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Feds kill fall salmon eggs on Sacramento River - by Dan Bacher
“Once salmon have laid their eggs in the river, it’s up to water managers to keep them safely under water until they hatch,” said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). “After all, humans control the amount of water released from upstream reservoirs. Killing the offspring of naturally spawning salmon is what you don’t want to do if your goal is to reduce reliance on hatchery fish and rebuild wild runs. It’s hard to rebuild natural runs when ...
Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:29AM
2014: Save Peace & Freedom & Green Parties - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
2014 is here as far as paying our January medical membership or premium is concerned. Kaiser individual covered members age 60-64 now pay $838 per month, up from $784 per month in 2013, plus $25 to see the doctor, $10 for each lab test and X-ray, $200 per day for a hospital bed and $200 per day for a hospital doctor! Obamacare, the Democrats’ insurance profiteering racket, does not have any cost control. If you want socialized medicine and want to save 2 socialized medicine parties, regi...
Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:29AM
Hot Spots: Radioactive San Francisco - by Michael Steinberg
This story is important in and of itself, but also because it once again unearths the region’s role in the birth of the atomic age, and also highlights the radioactive legacy that continues to haunt us.
Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:33PM
Anthony Messer 1985-2013 - by Alex Darocy
Friends and family from coast to coast are mourning the loss of 28-year-old Anthony Messer, who died in Santa Cruz on the evening of December 2. Funeral services were held for him on Monday in Chipley, Florida. Anthony was well known in Santa Cruz as a veteran of the U.S. military, a political activist, a traveler, and a generally friendly person who exuded positivity. Anthony made a big splash in the Occupy movement after having first participated in Occupy Sacramento. After leaving Sacramen...
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:02PM
Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Fishermen Blast Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
Rather than being a “rational, balanced plan” as Secretary John Laird claimed it is, Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of Winnemem Wintu Tribe, denounced the tunnel plan as “a death sentence for salmon and a violation of indigenous rights.” Photo: Tribal leaders, fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and elected officials held a press conference on the north steps of the State Capitol opposing Governor Jerry Brown. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:10PM
Stop Privatization of Public Education & Union Busting! No More Public Money To Charters, - by United Public Workers For Action
On December 9, 2013 the AFT and NEA along with over organizations called for a national day of action to "reclaim education". The call included support for making the "common core" pushed by the Gates Foundation and other privatizers. At the same time the call for the rally did not mention privatization and the use of charters to destroy public education.
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:24PM
Dark Links: the MLPA Initiative and Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
Likewise, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been developed without any consent from California Tribes, as required under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In fact, the first formal informational meeting for California Tribes on the BDCP was held on December 10, in Sacramento - the day after the EIR/EIS for the tunnel plan was released! That is hardly "government-to-government" consultation, as required under state, federal and international law. “There is no pr...
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:22AM
Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California - by ACLU of Northern California
The Public Policy Institute of California today released a report 'Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California.' (see PDF) The following can be attributed to Allen Hopper, director of criminal justice and drug policy for the ACLU of California: "The report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California confirms that Realignment has not caused a public safety catastrophe in California. We now have independent data that confirms that California can successfully reduc...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:18PM
California's Lone Wolf Returns, Highlighting Need for Wolf Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— California’s first confirmed wild wolf in nearly 90 years made a return trip to the Golden State for a brief visit this past weekend. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the wolf called OR-7 crossed the border into Siskiyou County on Dec. 7, then returned to Oregon. His brief foray back into California supports the position advanced by wolf advocates that wolves from Oregon will continue to make their way into the state and that the species thus war...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:47PM
New Report: Rising Seas Threaten 233 Federally Protected Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Sea-level rise driven by climate change poses a deadly threat to 233 federally protected animal and plant species in 23 coastal states, according to a new scientific report from the Center for Biological Diversity (see PDF), and U.S. wildlife protection agencies are not doing enough to protect at-risk species.
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:44PM
Peace Soldiers March Across America for Veterans' Rights - by Carol harvey
Two San Francisco Occupy veterans, Stephen Michael Clift (Army) and James Cartmill, (Navy), radicalized and humanized by their military service and their Occupy experience, began a self-described 'epic' 'Trans-national mission to wage peace,' Code Name: March Across America, a quest to end veterans' homelessness by preventing and healing the spiritual wounds vets incur from their war experience and military service, and to carry a personally crafted flag signed by many veterans to their mode...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:06AM
Drakes Bay Oyster Company's En Banc Rehearing Petition Deserves Denial - by Dan Carlin
Following back-to-back losses in the Northern District of California and before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) has submitted its final petition to the Ninth Circuit, hoping it can block the Secretary of Interior’s November 2012 decision to let the oyster operation’s forty-year lease in Drakes Estero expire on its own terms. DBOC’s appeal likely will, and should, fail.
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:36AM
Why We Strike: UC Lied to You - by Autonomous Students UCSC
A zine produced by the Autonomous Students group at UC Santa Cruz. Topics include a debrief of the November 20th, 2013 strike, how strikes effect you, letters from campus groups M.E.Ch.A and SIN, and awesome art from students on campus. Enjoy and spread the word. Solidarity. (click on PDF)
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:44PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution - by Sierra Club California
Sierra Club California Responds to Bay Delta Conservation Plan Release: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution (see PDF).
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:13PM
David A. Sibley Coming To 2014 Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival - by Amy Trainer
Legendary birder and renowned author and artist David Allen Sibley will join the 5th Annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, April 25-27, 2014 sponsored by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 12:04PM
Why and How did the BART Union Leaders Sabotage BART Strike - by Labor Black & Brown
The Hold Out 2313 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 1 block north of Grand Avenue
Event Date:Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:00PM
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 10:08AM
Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
“There is no precedent for the killing of an estuary of this size, so how could any study be trusted to protect the Delta for salmon and other fish? How can they even know what the effects will be?” said Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk. “The end of salmon would also mean the end of Winnemem, so the BDCP is a threat to our very existence as indigenous people.” Photo of Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, by Dan Bacher
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:06AM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR runs rough-shod over the facts - by Dan Bacher
“There will be some beneficiaries of this project, however,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). “The Twin Tunnels will allow a few hundred corporate farms in the western San Joaquin Valley – corporations with junior water contracts – to increase their control over the state’s developed water.“ Photo of giant water pumping facilities at San Luis Reservoir, an off stream impoundment that stores Delta water for the Cent...
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 7:42AM
Tell Governor Brown No to the Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
A total of $240 million has already been spent on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels - and it will take another $1.2 billion to complete the design and planning for the government boondoggle. Why throw more good money after bad? Now's the time for the Brown administration to flush its twin tunnels plan down the toilet of history before it costs taxpayers, water district and ratepayers even more than it already has.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:37AM
Fundraiser Dinner for Kevin and Tyler - by
On Magnolia between 32nd and 34th. Look for signs! In case of rain, the event will be held indoors at a space located at 45th and Adeline.
Event Date:Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:00PM
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 6:10PM