Central Valley
Central Valley
imageCentral Valley Water Board Approves Grasslands Water District Permit
by Dan Bacher
"Toxins in water impact fish, divide indigenous families from traditional foods, and can cause permanent learning disabilities in children," stated Sherri Norris, executive director of the California Indian Environmental Alliance. "Many of these toxins cannot be removed from water once it enters into the system. It’s imperative that we protect all of California’s water from these toxins."...
Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:47PM
documentTrump Administration Gives Final OK to Drilling, Fracking in Central California
by Center for Biological Diversity
New Document Breaks Moratorium, Sets Up Auction to Lease 1 Million Acres...
Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:30PM
textUC Davis solidarity with UCSC striking grad students by UC Davis Solidarity
We UC Davis graduate students, undergraduate students, campus workers, and alumni fully support the striking graduate students at UC Santa Cruz and their demands for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in one of the most expensive areas to live in the world(1). Graduate students perform essential labor for the university, teaching classes, grading assignments, and helping students in office hours. The University administration knows exactly how much we get paid and how much housing costs, and ...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:30PM
audio50 Years of Resistance (audio/mpeg 54.3MB) by Mike Rhodes
This is a radio show I produced about the 50 Years of Resistance event held in Fresno in June 2019. The show features several speakers, including David Harris, Vince Lavery, Sandra Iyall and Don Teeter talking about the anti-war/Draft Resistance movement in Fresno in the late 1960’s and early 70’s....
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2019 12:28PM
imageA Renters’ Victory in Madera
by Eduardo Stanley
Renters, activists and supporters talk to the media before the Madera City Hall meeting on Nov. 20. City Council Member Santos Garcia is at the right of the image. Photo by Eduardo Stanley...
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2019 7:55PM
image2019 Sacramento Kwanzaa: A Special Karamu Celebration
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
The notion of "potluck" Kwanzaa in the 21st Century is a challenging local tradition that should not be a salient notion or limiting factor toward embracing Umoja year round and throughout the Kwanzaa season, Matunda ya Kwanza....
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2019 5:05PM
imageMatunda Ya Kwanza: Our “California Grown” Pan African Celebration of Life
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
In Dr. Maulana Karenga’s own words he says, “The origin of Kwanzaa on the African continent are in the agricultural celebrations called the ‘first fruits’ celebrations and to a lesser degree the full or general harvest celebration. 2019 Sacramento Kwanzaa and California State Capitol Kwanzaa continues our journey toward expanding California Pan African Global Trade and Investment....
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2019 4:04PM
documentFishing and environmental groups sue Trump administration for violations of ESA
by Dan Bacher
The lawsuit was filed at a critical time for salmon, steelhead, Delta smelt and other ESA-listed species in the Central Valley rivers and San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary....
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2019 7:05PM
imageWest Coast Crimethinc Tour Hits Bay Area & Beyond
by Crimethinc Tour Self-Management
Long running anarchist media collective, Crimethinc, is hitting the road for a west coast tour. Come see them in the bay area and beyond!...
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2019 11:51AM
imageNewsom freezes new fracking permits, but oil drilling permits outpace 2018
by Dan Bacher
The FracTracker Alliance and Consumer Watchdog unveiled a new website on November 19 to continually map and update the number of oil and gas wells permitted by the Newsom Administration: “The pace of permitting overall is still on track to beat the total number of permits issued during Brown’s final year in office (2018). The number of drilling and rework permits issued in the first ten months of 2019 through November 4 total 4,049. In the same period of 2018, unde...
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:32PM
imageNewsom plans to sue over Trump water grab, but DWR releases plan that would increase water exports
by Dan Bacher
“We hope when making decisions on water that the governor will take into account all of the people that rely on California's clean water and fish for their income, drinking water, and way of life," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon. "We need him to take on big water users like Westlands Water District, and demand flows that will restore our salmon and drinking water quality, while respecting the rights of California’s native people."...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:21PM
imageGovernor Newsom orders scientific review of new fracking permits
by Dan Bacher
Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy issued a statement today calling for more action on oil and gas in California. “While we are encouraged by the moratorium on cyclic steam, which is needed, much more should be done to address oil and gas issues in California,” said Nagy. “Since Governor Newsom took office, thousands of new drilling permits have been issued. The small steps announced today are in the right direction, but if we are really going to address fossil ...
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:58PM
imageHundreds pack hearing to protest Trump administration proposal to dredge San Francisco Bay
by Dan Bacher
“Deepening the Bay to accommodate bigger vessels carrying dirty tar sands crude oil puts communities along the water and near the refineries at risk,” said Isabella Zizi, Climate Campaigner at and member of Protect the Bay....
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:18PM
imageGroups slam Trump administration's sweetheart water deal with Westlands Water District
by Dan Bacher
Interior's plan to “award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity” to Westlands has been proposed at a critical time for Delta smelt, Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon, steelhead and other fish populations that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta Estuary to survive and thrive....
Posted: Fri Nov 8, 2019 6:39PM
imageFishing Groups, Winnemem Condemn Water Board Plan to Continue Toxic Discharges into Delta
by Dan Bacher
"Fishermen and coastal communities have been dealing with the mess from upstream polluters for decades,” said Noah Oppenheim, executive director of PCFFA. “The result is poisoned waterways, fish stocks at a fraction of historic levels, and losses to salmon fishing jobs and California's own seafood resource."...
Posted: Thu Nov 7, 2019 5:55PM
documentAs CA expands oil drilling, Trump plans to frack on 1.2 million acres of federal lands
by Dan Bacher
Opponents of the Trump fracking expansion plan disagreed that promoting fracking and oil drilling on federal lands was “responsible energy development.” In response to release of the EIS, Food & Water Action Senior Central Coast Organizer Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino called expanding fracking and drilling “the epitome of irresponsibility.” “At a time when the climate crisis demands that California move away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy, it is the epitome of irresponsibility to exp...
Posted: Fri Nov 1, 2019 4:02PM
documentTrump Plans to Open 1 Million More Acres of California Public Land to Drilling, Fracking
by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., October 31, 2019 — The Trump administration today announced a proposal to open more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The plan, first floated in draft form in April, would end a more than five-year moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies....
Posted: Fri Nov 1, 2019 2:58PM
imageCalifornia Buffalo Soldier Project, building on a strong foundation
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
2019 Veterans Day Celebrations will Honor US Army Colonel Charles Young, as the entrance Three Rivers, CA entrance into Sequoia National Park is dedicated as the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway and the men who served as Buffalo Soliers throughout California....
Posted: Fri Nov 1, 2019 1:41PM
imagePG&E spent $876,445 on lobbying from Jan. 1 to June 30 - after spending nearly $10 million in 2018
by Dan Bacher
The money that PG&E spent on lobbying for AB 1054, along with massive campaign contributions to legislators and $208,000 to Governor Newsom’s campaign, helped to ensure that the controversial legislation passed and that Newsom signed it. Photo: On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles north of Sacramento, California. Photo by NASA (Joshua Stevens) - NASA Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager....
Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:48AM
documentLawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s California Fracking Plan
by Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Aim to Open 725,500 Acres in Central Coast, Bay Area to Oil Industry...
Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:31AM