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Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Killing of Freddy Centeno Caught on Fresno PD Body Cameras
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Family of Freddy Centeno Files Lawsuit Against Fresno Police for Wrongful Death
On March 23, the family of Freddy Centeno filed a lawsuit against the Fresno Police department alleging that officers Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero acted beyond the limits of their authority when they shot Freddy seven times on September 3, 2015. Freddy was unarmed, carrying a spray nozzle to a garden hose. The officers opened fire less than six seconds after they exited their cruiser. The shooting left Freddy in a coma for twenty-three days before he passed away.
Tue Mar 15 2016 (Updated 05/24/16)Students Occupying Katehi's Office at UC Davis Refuse to Back Down
Tue Mar 15 2016 (Updated 05/24/16)Growing Number Call for UC Davis Chancellor Katehi to Resign, Including Assembly Members
UPDATE: On April 15, UC Davis students ended their sit-in, saying they had accomplished their goal of bringing attention to the need to fire Katehi. On April 27, Katehi was placed on leave while the university investigates her misconduct.
Students at UC Davis have been occupying Chancellor Linda Katehi's office and holding tight since Friday, March 11, demanding that Katehi resign or be fired. Administrators escalated their response with threats of suspension and even expulsion if occupiers do not vacate the building. Demonstrators are also calling for the hiring process to be redesigned "so that UC Davis students and workers are not only a part of this process, but a major deciding body in the selection and confirmation of a new Chancellor."
Tue Jan 5 2016 (Updated 01/06/16)Sacramento County Sheriffs Kill Adriene Ludd, Refuse to Release Dash-Cam Footage
Tue Jan 5 2016 (Updated 01/06/16)ACLU Joins Black Lives Matter in Calling for Transparency after Shooting of Adriene Ludd
On October 22, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Adriene Ludd. Now, over two months later, the Sheriff refuses to release the incident report and the dash-cam footage and the community is demanding answers. Micaela Davis of the ACLU of Northern California writes, "Friends, family, and neighbors of Mr. Ludd deserve the full story on this tragedy."
Tue Oct 13 2015Conflicts of Interest Abound in California Politics
As advocates of Senate Bill 350 were celebrating the signing of the amended renewable energy bill by Governor Jerry Brown, a major appointment to a regulatory post in the Brown administration went largely unnoticed. In a classic example of how Big Oil has captured the regulatory apparatus in California, Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Bill Bartling who has worked as an oil industry executive and consultant, as district deputy in the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources at the embattled California Department of Conservation.
Sun Oct 4 2015 (Updated 10/05/15)Battle to Prevent Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant in Mt. Shasta
Sun Oct 4 2015 (Updated 10/05/15)Winnemem Wintu Chief Leads 'Water. Every Drop Is Sacred' Rally and March
Small cascades of pristine water rush out of the hillside at Big Springs, the headwaters of the Sacramento River, as they converge in a shallow pool located in the Mount Shasta City Park. On September 26, Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and hundreds of environmentalists and activists from all over California and Oregon held a rally, the “Water Every Drop Sacred” event, in the scenic park. After the rally ended, Sisk and tribal members led a march and protest of 160 people to the water bottling plant.
Thu Sep 24 2015Southern California Metropolitan Water District May Purchase Delta Islands in Tunnels' Path
In the classic movie Chinatown the villain and the head of the water district played by the late John Huston says, "Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water". In a scenario eerily reminiscent of a scene in the film, when the LA Department of Power and Water buys up land in the Owens Valley in order to seize Owens River water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is considering purchasing land in the imperiled Delta to "bring L.A. to the water".
Mon Aug 31 2015 (Updated 09/01/15)Food and Water Watch Says Water Grabbing Company Not So Wonderful
Mon Aug 31 2015 (Updated 09/01/15)Watchdogs Target The Wonderful Company Corporate Headquarters Over California Water Grab
Despite a record drought in California, agribusiness tycoons Stewart and Lynda Resnick are pushing a controversial tunnel plan to benefit their almond and cash crop empire. The plan, called the "California Water Fix" and formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, would imperil northern California fish populations. The average California household could be charged as much as $5000 to pay for the project, according to Food and Water Watch. On August 19, protesters took their complaints to the street, demonstrating in front of the Resnick's agribusiness headquarters in Los Angeles.