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image House Passes Interior Spending Bill with Riders Imperiling Bay-Delta, Water Law 480_lamalfa_amendment_to_combat_illegal_marijuana_grows_7.18.18.jpg by Dan Bacher
The first rider written by Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) seeks to exempt the Delta Tunnels, also known as the California Waterfix project, from further judicial review, according to a statement from Restore the Delta....
Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:08PM
image Natural Resources Secretary John Laird Opposes Rider Banning Delta Tunnels Lawsuits pic_secretary_john_laird.jpg by Dan Bacher
“I am writing to express opposition to recent attempts by Congress to circumvent California’s water management framework by adding riders to the Appropriations billl," said California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird....
Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:10PM
image Resnicks, Corporate Agribusiness Fund Jerry Meral's Prop 3 Campaign 480_meet_the_resnicks_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
As then Senate pro Tempore John Burton said so well in a letter to the Planning and Conservation League on September 23, 2002: “Jerry Meral has a history of making money for himself and PCL by crafting Bond Initiatives that get special interests to support the initiative campaign in exchange for having their projects funded by the bonds.”...
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:45PM
image Brown's Last Chance campaign gives 'Poison Pumpjack' award to Jerry Brown 480_dhwnaamucaas_vv_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The greenwashing of Brown’s questionable environmental record is nothing new.  The Blue Green Alliance on October 17, 2013 awarded Brown the "Right Stuff" award for his "environmental leadership" just a month after he signed Senate Bill 4, Senator Fran Pavley's green light for fracking bill....
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:19PM
image Metropolitan Water District Revotes to Finance $10.8 Billion of $17 Billion Delta Tunnels 480_mwd_vote_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The revote took place after two organizations, Food and Water Watch and the First Amendment Foundation, sent a notice exposing numerous violations of the Brown Act in connection with the April meeting....
Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:04PM
calendar Urgent Action: Save SCOTUS, No Trump Pick! Senator Office Visit in San Francisco save_scotus.jpg by Stand Up San Francisco
Office of Senator Harris, 333 Bush Street, Suite 3325...
Event Date: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Jul 9, 2018 7:51PM
calendar Urgent Action Protest: Save SCOTUS, No Trump Pick! Rally in San Jose 480_no_trump_scotus_1.jpg by San Jose Defenders of the Constitution
San Jose Federal Courthouse, 2nd and San Carlos St, San Jose 95112...
Event Date: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:00PM
Posted: Mon Jul 9, 2018 7:23PM
image State Water Board releases plan to increase flows in San Joaquin River and tributaries 480_san_joaquin_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Ironically, the same board that released the draft plan to increase water flows thorough the Lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries is also continuing with the evidentiary hearings for the change in point of diversion petitions by the California Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation to build Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels....
Posted: Mon Jul 9, 2018 9:15AM
text Santa Cruz City Manager Refuses to Reopen Louden Nelson/San Lorenzo Park Bathrooms by Robert Norse
Closed as part of a broader campaign targeting unhoused folks outside, the bathrooms at Louden Nelson Center, San Lorenzo Park, and City Hall remained locked and/or closed to the general public. City Manager Martin Bernal ducked an invitation to explain at a gathering a week ago. He then met the next day with Conscience-and-Action [C&A] activists and rejected suggestions to reopen the bathrooms or immediately provide additional accessible portapotties....
Posted: Sun Jul 8, 2018 4:00PM
image Independence Day For Who? 480_screenshot_20180705-191232.jpg by Tina Marie
While families celebrated the 4th of July last night, activists shut down the streets of downtown Sacramento in solidarity with the Occupy ICE movement which is growing nationwide. Separation of Families continues be the focus of Human rights violations as child abuse reports increase....
Posted: Thu Jul 5, 2018 10:57PM
image Delta Counties, Groups Urge Legislature to Halt DWR Contract for Tunnels Financing 480_don_nottoli_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Opponents, including conservation groups, Tribes, environmental justice advocates, family farmers, Delta residents and elected officials, consider the Delta Tunnels project to be the most environmentally devastating public works project in California history. Don Notolli, Delta Counties Coalition Chair and Sacramento County Supervisor, spoke on his strong opposition to the construction of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels during the public comment period at the first board meeting of th...
Posted: Thu Jul 5, 2018 4:37PM
text Vote ‘Yes’ on Proposition 10 to repeal extreme Costa Hawkins Act in November by Lynda Carson
Renters throughout the State of California are being forced out of their housing, and displaced from their communities by extreme rent increases, the eviction-for-profit system, and gentrification schemes. A ‘Yes” vote in November for Proposition 10 would help to stabilize communities, and bring back the reasonable rent control options needed to protect renters, families with children, and the working class being priced out of housing options!...
Posted: Mon Jul 2, 2018 7:28PM
image CA Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Controversial Western Energy Grid Bill 480_report-slider-western-grid_1-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Assembly Bill 813, legislation that will create a western regional electricity market under the control of the Trump administration, will next go to the State Senate Appropriations Committee....
Posted: Mon Jul 2, 2018 10:36AM
image Unhoused at Union Point Park Harassed, Threatened, Cited, and Evicted onto Dangerous Street 480_unionpoint-eviction_01_06142018_1.jpg by Dave Id
The city of Oakland's strategy for which homeless encampments it chooses to target and when is secretive. Encampment management meetings are held on Fridays and neither unsheltered folks nor homeless advocates are allowed to attend, despite repeated requests by the Homeless Advocacy Working Group over the past year. Differing excuses are offered for evictions from one to the next, and the rationales offered appear ad hoc and can conflict with one another. Sometimes people are evicted from on...
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:15PM
image New map reveals massive number of offshore wells in California waters 480_dgsgycyucaeqssb_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown has called Trump’s federal offshore oil drilling "short-sighed" and "reckless," but the new site — www.BrownvTrumpOilMap.com— shows Brown controls four times more oil wells in state waters than those Trump controls in federal waters, according to Liza Tucker, consumer advocate for Consumer Watchdog....
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:33PM
image MWDOC approves resolution backing rider to ban Delta Tunnels lawsuits 480_ken_calvert_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Bob Wright, the Senior Attorney at Friends of the River, explained the dire implications of the Calvert rider. “The elimination of judicial review foreshadows a regressive slide from a government controlled by laws to a government controlled by rulers," said Wright....
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:22AM
image Forest Service issues new permit for Nestlé to siphon water from SoCal creek 480_800_revenge_of_the_rabble_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“This new permit will allow Nestlé to continue draining this fragile watershed without adequate environmental protections,” said Lisa Belenky, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:40PM
text Spotlight on the “sneaky” attempt to repeal rent control in Mountain View by Lynda Carson
It is an initiative sponsored by the California Apartment Association (CAA) that is reportedly designed to repeal rent control in Mountain View, and is known as the “sneaky” repeal of rent control, by many renters in Mountain View!...
Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:05PM
image Senate Committee passes bill that would make state more dependent on dirty energy 480_report-slider-western-grid_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“This legislation is not fixable,” emphasized Liza Tucker, consumer advocate for Consumer Watchdog. “There is nothing to fix. This is a scam to take away California’s energy independence and hand the system over to profiteering billionaires and energy traders. Lawmakers who fail to stop this measure, do so at their own peril.”  ...
Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:01AM
image Orange Co. water district committee backs rider banning Delta Tunnels lawsuits 480_okrofa-calvert_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“The close working relationship between MWDOC and Congressman Ken Calvert, House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, and Hanford Congressman David Valadao is troubling,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta....
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:33PM