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image Hundreds Missing in Most Deadly and Destructive Wildfire in California History 480_campfire4-unicornriot.jpg by Wes, Unicorn Riot
Butte County, CA – Dozens have died and hundreds are missing in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California’s history. Unicorn Riot is in the evacuation zone documenting the unfolding disaster. The fire started on Camp Creek Road and has been officially named the ‘Camp Fire’. At just 50% containment [updated 11/17 ed.], it is continuing to rage near Chico, and Oroville, California...
Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:06PM
image Judge orders moratorium on offshore fracking in federal waters off California 480_brown_vs._trump_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“Protecting the health of our coastal waters is essential to our commitment to conserving the ecosystem and marine life necessary for our maritime culture,” said Mati Waiya, executive director of Wishtoyo Foundation. “The decision by honorable Judge Gutierrez upholds the law that ensures the health of our ocean waters. We all celebrate this decision that honors the rights of our maritime resources.”...
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:24PM
image California Voters Defeat Proposition 3, the Big Ag-Backed Water Bond 480_stewart-and-lynda-resnick-4-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The Sierra Club California, the primary opponent of the measure, celebrated the defeat of the proposition. The backers of the measure, including agribusiness, spent $5,653,034 on the Yes campaign while the Sierra Club spent less than $5,000 on the No Campaign....
Posted: Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:12AM
image Delta advocates at public hearing say California WaterFix Is Inconsistent with Delta Plan 480_michael_frost_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Michael Frost, First Vice President of the Restore the Delta Board, emphasized that the Council did a “terrible job of outreach” and “the entire process process reeks of corruption by corporate ag.” He said the WaterFix takes away the fresh water, the life blood of the Bay Delta Estuary, which is equivalent to denying a human being their blood. “The Delta Tunnels is based on the premise of taking more blood out of the body. It is not consistent with the Delta Plan — it is like relying o...
Posted: Tue Nov 6, 2018 6:24PM
image Legislators request info. on Brown & Trump administration negotiations over Delta Tunnels 480_45282646_2389028807778913_7457665334556753920_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“This desire to hastily push forward an agreement without the input of affected Delta communities is concerning," the eight legislators wrote. "The state has a duty to preserve the public trust by providing transparency and accountability to all Californians."...
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2018 9:41AM
document ACLU Files Discrimination Complaint on behalf of Black Students at Visalia Unified 2018.10.24_visalia_ocr_complaint.pdf_140_.jpg by ACLU of Northern California
School district has ignored bigotry and racial hostility for years...
Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:40PM
image Trump signs memo to send more water to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness 480_kuuht00m_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"Western water mismanagement has been horrendous for commercial, recreational, and guide fisheries in California,” said Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) executive director Noah Oppenheim in a statement. “Water users have sucked our rivers dry for far too long, and the fish have been paying the price.”...
Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:30AM
image Lawsuit Challenges New Oil Drilling Project in Arvin, Kern County 480_37336463_1894270813926416_4067333651354877952_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“This Project will likely harm my community for decades to come,” said Estela Escota, president of CBA. “Petro-Lud plans to drill exploratory and production wells for an indefinite period of time, but has no idea how much oil is even under the proposed site. Without knowing this, we have no way of knowing how long the wells will stay active.”...
Posted: Wed Oct 3, 2018 3:53PM
image Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference prepares for AgTech Innovation Hub 480_pan_african_textiles_1.jpg by Khubaka, Michael Harris
The 8th Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference is poised to help prepare the launch of our California’s AgTech innovation hub $10 million dollar startup fund...
Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:35AM
image Restore the Delta, Dr. Jeffrey Michael respond to Delta Tunnels benefit/cost analysis 480_img_5753_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In his initial response, Dr. Jeffrey Michael, the Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, pointed out out four major flaws in the analysis, including the assumption of a “massive new subsidy” for agricultural users cost share from urban water user and the dependence of the positive benefit-cost on a “dubious new benefit”: the value of sea-level rise protection benefits. Photo: The iconic Rio Vista Bridge crossing the Sacramento R...
Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:40PM
image Jerry Brown announces satellite launch as frontline communities protest oil drilling expansion 480_carbon_pricing_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Regarding Brown’s call for launching a climate satellite, Zizi stated, “I felt it’s a joke to have this satellite to find out more statistics on climate change when during the Global Climate Action Summit, there were hundreds of people on the street who are on the front lines dealing with climate change on a daily basis. We have the truth. We have the statistics....
Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:04PM
image Who Owns California 2018: Big Oil and the Western States Petroleum Association 480_no_redd_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Most of the news coverage by mainstream and alternative media of Jerry Brown's Global Climate Action Summit from September 12 to 14 and the big protests by indigenous and front line communities against Jerry Brown's policies of carbon trading and expanding oil drilling in California has neglected one huge issue: Big Oil and the Western State's Petroleum Association's grip on CA politics. It's hard to report on the subservience of Jerry Brown and other politicians to the fossil fuel indust...
Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:10PM
image Trump Administration Urged Not to Reopen California Public Lands to Drilling, Fracking 480_sanjoaquinkitfox_usfws_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. September 7, 2018 — Seventy-two environmental, public-health and community groups sent a letter today to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing the Trump administration’s plans to reopen more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking....
Posted: Fri Sep 7, 2018 2:04PM
image California Senate denies vote on bill to cede California electricity grid to Trump 480_brown_trump_close_up_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“The Senate leadership was wise to not subject California to another deregulation scheme that would have empowered the Trump administration to stick California with more coal and fracked gas," said Adam Scow, California Director of Food & Water Watch...
Posted: Sun Sep 2, 2018 6:42AM
image Bills to stop new federal offshore drilling approved, but offshore drilling expands in CA 480_dlqtrjfv4aab2s8_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
As Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, said in the Nation magazine on August 29, 2018, “Brown’s administration has approved about 20,000 of them (total oil and gas wells). Offshore, where he has refused to close down existing leases, Sacramento has permitted four times more wells than the federal government has allowed in the deeper waters it controls.”...
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:20PM
image Big Ag billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick donate $100,000 to Yes on Prop. 3 480_stewart-and-lynda-resnick-4-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The Resnicks and Jerry Meral are leading advocates for the construction of the Delta Tunnels, a massive public works project that opponents say will destroy the Delta ecosystem and West Coast fisheries. Meral, in a moment of candor, infamously said in 2013, “The Delta cannot be saved.”...
Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:40PM
image Brown's Last Chance activists arrested at State Capitol - photo essay 480_10._arm_in_arm_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
17-year-old Nalleli Cobo, a Los Angeles resident who was sickened by toxic emissions from the oil drilling site, AllenCo., near her home, said the Governor has it in his power to issue an executive order to protect communities from oil extraction that state scientists identified as being toxic in 2015....
Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:50AM
image Fishermen, tribal members and conservationists push for increased flows on San Joaquin River 480_morning_star_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We must restore our rivers if we are going to have clean water and fish into the future,” said Morning Star Gali, Tribal Organizer for Save California Salmon and Pit River tribal member. “Large fires and lack of water supply are caused by climate change and wasteful water use practices, not environmental laws. Appropriate flows are needed for the health of our sacred rivers, to restore the health of our communities, and to protect the quality of California's water supply.”...
Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:08PM
image Secretary Zinke issues memo to maximize federal water deliveries at expense of fish 480_dlftqx4uwaesmat-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"The Trump administration is instructing the former lobbyist (David Bernhardt) for the almond growers in the western San Joaquin Valley to seize what's left of California's water and direct it to a small number of agricultural operations contolled by loyalists,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). “Clearly this is an effort to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of California. This points to the need for the California legislature to quickly ad...
Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:26PM
image Most of 21,000 oil wells approved under Jerry Brown are in low income areas, communities of color 480_jerry-brown-wells-1-curt-bradley_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"I wonder if Jerry Brown would continue to shield the fossil fuel industry if his family was forced to breathe the same air we do,” said Francisco Gonzalez, a Kern County resident. “I hope he will consider communities like mine and put an end to the drilling free-for-all. It's too late for me, but all the kids deserve better.”...
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:00PM