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On January 5, two environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety first petitioned for the monarch’s protection in August 2014, following a more than 80 percent decline in the butterfly’s population over the past two decades.
Tue Dec 15 2015 (Updated 12/16/15)Widening Highway One Still Won’t Work
Tue Dec 15 2015 (Updated 12/16/15)Draft EIR Released for Highway Widening Proposals in Santa Cruz County
Despite objections from environmental groups such as The Campaign for Sensible Transportation, there is a new push to widen Highway One in Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment for the new highway widening proposals.
Thu Nov 26 2015 (Updated 11/27/15)SF Bay Area Marches in Solidarity Ahead of Paris Climate Talks
Thu Nov 26 2015 (Updated 11/27/15)Activists Vow to Mobilize at Paris Climate Change Summit Despite Protest Ban
Immediately following the Paris attacks of November 13, France announced the prohibition of mass marches in cities across the country. Large rallies scheduled for November 29 and December 12 in Paris during the UN climate conference have been forbidden due to this new ban. French rally mobilizers are asking why demonstrations are prohibited while sporting events and Christmas markets are being permitted. In Northern California, climate activists marched in Oakland and Santa Cruz during the weekend of November 21-22 in a lead-up to the Paris climate summit.
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/16/15)Call for Action to Prevent Beach Flats Community Garden Plots from Destruction
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/16/15)City Has Not Challenged Seaside Company's Plan to Take Over Large Section of Garden
On October 27 the Santa Cruz City Council voted unanimously to support the creation of a permanent garden owned by the City, on the site of the current Beach Flats Community Garden. Community members have applauded this as a great start, but the Seaside Company, owner of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, has plans to take part of the garden for other uses unless the City intervenes by November 13.
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)State Group Calls for Changes as West Coast Whale Entanglements Reach Record High Levels
A state-convened working group is recommending a series of initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Mon Oct 26 2015Marine Life Still Vulnerable Despite Senate Bills 295 and 414
Governor Jerry Brown this October signed two bills that will require more frequent oil pipeline inspections and improve oil spill response, but the questionable "marine protected areas" created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative still fail to protect the ocean from pollution, fracking, oil drilling, military testing, corporate aquaculture and all human impacts other than sustainable fishing and Tribal gathering.
Mon Oct 19 2015 (Updated 10/21/15)Young and Old Say We Don't Need Silicon Valley Firms Greenwashing
Mon Oct 19 2015 (Updated 10/21/15)Students, Union Members, Grannies Question Hi-Tech's Commitment to the Climate Movement
Students, union members and the Raging Grannies all questioned the role of the hi-tech industry in the climate movement at a rally held next door to Google headquarters on October 14. The Raging Grannies specifically called out firms Google and Facebook since both companies joined with climate change deniers when they became members of the climate denying lobbying group ALEC.