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On June 30, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for review filed by the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, a private business that has been operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The company sued the Interior Department in December of 2012 after former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to let their 40-year lease to expire on its own terms. This decision affirms the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's denial of the Company's preliminary injunction lawsuit. Environmental groups now hope the Department of the Interior will set in motion a timeline for the company to remove its oyster operation from Drakes Estero.
Thu Jun 26 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Andy Lopez Life Celebration March for Peace and Safety for All Children
Thu Jun 26 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Youth Provide Core Support in Organizing for Justice for Andy Lopez
An energetic life celebration and march through Santa Rosa was held on June 7 for Andy Lopez, who would have celebrated his 14th birthday earlier in the week if he had not been shot and killed by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22. Young people were abundant at the birthday celebration. Some who appeared to be not much more than elementary school age could be seen helping organize the proceedings, with many guardians simply watching and playing more of a background role.
Sun Apr 27 2014 (Updated 05/04/14)Andy’s Youth Suspended from School Over Six-Month Anniversary Protest
Sun Apr 27 2014 (Updated 05/04/14)At Least Two Dozen Middle School Students Suspended for Demanding Justice for Andy Lopez
On the morning of April 22, dozens of Andy’s Youth gathered in front of Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the murder of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus. The students held up signs in front of the school demanding that Gelhaus be indicted and that the Cook Principal and teachers cease making demeaning and disparaging comments about Andy.
Sun Apr 13 2014 (Updated 04/15/14)California Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Salmon in Marin
Sun Apr 13 2014 (Updated 04/15/14)Failing to Mitigate Impacts of Future Development, Marin Countywide Plan Ruled Unlawful
In March, Turtle Island Restoration Network ‘s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) won a legal battle with the County of Marin to protect the last population of wild California coho coastal salmon. A California appeals court affirmed SPAWN's position that the Marin countywide plan was unlawful because the county failed to analyze cumulative impacts and provided spurious mitigation for destruction of salmon habitat.
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.