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A Critique of San Francisco's Mission Yuppie Eradication Project - by ---
A re-examination of an anti-capitalist effort against the gentrification of San Francisco in the late 1990's.
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:11AM
Dark Links: the MLPA Initiative and Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
Likewise, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been developed without any consent from California Tribes, as required under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In fact, the first formal informational meeting for California Tribes on the BDCP was held on December 10, in Sacramento - the day after the EIR/EIS for the tunnel plan was released! That is hardly "government-to-government" consultation, as required under state, federal and international law. “There is no pr...
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:22AM
Costs of OPD's Occupy Fiasco Mount: Oakland settles in the Kayvan Sabeghi beating (video/quicktime 48.6MB) - by WeCopwatch
The Oakland City Council has agreed to settle Kayvan Sabeghi's federal civil rights lawsuit for $645,000. Sabeghi's spleen was lacerated during an Occupy Oakland demonstration on November 2, 2011, when he was beaten by Oakland Police Officer Frank Uu Uu, now retired, was part of a tight-knit group of SWAT / "Tango team" officers who were at the heart of OPD's violent misconduct toward Occupy Oakland demonstrators. Uu's immediate supervisor at the time of this incident was Sgt. Patrick Gon...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:48PM
City Council Retires to Winter Quarters Leaving Those Without Without - by Robert Norse
City Council unanimously passed the Public Assembly Constriction Law requiring permits for peaceful protests of more than 50, requiring street closure, security, and liability payments and requiring permit applications be made 5 days in advance. Kathy Agnon, the permit person pushing this law, also acknowledged to me that she'd had no complaints from police about either permitted or unpermitted protests. Micah Posner made a fine speech or two, then voted with the entire City Council to pass...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:14PM
California's Lone Wolf Returns, Highlighting Need for Wolf Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— California’s first confirmed wild wolf in nearly 90 years made a return trip to the Golden State for a brief visit this past weekend. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the wolf called OR-7 crossed the border into Siskiyou County on Dec. 7, then returned to Oregon. His brief foray back into California supports the position advanced by wolf advocates that wolves from Oregon will continue to make their way into the state and that the species thus war...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:47PM
Peace Soldiers March Across America for Veterans' Rights - by Carol harvey
Two San Francisco Occupy veterans, Stephen Michael Clift (Army) and James Cartmill, (Navy), radicalized and humanized by their military service and their Occupy experience, began a self-described 'epic' 'Trans-national mission to wage peace,' Code Name: March Across America, a quest to end veterans' homelessness by preventing and healing the spiritual wounds vets incur from their war experience and military service, and to carry a personally crafted flag signed by many veterans to their mode...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:06AM
Why We Strike: UC Lied to You - by Autonomous Students UCSC
A zine produced by the Autonomous Students group at UC Santa Cruz. Topics include a debrief of the November 20th, 2013 strike, how strikes effect you, letters from campus groups M.E.Ch.A and SIN, and awesome art from students on campus. Enjoy and spread the word. Solidarity. (click on PDF)
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:44PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution - by Sierra Club California
Sierra Club California Responds to Bay Delta Conservation Plan Release: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution (see PDF).
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:13PM
Albany Bulb Eviction Happening Now (Monday, December 9) - by Ryan Rising
The eviction of the Albany Bulb, an autonomous wild space where people have lived and created art for decades, is happening now in Albany CA. The entrance to the Bulb is at the end of Buchanan beyond the freeway headed towards the coastline. The time of this writing is 11:40 a.m. on Monday, December 9th, 2013. Two people's belongings have been thrown in dump trucks thus far behind the lines of Albany police.
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 12:20PM
Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
“There is no precedent for the killing of an estuary of this size, so how could any study be trusted to protect the Delta for salmon and other fish? How can they even know what the effects will be?” said Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk. “The end of salmon would also mean the end of Winnemem, so the BDCP is a threat to our very existence as indigenous people.” Photo of Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, by Dan Bacher
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:06AM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR runs rough-shod over the facts - by Dan Bacher
“There will be some beneficiaries of this project, however,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). “The Twin Tunnels will allow a few hundred corporate farms in the western San Joaquin Valley – corporations with junior water contracts – to increase their control over the state’s developed water.“ Photo of giant water pumping facilities at San Luis Reservoir, an off stream impoundment that stores Delta water for the Cent...
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 7:42AM
Spirited Rally at McDonalds in Oakland Demands $15 Dollars an Hour Minimum (video/x-ms-wmv 96.6MB) - by Jonathan Nack
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 12:25PM
Tell Governor Brown No to the Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
A total of $240 million has already been spent on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels - and it will take another $1.2 billion to complete the design and planning for the government boondoggle. Why throw more good money after bad? Now's the time for the Brown administration to flush its twin tunnels plan down the toilet of history before it costs taxpayers, water district and ratepayers even more than it already has.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:37AM
Will UESF fight for a Living Wage? - by Andy Libson & Adrienne Johnstone
This article summarizes the major issues around UESF's upcoming contract fight and argues that the issues surround the wages and work hours of our poorest members must be central to our fight this year. It also makes the case for the need to prepare for a strike.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 8:53PM
T.W.A.T. Action Report - by Technophobic Women's Action Team
the communique of a group of women committed to fighting gentrification and the surveillance state in Oakland, California.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 5:57PM
People’s Democratic Club resolution supports striking engineers - by People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County
The People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County, at its November meeting, unanimously passed a resolution supporting members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 in their on-going strike against Dominican Hospital’s corporate parent, Dignity Health.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 12:16PM
FOIA Lawsuit Filed Over Efforts to Limit Municipalities' Foreclosure Prevention Options - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Popular Democracy today filed a lawsuit (see PDF) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to provide details about the agency's relationship with the financial industry and its efforts to block municipalities from using eminent domain to prevent foreclosures.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 12:03PM
Water Board Ends Waiver That Allowed Unregulated Dumping of Toxic Drilling Muds - by Center for Biological Diversity
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— A coalition of environmental and public-health groups scored an important victory today when a regional water board voted 4-1 to kill a waiver that for years has allowed oil companies to dump toxic drilling muds in California’s Central Valley without regulation or reporting.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:36AM
Court Rejects Plan to Clearcut California Redwoods for Vineyard - by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA ROSA, Calif.— Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum has rejected a plan to clearcut 154 acres of Northern California redwoods to plant vineyards for a winery. The proposal for an area in northwestern Sonoma County was challenged by the Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Gualala River. In response, Judge Daum said the state’s “environmental impact report” for Artesa Winery’s forest-to-vineyard project violates the Ca...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:33AM
December 19: a dark day for science and the ocean - by Dan Bacher
The mainstream media, state officials and corporate "environmentalists" refuse to discuss one of the biggest scandals regarding the creation of these marine protected areas - the terminally flawed and incomplete science that these MPAs were based upon and the alarming fact that Ron LeValley of Eureka, the co-chair of the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team that oversaw the crafting of these alleged "Yosemites of the Sea," is now awaiting trial on federal conspiracy to embezzle charges. M...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:04AM