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Thu Jan 11 2018Protect 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
Fri Dec 15 2017Keep It In the Ground: Protesting Governor Brown in Bonn
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
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Health Advocates in San Joaquin Valley Press State to Suspend Deadly Pesticide
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
Thu Oct 26 2017 (Updated 10/28/17)Study to Start for Public Bank of Oakland as Alternative to Corporate Financial Services
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.
Wed Oct 18 2017PG&E's Role in Deadly Wildfires Questioned
Late in the evening on October 8, the Diablo Winds blew into Santa Rosa, resulting in five fires. The rapidly spreading fires caused dozens of deaths and burned thousands of homes and other structures to the ground. Beyond those directly effected, the Santa Rosa firestorm, and other fires in the North Bay have polluted the air across the entire region. The elderly and children are at greatest health risk from the smoke of the wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Yuba and Mendocino Counties. On October 16 a new wildfire started in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, spurring evacuations. Concerns remain about the origin of the fires; one theory being that high winds caused power lines to collapse, raising questions about PG&E's culpability.
Sat Sep 30 2017 (Updated 10/03/17)Water Protectors Resist Oil Pipeline Construction
Sat Sep 30 2017 (Updated 10/03/17)Makwa Initiate Direct Action Campaign to Fight Against Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline
The State of Wisconsin has violated the treaty rights of the Anishinaabe by allowing the Enbridge corporation to destroy wetlands, animal habitat, and their sacred rice lakes for a pipeline that the Minnesota Department of Commerce has deemed unnecessary and hazardous. In Cloquet, Minnesota, a growing front line camp of water protectors has become a base for launching nonviolent direct actions intended to shutdown construction on Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. Every hour protesters stop work costs Enbridge thousands of dollars. This tactic of non-violent direct action is a last resort because the courts and regulatory processes have failed the people and mother earth.
Sat Aug 19 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Court Rules Monterey County's Federal Animal-killing Contract Violates Law
Sat Aug 19 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Decision Likely Halts Program That Kills Coyotes, Bobcats, Mountain Lions
The California Superior Court has ruled that Monterey County’s contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill predators and other native wildlife violates state law. The decision responds to a lawsuit filed by animal protection and conservation organizations. The court concluded that Monterey County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by failing to analyze the environmental impacts before renewing the controversial program, which has shot, trapped and snared thousands of animals in the county in recent years.
Fri Aug 18 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Air Testing Shows Unsafe Levels of Brain-Harming Pesticide in Kern County
Fri Aug 18 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Chlorpyrifos in Air More Than 18 Times Higher Than EPA Level of Concern
Chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide linked to IQ loss and autism, has been found in the air in Kern County in amounts far in excess of the level of concern established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for pregnant women, according to 2016 air monitoring data released on August 17 by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. California officials are now weighing a statewide ban based on the assessment by EPA scientists. A ban can’t come soon enough for residents of California’s farming communities, who worry about the effect of chronic exposure on the wellbeing of their children.
Fri Jun 30 2017 (Updated 07/01/17)Agreement Reached to Close Cemex Sand Mine in Marina
Fri Jun 30 2017 (Updated 07/01/17)An End to the Last Coastal Sand Mine in the United States
On July 13, the California Coastal Commission will consider an agreement that would close the Cemex Lapis Sand Mine in Marina. The mine has been linked to severe coastal erosion in southern Monterey Bay, which is losing more coastline than anywhere else in the state. Cemex mines about 300,000 tons of sand each year from a self-made pond right on the beach in Marina. This is essentially like carrying away one 14-yard dump truck full of sand from the beach every 40 minutes, around the clock. And this has been going on at the plant for decades — although at lower quantities when operations began — without a requisite Coastal Development Permit.
Fri Jun 30 2017 (Updated 08/06/17)Critical Time to Defend People's Park
Fri Jun 30 2017 (Updated 08/06/17)Berkeley Mayor and UC Chancellor Agree to End People's Park
From the open-publishing newswire: Berkeley's new mayor, Jesse Arreguin, has been meeting in private with UC Berkeley's new chancellor, Carol Christ. The new mayor and the new chancellor are in agreement: People's Park must end. According to Berkeleyside, the mayor "is enthusiastic about the plans" to develop housing on People's Park. This is a crucial time to defend People's Park, through occupy tactics, and other methods of public support. The development plan includes two large buildings: a unit for student housing and allegedly a unit to house the homeless. Increasing housing is a noble cause; however, the city of Berkeley has a shortage of truly public open space.
