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UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies
Farm workers at two related Oxnard, Calif. companies with a total of 240 employees at peak season voted April 20, 2016 (today) to be represented by the United Farm Workers in an election conducted by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc. cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW on a vote of 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW Local 5 and 6 for no-union. Hiji Bros. grows celery, lettu...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:35PM
RNs Welcome Bill to Step Up Public Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation'
(April 15, 2016) California nurses are heralding the advance of a State Senate bill that would significantly expand public oversight and protections for one of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the placement of patients in “observation” status, where they can be held for hours or days with less public oversight and fewer protections.
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:58PM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry
PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to West Coast fishers, mid-sized forest carnivores that were proposed for federal protection in October throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. Following pressure from the timber industry, the Service withdrew the proposed protection despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the survival of the rare carnivores is threatened by logging, toxic chemicals u...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
California Police Transparency Bill Passes First Legislative Hurdle
SACRAMENTO, April 12, 2016 –With a 5-1 vote in the Senate’s Public Safety Committee today, Senator Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1286 will advance in the California Legislature. The bill gives the public access to crucial information about how police departments handle the most serious uses of force and confirmed instances of officer misconduct.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:09PM
West Coast Water Quality Standards Not Strong Enough to Fight Ocean Acidification
OAKLAND, Calif., April 13, 2016 — A new scientific paper published today in the journal Ocean & Coastal Management concludes that current water quality criteria are inadequate to address ocean acidification on the West Coast. This paper and a related report published last week call for major changes in how California, Oregon and Washington deal with ocean acidification triggered by the high carbon emissions that are also causing climate change.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:02PM
Monarchs Are Not on the Road to Recovery
Endangered Species Act protection essential to monarchs’ survival
Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:27PM
Support SB 1286 to shed light on police misconduct and use of force
Investigation of police abuse and violence against members of the public shouldn't be hidden from us, the taxpaying public!
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 6:17PM
BLM OKs Industrial Solar Project That Would Block Bighorn Sheep Movement in Mojave
BARSTOW, Calif., April 5, 2016 — The Bureau of Land Management today issued a decision allowing the Soda Mountain Solar project to move forward on developing more than 2,813 acres of public land directly adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve that would cut off a vital route for desert bighorn sheep and damage other desert resources.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:48PM
Green Sea Turtles Recovering on U.S. Coasts
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 — The success of green sea turtles’ recovery on the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts warrants downgrading their status from “endangered” to “threatened,” according to today’s announcement by National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in response to a petition from the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. But the agencies emphasized that the growing threat of climate change and sea-level rise — particularly on low-lying nesti...
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:39PM
Lawsuit Challenges FDA's Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon
SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2016 — A broad coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing organizations today sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving the first-ever genetically engineered food animal, an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow quickly. The man-made salmon was created by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. with DNA from three fish: Atlantic salmon, Pacific king salmon and Arctic ocean eelpout. This marks the first time any government in the w...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:21PM
Mary Kay Henry - Members Demand Say Aside The Rigged Election Results In SEIU 1021!
Candidates and members of SEIU 1021 which has over 50,000 members discuss how their union's election was manipulated that ending up dis-enfranchize the members.
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:34PM
UC Falsely Equates Anti-Semitism with Anti-Zionism; Moron Trump leads with Cal Repubs
The Regents of the University of California are now falsely equating anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism in a desperate effort to stop the successful Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Belgium, the site of a terrorist organization known as NATO, allows former Israeli security agents to run the security at the Brussels airport, the site of recent bombings, adding to suspicion that these bombings, like all previous bombings, were an inside job. California, a bellwether stat...
Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:21PM
La población más grande de la mariposa monarca podría desaparecer en 20 años
WASHINGTON- La población migratoria oriental de la mariposa monarca - que incluye el 99 por ciento de las monarcas del mundo - se encuentra en alto riesgo de extinción a menos que, en las siguientes dos décadas la población se recupere, según un nuevo estudio publicado por la revista científica Nature.
Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:09PM
Study: World's Largest Monarch Population Could Disappear in 20 Years
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2016 — The eastern migratory population of the monarch butterfly — which includes 99 percent of the world’s monarchs — is at high risk of extinction within two decades unless the population rebounds dramatically, according to a new study published today by Nature Scientific Reports.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:52PM
Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2016 — Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:40PM
Lawsuit Seeks to Protect California Spotted Owls Under Endangered Species Act
OAKLAND, Calif., March 16, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking much-needed protection for the imperiled California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act. These owls are jeopardized on national forest and private lands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by clear-cutting and post-fire logging, as well as climate change, urban development and competition from barred owls. A decision on whether to protect the ow...
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:49PM
Audubon California sponsors legislation regulating use of drones in wildlife areas
Sacramento, Calif., Mar 9, 2016 – As more and more people are taking their drones for a spin in California's open spaces, there's concern that all these flying robots might not be so great for birds and other wildlife. After tracking reports of disturbances to wildlife and habitat arising from done ruse, Audubon California decided to co-sponsor legislation that will require the state to create rules for drone use in state wildlife areas. The bill, Assembly Bill 2148, is authored by Assembly...
Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:13PM
Ten Minutes to a Not Guilty Verdict in San Diego Medical Marijuana Concentrate Case
It is hard to say exactly when the San Diego District Attorney’s Office lost their cannabis extraction case against legal patient John Mazula.
Posted: Sun Mar 6, 2016 9:19AM
Perjury Entangles Sheriff Deputy in Embarrassing Web As Activists Look On
The prosecution rested their case after not having proven anything but that law enforcement are experts at reciting how to make butane honey oil. They were to have proven John was making BHO, they didn’t do it. And, there’s no honey oil, no blasted plant material, no used filters, piles of empty butane tanks or lengths of glass tubing to help them either.
Posted: Thu Mar 3, 2016 12:22PM
Day One of John Mazula's Medical Marijuana Trial - Presecution's Case Built on Dishonesty
On March 1, the prosecution began its case against John Mazula, who is charged with manufacturing medical cannabis concentrates. Our jury, seated yesterday afternoon, is mostly white men and three white women. It took all Monday morning to vet them as unbiased in favor of police.
Posted: Wed Mar 2, 2016 7:47PM