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imageMetropolitan Water District Board Hires Adel Hagekhalil As New General Manager
by Dan Bacher
On May 28, a broad coalition of groups sent a letter to the board supporting the hiring of Adel Hagekhalil....
Posted: Sun, Jun 13, 2021 8:08pm PDT
imageCoalition Protests Delta Tunnels Tax as MWD Revotes on $11 Billion to finance WaterFix
by Dan Bacher
“Public records show that tunnel supporters on the MWD board, with help from Governor Brown, engaged in back room wheeling and dealing to pressure MWD board members to finance the tunnels project,” said Brenna Norton of Food and Water Watch....
Posted: Mon, Jul 9, 2018 11:09pm PDT
imageMetropolitan Water District Approves Delta Tunnels Funding
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 PDT
imageWSPA tops lobbyist spending with $16.6 million this session
by Dan Bacher
In a shocking example of deep regulatory capture that state officials and some environmental NGOs don’t want to discuss, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the WSPA President, chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create questionable "marine protected areas" in Southern California from 2009 to 2012 as the oil industry was fracking coastal waters. She also served on the task forces to create "marine protected areas" on the Central Coast, North Central Coast and North Coast from 2004 ...
Posted: Fri, Nov 4, 2016 8:40am PDT
imageCommission to Vote on Postponing Marine Protected Area Reviews
by Dan Bacher
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plan proposes to postpone regional scientific reviews of the effectiveness of “marine protected areas” from once every five years, as originally promised, to once every 10 years....
Posted: Tue, Apr 5, 2016 4:34pm PDT
textCalifornia State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote by via California Faculty Association
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal....
Posted: Thu, Oct 29, 2015 1:45pm PDT
imageCal State U. faculty to mark start of a Strike Vote with Picketlines, Theater, Rallies
by via California Faculty Association
A Strike Authorization Vote by the faculty who teach in the 23-campus California State University system begins online and in person at 9 am on Monday, October 19. The vote continues through 5 pm October 28....
Posted: Mon, Oct 19, 2015 8:03pm PDT
imageSanta Barbara oil spill highlights dangers of offshore fracking and drilling
by Dan Bacher
"The oil spill near Refugio State Beach is a stark reminder of the dangerous risks expanded oil drilling poses to Santa Barbara County’s environment and its residents’ quality of life," said Becca Claassen, Santa Barbara County Organizer of Food & Water Watch. Photo of offshore oil rig courtesy of
Posted: Tue, May 19, 2015 9:03pm PDT
imageA whale of a conflict of interest: Big oil lobbyist's oversight of marine protected areas
by Dan Bacher
The Western State Petroleum Association President's role as Chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast is undoubtedly one of the most overt conflicts of interest in recent years, but it's just one example of the conflicts of interests that infest environmental politics in California....
Posted: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 5:00pm PDT
imageOil lobbyist/former MLPA chair praises release of fracking EIR
by Dan Bacher
“While we are pleased with the state's process on implementing Senate Bill 4, it is important to note the draft EIR contemplates hypothetical development scenarios and provides a high level review. To date, well stimulation in California has never been associated with any known adverse environmental impacts,” claimed Reheis-Boyd. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of South Coast marine protected areas created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Wh...
Posted: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 12:33pm PST
image30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking
by Dan Bacher
This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has just released a new report revealing that the oil industry spent $70 million on lobbyists in California since 2009. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of so-called "marine protected areas" created on the ...
Posted: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 7:19pm PST
imageRestore the Delta blasts MWD's secret campaign to keep its water monopoly
by Dan Bacher
“Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) participation in a secret underground media campaign to influence the thinking of Southern California water rate payers reveals that they will stop at nothing to protect their position as the largest wholesaler of water exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "MWD has proven that they do not have the moral authority to speak to a genuine water policy solution that restore...
Posted: Thu, Apr 24, 2014 7:27pm PDT
imageFormer marine protected area chair urges 'caution' in adoption of safety guidelines
by Dan Bacher
“Everyone in the petroleum refining industry is focused on safety," Reheis-Boyd said. "That’s not the issue. The issue is identifying the best possible programs to ensure safe operations and putting those programs into practice in ways that make safety second nature. We must be very careful in how we introduce change, especially into programs that have a long record of acceptance and success.” Photo of offshore oil drilling platform courtesy of:
Posted: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 7:00pm PST
imageNew EPA permit will allow frackers to continue dumping toxins into ocean
by Dan Bacher
Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said, "Requiring oil companies to report the toxic fracking chemicals they’re dumping into California’s fragile ocean ecosystem is a good step, but the federal government must go further and halt this incredibly dangerous practice. Banning fracking in California’s coastal waters is the best way to protect the whales and other wildlife, as well as surfers and coastal communities. It’s outrageous that the EPA plans to con...
Posted: Sat, Jan 11, 2014 9:46am PST
imageSB 48 Referendum: THE Epic Struggle for Queer Rights in California
by Mark Gabrish Conlan/Zenger's Newsmagazine
Roland Palencia, executive director of the Queer lobbying group Equality California (EQCA), calls the radical Right's attempt to get rid of the FAIR Education Act, also known as SB 48, "the greatest threat in years to LGBT [Queer] Californians." The Act adds Queer people, people with disabilities and Pacific Islanders to the list of communities whose "role and contributions" to American and Californian history and society must be acknowledged in lessons and textbooks used by the California pu...
Posted: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 2:59pm PDT
imageActivists Discuss Debt Debate, Wonder How We Let Right Control It
by Mark Gabrish Conlan/Zenger's Newsmagazine
Congressmember Bob Filner, San Diego labor leader Lorena Gonzalez and three other speakers appeared as part of a panel convened by Activist San Diego for their regular meeting August 15. The ostensible purpose was to discuss the recent debate in Washington over raising the nation's debt ceiling, but it soon turned into a discussion of how the Right managed to take over the debate, frame it the way they wanted and get virtually everything they wanted -- including promises of large cuts in gove...
Posted: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 10:24pm PDT
imageToyota Of Poway Injured Employees Call Bullshit On Dealership & Attorney For Corvel
One can only wonder how many other Doctors Attorney Brand has assisited....
Posted: Sun, Aug 7, 2011 8:19am PDT
imageSTOP Toyota of Poway
by Moldtruth
STOP Toyota of Poway...
Posted: Tue, May 10, 2011 12:39pm PDT
textRFA Calls for a National Boycott of Safeway Supermarket Chain by Jim Hutchinson, Jr., RFA
"It's not just about fishing, but many human activities have been banned under the MLPA Initiative in California, like kayaking, sailing and other non-fishing activities," Martin said. "As fishermen we're angry about being labeled the problem when big corporations like Safeway and Hewlett-Packard refuse to join us in calling for less water diversions to agribusiness and less heavy metals from the semiconductor industry in San Francisco Bay," Martin added, calling recreational fishermen "the o...
Posted: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 8:04pm PDT
imageCommunities step up to support protection of treasured ocean areas
by Kaitilin Gaffney
This article by the Ocean Conservancy's Kaitilin Gaffney highlights several volunteer science and education programs formed to ensure the effectiveness of marine protected areas in California and Hawaii. Coastal communities depend on the ocean for jobs, food, recreation, beauty, and environmental health, and are stepping up to help the state steward ocean parks in their backyards. This kind of collaborative public private partnership is integral to the success of California's Marine Life Pro...
Posted: Tue, Apr 12, 2011 10:18am PDT
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