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document Lawsuit Charges Calaveras County with Unconstitutionally Promoting One Religious Belief lavagetto_v._county_of_calaveras.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - 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
document Water board chief admits he was 'just wrong’ cspa_jennings_tucp_presentation.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - 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
text CA voters should abolish the useless office of Lieutenant Governor - by franhattan
Five states get by without having an office of Lieutenant Governor. Does California need such an office? ...........................
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:49PM
video 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
image Historic march for divestment at UC Davis photo essay 120_rally_at_uc_cofffee_house_1_1_1.jpg original image ( 451x305) - 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
image Governor Jerry Brown wins "Cold, Dead Fish Award" three years in a row! 120_jerry_brown.jpg original image ( 360x480) - 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
calendar Stop the MILITARIZATION of the Santa Cruz Police 120_no_tanks.jpg original image ( 800x534) - by
Santa Cruz City Council, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:30PM
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:42PM
image American River steelhead run is worst on record 120_800_img_1527_1_1.jpg original image ( 533x800) - 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
image Californians Against Fracking slams hearing process, calls for fracking ban 120_800_pacific_islanders.jpg original image ( 800x533) - 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
text 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
image Fishermen, Delta Leaders Protest Move to “Destroy Salmon” 120_michael_jackson_1_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - 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
calendar Jobs Not Jails Rally | Supervisors' Voting Day 120_jpeg_bos_action_jpeg_march_3_yellow.jpg original image ( 2361x1568) - by Darris Young
1221 Oak Street, Oakland, California 94612 Near Lake Merritt BART
Event Date:Tue Mar 3, 2015 10:45AM
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:19PM
audio 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
text Bay Area Cities Afflicted with Sports Arena Envy - by Gil Villagran, MSW
The great American practice of giving massive subsidies to insatiable billionaires, most often in oil, agribusiness and weapon manufacturing, is especially exciting in the field of major league sports teams. Exciting because as it is unquestionably well known, a city without its own major league team is no more than minor league, barely on the map of so-called destination cities. So cities compete with the public's money to entice billionaire sports team owners for "our team" to play in "ou...
Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:59PM
image Largest Anti-Fracking March in U.S. History Photo Essay 120_march_for_real_climate_leadership_banner.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - 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
text 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
audio Interview With Senator JP Morrell (audio/mpeg 12.4MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Senator JP Morrell joined News and Views to update listeners on bills he is introducing for the upcoming spring legislative session in order to address the problem of sexual assaults on university campuses and domestic violence in general in the State of Louisiana.
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:39AM
image Will drought relief money be used to support overpumping Delta water? 120_jbrown.jpg original image ( 300x187) - 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
calendar Protest War Criminal Netanyahu’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress 120_netanyahu_warcriminalsticker.jpg original image ( 958x536) - 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
image Sespe Fracking Hearing Draws Crowd 120_kris_young__leif_dautch__and_david_parziale_rally_before_tuesday_s_hearing.jpg original image ( 1522x1058) - by Save the Sespe
Locals ask DOGGR to "do the science before you do the fracking"
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:58PM

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