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Ventura Oil Spill Highlights Big Oil Regulatory Capture
“This company has a disturbing history of dangerous oil spills, yet federal pipeline regulators seem to have done almost nothing to protect our state,” said Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “The new spill is another grim example of why we have to get pipelines and oil drilling out of California’s vulnerable coastal environment. We’ve got to stop thinking about these oil spills as accidents and start seeing them for what they are: completely predi...
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:46PM
Fresno Advocates Demand End to Secretive Deportation Program
Fresno, June 23, 2016 - On the heels of the Supreme Court’s non-decision in U.S. v. Texas, which effectively blocked President Obama’s immigration actions to shield millions from deportation, advocates and community members unveiled their assessment of a pilot program started one year ago giving federal immigration agents unfettered access to the Fresno County Jail. Advocates warn that the program is shrouded in secrecy and leaves immigrants vulnerable to abuses by Immigration and Customs...
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:24AM
Sacramento Judge Rules Delta Plan Is "Invalid"
In his decision, Judge Michael Kenny said: “To be clear, the Delta Plan is invalid and must be set aside until proper revisions are completed."
Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:52PM
State Evidence Suggests New Wolf May Be in California's Lassen County
SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2016 — New evidence released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests there may be a wolf in Lassen County. The information — not yet conclusive — includes photos from four trail cameras between August and May and a hair sample from one of the sites. While DNA test results were inconclusive as to whether the animal is a wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid, the fact the animal persisted through the winter in this remote location leads agency officials t...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:23PM
Lawsuit Initiated Over Politically Motivated Decision Denying Protection to Pacific Fisher
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 13, 2016 — Four conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in April to deny Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific fishers, the latest species to fall victim to the Service’s efforts to cater to industry. Closely related to martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are severely threatened by a number of factors, including habitat loss caused by logging and the use of toxic rodenticides on ill...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:13PM
Stop Urban Shield Town Hall
East Bay Media Center 1939 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704 (Near intersection of Addison and Milvia)
Event Date: Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:30PM
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:50PM
Man Not Allowed To Ride Bus “Because, I Said So” By Fresno Police Officer
Jesse Paz of Fresno says officer Rudy Ruiz of the Fresno Police Department prevented him from riding the bus for no reason at all other than to harass him over a remark he made earlier. "Officer Ruiz proceeded to come up and harass me, telling me that I could not ride the bus although I had already purchased my and Julisa’s ride. Its hot, Julisa had to use the restroom and we were both very hungry. The officer could not tell me what I did wrong and why I could no longer ride the bus."
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:46PM
Greenwashing Extinction: The Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative
Phil Isenberg, a former Sacramento Mayor and Assemblyman, chaired the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force to create faux "marine protected areas" on the Central Coast from 2004 to 2007. Isenberg then went on to Chair the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force that advocated building a peripheral canal or tunnel. Photo of the Sacramento River at Clarksburg by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:05AM
How You Can Be Part of the Mobilization to Shut Down Nazis in Sacramento
Learn how you can be part of a mass mobilization to shut down Nazis in Sacramento on Sunday, June 26 at 9 AM at the Sacramento Capitol.
Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:12PM
Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare Frogs, Toads From Grazing
OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for authorizing livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest without considering the potential impacts to federally protected Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toads. Photo: Yosemite toad, by Lucas Wilkinson, U.S. Forest Service.
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:28PM
2016 Juneteenth in Yosemite National Park ~ Honoring US Colored Troops in California
During the US Civil War, the Yosemite Grant Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Nationwide as special 2016 Juneteenth weekend visit by President Obama, in the Yosemite National Park may share the legacy of the 9th Calvary of the US Colored Troops ~ later called Buffalo Soldiers who helped protect, establish and develop Yosemite National Park part of today's National Park Service.
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:59AM
Conservation groups ask for more time to file objections to Delta Tunnels plan
Governor Jerry Brown is promoting his California WaterFix at a catastrophic time for salmon and Delta fish populations. In this spring’s California Department of Fish and Wildlife smelt survey released last week, the numbers of the endangered fish, once the most abundant fish in the estuary, have plummeted to a new low.
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:22AM
Latest survey reveals Delta Smelt is nearly extinct
Only thirteen adult Delta Smelt were collected at 8 stations contributing to the index in 2016. “This is the lowest catch in SKT history, and a steep decline from the 2015 then-record-low catch of 88,” said Scott Wilson, Regional Manager of the CDFW Bay Delta Region. Photo of Delta Smelt courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 8:19PM
Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Water Supplies
California Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Dozens of Underground Water Supplies
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 3:57PM
Passing of Helen Chavez
Keene, Calif.—Helen Fabela Chavez, 88, who played a vital role helping her husband give birth to what became the first enduring farm workers union in U.S. history—and sustained Cesar Chavez during the 31 years he led the United Farm Workers of America—passed away today, Monday, June 6, at a Bakersfield hospital surrounded by many her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Photo: Helen and Cesar Chavez with six of their eight children in 1969 at the Unite...
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 8:57PM
Delta Group Challenges Brown Administration Case For Twin Tunnels
The Department of Water Resources claimed in their testimony, “New, properly screened intakes, as proposed in the California WaterFix, would better protect fish and allow us to use the existing south Delta pumps in a strategic and flexible manner in a dual conveyance system with the proposed north delta diversions.” “To this we say, prove it!” Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta (RTD), responded. “The environmental impact report for the project al...
Posted: Thu Jun 2, 2016 10:07AM
California: Marijuana Infractions Unfairly Enforced Against People of Color
Oakland, May 31, 2016 – New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California (see PDF) find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is punishable in California by a base fine up to $100 (plus substantial fees).
Posted: Wed Jun 1, 2016 5:06PM
National Day of Action For Fair Working Conditions at CHS Hospitals
On June 1, registered nurses in California, Ohio, and West Virginia will be participating in a national day of action to call for safe patient care and fair treatment of RNs at Community Health Systems and Quorum Health Corporation facilities—stating that the for-profit corporations are not making patients their first priority.
Posted: Wed Jun 1, 2016 4:57PM
Bernie Sanders in Fresno
Photos from the Bernie Sanders rally in Fresno. Plus, the audio of his complete speech.
Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 10:43AM
Peace Fresno Memorial Day event
David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan spoke about peace at this Memorial Day event held in Fresno. This is a 15:10 minute audio of Swanson’s opening remarks.
Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 4:55PM