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Thu May 5 2016Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise
On April 26 the Santa Cruz City Council gave their six-month report on the progress of the City’s efforts to acquire the property containing the Beach Flats Community Garden. At the meeting, the City Council agreed to a three year lease for the garden. However Josh Brahinsky of the Beach Flats Garden Coalition points out, "The lease only covers 60% of the previous garden, and has a 60 day escape clause for Seaside Company, and thus does not provide long-term security for the garden."
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)Earth Day in Watsonville Promotes Driscoll's or Children and the Environment?
As the top sponsor of Watsonville's 14th Annual Earth Day / Day of the Child Festival, the philanthropy specialists at Driscoll’s were hopeful that April 24, 2016 would be a great day at Ramsay Park for promoting their brand. When a few people started speaking about the international boycott of Driscoll's and handing out flyers, the Driscoll's representatives quickly dismantled their event booth and got rid of their strawberries as fast as they could.
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)Santa Clara Valley Water Rates to Increase Without a Public Vote to Support "Cal WaterFix"
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)State of Mexico Riot Police Raid San Francisco Xochicuautla
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)New Attack Against Otomí Community and Its Forest Arouses Widespread Repudiation
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)City Bulldozes Beach Flats Community Garden for Seaside Company
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Remain Committed to 2016 Planting Season Despite Losing Land
A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Community Garden early Thursday morning, March 24, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. Despite the loss of land, fruit trees, and nopales, the Beach Flats Gardeners are committed to making the best of the 2016 planting season.
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Agricultural Pesticide Use Up 10% in Monterey, 9.4% in Santa Cruz
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Releases Results of Annual Pesticide Use Reporting
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released the results of annual pesticide use reporting – the only reporting like it in the country – offering a glimpse into what potentially hazardous pesticides are being used in the state. Despite fewer plantings and crop loss due to the drought across the state, hazardous pesticide use increased in some counties. From 2013 to 2014, in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, such pesticide use increased 10.0% and 9.4%, respectively.
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Chemicals Used in Acidization Threaten Water Supplies
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. The University of California-Los Angeles study, which has national significance because it seems to be the first ever to examine the toxicity of acidization chemicals, finds that almost 200 different chemicals have been used in the process.
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Protect Monterey County Takes Another Step Towards Fracking Ban
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Signature Gathering Help Needed for Anti-Fracking Ballot Initiative in Monterey County
On February 23, Protect Monterey County gathered at the steps of the old court house in Salinas to announce the delivery of their notice of intent to circulate the petition: "Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations Initiative." The group is now seeking signature gathering help to put the anti-fracking Initiative on the ballot in Monterey County for November 2016.
Fri Feb 19 2016Gardeners Urge City to Continue Negotiating with Seaside Company
With the hope of nudging the city forward toward making good on its months-old public promise to initiate permanent investment in the Beach Flats Community Garden, and under imminent threat of legal proceedings against them, on February 16 the gardeners of Beach Flats decided to sign a city letter acquiescing to temporarily leaving the garden plots they have tended so carefully over the past two decades.
Fri Feb 19 2016Santa Cruz Cypress Recovering, Reclassified as "Threatened"
On February 18, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the reclassification of the Santa Cruz cypress from “endangered” to “threatened” status under the Endangered Species Act. The tree was protected in 1987 due to threats to its habitat, but now the habitat for all five populations is secure.
Sun Feb 14 2016 (Updated 02/16/16)Three Arrested Defending Gill Tract from Development
Sun Feb 14 2016 (Updated 02/16/16)Farm Defenders Halt Construction at Gill Tract for Second Time This Year
On February 9, farm defenders halted construction on the Gill Tract farm in Albany once again. Five farm defenders sat in silent meditation in the path of heavy machinery that was removing topsoil. Contractors attempted to operate the heavy machinery around them despite the risks to the safety of those on site. Three were arrested and two were taken to jail. The two were released later in the day.
Thu Feb 11 2016Miwok Elder Participates in his Fifth Longest Walk
Norman “Wounded Knee” DeOcampo (Miwok), a long-time resident of Vallejo, will be taking part in the Longest Walk 5 beginning February 13 at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, California. Wounded Knee is the Founding Executive Director of the Vallejo based organization Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes. (SSPRIT). He is the only person who will have participated in all five Longest Walks.
Thu Feb 11 2016 (Updated 02/20/16)Hundreds March for Beach Flats Community Garden
Thu Feb 11 2016 (Updated 02/20/16)Gardeners ask City to Take Real Steps to Negotiate for Acquisition of Garden Property
On February 9, hundreds of people marched through downtown Santa Cruz from the Beach Flats Community Garden to the City Council meeting. Gardeners, along with a large coalition of supporters, are seeking a creative solution to preserve twenty five years of cultivating food and culture in the heart of the Beach Flats.
Wed Feb 3 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Plastic Fence Divides Beach Flats Community Garden
Wed Feb 3 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Beach Flats Garden Advocates Launch Fundraising Campaign, City Threatens Legal Action
At about 10 am on February 3, a gardener and supporter of the Beach Flats Community Garden relayed the following information via text message, "City is clearing out gardeners stuff right now." By noon, a fence was up and the city's crew was gone. On the previous day, supporters of the garden announced the launch of a grassroots fundraising campaign to assist the City of Santa Cruz in purchasing the current garden from the Seaside Company, but the city is threatening legal action.
