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Sat Dec 3 2016The Unseen Power of Big Oil in California
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is not a household name in California and the West, but it should be. WSPA is the trade association for the oil industry and the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying organization in California. It represents a who's who of oil companies including Aera Energy, Chevron, California Resources Corporation (formerly Occidental Petroleum), ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Shell, Valero and many others. Yet most people — even many environmental activists — have never heard of the organization and the enormous influence it wields over politicians and regulators in the western states.
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall on Rainy Night
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Attendance at Freedom Sleepers City Hall Sleepouts Remains High After 16 Months
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in the weekly Freedom Sleepers sleep protest, while others were simply sheltering themselves from the wet weather temporarily with the group.
Within hours of the announcement that Trump would be the next president of the United States, protests erupted in Oakland and cities across the country. The first wave of demonstrations in Oakland occurred daily for nearly a week. During that time, Oakland police reverted to historical bad practices in their attempts to quell the protests. The San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) held a press conference on November 21 to publicly address the dangerous actions and physical injuries caused by OPD during the demonstrations.
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 12/01/16)Standing Rock Solidarity in Northern California
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 12/01/16)Nationwide Solidarity as Police Escalate Violence Against Water Protectors
The Standing Rock Sioux Nation called for indigenous nations and others to stand in solidarity as they fight to prevent continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in their ancestral lands, especially near the Missouri River. Since federal agencies blocked construction under the Missouri River in early September, police have greatly increased the violence unleashed against the Water Protectors. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested and injured by police weaponry. Now, federal authorities are threatening to close the NoDAPL camp by December 5, but protesters promise continued resistance.
Sat Nov 19 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Renter Control Ballot Measures Pass in Oakland, Richmond, and Mountain View
Sat Nov 19 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Renters Win in Three Cities, But Measures in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda Do Not Pass
Tenants in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, and Mountain View are celebrating rent control victories. Tens of thousands of renters will have new protections from greedy landlords, realtors and speculators around the Bay Area. The renter protection ballot measure in Oakland, known as Measure JJ, was voted into law with 74% of the vote. In Richmond, after a long hard struggle, 64% of voters passed rent control and just cause eviction protections into law with the passage of Measure L. In a victory for Mountain View over corporate interests, the grassroots renter protection measure known as Measure V was passed with 53% of the vote.
Wed Nov 16 2016 (Updated 11/19/16)Unanimous Vote by San Francisco Supervisors to "Keep It in the Ground"
Wed Nov 16 2016 (Updated 11/19/16)San Francisco Supervisors Ban Fossil Fuel Extraction on City-owned Lands Across the State
On November 15, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation prohibiting new fossil fuel leases on city-owned property in an effort to combat climate change. The legislation by Supervisor John Avalos originated with 350 Bay Area analyst Jed Holtzman, who discovered the city was leasing to Chevron an 800-acre property that it inherited in Kern County. City finance officials say converting the property to a solar array could generate more revenue than current oil operations, which net the city about $320,000 annually.
Mon Nov 14 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)We've Got a Bigger Problem Now
Mon Nov 14 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)With Election of Trump as Next US President, Cities Across the Country Rise Up in Protest
The first anti-Trump protests began almost immediately, shortly after election results were announced. By the evening of November 9, protesters poured into the streets across the country. The Northern California cities of Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San José, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Hollister, Santa Rosa, and Fresno have stood up against Trump, the rallying cries being "Not My President" and "Fuck Trump!" Demonstrations continue on a daily or near-daily basis all over. There is no end in sight. Calls have gone out to disrupt inaugural events on January 20 and for a Women's March on Washington on January 21.
Sun Nov 13 2016History Teacher Suspended for Comparing Rise of Trump and Hitler
According to the Mountain View High School Oracle newspaper, MVHS principal David Grissom and other school administrators made the decision to put history teacher Frank Navarro on administrative leave. The leave was prompted by Navarro's alleged comments in class that made connections between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. "Whether or not he said this, it is dangerous and disgusting that the administration has decided to punish him for drawing parallels between two similarly dangerous moments in history," wrote MVHS alumnus Annie Ashmore in a petition to the principal.
Sun Nov 13 2016 (Updated 11/15/16)Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-producing County to Ban Fracking
Sun Nov 13 2016 (Updated 11/15/16)Passage of Measure Z is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Fracking
Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than fifty-five percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent thirty to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. "David beat Goliath in Monterey County's stunning victory against oil industry pollution,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Mon Nov 7 2016 (Updated 11/16/16)Long National Nightmare of the 2016 Election Is Almost Over
Mon Nov 7 2016 (Updated 11/16/16)On the Ballot: President, Congress, 17 State Propositions, Local Measures & Officeholders
UPDATE: ...And a new four-year nightmare is about to begin. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. For coverage of the first anti-Trump protests across Northern California, see We've Got a Bigger Problem Now.
Considering the campaign for president currently lasts nearly two years, made worse by the two major political parties selecting nominees with the highest unfavorable ratings ever for presidential candidates, most of the country is ready for the election to be over already. While Indybay has not received reports on everything and everyone up for a vote in every Northern California district on Tuesday, November 8, those who've chosen to publish their reports and recommendations have covered a variety of the issues at stake. See what they have to say.
