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California Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nearly Extinct Humboldt Marten The Environmental Protection Information Center and the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act. The Humboldt marten is a cat-sized carnivore related to minks and otters that lives in old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon. Most of the marten’s forest habitat has been destroyed by logging, and the remaining martens in California likely number fewer than 100 individuals. Consequently, California’s Humboldt martens are at grave risk of being lost entirely from the state.

“California’s Humboldt martens have been eliminated from 95 percent of their historic range,” said Rob DiPerna, EPIC’s California Forest and Wildlife Advocate. “Survival and recovery of the marten demands immediate action.”

The historic range of the marten extends from Sonoma County in coastal California north through the coastal mountains of Oregon. Once thought extinct, the Humboldt marten was rediscovered on the Six Rivers National Forest in 1996. Since that time, researchers have continued to detect martens in California, but also determined that Humboldt martens declined substantially between 2001 and 2008 and have not rebounded from that decline.

pdfRead More | Environmental Protection Information Center | Center for Biological Diversity
Activists Call for "WWII Scale" Effort to Create 100% Clean Economy by 2025 Community members in Santa Cruz gathered at the Town Clock on June 14 to rally and share information about climate change in order to encourage individuals to take the Climate Mobilization pledge, which demands a "WWII scale" effort by society to create a 100% clean energy economy by 2025.

A copy of the pledge was available for signing at the Town Clock, and after a variety of community leaders spoke about climate change from both a local and global perspective, the group marched around the downtown. The Climate Mobilization is intended to rapidly transform every sector, and supporters say that because the world's poorest people are the ones most adversely affected by climate change, there will be a strong social focus. "This campaign has to be about social justice as well as environmental justice," speaker Gillian Greensite, Chair of the Santa Cruz Sierra Club Conservation Committee, said at the rally.

The rally was sponsored by 350 Santa Cruz, with co-sponsors Santa Cruz Sierra Club, WILPF, and Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County.

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | The Climate Mobilization
The outrage over the bottling of California water by Nestlé, Walmart and other big corporations during a record drought has become viral on social media and national and international media websites over the past couple of months. On May 20, people from across the state converged on two Nestlé bottling plants — one in Sacramento and the other in Los Angeles — demanding that the Swiss-based Nestlé corporation halt its bottling operations during the state’s record drought.

At the protests, activists delivered 515,000 signatures from people in California and around the nation who signed onto a series of petitions to Nestlé executives, Governor Brown, the California State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Forest Service urging an immediate shutdown of Nestlé’s bottling operations across the state.

Led by the California-based Courage Campaign, the protest was the third in Sacramento over the past year. The first two protests were "shut downs" this March and last October organized by the Crunch Nestlé Alliance.

photoRead More | photoPhoto essay of protest against Nestlé in Sacramento

Previous Related Indybay Feature: Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant
Big Oil Trashes California Coast A local citizen first reported an oil spill coming from a leak in the pipeline at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara at around noon on May 19. Coast Guard crews stopped the oil leak by 3 p.m., but as much as 105,000 gallons were released, with tens of thousands of gallons going into the ocean. The company that owns the pipeline involved in the spill has had 175 incidents (mostly oil spills) nationwide since 2006, including 11 in California, according to a Center for Biological Diversity analysis of federal documents.

The spill from the ruptured pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline expanded overnight from four miles long to two slicks stretching nine miles along the coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 11-mile long section of pipeline from Las Flores to Gaviota carries crude oil from offshore platforms and an Exxon Mobil processing plant.

“This company’s disturbing record highlights oil production’s toxic threat to California’s coast,” said Miyoko Sakashita, the Center’s oceans program director. “Oil pipelines and offshore fracking and drilling endanger our fragile marine ecosystems. Every new oil project increases the risk of fouled beaches and oil-soaked sea life.”

Read More || See Also: Hundreds will rally as oil spill fouls Santa Barbara "marine protected areas" | Santa Barbara disaster inevitable with Big Oil's capture of regulatory apparatus | Santa Barbara Spill Shows Again That There is No Good Way to Clean up Ocean Oil Spills | New Santa Barbara Oil Spill Illustrates Unpredictability of Oil Infrastructure | Concerned Residents, Elected Officials Rally in Response to Refugio Beach Spill | Pipeline Owner in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Has Had 175 Spill Incidents Since 2006 | Santa Barbara oil spill highlights dangers of offshore fracking and drilling
The first successful Santa Cruz County referendum in 13 years has suspended an ordinance adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial cannabis cultivation. The ban was adopted on April 14, and was to go into effect on May 15. Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz circulated the referendum and after only 21 days filed 11,210 signatures with the county. 7,248 valid signatures are required to qualify the referendum for the ballot.
Demonstrators Parade Down Embarcadero and Say No to Monsanto The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced just two months ago that glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto's pesticide RoundUp, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The time was ripe to demand a ban on the herbicide with protests internationally on May 23.

