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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
Fluoride Damage to Kidney Patients. Is it a Cover-up? - by CS Kopf
No one disputes that too much fluoride is health-damaging. Malfunctioning kidneys can allow a toxic build up of fluoride to accumulate in bones and organs causing disastrous results.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:58AM
Fuck the Regents and Fuck Jerry Brown Too - by via Education Should Be Free!
The alternative to tuition hikes proposed by Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is to turn the UCs into 3-year degree granting institutions. He wants to fire tenured faculty and lecturers and replace them with chat rooms for the profit of millionaire Stanford graduates in Silicon Valley. Online education may be a fine supplement to classroom learning, but only someone as clueless as Brown, who has never set foot in a classroom as an educator, could think that it might replace the type o...
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:57PM
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used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.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
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
Quan & Schaaf: Issue statements now! Ease tensions before the Ferguson Grand Jury decides - by Mike Wilson
Oakland residents need their government to ease the tensions surrounding the St. Louis County Grand Jury investigation of the death of Michael Brown
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:29AM
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
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
"Get Out" Anti-Homeless Law...With Phony "Appeal" Process at Afternoon Council 11-18 - by Robert Norse
City Council is set to exponentially expand a "Stay from Parks and Other Public Areas" law passed last year (MC 13,08.100). This law allows immediate Stay-Away orders from all parks and many other public areas (for one day). This happends at the whim of a police officer or ranger once an infraction of any kind is issued. Infractions have mainly been issued to homeless people for such "crimes" as sleeping, being in a park after dark, and smoking--500 Stay-Away orders in the last year. The ...
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:54PM
San Francisco for Democracy Meetup: Election Recap with Dr. Corey Cook - by Tom Gallagher
St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond Street at Elizabeth Street.
Event Date:Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:15PM
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:37PM
A Simple Question of Right and Wrong - by Steve Pleich
Stay Away Ordinance Simply Wrong in Any Form
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:27PM
Expand Electoral Participoation In California!! - by Tortuga Bi LIBERTY
small proposals to increase voter turnout in CALIFORNIA
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:56AM
Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta. Greater freshwater flow through the Delta, not less freshwater flow, is needed. It is time to start over and for the BDCP agencies to stop hiding alternatives that would increase flows by reducing exports."
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:51PM
Forum: What do the election results tell us?/¿Qué nos dicen estos resultados electorales? - by Party for Socialism and Liberation
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Event Date:Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:55PM
No April Fooling: Group Names Brown's Tunnel Plan Project of the Year! - by Dan Bacher
Lets get this right, folks - the "North American Strategic Leadership Forum" selected Jerry Brown's Peripheral Tunnel Plan, one of the most environmentally destructive projects in California history, as "Engineering Project of the Year" for 2014 and listed the boondoggle as a finalist for the categories of "Strategic Project of the Year” and “Green/New Project of the Year?"
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:06AM
Video: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed, 25 min - by www.billmoyers.com
On Election Day, a small California city took on one of the biggest corporations in America… and declared victory.
Posted: Sun Nov 9, 2014 5:37PM
The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good: Election Analysis: Barry Hermanson - by Dolores Priem
First Unitarian Universalist Center 1187 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA 94109
Event Date:Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:30PM
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2014 2:26PM
Building a New North American Partnership for the Future - by Dana Gabriel
The door has also been opened for even deeper North American integration in the areas of border security, counter-terrorism and law enforcement, which could require further merging security and intelligence sharing practices with the Department of Homeland Security. An increased continental approach to security could serve to bind North America into a single foreign policy entity.
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2014 11:05AM