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image Delta smelt numbers reach new low as Trump admin. aims to increase pumping 480_79471display_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
There “is no easy answer” why the smelt declined even in a record water year when biologists would have expected a rebound, according to Dr. Peter B Moyle, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis. “The answer is that we really don't know. The best explanation I can think of is that numbers are so low that an increase (or decrease) in the index would not be detectable with the FMT sampling,” he...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:26AM
text Protect Monterey County to Appeal Decision on Measure Z's Ban on Harmful Oil Industry Practices by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif., December 29, 2017 — Protect Monterey County and its attorneys announced that they will appeal yesterday’s Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells....
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:53PM
image 'The Twelve Days of Jerry' Christmas Song and Animation 480_twelve_days_of_jerry_project_still.jpg by Dan Bacher
As a satirical songwriter, I really appreciate a well-written and nicely-performed song. As Jerry Brown keeps promoting his pro-Big Oil and pro-Big Gas environmental policies after receiving over $9.8 million from oil and gas companies and utilities, Consumer Watchdog released an animation featuring Governor Jerry Brown and an updated "Twelve Days of Christmas" song highlighting his support for fossil fuels and dirty energy policies. If you didn't think Jerry Brown could dance, watch him joyo...
Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:31AM
image Secretary Zinke urged to recover $84.8 million misspent on Delta Tunnels 480_800_zeke_and_jared_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
To date, nobody involved in the Delta Tunnels illegal funding scheme has been reprimanded, fired or held accountable — nor have any measures been taken to recover the money ripped off from the taxpayers to support the unpopular California WaterFix....
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:12AM
document Report reveals L.A. oil cos. have used 49,000 tons of toxic chemicals since 2013 dangernextdoor.pdf_140_.jpg by Dan Bacher
David Braun of Californians Against Fracking and the Rootskeeper said, “I think it's notable that 20 million pounds of hydrochloric acid and 10 million pounds of hydrofluoric acid were used in Los Angeles County in a 3 year period in oil extraction operations.”...
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:00AM
image Why Farmers Need Direct Sales 480_cannabis-lettuce_1.jpg by Casey O’Neill
As a vegetable farmer, the scale at which I produce is not large enough to enable me to survive in the wholesale marketplace. The same is true for my cannabis crop....
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:53PM
image Under Ed Lee, San Francisco was remade into a playground for tech capitalists and real estate developers 480_lee__ed_corrupt_politician_1.jpg by repost
Ed Lee helped drive working people out of the city for billionaires and speculators while the number of homeless exploded....
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:18AM
image Delta Caucus Town Hall Challenges Financial Feasibility of Delta Tunnels 480_dodd___frazier_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Tim Neuharth, owner of Steamboat Acres Farms on the North Delta, said, “A couple of times Ms. Messer mentioned that this was all about the ecological factors in the Delta. My common sense approach to that and question as a farmer is, how do you justify that by taking more water out of the Delta?”...
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:59PM
image Bay Area Idle No More activist reflects on protesting Governor Jerry Brown's speech in Bonn 480_last_night_-_roots_keeper_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
What does Daniel Ilario think of Governor Brown? “I don’t have anything against him as a person, but in fact he is no climate hero. I’m thankful that activists in Bonn sacrificed their time and energy to secure a livable future for generations to come,” he stated. "Saving forests’ sounds great, but at the end of the day we get more pollution at home while indigenous people lose their land in the Amazon and abroad with carbon trading and carbon pricing,” he concluded. Photo: Daniel I...
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:39PM
calendar Deport ICE from Oakland: The Resolution To End Cooperation With ICE 480_deport-ice-light-brigade_1.jpg by Oakland Privacy
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, Oscar Grant Plaza 500 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA...
Event Date: Tue Dec 5, 2017 6:00PM
Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 9:03AM
text Militarism and its complicities by Steve Martinot
Though it proclaims itself against police militarization, Berkeley City Council has renewed three militarizing federal relationships: the Fusion Center (NCRIC), urban surveillence technology, and Project 1033. It apparently does not see how these projects work together, nor that they are pro-militarist. And in its conceit, it thinks it can control them each separately. That is a mistake....
Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:38PM
calendar Stop Urban Shield in SF! 480_stop-urban-shield-sf_1.jpg by SURJ - Oakland/Bay Area
SF City Hall; Polk Street Steps...
Event Date: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:54AM
calendar Tell Governor Brown To Stop The Climate Hypocrisy 480_put-you-in-the-ground_1.jpg by Climate Justice Activists
Metreon, 135 4th Street, San Francisco, Mission Street entrance...
Event Date: Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:30PM
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:33PM
text Nowhere to Go: Homeless in Sonoma County by Jenna Cooper
The homeless population in Sonoma County needs our attention. We must take action to provide adequate and effective resources for this vulnerable population....
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:17PM
image Hundreds Demand Stop The School Cuts At OUSD: OEA Teachers, Parents & Students Rally 480_oea_ousd_student_speaking_1.jpg by Labor Video Project
Hundreds of teachers, students and parents rallied to protest the multi-million dollar cuts that the Oakland Unified School District is ordering to deal with the financial crisis. At the same time they are approving more charters costing millions of dollars from public tax funds and the city is spending millions of dollars for more police and militarization of the schools in poor communities....
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:29AM
image Big Oil spent more lobbying in first 6 months of 2017 than in all of 2016 480_keep_it_in_the_ground_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and Big Oil use their money and power in 5 ways: through (1) lobbying; (2) campaign spending; (3) creating Astroturf groups: 4) working in collaboration with media; and (5) getting appointed to positions on and influencing regulatory panels, as in the case of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create so-called "marine protected areas. Photo: "Oil Money Out, People Power In" protest in front of the Democratic Party of Californ...
Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:20PM
image New Reports Expose Racial and Economic Injustice, Ineffectiveness of Pollution Trading 480_11.11.17_photo1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said, “Pollution trading schemes like cap-and-trade unjustly burden lower-income communities of color. This is a fact. So many of us are rightfully desperate for solutions to our climate crisis, but market-based policies won’t save us. The only real way to significantly reduce carbon pollution is to stop producing it. We must move off fossil fuels now.”  Photo: Governor Jerry Brown speaks at the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany on November 1...
Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:54PM
image Jerry Brown tells indigenous protesters in Bonn, 'Let's put you in the ground' 480_doyb5gowkaerqz3_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“I wanted to leave a message here, for humanity and all of planet, that the peoples need to join to defend Mother Nature, the soil, water and air because they are being threatened,” said Ninawa Nuneshuni Kui, President of the Huni Kui People of Acre, Brazil. “And humanity needs Nature to survive. So I want to say that Nature and the air are not a means of commerce for anyone and it’s every human’s right to live in peace. Jerry Brown’s ‘American Pledge’ will lead to the displacement of my peop...
Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:50PM
image The environmental injustice and dirty oil behind California's 'green’ facade 480_californiacrude800_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Governor Jerry Brown may be pulling “people together” and getting people to “wake up,” but not in the way that he intended, as increasing numbers of Californians mobilize against the Governor’s steadfast support of fracking and drilling dirty oil, a Big Oil-written cap-and-trade program and permits to pollute groundwater with oil wastewater in Kern County, as well as his environmentally unjust Delta Tunnels project....
Posted: Thu Nov 9, 2017 4:41PM
image How Many Homeless Shelter Beds are there in Fresno ... and why it matters 480_mn_home_1.jpg by Mike Rhodes
The City of Fresno recently passed a Homeless No Camping ordinance. You can read about one action in resistance to that law here. This article explores the issue of shelter beds in Fresno. Photo below: This was a City of Fresno worker destroying a structure in a homeless encampment in 2011. Homeless advocates believe that instead of destroying homeless people’s modest homes, the City of Fresno should be helping them....
Posted: Thu Nov 9, 2017 10:08AM