Sun Jan 31 2016Protect Monterey County Organizes Working Sessions for Fracking Ban Ballot Initiative
Monterey County has a total of 44 active or idle wastewater injection wells. There are 261 water supplying wells within 1 mile of these wastewater injection wells, likely wells for nearby ranches, farms and rural residences. Most of these wastewater injection wells are in San Ardo oil fields. The organization Protect Monterey County is organizing county-wide working sessions to get a fracking ban initiative on the ballot for November 2016.
Sun Jan 31 2016Tactics Escalate in the Fight to Save the Gill Tract
On January 11, construction work began on the southern portion of the Gill Tract. The UC is privatizing this section for a high-end senior assisted living facility, a Sprouts supermarket, and a parking lot. The next day after working hours, about fifteen individuals entered the Gill Tract to remove surveying stakes marking the paths for the heavy machinery brought to pave over land. On January 28, farm defenders chained themselves to an excavator that was removing valuable topsoil, halting a day of construction.
6:30PM Thursday May 5 Meet the Changemakers - You and Me!
8AM Saturday May 7 Snapshot Day 2016
1:30PM Saturday May 7 Responding to Abrupt Climate Change
7PM Thursday May 12 Radical Trivia Night with Diablo Rising Tide
7PM Thursday May 12 Screening of: This Changes Everything
10AM Saturday May 14 Explore the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
7PM Tuesday May 17 Oakland Veg Week: Tech Tuesday
11AM Saturday May 21 The Great Russian River Race
5PM Saturday May 21 SaveNature.Org invites you to Shake, Rattle & Bowl!
10AM Saturday May 28 Family (Free!) Fun Festival
7PM Wednesday Jun 1 Berkeley Lab’s Cleantech Pitchfest
10AM Sunday Jun 5 June EcoHouse Tour: Climate Action and Adaptation
May Day in Santa Cruz Sees Visits to the Boardwalk and New Leaf Market (4 comments) Tuesday May 3rd 9:47 PM
Group to Submit Petitions for Anti-Fracking Initiative to Monterey County Elections Office Tuesday May 3rd 3:30 PM
May Day March for Beach Flats Garden and Boycott Driscoll's Tuesday May 3rd 12:45 PM
Save the Beach Flats Garden (1 comment) Monday May 2nd 11:43 AM
MAY DAY March for Food Justice Friday Apr 29th 7:15 PM
Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise (1 comment) Thursday Apr 28th 5:51 PM
Santa Cruz Beach Flats Community Garden March To City Hall (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 12:34 AM
Land Trust Protects Rare Sand Parkland from Development Tuesday Apr 26th 4:22 PM
California’s Driftnet Fishery: A Costly Toll on the State Economy Tuesday Apr 26th 1:00 PM
State Water Board denies dismissal request for Delta Tunnels petition Monday Apr 25th 7:49 PMMore Local News...
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Vote Your Hopes, Not Your Fears: Building the Green Party (1 comment) Thursday May 5th 12:57 PM
France: Greenwashing - Dirty secret revealed from Australia at Engie Group AGM Wednesday May 4th 7:06 AM
EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer Tuesday May 3rd 3:08 PM
Chernobyl + 30 (1 comment) Monday May 2nd 3:52 PM
Palm Oil Home Invasion In Everything From Snack Foods to Pet Foods Saturday Apr 30th 7:58 AM
Australian environment ministers agree urgent action needed on climate change Thursday Apr 21st 2:33 AM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry Thursday Apr 14th 3:32 PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Offshore-drilling Rules Fail to Protect Oceans, Climate Thursday Apr 14th 3:29 PM
West Coast Water Quality Standards Not Strong Enough to Fight Ocean Acidification Wednesday Apr 13th 3:02 PM
#XochicuautlaAlert: Statement on San Francisco Xochicuautla Wednesday Apr 13th 9:00 AMMore Global News...
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TTIP and CETA Must Be Prevented Thursday May 5th 11:53 AM
Grape and nut glut drying up Golden State Wednesday May 4th 5:53 PM
Oil Industry Continues Efforts to “Buy” California’s Electoral Syste Oil Industry Continue Wednesday May 4th 3:01 PM
We Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels Within a Decade, Study Says Wednesday Apr 20th 10:32 AM
Orangutans Fleeing Palm Oil Deforestation Saturday Apr 9th 12:28 PM
Scientists Recommend Immediate Action to Combat Changes To West Coast Seawater Chemistry Friday Apr 8th 5:33 PM
San Francisco Green Film Festival - Volunteers Needed! Tuesday Mar 22nd 11:45 AM
Energy for tomorrow, 15 pp Saturday Mar 19th 11:00 AM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 11th 7:49 PM
Interview with Robin Barnes from GNO Inc about RESCON2016 Friday Feb 26th 7:59 AMOpen Newswire...
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