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image Stop Fooling California exposes oil lobbyist conflict of interest 120_wspa_president_meme.jpg original image ( 518x519) - by Dan Bacher
“Big Oil, we know you're no stranger to conflicts of interest. But you have outdone yourself this time!” the group, Stop Fooling California, stated on its Facebook page.(https://www.facebook.com/StopFoolingCalifornia)
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:36PM
audio Richmond environmentalists' request support for challenge to Chevron refinery expansion (audio/mpeg 1.8MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Andrés Soto/Ann Garrison
Richmond environmentalists ask supporters from all over the Bay Area to attend the Richmond City Council meeting at 403 Civic Center Street, several blocks east of the Richmond BART station on Tuesday, July 22nd. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but Andrés Soto of Communities for a Better Environment is urging people to arrive by 5:30 to get good seats and fill out speaker cards. Chevron's Richmond Refinery produces more greenhouse gases than any other corporation in California.
Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:56AM
image Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall 120_sacramento_river_clarksburg__.jpg original image ( 525x350) - by Dan Bacher
“Ultimately, DWR cannot go broke because it has a default source for funding: property taxes and water rates,” Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), pointed out. “They believe property taxes can be increased to meet the agency’s needs without a public vote.”
Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:38AM
image Department of Conservation stops injection of fracking waste 120_800_caleen_sisk.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
According to Abraham Lustgarten of Pro Publica, "California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there." Photo: Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, opens the big anti-fracking rally in Sacramento with a ceremony and...
Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:51PM
image Lawsuit Charges that Sacramento County’s Anti-Panhandling Ordinance is Unconstitutional 120_panhandling.jpg original image ( 255x205) - by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO – The ACLU of Northern California and the Law Office of Mark E. Merin on July 17 charged that an ordinance adopted in May by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors banning panhandling is unconstitutional.
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:58PM
calendar Film Showing- "Beware the Emergency Financial Manager" - by Shelby Minister
San Jose Peace and Justice Center 48 South Seventh Street San Jose, California 95112
Event Date:Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:29PM
image Philippines: 5 Makabayan bloc legislators got P481M pork barrel 120_1-act-bayan-muna-makabayan-bloc-philippines-pork-barrel-gabriela-kabataan-partylist.jpg original image ( 404x425) - by varyus sorses
Documents from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last year showed that five congressmen belonging to the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives received a combined P481 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) since President Aquino assumed office in 2010.
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:35AM
image Thousands of Pacific herring entrained in Delta pumps this year 120_delta-salvage-facilities_1_1.jpg original image ( 602x480) - by Dan Bacher
“We’re bringing saltwater critters into the Delta,” quipped Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “How long will it be before sharks start showing in the Delta?” This aerial photo shows the Tracy Fish Collection Facility (TFCF) on the South Delta. Photo by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento.
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:13PM
image Protesters urge Brown to protect California's water by banning fracking 120_10559888_538238892970956_8979869406659388398_n.jpg original image ( 526x394) - by Dan Bacher
Ironically, the Board is considering fines on residential users who take too much water after a drought year when the state and federal governments drained Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs to export water to "corporate water hogs" including corporate agribusiness interests farming toxic, drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, Southern California water agencies, and oil companies conducting fracking and steam injections in Kern County. None of these "water hog...
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:25PM
text Project Homeless Connect Leading the Initiative To Establish Homeless Court in Santa Cruz - by Steve Pleich
Time for a New Model of Social Justice
Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:10PM
document Is federal judge's decision a 'death warrant' for Delta smelt? cspa_v_bor_order_denying_pi_140711.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
"The USFWS and Bureau have escorted Delta smelt to the scaffold and the judge signed the warrant," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. "We did all we could do to prevent disaster."
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:40PM
calendar Watsonville Liberals to Re-Elect Their Good Buddy Daniel Dodge for City Council District 5 120_dolores-huerta_daniel-dodge-sr.jpg original image ( 960x797) - by
Jalisco’s restaurant 618 Main St. Watsonville
Event Date:Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:00PM
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:22PM
image Activists in hazmat suits protest offshore fracking 120_offshore_fracking_protest.jpeg original image ( 3264x2448) - by Dan Bacher
"We now know that fracking chemicals pumped into California’s offshore oil wells pose a scientifically documented danger to marine life,” said Center biologist Shaye Wolf, who wrote the letter to the Commission. “The Coastal Commission needs to protect our waters by halting fracking off California’s coast.” Photo of offshore fracking protest in Ventura on July by Hilary Aidun, Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:03AM
image Any water bond with tunnels mitigation is not 'tunnels neutral' 120_076bb532-67c2-421d-bfa0-fb9f3a061af4.jpg original image ( 662x1024) - by Dan Bacher
Under the guise of habitat "restoration," the BDCP will take vast tracts of Delta farmland, among the most fertile on the planet, out of production in order to irrigate toxic, drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and provide Delta water to Southern California developers and oil companies conducting fracking and steam injection operations in Kern County. The tunnels are being constructed in tandem with the federal government's plan to raise Shasta Dam, a projec...
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:51AM
text Eviction attorney Charles Ramsey abandons mayoral campaign to run for City Council - by Lynda Carson
In a desperate move to stay in power, eviction attorney Charles Ramsey abandoned his campaign to run for Mayor of Richmond, and decided to run for City Council instead!
Posted: Tue Jul 8, 2014 10:55PM
calendar Homeless Take ACLU Sleeping Ban Suspension Resolution to City Council come_to_city_council_7-8.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
809 Center St. Santa Cruz City Hall Courtyard
Event Date:Tue Jul 8, 2014 4:30PM
Posted: Mon Jul 7, 2014 10:46PM
calendar The Guilty Men - by Florence
Humanist Hall 390 27th Street uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway http://www.HumanistHall.org
Event Date:Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:30PM
Posted: Mon Jul 7, 2014 12:16AM
image California activists protesting money in politics declare victory 120_capitol_rotunda_sit_in_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
"We're in a time when corporations have more rights and have a louder voice than the people, as proven by recent Supreme Court decisions and the inability to pass legislation limiting corporation campaign contributions," said Paulina Gonzalez of Oakland, who was one of the five arrested last night. "I am here to send the message that corporations aren't people and that money is not free speech. This is the People's House and we have to take back our democracy." Photo of 99Rise sit in at t...
Posted: Thu Jul 3, 2014 5:28PM
image American River fish hatcheries evacuated as water is mismanaged 120_640_img_0665_1-1.jpg original image ( 640x426) - by Dan Bacher
The Department failed to mention that the reason for the depletion of the cold water pool in Folsom is largely due to the poor government management of our water resources in a drought. If the water had been better managed, there would undoubtedly have been more carryover storage in Folsom to maintain a cold water pool this year. Last summer, high water releases down the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers left Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs at dangerously low levels. By Januar...
Posted: Thu Jul 3, 2014 9:41AM
text Real Sidewalk Clutter--Illegal Merchant Signage on Pacific Avenue - by Pat Colby and Robert Norse
Last September the City Council cut back already severely-limited public space on the sidewalk to even less. I estimate less than 2% of the original Pacific Avenue sidewalk is now available for sitting, sparechanging, performing with a cup, vending, and/or political tabling. In an attempt to justify this strangulation of space, Councilmember Pamela Comstock made a comment characterizing what she saw on the downtown sidewalks as "sidewalk clutter". In response to this and to show the exte...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:37PM

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