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Sun Jan 13 2019 (Updated 01/16/19)Delta Smelt on the Brink of Extinction
For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta Smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in the last four months of 2018. The Delta Smelt, listed under both federal and state Endangered Species Acts, is regarded as an indicator species, a fish that demonstrates the health of the entire Delta ecosystem.
Fri Dec 28 2018 (Updated 12/30/18)Kwanzaa Takes on Special Meaning in California's Central Valley
Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, that reclaims what was lost during the African holocaust, the sense of an African connection. In California's Central Valley, Kwanzaa takes on special significance in the long standing African American farming community's journey to reestablish agriculture as the foundation of culture in the farm to fork capital of America.
Wed Dec 19 2018 (Updated 12/30/18)Kaiser Mental Health Care Workers' One Week Strike
Headquartered in Oakland, Kaiser Permanente is the state’s largest health care provider. For five days, over 100 Kaiser clinics and hospitals were affected by strike activities as mental health care employees called for the provider to step up levels of staffing. Approximately 4,000 psychologists, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and addiction medicine specialists went on strike at Kaiser facilities throughout California.
Tue Dec 11 2018Voter Suppression in Fresno County
The polling place at the Unitarian Universalist church was eliminated in November because of a “Black Lives Matter” sign. It was moved to the Cross City evangelical Christian mega church with three huge crosses out front. The 25,000 students of CSU-Fresno do not have a polling place on campus. Two thirds of the 3,000 inmates at the Fresno County Jail have not been convicted of a crime, yet are not provided a polling booth either.
Wed Nov 21 2018New Offshore Fracking Permits Halted in Southern California
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to cease issuing permits for offshore fracking and acidizing in federal waters — waters over 3 miles from shore — off of the coast of Southern California. On November 9, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled that the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act when it allowed hydraulic fracturing and acidizing in offshore oil and gas wells in all leased federal waters off Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Wed Nov 14 2018 (Updated 12/01/18)Fire Season of 2018 Brings Historic Devastation
California anxiously awaited the first winter rains, seeking reprieve from the notoriously destructive "fire season" of 2018. In the Northern California Camp Fire, 88 people are reported dead and hundreds remain missing. The fire destroyed virtually the entire town of Paradise. Firefighter radio transmissions suggest that PG&E could be to blame. In Southern California, the massive Woolsey Fire started on the grounds of Santa Susana Field Laboratory, the site of a partial nuclear meltdown, and area residents are concerned about contaminates. With heavy rains finally beginning on November 21, the wildfires are now either mostly contained or fully extinguished, and the hazardous air quality the fires created throughout the state has been cleared.
Fri Aug 31 2018 (Updated 09/10/18)Demanding an End to Modern Day Slavery
Prisoners in at least 17 states are coordinating sit-ins, hunger strikes, work stoppages and commissary boycotts from August 21 until September 9 — the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. At New Folsom Prison, a hunger strike started by Heriberto Garcia on August 21 has grown. On August 25, around 500 activists turned out for a solidarity rally at San Quentin Prison.
Tue Aug 28 2018Thousands of New Oil Wells Placed Next to Homes and Schools
Despite California’s image as a “green” and “progressive” leader, there has been a massive expansion of oil and gas drilling in the state under Governor Jerry Brown — and most of these new wells are located in communities with above average poverty rates and/or communities of color. On August 7, 35 youths held a sit-in at Governor Jerry Brown’s office demanding a plan to phase out oil and gas extraction.
Tue May 15 2018 (Updated 05/16/18)California Communities Demand "Rent Control Now!"
Efforts to stabilize communities in California with with much needed rent control measures and just cause eviction protections are presently occurring in ten cities throughout California, including Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Ana, Sacramento, Pomona, Pasadena, National City, Long Beach, Inglewood, and Glendale. Big money is gearing up in opposition to the statewide effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Mon Apr 30 2018Pesticide Use Near Record High in California
Agricultural pesticide use in California remains at a near-record high, according to data released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. DPR's latest numbers paint a grim picture of the state’s continued reliance on vast quantities of agricultural pesticides — 209 million pounds in 2016. That’s the third highest since reporting began in 1990. The greatest burden continues to be borne by the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast.
Women's March 2019: CA State Capital of Sacramento Sat Jan 19th 10am
Public Utilities Commission Hearing for Northern California on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Wed Jan 16th 3:05pm
Wonderful Company citrus workers end 4-day strike after the Resnicks agree to restore pay Tue Jan 15th 12:33pm
Comments on Shasta Dam raise proposal due on Monday, January 14! Mon Jan 14th 2:09am
Fall CDFW Fish Survey Finds Zero Delta Smelt Thu Jan 10th 8:30pm
Group submits petitions with 1 million signatures urging Brown to phase out fossil fuels (1 comment) Mon Jan 7th 9:41am
7th Day of Kwanzaa is Faith, Freedom is never Free... Honoring US Colored Troops Fri Dec 28th 5:07pm
Wakanda Kwanzaa Umoja Celebration ~ Sacramento, CA Tue Dec 25th 11:55amMore Local News...
Sacramento, California will A.C.T. to End Racism Sun Apr 1st 12:13pm
Kwanzaa: The "Califorina Grown" Pan African Holiday Sun Dec 10th 8:33pm
Expanding Participation with the 2017 Ag Census in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Fri Dec 1st 5:53pm
Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California’s Interim Mitigations for Chlorpyrifos Wed Oct 4th 10:09am
Governor Jerry Brown accuses cap-and-trade bill opponents of 'political terrorism' Sat Jul 29th 3:12pm
Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking Sat Oct 29th 3:29am
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wed Aug 31st 8:28pmMore Global News...
SF Immigration Lawyer Speaks "A few times a month, San Francisco's ICE "day-care center" Thu Aug 23rd 1:02pm
Pena Adobe Park and Solano County Local Food Heritage Mon Jun 25th 2:37pm
Stolen Pan African Legacy in the Bear Flag Revolt Thu Jun 14th 11:19am
Cultural Resource Study for Negro Hill National Monument Sun Apr 1st 11:16pm
As Trump consolidates his power, the history of 1930s Germany repeats itself Fri Mar 30th 1:03am
Sacramento NAACP Statement on the Shooting of Stephon Clark Fri Mar 23rd 6:32pm
Black History at the 51st World Ag Expo Mon Feb 12th 9:47amOpen Newswire...
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