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Large Oil Slick Observed Off California Coast Near Santa Barbara - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOLETA, Calif.— Emergency officials are responding to a 2-mile oil sheen off the California coast near the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County. The slick extends to Platform Holly, an offshore drilling platform.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:45AM
Proposition 47 Deserves Fair Chance to Transform Judicial System - by Steve Pleich
Prop 47 Offers Real Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:29PM
Nuclear Shutdown News July 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and all of the US nuclear industry, and spotlights those who are working for a nuke free future.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:43PM
Oakland Activists Accused of Going on Cross-Country Spree Targeting Fur Industry - by U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California
Two Oakland residents have been charged under the AETA for supposedly causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to animal exploiting businesses. Apologies for posting a full unedited DOJ press release here, but there's limited information at this point on the two arrests today in Oakland, California. No link to a government website will be provided.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:14PM
Oakland animal advocates accused of vandalism spree against fur industry - by Fox5 San Diego
SAN DIEGO — Two animal advocates were arrested Friday on charges they went on a nationwide vandalism spree against the fur industry, including in San Diego County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:02PM
Thousands of L.A.-area Oil Wells Under State Investigation for Pollution Dangers - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today urged California officials to release results from an investigation into thousands of oil industry injection wells in the Los Angeles area that may be contaminating water and threatening public health.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:58PM
Court Order Sought to Force Disclosure of California Pesticide Spraying - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Public-health and environmental groups, along with the city of Berkeley, are seeking a court order on Friday to require that a California agency publicly disclose and analyze any pesticide spraying it conducts that poses risks to people, wildlife or the environment. The groups are asking a Sacramento court for a preliminary injunction to require that the California Department of Food and Agriculture follow state environmental laws when spraying harmful pesticides. This s...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:55PM
Oil Train Derailment in Montana Closes Highway, Forces Evacuations - by Center for Biological Diversity
CULBERTSON, Mont.— Three tank cars continued to leak crude oil on Friday in rural, northeastern Montana in the wake of a 21-car derailment that downed a power line, closed a major highway and forced the evacuation of a town. Emergency workers responding to the Thursday evening derailment said cleanup of the leaking crude could not begin until the arrival of a Texas-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe hazardous materials team. The wreck is the latest in a string of derailments this year expos...
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:44AM
Deep-sea Mining Regulations Need Stronger Environmental Protections - by Center for Biological Diversity
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Scientists and conservationists are calling on the International Seabed Authority, now meeting in Jamaica, to adopt stronger-than-proposed protections for wildlife and oceans in setting environmental standards for deep-sea mining projects. The Center for Biological Diversity, which recently sued the United States government for issuing deep-sea mining permits that circumvent the ISA’s nascent environmental review process, warns that the current push to start strip-minin...
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:16PM
NEA Opposes California's Phillips 66 Oil-train Project Over Risks to Students - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of students and teachers, the National Education Association today opposed the proposed Phillips 66 oil-train offloading facility in San Luis Obispo County. If approved the project would bring millions of gallons of hazardous crude oil nearly every day through highly populated areas near hundreds of schools.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:23PM
Medical Cannabis Advocates Oppose AB 266 Bonta - by Shona Gochenaur
AB 266 Bonta will dismantle SB 420, take action now to protect medical cannabis in California!
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:31PM
Increased Wildlife Protections Secured for California Solar Flats Project in Monterey Co. - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— Conservation groups have reached an agreement with the First Solar, Inc. to provide additional conservation protections to wild lands and wildlife as part of construction of the California Flats Solar Project, a proposed 280-megawatt solar energy project in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:12PM
Why is the head of a CA affordable housing agency evicting tenants from affordable homes? - by Aimee Inglis
Matthew Jacobs, chair of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) is using the Ellis Act to evict 17 units worth of tenants. We are demanding that Jacobs resign and that the Governor remove Jacobs from his post. It is totally unacceptable for the chair of an affordable housing agency to be using the Ellis Act to evict and demolish affordable housing.
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:56PM
Racial Profiling Bill Moves Forward in California Legislature - by ACLU of Northern California
Sacramento – Today Assembly Bill 953, Law Enforcement: Racial Profiling, made it out of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. AB 953, one of over 20 police reform laws proposed this year, was introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to curb racial and identity profiling in California.
Posted: Tue Jul 7, 2015 4:40PM
Testy free speech aftermath of SB277 signing: one professor's viewpoint may be cramped - by J.D. Wright Progressive
Opinion analyzing subtext of University immunologist's characterization of SB 277 as a "silver bullet". Notice: IMC does not have an official party line on anything. VIews contained are strictly those of authors. Critiques of capitalism, government, globalism are favored and no racism, sexism homophobic or similar comments are permitted.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 12:04PM
State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
Governors Signs SB 277 to Protect Working Families - by J.D. Wright
Despite loud antivax soccer moms led by the discredited anti-sciencecircuit riders and right wing conspiracy theorists, California's Governor has signed into law Senate Bill 277 (SB 277 Pan D-Scaramento). Exploiting the legitimate need for strict regulation of vaccine development, demogoguery dominated much of the debate. Racist personal attacks upon the Asian-American sponsor combined to discredit the antivax view and the bill did pass after twitterstorms galore.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:50PM
Vaccines Protect Working Class Children: Comic Relief as the Gov Mulls SB 277 - by J.D. Wright formerly ACT-UP NY
I wrote this because in my analysis #SB277 is BMW granola mummies white privilege - they want the unwashed masses to vaccinate and exemptions for their own speshul snowflake kids. Note most Lation legislators voted YES.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:43PM
Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
Precarity in Paradise: the Barcelona model - by Peter Gelderloos, ROAR magazine, June 28,
This is particularly of interest in the context of a total lack of opposition to the end-stage tech-fueled gentrification of San Francisco.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:28AM