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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.
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.
During July 22 through July 29, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), nonprofit housing organizations, and tenant groups organized a National Week of Action, with rallies in San Francisco, San Rafael, and across the nation in support of federal subsidized housing programs that are under attack by the Trump regime and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. Trump’s $7.2 billion in proposed budget cuts to HUD will result in over 5,000 new cases of homelessness in the Bay Area alone.
Mon Jul 31 2017 (Updated 08/01/17)Push for Single Payer Plan as Lives Are on the Line
Mon Jul 31 2017 (Updated 08/01/17)Activists Not Waiting for Next Republican Health Care Attack
Last week, the Senate blocked a proposal by Republicans to repeal much of the the Affordable Care Act, but many people in the U.S. worry Republicans in Congress remain determined to take away health care. A recent study shows a majority of Americans say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage; a growing number now supports a single payer plan. On Saturday, July 29, demonstrators called the win in the Senate a “temporary victory." and said they are not waiting for the next Republican attack.
Tue Jul 18 2017 (Updated 07/25/17)Democrats Betray Single-Payer Universal Health Care Coverage, Again
Tue Jul 18 2017 (Updated 07/25/17)Despite Holding Supermajority in Legislature, California Democrats Pass on Single-Payer
Nothing better illustrates the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party — for all progressive intents and purposes — than California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s announcement on June 26 that he was going to put a “hold” on the single-payer health care bill (SB 562) for the state, effectively killing its passage for at least the year. Democrats like Rendon, who “claims to be a personal supporter of single-payer,” will make sure that the governor is not put in the embarrassing position of having to reject what he’s been ostensibly arguing for for twenty-five years.
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.
Wed Jun 28 2017 (Updated 06/30/17)Berkeley Votes to Continue Participation in Urban Shield Despite Protest
Wed Jun 28 2017 (Updated 06/30/17)Police Beat & Arrest Community Members Protesting at Berkeley City Council Meeting
On June 20, over 500 advocates and Berkeley residents, including former mayor of Berkeley Gus Newport, packed the Berkeley City Council chamber to show support for withdrawing the city from the controversial and highly militarized Urban Shield SWAT training and weapons expo. Berkeley police officers violently cracked down on community members opposed to Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield at a special hearing of the city council. Two people were arrested, and multiple people were injured. Two days later, the City of Berkeley decided to uphold the largely contested vote by the Mayor and City Council on the city's participation in the controversial Urban Shield program.
Tue Jun 20 2017 (Updated 06/26/17)Charges of Election Rigging Aggravate Split in California Democratic Party
Tue Jun 20 2017 (Updated 06/26/17)Independent Audit Sought to Resolve Secretive Selection Process for Dem Party Chair
Joel Block writes: Clearly, there is a split in the California State Party, which reflects the split in the National Party since the beginning of Bernie Sanders' campaign and even earlier. The current issue splitting the California Party is over who won the recent Party Chair election at the State Convention in Sacramento, May 19-21. Everyone agrees the California State Convention Chair election between "insider" Eric Bauman and "outsider" Kimberly Ellis was extremely close. No official election vote report was made to the Convention Delegates. The ongoing informal "ballot review/audit" process to resolve the election and the challenges is clearly not working to unite the Party.
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.
Tue May 30 2017 (Updated 05/31/17)Fuck Trump at the Oakland Coliseum
Tue May 30 2017 (Updated 05/31/17)Artists Project Call for Trump Impeachment at Coliseum, Get Handcuffed by Security
From the open-publishing newswire: Don the Con has admitted to obstructing justice, and he should be impeached. We tried to project just that on a billboard next to Oracle Coliseum, after a Warriors game (victory!). IMPEACH didn't fit the sign as well as Fuck Trump. As fireworks went up so did the chant, "Fuck Trump! Fuck Trump!" Security noticed. A policewoman asked us to leave, and we packed up. As we were on our way out, we were surrounded and seized by coliseum security. Some of us were handcuffed. Our projector tripod was broken. The coliseum security did not wear badges and refused to give their names.
At a meeting between representatives of the Santa Cruz chapter of ACLU of Northern California; Sanctuary Santa Cruz; Peace United Church of Christ and the Public Defender’s Office on April 19, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart was presented evidence of the ongoing arrangement whereby the Sheriff’s Office notifies ICE of release dates of arrested but non-convicted undocumented locals. When confronted with this evidence Hart confirmed the jail policy of cooperation and agreed to consider the information presented to him about other jurisdictions who refused to cooperate with ICE. At a meeting on May 10, however, Hart said that he would not change Santa Cruz County's jail policy.
