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Nuclear Shutdown News, November 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the US and global nuclear industry. In addition, it highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world. Here's our November report.
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:52PM
Appeal Challenges Dangerous Oil Drilling in San Luis Obispo's Price Canyon - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., November 25, 2015 — The Center for Biological Diversity filed an appeal today against the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s recent approval of Freeport-McMoRan’s plan to drill dozens of new oil wells in the Arroyo Grande Oil Field in the Price Canyon area near Pismo Beach.
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:24PM
ACLU Questions Council and Chief of Police on Automatic License Plate Readers - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Status of Surveillance Technology a Concern
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:06PM
Letter to Santa Cruz City Council in Support of RV Safe Parking Zones - by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project
Time for Council to Do the Right Thing
Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:39PM
FDA Approves Unlabeled GMO Salmon Despite Widespread Opposition from Scientists, Consumers - by via Food & Water Watch
Ignoring Calls for More Comprehensive Studies, FDA Fails to Protect Public
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:11PM
Urgent Memo: Widening Highway One Still Won’t Work - by via Campaign for Sensible Transportation
The Campaign for Sensible Transportation has sent out a memo to voters, urging them to oppose the widening of Highway One in Santa Cruz County.
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:16PM
Costilla County, CO Introduces GMO-Free Zone to Protect Traditional Farmers - by via Center for Food Safety
SAN LUIS, COLORADO (November 12, 2015)—THE CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY (CFS) is proud to support a new ordinance introduced today in Costilla County, Colorado that would establish a “Center of Origin” GMO-Free Zone of Protection to preserve the county’s unique agricultural products and traditional farming systems. The ordinance is intended to protect the county’s traditional acequia (community irrigation ditch) farmers and their land race heirloom maize varieties that are unique to the U...
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:55PM
Western Governors' Association Calls for Massive Weakening of Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— At the behest of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the Western Governors’ Association is hosting a “workshop” in Cody, Wyo., through Friday to discuss legislative changes designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act, including further delaying protection decisions and loosening scientific standards. Although the stated goal of the workshop is to encourage bipartisan conversations to improve the Endangered Species Act, the speakers at the gathering overwhelmingly represented industr...
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:08AM
Algae Blooms Causing Toxic Crabs, Marine Mammal Mortalities More Likely as Oceans Warm - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., November 13, 2015 — The ongoing toxic algae bloom along the West Coast — which has shut down crab fisheries in California — is likely poisoning marine mammals from Mexico to Alaska. This is a serious ecological and economic threat, which could get even worse and more frequent in a warmer future as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the environment.
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:55AM
Gangstalking, TBSC, PredPol, and SC Police (City, County, and CHP) - by Noble Patriot
Gangstalking, Police Enablers of Gangstalking, and TBSC
Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:20AM
120 Healthcare Workers at Dignity Health in Santa Cruz Join SEIU-UHW - by via SEIU-UHW
[Nov. 10, 2015] SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – One-hundred twenty healthcare workers recently voted to strengthen patient care at Dignity Health clinics in Santa Cruz by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:18PM
Public Meeting on Risky Arctic Drilling Designed to Stifle Public Input - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, November 9, 2015 — The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today is wrapping up a series of public meetings on Liberty, the latest Arctic offshore drilling project proposed in the Beaufort Sea. Center for Biological Diversity attorney Kristen Monsell is attending to raise concerns that the project threatens polar bears and ocean health — and to object to a meeting format that doesn’t allow a public vetting of these concerns.
Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2015 3:13PM
Think Globally, Act Locally: Fighting Corruption in Santa Cruz City and County Government - by Xemena Ohashi
In yet another indication of blatant, egregious disregard for conflicts of interest and basic ethics in SC law enforcement and government operations, journalist Matt Drange has uncovered and detailed recent financially-motivated acts of former sheriff Phil Wowak. We thank, from the bottom of our hearts, journalists such as Matt Drange, Darwin Bond-Graham, and Ali Winston for their selfless efforts which no doubt put them at increased risk of illegal harm from "law enforcement". THEY DESRVE...
Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2015 8:50AM
Los Angeles Sued Over Racially Discriminatory Oil Drilling Permitting - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, November 6, 2015 — Youth groups and community organizations sued the city of Los Angeles today for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of contaminating wells near homes without conducting mandatory environmental studies, and for exposing black and Latino residents to disproportionate health and safety risks by imposing less-protective rules in their neighborhoods.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 4:22PM
ALDF Sues USDA to Label Foie Gras for What It Is—Diseased - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
San Francisco. CA, November 5, 2015— The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its “undue delay” in responding to an ALDF petition to require the labeling of foie gras.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 12:42AM
TPP Text Reveals Broad New Powers to Attack Food Safety, Food Labeling Laws - by via Food & Water Watch
11.5.15, WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Obama administration released the long-secret text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that would weaken consumer protections, undermine U.S. food safety standards and prevent commonsense food labeling. The language included in the TPP is more aggressive than previous trade deals and provides broad new powers for other countries and foreign corporations to challenge U.S. food safety and food labeling measures.
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 8:37PM
Desal Alternatives Endorses Water Supply Advisory Committee Recommendations - by via Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives
On November 1, Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives issued a statement in support of the Water Supply Advisory Committee recommendations. Important dates: Nov 10th, 7pm, City Council study session on WSAC recommendations; Nov 24th, City Council action on the recommendations.
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 2:11PM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike - by via California Faculty Association
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
EPA to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos - by via Pesticide Action Network
Children, communities and workers to benefit from long overdue phaseout of neurotoxic agricultural chemical, the subject of Salinas Valley studies.
Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:50PM
Mayor Lane's Latest--and the Activist Responses - by Robert Norse (and Don Lane)
On his facebook page several days ago, Mayor Don Lane posted a lengthy lament regarding homeless services and city abuses against the poor. Though the words "civil rights", "human rights", "civil liberties", and/or "criminalization of the poor" tellingly do not appear). Several activists--we call ourselves Freedom Sleepers--have been sleeping out one night a week suffering klieg lights, security guard surveillance and SCPD citations. Something the Mayor declines to mention I've ignored...
Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:14AM