In San Francisco, more than 500 people, many dressed like honey bees and butterflies, made their way down the Embarcadero as part of the international day of protest against Monsanto. Demonstrators demanded the labeling of genetically modified foods and a world wide ban on Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide because it contains a carcinogen called glyphosate.

Creative costuming surprised tourists who came across a Fisherman's Wharf filled with bees, butterflies, and mutated evil Monsanto managers.

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Stewart Resnick Expands Almond Acreage as Cities Forced to Slash Water Use A coalition of environmentalists on April 20 blasted Beverly Hills billionaire Stewart Resnick and other corporate agribusiness interests for continuing to plant thousands of acres of new almond trees during the drought while Governor Jerry Brown is mandating that urban families slash water usage by 25 percent.

“While farmers make their own decisions on what to plant, the public is paying the price for poor decisions made by greedy mega-growers, who plant permanent crops where there is no water,” Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, told reporters in a news conference about the “tunnels only” version of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that Governor Jerry Brown is now pushing. “That is not sustainable and the tunnels would subsidize unsustainable agriculture.”

Barrigan-Parrilla said Resnick, the owner of Paramount Farms in Kern County, uses as much water for his almonds as the amount of water 38 million Californians are now required to conserve. At this year’s annual pistachio conference hosted by Paramount Farms, Resnick revealed his current efforts to expand pistachio, almond, and walnut acreage during a record drought.

Read More: photoStewart Resnick expands almond acreage as cities forced to slash water use | photoGovernor Brown's drought order lets agribusiness, oil companies off the hook | photoDrought legislation must target agribusiness and Big Oil | photoDrought Shows Folly of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels | photoWill drought relief money be used to support overpumping Delta water? | photoHouse Passes Salmon-Killing Drought Relief Bill | photoFeinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year | photoFeinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy | photoMeet the Resnicks, the Koch Brothers of California Water | photoBrown fails to discuss wholesale draining of reservoirs in drought statement | photoBrown declares drought state of emergency as protesters urge halt to fracking

Previous Related Indybay Features: Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant | Steelhead Suffer From Emptying of Northern California Reservoirs | "Sucked Dry: Drought and Privatization" Art Show Shut Down by GMO Dean at UC Berkeley | 3 Billion Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Dumped into Central Valley Aquifers | Reducing Beef Intake by One Pound Saves More Water Than Not Showering for Six Months
The National Park Service has acknowledged that that more than 250 tule elk died inside the fenced Pierce Point Elk Preserve at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore from 2012 to 2014, likely due to lack of access to year-round water. While nearly half the elk inside the fenced area died, free-roaming Point Reyes elk herds with access to water increased by nearly a third during the same period.
Activists Protest Sprouts Grand Opening in San Rafael On April 15, urban farmers from the UC Gill Tract Community Farm, Occupy the Farm, other food and climate justice communities, and fast food workers took action together at an Oakland McDonalds, in conjunction with Fight for Fifteen actions happening all across the country. Free burritos made with vegetables from the UC Gill Tract Community Farm were distributed at the McDonalds. By noon, fast food workers and Gill Tract farmers joined forces again for a Boycott Sprouts action at the grand opening of a Sprouts “Farmers Market” in San Rafael to protest the greenwashing, union-busting corporate supermarket’s plans to pave the historic Gill Tract Farm in Albany. Sprouts is known for their low pay, labor violations and union-busting. Protesters arrived by bus with signs, speakers and music to demand that Sprouts not only cancel its plans to develop the Gill Tract farm but that workers be paid at least $15/hour and be allowed union representation. Activists and community members have been fighting UC Berkeley for decades trying to save this farm land from being lost, but UC and Sprouts have agreed to turn a significant portion of the Gill Tract into a shopping center.

photoPhotos | photoWeek of Success! Fight for Fifteen, Boycott Sprouts, and EIR Lawsuit! | Occupy the Farm | Boycott Sprouts

Previous Related Indybay Features: Protesters Shut Down Sprouts Farmers Market to Stop Planned Development of Historic Gill Tract | UC's Capital Projects Races to Remove Trees to Make Way for Development
Elkhorn Slough Threatened by Polluted Stormwater According to the environmental group EcoRights, polluted industrial drainage water is entering into Elkhorn Slough from the Pick-n-Pull auto-wrecking yard in Moss Landing. In response, the group has initiated a petition calling on the County of Monterey to require a Environmental Impacts analysis, and to require the business to relocate if it cannot operate without polluting the Slough and harming resident species.

