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textIs Sonoma County's Juvenile Justice Commission effective in upholding their mission? by Bliss Edwards
This opinion piece is a brief evaluation of the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Commission's responsibilities and limitations....
Posted: Wed, Apr 27, 2022 8:56am PDT
imageMetropolitan Water District Board Votes to Fund Sites Reservoir
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by Dan Bacher
In response to the vote, Caty Wagner, Sierra Club California SoCal Water Organizer, stated, “We are disappointed that MWD decided to fund the next phase of Sites. This irresponsible decision directly harms Californians and increases Southern California’s dependence on the already-strained Bay-Delta."...
Posted: Tue, Apr 12, 2022 7:30pm PDT
imageCoastal California Sunflower Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success
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by Center for Biological Diversity
EUREKA, Calif., March 30, 2022 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today changed the Endangered Species Act status of beach layia, a small sunflower that grows only in California’s coastal dunes, reclassifying it from endangered to threatened. The change is due to reduced impacts from offroad vehicles, grazing, and development throughout much of the species’ range....
Posted: Thu, Mar 31, 2022 1:45pm PDT
imageChallenging Colonialism s01e03 Full Episode (+p.iv)
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by Martin Rizzo-Martinez & Daniel Stonebloom
s01e03 Weapons of Mass Destruction Full Episode: Removing Dams and Restoring Salmon Duration 1:47:56 Challenging Colonialism amplifies Indigenous perspectives on issues of concern to native Californian communities....
Posted: Mon, Mar 7, 2022 9:28am PST
imageChallenging Colonialism Ep. 3 p.III
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by Martin Rizzo-Martinez & Daniel Stonebloom
In part 3 of a four-part episode, we continue to examine the negative environmental and cultural impact of dams, and the Indigenous-led movement to remove them. These dams, deemed as Weapons of Mass Destruction by Chief Caleen Sisk, have devastated Salmon populations and the communities whose histories have been in relationship with Salmon since time immemorial. Part III gives context to the larger water system--and its boosters, defenders, and profiteers....
Posted: Mon, Feb 21, 2022 8:50am PST
audioChallenging Colonialism s01e03: Weapons of Mass Destruction (p.I) (audio/mpeg 67.5MB) by Martin Rizzo-Martinez & Daniel Stonebloom
Part I: Dams and Colonization In part one of a four part episode, we examine the negative environmental and cultural impact of dams, and the Indigenous-led movement to remove them. These dams, deemed Weapons of Mass Destruction by Chief Caleen Sisk, have devastated Salmon populations and the communities whose histories have been in relationship with Salmon since time immemorial. Part I explores the Indigenous-led movement to restore Salmon in California rivers through dam removal....
Posted: Fri, Feb 4, 2022 10:04pm PST
documentThe Housing First Approach Sonoma County
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by Cutino, Cepedes, Bettencourt, Berlin, Acevedo
The purpose of the study is to emphasize the importance of the basic human right to shelter by posing the following question: What are the practical measures and associated costs to a Housing First Approach to reduce homelessness in Sonoma County? This research study is evaluating the challenges and contributing factors to Sonoma County’s growing population of 2,500 people in need of housing and support services....
Posted: Sun, Dec 5, 2021 11:01pm PST
textThe Rise of Homelessness and the Decline of a Workforce by M. Ables
Almost every business is hiring and workers are needed but the lack of affordable housing is decreasing. The wealth inequality gap is growing and homelessness is on the rise. There is a connection, so why isn't Sonoma County taking immediate action to do more for 2,600+ homeless individuals in need?...
Posted: Fri, Nov 26, 2021 5:41pm PST
textA Housing First Approach Can Curb Sonoma County Homelessness— If Implemented Correctly by Jenna Bettencourt
California is committed to ending homelessness using a housing first approach, but many organizations still do vetting to see who is most "worthy" of housing. We will only see real change when we commit to and actually carry out the vision of Housing First....
