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image Sea Otter Shootings in Santa Cruz County 480_southern_sea_otter_1.jpg by Central Coast Animal News
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have made the public aware of the shooting deaths of three southern sea otters in late July or early August....
Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:34PM
text Scott Sternberg of Beverly Hills is behind Richmond’s mass evictions by Lynda Carson
According to records with the Secretary of State in California, Scott Sternberg the owner of Creekview Condominiums, has a brokers license that has expired. Thats right. Scott Sternberg, has not had a valid real estate license in California since 8/3/1992, according to records. However, he is evicting people by the hundreds at Creekview Condominiums in Richmond, without a valid real estate license!...
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:45PM
image National LCLAA Resolution In Solidarity With The Farmworkers In San Quintín (Baja California, Mexico) and Skagit County (Washington State) 480_national-lclaaa-boycott-driscolls_1.jpg by National Labor Council for Latin American Adv
The National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement passed a resolution in solidarity with farmworkers in San Quintín (Baja California, Mexico) and Skagit County (Washington State) at the 21st LCLAA National Membership Convention held August 18-20, 2016 in Orlando, Florida....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:41PM
text 1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
image Stop massive and possibly illegal statewide tree cutting by PG&E! 480_pge_tree_removal_petition_womens_club_of_san_lorenzo_valley_1.jpg by via Valley Women's Club of San Lorenzo Valley
Today the Valley Women's Club of San Lorenzo Valley issued a new call to action to stop Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) from unnecessarily destroying 12 to 24-foot-wide swaths of trees and shrubs along over 6,000 miles of pressured gas pipeline in California, such as the area along Graham Hill Road in Santa Cruz County. After creating their first petition in June, the VWC Environmental Committee has created a new petition on Change.org, stating, "Please help circulate this to as many folks as...
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:33PM
text Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
image Yurok Tribe finds deadly disease in Klamath River salmon 480_klamath_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We take this threat to our fish very seriously, and we’re looking at every option to protect our fish. We don’t want to go through another catastrophe like the fish kill in 2002, and we will do anything we can to avoid that outcome this year,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe....
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:19PM
image California Mission Foundation Tries to Declare El Camino Real a UNESCO World Heritage Site 480_el_camino_real_1.jpg by via Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
California Indians Demand Cruelty to Ancestors Be Disclosed as California Mission Foundation Tries to Declare El Camino Real a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo: Map showing El Camino Real....
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:25AM
image CTC Whistleblower Kathy Carroll Jury Awards $3.1 M AG Harris & Brown In Cover-Up 480_carroll_kathy_justice_for_her_and_diana_mansker_1.jpg by repost
CTC State Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll Wins Nearly $3.1 Million In Lawsuit against CTC, supervisors and state for retaliation over whistleblowing. AG Kamala Harris And Governor Brown Spent Millions Fighting Whistleblower’s Lawsuit And Defense of CTC Misdeeds. The trial exposed a illegal effort by numerous CTC top officials and Ting Sun the chair to fire Kathy Carroll because of her going to the State Senator Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg for an audit of the agency. AGKamala Harris and Governor ...
Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:58PM
image Where The Bulletproof Warrior Went oakland-privacy.png by Oakland Privacy
"Shoot First, Ask Questions Later," Police Training Relocated to San Jose Church...
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:36PM
text HUD policies threaten poor, elderly, disabled, and low-income people with eviction by Lynda Carson
There are around 300,000 renters in California who receive Section 8 voucher rental assistance. As of March 2016, in Berkeley there are around 1,935 section 8 units. Richmond has around 1,851 section 8 units. San Francisco has around 9,238 section 8 units. Alameda has around 1,845 section 8 units, and Alameda County has around 6,312 section 8 units. Marin County has around 2,153 section 8 units, and Contra Costa County has around 6,887 section 8 housing units....
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:15PM
image Lawsuit Launched to Protect Blue Whales, Other Endangered Animals From Offshore Fracking in CA sea_otter_california_flickrcreativecommons_mike_baird.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., August 17, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for approving fracking in federal waters off the California coast without evaluating the dangers to blue whales, sea otters, and other threatened and endangered wildlife....
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:32PM
image Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Continutes to Help Medical Marijuana Defendants in Federal Court 480_judge-o-scannlain_1.jpg by Americans for Safe Access
An opinion today (August 16, 2016) issued in the federal 9th Circuit by a three-judge panel has found that federal prosecutions of medical cannabis defendants may not proceed unless there is a violation of state law. In the opinion of U.S. vs. McIntosh, written by 9th Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, the court held that the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal prosecution of conduct that is allowed by the state's medical cannabis law....
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:12PM
image Big Oil Money Gushes Over Sacramento, LA Times & Brown's Dirty Hands 480_02c97ff5-a357-41d4-9968-acd2b62c2233_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said Stop Fooling California in their latest newsletter, the Crude Truth. " And this quarter was no exception." Graphic courtesy of http://stopfoolingca.org/...
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:53PM
image Consumer Watchdog slams Jerry Brown over receiving $9.8 million in fossil fuel donations 480_brownsdirtyhands_0_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In over 30 years of covering fish, water, conservation and environmental justice in California, this is one of the most significant and disturbing reports about regulatory capture and “play to pay" politics I have ever read. "Brown's Dirty Hands" graphic courtesy of Consumer Watchdog....
Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:27PM
text Rent increases in least expensive apartments show need for rent control by Lynda Carson
Massive rent increases in the least expensive rental markets and apartments reveal why there is a real need for strong renter protections including real rent control, and just cause eviction protections to help stabilize families, and our communities!...
Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:57PM
text Is Matt Sridhar the owner of Bay View Apartments in Alameda a slumlord? by Lynda Carson
In addition to being involved in mass evictions that are displacing families from their housing at the Bay View Apartments in Alameda, people are also wondering if Matt Sridhar (aka Madhu Sridhar) who resides in a very fancy home in Saratoga on Deer Trail Ct., is a slumlord?...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:52PM
image Delta Tunnels Opponents Request 30-Day Extension for Submitting Documents 480_800_standing_up_for_delta_estuary_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
I am not aware of a single example in US or world history where the construction of a project that takes more water out of a river or estuary has resulted in the restoration of that river or estuary. Protesting the Delta Tunnels in February 2014 in the Westlands Water District. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:03PM
image Commission will consider petition to reduce striped bass and black bass populations 480_delta_smelt_in_hand2_usfws_peter_johnsen_2008_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
David J. Ostrach Ph.D., Chief Scientist of Ostrach Consulting, emphasized that if the Commission does change the regulations so that smaller striped bass are being caught and kept, it would likely cause a decrease in striped bass predation on other fish, such as the inland silversides, that pose a greater danger to salmon and Delta smelt. “If you remove young (up to 3-4-year-old) striped bass by fishing or otherwise reduce their numbers, then the silverside population would increase,” said...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:54AM
image The PR Campaign to Uplift Police & Demonize Those Who Call for Accountability 480_blackaugust.jpg by Davey D
I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August celebrations. The story noted that "police sources" had leaked a memo to him stating that prison guards and police were gonna be attacked by members of the Black Guerilla Family in celebration of Black August. Many found the allegations to be outlandish....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:27PM