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Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/08/18)Californians Rally Against Offshore Drilling
Hundreds of Californians rallied against President Trump’s offshore oil leasing plan on February 8 in Sacramento, marching to the plan’s only formal hearing in California. Ahead of the hearing, thousands of Californians rallied in seven cities to oppose Trump’s proposal to open up the Pacific and other U.S. oceans to offshore drilling for the first time in more than 30 years. Rallies were held February 3 in at least seven communities after the federal government ignored requests by California’s congressional delegation and state leaders to hold additional hearings closer to coastal communities threatened by offshore drilling.
Sat Feb 3 2018Western Monarch Butterflies Continue to Decline
An annual census of monarch butterflies overwintering along California’s coast reveals that populations in western North America are at their lowest point in five years, despite recovery efforts. Volunteers with the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count visited more sites this past year than have ever been counted since the survey began in 1997, yet they tallied fewer than 200,000 monarchs. Pismo Beach State Park was down by 38%, a private site in Big Sur was down by 50%, and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove was down 57%. The few sites in which monarch numbers remained stable or increased compared to 2016, include Natural Bridges State Park, Moran Lake, and Lighthouse Field State Park, all in Santa Cruz County.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/23/18)Millions of Gallons of Untreated Sewage Spill into Monterey Bay
Approximately 4.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into the waters of Monterey Bay through an ocean outfall discharge pipe 2.5 miles offshore, the result of an “equipment control failure” at the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant in Marina on January 19 and 20. In response, the Monterey County Health Department issued beach closures from Moss Landing to Stillwater Cove. All Monterey County Beaches have been posted with a rain advisory due to the current weather. The public is advised not to have ocean water contact for three days after the rain event on January 22. The department warns that contact with contaminated water may cause gastroenteritis and other waterborne illnesses.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 02/06/18)California Mobilizes to Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling
On January 4, the Trump administration released a draft five-year plan that would open federal waters in the Pacific Ocean to new oil leasing for the first time in more than thirty years. The plan proposes new offshore drilling in almost all federal waters, including the currently protected Arctic and Atlantic oceans and eastern Gulf of Mexico. Resistance to Trump's plan spread throughout California quickly. Supervisors in San Franciscio and Marin County passed resolutions opposing offshore oil drilling. North coast environmental groups vowed to do everything in their power to fight it. In Santa Cruz and Laguna Beach, environmental groups have planned protest rallies on February 3
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/21/18)Protect Monterey County to Appeal Court Decision on Measure Z
Protect Monterey County and its attorneys will appeal the Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells. The court’s decision leaves the fracking ban in place, holding that oil-industry plaintiffs lack standing to challenge it. However, the decision strikes down the ban on new oil and gas wells and wastewater injection.
Fri Dec 15 2017Governor Brown is No Climate Hero
On November 29, over a dozen climate justice activists protested Governor Jerry Brown’s speaking appearance at the Metreon in San Francisco as part of the New York Times ClimateTECH summit. They called out the hypocrisy of Brown claiming to be a “climate leader” while he promotes fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in the state. One of the organizers of the San Francisco protest was twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Gustavo Ilario of Castro Valley, who was in Bonn, Germany as a part of an indigenous delegation and was one of the protestors who interrupted Brown's speech. Ilario is a member of Idle No More San Francisco Bay, an indigenous-women-led climate justice organization.
Wed Nov 29 2017The Gusher of Big Oil Lobbying Money in Sacramento
The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and other publications have touted Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials as the “resistance” to Donald Trump’s pro-oil industry policies in recent articles, but the reality on the ground is much different. In fact, the oil industry is the single largest corporate lobby in Sacramento — and dominates spending on lobbying every legislative session. Every bill opposed by the oil industry with the exception of one has failed to pass out of the Legislature over the past three years, due to the gusher of Big Oil lobbying money. The oil industry spent more on lobbying in California, $16,360,618, in the first six months of 2017 than was spent by the industry in all of 2016, $16.0 million.
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Day of the Dead Action Demands Ban on Chlorpyrifos
Spicing up their press conference with a Day of the Dead theme, health advocates from Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties rallied outside the central regional office of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on November 1 in Clovis. Their action was part of a continuing campaign to get DPR to urge the state to suspend agricultural use of brain-harming chlorpyrifos. Last May, the deadly pesticide was implicated in a drift incident that sickened dozens of farmworkers near Bakersfield; health advocates say that more than twenty years of research links the pesticide to neurological disorders in children.
