text Down In Smoke SF by Michael Steinberg
Smoke from the Camp Fire has turned San Francisco into a high tech ghost town....
Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:46PM
image Tree Sitters Protest Sierra Pacific Industries Clearcut Logging 480_img_0184_1.jpg by KP
Forest Defenders in Humboldt County took to the trees on forestland owned by Sierra Pacific Industries, California's most massive clear cutter and largest landowner. They are defending old growth and mature trees on a timber plan very close to where they have been defending forests on Humboldt Redwood Co. land....
Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:02PM
image Department of Pesticide Regulation rejects Federal Court Order to ban chlorpyrifos 480_pesticide-0282_1.jpg by Sarait Martinez
Rejecting the order of the 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court to end the use of a brain-harming pesticide, state regulators November 15th announced a set of interim recommended measures aimed at limiting exposure to the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos, known to cause permanent brain damage in young children. But the measures fall far short of the ban many are calling for. State regulators have found that young children in California risk permanent neurotoxic effects from exposure to uns...
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:42PM
image City of Santa Cruz Announces Park Closures 480_rincon-fire-santa-cruz-county-november-2018-1_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
Due to a recent string of "suspicious" fires, the City of Santa Cruz today announced the closure of the following parks: Pogonip, Arana Gulch, Moore Creek, DeLaveaga, and Arroyo Seco. "Police and Fire Investigators have aggressively investigated every fire, which has resulted in five arrests in the past four weeks," a press release from the city states. The parks will be closed indefinitely. [Top Photo: The Rincon Fire.]...
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:12PM
image UCSC Students Initiate Petition to Close Campus Due to Poor Air Quality 480_california_wildfires_2018_1.jpg by Santa Cruz News
Students at the University of California, Santa Cruz have initiated a petition calling for the closure of campus due to poor air quality from the California wildfires. Over 700 individuals have signed the electronic petition so far. One individual commented on the website that they felt like they were "back in Beijing". Another wrote: "I don't want lung cancer". Sign the petition here:
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:51PM
image Thousands of Prisoner Firefighters Combating Wildfires in California Today 480_california-fires-november-14-2018.jpg by Dave Id
Among those brave enough to combat fires by taking on such dangerous duties as creating containment lines in hot zones are thousands of people enslaved by the prison industrial complex. For instance, two hundred are involved with fighting the ongoing Camp Fire. The California Department of Corrections seems proud that this past summer 58 of them were kids....
Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:45PM
image California Dungeness Crab Season Opens, Endangering Whales, Sea Turtles 480_humpback_whale_entanglements_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Thursday’s opening of California’s commercial Dungeness crab season is clouded by the outbreak of a powerful neurotoxin and continuing concerns about the fishery entangling endangered whales and sea turtles. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that the Nov. 15 season opener will not include areas north of Bodega Head because of high levels of domoic acid found in crabs there....
Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:18PM
image Hundreds Missing in Most Deadly and Destructive Wildfire in California History 480_campfire4-unicornriot.jpg by Wes, Unicorn Riot
Butte County, CA – Dozens have died and hundreds are missing in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California’s history. Unicorn Riot is in the evacuation zone documenting the unfolding disaster. The fire started on Camp Creek Road and has been officially named the ‘Camp Fire’. At just 50% containment [updated 11/17 ed.], it is continuing to rage near Chico, and Oroville, California...
Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:06PM
image Judge orders moratorium on offshore fracking in federal waters off California 480_brown_vs._trump_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“Protecting the health of our coastal waters is essential to our commitment to conserving the ecosystem and marine life necessary for our maritime culture,” said Mati Waiya, executive director of Wishtoyo Foundation. “The decision by honorable Judge Gutierrez upholds the law that ensures the health of our ocean waters. We all celebrate this decision that honors the rights of our maritime resources.”...
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:24PM
image California Voters Defeat Proposition 3, the Big Ag-Backed Water Bond 480_stewart-and-lynda-resnick-4-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The Sierra Club California, the primary opponent of the measure, celebrated the defeat of the proposition. The backers of the measure, including agribusiness, spent $5,653,034 on the Yes campaign while the Sierra Club spent less than $5,000 on the No Campaign....