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citation. Two bills before the California Legislature (SB 185 and AB 412) seek to address many of the disparities
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)The Poverty, Politics and Profit of Section 8 Housing
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available
More than 2 million families now use Section 8 vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It's the government's largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. However Section 8 housing proposals face stiff opposition in cities across the US, including the McKinney and Frisco suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Nicole Humphrey, an opponent, proclaimed, "In this neighborhood, most of us are stay-at-home moms with young kids. The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 is usually working, single moms or people who are struggling to keep their heads above water. It's just not people who are the same class as us."
10:30AM Sunday Aug 20 Lenin on the State
7:30PM Wednesday Aug 23 Town Hall: Congressman Ro Khanna (District 17)
7PM Thursday Aug 24 San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America present:...
6PM Thursday Sep 7 FOGG Trail Mixer @ The Tunnel Tops!
2:30PM Sunday Sep 10 The Plot to Scapegoat Russia
5PM Sunday Sep 10 Wine Tasting for a Cause
6:30PM Tuesday Sep 12 Are We Being Spied on? The NSA and Mass Surveillance
Santa Cruz Artists Defy Boulder, CO's Unconstitutional Ban on Public Display of Visual Art (1 comment) Saturday Aug 19th 11:59 PM
California Pursues New Health Protections on Chlorpyrifos Friday Aug 18th 11:45 AM
SF Petition for Toilets, Shower & Garbage Service for Homeless Thursday Aug 17th 8:44 PM
Berkeley Gov Holding Special Meeting for "Urgency Ordinance" Thursday Aug 17th 8:09 PM
Air Testing Shows Unsafe Levels of Brain-Harming Pesticide in Kern County Thursday Aug 17th 5:39 PM
ACLU of California Statement: White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech (1 comment) Thursday Aug 17th 4:20 PM
Court Rules Monterey County's Federal Animal-killing Contract Violates Law Wednesday Aug 16th 9:45 AM
Black Coalition Sends Open Letter to Mayor Schaaf Demanding Answers on OPD Actions Monday Aug 7th 1:14 PM
SF Democrats Oppose Legal Marijuana Sunday Aug 6th 4:22 PM
Unity Through Reparations to the Black Community Sunday Jul 30th 12:25 AMMore Local News...
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Day 3 Illegal Art Protest: Cracking the System? Saturday Aug 19th 10:31 PM
Day 2: Illegal Art Protest Saturday Aug 19th 10:19 PM
Venezuela: La Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, tierra en los ojos de las masas proletarias Saturday Aug 19th 3:29 AM
Barcelona: Terrorismo yihadista y democracia, dos banderas de la burguesía Saturday Aug 19th 3:18 AM
Ban Fracking In San Luis Obispo County Tuesday Aug 15th 10:43 PM
Trump Attack On North Korea & Decline of American Empire Thursday Aug 10th 10:08 PM
Bipartisan Senate and House Bills Tackle Abusive Shell Company Practices Thursday Aug 3rd 1:20 PM
Archbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Reduce Puerto Rico Child Poverty Wednesday Aug 2nd 9:44 AM
The Hubris of Donald Trump Friday Jul 28th 4:11 PM
Democrats Join Republicans to Give Trump $696 billion for War, More than Trump Requested Saturday Jul 15th 10:05 AMMore Global News...
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The New Emperor is a White Nationalist? Sunday Aug 13th 8:47 PM
Forgive Them Hank Skinner,They Know Not What They Do.. Tuesday Aug 1st 11:27 AM
“Russian Hack” of DNC Computers was Inside Job (1 comment) Wednesday Jul 26th 5:36 AM
StratCom: Russian hackers are involved in illegal activities aimed at influencing the pace Monday Jul 24th 1:31 AM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
European Union Votes on Corporate Transparency Regulations Monday Jul 3rd 7:39 AM
30 OPD officers Guilty (No Firings) of Child Molestation/Pimping as City Pays 1 Million (1 comment) Monday Jun 19th 11:12 AM
The President as Businessman (1 comment) Monday Jun 19th 4:29 AM
Russian Ruse by US Masonic Order Thursday Jun 8th 1:03 PM
Call SF Supes to House Homeless & Stop Bus Fare & Fine Increases Sunday Jun 4th 6:11 PMOpen Newswire...
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