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imageCalifornia Agency Recommends Protecting Yellow-legged Frog Under State’s Endangered Species Act
by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, October 9, 2019 — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended California Endangered Species Act protections for five populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The frog has disappeared from more than half of its former California range....
Posted: Wed Oct 9, 2019 12:55PM
imageGovernor Vetoes Bill to Protect Salmon Two Days After 50 Mile Trinity Connection Run
by Dan Bacher
“Physically connecting to the lands that the creator bestowed to my people by foot on routes we have traveled for trade and communication for centuries was an honorable experience I’ll never forget,” stated Thomas Joseph, a Hoopa Valley Tribal member and representative for California Kitchen, a sponsor of the run. Photo of Klamath-Trinity salmon runners joining the Winnemem Run4Salmon courtesy of Save California Salmon....
Posted: Wed Oct 9, 2019 9:38AM
textTrump Bucks Protests, Opens 725,500 Acres of California’s Central Coast to Oil Drilling by Center for Biological Diversity
MARINA, Calif., October 4, 2019 — The Trump administration today dismissed protests and made a formal decision 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 and fracking....
Posted: Fri Oct 4, 2019 10:10AM
imageUSGS report reveals oil waste fluid contaminates CA groundwater
by Dan Bacher
“The Central Valley, particularly Kern County, ranks number one for numerous environmental injustices, including having the worst air quality in the nation. To add insult to injury, now we have confirmation of something we suspected all along: Wastewater from oil companies is contaminating our groundwater,” said Gustavo Aguirre Jr., Kern County coordinator for the Central California Environmental Justice Network....
Posted: Thu Oct 3, 2019 5:00PM
imageTies Exposed Between Westlands and Aurelia Skipwith, USFWS Director Nominee
by Dan Bacher
“Aurelia Skipwith’s deep ties to the swamp and special interests were enough for former mega-lobbyist turned-Interior Secretary Bernhardt to consider her qualified to head up Fish and Wildlife Services, despite her strikingly scant resume,” said Jayson O’Neill, Deputy Director of Western Values Project...
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:00AM
imageNewsom Vetoes Bill to Protect Endangered Fish Species from Attacks by Trump
by Dan Bacher
Mary Creasman, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), issued a statement responding to the Governor’s veto of SB 1 that accused Newsom of “siding with Trump and corporations over California’s families and wildlife” and noting that the Governor is “sending a clear message that California’s values are up for grabs.”...
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:18AM
imageAppeals Court Confirms Discrimination by Dignity Health
by ACLU of Northern California
Sacramento Area Hospital Illegally Refused Transition-Related Surgery...
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:57PM
imageNew Report Reveals that 'Green' California Seeks to Expand Oil and Gas Operations
by Dan Bacher
“Corporations are planning seven additional unneeded gas-fired plants for California,” the report revealed. “For years, California regulators have approved, and utilities have built, unnecessary and expensive gas power plants. Driven by deregulation, these facilities are useless given declining energy demands in California over the past decade.”...
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:18PM
textCalifornia School Board Officials Urge School Districts to Allow Students to Take Part in Global Climate Protest by Elected Officials to Protect California
Statement from California School Board Members on Youth Climate Strikes...
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:07PM
imageSalmon Protectors Youth Camp Brings Together Elders, Youth for The Klamath River
by Morning Star Gali
On September 14th and 15th Tribal families and youth, and other salmon dependent people from all over Northern California, converged at the Bluff Creek Resort near Weitchpec, CA to to discuss how to protect, and honor, the Klamath and Trinity River’s salmon....
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:52PM
imageNewsom Says He Will Veto Bill Blocking Trump Rollback of Endangered Fish Protections
by Dan Bacher
After Newsom’s announcement that he plans to veto SB 1, it is no surprise that the total contributions from agriculture in his 2018 campaign for Governor were $637,398. Newsom received $58,400 from Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon Stewart Resnick, $58,400 from Lynda Resnick and $58,400 from E.J. Gallo. Agribusiness tycoons are strident supporters of the voluntary agreements and the Delta Tunnel — and are among the strongest proponents of attacks on the Endangered Species Act, a landmark fede...
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:51PM
imageFeinstein, Costa Support Weakening of CA Bill Blocking Trump Rollbacks of Environmental Regulations
by Dan Bacher
John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), took issue with the contention of Senator Feinstein and Congressmen Costa, Garamendi, Harder and Cox that SB 1 “would prevent the state from incorporating the latest science and other information in permitting decisions.”  “That letter cites new science on species that won't be used if SB 1 goes into effect,” said McManus. “This Is completely false. SB 1 would allow the state to review and revise any of the species prote...
Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:30PM
textAppeals Court to Hear ACLU Discrimination Case Against Dignity Health by ACLU of Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO—The ACLU is set to argue before the Court of Appeal in San Francisco Tuesday on behalf of Evan Minton, a man who was denied health care because he is transgender....
Posted: Mon Sep 9, 2019 4:02PM
imageLies, Misinformation, Theft and Threats to Our Freedom of the Press
by Mike Rhodes
The Community Alliance newspaper is an alternative/independent monthly newspaper in Fresno Ca. Photo below: Distributer Director Peter Maiden with the rack that caused a controversy between the Community Alliance and the City of Fresno....
Posted: Fri Sep 6, 2019 11:29AM
imageKearns & West Announces More Public Meetings on Delta Tunnel Amendment Negotiations
by Dan Bacher
The  Delta Tunnel that Governor Gavin Newsom, San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California support is likely to hasten the extinction of Delta smelt (if they don’t become extinct in the wild before then) longfin smelt, winter-run Chinook salmon, spring-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, green sturgeon and other species....
Posted: Mon Sep 2, 2019 4:20PM
image2019 Folsom Community Service Day ~ 170th Anniversary of the Gold Rush Town, Negro Bar, CA
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Together, we are poised for a special 170th Anniversary of Negro Bar, Sacramento County by utilizing both private and public resources to forever preserve and interpret our unique contributions to the forward flow of humanity....
Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:05PM
imageSalmon fishermen blast Trump administration's war on science
by Dan Bacher
Reacting to the news that Southern Resident Killer Whales are included in the list of species that would be jeopardized by the Department of the Interior plan, Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), concluded: “We must produce more salmon, not less, for Southern Resident Killer Whales’ dietary needs. The Department of the Interior is content to put fewer fish in the ocean, starving orcas and fishermen alike, but we are not co...
Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:21PM
imageCalifornia regulators continue to allow oil field wastewater injection into aquifers
by Dan Bacher
The continued injection of oil wastewater into aquifers is no surprise to environmental justice advocates, since the capture of California regulators by the Western States Petroleum Association and oil and gas companies continues under the Gavin Newsom administration....
Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:58AM
imageAll Out to #DefendModesto From White Nationalist "Straight Pride" Event
by #Defend209
All out to #DefendModesto from the white nationalist "Straight Pride" rally being organized on August 24th in Modesto, California. While the City has denied a permit due to lack of insurance, bigots are still planning to mobilize!...
Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:44AM
imageSalmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections
by Dan Bacher
"Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House,” said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association....
Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:22AM