Posted: Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:12AM
image Delta advocates at public hearing say California WaterFix Is Inconsistent with Delta Plan 480_michael_frost_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Michael Frost, First Vice President of the Restore the Delta Board, emphasized that the Council did a “terrible job of outreach” and “the entire process process reeks of corruption by corporate ag.” He said the WaterFix takes away the fresh water, the life blood of the Bay Delta Estuary, which is equivalent to denying a human being their blood. “The Delta Tunnels is based on the premise of taking more blood out of the body. It is not consistent with the Delta Plan — it is like relying o...
Posted: Tue Nov 6, 2018 6:24PM
image Legislators request info. on Brown & Trump administration negotiations over Delta Tunnels 480_45282646_2389028807778913_7457665334556753920_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“This desire to hastily push forward an agreement without the input of affected Delta communities is concerning," the eight legislators wrote. "The state has a duty to preserve the public trust by providing transparency and accountability to all Californians."...
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2018 9:41AM
image Fishermen Petition State to Control Pollution on California’s Wildest Salmon River 480_smithriverlilyfarming_graphic__1__1.jpg by Institute for Fisheries Resources
For more information contact: Regina Chichizola, Institute for Fisheries Resources/PCFFA : (541) 951-0126 Nathaniel Kane, Environmental Law Foundation : (510) 208 4555 Noah Oppenheim, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations ( 415) 561 3474 Smith River, CA - Today the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, and Environmental Law Foundation petitioned California’s State Water Resources Control Board to regulate large scale pes...
Posted: Fri Nov 2, 2018 11:47AM
image Who Is The Real Gavin Newsom? SF politicians, the Navy, the EPA & Housing 480_img_2218_1.jpg by Carol Harvey
Intertwined in the growing eco-corruption crisis at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island are the hands of Gavin Newsom. Gavin Newsom now says that he plans to solve the homeless crisis and is opposing Prop C which would tax the billion dollar corporations....
Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:30PM
text UC Berkeley to close People's Park restroom by Preserve People's Park
According to a Berkeley city government document, the University of California is planning on closing the People's Park restroom "in the very near future", as part of the first phase of its development plan....
Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:59PM
image New State Rail Plan Calls for Funding of Rail Service in Santa Cruz County & Integration with Extensive Statewide Rail Network 480_state-rail-plan-map_1.jpg by Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT)
Caltrans plans world-class rail system, enabling car-free travel throughout CA by 2040...
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:49PM
image Trump signs memo to send more water to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness 480_kuuht00m_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"Western water mismanagement has been horrendous for commercial, recreational, and guide fisheries in California,” said Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) executive director Noah Oppenheim in a statement. “Water users have sucked our rivers dry for far too long, and the fish have been paying the price.”...
Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:30AM
image Responders Free Humpback Whale off of Santa Cruz 480_humpback_whale_entanglement_santa_cruz_california_1_1.jpg by Monterey Bay Marine Life Studies
On October 15 a collaborative effort was made to free a Humpback Whale off of Santa Cruz, CA....
Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:37PM
image Humboldt Martens Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection 480_humboldt-marten-3-charlotte-eriksson-oregon-state-university-fpwc_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
Despite 93 Percent Decline in California, Oregon, Loophole Allows Industrial Logging in Habitat...
Posted: Sat Oct 6, 2018 10:22PM
image Calls intensify for California regulators to take action on chlorpyrifos 480_californians_for_pesticide_reform_capitol_10-4-18-yanely4_1.jpg by Safe Ag Safe Schools
The U.S. Justice Department has requested a rehearing of a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to revoke all tolerances of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos within 60 days, putting the proposed federal ban back in limbo for the foreseeable future. The stalling tactic is the latest in an eleven-year struggle over the fate of a pesticide known to cause autism, ADHD and IQ loss. Health advocates in California, including many from the Monterey Bay region, are now renewing their call ...
Posted: Fri Oct 5, 2018 11:38AM