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Investigative Report: City of Fresno's Relationship with JD Home Rentals - by No More Slumlords (posted by Mike Rhodes)
The 10:30 minute video at the link below is an investigative report about corruption, slumlords and business as usual in Fresno.
Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 11:02AM
UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal: Stop the Parking Fee Hikes - by Petition via Teamsters Local 2010
Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ucsc-chancellor-blumenthal
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:53PM
California Officials Won’t Test More Water Wells for Oil Waste - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— After testing just nine water supply wells for contamination from illegal oil industry waste disposal operations, California regulators admitted today that they do not plan to do any additional state testing of water wells near protected aquifers tainted by illegal disposal wells.
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:30PM
Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
Anti-Consumer DARK Act Legislation - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 7:22AM
AB 718 Offers Hope to Vehicle Sleepers - by Steve Pleich
Bill Also Opportunity to Revisit Safe Spaces Parking Program
Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 3:38PM
100 California Officials Ask Gov. Brown for Fracking Moratorium - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANAHEIM, Calif.— More than 100 mayors, city council members and other local officials from dozens of communities want Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking to protect California’s water supply from contamination during a devastating drought.
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:27PM
Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, N.D. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would n...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:02PM
Preliminary Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit Over Conditions at Monterey County Jail - by ACLU of Northern California
SALINAS, Calif. – Lawyers for all parties in Hernandez v. County of Monterey announced on May 11 that they have reached a preliminary comprehensive settlement in the class action lawsuit filed in May 2013 in federal court in San Jose regarding conditions at the Monterey County Jail. The settlement was approved by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG), the Monterey County Public Defender, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm...
Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:27AM
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
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on NY Communities of Color - by American Civil Liberties Union
NEW YORK - In response to a report (see PDF) released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:51PM
Affordable Housing? Affordable for Whom? - by Steve Martinot
Plan Bay Area calls for almost 3000 new developments, apartments and condos, for Berkeley, along with some 900 units for low income people. The city will be permitting only 196 of these, and taking money for the rest. This article describes the various aspects and machinations of what is presently going on around the issue of affordable housing in Berkeley.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:03PM
"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
The Problem with Development - by Steve Martinot
Plan Bay Area is foisting massive development on east bay cities. This article is about Berkeley, and the Priority Development Areas that plan has mapped out for it, to which the city has acceeded. The disruption and even destruction of the communities along these Development Areas will be unforeseeable, unless the entire process is democratized.
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:54AM
On Earth Day Pocan and Schakowsky Introduce Strongest Federal Fracking Ban in the U.S. - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — On Earth Day, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), members of the Safe Climate Caucus, introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902. The legislation is the strongest anti-fracking bill introduced in Congress to date and would ban fracking on public lands.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:13PM
Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts - by via California Nurses Association
More than 150 registered nurses, their families and supporters are expected to attend a march and candlelight vigil Thursday to protest worsening patient care conditions at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and a proposal by management to reduce nurse staffing levels.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:54PM
CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Celebratory PSA - by Helen Walsh
On the ADA's 100 day countdown to the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are pleased to announce the release of a universally designed 46 sec PSA marking the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This PSA highlights several events leading up to as well as the signing of the ADA
Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:28PM
10th Circuit Court Rejects Navajo Coal Mine Emergency Motion - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Two days after a federal district court halted coal mining within a newly expanded area of New Mexico’s Navajo Mine, mine operators filed an emergency motion asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow that coal mining to resume. The appeals court on Thursday denied that motion, saying that the Navajo Mine’s owner, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, “failed to make the requisite showing” justifying their request to restart coal mining.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:49PM