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image California's biggest "secret" - oil industry capture of the regulatory apparatus 120_sfc_-_lobby_spending_inforgraphic_v5_infograph.jpg original image ( 800x1719) - by Dan Bacher
Big Oil spent an amazing $266 million influencing California politics from 2005 to 2014, according to an analysis of California Secretary of State data by StopFoolingCA.org, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to “mislead and confuse Californians.” The industry spent $112 million of this money on lobbying and the other $154 million on political campaigns.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:49AM
image The Importance of Building a Labor/Community Alliance 120_img_3141.jpg original image ( 1280x960) - by Mike Rhodes
Interview with Ruben Zarate about the importance of building a Labor/Community alliance and electoral politics. Photo below: Ruben Zarate is the labor relations representative of the Laborers’ International Union of North America and the political affairs director of the CLC.
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:01AM
image Man Arrested and Convicted for Using Washable Chalk at Police Protest 120_brian_sumner.jpg original image ( 1784x1642) - by Mike Rhodes
Brian Sumner (photo below) was convicted of vandalism last week - for using washable chalk on a police memorial in downtown Fresno. He was a guest on the Street Heat radio show on KFCF 88.1 FM on Friday, July 24, 2015. (56 minute audio)
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:19AM
text Court Order Sought to Force Disclosure of California Pesticide Spraying - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Public-health and environmental groups, along with the city of Berkeley, are seeking a court order on Friday to require that a California agency publicly disclose and analyze any pesticide spraying it conducts that poses risks to people, wildlife or the environment. The groups are asking a Sacramento court for a preliminary injunction to require that the California Department of Food and Agriculture follow state environmental laws when spraying harmful pesticides. This s...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:55PM
image Conservation groups slam Delta tunnels as Jerry Brown grandstands at Vatican 120_dsc_0030.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown and the tunnel-promoting agencies have a bad case of tunnel vision, and have ignored all requests for a Delta plan with true alternatives that reduce fresh water diversions and protect the Delta,” said Robert Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River. “The Environmental Water Caucus developed a Responsible Exports Plan alternative and handed it to BDCP agencies on a silver platter. Other agencies ranging from the National Academy of Sciences to the Environmental Pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:06PM
image Jerry Brown gushes about "fighting climate change" at Vatican as he fracks California 120_dsc_0035.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Dan Bacher
"We urge Pope Francis to send a clear message to Brown and other elected officials that fracking—in California, in Europe, or elsewhere—has no place in his vision for a greener planet," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe. Photo: Governor Brown delivers remarks at Vatican climate change symposium. Photo courtesy of Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:34PM
document New report reveals retiring toxic farmland would save water, money san_luis_unit_land_retirement_final_report_071415.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
“California needs to balance water demands with the realities of its supply, which means retiring inappropriate farmland,” said Adam Scow, California Director at Food & Water Watch. “Retiring toxic farmland in Westlands is a commonsense step toward protecting our overstretched and dwindling water supply.”
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:31AM
document Groups Demand More Time for Review of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan 7_16_15_comment_time_ext_req.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
The letter concluded, "In sum, the current comment period is inadequate because it fails to provide members of the public with adequate time for review. The proposed project is the most controversial public works project in California history. It is extremely complicated and the subject of voluminous analysis in the form of project justification and advocacy."
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:42AM
text ACLU Sues Over Failing Public Defense System in Fresno County - by ACLU of Northern California
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and the law firm Paul Hastings LLP filed a lawsuit against Fresno County and the state of California, seeking an overhaul of the county’s deficient public defense system. Because public defenders do not receive the resources necessary to represent their clients, thousands of Fresno County residents are forced to navigate the criminal justice system without the adequate legal representation t...
