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image Jury finds pipeline company guilty in Refugio Oil Spill off the Santa Barbara Coast 480_refugio_oil_spill_in_santa_barbara_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
On May 19, 2015, the highly-pressurized pipeline operated by Plains to transport crude oil ruptured on shore just north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, bringing back memories of the disastrous Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 1969 that helped spark the modern environmental movement....
Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:00AM
image Trump Administration Urged Not to Reopen California Public Lands to Drilling, Fracking 480_sanjoaquinkitfox_usfws_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. September 7, 2018 — Seventy-two environmental, public-health and community groups sent a letter today to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing the Trump administration’s plans to reopen more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking....
Posted: Fri Sep 7, 2018 2:04PM
image Local climate activists to protest tar sands refining without proper review 480_img_3660-3_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
While California is often lauded as a “climate leader” and Governor Jerry Brown is praised as a “climate hero” in national and international media, the reality is much different, as we can see in the  widening gap between lofty California climate goals and the reality on the ground in the Bay Area and other refining centers in the state. Photo: Environmental justice advocates show in force at a BAAQMD meeting to protest the expansion of Tar Sands refining in the Bay Area. Photo by Peg Hunt...
Posted: Tue Sep 4, 2018 11:37PM
text Labor Day 2018: Election News by Save Affordable Rental Housing
The November 6, 2018 election will be a watershed election when we can and must stop the destruction of affordable housing in California with Proposition 10 and in San Francisco with Proposition C. Vote by mail starts October 9, 2018, and anyone can vote by mail. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so now online at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/ If you have moved, you must re-register....
Posted: Mon Sep 3, 2018 11:54AM
calendar Protest Bank of Montreal's Support for Coal by Margaret Rossoff for No Coal in Oakland
Outside Marriott Marquis Hotel, 780 Mission Street (at 4th), San Francisco...
Event Date: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 3, 2018 11:29AM
image Bills to stop new federal offshore drilling approved, but offshore drilling expands in CA 480_dlqtrjfv4aab2s8_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
As Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, said in the Nation magazine on August 29, 2018, “Brown’s administration has approved about 20,000 of them (total oil and gas wells). Offshore, where he has refused to close down existing leases, Sacramento has permitted four times more wells than the federal government has allowed in the deeper waters it controls.”...
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:20PM
text California’s Rep. Huffman Joins Anti-Public Lands Zealot to Evict Elk From Point Reyes by Center for Biological Diversity
Legislation Enshrines Private Cattle Ranching in National Seashore...
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:25AM
text California Lawmakers Act to Protect Whales, Turtles From Entanglement by Center for Biological Diversity
Approved Bill Requires Stronger Rules for Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery...
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:19AM
image Environmental Leaders Endorse Leif Dautch for San Francisco District Attorney 480_leif_dautch_1_1_1.jpg by Dautch for DA
Environmental leaders from San Francisco and across California are rallying behind Leif Dautch's insurgent campaign to be the next District Attorney of San Francisco....
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:01AM
image Large turnout for San Quentin action in support of National Prison Strike 480_sanquentin-prisonstrike-crowd_1.jpg by Jon Britton, Liberation News
A diverse crowd of around 500 mostly young activists turned out for a rally Aug. 25 at San Quentin Prison in Marin County, California....
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:21PM
image Big Ag billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick donate $100,000 to Yes on Prop. 3 480_stewart-and-lynda-resnick-4-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The Resnicks and Jerry Meral are leading advocates for the construction of the Delta Tunnels, a massive public works project that opponents say will destroy the Delta ecosystem and West Coast fisheries. Meral, in a moment of candor, infamously said in 2013, “The Delta cannot be saved.”...
Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:40PM
image Brown's Last Chance activists arrested at State Capitol - photo essay 480_10._arm_in_arm_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
17-year-old Nalleli Cobo, a Los Angeles resident who was sickened by toxic emissions from the oil drilling site, AllenCo., near her home, said the Governor has it in his power to issue an executive order to protect communities from oil extraction that state scientists identified as being toxic in 2015....
Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:50AM
image Fishermen, tribal members and conservationists push for increased flows on San Joaquin River 480_morning_star_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We must restore our rivers if we are going to have clean water and fish into the future,” said Morning Star Gali, Tribal Organizer for Save California Salmon and Pit River tribal member. “Large fires and lack of water supply are caused by climate change and wasteful water use practices, not environmental laws. Appropriate flows are needed for the health of our sacred rivers, to restore the health of our communities, and to protect the quality of California's water supply.”...
Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:08PM
image Healthy Retail SF to Celebrate 10th Store Opening 480_ribboncutting2_1.jpg by Denise Lamott
Healthy Retail SF to Celebrate 10th Store Opening Bayview’s Sav-Mor Mart re-opens in new location with fresh produce, more healthful products & more...
Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:04PM
image Secretary Zinke issues memo to maximize federal water deliveries at expense of fish 480_dlftqx4uwaesmat-1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"The Trump administration is instructing the former lobbyist (David Bernhardt) for the almond growers in the western San Joaquin Valley to seize what's left of California's water and direct it to a small number of agricultural operations contolled by loyalists,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). “Clearly this is an effort to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of California. This points to the need for the California legislature to quickly ad...
Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:26PM
image Most of 21,000 oil wells approved under Jerry Brown are in low income areas, communities of color 480_jerry-brown-wells-1-curt-bradley_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"I wonder if Jerry Brown would continue to shield the fossil fuel industry if his family was forced to breathe the same air we do,” said Francisco Gonzalez, a Kern County resident. “I hope he will consider communities like mine and put an end to the drilling free-for-all. It's too late for me, but all the kids deserve better.”...
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:00PM
image Mike Rhodes recognized by Fresno City Council 480_nd5_9423_1.jpg by Peter Maiden
Mike Rhodes, former Indybay Central Valley page co-ordinator, was recognized by the Fresno City Council, who made August 16 "Mike Rhodes Day."...
Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:55PM
image Legislative Budget Committee Postpones Committee Hearing on Funding for Delta Tunnels 480_drift_boat_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The 35 mile long Delta Tunnels would devastate West Coast salmon and other fish populations by diverting Sacramento River water before it reaches the estuary, as well as imperil the salmon and steelhead on the Trinity River, the major tributary of the Klamath River, that is diverted via a tunnel through the Trinity Mountains into the Sacramento River watershed at Whiskeytown Reservoir....
Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:41PM
image Six youths demanding a fossil fuel freeze arrested in sit in at Governor's Office 480_sitting_in_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
”All of these oil and gas projects need water,” said Niria Alicia. “The intensive extraction of fossil fuel threatens our rivers and theatens the salmon and other fish that live in them. The same water is used to frack in the backyards of indigenous migrant farmworkers. We need to keep the water in our rivers and the oil in the ground, if we are to have the chance at a future.”...
Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:56PM
image Salmon Fishermen Respond to Commerce Secretary's Puzzling Directive on Water for Fires 480_wilbur_ross_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"We all agree public safety is the first priority," said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). "We disagree with Secretary Ross that the federal government should hijack California’s wildfires to impose weaker protections for our fish and wildlife."...
Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:10AM