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The Fix Is In: Brown administration approves environmental documents for Delta Tunnels
Adam Scow, California Director of Food & Water Watch, said the certification “is very troubling, though hardly surprising, for Governor Brown to approve of building massive new tunnels that won’t fix any of California’s water problems.” “This project would waste $25 to $67 billion, with interest, of taxpayer money and devastate the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. It would unfairly burden Southern Californians with higher water bills at a time when we must repair the aging and crumbling pipes ...
Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:32PM
Campaign to defund OPD challenges Oakland City Council
Allied campaigns for a “People’s Budget,” led by the Defund OPD (Oakland Police Department) and Refund Oakland coalitions, forced the Oakland City Council’s “Conservative Caucus” to ram through their budget on June 29, using a legally questionable parliamentary maneuver. The council was up against a June 30 state deadline to pass a two-year budget....
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:51PM
Protesters Shut Down Oakland City Council Meeting, Call for Budget That Responds to Oakland's Needs
In an act of civil disobedience, Oakland residents, city workers and community shut down the City Council budget meeting on June 26, preventing the council from approving the city’s 2017-2019 budget....
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:47PM
Democrat Pelosi Calls Abortion A Fading Issue
San Francisco millionaire Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi told the Washington Post in May 2017 that she thinks abortion is a fading issue and should not be a litmus test issue for the Democratic Party. This angered enough women and abortion providers to set up a website with a letter to Nancy Pelosi from abortion recipients and their supporters to change her tune at https://letter.abortionfunds.org/ and to publish this letter as a full page ad in the July 12, 2017 San Francisco Examiner....
Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:51PM
Berkeley: Trump Supporters Kicked Out of Town by Community
Far-right Trump supporters attempted to antagonize and incite Berkeley residents. After confrontations with locals, they ended up calling the cops and fleeing the city with police protection....
Posted: Sun Jul 9, 2017 11:49AM
Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit As He Promotes Fracking, Delta Tunnels
The New York Times didn’t mention that “America's de facto leader on climate change” received $9.8 million from oil, gas and utility companies, often within days of winning big favors, since he ran for Governor, according to a report released by the the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog last August: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/dirtyhands Photo: Governor Brown and President Xi of the People's Republic of China meet on Day 3, June 6, of Brown's trip to China. Photo courtesy of Govern...
Posted: Sat Jul 8, 2017 11:56AM
Bathrooms....in Santa Cruz??!!
Today's Sunday Sentinel featured Jessica York's story around Santa Cruz, the Town Without Crappers. A front-page above-the-fold story, no less. It can be found at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20170701/santa-cruz-seeks-public-bathroom-solutions-while-its-homeless-population-crosses-its-legs but since such stories disappear or become accessible only to those who pay for on-line privileges, I'm repeating it below along with my commentary....
Posted: Sun Jul 2, 2017 1:14PM
170th Liberian Independence Day Celebration ~ Historic Stockton Waterfront District
At the dawn of the US Civil War in 1862, the United States of America officially recognized the Republic of Liberia. Today, a California ~ Liberian Family Reunion builds on an amazing historical legacy and provides a firm foundation towards unlimited future opportunity of collaborative partnership. From an amazing June 19, 2017 small luncheon gathering of like minds, good fruit is assured for a strong California ~ Liberian Family Reunion, in the Stockton Historic Waterfront District....
Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:28PM
Fishing and Conservation Groups Sue to Block Delta Tunnels Project
“This version of the tunnels will wipe out California’s salmon fishery and the families and communities that rely on salmon,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. “The problem is the state basically allowed the water users to design the tunnels and they’re so huge that the federal fish and wildlife agencies are basically throwing up their hands. It’s like they let the fox design the hen house so of course he made it easy to rob.”...
Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:04PM
The links between Delta Tunnels and faux "marine protected areas" are deep & alarming
If you haven't read this article already, I urge you to do so. It is one of the most important pieces on water, the Delta and coastal protection that you will ever read. Everybody who cares about stopping the Delta Tunnels and restoring our salmon and other fish populations MUST read this article and share it with others. You will rarely find deep investigative journalism like this in the mainstream media or most "alternative" media. The deep relationship between the MLPA Initiative and ...
Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:47AM
Legislature Advances Bill To Stop Secret Surveillance In California
Senator Jerry Hill, author of a statewide surveillance equipment transparency initiative said, “the bill creates public disclosure and legislative oversight and changes a status quo where law enforcement agencies deploy multiple kinds of tracking equipment and technologies with no public review at all.”...
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:41PM
Oakland Calls for Trump Impeachment
The City Councils in Santa Cruz and Oakland City both considered an IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION on June 27, 2017. Both Councils voted to approve and the Resolutions will therefore be forwarded to Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13). Santa Cruz will also forward their Resolution to CA state legislators: Bill Monning and Mark Stone....
Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:30PM
Cal Democrats Betray Single Payer Healthcare
Jim Kavanaugh, in a 6/27/17 Counterpunch article, was precisely on target in his description of the California Democratic Party's betrayal of the single payer, Medicare for All Movement, in shelving SB 562, in his article "California Scheming: Democrats Betray Single-Payer Again." This of course proves the point that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. While we will certainly keep on fighting for Medicare for All, it will have to be on the November 2018 ballot, removed from the ...
Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:43PM
Withdraw the nomination of Sarah Chavez-Yoell to the OPD Commission's selection committee
The Anti-Police Terror Project & The Oakland Justice Coalition are petitioning Oakland City Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney: "We demand REAL community oversight of the Oakland police department."...
Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:32PM
Police violently beat and arrest community members at Berkeley City Council meeting
On Tuesday, June 20, Berkeley police officers violently cracked down on community members opposed to Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield at special hearing of the city council. Two people were arrested, and multiple people were injured, with an elderly Berkeley resident bleeding from the head after being struck by a police officer. The two arrestees have been cited and released....
Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:12PM
Dump Nunes! (video/mp4 368.7mb)
This is a 10:30 minute video showing some of the candidates who are running against Devin Nunes in the 22nd Congressional District. The event was held at The Grange Meeting House in Visalia on Friday, June 16th, 2017....
Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:35PM
Was CA Dem Party Chair Chosen by Tweet? Kimberly Ellis demands Audit
This Open Letter to California Democratic Party members describes the truly bizarre irregularities that took place as part of the recent election for Chair of the California Democratic Party, leading to the call for an independent audit....
Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:36PM
New Restrictions on City Hall Access Must Be Reviewed by Council
Moratorium Pending Review is Appropriate Under the Circumstances...
Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:42AM
Group Files Lawsuit Against DWR Over Oroville Dam Asbestos Records
“DWR’s culture is bound by secrecy to protect its image and its very slanted focus, which is to maximize water exports to its contractors,” stated AquAlliance Executive Director Barbara Vlamis. “AquAlliance strongly believes that the public’s right to know is essential in a democracy and legally enforceable, something we are happy to take on.” Photo: Water releases from Lake Oroville going over the badly damaged spillway into the Feather River. Photo courtesy of California Department of...
Posted: Thu Jun 8, 2017 12:30PM
Unity Rally - Stand Against Hate
Stevens Creek Blvd. & Santana Row, San Jose...
Event Date: Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:00AM
Posted: Wed Jun 7, 2017 6:28PM