Mon Jun 5 2017The Epic Battle Between Big Oil & the People of California
On Thirteenth Street in front of the Sacramento Convention Center where the Democratic Convention was being held on May 20, a group of activists held a mock “tug of war" between the people of California and the oil industry for the loyalty of Governor Jerry Brown. The skit depicted the contradiction between Jerry Brown the “climate leader,” who appeals to his Democratic base by preaching against climate change and for green energy, and the other guy, “Big Oil Brown,” who supports the expansion of fracking in California and the construction of the Delta Tunnels — and has received millions in contributions from the oil and energy industries.
Mon May 15 2017 (Updated 05/20/17)Standing Rock Copwatchers in the Bay Area
Mon May 15 2017 (Updated 05/20/17)Young Natives Traveling, Sharing & Seeking Funds for the Resistance as Camps Begin to Grow
Standing Rock Copwatchers write: In 2016, we left our families, our homes, our lives to go defend the water at Standing Rock, North Dakota. We stood in struggle with hundreds of tribes from across the country and continent. Our fight was for mother earth, and it was for our people, our history, and for our future. We have been traveling from city to city connecting with other people, sharing our stories, speaking about the fight for our earth, and conducting know your rights trainings. Many of us are currently in Oakland. We are fundraising to get the clutch on our bus fixed and for a NoDAPL / Copwatch food truck.
Lawsuit Challenges Tulare County's Flawed Plan to Limit Harmful Greenhouse Pollution From Industrial Cattle Operations Thursday Jan 11th 7:47 PM
San Francisco Passes Resolution Against Offshore Drilling, Fracking Wednesday Jan 10th 10:24 AM
Court Rejects California's Blanket Approval for Pesticide Spraying Wednesday Jan 10th 10:20 AM
North Coast groups, fishermen slam Trump plan to open offshore drilling in federal waters (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 9th 1:05 PM
Jerry Brown has already expanded offshore oil drilling in state waters Thursday Jan 4th 8:45 PM
Delta smelt numbers reach new low as Trump admin. aims to increase pumping Saturday Dec 30th 12:26 AM
Protect Monterey County to Appeal Decision on Measure Z's Ban on Harmful Oil Industry Practices (1 comment) Friday Dec 29th 8:53 PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Pacific Habitat for Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills Friday Dec 29th 8:49 PMMore Local News...
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Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions (1 comment) Thursday Jan 11th 7:34 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News December 2017: Do Nukes Kill? Tuesday Jan 2nd 4:30 PM
Raccoon Rebellion Strikes Diamond Pipeline on Christmas Tuesday Dec 26th 5:52 PM
Kwanzaa: Preserving Pan African Heritage in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Friday Dec 22nd 4:37 PM
Archbishop and Religious Groups Hold Puerto Rico Prayer Vigil at US Capitol Tuesday Dec 19th 3:31 PM
Expanding Participation with the 2017 Ag Census in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Friday Dec 1st 5:53 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News November 2017 Sunday Nov 26th 4:38 PM
Dead Zone Panel --the Gulf vs Tyson (1 comment) Tuesday Nov 21st 11:26 AMMore Global News...
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Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan Thursday Jan 11th 8:14 PM
California Adopts Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Day-Care Centers Tuesday Nov 7th 2:01 PM
Mark Davis on Governance for Survival Wednesday Oct 25th 9:43 AM
Brentin Mock on Hope for New Orleans, then and now Wednesday Oct 25th 9:40 AM
Religious Groups Call for Aid and Debt Relief for Puerto Rico and Dominica Sunday Oct 22nd 3:46 PM
Humboldt Redwood Co. security attack blockade in Mattole ancient forest Friday Oct 13th 9:34 AM
Nuclear Shutdown News September 2017 Part 2 Monday Oct 2nd 3:03 PM
Indigernous Elder ARRESTED by Child Molestors (OPD) Again (4 out 10 9-11) Tuesday Sep 19th 6:27 PMOpen Newswire...
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