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Judge denies Westlands' request to block higher Trinity River flows - by Dan Bacher
"The potential harm to the Plaintiffs from the potential, but far from certain, loss of added water supply in 2015 or 2016 does not outweigh the potentially catastrophic damage that 'more likely than not' will occur to this year’s salmon runs in the absence of the 2015 FARs," ruled Judge O'Neill.
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:53PM
Protesters slam LA funding of Delta tunnels for Big Ag tycoons - by Dan Bacher
"Resnick, a billionaire agriculture tycoon who controls vast amounts of California water, is pushing the controversial tunnels in an attempt to secure more water for Central Valley corporate agriculture interests and dupe Californians into paying for massive tunnels that won’t secure new water for Angelenos," said Brenna Norton of Food and Water Watch, who spoke at the protest. "Food & Water Watch estimates the average household could be charged as much as $5000 to pay for the project." ...
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:15AM
Big Oil spent $6.2 million lobbying CA officials in year's first six months - by Dan Bacher
In California environmental politics now, there is no bigger issue than than the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, including Big Oil, agribusiness, developers, the timber industry and other corporate interests. This is why fishermen, Tribal leaders, family farmers, environmentalists and grassroots Californians must relentlessly expose and fight this regulatory capture in order to restore our rivers, oceans, fisheries and the public trust - and support state and national ca...
Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:13PM
Documents reveal state plans for seizure of Delta farms to build tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The most disturbing aspect of the documents are that the Brown Administration and water exporters don’t trust Californians,” said Conner Everts with the Southern California Watershed Alliance. “Why do they feel the need to “fool” Californians? To advance their deeply flawed multi-billion-dollar tunneling experimental export plan.” Photo of the Sacramento River near Clarksburg by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:30AM
Restore the Delta sends public comments video to Obama and Jewell - by Dan Bacher
"Outside the sham public hearing a video crew recorded comment directly from the 300 people who came to express their concerns," according to Restore the Delta. "Their concern centered on the proposed 40-foot tunnels to be dug beneath the Delta that will suck freshwater from the Sacramento River that every farmer, resident, and vanishing species in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary needs for survival."
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:47AM
New report: California fracking operations use 197 unique chemicals - by Dan Bacher
A report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on August 12 helps to counter oil industry claims that fracking is "safe" and doesn't cause harm to the environment, since it documents the use of 197 unique chemicals used in fracking operations in the state.
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:01PM
As the drought rages on, so do the fires! The Rocky Fire - by D. Boyer
As the drought rages on so do the wildfires. The Rocky Fire has grown beyond expectations, and has been one of the State's most erratic fires.
Posted: Thu Aug 6, 2015 9:03AM
Tribes Slam Federal Water Plan for Klamath River - by Dan Bacher
"It's now come to the 11th hour and we're still entertaining arm chair quarterback approaches to protecting Klamath-Trinity River fish," said Mike Orcutt, Fisheries Director for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, noting that BOR will finalize its EA on Friday, August 7. Photo courtesy of Vivienna Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 5, 2015 11:36AM
CSPA charges Water Board, feds with violations of laws protecting salmon - by Dan Bacher
The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) today requested the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to immediately re-establish "protective, non-lethal temperature" criteria at the Clear Creek compliance point on the Sacramento River in order to protect salmon. The group also asked the board to require the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to reduce water deliveries in order to preserve what’s left of cold water reserves in Shasta Reservoir.
Posted: Mon Aug 3, 2015 9:38AM
Sacramento activists sing "No Fracking No Way" at protest - by Dan Bacher
People gathered at 18 coordinated "Clean Not Extreme" events that were a part of a statewide day of action following the release of a statewide study on fracking and oil well stimulation in California. These actions demonstrated mounting public opposition to fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods and increasing support for a pathway to 100% clean energy, according to Californians Against Fracking. Photo of Raging Grannies singing in front of the Department of Conservation by Dan...
Posted: Sat Aug 1, 2015 5:50PM
Protesters sing, wave signs and blast Delta tunnels at "open house' - by Dan Bacher
"Right now the existing water projects continue to damage our ecology," said Caleeen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. "They have already harmed our fish and driven them to extinction. The tunnels will only complete the job. The tunnels that they want to build are large enough to divert the entire Sacramento River." Photo: Chief Caleen Sisk at the protest against the Delta Tunnels in front of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on July 28. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:36PM
California's biggest "secret" - oil industry capture of the regulatory apparatus - 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
The Importance of Building a Labor/Community Alliance - 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
Man Arrested and Convicted for Using Washable Chalk at Police Protest - 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
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
Conservation groups slam Delta tunnels as Jerry Brown grandstands at Vatican - 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
Jerry Brown gushes about "fighting climate change" at Vatican as he fracks California - 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
New report reveals retiring toxic farmland would save water, money - 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
Groups Demand More Time for Review of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan - 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
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