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image Former Westlands lawyer David Bernhardt working to strip Delta Smelt protections 480_delta_smelt_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The exposure of David Bernhardt’s enormous conflict of interest takes place at a critical time for Delta smelt, salmon and other San Francisco Bay Delta fish populations. For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in September, October, November and December 2018....
Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:03PM
image Governor Newsom calls for end to twin tunnels, but supports one delta tunnel 480_17630075_10155294629993117_8983547803578967293_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We are grateful to Governor Newsom for listening to the people of the Delta, and California, and putting an end to the boondoggle WaterFix, twin tunnels project," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. “We look forward to working with his administration and the State Water Resources Control Board to create and enforce policies that will restore Delta water quality and quantity, lessen water dependence on the Delta, and promote clean drinking programs and reg...
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:52PM
image Salmon fishermen urge Newsom to say NO to Trump administration water grab 480_800_american_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“The Trump administration won’t be able to get away with killing off our salmon runs if the state refuses to cooperate,” said GGSA director Noah Oppenheim, who is also executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (GGSA), a group representing commercial fishermen on the West Coast. “We call on the Newsom administration to just say no to this attack on California’s salmon fishing families.”...
Posted: Thu Feb 7, 2019 2:46PM
image Discover Systemic Institutional Racism Seeking to Destroy the Legacy of Negro Bar, CA 480_caitol_rotunda_1.jpg by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Together, we can begin to quantify and qualify systemic institutional racism, ongoing disenfranchisement unique to "previous condition of servitude" and unacknowledged second class citizenship mandated by the 1849 California Constitutional Convention....
Posted: Wed Feb 6, 2019 12:04AM
image PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018 480_camp_fire_oli_2018312_landsat_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called “an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny.”...
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2019 10:03PM
image State Senator Bill Dodd Introduces California WaterFix Oversight Bill 480_51100930_10156379645424563_114683821600800768_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Senator Bill Dodd introduced the bill at a critical time for the future of the Delta and West Coast fisheries. Following the news that the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority had selected the Jacobs company to be the engineering design manager for the Delta Tunnels, the DCA last week awarded Fugro a contract for a major geotechnical investigation to support the California WaterFix project....
Posted: Sat Feb 2, 2019 10:27AM
image Fishermen and Winnemem Wintu file lawsuit to protect San Joaquin River salmon 480_lauritzen_yacht_harbor_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association called Friday’s lawsuit, “a long overdue wake-up call that the State Water Board must now do its job to prevent the imminent extinction of this irreplaceable fishery. For decades this regulatory process has been captured by water agencies with no compunctions about hastening the end of salmon fisheries. Today salmon fishermen and fishing communities are raising their voice.”   “Unless the Board is...
Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:58PM
image Oil industry, environmental leaders mark 50th anniversary of Santa Barbara Oil Spill 480_50763273_1892992580828907_7448169191930068992_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“The 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill is a grim reminder of how far we have to go in stopping not only offshore drilling, but onshore oil and gas expansion as well,” said Tomás Morales Rebecchi, senior Central Coast organizer with Food & Water Watch. “If Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to lead opposition to the Trump administration’s plans to expand dangerous offshore drilling, he should start by ending drilling in California state waters and onshore throughout the state."...
Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:04PM
image Jacobs Selected as Engineering Design Manager for California WaterFix/Delta Tunnels 480_1-1_1.jpeg by Dan Bacher
Instead of “improving environmental conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” as Jacobs claims the Delta Tunnels will do, the California Water Fix will remove more water from the Sacramento River before it flows through the Delta Estuary in order to facilitate water exports to corporate agribusiness and Southern California water agencies, making the already perilous state of Delta smelt, winter and spring-run Chinook salmon and other fish species even worse....
Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:26PM
image Senator Feinstein Drops Support for Salmon-Killing WIIN Act Amendment (for Now) 480_dianne_feinstein__official_senate_photo_2_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
A broad coalition of Tribal leaders, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, environmental justice advocates, Delta residents, family farmers and elected officials opposed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act and its dangerous amendment....
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:27PM
image March to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. in Fresno 480_nd5_6201_1.jpg by Peter Maiden
1,500 people came out to downtown Fresno to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21....
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:50PM
image Women's March in Fresno 480_nd5_5619_1.jpg by Peter Maiden
Around 800 gathered and marched near Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno....
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:59PM
image Women's March in Fresno 2019 480_dsc_0223_1.jpg by Mike Rhodes
Here are a couple of photos and a video I took at the Women's March in Fresno. It was great to see so many people come together in support of women's rights. The rally and march were held near River Park in north Fresno. Participants were cheerful, it was a nice sunny day and I THANK THE ORGANIZERS for putting together such a nice event....
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:48PM
image Come celebrate the 170th Anniversary of the 1849 est. of Negro Bar, California 480_negro_bar_ii_1.jpg by Michael Harris
Together, we are poised for a special yearlong 170th Anniversary of Negro Bar, Sacramento County by utilizing both private and public resources to forever preserve and interpret our unique contributions to the forward flow of humanity....
Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:22AM
image Fishing Groups, Winnemem Wintu Sue Department of Water Resources to Protect Delta Flows 480_sacramento_river_below_rio_vista_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
PCFFA Executive Director Noah Oppenheim likened this evasion of environmental review to “old-style political double-speak,” adding that, “instead of restoring the Delta as scientists agree is critically overdue, the Twin Tunnels would steal its flows when fish most need protection, pushing salmon fishermen closer to the brink.”...
Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:05AM
image Public Utilities Commission Hearing for Northern California on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger 480_nd5_5573_1.jpg by Peter Maiden
The California Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing January 15 on the question of the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Tracy Rosenberg of Media Alliance was there and gave an interview....
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:05PM
image Wonderful Company citrus workers end 4-day strike after the Resnicks agree to restore pay 480_dw6zqe_vyaalgog.jpg-large_1.jpeg by Dan Bacher
“Farm workers were upset about the pay cut unilaterally imposed by the Wonderful Company farm labor contractor,” said United Farm Workers Secretary-Treasurer Armando Elenes. “Workers asked the United Farm Workers for help and after four days on strike they decided to go back to work after the company agreed to restore their previous higher pay rate. This is another example of how when farm workers organize together to defend themselves, we win.”...
Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:33PM
image Comments on Shasta Dam raise proposal due on Monday, January 14! 480_no_dam_raise_1.jpeg by Dan Bacher
The deadline for email delivery or postmark of comments against the Shasta Dam Raise is TODAY, Monday, January 14, 2019 (email by 11:59 a.m.)...
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:09AM
image Fall CDFW Fish Survey Finds Zero Delta Smelt 480_delta_smelt__2_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“Not only is the Delta smelt on the brink of extinction, but there are several species lined up behind it,” said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). “Governor Brown’s legacy is likely to be several extinctions of fish that flourished in this estuary for millennia.” ...
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:30PM
image Group submits petitions with 1 million signatures urging Brown to phase out fossil fuels 480_danzante_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In spite of receiving 1,000,000 signed petitions on November 1 and being confronted with 30,000 people marching in a climate protest in San Francisco in September, Governor Jerry Brown did not change any of his positions on fossil fuel extraction, carbon trading, the Delta Tunnels and other questionable environmental policies....
Posted: Mon Jan 7, 2019 9:41AM