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text Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 8, 2016 — Federal officials this week announced receipt of a new permit application to frack an oil well in federal waters off the coast of California. If approved it would be the first offshore frack near the California coast since the federal government lifted a moratorium on the controversial oil-extraction process earlier this year....
Posted: Thu Dec 8, 2016 5:09PM
text Forest Service Agrees to Halt Oil, Gas Leasing in Los Padres National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 6, 2016 — The U.S. Forest Service is halting new oil and gas leasing throughout the Los Padres National Forest, which prompted a federal court today to stay ongoing litigation against the agency by conservation groups. The leasing suspension will allow the Forest Service to consider the risks of fracking and drilling in the southern and central California forest to air and water quality and endangered animals like the California condor....
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:32PM
text Trump nominates a moron to be the next HUD Secretary by Lynda Carson
Ben Carson is known as a far right wing-nut who is considered to be a moron by many as a direct result of his views and past statements!...
Posted: Mon Dec 5, 2016 4:24PM
text HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley by Robert Norse
I recently forwarded an article that contrasted principles and policies elsewhere with those of Santa Cruz authorities--which I caustically denounced in an accompanying "Notes from Norse". I believe these Notes are a useful update to some of the brutal practices ongoing in Santa Cruz and so pass them on for readers....
Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:56AM
text Appeal Challenges Nestlé's Unrestricted Water Siphoning From San Bernardino National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2016 — The Story of Stuff Project, California-based Courage Campaign Institute and Center for Biological Diversity today formally gave notice of their intent to appeal a federal court's ruling in September that allowed Nestlé to continue to remove an estimated 36 million gallons of water from Strawberry Creek in the San Bernardino National Forest based on a permit that expired 28 years ago....
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:43PM
text Citing Climate Crisis, Trump Presidency, San Francisco Supervisors Ban Fossil Fuel Extraction on City-owned Lands by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, 2016 — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors yesterday approved legislation prohibiting new fossil fuel leases on city-owned property in an effort to combat climate change. The legislation by Supervisor John Avalos originated with 350 Bay Area analyst Jed Holtzman, who discovered the city was leasing to Chevron an 800-acre property that it inherited in Kern County. City finance officials say converting the property to a solar array could generate more revenue than...
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:26PM
text Tell George Gascón to Drop the Charges Against the Bay Bridge 25! by Bay Bridge 25
On January 19, 2016, the Black Queer Liberation Collective Black.Seed Shut Down Bay the Bridge (photos) during 96 Hours of Action to Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy. Now San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is seeking to prosecute the "Bay Bridge 25," but there's still time to stop it....
Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:57PM
text A Trump administration will probably be hostile to affordable housing programs by Lynda Carson
Tens of thousands of low-income households in the Bay Area, including veterans, the chronically ill, elderly and disabled, are being placed at risk of homelessness if the Republicans have it their way, now that they are gaining full control of the House and Senate, including the White House!...
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:28PM
text As Commercial Crab Season Opens, Fishermen Urged to Implement Gear Modifications to Prevent Whale Entanglements by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., November 14, 2016 — As the commercial Dungeness crab season opens in California Nov. 15, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging fishermen to comply with recommended gear modifications to help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. The season’s opening days put whales at high risk because more available crab means fishermen are on the water as many days as possible....
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:23PM
text Trump’s popular vote deficit may approach two million by World Socialist Website
The scale of Trump’s defeat in the popular vote underscores the political cowardice that has been displayed by the Democratic Party in its response to the election. Given the circumstances, the Democrats are under no political obligation to do more than acknowledge that Trump, because of his electoral vote majority, has merely won the right to plant his backside in the presidential chair of the Oval Office....
Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:12AM
text Collected Anti-Trump chants by protester
From last night. Please add your own!...
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:31AM
text Renter control ballot measures pass in Oakland, Richmond and Mountain View by Lynda Carson
There are rent control victories in the Cities of Oakland, Richmond and Mountain View, in the effort to save tens of thousands of renters from being displaced from their housing by heartless greedy landlords, realtors and speculators in the Bay Area!...
Posted: Wed Nov 9, 2016 3:10PM
text 11/8/16 Election: Labor’s Gains and Lessons by Stop War and Fascism
California, a bellwether state, approved Prop 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use, as did Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Medical marijuana was approved in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota. 8 states have legalized marijuana and 28 states have medical marijuana. California has passed the pro-death penalty acceleration Prop 66 and defeated Prop 62, which would have abolished the death penalty. San Francisco, Oakland and Albany have passed the extremely regressive and reac...
Posted: Wed Nov 9, 2016 12:30PM
text Abolish Death Penalty (Yes on 62 & No on 66); Legalize Marijuana (Yes Prop 64) by Get Out The Vote
The Peace & Freedom & Green Party Freedom Train has pulled into the station to vote Peace & Freedom LaRiva or Green Stein for president and on all the propositions, especially Yes on 62 and No on 66, Yes on 64, and Yes on all rent control ordinances, this Get Out the Vote (GOTV) weekend, November 5-6-7, on vote by mail ballots or on a regular ballot on Election Day, November 8, 2016....
Posted: Fri Nov 4, 2016 8:03PM
text Renter protection activists counter the lies of the California Apartment Association by Lynda Carson
According to Cindy Cornell, Founder of the Yes on Measure R campaign in Burlingame,”In our campaign for rent stabilization in Burlingame (Measure R), we have consistently seen lies and distortions of the truth in mailers, tv and radio commercials, letters to the editor, and directly out of the mouth of Josh Howard, Executive Director of CAA's Tri-County Division!...
Posted: Fri Nov 4, 2016 4:49PM
text Corrupting influence of big money against rent control by Lynda Carson
In opposition to the renters in the “David vs. Goliath” renter protection campaigns taking place in the Bay Area, are the greedy landlords, speculators, realtors & realtor associations, and apartment associations that are spending a ton of money to have the notorious California Apartment Association (CAA) run some massive campaigns against Bay Area renters seeking renter protections. The massive campaigns and big money being spent by the CAA are corrupting the political process in the Bay Are...
Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:25PM
text OpDeny270 is a Strategic Plan, to Write In Bernie Sanders, and Force a 12th Amendment Vote by Kathy Yurista, Summer Rose
Op Ed about the Write-In Campaign for Bernie in CA and 10 other states...
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:57PM
text CAA opposes ordinance to protect Section 8 renters from discrimination by Lynda Carson
The California Apartment Association (CAA) stepped up to the plate to oppose a proposed ethical ordinance prohibiting discrimination against section 8 tenants in Marin County. The CAA has taken an unethical position against the ordinance to protect section 8 renters, as well as opposing some ethical renter protection ballot measures in 6 cities in the Bay Area recently!...
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:29PM
text Resolution to Support Berkeley Teacher and Civil Rights Activist Yvette Felarca by OEA Representative Council
The Oakland Education Association (OEA) Representative Council passed the following resolution in support of Yvette Felarca:...
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:14AM
text Termination of Street Spirit newspaper threatens the homeless by Lynda Carson
It was announced that after 22 years of sponsorship that the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will cease funding the operations of Street Spirit as of December 31, 2016!...
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:58PM