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Bay Delta Conservation Plan's Terminal Flaws Remain - by Dan Bacher
"These minor changes appear to save money for the water-takers on construction and possibly operation costs, but they still do not address local concerns," said Osha Meserve, counsel for Local Agencies of the North Delta (LAND). “It is a misnomer to call the new configuration ‘gravity flow’ as if it will operate on its own." Photo of American River, one of the main tributaries of the Sacramento River, above the Watt Avenue in Sacramento. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the p...
Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:23PM
KPFA Craft Fair - by Charles Twitchell
Craneway Pavilion Dec 20-21 10AM - 5 PM 1414 Harbour Way Richmond, CA 94804
Event Date:Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:00AM
Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:39PM
Animal Groups Sue California Rodeo Salinas for Underreporting Animal Injuries - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Salinas, Calif. — On December 17, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the California Rodeo Salinas and its head veterinarian Tim Eastman for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law. The defendants are accused of significantly underreporting the number of animals injured at the California Rodeo Salinas, the largest rodeo in the state and one of the largest in the country. In the last...
Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:49PM
New York Fracking Ban Increases Pressure on Obama to Protect Public Lands From Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
ALBANY, N.Y.— After years of public pressure, New York today became the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing because of risks to people and the environment. The announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds to the pressure on the Obama administration to end fracking across the country, including on America’s public lands.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:59PM
House Passes Salmon-Killing Drought Relief Bill - by Dan Bacher
or many years, corporate agribusiness interests and their Astroturf groups, including the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and the Latino Water Coalition, have blamed Endangered Species Act protections for Delta smelt and Central Valley Chinook salmon for creating an alleged "Dust Bowl" on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. However, the campaign to blame Delta smelt and salmon for reductions in Delta exports was shown to be a big “red herring,” pardon the pun, when Restore the ...
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:58AM
Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity - by via National Nurses United
Registered nurses who work in five Daughters of Charity hospitals across California will hold a Sacramento press conference Wednesday to urge Attorney General Kamala Harris to approve the sale of the hospitals to a buyer that has pledged to stop the threatened closure of the hospitals and preserve critical healthcare services. Photo: Registered Nurses held a vigil on Dec. 12, in front of O'Connor Hospital in San Jose supporting the sale to Prime Healthcare.
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:11PM
Proposal for Prison Noise Demos on New Year's Eve - by Rev. Solidarity
Freedom will blossom in the ruins of the prisons. Proposal for Prison Noise Demos Across North America on New Year’s Eve 2014/2015 December 15, 2014
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:37AM
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Visualizes the Loss of Black Population in the Bay Area - by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is releasing an interactive map detailing shift in black populations from 1970 to 2013. Viewers can click through the panels on the left to witness demographic change by neighborhood. Viewers can also pan out to witness shifts across the United States during this time period. The map is here: http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/black.html
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:07PM
Western States Petroleum Association's Astroturf Campaign Exposed! - by Dan Bacher
The PowerPoint deck from a presentation by WSPA President Catherine Reheis-Boyd lays out the construction of what environmentalists contend is an elaborate ‘Astroturf' campaign by WSPA, the the oldest petroleum trade association in the United States and the most powerful corporate lobbying organization in Sacramento.
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:56AM
UC Student-Worker Union Members Vote to Support Divestment from Israel - by via UAW 2865
HISTORIC: UAW 2865, UC STUDENT-WORKER UNION, BECOMES FIRST MAJOR U.S. LABOR UNION TO SUPPORT DIVESTMENT FROM ISRAEL BY MEMBERSHIP VOTE.
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:45PM
Plastic Bag Makers Novolex, Wind Point Partners Targeted in New Ad Campaign - by Steven Maviglio
Plastic Bag Ban Supporters Fight Referendum Attempt by Out-of-State Companies
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:46AM
State Department chose Chevron as finalist for "corporate excellence" award - by Dan Bacher
Fortunately, the State Department didn't pick Chevron as one of the three winners of the "corporate excellence" award on December 9. "We organized a big letter with 30 NGOs signing on and a petition to oppose the award and fortunately Chevron lost today," said Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch. (http://amazonwatch.org/) Instead, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli presented the Secretary of State's 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (...
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:38AM
Affordable Care Act - by Reyna Vigil
Republican congress is trying to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in order to "benefit" the economy and American citizens.
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 4:53PM
Discrepencies in Health Care - by Monica Bejarano
The Affordable Care Act that began in 2010, has created a reform that has helped many people in the United States to sign up for Health Insurance. But, in reality there are loopholes that were found through the four years it has existed.
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 10:26AM
Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans ha...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:22PM
Justice for Anthony "Skeet" Skeaton killed in custody by police - by gg
PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE 101 MAPLE STREET AUBURN, CA 95603
Event Date:Sat Dec 6, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:21PM
Conservation groups call on Feinstein to oppose Valadao drought bill - by Dan Bacher
"We urge a no vote on H.R. 5781, to avoid Congress micromanaging water usage and allocation in California," EWC Co-Facilitators Conner Everts and David Nesmith wrote. "Before allowing disruption of California’s 150-year old water rights system and major federal environmental protection laws, EWC wants Congress to undertake careful deliberation over H.R. 5781 by both houses."
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 5:21PM
House 'Drought Relief' Bill Would Eviscerate Environmental Protections - by Dan Bacher
“This bill will actually perpetuate our drought emergency by giving away all the water in storage to Big Ag,” said Tom Stokely, water policy analyst for the California Water Impact Network. “It will drain Trinity Lake, depleting the last cold water reserve available for Klamath and Trinity River salmon and steelhead. We’ll see fish kills that make the great die-off of 2002 look minor by comparison."
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:22AM
East Bay Anarchist Bookfair - by Ned Ludd
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, CA 94612
Event Date:Sun Dec 7, 2014 10:00AM
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 9:26PM
Lawsuit Launched Against Offshore Fracking in California's Santa Barbara Channel - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Interior Department for violating three federal laws by rubber-stamping offshore fracking in California’s Santa Barbara Channel without evaluating its polluting effects on coastal communities or blue whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife.
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 12:16PM