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Ventura Oil Spill Highlights Big Oil Regulatory Capture
“This company has a disturbing history of dangerous oil spills, yet federal pipeline regulators seem to have done almost nothing to protect our state,” said Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “The new spill is another grim example of why we have to get pipelines and oil drilling out of California’s vulnerable coastal environment. We’ve got to stop thinking about these oil spills as accidents and start seeing them for what they are: completely predi...
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:46PM
Sacramento Judge Rules Delta Plan Is "Invalid"
In his decision, Judge Michael Kenny said: “To be clear, the Delta Plan is invalid and must be set aside until proper revisions are completed."
Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:52PM
State Evidence Suggests New Wolf May Be in California's Lassen County
SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2016 — New evidence released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests there may be a wolf in Lassen County. The information — not yet conclusive — includes photos from four trail cameras between August and May and a hair sample from one of the sites. While DNA test results were inconclusive as to whether the animal is a wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid, the fact the animal persisted through the winter in this remote location leads agency officials t...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:23PM
No housing in People's Park!
Berkeley city council chambers 2134 MLK Way
Event Date: Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:30PM
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:07AM
No Coal in Oakland Rally
Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th St Bart)
Event Date: Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:00PM
Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:07AM
Lawsuit Initiated Over Politically Motivated Decision Denying Protection to Pacific Fisher
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 13, 2016 — Four conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in April to deny Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific fishers, the latest species to fall victim to the Service’s efforts to cater to industry. Closely related to martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are severely threatened by a number of factors, including habitat loss caused by logging and the use of toxic rodenticides on ill...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:13PM
Public Space goes down for the count?
Ed Lee et al may as well rename Civic Center "The corporate picnic area formerly known as public space."
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:02PM
Greenwashing Extinction: The Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative
Phil Isenberg, a former Sacramento Mayor and Assemblyman, chaired the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force to create faux "marine protected areas" on the Central Coast from 2004 to 2007. Isenberg then went on to Chair the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force that advocated building a peripheral canal or tunnel. Photo of the Sacramento River at Clarksburg by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:05AM
Stop the Quiet Skies NorCal proposal which seeks to move an SFO flight path to SC/SLV/SV
"Our petition states that moving flight paths from one neighborhood to another does not solve the problem....it simply moves it. In this case to neighborhoods with higher populations. Moving the flight path to our neighborhoods will create an even larger disturbance and outcry than currently exists." Sign petition: https://www.change.org/p/faa-stop-the-quiet-skies-norcal-proposal-which-seeks-to-move-an-sfo-flight-path-to-sc-slv-sv
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:14PM
Petition to Protect 200+ Graham Hill Road Trees Facing PG&E Ax
June 11, 2016 - The Valley Women's Club of San Lorenzo Valley is circulating a petition to stop PG&E's removal of scores of trees along Graham Hill Road between Santa Cruz and Felton. The Valley Women's Club of San Lorenzo Valley announced the following message: "The Valley Women's Club Environmental Committee will present this letter and the current total number of supporters at the Santa Cruz County Supervisor's meeting at 9:30am Tuesday 6/14/16. Please support our aim to slow down the PG&E...
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:40AM
Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare Frogs, Toads From Grazing
OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for authorizing livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest without considering the potential impacts to federally protected Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toads. Photo: Yosemite toad, by Lucas Wilkinson, U.S. Forest Service.
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:28PM
Conservation groups ask for more time to file objections to Delta Tunnels plan
Governor Jerry Brown is promoting his California WaterFix at a catastrophic time for salmon and Delta fish populations. In this spring’s California Department of Fish and Wildlife smelt survey released last week, the numbers of the endangered fish, once the most abundant fish in the estuary, have plummeted to a new low.
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:22AM
West Coast Whale Entanglements Increasing, On Pace for Another Record Year
OAKLAND, Calif., June 9, 2016 — Nearly 40 reports of whales entangled in fishing gear have been recorded off the West Coast in 2016 — including at least 20 whales that are estimated to still be entangled — putting this year on pace to break the record for the third straight year. Although some whales are able to escape from fishing gear, often with the help of California Whale Rescue teams that are now being overwhelmed with entanglement reports, those that continue to drag fishing gear...
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 1:39PM
Latest survey reveals Delta Smelt is nearly extinct
Only thirteen adult Delta Smelt were collected at 8 stations contributing to the index in 2016. “This is the lowest catch in SKT history, and a steep decline from the 2015 then-record-low catch of 88,” said Scott Wilson, Regional Manager of the CDFW Bay Delta Region. Photo of Delta Smelt courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 8:19PM
Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Water Supplies
California Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Dozens of Underground Water Supplies
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 3:57PM
Another new warm-water species found in Monterey Bay
(June, 2016) - During a recent dive in Monterey Harbor, Xantus’ swimming crab was observed in 15 feet of water. Photo: Xantus’ swimming crab (Portunis xantusii) in a threatening display stance. This crab species recently expanded northward into Monterey Bay (Photo by Dr. Steve Lonhart, NOAA MBNMS).
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 5:36PM
Immediate Habitat Protection Sought for Killer Whales Along West Coast
SEATTLE, June 6, 2016 — Conservation groups and more than 100,000 people today called on the Obama administration to immediately expand protected critical habitat for Southern Resident killer whales along the West Coast. The population remains critically endangered with just 83 individuals left.
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:06PM
Major Coastal Commission Reforms In Play in Legislature
The 2016 legislative session started off with an impressive slate of eight bills aimed at reforming the California Coastal Commission, some of those proposing to weaken the California Coastal Act. The Legislative session reached its halfway point on June 3rd, with the deadline for all bills to pass out of their house of origin. Of the eight original Coastal Commission bills, only three are still alive.
Posted: Fri Jun 3, 2016 3:51PM
Pesticides + Poison Gases = Cheap, Year-Round Strawberries
Strawberry growers use jaw-dropping volumes of poisonous gases – some developed for chemical warfare but now banned by the Geneva Conventions – to sterilize their fields before planting, killing every pest, weed and other living thing in the soil.
Posted: Fri Jun 3, 2016 1:23AM
Lawsuit Challenges Monterey County's Contract With Federal Wildlife-killing Program
SALINAS, Calif., June 2, 2016 — Animal protection and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging Monterey County’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services — a notorious federal wildlife-killing program that has killed more than 3,000 coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and other animals in the county in the past six years. [Photo: Bobcat, Felis rufus, by Robin Silver / Center for Biological Diversity.]
Posted: Thu Jun 2, 2016 12:56PM