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imageAttorney General Becerrra, fishing groups sue Westlands over Shasta Dam raise plan
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by Dan Bacher
“Californians decided to protect the McCloud River in 1989 because it’s valuable to all of us,” said Ron Stork of Friends of the River. “The ill-conceived dam raise would flood a free-flowing reach of the river, harm a prized fishery, and destroy sacred tribal sites. It’s time to end Westlands’ disrespect of the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”...
Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:47PM
imageCA rescinds Delta Tunnels bond resolutions, feds withdraw permit
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by Dan Bacher
“Victory! This is a win for salmon! The other side folded and walked away from the table,” said John McManus, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association regarding the withdrawal of the Delta Tunnels permit by the Trump administration....
Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:32AM
imageTrump Finalizes Plan to Open 725,500 Acres of California's Central Coast to Drilling, Fracking
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by Center for Biological Diversity
MARINA, Calif., May 9, 2019 — The Trump administration today finalized a plan to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plan is an increase of nearly 327,000 acres from the draft proposal prepared under the Obama administration....
Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 10:51AM
image‘Climate Strike’ Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment from CalSTRS
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by Dan Bacher
“When you become a teacher, you sign up to not only care for children, but to educate the future leaders of society,” said 12 year-old Samantha of Youth vs Apocalypse. “To find out that the people I have spent most of my life with are funding to pour toxins into my future is a real slap to the face. It’s a message telling the youth that you don’t really care for our future, and it contradicts exactly what a teacher is.”...
Posted: Tue May 7, 2019 8:31PM
imageThe People’s Dispensary Fresno Cannabis Town Hall
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by Peter Maiden
The Cannabis Town Hall was held at the First Congregational Church in Fresno on May 6, offering perspectives on jobs in the marijuana business, especially for people of color whose communities bore the brunt of the Drug War and who have trouble finding a living wage....
Posted: Mon May 6, 2019 11:41PM
imagePsyops 101: How Big Oil Infiltrates Public Discourse to Manipulate & Deceive
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by Dan Bacher
This article is based on an Earth Day presentation that I made at the Events Center at Chabot College on April 25 at the invitation of physics professor Nick Alexander. Photo of Extinction Rebellion protest banner en route from the State Capitol in Sacramento to the Western States Petroleum Association Office on April 22 by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019 1:01PM
imageNewsom Pulls Delta Tunnels Permits, Takes Steps for One Tunnel
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by Dan Bacher
“We are pleased that Gov. Newsom’s Administration has reaffirmed a strong commitment to modernize the state’s water delivery infrastructure with a single-tunnel project in the Delta,” said Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). “We will work with the administration to expeditiously advance a project that is long overdue to both meet the water reliability needs of the state and minimize impacts to the communities and ecology of the Delta.”...
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019 12:00PM
imageA3 Newsletter: Zulu Whitmore update and Albert Woodfox in Bay Area
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by International Coalition to free the Angola 3
The new issue of the A3 newsletter has just been released. Albert Woodfox's "Solitary" book tour is coming to Northern California, in Berkeley for the Bay Area Book Festival on May 4 &5, and in Sacramento at Underground Books on May 7. Read more below....
Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:31PM
imageJudge fines pipeline company $3.3 million for 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill
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by Dan Bacher
Missing from the press releases from the Santa Barbara County DA’s Office, Attorney General’s Office and environmental groups and the superficial press coverage of the spill, the investigation, the jury trial and sentencing is one of the biggest and most ironic stories regarding the Refugio Oil Spill. In a classic example of the deep regulatory capture that pervades what passes for “marine protection” in California, the head of the oil industry trade association, the Western States Petroleum ...
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:34AM
imageTrump Releases Plan to Reopen California Public Lands to Drilling, Fracking
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by Center for Biological Diversity
Proposal Targets More Than 1 Million Acres for Oil Leases...
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:50PM
imageEarth Day 2019 in Fresno
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by Peter Maiden
Earth Day was held in Fresno on Saturday, April 20, 2019....
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:59PM
imageSpiritual Leader and Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe Caleen Sisk Receives Earth Day Award
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by Miranda Kraus at the Rose Foundation
The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment announced Winnemem Wintu Tribal Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk as the winner of the 2019 Anthony Grassroots Prize, an annual $1,000 Earth Day award recognizing an outstanding example of grassroots environmental activism....
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:30PM
imageSenate votes 56-41 to confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary
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by Dan Bacher
”After all of the clear documentation about his conflicts of interest and his apparent corruption, it’s really disappointing to seeing the Senate agree to make this guy the secretary with 56 votes,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA)....
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:26PM
imageThe California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) Passes in Assembly Public Safety Committee
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by Dave Id
In a huge milestone for limiting the ability of police to kill at will, the California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) passed in the State Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 5-2 vote on April 9. The bill was introduced this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and will save lives by restricting when police can use deadly force....
Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:12PM
textExxonMobil Seeks to Restart Offshore Drilling Platforms, Truck Oil in California by Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental Study Released, Santa Barbara Hearing Set...
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:26PM
documentCalifornia Water Board Finds Oil-industry Contaminants in Water Wells
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by Center for Biological Diversity
Fracking Near Protected Groundwater Increasing in California...
Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:38PM
imageDiscover Don Guillermo Leidesdorff, Jr. and "hidden figures" of Negro Bar, California
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by Mindy Giles
2019 Earth Day at Negro Bar, Folsom Lake Recreational Area will highlight Don Guillermo Leidesdorff, Jr., who was first Treasurer of San Francisco and, much, much more... San Francisco and Negro Bar connected with today's preparations for 2019 Juneteenth, remember......
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:41PM
imageChairs Grijalva and Jared Huffman Request Documents on Bernhardt's Ties with Westlands
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by Dan Bacher
“Serious questions have been raised regarding the potential conflicts between his [Bernhardt’s] work as a top official at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and his previous work as a lobbyist and lawyer with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck representing the Westlands Water District," wrote Representatives Grijalva and Huffman....
Posted: Fri Apr 5, 2019 2:57PM
imageCommittee votes to move David Bernhardt's nomination to full Senate vote
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by Dan Bacher
“It’s no surprise that a group of Senators who owe so much to special interest lobbyists would support this choice for Interior Secretary,” said Western Values Project’s Executive Director Chris Saeger in a statement in response to the committee’s vote. “For the last two years, conflict-ridden David Bernhardt has tipped the scales in favor of former clients, likely violating his ethics pledge and responsibilities to the American people.”...
Posted: Thu Apr 4, 2019 3:06PM
imageRestaurants and Retailers Warned Against Illegal Sales of Foie Gras
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by Animal Legal Defense Fund
California businesses alerted they must comply with the law banning sale of cruelly-produced “gourmet” delicacy...
Posted: Tue Apr 2, 2019 2:38PM