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50 Percent of California’s New Oil Wastewater Wells Near Earthquake Faults

More than half of the new oil-industry wastewater-injection wells approved by California regulators in the past year are within 5 miles of a fault, increasing manmade earthquake risk, according to a new analysis of state records and mapping by the Center for Biological Diversity (see interactive map of wells and faults).

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Lawsuit Against City of Livingston for Violating the CA Public Records Act

Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the City of Livingston for violating the California Public Records Act by unlawfully withholding records about water usage at a Foster Farms slaughterhouse and processing plant.

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California school bans lesbian prom queens because it’s ‘not fair to the boy gender’
Full story: Raw Story

Jean-Michel Cousteau Calls for Captive Orcas to be Retired to Seaside Sanctuaries

Jean-Michel calls for captive orcas to be retired to seaside sanctuaries under continued human supervision and care so that these intelligent, sophisticated animals may live out their lives in their enriching ocean home. These seaside sanctuaries or enclosures, would allow orcas to live out their days experiencing the rhythmic ebbs and flows of the sea, swim in larger enclosures than those offered at SeaWorld, and have the opportunity to experience an ocean life they deserve while being monitored and cared for by trained professionals.

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Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity

Forest scientists have found an unexpected ‘silver lining’ to the insect outbreaks that have ravaged millions of trees across western North America.

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Hundreds of protesters take to the streets after tense Trump rally in California
Full story: Raw Story

AG Kamala D. Harris Issues Bulletin to California Law Enforcement Agencies Detailing Eviction Protections for Californians

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies to reinforce integral eviction procedures under the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. Under current California law, occupants of a foreclosed property who are not named in eviction documents - such as tenants - can present a "Claim of Right to Possession" form to temporarily stop the eviction process up to and including when the Sheriff comes to remove them from the property.

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ACLU Files Official Request for Investigation Over Racial Discrimination in Refusal of Service in Fresno

The ACLU of Northern California today filed a request for investigation with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), urging it to open a probe into a Fresno bar for civil rights violations. DFEH is the agency charged with enforcing California's civil rights laws.

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California Medical Association joins lawsuit against Dignity Health over patients’ access to tubal ligations

The California Medical Association (CMA) announced today that it has filed a motion to intervene in Chamorro v. Dignity Health, a case involving a Redding, Calif., woman who was denied a tubal ligation agreed upon by her and her physician at Mercy Medical Center Redding, a Dignity Health hospital.

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Bill would allow landlords to prohibit smoking marijuana

Today, Assemblyman Jim Wood presented a bill that would ensure landlords have the authority to prohibit tenants from smoking medical cannabis in a rented residence. AB2300 passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously 10-0 today.

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2016 Salmon Seasons Set for Ocean and Inland Waters

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted recreational ocean and inland salmon season regulations as presented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on April 18. Ocean salmon season dates and management measures are set to coincide with the alternatives adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council for federal waters off the California coast. Inland river seasons adopted by the Commission are identical to the 2015 seasons with the exception of a reduction in the allowable harvest of Klamath Basin Chinook salmon.

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Sacramento County Finalizes Approval of Plastic Bag Ban

Sacramento County’s Board of Supervisors finalized a vote today approving a ban on single-use plastic bags, becoming the 148th jurisdiction in the state to adopt a ban.

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Sanchez Dead Wrong on Gun Industry Protections, Says Brady Campaign

Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) recently tried to defend her 2005 vote for special gun industry protections in an op-ed that miscasts the legislation that continues to protect unlawful commerce and robs gun violence victims of their right to a day in court.

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California’s Recreational Boaters Encouraged to Practice Clean Boating Habits All Year-Long

California’s Boating Clean and Green Program would like to offer boaters Earth-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day — and every day. Practice these habits to protect the environment throughout the year and California will have healthy waterways all year long!

