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text Kern County Approves Sprawling 8,000-acre Grapevine Development by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., December 6, 2016 — The Kern County Board of Supervisors today approved Tejon Ranchcorp’s disastrous Grapevine project, despite criticism from the Center for Biological Diversity about the harm the project will do to wildlife and nearby communities. The 8,000-acre development will straddle the San Joaquin Valley and Tehachapi Mountains and create a new city of up to 12,000 dwelling units and up to 5.1 million square feet of commercial real estate....
Posted: Thu Dec 8, 2016 6:38PM
image Preparations for the Golden Anniversary of Kwanzaa ~ Stockton, California 480_eb7x1x_1.jpg by Khubaka, Michael Harris
This special 50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa, we look back and honor the earliest pioneers of African ancestry in Stockton, California. Sankofa, teaches us to look back to plan the way forward, planting new seeds for the coming "First Fruits of the Harvest"...
Posted: Wed Dec 7, 2016 4:08PM
image Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition to Delta Tunnels cowin2.jpg by Dan Bacher
Both Mark Cowin and Carl Togersen are retiring at a time when Governor Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels plan, the California WaterFix, has come under increasing fire from recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, Tribal leaders, family farmers environmentalists, scientists and elected officials for the enormous threat it poses to the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and West Coast salmon and other fisheries....
Posted: Wed Dec 7, 2016 8:19AM
calendar Human Rights Advocates to Rally in Sacramento for Farm Workers by Mark Hawthorne
California Department of Housing & Community Development 2020 W El Camino Ave, Sacramento, California 95833...
Event Date: Fri Dec 9, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:48PM
image Western States Petroleum Association: the biggest lobby group you’ve never heard of 480_scmpas_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
While the mainstream and alternative media have published articles about aspects of WSPA’s enormous influence over politics in the West, they haven't looked at the overall strategy of how WSPA and Big Oil exert their power and influence. CDFW map of Southern California marine protected areas: There is no better example of regulatory capture in the state than the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Association...
Posted: Fri Dec 2, 2016 11:11AM
image Sacramento City Council Puts Standing Rock Resolution on Consent Calendar 480_city_council_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The resolution states: "The City of Sacramento stands in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) across the Tribe’s ancestral lands, waters and sacred sites." Photo: Liljana Adams, a member of the United Auburn Indian Community, speaks before the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, November 29, about her experience getting arrested in North Dakota while supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Thu Dec 1, 2016 4:21PM
image Proposition that threatened Delta Tunnels defeated by a narrow margin donkeyhotey_jerry_brown.jpg by Dan Bacher
The results of the Proposition 53 vote are disappointing for those who care about salmon, the Delta and the public trust. However, there is no doubt that if an initiative solely requiring a public vote on the Delta Tunnels had been on the ballot, it would have been decisively approved by the voters. Unfortunately, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislative "leadership," while falsely portraying themselves as "environmentalists," for several years have failed to support legislation...
Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:44PM
image Trump appoints Big Oil think tank director to lead Interior transition team 480_domenech-hires_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“It’s beyond frightening that Trump would appoint a shill for Big Oil to plot the direction of a department that administers millions of acres of public lands that belong to all Americans,” said Randi Spivak, the Center for Biological Diversity's public lands director. “This is a clear signal that in a Trump administration it will be open season for corporations who want to frack, drill or mine our public resources, regardless of climate chaos, water pollution, species extinction and health i...
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:21AM
calendar March and Rally Against Trump - in Fresno by Luis Ojeda
Riverpark on the corner of Blackstone and Nees...
Event Date: Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:10PM
image Over 500 people in Sacramento stand in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux 480_mckenzie__tina_marie__faygo___estevan_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Protesters lined both sides of the street in front of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on J Street, proclaiming their solidarity with the struggle of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and their allies to stop the pipeline that carries fracked crude Bakken oil. McKenzie, Tina Marie, Faygo and Estevan show their solidarity with the Standing Rock water protectors. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:31AM
image 50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa at the California State Capitol 480_untitled__151_.jpg by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Today, our “California Grown” Pan African holiday challenges us to place a higher value on ancient African cultures while utilizing modern scientific methodology toward expanding the practice of our ancient/future, showcasing an understanding of the "first fruits of the harvest."...
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:15PM
image Trump appoints enemies of salmon, Delta and environment to transition team 480_devin_nunes_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Many of those opposed to the construction of the Delta Tunnels fear that Governor Brown may try to make a deal with the Trump administration to back the construction of the California Water Fix, his "legacy project. On Thursday, Brown issued a statement saying his administration would do its part “to find common ground whenever possible” while “protecting the precious rights of our people” and confronting “devastating climate change. Photo: Anti-environmental Congressman Devin Nunes joi...
Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:24AM
calendar Standing Rock Sioux Support Protest protest_flyer.pdf_140_.jpg by Mike Rhodes
Fresno City College in front of Student Services....
Event Date: Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:30PM
calendar Fresno Rejects Hate! 480_screen_shot_2016-11-10_at_10.23.27_am.jpg by Mike Rhodes
Shaw and Blackstone in Fresno...
Event Date: Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:26PM
image WSPA tops lobbyist spending with $16.6 million this session 480_wspa_president_meme.jpg by Dan Bacher
In a shocking example of deep regulatory capture that state officials and some environmental NGOs don’t want to discuss, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the WSPA President, chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create questionable "marine protected areas" in Southern California from 2009 to 2012 as the oil industry was fracking coastal waters. She also served on the task forces to create "marine protected areas" on the Central Coast, North Central Coast and North Coast from 2004 ...
Posted: Fri Nov 4, 2016 8:40AM
image Voting Recommendations on Stir it Up radio show 480_dsc_3709_1.jpg by Mike Rhodes
This is the audio (30 minutes) of the Stir it Up radio show on KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno....
Posted: Wed Nov 2, 2016 9:25PM
image Sacramento Area Activists Hold Protest in Solidarity with Standing Rock 480_liliana_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"The situation at Standing Rock has escalated to the point that all people who support human rights, human dignity and the inherent rights of Mother Earth to live and thrive must take a stand,” said Francisco Dominguez (Tarahumara). “The violence perpetuated by the state of North Dakota against the Lakota people and its allies is a moral disgrace." Photo: Liliana Mendoza shows her support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at a protest in front of the federal building on October 28. Photo co...
Posted: Wed Nov 2, 2016 10:42AM
image Delta Tunnels: Fitch Ratings Downgrades Westlands' Next Bond Sale img_3379_1-1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta executive director, quipped, “Bond ratings agencies are like Mom and Dad. Westlands is asking to raise the limit on their credit card again, despite questionable earnings potential. At some point Mom and Dad get out the scissors." Photo: Hoopa Valley Tribe members protest against Westlands Water District's attacks on the Trinity River in August 2013. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:10PM
image Davis City Council Passes Resolution Backing Standing Rock 480_img_0550-2_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In an emailed report to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Julia Beck of Davis Stands with Standing Rock, said, “We wanted to share the good news that our local city council last night unanimously passed the attached resolution in support of your critical and profoundly inspiring opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.” Photo: Francisco Dominguez urges the Davis City Council to adopt the resolution. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:49PM
image Inspector General says Reclamation wasted $32.2 million on Klamath irrigators 480_klamath_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“Basically, the Bureau of Reclamation became an illicit ATM for favored special interests,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein. “To add injury to insult, these improper subsidies were used to aggravate environmental damage by draining shrinking groundwater supplies to benefit irrigators.” Photo of Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:50PM