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image California's Dungeness Crab Fishery Targeted With Petition, Lawsuit for Harming Whales as Season Opens 480_entangledwhale_edlyman_noaa_fpwc_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2017 — As commercial Dungeness crab season opens Nov. 15 in California, the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the federal government to rank the fishery as one of the most dangerous to whales because of increased entanglements in recent years. Last month the Center also sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for failing to prevent imperiled whales and sea turtles from getting tangled up in crab gear and injured or killed....
Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:22PM
document New Guidelines for Protecting California’s Monarch Butterfly Groves 2017-040_protectingcaliforniabutterflygroves.pdf_140_.jpg by The Xerces Society
Protecting and managing overwintering sites is essential if the monarch’s migration is to be sustained...
Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:15PM
image New Reports Expose Racial and Economic Injustice, Ineffectiveness of Pollution Trading 480_11.11.17_photo1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said, “Pollution trading schemes like cap-and-trade unjustly burden lower-income communities of color. This is a fact. So many of us are rightfully desperate for solutions to our climate crisis, but market-based policies won’t save us. The only real way to significantly reduce carbon pollution is to stop producing it. We must move off fossil fuels now.”  Photo: Governor Jerry Brown speaks at the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany on November 1...
Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:54PM
image Jerry Brown tells indigenous protesters in Bonn, 'Let's put you in the ground' 480_doyb5gowkaerqz3_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“I wanted to leave a message here, for humanity and all of planet, that the peoples need to join to defend Mother Nature, the soil, water and air because they are being threatened,” said Ninawa Nuneshuni Kui, President of the Huni Kui People of Acre, Brazil. “And humanity needs Nature to survive. So I want to say that Nature and the air are not a means of commerce for anyone and it’s every human’s right to live in peace. Jerry Brown’s ‘American Pledge’ will lead to the displacement of my peop...
Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:50PM
text Apartment associations and realtor associations are the enemies of renters by Lynda Carson
The California Apartment Association has been stalking the tenants movement, and in opposition to renter protections it has meddled in the affairs of many cities, including the cites of Alameda, Burlingame, Concord, Healdsburg, Lafayette, Mountain View, Oakland, Pacifica, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Rosa and many other cities!...
Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:03PM
image The environmental injustice and dirty oil behind California's 'green’ facade 480_californiacrude800_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown may be pulling “people together” and getting people to “wake up,” but not in the way that he intended, as increasing numbers of Californians mobilize against the Governor’s steadfast support of fracking and drilling dirty oil, a Big Oil-written cap-and-trade program and permits to pollute groundwater with oil wastewater in Kern County, as well as his environmentally unjust Delta Tunnels project....
Posted: Thu Nov 9, 2017 4:41PM
image 2017 California State Capitol Kwanzaa "First Fruits of the Harvest" 480_23244113_2054764627870770_8204563224852475131_n_1.jpg by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Today, California Agriculture leaders are poised to embrace Kwanzaa as part of a new paradigm to quantify and qualify equity and equal opportunity throughout California Food and Agriculture industries in the Great State of California and globally....
Posted: Thu Nov 9, 2017 12:19AM
text Call SF Bd of Supes for Marijuana: We Voted 75% for It by Phone Time
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, all Democrats, is currently doing everything they can to oppose the 75% of San Francisco voters who voted for Prop 64, the marijuana initiative, of November 2016. We need your phone calls, Emails and faxes now to demand enforcement of Prop 64 with marijuana stores everywhere in San Francisco....
Posted: Wed Nov 8, 2017 7:42AM
image San Joaquin Valley parents, teachers, health advocates press state to suspend chlorpyrifos 480_clovisnewsconf11-1-17_1.jpg by Angel Garcia
Health advocates from the San Joaquin Valley called on the Central Regional Office (CRO) of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to urge the State to suspend agricultural use of brain-harming chlorpyrifos. The November 1st rally was led by members of Tulare County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (CAPS) and the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN) outside DPR’s Central Regional Office in Clovis....
Posted: Thu Nov 2, 2017 4:36PM
text Eviction rates in the Bay Area and Northern California for 2017 by Lynda Carson
For those needing help in the Oakland area to fight against an eviction, contact the Eviction Defense Center at 452-4541, East Bay Community Law Center 548-4040, or Bay Area Legal Aid 663-4744....