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The Checkered past of Cemex: Company that wants to mine in SCV has numerous EPA violations at its facilities
Full story: Signal SVC

Conservation Groups Sue EPA over SF Bay-Delta Water Quality and Salmon

Conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today – on Earth Day – for failing to protect water quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta under the Clean Water Act. This failure could result in several native fish species going extinct, toxic algal blooms becoming more common, and the loss of thousands of fishing jobs in California and across the West Coast that depend on healthy Central Valley salmon runs.

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Conspiracists See UN ‘Agenda 21’ Plot Afoot in Plan to Remove Klamath River Dam

When an agreement to finally remove four dams on the Klamath River in Oregon was announced earlier this month, it was largely greeted with broad approval in both Oregon and northern California, where citizens had been frustrated by the refusal of Congress to fund the removals as part of a Klamath Basin water accord that had been negotiated previously.

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Santa Clara Valley Water District to Add Charge for Delta Tunnels

Attendees at a recent public meeting in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will be soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels.

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Mendocino County to Perform Environmental Study on Lethal Animal Program

In a major victory for opponents of animal cruelty, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has agreed to perform a full environmental impact report under the California Environmental Quality Act and immediately suspend its contract with a controversial wildlife-killing agency. The agreement settles a lawsuit brought by a coalition of environmental and animal protection groups against Mendocino County.

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Preparations for a US west coast tsunami look to the past and future

After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and devastating tsunami in Japan, states such as California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska are looking to both the past and the future to prepare for a tsunami on the U.S. Pacific coastline.

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FFRF sues over cross in California public park

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with local member Andrew DeFaria, is suing the city of Santa Clara, Calif., to remove a gigantic cross from a local public park.

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United States Attorney Wagner announces his resignation

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner has announced his resignation effective midnight on April 30, 2016. Wagner has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California for six and a half years, and he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Supervisory AUSA for over 17 years before that.

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AG Kamala Harris Sponsors Legislation to Expand Principled Policing Training for Law Enforcement

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Assemblymembers Reggie Jones- Sawyer and Rob Bonta have introduced legislation to expand Principled Policing training to law enforcement agencies across the state to address issues of implicit bias and community trust.

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UC Merced Becomes Drone Use Policy Hub

The drone research lab at the University of California, Merced, has catapulted the campus to the leading edge of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) field, and now the campus has been chosen as the new hub for UC systemwide policies, procedures and training protocols.

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Op-ed: Cate Kortzeborn | Welcome to Medicare

Have you recently enrolled in Medicare, or will you in the near future?

If so, let me be the first to say, welcome! What should your first step be as a new Medicare beneficiary? I recommend taking advantage of the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive-care benefit.

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Huffman, California Legislators Launch Investigation into Westlands Water District

In light of the nearly unprecedented penalties paid by the powerful Westlands Water District to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges for misleading investors, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today launched an investigation with several of his congressional colleagues into a major settlement agreement between Westlands and the federal government. The settlement agreement, currently pending in Congress, would forgive hundreds of millions of dollars owed by Westlands yet lacks key safeguards and assurances that the water district will hold up its side of the bargain.

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Video? What Video? UC Davis Attempts to Censor the Internet. And Finds It Does Not Work (VIDEO)

UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.

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Op-Ed: Rainey Reitman: Victory: California Smartphone Anti-Encryption Bill Dies in Committee

The California Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection has scuttled A.B. 1681, the anti-smartphone encryption bill that EFF has been fighting for the last few months. The bill was unable to get a second in committee, so it died without a formal vote.

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Field Poll: On Tax Day, twice as many Republicans as Democrats complain that their income taxes are too high

As California voters face today's April 15 deadline to file their federal and state income taxes, a 54% majority feel the amount they have to pay is too high. However, this sentiment is much more commonly expressed by Republicans than Democrats, with fully eight in ten Republicans (80%) saying this compared to 42% of the state's Democrats.

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California Police Transparency Bill Passes First Legislative Hurdle

With a 5-1 vote in the Senate’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, Senator Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1286 will advance in the California Legislature. The bill gives the public access to crucial information about how police departments handle the most serious uses of force and confirmed instances of officer misconduct.

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