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Karuk Tribe Applauds BOR water releases on Trinity River

The Karuk Tribal Council is extremely thrilled to announce the Bureau of Reclamation has announced they will be releasing additional water from the Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the Lower Klamath River. Flows will be released beginning on Saturday morning at 7 a.m., causing a flow rate of approximately 2,500 cfs in the lower Klamath.

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Fast-Food Workers: CA Senate Vote Protecting Franchisees a 'Critical Step' Toward Greater Fairness, Accountability

Following passage last week by the California Assembly, the Senate Thursday approved SB 610, legislation that expands the rights of franchisees statewide and brings greater balance to the franchisor-franchisee relationship.

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California Sportfishing Protection Alliance Wins Major Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against Water Board

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) prevailed in a lawsuit against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) regarding the wastewater discharge permit for the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (Treatment Plant). Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled, on 18 August 2014, that the Regional Board's permit violated explicit federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements in developing effluent limits for hardness dependent metals, in failing to impose a weekly effluent limitation for aluminum and improperly granting the Facility an exception to the Thermal Plan. A writ of mandate will be issued directing the Regional Board to comply with applicable requirements and return to court within 60 days, setting forth what it has done to comply with the writ. The court will retain jurisdiction to ensure compliance.

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Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains

Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt, which is contributing to sea level rise. But imagine that the same amount of water melting from Greenland each year is being lost in California and the rest of the West because of the epic drought there.

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Lyme disease risk is year-round in Northwest California, according to new study

Bay Area Lyme Foundation, which aims to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, applauds new research published in an upcoming issue of the Elsevier peer review journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. The findings show that ticks that carry Lyme disease in Northwest California are active throughout the year, making the threat of Lyme disease year-round. The research was conducted by researchers at California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Vector-borne Disease Section and University of California, Berkeley (UC-B).

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Ebola Test Results on Sacramento Patient Negative

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tested the sample from the patient under investigation who is hospitalized in Sacramento and reports the test results are negative for Ebola. CDPH has been working in cooperation with the Sacramento County Public Health and the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center to ensure appropriate CDC protocols were followed in the investigation, testing, diagnosis and treatment of the patient.

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Governor Brown, Attorney General Harris and Legislative Leaders Announce Unaccompanied Minor Legislation

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus today announced legislation to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

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California Water Use Estimates for 2010 Released

About 38 billion gallons per day (42,000,000 acre-feet per year) of water were withdrawn from groundwater and surface-water sources in California in 2010, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey dataset, which is now available online. To put the quantity in perspective, this daily amount is equivalent to draining Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir, at full capacity about once every 40 days. The site shows water-use estimates based on source type (surface water vs. groundwater, and fresh vs. saline water) and withdrawal category, including irrigation, public supply, and thermoelectric. Estimates are provided for individual counties and for the entire state.

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Turlock Egg Producer Permanently Removed From Industry in Settlement Re: Abandonment of 50,000 Hens

Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is announcing a settlement on behalf of plaintiffs Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in the animal groups' lawsuit against egg industry defendants Andy Cheung and Lien Diep. The defendants abandoned 50,000 hens without food at a facility near Turlock, which led to the largest farmed animal rescue in California history. The settlement permanently prohibits Cheung, who managed the facility, from working directly with animals again—and places similar restrictions on Diep.

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Controller Releases Payroll Audits For Two State Agencies

State Controller John Chiang today released the results of his audits of the payroll processes and practices of California State Prison – Sacramento (CSP-Sacramento) and the California Department of State Hospitals - Patton (DSH – Patton). Both audits found payroll management practices at the two agencies to lack fundamental internal controls which resulted in improper employee compensation. The audits covered a three-year period, from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2013.

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues Statement on 2014 ACT® Report

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement upon the release by ACT of its annual report, "The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014."

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Bill to prevent sterilization abuse of female inmates heads to governor

Legislation aimed at preventing surgical sterilization abuses in California jails and prisons received broad support from the state Legislature this week and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's office for approval.