Sun Nov 6 2016Berkeley Police Violently Raid Homeless Encampment
At 5:00am on November 4, the Berkeley Police Department violently raided an encampment of people living in tents at the corner of Fairview and Adeline Streets. The encampment served as a safe, clean and drug-free place for those seeking shelter from the rain and cold. Four people were arrested, including District 2 City Council candidate Nanci Armstrong-Temple. In response, a "Housing Not Handcuffs Sunrise Vigil" is scheduled for 6-10am on November 7 at Berkeley City Hall. In Oakland, from 8am-4pm the same day, a call has gone out to pack the Wiley Manuel courtroom in solidarity with arrestees.
On October 29, World Can't Wait San Francisco and friends took a stand against "Torture Professor" John Yoo and his handlers at UC Berkeley Law School. "Today we represent the views and the hearts of many more tens of millions of people who know that torture is a war crime, and a crime against humanity. International and UN law both prohibit torture, under any and all circumstances, without exception," read the protest flier. "Indict, Prosecute, Disbar... No More Torture in Our Name," chanted about 20 witnesses to university apologists.
Oakland police sergeant James "Mike" Gantt has come forward with allegations of the Oakland police department and city leaders retaliating against him for his investigation as to whether fellow officer Brendan O'Brien murdered his wife, Irma Huerta-Lopez, on June 16, 2014. With a long record as a homicide inspector for OPD, Gantt unequivocally states that he believes O'Brien did indeed murder his wife and OPD covered it up, retaliating against him for attempting to do an honest examination of the evidence.
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 11/05/16)D is for Dilemma in Santa Cruz County
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 11/05/16)No on Measure D Demonstrations to Highlight Corporate Funding of Yes on D Campaign
Big money is being spent to influence the outcome of Measure D on the November Santa Cruz County ballot. Unlike political offices, campaigns for ballot measures have no limit to the amount of money that can be contributed. There is no restriction on the source of contributions, so special interests from outside the County can buy influence in our local ballot measures. This week, The No on D group, Widening Won't Work, has organized two public demonstrations in front of two of the major corporate donors to Measure D, Granite Rock Construction Company and Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
10:30AM Sunday Dec 11 Triumph of Trump: Continuity and Change in US Politics
7PM Wednesday Dec 14 Sarah Jaffe
4PM Saturday Dec 17 America Was Never Great Demonstration and March Mission...
1PM Sunday Dec 18 March for The Popular Vote (Petition the Electoral...
6PM Saturday Jan 14 Fundraiser to Beat Back the Trump Program – Build the...
5PM Friday Jan 20 SF Protest Against Trump on Inauguration Day: Fight...
10AM Saturday Jan 21 Women's March on Washington - January 21, 2017
Body Cameras for Santa Cruz Police on City Council Agenda (2 comments) Friday Dec 9th 9:55 PM
Bay Area Residents Urge The Electors Of The Electoral College To Dump Trump Friday Dec 9th 5:57 PM
Marin-Based Wildlife Group Slams EPA Pick Friday Dec 9th 2:51 PM
Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition to Delta Tunnels (1 comment) Wednesday Dec 7th 8:19 AM
America Was Never Great Demonstration and March Mission District Tuesday Dec 6th 3:46 PM
Trump nominates a moron to be the next HUD Secretary (4 comments) Monday Dec 5th 4:24 PM
Frivolous Spending at Sonoma State University (2 comments) Monday Dec 5th 3:31 PM
Oakland officials are responsible for Ghost Ship warehouse fire (20 comments) Sunday Dec 4th 1:42 AM
Western States Petroleum Association: the biggest lobby group you’ve never heard of (3 comments) Friday Dec 2nd 11:11 AM
Sacramento City Council Puts Standing Rock Resolution on Consent Calendar Thursday Dec 1st 4:21 PMMore Local News...
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Congress Passes Anti-Corruption Act Friday Dec 9th 10:23 AM
US Election as a Turn of an Era (1 comment) Friday Dec 9th 5:08 AM
Taking the battle to President-elect Donald Trump and the electors (2 comments) Thursday Dec 8th 1:45 AM
Water Protectors Occupy the Iowa Utilities Board Wednesday Dec 7th 10:25 AM
Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns Tuesday Dec 6th 2:08 PM
Victory for Standing Rock: DAPL Easement Not Granted Monday Dec 5th 6:04 PM
Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement to DAPL to drill under Lake Oahe and Missouri River until EIS is Completed Monday Dec 5th 5:52 PM
Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock Monday Dec 5th 5:23 PM
Stop Sen. Sesssions From Making U.S. into a Sadistic State as D.A.! Monday Dec 5th 5:11 AM
EPA Petitioned to Acknowledge Extensive Fluoride/Brain Risk Evidence Sunday Dec 4th 11:36 AMMore Global News...
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Chernobyl as a means of blackmail Wednesday Dec 7th 5:26 AM
Green Party Calls for Recount in 2016 Presidential Election Wednesday Nov 23rd 8:11 PM
Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı: in Germany it is on home ground Wednesday Nov 23rd 4:24 AM
The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda Monday Nov 21st 6:30 PM
Beyond the Hollow Ones Friday Nov 18th 7:11 AM
SF War Criminal George Schultz Involved In Criminal Cover-up At Biotech Company Thursday Nov 17th 9:06 PM
TRUMP'S WORLD: Power Thru the Eyes of a Psychopath Monday Nov 14th 8:34 AM
Western Ukraine: EU and NATO membership subscription Tuesday Nov 8th 5:25 AM
Vote Socialist & YES on Prop 61 Monday Nov 7th 5:46 AM
Revolutionary Tendency Voter Recommendations on CA Propositions (1 comment) Friday Nov 4th 5:39 PMOpen Newswire...
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