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Tue Mar 18 2014 (Updated 03/20/14)Whales and Sea Turtles Win One: No Driftnet Expansion in California
Tue Mar 18 2014 (Updated 03/20/14)Proposal to Allow High Bycatch Driftnets into Protected Sea Turtle Habitat Denied
In a victory for ocean wildlife, federal fishery managers in Sacramento on March 13 decided not to expand driftnet fishing into protected sea turtle habitat along the California coast because it would significantly raise the risk of capture and drowning of endangered whales, sea turtles and dolphins. But the Pacific Fishery Management Council failed to take direct action to remove driftnets from the California coast, though the gear is banned in Oregon and Washington.
Mon Mar 17 2014 (Updated 04/24/14)The Ghosts Of March 21
Mon Mar 17 2014 (Updated 04/24/14)Documentary About Lovelle Mixon Challenges Mainstream Narrative
The new documentary "The Ghosts Of March 21" focuses on March 21, 2009, when a shoot-out between Lovelle Mixon and members of the Oakland Police Department resulted in the death of Mixon and four police officers. The documentary examines the encounter’s underlying contradictions and challenges the mainstream narrative of the confrontation. The film opened in Oakland and Berkeley on March 20 and 21, San Francisco on March 22, and Santa Rosa on March 23.
Tue Mar 11 2014 (Updated 03/12/14)A Nine Week Novenario for Andy Lopez
Tue Mar 11 2014 (Updated 03/12/14)Traditional Nine Days of Prayer Transformed into Nine Weeks for Andy Lopez
A nine week official mourning for 13-year-old Andy Lopez has begun in the Moorland Area of Santa Rosa where Andy was shot seven times and killed by Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22, 2013. Traditionally, a Novenario is nine days of prayer after a death. Attributed to the Catholic religion, these prayers assist the deceased in getting to Heaven, and it is the family’s way of getting some form of closure and peace over their loss.
Wed Mar 5 2014 (Updated 03/09/14)Farmers Target Four Sprouts Locations to Save Gill Tract Farm
Wed Mar 5 2014 (Updated 03/09/14)"Boycott Sprouts" Actions Across Bay Area Before Albany City Council Vote
On March 1, urban farmers demonstrated at Sprouts grocery chain locations in Petaluma, Fremont, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View. The farmers oppose plans to develop the Gill Tract. Boycott Sprouts is asking shoppers to patronize other stores until Sprouts backs away from the development deal. On March 5, the Albany City Council approved paving six acres of the Gill Tract. In response to the council's vote, Occupy the Farm has called for a rally on March 12.
Thu Feb 6 2014 (Updated 02/07/14)Settlement of False Advertising Lawsuit Against Petaluma Egg Producer
Thu Feb 6 2014 (Updated 02/07/14)Lawsuit Alleged Packaging of Judy's Eggs Misled Consumers to Believe Hens Outdoors
The Animal Legal Defense Fund announced the settlement of a false-advertising lawsuit against defendant Steven Mahrt, doing business as Petaluma Farms and owner of Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs (“Judy’s Eggs”). The lawsuit alleges that imagery and statements used on Judy’s Eggs packaging led consumers to mistakenly believe the eggs came from hens with significant outdoor access. The lawsuit also alleges that consumers bought Judy’s Eggs because of these representations.
Santa Cruz deputy harbormaster Timothy James Anderson is scheduled to be back in court in Napa County on March 4 to face battery charges stemming from an incident that occurred on August 13, 2013 near Lake Berryessa. Anderson and his friend Steven Belmont were arrested in Napa County after the incident, and Belmont has been ordered to stand trial on attempted murder charges for allegedly attacking Berryessa resident Roy Powell with a pitch fork.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition on January 16 with the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect more critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident population of orcas. If successful the proposal would extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. After several drastic declines, only 81 killer whales remain in the Southern Resident population.