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Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement Will 'Condemn Tribe to Poverty'
Michael Orcutt, Hoopa Tribal Fisheries Director, said, “It is a travesty that the pristine waters of the Trinity Alps that have nurtured our people have been diverted from their natural course, sent 400 miles from our homeland and converted into toxic industrial waste by agribusiness in the Central Valley.” Photo of Trinity River below Lewiston Dam by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 9:19PM
Shell Pipeline in Northern California Has History of Oil Spills, Documents Show
TRACY, Calif., May 24, 2016 — A Shell pipeline that just spilled at least 21,000 gallons of oil near the Northern California city of Tracy has leaked at least twice before in the past year, according to state documents uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 11:44AM
Memorial Day Celebrations ~ Block 27 Stockton Rural Cemetery
A total of 28 formerly enslaved African men went to the site and re-buried the men properly, largely as a thank you for helping fight for their freedom. They built a protective fence around the cemetery, and on the outside, put the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” In Block 27 ~ Stockton Rural Cemetery 2016 Memorial Day we continue the journey to honor the early California pioneers of African ancestry.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 10:55AM
Overwhelming vote for UFW by blueberry workers at McFarland ranch with 627 workers
May 21, 2016 - Blueberry workers who struck for three days this week overwhelmingly voted Saturday, May 21 to be represented by the United Farm Workers during a union representation election overseen by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. It was the second union election victory in a month. Farm workers at two related Oxnard, Calif. companies with a total of 240 employees voted for the UFW on April 20 at Hiji Bros., Inc. celery company and the Seaview Growers Inc. nursery.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:32PM
The Racist History of El Dorado Hills/Negro Hills, CA
For the better part of five decades, the most notable tombstones at Mormon Island were those without names: 36 anonymous decedents whose grave markers shared a single, shocking label: “Moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery by the US Government in 1954.”
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 11:25PM
Big Oil has spent $25 million lobbying in 2015-16 legislative session
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern California at the same time the oil industry was conducting offshore fracking operations. Meanwhile, James Boyd, Reheis-Boyd's husband, was serving as Vice-Chair of the California Energy Commission.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:24AM
New Reports: Latino children bear greatest burden of pesticide risk in California
Salinas, CA, May 10, 2016 – New reports spotlight pesticides used in the food system and the harmful effects they are having on the nation’s children, including in the Monterey Bay region. In particular, the reports find that Latino children living or attending school near California agricultural fields face some of the greatest risks of exposure from pesticides linked to cancers and the developing brain. The reports are "Right without a Remedy: How the EPA Failed to Protect the Civil Ri...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:14PM
Governor Brown Appoints Two New Fish and Game Commissioners
You can probably expect little change in direction with the two new Commission members, since both are apparently political insiders with the Brown administration who have represented organizations supporting Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to build the Delta Tunnels, Brown’s “legacy” project. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown speaks at ACWA conference in Sacramento this year. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:00PM
Shut Down Nazi Rally in Sacramento
California State Capitol-West Steps 1315 10th St, Sacramento, California 95814
Event Date: Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:00AM
Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:55PM
Big Nazi on Campus: How Racists Rallied at UC Berkeley with Police Protection
Identity Europa, formerly known as the National Youth Front, the youth wing of the Neo-Nazi American Freedom Party along with members of the National Policy Institute held a rally on UC Berkeley campus with the full protection and cooperation of the campus police. The group livestreamed the whole event and even put up a large poster in the Downtown Berkeley area. Members of the group that participated were well known Neo-Nazis and one, Nathan Damigo, served time for a hate crime against a cab...
Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 1:02PM
California Announces Plan to Allow Oil Industry to Pollute More Underground Water
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2016 — California oil regulators today proposed exempting another underground water source from protection under state and federal laws. If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed “aquifer exemption” would allow the oil industry to inject waste fluid into the Round Mountain aquifer in Kern County.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:31PM
UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work
Attending the United Farm Workers’ 20th Constitutional Convention May 19-22 at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield, Calif. are nearly 400 farm worker delegates and alternates representing their co-workers at ranches under union contract in California, Oregon and Washington state. The convention highlights how farm workers today are living out the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:14PM
'Women's Empowerment Summit' Honors Big Oil Lobbyist/Former MLPA Chair
Stop Fooling California, in their “The Crude Truth" newsletter, commented: "Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), is receiving TWO awards this weekend! She’ll receive the first annual Distinguished Woman and Petroleum Advocate of the Year award (because she leads the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento) AND our prestigious Scummy (because she’s an oil industry shill)."
Posted: Sat May 7, 2016 4:23PM
U.S. taxpayers are paying for lion's share of Brown's Delta Tunnels
“The largest irrigation district in the nation that receives hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies, Westlands Water District, wants the nation to not only give them a permanent water contract for free with virtually no strings as to how they will contain their toxic groundwater pollution, but now we find out they have been gaming their responsibility to pay for these expensive tunnels to export even more water to these toxic lands,” explained Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of Ca...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 10:03PM
State Water Board denies dismissal request for Delta Tunnels petition
Responding to the ruling, Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), said, “It’s not surprising — it’s what we expected. The hearing process is delayed, but will go on.” Photo of State Water Resources Control Board Members. From left to right: Dorene D'Adamo; Vice Chair Frances Spivy-Weber; Chair Felicia Marcus; Steven Moore, and Tam Doduc. Photo courtesy of SWRCB.
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:49PM
Water rates will increase to pay for Delta Tunnels
The Delta Tunnels Plan is based on the absurd concept that diverting more water from the Sacramento River will restore the Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. Yet I’m not aware of one example in U.S. or world history where diverting more water from a river or estuary has ever restored the ecosystem of that river or estuary. Photo: Groundwater recharge pond near the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Offices in San Jose. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:27PM
Farm labor board rules Gerawan guilty of ‘extensive’ and ‘illegal misconduct’
(04/16/2016) The full Agricultural Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous 81-page decision on Friday, April 15 decisively affirming the 192-page Sept. 17, 2015 opinion by an ALRB administrative law judge finding the giant Fresno-based tree fruit grower Gerawan Farming Inc. guilty of “commit[ing] numerous” violations of California labor laws (P. 68). Judge Mark R. Soble ruled last year after hearing sworn testimony from 130 witnesses in 2014 and 2015. The ruling by the Sacramento-based A...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:26PM
Bill Forcing Public Vote on Delta Tunnels Passes Key Committee
“Today’s vote was about choice," said Assemblymember Eggman. "AB 1713 will shed some light on a project with huge implications and its passage is a huge win not only for the San Joaquin Delta, but also for the people of California."
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:14PM
Groups Support Bill Calling For Public Vote On Delta Tunnels
"As a controversial multi-billion dollar infrastructure project, the permitting process for the twin tunnels should be transparent," the letter states. "Accordingly, ultimate approval should rest with the ratepayers and taxpayers who may be required to pay for the project. In particular, the people most impacted by the twin tunnels project deserve the right to vote to approve or disapprove this project, which will do irreparable harm to the Delta and upstream tributaries to benefit one part ...
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:20PM
Metropolitan Water District's Delta Islands Purchase Challenged by Lawsuit
"People need to understand that MWD is not acting in the best interest of Southern Californians - it is only furthering their position as a water broker to import water to cities and utilities," said Adam Scow, the California Director of Food and Water Watch, at the noon rally. "In fact, the Cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica both voted against the deal."
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:30PM