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Researcher Compares Garbage Patch In Pacific Ocean To Floating 'Landfill' (VIDEO)
Full story: CBS LA

The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison
Full story: Smithsonian Magazine

L.A. schools program aims to keep kids out of courts

The nation's second-largest school district — Los Angeles Unified — is unveiling a sweeping new agreement today to curb police involvement in minor school discipline and campus problems.

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California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has

California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported.

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Governor Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Fire Agencies Battling Way Fire

Scorching temperatures and extreme drought conditions have California firefighters battling the Way Fire in Kern County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting cost reimbursement for those local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire.

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Corps begins real estate actions for Isabella Lake Dam project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has begun to acquire land and relocate residents at two of 12 properties that will be impacted by construction of the Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Project. As part of the analysis of the project's potential effects on the properties, the Corps released a finding of no significant impact and supplemental environmental assessment for public review.

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Governor Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Fire Agencies Battling Junction Fire

High temperatures and extreme drought conditions have California firefighters battling the Junction Fire in Madera County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting cost reimbursement for those local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire.

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California Water Impact Network Opposes Wasteful Water Bond

Proposition 1, the water bond approved by the California legislature for the November 2014 ballot, would waste an extravagant amount of taxpayer money just when the state is recovering from the Great Recession. Further, the bond would do little to alleviate California's chronic water problems, and would cause irreparable environmental harm.

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Complaint Filed Against DWR, USBR for Illegal Diversion of Water

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has filed a formal complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) have been illegal diverting and exporting water for which they have no legal water right to divert and export. Additionally, the complaint alleges that USBR has been illegally diverting San Joaquin River riparian flow at its Friant Project. CSPA asked the Water Board to investigate and curtail these illegal diversions. CSPA also formally petitioned the Water Board to initiate a legal adjudication of the Central Valley's oversubscribed waters.

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Charges for blood tests vary across California hospitals -- from $10 to $10,169 for the identical test

New UC San Francisco research shows significant price differences for ten common blood tests in California hospitals, with some patients charged as little as $10 for one test while others were charged $10,169 for the identical test.

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p-Ed: Ruth Dawson: Even in California: A Sneaky Threat to Reproductive Health

Running a hospital may not immediately spring to mind as a reproductive justice issue. But hospital decisions about what care to provide and how to provide it have huge implications for the health of the communities they serve. When hospitals are bound by religious rules instead of medical principles, it is a serious reproductive justice issue.

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DWR and U.S. BOR: Delta farmers may be taking water meant for other regions
Full story: Sacramento Bee

On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency
Full story: LA Times

Paparazzi Drones: Arrest Will Lead To New Legislation Against Unmanned, Flying Cameras
Full story: Inquisitr

Six Rivers NF: Panther Flat campground water shortage

Panther Flat Campground on the Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area of the Six Rivers National Forest had to shut down water systems yesterday due to extraordinarily low water levels in the well that supplies the facility.

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Cuyama Valley Groundwater Withdrawals Are Double The Long-Term Replenishment

Groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use in California's Cuyama Valley, located primarily in Santa Barbara County. In most areas, groundwater is being depleted faster than it naturally recharges. A new water availability report from the U.S. Geological Survey investigates groundwater conditions in the Cuyama Valley.

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Op-Ed: Adam Scow: CA Water Bond Won't Create New Water

Food & Water Watch is disappointed with the $7.5 billion water bond passed by the State Legislature and Governor Brown, now slated for the November ballot. While this bond will not solve California's water problems, it will stick taxpayers with serious debt. The bond prioritizes $2.7 billion of taxpayer dollars on wasteful dam projects: spending money to pour more concrete won't create a drop of new water or increase water use efficiency. An investment in dams is an investment in private interests, not in the public interest.

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State and Federal Wildlife Managers Preparing Habitat for Migrating Birds

Each year millions of birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway relying on a diverse string of habitats that stretch from Alaska and Canada to Central and South America. While the wetlands of the Central Valley provide less than 5 percent of the habitat historically available, they are critical as a feeding area during the migration and wintering of these birds. In following its mission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has responsibility to provide habitat for these migrating birds.

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