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Demonstration at Mission Dolores Opposes Sainthood for Junipero Serra - by Alex Darocy
On May 2, Native American community members and Interfaith supporters, including clergy leaders, demonstrated outside of Mission Dolores in San Francisco to oppose the impending canonization of Junipero Serra by the Catholic church. Pope Francis has reaffirmed his decision to name Junipero Serra a saint, despite strong opposition from Native Americans who say the man is responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people when he helped to establish and then presided over...
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 10:06PM
EPA Cites Bakersfield Oil Train Terminal for Clean Air Act Violations - by Center for Biological Diversity
TAFT, Calif.— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited the Bakersfield Crude Terminal for 10 violations of the Clean Air Act, declaring the California crude-by-rail facility a major air pollution source that should have been subjected to rigorous environmental review during the permitting process.
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 5:20PM
The Tech Commute Did Not Take Place - by Fireworks
The mainstream media attempted to portray the May 1st blockade of the Oakland tech commute a failure. An article on SFGate.com carried the headline “May Day rally fails to block tech bus in Oakland.” Further below in the same article, the author goes on to write, “When the lone bus pulled up at 7:40 a.m., it stopped across the street from protesters and left before they could assemble. Other buses were either rerouted or cancelled in anticipation of the protest.”
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 2:51PM
California: 40 percent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 climate change target - by John Englart (Takver)
Governor Brown announced a major greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2030, which will boost opportunity for a successful agreement at the Paris climate change talks in December. California's commitment now matches Europe's. But Gov Brown's continued support for fracking is a major climate concern of environmental groups.
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 2:40AM
Tesla storage Battery launch a revolutionary energy solution for climate change - by John Englart (Takver)
In a remarkable 20 minute presentation on Thursday night, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Paypal and Tesla Motors, launched a scalable battery storage system aimed at multiple markets: from personal home use, small business to utility scale electricity storage.
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 2:23AM
Prop.13 Reform Campaign Statewide Kickoff - by Emil Margolis
Sutter Middle School, 3150 I St, Sacramento, California 95816
Event Date:Thu May 7, 2015 10:30AM
Posted: Fri May 1, 2015 4:15PM
Tunnel opponents blast Governor's revised Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
Critics of the tunnels slammed the revised tunnel plan for a number of severe flaws after reviewing the released documents. Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Board Member of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and Executive Committee Member of Restore the Delta, summed up the reactions of many to the revised plan when he said, "The Water Fix and Eco Restore are Ecocide for the Delta." Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director...
Posted: Fri May 1, 2015 9:35AM
Governor to unveil tunnels-only Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan - by Dan Bacher
“You cannot have successful habitat or restore fisheries while draining the Delta of its water,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, RTD executive director.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:41AM
May Day march at Port of Oakland to protest police killings - by repost
Jack Heyman, retired ILWU Local 10 member and chair of the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee writes about the action by ILWU Local 10 to stop work in protest of police terror against African Americans and Latinos.
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:15PM
Chumash Nation Honors Mission Ancestors and Opposes Serra Sainthood - by via AIM Southern California
In opposition of the Pope's plans, the Barbareno Chumash Tribal Iyalmuwic Council and the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation will lead a weekend of cultural reverence and resistance to the notion of Serras' Canonization; highlighted by a ceremony to honor the more than 4,000 ancestors who lost their lives who are buried in a mass gravesite. The ceremony will be outside the Santa Barbara Mission, May 31.
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:01PM
Group Calls on Senate Candidate Steve Glazer to Divulge Clients - by Steven Maviglio
Corporate special interests and LA GOP developer have poured $3 million into his campaign; voters deserve answers on his clients
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:32AM
California Bill to Protect Elephants Passes Senate Committee - by via The Humane Society
A bill to prohibit the use of bullhooks on elephants, SB 716, heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee after passing the Senate Public Safety Committee 5-2. The Humane Society of the United States, Oakland Zoo and Performing Animal Welfare Society applaud the committee and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the bill’s sponsor, for this important first step.
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:51AM
Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign - by Dan Bacher
In contrast to the $21.8 million dumped into the campaign by Big Money interests, Proposition 1 opponents raised only $101,149 and spent $86,347 during the campaign. To put that in perspective, note that just one big grower, Stewart Resnick, contributed $150,000 to the Prop. 1 campaign, more than all of the opponents combined. And Resnick wasn’t even one of the top 23 donors, with Sean Parker being the largest individual donor at $1,000,000!
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:51AM
Sex Workers Present Sexy, Healing & Political Arts & Cultural Festival - by Carol Leigh
The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival has provided a forum for sex worker film and video makers since 1999. The Festival has since expanded to become a vibrant venue for performances, workshops, visual arts, political organizing and skills sharing.
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:28AM
New Data Shows West Coast Whale Entanglements Now at Record High Levels - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— New data reveals that a record number of whales were entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Pacific coast last year, and they are being reported at an even faster rate this year, prompting conservation groups today to urge California fishery managers to institute reforms to better protect marine mammals from injury, suffering and death.
Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:01AM
Nightmares of Oscar Grant's Death - by ntuit
Will this ever end?
Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:14PM
"Conservators" & the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau: California Leads In This Abuse - by Razer Ray
From New Eastern Outlook, normally a foreign policy journal
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:44AM
Dan Bacher Speaks Out About Water (audio/mpeg 15.1MB) - by Mike Rhodes
Pam Whalen interviewed Dan Bacher on the Street Heat radio show heard on KFCF 88.1 FM Friday, April 24. The 16:31 minute audio starts out with a brief clip of Mark Arax speaking at a water conference earlier that day and then Dan’s comments about and solutions to the water crisis in California.
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:39AM
Recovery Plan for California Tiger Salamander Calls for Protection of 34,000 Acres - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— In accordance with a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft recovery plan (see PDF) for the endangered Santa Barbara County population of the California tiger salamander. The plan calls for purchase and permanent protection of up to 34,000 acres of the salamander’s breeding ponds and adjacent uplands.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:35PM
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