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Muwekma Farm Destoyed by City of Oakland and OPD The Muwekma Farm was located on the corner of 31st and International, across the street from the Native American Health Center. For two months, various supporters planted over 50 plants, including squash, tomatoes, jalapeños, kale, huckleberry, oregano, and arugula. On July 9, however, the City of Oakland and OPD descended on the farm and destroyed every single plant, raised bed, and bench. They even destroyed the few plants that remained along the edges of the land. The farm was located on 1.5 acres of unused land owned by the City of Oakland. Despite the support of the neighborhood, the city decided it did not want fresh fruit and vegetables growing at that location on International Blvd.

Muwekma Farm writes: We have no specific date for retaking the land, but when we do there will be another announcement. But to those who would like to support the farm in the future, our main request is to start as much organic corn seeds as possible right now. Our next event was going to be the planting of corn, but obviously our plans have changed. To those who desire a world free of environmental destruction and economic slavery, we would like to remind you that there is an inordinate amount of vacant land in the City of Oakland.

Muwekma Farm Destoyed by City of Oakland and OPD | videoVideo of Muwekma Farm and Call for Future Support | Muwekma Garden work party
Increased Wildlife Protections Secured for California Solar Flats Project in Monterey Co. Conservation groups have reached an agreement with First Solar, Inc. to provide additional conservation protections to wild lands and wildlife as part of construction of the California Flats Solar Project, a proposed 280-megawatt solar energy project in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. It will affect 2,720 acres of important habitat for a number of rare and sensitive plants and animals. The project site is currently part of the 72,000-acre “Jack Ranch,” which is owned by the Hearst Corporation and currently operated as a cattle ranch.

The negotiations have resulted in better siting of the project to avoid harming a rare year-round stream and to preserve more than 1,000 acres of adjacent land for wildlife, with a $10.5 million fund to purchase additional land for habitat protection through an independent land trust. These conservation gains are in addition to the several thousand acres of habitat conservation required by Counties. The conservation groups in the agreement are Audubon California, California Native Plant Society, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.

“As California makes a rapid transition off climate-disrupting fossil fuels, it’s crucial to do so in a way that also protects wildlife and important wild places.” said Ileene Anderson with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Winnemen Wintu and Allies Protest Governor’s California Water Summit The Winnemem Wintu Tribe and other tribal representatives and their allies rallied, chanted, sang and waved signs on the sidewalk in front of Westin Hotel on June 29 and 30 outside the Second California Water Summit in Sacramento. They were there to protest Governor Jerry Brown’s efforts to exclude California Tribes, environmentalists, fishermen and other key stakeholders in the public meeting about massive state water infrastructure projects proposed under Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond.

Members of the Concow Maidu, Miwok, Hoopa Valley, Pomo, Wailaki and other tribes and Native Hawaiian groups joined with local activists as they shouted, “Water is sacred, water is life, protect the salmon, protect water rights.” Representatives of the Klamath Riverkeeper, Restore the Delta, United Native Americans and Occupy Sacramento also participated in the event. Around 40 people were there at the protest at any given time; over 100 people showed up at the event between the two days. Protesters also chanted, “Fight, Fight, Water Rights!” and “Corporate Graft, Corporate Greed, this is something we don’t need!,” as cars drove by on Riverside Boulevard in front of the hotel.

The Brown administration advertised the event as a conference to discuss the latest developments including project selection for the $7.5 billion water bond money that is now available after the passage of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act of 2014, Brown’s controversial Proposition 1.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday Jul 28th 5:14 PM
Revisited former Drakes Bay Oyster Company location D. Boyer (1 comment)
Tuesday Jul 28th 7:27 AM
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Thursday Jul 23rd 2:55 PM
Seize The Tide: Decolonize the Watersheds of the East Bay The Autonomy Group (1 comment)
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Nuclear Shutdown News July 2015 Michael Steinberg
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Thursday Jul 23rd 3:29 PM
Thousands of L.A.-area Oil Wells Under State Investigation for Pollution Dangers Center for Biological Diversity
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Wednesday Jul 22nd 4:33 PM
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Uranium Film Festival in California Marcia Gomes de Oliveira
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The hidden costs of trade treaties Bas Van Beek, S Beunder and J Mast
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