Thu Oct 26 2017 (Updated 10/28/17)Oakland Public Bank Promises Benefits for Community and Cannabis Industry
Oakland will spend $75,000 on a study to examine the feasibility of establishing a public bank in the city. The impact on the cannabis industry would be huge, because most corporate banks do not conduct business with the cannabis trade even where their operations are legal. Without bank credit card services, business transactions must be conducted in cash. Even filing taxes with the IRS is problematic. Nearly all large corporate banks are involved in unethical practices of one kind or another. A public bank would also allow people of conscience to bank without supporting unconscionable investments.
1PM Friday Feb 23 Farm to Fork Friday featuring F.E. Jordan and...
1PM Sunday Feb 25 Book signing with Betty Reid Soskin, oldest national...
6:30PM Sunday Feb 25 "The Great Debaters" Oakland Greens Free Dinner & Movie...
6:30PM Thursday Mar 1 Transition Berkeley Film: Protecting our Oak Woodlands...
7:30PM Tuesday Mar 6 Michio Kaku reveals "The Future of Humanity"
11AM Saturday Mar 10 9th Annual World Naked Bike Ride - San Francisco 2018...
6:30PM Monday Mar 12 Climate Change and Labor: Challenges and Opportunities
9:45AM Saturday Mar 17 Transportation Justice Conference
7PM Tuesday Mar 27 East Bay premier, Nat Bates for Mayor documentary
10AM Sunday Apr 22 Berkeley Earth Day
11AM Sunday Apr 22 Sacramento Earth Day Festival
Water Board resumes Delta Tunnels hearing, rejects motions by opponents Wed Feb 21st 7:31pm
Indigenous and Environmental Activists Call for Removal of McKinley Statue in Arcata (1 comment) Wed Feb 21st 10:58am
Court Victory: 10-Year California Water Transfer Program Failed Analysis & Disclosure Mon Feb 19th 5:09pm
Urgent! The Beach Flats Garden Needs Your Help Sat Feb 17th 10:56pm
Another Mountain Lion Killed on 17 Sat Feb 17th 10:33pm
Farm to Fork Friday, Presentation, Conversation and Reception Sat Feb 17th 10:20pm
Western States Petroleum Association & members have dumped $170 million into CA campaigns (5 comments) Wed Feb 14th 4:19pm
Justin Trudeau & Jerry Brown are both promoters of oil industry expansion (1 comment) Fri Feb 9th 11:54amMore Local News...
Nestlé and Others Cashing in On U.S. Water Infrastructure Crisis Wed Feb 21st 3:23pm
The War On The EPA & The Scientists , Lead, Health and Safety & Scott Pruitt At The EPA Thu Feb 15th 9:22am
The torrefied pellet plant will not be built on the Limousin mountain! Thu Feb 15th 6:45am
Oregon Wildlife Commission to Decide Fate of Threatened Seabird Thu Feb 8th 3:58pm
Flawed Fee Analysis Diverts Fur-trapping Costs to California Taxpayers Mon Feb 5th 10:33am
Analysis: Trump Offshore Plan Could Cause More Than 5,000 Oil Spills Fri Feb 2nd 9:58pm
2017 Census of Agriculture: Harvesting Opportunity Thu Feb 1st 12:28pmMore Global News...
Sempervirens Fund Acquires Cotoni-Coast Ridge Property Sun Jan 21st 8:44pm
Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan Thu Jan 11th 8:14pm
California Adopts Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Day-Care Centers Tue Nov 7th 2:01pm
Mark Davis on Governance for Survival Wed Oct 25th 9:43am
Brentin Mock on Hope for New Orleans, then and now Wed Oct 25th 9:40am
Religious Groups Call for Aid and Debt Relief for Puerto Rico and Dominica Sun Oct 22nd 3:46pm
Humboldt Redwood Co. security attack blockade in Mattole ancient forest Fri Oct 13th 9:34am
Nuclear Shutdown News September 2017 Part 2 Mon Oct 2nd 3:03pmOpen Newswire...
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