destruction of the once abundant steelhead population that anglers, N...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:28PM
Californians Against Fracking slams hearing process, calls for fracking ban - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown’s oil regulators have issued rules for fracking before they’ve even finished studying it, putting the cart before the horse and endangering lives," said David Braun in a statement before the hearing on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. "Unsurprisingly, this is the same agency responsible for issuing hundreds of illegal permits for the disposal of oil industry wastewater into multiple protected drinking water aquifers." Photo of anti-fracking march in Oakland o...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:53AM
Western Regional Advocacy Project Calls for Support of "Right to Rest Act" - by Steve Pleich
Act Would Protect Basic Human Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:21PM
Fishermen, Delta Leaders Protest Move to “Destroy Salmon” - by Dan Bacher
Water rights attorney and C-WIN Board Member Mike Jackson said, “Evidently after the Bureau of Reclamation’s killing of 95% of the endangered winter-run salmon year last year, the Federal government has decided to propose a much worse water plan for 2015. It’s a much more complicated plan, but if it is approved by the California Water Board it may send both the endangered salmon and Delta smelt to extinction. We will find out soon if the Governor’s office intervenes with the Water Boa...
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:08PM
Richmond, California's vacant City Council seat (audio/mpeg 1.7MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Ann Garrison
Richmond City Councilors are attempting to come to an agreement about who will fill the Council seat vacated by newly elected Mayor Tom Butt, who swore in as mayor in January. The Richmond Progressive Alliance is backing Marilyn Langlois because, according to Councilor Eduardo Martinez, she's the best candidate.
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:47PM
Largest Anti-Fracking March in U.S. History Photo Essay - by Dan Bacher
People from all walks of life came from throughout California to Oakland on February 7 to call on Governor Jerry Brown to stop fracking and other extreme energy extraction in the state, stand up to big oil and move California beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. Photo of the March for Real Climate Leadership banner at the front of the march by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:03PM
City Bicycle Program Dysfunction Continues - by Steve Schnaar
For years the City used to give away unclaimed bicycles to youth in need through any qualified nonprofit, with the Bike Church hosting the distributions. In 2012 the City secretly terminated the program, with bikes going for a while to a for-profit business, later being auctioned off in LA. Responding to public pressure, City Council agreed to reinstate distributions to youth, but schemed to keep the Bike Church out of the picture. Ironically, the new program managers are having a hard time a...
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:40AM
Will drought relief money be used to support overpumping Delta water? - by Dan Bacher
"Secretary Jewell's announcement mentions that $5.37 million will be available for Delta needs for drought monitoring of endangered species, and to increase flexibility in water operations,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “What we fear is that this spending plan will translate into funding to manage the system so that the greatest amount of water is exported to big agribusiness growers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley." Photo of Secre...
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:14PM
Protest War Criminal Netanyahu’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress - by ANSWER Coalition
Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St., at California St.
Event Date:Tue Mar 3, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:19PM
Coalition urges Brown to shut down illegal injection wells - by Dan Bacher
“Gov. Jerry Brown must immediately ban fracking and halt the use of illegal injection wells in California,” said Adam Scow, California director of Food and Water Watch, on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. Photo of the front of the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland on February 7 by Dan Bacher. Over 8,000 Californians, including a diverse group of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans, Asians, labor union activists, doctors, nurses, clergy, co...
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:57PM
Stop Us From Organizing at the Jail? We Say NO WAY! - by Sin Barras
Only three days after hundred of people attended the the Cages Kill - Freedom Rally, the Sheriff along with other County bureaucrats have proposed an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to be within "designated security perimeters" around the jail.
Posted: Mon Feb 9, 2015 4:34PM
Anti-fracking activists blockade California State Office Building in downtown San Francisco - by Matthew Gerring
About 70 activists blockaded the entrance to the California State office building in San Francisco on Friday morning in support of a state-wide ban on fracking.
Posted: Fri Feb 6, 2015 10:27AM
Anti fracking protest underway at state building Mcallister St - by Anti nukefrack
Anti fracking protest underway at state building Mcallister St Pictures from Twitter
Posted: Fri Feb 6, 2015 10:06AM
Oil lobby group tops spending list with $8.9 million in 2014 - by Dan Bacher
The oil industry is the most powerful corporate lobby in California, overshadowing corporate agribusiness, the high tech industry, the movie industry, insurance companies and other special interests in the money and influence that it wields in state politics. Photo of press conference by Californians Against Fracking at the State Capitol on January 28 by Dan Bacher. On February 7 thousands of Californians will converge in Oakland – Brown’s home town – for the "March for Real Climate ...
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 4:45PM