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text Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa by Joanna McWilliams
A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species ...
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:34AM
text Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference by Joanna McWilliams
This week conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the Presidents of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala calling on them to support greater protections for silky sharks at an upcoming world wildlife conservation meeting....
Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:17AM
text Special investigator to probe anti-rent-control petition complaints in Santa Rosa by Lynda Carson
The residents are complaining that the signature gatherers are falsely claiming that the petition supports renter protections in Santa Rosa, and that they were tricked into signing it!...
Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:44PM
text CAA may be backing anti-rent control petition in Santa Rosa by Lynda Carson
What is happening in Santa Rosa appears to be very similar to what happened in Richmond when the California Apartment Association (CAA) used a petition in 2015 to steal renter protections from the renters in that city!...
Posted: Fri Sep 9, 2016 11:47PM
text Silky Sharks Singled Out as Species to Protect at International Conservation Meeting in Ha by Joanna McWilliams
This week, participants at an international conservation meeting in Hawaii set a new bar in the conservation of imperiled sharks by overwhelming voting in favor of a resolution to increase protections for silky sharks, a species facing dangerous declines due to industrial fishing practices. The resolution, advanced by Turtle Island Restoration Network, PRETOMA, and Nakawe Project at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, received 95 percent fav...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 9:13AM
text New Study Links Eating Shark Fins & Meat to Alzheimer’s Disease by Joanna McWilliams
A new study by scientists from the University of Miami has found high concentrations of toxins linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:45AM
text Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award by Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:33AM
text Rent control is coming to Santa Rosa by Lynda carson
The renter protections, taking effect September 15, will require landlords to prove “cause” in court or before a political body every time they try to evict a resident or family, in an effort to displace them from the community!...
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:23PM
text Legal Filing Seeks to Halt Ranching Expansion, Elk Eviction at Point Reyes by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 15, 2016 — The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Friday to block the National Park Service from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:08PM
text Administrative Appeal Challenges Destructive Napa Vineyard Development by Center for Biological Diversity
NAPA COUNTY, Calif., August 15, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today challenged the approval of a large vineyard development northeast of the city of Napa, filing an administrative appeal with the Napa County Board of Supervisors. The large project will tear out 429 acres of undisturbed riparian, oak and native grassland habitat and develop it into vineyards sprawled haphazardly across the 2,300-acre Walt Ranch property; it will destroy habitat for the threatened California red-le...
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:01PM
text Court Rules Lawsuit Over Point Reyes Management Plan Can Move Forward by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., July 19, 2016 — A federal court has rejected a legal motion by the National Park Service and refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by conservation groups seeking an updated “general management plan” and assessment of the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore, before long-term cattle-grazing leases are pushed through. The court earlier rejected a motion by ranchers to intervene in the lawsuit....
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:40PM
text Killer whales remain protected in Washington by via OCEANA
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident populati...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
text UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work by via United Farm Workers
Attending the United Farm Workers’ 20th Constitutional Convention May 19-22 at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield, Calif. are nearly 400 farm worker delegates and alternates representing their co-workers at ranches under union contract in California, Oregon and Washington state. The convention highlights how farm workers today are living out the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement....
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:14PM
text Adopt a Redwood Tree as a Green Gift for Graduates by Joanna Nasar
Honor a High School or College Graduate by Planting a Tree in their Name...
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 9:36AM
text Support "Just Cause" Eviction Protections In Marin County by Lynda Carson
Supporters of renter protections in the Bay Area, California, and across the nation urge you to attend this important public meeting, or to send an email to the Board of Supervisors, in the effort to protect the stability of renters in Marin County!!!...
Posted: Sat Feb 6, 2016 7:59PM
text Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a five-year review of endangered southern resident killer whales, which are down to just 84 orcas, to assess whether they are properly protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service last year announced plans to expand existing critical habitat protections from the killer whales’ summer habitat in Puget Sound to include 9,000 square miles of their winter foraging habitat along the West Coast so...
Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:18PM
text Activists push for renter protections on Jan. 26 in Santa Rosa by Lynda Carson
People throughout the Bay Area and the North Bay are invited to contact the Santa Rosa City Council before Jan. 26, to demand strong renter protections, including rent control and just cause eviction protections!...
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:41AM
text Gene-Altered Salmon; The FDA is not credible by Summer Mayne
This is a Letter to the Editor in response to an article published by the Press Democrat that discusses gene-altered salmon as a solution to our current over-fishing epidemic....
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:43PM
text Human Trafficking in Sonoma County by Mandy Schloss
Human Trafficking has become a prevalent issue throughout the United States, especially in Sonoma County. It is, however, underreported and efforts against it are underfunded. Young women are being exploited for the profit of the pimps....
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:04PM
text Court rules L.A. Housing Authority illegally cut Section 8 housing subsidies by Lynda Carson
According to records with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), San Francisco has 9,147 Section 8 units in their inventory. Oakland has 13,424 Section 8 units. Richmond has 1,851 Section 8 units. Berkeley has 1,935 Section 8 units. Alameda has 1,845 Section 8 units. Alameda County has 6,273 Section 8 units. Marin County has 2,153 Section 8 units. Contra Costa County has 6,876 Section 8 units....
Posted: Tue Dec 1, 2015 6:50PM