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State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
Rev. Jeremiah King founder of the African Baptist Church, Stockton, California - by khubaka, michael harris
The founder of the African Baptist Church of Stockton final resting place found within Block 27-Stockton Rural Cemetery along with many of the earliest pioneers of African ancestry, both those formally born enslaved and free. During our Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Freedom, together we will end the separate and unequal treatment within Stockton Rural Cemetery and begin to officially identify, document and preserve the contributions by people of African ancestry as part of the broader eff...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:43PM
Street Heat - June 2015 - by Mike Rhodes
Photos and audio (mp3) of the Street Heat radio show in Fresno. Each segment of the show is about 15 minutes long. Photo below: Show host Pam Whalen.
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:40PM
Draining of Folsom Lake forces Nimbus, American River Hatchery evacuations - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, emphasized that excessive water deliveries to the Sacramento Valley settlement contractors are exhausting the cold water in Lake Shasta, forcing the agencies to shift to using water from the American River to meet the Delta salinity standards. "As a consequence, the agencies are now are evacuating the hatcheries on the American," said Jennings. "And as a result of this mismanagement, they're not only goi...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:54AM
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan Forges Ahead - by Dan Bacher
The commitment of the state and federal governments to push the plan forward was revealed on Friday, June 12, when the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources filed notice in the federal register of their intent to prepare a partially "Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:40AM
Thirsty Billionaires File Complaint Alleging Illegal Diversions of "Their" Water - by Dan Bacher
“State and Federal contractors, who have been illegally storing water that belongs to others for years, should not accuse Delta farmers of stealing some of their stolen water, on the basis of a seriously flawed study, with a long list of unsupported assumptions,” said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:21AM
Pacfic Fisher Recommended for California Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on June 11 recommended state Endangered Species Act protection for the fisher in the southern Sierra Nevada portion of its range.
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:25PM
Hearing on Mistreated Mother Pigs at State Fair - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Fight Continues for Illegally Confined Mother Pigs at California State Fair
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:00PM
Conditions Improve for Stockton Animals After Animal Legal Defense Fund Lawsuit - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
STOCKTON — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund and Stockton resident, Emily Ballus, have settled their lawsuit against the city of Stockton, California and Stockton Animal Services for violation of local and state laws. ALDF, Ms. Ballus, and others sued the city and shelter in March, 2014 citing an ongoing pattern of abuse and neglect within the shelter, and violations of the 1998 Hayden Act––a state law that mandates that shelters provide proper veterinary care by a licens...
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:14PM
Farm worker champion Sal Alvarez: A life grounded in faith and service - by via UFW
The farm worker movement mourns the passing on June 7, 2015, of Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, who played a key role with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the farm worker movement and on behalf of many other worthy causes over seven decades. Sal was motivated by deep faith in a movement grounded in the Catholic Church’s social justice teachings and dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Photo: Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez leading a procession into mass during the UFW’s 50th anniversary convention in...
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:43PM
Groups criticize Brown for ignoring Big Ag, Big Oil water use during drought - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown continues to allow big agribusiness and the oil and gas industry to abuse our precious ground and surface water resources unabated while demanding individual Californians and communities must cut back their use by twenty-five percent," said Adam Scow, California Campaign Director for Food & Water Watch.
Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:29AM
Jerry Brown's head oil regulator resigns after RICO suit filed - by Dan Bacher
Mark Schlosberg, organizing director with Food and Water Watch, a member organization of Californians Against Fracking, responded to the resignation by pointing out that it points to the larger failure by the Brown administration to protect California's water and air. “When it comes to ensuring the public’s health and protecting our water and air, Jerry Brown has failed,” said Schlosberg. "Mark Nechodom is one of many in the Brown Administration who have looked the other way as oil ...
Posted: Sat Jun 6, 2015 10:49AM
Water export pumps have run every day during record drought! - by Dan Bacher
In a clear cut case of environmental injustice, the Senate leadership refused to invite Delta residents, Tribal leaders, fishermen and fishery experts to testify at the sham of a "hearing."
Posted: Fri Jun 5, 2015 12:27PM
State Senate Passes Bill Banning New Offshore Drilling - by Dan Bacher
"Senate Bill 788 - which bans new offshore oil drilling - just passed the Senate!" said Senator Mike McGuire in a Facebook post. "Nearly 20k Californians have signed our petition - We're grateful!"
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2015 10:41AM
Conservation groups sue state and feds over Delta water standards - by Dan Bacher
"The situation is critical and we’re left with no alternative but the courts," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). "And we’re prepared to sue them again and again and again. We don’t know if we can save these species, perhaps we can, but by god we will try!”
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2015 7:30AM
Native American Student Wins Right to Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation - by ACLU of Northern California
On the evening of June 2 we reached a settlement agreement with the Clovis Unified School District on behalf of Christian Titman, a graduating senior who is Native American who will now be able to wear an eagle feather during the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 4. He will be allowed to wear the eagle feather in his hair during the entire ceremony and attach the feather on his cap for the traditional tassel turn.
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2015 5:42AM
The Sign the City of Fresno Does Not Want You to See (audio/mpeg 27.8MB) - by Mike Rhodes
The Stir it Up radio show (heard on KFCF 88.1 FM) on Wednesday, June 3 featured Sandra Celedon-Castro talking about “The Sign the City of Fresno Does Not Want You to See.” 30 minute audio.
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 4:39PM
Governor Jerry Brown thinks "pipes" will be more popular than "tunnels" - by Dan Bacher
“Whether it’s a peripheral canal, twin tunnels, or now pipes, it’s the same old project," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "Changing the lipstick shade one puts on a pig, doesn’t make the pig any more attractive."
Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 6:46PM
Native American Student Challenges Ban on Ceremonial Feathers During Graduation - by ACLU of Northern California
FRESNO—Today a Native American graduating senior at Clovis High School filed a notice of intent to file an emergency lawsuit to challenge the school district’s refusal to allow him to wear and display a small eagle feather during the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 4. The student will only be able to wear the eagle feather, an item with religious and cultural significance, on his graduation cap during the ceremony if a court intervenes. The notice asks for an emergency court hearing...
Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 4:05PM