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text 1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
image Winnemem Wintu Tribe supports the Standing Rock Sioux Protectors 480_standing_rock_statement_winnemem_wintu_tribe_1.jpg by Winnemem Wintu Tribe
"On behalf of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, as Chief, I send you our support. We believe that “We are One” in the struggle to protect Mother Earth. We stand with you with the position you have taken as a nation, opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline." -- Chief Caleen Sisk...
Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:21PM
text Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
image Yurok Tribe finds deadly disease in Klamath River salmon 480_klamath_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We take this threat to our fish very seriously, and we’re looking at every option to protect our fish. We don’t want to go through another catastrophe like the fish kill in 2002, and we will do anything we can to avoid that outcome this year,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe....
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:19PM
image CTC Whistleblower Kathy Carroll Jury Awards $3.1 M AG Harris & Brown In Cover-Up 480_carroll_kathy_justice_for_her_and_diana_mansker_1.jpg by repost
CTC State Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll Wins Nearly $3.1 Million In Lawsuit against CTC, supervisors and state for retaliation over whistleblowing. AG Kamala Harris And Governor Brown Spent Millions Fighting Whistleblower’s Lawsuit And Defense of CTC Misdeeds. The trial exposed a illegal effort by numerous CTC top officials and Ting Sun the chair to fire Kathy Carroll because of her going to the State Senator Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg for an audit of the agency. AGKamala Harris and Governor ...
Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:58PM
image Big Oil Money Gushes Over Sacramento, LA Times & Brown's Dirty Hands 480_02c97ff5-a357-41d4-9968-acd2b62c2233_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said Stop Fooling California in their latest newsletter, the Crude Truth. " And this quarter was no exception." Graphic courtesy of http://stopfoolingca.org/...
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:53PM
image Consumer Watchdog slams Jerry Brown over receiving $9.8 million in fossil fuel donations 480_brownsdirtyhands_0_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In over 30 years of covering fish, water, conservation and environmental justice in California, this is one of the most significant and disturbing reports about regulatory capture and “play to pay" politics I have ever read. "Brown's Dirty Hands" graphic courtesy of Consumer Watchdog....
Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:27PM
image Delta Tunnels Opponents Request 30-Day Extension for Submitting Documents 480_800_standing_up_for_delta_estuary_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
I am not aware of a single example in US or world history where the construction of a project that takes more water out of a river or estuary has resulted in the restoration of that river or estuary. Protesting the Delta Tunnels in February 2014 in the Westlands Water District. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:03PM
image Commission will consider petition to reduce striped bass and black bass populations 480_delta_smelt_in_hand2_usfws_peter_johnsen_2008_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
David J. Ostrach Ph.D., Chief Scientist of Ostrach Consulting, emphasized that if the Commission does change the regulations so that smaller striped bass are being caught and kept, it would likely cause a decrease in striped bass predation on other fish, such as the inland silversides, that pose a greater danger to salmon and Delta smelt. “If you remove young (up to 3-4-year-old) striped bass by fishing or otherwise reduce their numbers, then the silverside population would increase,” said...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:54AM
image Legislature to Audit Funding for Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels 220px-eggman_headshot.jpg by Dan Bacher
“A project this expensive, and potentially destructive to the San Francisco Bay-Delta, deserves scrutiny and public oversight,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta....
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:39PM
image State and Feds Release New Biological Assessment of Delta Tunnels Plan 480_delta_smelt_in_hand2_usfws_peter_johnsen_2008_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Opponents of the project are currently reviewing the environmental assessment. In reaction to the new document, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, said: “While we are still working through the document, it is clear the increased presence of toxic algal blooms will be a threat to species, and, thus, public health. As it has been every step of the way, the devil is in the details. What the Brown Administration sells as solutions through public relations ends ...
Posted: Mon Aug 8, 2016 10:34AM
image Because I Said So. . . 480_screen_shot_2016-08-03_at_1.30.39_pm.jpg by Mike Rhodes
Fresno police officer Rudy Ruiz stopped Jesse Paz and his daughter from getting on a bus at Manchester Center in Fresno. We want to know why....
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 1:41PM
text UFW will ‘sound the alarm’ on suspected heat deaths of farm workers in Kern County area by via United Farm Workers
Bakersfield, Calif.—Amid reports of multiple suspected deaths of farm workers from the heat in and around Kern County, United Farm Workers leaders will “sound the alarm” on proactive steps all employers should immediately take to prevent fatalities and illness when temperatures hit triple digits. The UFW and UFW Foundation are actively investigating reports of as many as three recent fatalities involving farm workers in the Kern County region....
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 11:49PM
image Legal victory by fishing groups could 'pull rug out' from Delta Tunnels plan 480_800_fishing_boats_on_san_joaquin_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“This ruling pulls the rug out from underneath the Governor’s so-called WaterFix project because the WaterFix assumes incorrectly that Reclamation must strive to deliver the ‘full contract amounts’ under its interim contracts," said Stephan Volker, attorney for the two organizations. "That assumption violates federal law, as the Ninth Circuit clearly holds in this ruling." Anglers in boats fishing on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 6:37PM
text Families Demand a Repeal of Peace Officers Bill of Rights! by Anita Wills
On August 18th Families from all over California whose loved ones died at the hands of Law Enforcement gather for a Rally & Protest in Sacramento California. The Families are demanding a Repeal of the Peace Officers Bill of Rights....
Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2016 11:49PM
calendar Equal Justice Rally & Protest Sacramento (Change of Date) 480_equaljusticerally2016_1.jpg by Families United Against Police Brutality
California Governor's Mansion 16th & H Street Sacramento California...
Event Date: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:00AM
Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2016 9:17PM
image Brown Hires Bruce Babbitt As New Point Man For Delta Tunnels 220px-bruce_babbitt.jpg by Dan Bacher
It is clear that Bruce Babbitt, like the governor that he is now working for, has two faces. One is the “environmentalist” image that he continues to promote. The other face is a long time cheerleader for environmentally devastating projects like the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump and the Arizona Snowbowl fiasco, so it should be no surprise that Babbitt is now receiving a $10,000 a month salary from the Department of Water Resources to promote the most environmentally destructive public work...
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:34AM
image CA Supreme Court Rules Delta Tunnels Surveys Can Go Forward 480_downloadedfile_1.jpeg by Dan Bacher
Tom Keeling of the Freeman Firm in Stockton said the court did hand Delta landowners a “limited victory” in the case by reforming the statute at issue to allow the landowners the right of a jury trial....
Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:26PM
audio Power for the People (audio/mpeg 58.7mb) by Mike Rhodes
This was an interview on the Street Heat radio show (July 22, 2016) on KFCF 88.1 FM with Justice Medina and friends. Justice was the lead organizer of an impressively large demonstration in Fresno demanding police accountability. 30:40 minute audio....
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:09PM
image Youth Protest Klamath River Water Pollution 480_13718680_10206977597341992_5821848656678291442_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“As a Yurok Tribal member, I am deeply affected by what happens on the Klamath River,” said Stoney McCoy, a 16 year-old Yurok Tribal Youth Council member. “ What I saw today coming out of the Klamath Strait Drain made me sick to my stomach, I will fight for as long as it takes to clean up the Klamath...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:29AM