Among the rare, threatened, and endangered species the Slough calls home are the brown pelican, California least tern, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, southern sea otter, American peregrine falcon, and California red-legged frog. According to EcoRights, the estuary and its wetlands are a stopping spot for more than 200 migrating bird species.

EcoRights writes: On March 11, 2015, over the objections of our legal representatives, the Monterey County Planning Commission extended Pick-n-Pull’s Coastal Development Permits for ten more years, without requiring a thorough analysis of the operation’s impact on the Slough and its resident species...EcoRights is appealing that decision to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and if needed, we will appeal the decision to the California Coastal Commission. EcoRights has also notified the company that its discharges violate the Federal Clean Water Act and of our plans to enforce that law.

Read More | EcoRights
Western Pond Turtle Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection In response to a 2012 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and several renowned scientists and herpetologists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on April 9 that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for the western pond turtle. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on the turtle, which faces declines of up to 99 percent in some areas.

Western pond turtles are declining in abundance rangewide, especially in the northernmost portion and the southern third of the range. The animals are listed as state endangered in Washington, sensitive/critical in Oregon, and a species of special concern in California. Although habitat destruction is one of the biggest threats to the turtle, none of these state laws provides effective habitat protection.

“Threats like habitat destruction from urbanization and agriculture are driving western pond turtles toward extinction,” said Collette Adkins, a Center biologist and lawyer. “Much-needed federal protection of these turtles would help ensure that rivers and wetlands across the West Coast are protected, both for the turtles and for people.”

Read More | Center for Biological Diversity | See Also: Western Pond Turtle More Critically Endangered Than Once Thought | Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for 16 Rare Amphibians and Reptiles in California
Knowland Park Defenders Say, "Keep It Wild" Defend Knowland Park! writes: As soon as April 16th, the East Bay Zoological Society can begin sectioning off the combined seventy-seven acre “California Trail” and mitigation sites from public access behind an 8-foot chain-link barbed wire fence. On March 27, fifty people assembled in the Oakland highlands to inaugurate a direct action campaign against the Zoological Society’s “California Trail” project that would expand the Oakland Zoo above the ridgeline into the undeveloped 400-acre region known as Huchiun to Ohlone people, commonly referred to as Knowland Park.

The “California Trail” project outlines a 56-acre public land grab for private development. This open space land will be removed from public access and transformed into a “conservation” theme park under the management of the East Bay Zoological Society (EBZS), a private nonprofit contracted with the City of Oakland to manage the Oakland Zoo. Financial donors include the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Clorox Company Foundation (who will be sponsoring a planned campground within the site to be named the “Clorox Outdoor Over-night Experience”). The “California Trail” exhibit’s website, which has a virtual tour that depicts Zoo visitors as upper-middle class white people, confirms that the plans are neo-colonial and gentrifying.

calendarApril 27: Defend Knowland Park! A development plan scouting hike and native plant walk!

photoReport Back of Defend Knowland Park! Kickoff Action | calendarDefend Knowland Park! A Non-Violent Direct Action Against The Oakland Zoo Expansion! | calendarKeep it Wild! Kickoff Benefit Show to Defend Knowland Park | calendarSave Oakland public park! Protect democracy & wildlife | DefendKnowlandPark.org
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Street Heat - June 2015 Mike Rhodes
Saturday Jun 27th 3:40 PM
Who Is Destroying Berkeley's People's Park? People's Park Is Not Over (3 comments)
Friday Jun 26th 6:17 PM
Judge Keeps Suction Dredge Mining Out of California Rivers This Summer Center for Biological Diversity
Wednesday Jun 24th 5:30 PM
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan Forges Ahead Dan Bacher (1 comment)
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San Lorenzo River Bird Call jane mio (4 comments)
Sunday Jun 21st 5:22 PM
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