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imageOn Extinction's Edge: Zero Delta Smelt Found in September 2020 Midwater Trawl
by Dan Bacher
The plunge of the Delta smelt population towards extinction has been made possible by the capture of the regulators by the regulated, including Big Ag and other corporate interests, in California. Corporate agribusiness exerts inordinate influence over the Legislature, the Governor’s Office and the regulatory agencies, ranging from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife....
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:24PM
imageDepartment of Finance audit reveals repeated oil and gas regulation violations
by Dan Bacher
“If you thought that dining with an oil lobbyist at French Laundry showed Newsom’s true colors, this audit proves you right,” said Kretzmann. “Even as his own agency is calling for illegal oil and gas wells to be shut down, Newsom and his regulators continue to turn a blind eye and hand out more dangerous permits.”...
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:13PM
imageManu Koenig has not been honest about Civinomics
by Santa Cruz News Network
In campaign materials, Manu Koenig has misrepresented his experience as CEO of Civinomics. Koenig, who is running for Santa Cruz County Supervisor in the First District, has stated on his campaign website that Civinomics was an "online voting platform" and that the company was retained in the past by the City of Santa Cruz simply to "conduct surveys". The truth is, the company was hired by the City in 2011 to actively market and promote a proposal to build a water desalination plant on the we...
Posted: Mon Nov 2, 2020 1:54PM
imageNewsom Administration approves 6 more fracking permits, bringing the total to 54 this year
by Dan Bacher
"Gov. Newsom sacrifices our health, food, water and climate while dodging criticism when he issues new fracking permits on a Friday night,” said Alexandra Nagy, California Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. “Newsom's concern over climate change is a deceptive mirage as his actions reveal a strong adherence to the status quo....
Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:45PM
textDuring apocalyptic fires, elected officials called on Newsom to declare state of emergency by Ramona du Houx
Climate change created drought conditions and tinder box forests yet California remains a top oil producer adding to greenhouse gas emissions....
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:03PM
textWillard Park Development by SAVE WILLARD PARK
Note on Unneeded Development to Willard Park... City officials scamming the citizens......
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:23PM
imageThere are Many Reasons to Oppose the Library/Garage/Housing Project in Downtown Santa Cruz
by Santa Cruz News
Rick Longinotti of the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation has written a rebuttal to former Mayor of Santa Cruz Don Lane's blog post in support of the proposed six-story library/garage/housing project. Read Longinotti's full response below....
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:56PM
imageAs oil drilling expands, Newsom pledges to 'conserve' 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030
by Dan Bacher
Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy criticized Newsom for failing to deliver on climate change while his administration has issued over 2,600 oil and gas drilling permits this year so far. “Governor Newsom needs to go back to the drawing board and tackle the state’s biggest polluters head-on," said Nagy. "We’re losing patience with his lack of meaningful action."...
Posted: Thu Oct 8, 2020 1:02PM
imageA.G. Becerra Slams Trump Shasta Dam Raise Plan - As Newsom Fast-Tracks Delta Tunnel
by Dan Bacher
In a major conflict of interest, David Bernhardt, Trump's Secretary of Interior, is a former lobbyist for the Westlands Water District, the main proponent of the Shasta dam raise proposal....
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2020 12:48PM
imageClimate Advocates Criticize Newsom's Executive Order for Not Addressing Oil Drilling
by Dan Bacher
“If your climate leadership does not include relief for hundreds of thousands of Californians -- the majority people of color -- living with oil drilling in their neighborhood, then you are not serious about climate justice and creating healthier, more resilient communities,” said Martha Arguëllo executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and co-chair of STAND-L.A....
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2020 6:15PM
imageReclamation extends comment period on Shasta Dam raise draft EIS to October 5
by Dan Bacher
“How would you feel if someone was coming to burn down your house, everyone knew it was going to happen, but no one — not even the people who are supposed to protect you — cared enough to stop it,” said Marine Sisk, Chief Caleen Sisk’s daughter, on Winnemem sacred sites that would be drowned by the proposed raise of Shasta Dam...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:31PM
imageSierra Club Endorses Brown, Hill, Kuhl and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council
by Santa Cruz News Network
The Santa Cruz Group of the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, Alicia Kuhl, and Kayla Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election. Additionally, the Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club has endorsed John Leopold for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 1....
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:51PM
imageHigh School Students March Against Chevron in Climate Strike
by Leon Kunstenaar
Richmond High School Students in "March For Our Future" protest assail Chevron...
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:06PM
imageSanta Cruz City Council Candidate Positions on Sustainable Transportation
by Santa Cruz News Network
The Campaign for Sustainable Transportation has published responses from their survey of Santa Cruz City Council candidates regarding positions on current issues, as well as significant votes before the City Council in the last two years. Four candidates scored 100% on the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation scorecard: Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, Kayla Kumar, and Alicia Kuhl (see photo)....
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:41PM
imageArrest at Extinction Rebellion Protest
by Leon Kunstenaar
“We Want to Live!” “SOUND THE ALARM” “California Is On Fire!!”...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:19PM
imageKaruk Tribe Declares State of Emergency due to Deadly Slater Fire
by Dan Bacher
The Karuk Tribe today declared a state of emergency in the wake of the deadly Slater Fire that has burned many homes of Karuk Tribe members in the Klamath River community of Happy Camp....
Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:34PM
image“These Are Climate Fires”: Oregon Firefighter Ecologist Says Devastating Blazes Are a Wake-Up Call
by Democracy Now!
President Trump has said little about the wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington for three weeks, other than to suggest poor forest management was primarily to blame. But the states’ governors are pushing back and directly linking the fires to the climate crisis. “These are climate fires,” says Timothy Ingalsbee, an Oregon-based wildland fire ecologist and former wildland firefighter who now directs Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. “Though some scientists he...
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:04PM
textFighting Fire With Fire: What Tribal People Know About Forest Ecosystems by Sonali Kolhatkar, CounterPunch
In more than 20 years of living in Southern California, I have never been in a potential fire evacuation zone—until now. The entire state is seemingly on fire with a record-breaking 2 million acres already burned this year alone, with months to go before the end of fire season. The situation is so dire that the state’s fire officials are warning they “simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire.”...
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:13PM
imageLawsuit Challenges Logging Threat to Endangered Wildlife in Northern California Redwoods
by Friends of Gualala River
The proposed logging, on 342 acres of private land in Sonoma County, would remove mature redwoods from the lower Gualala River watershed....
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:43AM
imageThe Day the Sky Turned Orange
by Leon Kunstenaar
Scenes from a small town in Marin...
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:36AM