Posted: Mon, Nov 15, 2021 4:29pm PST
textCalifornia Delays Some Dungeness Crab Fishing to Protect Whales by Center for Biological Diversity
Announcement Comes After Humpback Entanglement in Crab Gear...
Posted: Tue, Nov 2, 2021 11:02am PDT
imageBiden Administration Approves More Commercial Ranching at Pt. Reyes National Seashore
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by Opponents Appalled
Despite strong public opposition from park advocates, on September 14 the Biden administration approved a controversial National Park Service plan for continued commercial ranching at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore. Top Photo: Teresa Harlan, left, Advocate for Indigenous Access to Homelands on Public Lands...
Posted: Sun, Sep 19, 2021 3:32am PDT
imageSonoma County Protests Texas' Anti-Abortion Law
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by Bans Off Our Bodies
Simply of Service members attended a quick response protest in Santa Rosa, California on September 4. They provided these photos. Simply of Service fights for justice and helps serve the people's needs in Monterey County. instagram @simplyofservice....
Posted: Sat, Sep 11, 2021 3:19am PDT
imageUC Davis Study Finds Dams Are Ineffective for Cold-Water Conservation for Salmon and Trout
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by Dan Bacher
Ann Willis, the study’s lead author, says the solution to creating cold water habitat to stop the extinction of salmon and trout populations is to remove dams and restructure water management in California....
Posted: Sat, Aug 28, 2021 10:43am PDT
imageLawsuit Seeks Protection for Northern California’s Clear Lake Hitch
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by Center for Biological Diversity
Trump Administration Denied Federal Protection to Imperiled Fish in 2020...
Posted: Tue, Aug 17, 2021 11:07am PDT
imageMajor Spike in Dead Juvenile Salmon on Klamath River Reported by Yurok Fisheries Department
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by Dan Bacher
The Tribe said the disease is expected to eliminate an entire year class of fish, which will reduce the Klamath River’s already imperiled salmon runs for many years to come....
Posted: Sun, Jun 13, 2021 1:38pm PDT
imageAs massive Klamath fish kill continues, Karuk Tribe declares state of climate emergency
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by Dan Bacher
“Our monitoring traps are full of dead juvenile salmon,” said Toz Soto, Fisheries Program Manager for the Karuk Tribe. “The few fish still alive are infected with disease. It’s a catastrophic blow to the fishery and Karuk culture.”...
Posted: Sun, Jun 13, 2021 1:34pm PDT
textTom’s personal view from inside today’s Pacifica National Board by Tom Voorhees
KPFA and Pacifica radio stations members vote on democratic control of management. At steak is the detreating quality of news and public affairs' with a replacement set of bylaws election happening now in June....
Posted: Mon, Jun 7, 2021 12:17pm PDT
textIncreased use of Social Media can harm our youth by Christopher Vitale
A look at the ways in which social media/cell phones are causing harm to the youth in our society....
Posted: Tue, May 18, 2021 11:13am PDT
imageCatastrophic juvenile fish kill unfolds on Klamath River
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by Dan Bacher
“Right now, the Klamath River is full of dead and dying fish on the Yurok Reservation,” said Frankie Myers, the Yurok Tribe’s Vice Chairman. “This disease will kill most of the baby salmon in the Klamath, which will impact fish runs for many years to come. For salmon people, a juvenile fish kill is an absolute worst-case scenario.”...
Posted: Sat, May 15, 2021 6:28pm PDT
imageCalifornia Tribal Members and Fishermen Call on Newsom to Provide Water for Salmon
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by Save California Salmon
State of the Salmon address planned for April 28th, Day of Action May 4th Sacramento, California - California Tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to direct state agencies to take action to stop fish kills of California salmon runs that are nearing extinction and to protect water quality. Salmon and good water quality are key to the health of California’s Native people, economy and drinking water supplies. Without immediate action to scale down a...
Posted: Tue, Apr 27, 2021 1:25pm PDT