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:44PM
image Jerry Brown's New Fracking Regs Discriminate Against Latino Children 120_romovbrownmeme.jpg original image ( 422x265) - by Dan Bacher
“Everyday my daughters go to school, they fear for their health and safety because of how close the fracking wells are to their schools,” said Rodrigo Romo, the named plaintiff, whose two daughters have been exposed to dangerous levels of toxic pollution and psychological stress from extreme well stimulation while attending public schools in Shafter and Wasco, California.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:07PM
image My Ten Point Plan to Stop Fracking and Ocean/Estuary Destruction In CA 120_800_stop_frackin_around_-_klamath_justice_coalition.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
Activists should educate themselves about the role of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and Big Oil in California politics - and work to reduce their enormous influence by supporting movements like the Move to Amend and campaigns for more openness and transparency in California politics. Public trust advocates should form a new grassroots coalition, led by Indigenous Leaders, to connect the different water issues that impact one another, including the Shasta Dam Raise, Twin...
Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:56AM
image Jerry Brown's 'New' Delta Tunnels Plan Is Same Old Water Grab 120_7.8.15_ebg_podium_.jpg original image ( 3000x2108) - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), stated, "Virtually every promulgated statute and regulatory standard protecting the Delta has been routinely ignored and violated over the last three decades and, consequently, any assurances and promises by Delta tunnel proponents are worthless. California has been in a drought cycle more than forty percent of the time over the last hundred years and the tunnels will not provide a single additional ...
Posted: Thu Jul 9, 2015 10:23AM
image Brown Administration Approves Nine New Offshore Fracks 120_1266417017796635567.jpg original image ( 636x477) - by Dan Bacher
"Approving new offshore fracking just weeks after Santa Barbara’s devastating oil spill is a new low,” Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “Gov. Brown’s oil regulators just saw how dangerous oil production in coastal areas can be, but they didn’t hesitate to greenlight these fracks. The high pressures and dangerous chemicals used in this toxic technique have no place in our beautiful ocean.” Photo of Santa Barbara Oil Spill provided by Sa...
Posted: Mon Jul 6, 2015 11:33AM
image Winnemen Wintu and Allies Protest Governor’s California Water Summit 120_water_defenders_.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, emphasized that registration for the three-day summit was nearly an astounding $1,500 per person – and that been no efforts to “include tribal representatives, environmentalists or anyone who is advocating for sound water policy that will benefit future generations, local ecosystems and salmon and other fisheries.” Photo of protest against the California Water Summit in front of the Westin Hotel in Sacramento on Jun...
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 10:55AM
text State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
image Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California 120_11698673_10153464146235990_3797282356781017931_n.jpg original image ( 650x488) - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
image Rev. Jeremiah King founder of the African Baptist Church, Stockton, California 120_photo__24_.jpg original image ( 2048x1536) - by khubaka, michael harris
The founder of the African Baptist Church of Stockton final resting place found within Block 27-Stockton Rural Cemetery along with many of the earliest pioneers of African ancestry, both those formally born enslaved and free. During our Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Freedom, together we will end the separate and unequal treatment within Stockton Rural Cemetery and begin to officially identify, document and preserve the contributions by people of African ancestry as part of the broader eff...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:43PM
image Street Heat - June 2015 120_dsc_2512.jpg original image ( 3008x2000) - by Mike Rhodes
Photos and audio (mp3) of the Street Heat radio show in Fresno. Each segment of the show is about 15 minutes long. Photo below: Show host Pam Whalen.
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:40PM
image Draining of Folsom Lake forces Nimbus, American River Hatchery evacuations 120_800_american.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, emphasized that excessive water deliveries to the Sacramento Valley settlement contractors are exhausting the cold water in Lake Shasta, forcing the agencies to shift to using water from the American River to meet the Delta salinity standards. "As a consequence, the agencies are now are evacuating the hatcheries on the American," said Jennings. "And as a result of this mismanagement, they're not only goi...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:54AM
image The Bay Delta Conservation Plan Forges Ahead 120_screenshot_2015-04-17_at_8.31.51_am_1.jpg original image ( 269x371) - by Dan Bacher
The commitment of the state and federal governments to push the plan forward was revealed on Friday, June 12, when the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources filed notice in the federal register of their intent to prepare a partially "Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:40AM

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