Posted: Wed Nov 1, 2017 7:12PM
image Support the farmworkers' union in Baja California 480_support-sindja-baja-california-1_1.jpg by SINDJA Solidarity Committee
Every box of strawberries from the San Quintín Valley sold in US supermarkets represents the blood and sweat of poor, indigenous migrant farmworkers earning "hunger wages" under repressive conditions....
Posted: Wed Nov 1, 2017 4:47PM
image Privatization of Laney and CCSF and "The Fight For 52 cent" On 1934 Minneapolis Gen Strike 480_a_s_stadium_protest_1.jpeg by KPFA WorkWeek Radio
KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek radio looks at the privatization grab of Laney College land by the A's owner John J. Fisher who also is a major union buster and privatizer pushing the K.I.P.P. and the Rocketship charter schools. He wants part of Laney college for a new A's stadium. WorkWeek also looks at the land grab by capitalist developers and SF mayor Ed Lee who wants to turn over public land next to CCSF for developers that would threaten the college and lead to more problems for the working cla...
Posted: Wed Nov 1, 2017 11:47AM
text Its Time to Drive Away the Developers by Steve Martinot
Homelessness and tenant displacement, both now epidemic, are treated as separate issues, whereas affordable housing (as HUD defines it) will resolve both. There is no possibility of this unless government intervenes. Otherwise we are on treadmills with both issues. Some radical solutions are here proposed....
Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:01PM
image House Democrats request GAO probe of federal scheme to fund Delta Tunnels 480_800_zeke_and_jared_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In the October 24 letter, the lawmakers are asking the GAO to issue a legal opinion about Reclamation’s funding scheme. The legislators cited the key lrole in the financial scandal of David Bernhardt, who, in a classic example of the revolving door, served as a top Interior official under the G.W. Bush administration, then became a Westlands lobbyist, and now is back as Interior’s Deputy Secretary. Photo of Congressman Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader, the longtime executive director of the ...
Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:16AM
text Reports About Cops That Have Been Arrested In The Bay Area by Lynda Carson
There are a lot of stories that we may not hear much about regarding the activities of the cops in the Bay Area. Further below are some links to some documented reports that will help the public understand what has been happening in the Bay Area, regarding the activities of those that have sworn to serve and protect us!...
Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:18AM
image Hunger Strike Launched in Alameda & Santa Clara County Jails 480_hunger-strike-glenn-dyer-detention-center.jpg by Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
Prisoners United in Alameda and Santa Clara County Jails are being deprived of their human and constitutional rights of due process and inflicted with cruel and unusual punishment, inhumane living conditions, and the torturous practice of solitary confinement....
Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:58PM
image Santa Clara Valley Water District conditionally approves California WaterFix 480_800_groundwater_recharge_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board approved the resolution in spite of evidence provided by experts exposing the project’s flaws. Deirdre Des Jardins of California Water Research, who conducted an independent review of the science and engineering behind this project, told the board there have been “gross misrepresentations” about this project that should have give the District pause in supporting it.  Photo: Groundwater recharge pond behind the Santa Clara Valley Water District of...
Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:46AM
image Urban Firestorm Devastation Santa Rosa California 480_santarosafirestormdamage0075_1.jpg by D. Boyer
On October 8, 2017 between the hours of 10pm and midnight the Diablo Winds blew into Santa Rosa California. The result was 5 wind driven fires. Some folks have died and many homes and other structures have been burned to the ground. On October 10, I visited a few areas that had been devastated by the urban firestorm. Pics and video from the areas effected....
Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:56PM
image Comic: Eugenio Negro on Napa Fire Reporting 480_negromercurymournsnapa10.17.jpg by Eugenio Negro
San José satirist Eugenio Negro critiques the Mercury News' coverage of October 2017's devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa counties....
Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:33AM
image Metropolitan Water District Approves Delta Tunnels Funding 480_protest_outside_press_club_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Delta Tunnels opponents said they were disappointed with the vote, although not surprised. They vowed to keep fighting the project, one that they say will create no new water while raising water rates and causing great harm to imperiled Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Delta smelt and other fish species. Photo: Jim Cox of the California Striped Bass Association, West Delta Chapter; Barbara Daly of North Delta Cares; Juliette Beck of the Sierra Club Yolano Group; and Adam Scow, California...
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:26AM