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Laird announces release of Marine Protected Areas 'Partnership Plan' - by Dan Bacher
The MLPA Initiative, called an "open, transparent and inclusive" process by Laird, other state officials and corporate "environmentalists," was anything but. The process was characterized by its private funding by the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation; its failure to create authentic marine protected areas; numerous conflicts of interests, including the leadership of the South Coast process by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association; incomplete and terminally flawed science; ...
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:04AM
New report documents Big Oil's huge increase in lobbying expenses! - by Dan Bacher
The Western States Petroleum Association spent a record $4 million in the last three months alone, more than twice historical levels. WSPA has spent more than $7 million so far in 2014, leading all statewide lobbying by a wide margin. The group paid nearly $2.5 million to KP Public Affairs, the state’s highest paid lobbying firm, in 2013-2014.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:42PM
Rock the Moke Holiday Party for Clean Water - by Greg Keidan
The Knockout. 3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 550-6994
Event Date:Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:53PM
Rock the Moke Pizza Party for Clean Water in the East Bay - by Greg Keidan
Jules Thin Crust Pizza, 5804 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618 (510) 597-1859
Event Date:Wed Dec 3, 2014 11:30AM
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:47PM
The Open UC - Student walkout against fee hikes - by The Open UC
Students for accessible public education. Join the movement's walkouts on Monday at 12 Noon on all UC campuses.
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:06AM
Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits - by Dan Bacher
According to Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) records, at least 432 unlined pits are currently being used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:43AM
Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year - by Dan Bacher
Ronald Stork, Senior Policy Director of Friends of the River, said, "Feinstein said it will be reintroduced and go through the regular order in the new GOP led-Congress instead of being hatched in secret in the back rooms. That's a good thing, but it doesn't matter if California's two Senators are unwilling to stand up to the San Joaquin Valley Congressmen. Somebody has to show some courage."
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:06AM
Department of Conservation - California SB 4 Well Stimulation Regulations Timeline - by Tomas DiFiore
SB-4 requires a scientific study on well stimulation treatments in California. “On or before January 1, 2015, the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency shall cause to be conducted, and completed, an independent scientific study on well stimulation treatments, including, but not limited to, hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation treatments. The scientific study shall evaluate the hazards and risks and potential hazards and risks that well stimulation treatments pose to natural re...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:49AM
SB 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations - Second Revised Text of Proposed Regulations - by Tomas DiFiore
SB 4 and Seismic Activity in the Vicinity of Hydraulic Fracturing Subseismic activity of magnitude 2.7 - That's the operator's reponsibility threshold. Under the 'good' neighbor notification and well monitoring protocols, the public can ascertain the timeframe of the operations and monitor the area at the CISN for changes and trends. In the most recent, proposed SB 4 California Well Stimulation Regulations (Second Revised Text), the language regarding well bores and known faults have been s...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:30AM
Militarization of our local Police - by Mitchell Cappa
An awareness piece bringing to light the issue of the 1033 program and the problems that have followed it.
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:10PM
Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy - by Dan Bacher
“It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein is not standing up for the economic engine of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, its water quality and native species that serve not only California’s economic engine but Oregon and Washington as well,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. “Instead of calling for every available bucket of water to be shipped immediately to unsustainable industrial agriculture, Sen. Feinstein should instead be pursuing water dema...
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:19AM
UC Regents Committee Passes Plan to Increase Tuition; Student Regent Voted 'NO' - by UC News
Today a committee of the UC Regents passed a plan by a 7-2 vote to increase tuition and fees for University of California students by at least 5% a year over the next five years. UC Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin, who was one of the two dissenting votes, issued a statement condemning the plan when she voted no.
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:29PM
CUCFA statement on UC’s planned tuition increases - by via Council of UC Faculty Associations
The Council of UC Faculty Associations holds Governor Jerry Brown’s slashing of public higher education responsible for UC President Napolitano’s recent proposal to budget for 5% tuition increases every year for the next 5 years. Raising tuition is not the solution. There is a better way: provide California students and their families high quality, affordable higher education, as defined by the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The reality is that Governor Brown has not been wi...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:13PM
Big Real Estate Loses Key Anti-Tenant Democrats - by Dean Preston
Many ambitious legislators in Sacramento believe that their path to victory is by selling out tenants and aligning with realtors and landlords. No doubt they get campaign money for playing this game. But several Democrats around the state have learned the hard way that supporting Big Real Estate to the detriment of working people is not a good strategy for re-election.
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:20PM
Urgent Action Alert: Stop Salmon-Killing Drought Bills In Congress! - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta has received an important update on the drought legislation now proceeding through Congress. Please call Senators to oppose BOTH Feinstein's drought bill and the House of Representatives drought bill. Tell Senator Dianne Feinstein that she needs to talk to experts of the Bay Delta estuary. Share with your friends and thank you for taking action!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:51PM
George Harrison, Steve Jobs, And Paramahansa Yogananda - by Yogananda Follower
a new movie about the first spiritual teacher to bring yoga, meditation, positive thought and a vegetarain restaurant to the US
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:07AM
Court trafficking of Jonah Rief & Lexi Dillon gets national attention, exposes corruption - by Tracy of Save our Children
As concerned Americans held another night of prayer vigils and protests in cities across America in support of protective mothers Ruby Dillon and Tammy Rief, the event exposed corruption in California Courts and in San Diego's Vital Records.
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:34PM
30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking - by Dan Bacher
This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has just released a new report revealing that the oil industry spent $70 million on lobbyists in California since 2009. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of so-called "marine protected areas" created on the ...
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:19PM
New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets National Model - by via National Nurses United
Following a worldwide day of actions of 100,000 registered nurses and health workers demanding substantial improvements in safeguards for the deadly Ebola virus, California officials have announced landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines that should be a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals, National Nurses United said on November 14.
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:45PM
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast - by via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:54PM