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Californians Against Fracking Demand Candidates Tell Voters Their Climate Change Leadership Strategies

As California Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari prepare for the Sept. 4 debate, Californians Against Fracking issued a statement today calling on both candidates to explain how they will lead on climate change to protect the California's residents and the environment in the years and decades to come.

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Higher Flows on Pit River Over Two Weekends

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide high, whitewater flows in the Pit 5 Reach of the Pit River in eastern Shasta County over two weekends, the company announced today.

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Reducing Water Scarcity Possible by 2050

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.

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Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake

Sentinel-1A has added yet another string to its bow. Radar images from this fledgling satellite have been used to map the rupture caused by the biggest earthquake that has shaken northern California in 25 years.

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National Park Service should have separate account to fight wildfires
Full story: Sacramento Bee


Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs
Full story: NY Times


This Labor Day, California Is Still Seeking Broad Economic Growth That Reaches Workers Across the Earnings Spectrum

Although California's job market has continued to improve during the past year, the current economic expansion has not been strong enough to begin reversing decades of wage stagnation and diminished economic opportunity for many California workers, according to a new report from the California Budget Project (CBP), a nonpartisan policy research organization.

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Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water
Full story: NY Times


California Legislature Passes Seafood Labeling Bill with Bi-Partisan Support

Late last night the California Senate passed seafood labeling legislation (SB 1138) in a vote of 25-10, directly following passage off the Assembly floor in a vote of 57-15. SB 1138, authored by Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), will begin to tackle the complex problem of seafood fraud in the Golden State by requiring that all fish and shellfish be accurately labeled by the common name. Additionally, the legislation requires wholesalers and processors to label whether a species was wild-caught or farm-raised, and if it was domestically caught or imported. Oceana appreciates the steadfast and dedicated leadership of Senator Padilla to tackle seafood mislabeling in the state and applauds the California legislature for their overwhelming support. SB 1138 is now on its way to Governor Brown's desk for his consideration to sign into law.

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California Assembly Passes Gun Violence Restraining Order, Gov. Brown Signature Needed

California's state legislature passed the "Gun Violence Restraining Order (AB 1014)," legislation that would allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from someone temporarily if they believe there is a risk of injury or death. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Brown for his signature. This legislation has been a priority for the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign and is supported by a large and diverse list of supporters including the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, the California State Sheriffs Association, Disability Rights California, the City of Los Angeles, Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Psychiatric Association. A similar law is in place in Connecticut and Indiana.

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California Makes History, Passes First Statewide Bag Ban

Legislators in California sent a clear message to the plastics industry today when the State Senate passed SB 270 today with a 22-15 vote to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.

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Federal Scientific Review Highlights Grave Risks of California Fracking

A scientific review released today by the federal government finds that fracking pollution threatens California's air and water, but the study is based on just a few months of data and suffers from state regulators' unlawful failure to report information on more than 100 instances of fracking and other dangerous well-stimulation activities.

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California Operation Lifesaver Announces September is Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

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BDCP on Life Support; Prognosis Poor

The controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that proposes to construct two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to divert Sacramento River water to agricultural plantations in the deserts of southern California was placed on life support following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) scathing 43-page comment letter on the BDCP's draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). The Department of Water Resources announced that a revised EIR/EIS would be delayed until sometime in 2015. BDCP's friends and family anxiously expressed hope that an infusion of additional millions of dollars and months of treatment would enable the project to recover.

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Secretary of State Certifies Candidate List for November 4 General Election

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen today published the certified list of state candidates who will appear on the November 4, 2014, General Election ballot.

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Emergency Closures Affect Forest Recreation on the Klamath National Forest

Roads, trails and lands within and adjacent to the Happy Camp and July complexes, as well as the Beaver Fire, are closed to protect public and firefighter safety. This includes those sections of the Pacific Crest Trail within closure areas.

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Companies Eliminating Flame Retardants as California Requires Labeling

Today, as the California Assembly adopted legislation (SB 1019) requiring labeling to inform consumers when furniture contains toxic flame retardant chemicals, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) released survey results from major makers of office furniture showing that many companies are moving away from the toxic, ineffective chemicals. The survey, conducted in conjunction with HDR Architecture, North America's 2nd largest design firm, found that leading business furniture companies including Global, Arcadia and David Edward have eliminated flame retardant chemicals from their products, and other major companies including Herman Miller, Martin Brattrud and Haworth are in the process of eliminating these chemicals. CEH also released a list of companies who have agreed to eliminate all flame retardants from home furniture and/or children's products.

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Judge's final "Vergara" ruling an attack on teachers; Education unions to appeal

The final decision rendered by Los Angeles Superior Court judge Rolf Treu today in the Vergara v. California case offered no new reasoning or information as to how stripping teachers of their workplace professional rights will help students gain a better education. In rolling back the protections that allow teachers to educate their students and advocate for them without fear of arbitrary and capricious retaliation, the judge has set back a century of well-reasoned law.

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Package of Truancy Legislation Passes State Legislature

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that a package of legislation to help local school districts and communities address California's elementary school truancy crisis has passed out of both legislative houses and is on its way to the Governor's desk.

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Bye Bye Bags! California Takes Giant Step to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags

Environmental and local government advocates today overcame fierce lobbying by plastic bag makers, with the passage of legislation to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags. Senate Bill 270 by Senators Padilla, de León and Lara, passed off the California State Assembly Floor today on a 44-29 vote, after falling three votes short of passage earlier this week.

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Op-Ed: Jay Lund and Thomas Harter: Groundwater reform more important than water bond

alifornia lawmakers recently found extraordinary consensus in approving a $7.5 billion water bond for the November election ballot. If the measure wins, however, future generations will not necessarily reap many of the promised water supply benefits without additional actions.

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CHP 'Labors' During The Holiday To Keep Motorists Safe

In anticipation of the holiday, the CHP is preparing for its annual Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 29, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. The Labor Day MEP also coincides with the ongoing national drunk driving enforcement crackdown, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." If your Labor Day celebration involves alcohol, ensure those plans also include a designated driver.

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Drought looms over California House race
Full story: The Hill


Poster of the South Napa Earthquake of 24 August 2014 - Magnitude 6.0

The earthquake lies within a 70-km-wide (44 miles) set of major faults of the San Andreas Fault system that forms the boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. The persistent northwestward movement of the Pacific plate relative to North America primarily causes right-lateral slip across the major faults, but also causes deformation between the major faults. The ongoing complex deformation field is revealed by modern geodetic surveys and earthquake patterns as well as the regional geologic structure.

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Nuclear watchdog petitions federal regulator to close unsafe Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors

One day after the release of a document suppressed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission which revealed that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California is vulnerable to earthquakes, Friends of the Earth has filed a petition charging that the plant is in violation of its license and must be closed immediately pending public hearings to prove it is safe. Meanwhile, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced it will hold its own hearings into the NRC's suppression of the document.

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Recovery Underway at U.S. Forest Service office in Vallejo

The epicenter of Sunday's South Napa earthquake was just a few miles north of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional headquarters in Vallejo, Calif. Recovery and cleanup operations are continuing today from damage incurred by the earthquake.

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Feinstein: West Coast Needs Earthquake Early-Warning System

With more than 100 injured and estimates of damage approaching $1 billion, the Napa earthquake reminds us how incredibly dangerous these temblors can be. There's no doubt a major earthquake will hit California, the only questions are when and where.

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Complaint Filed with CA Dept. of Education Alleges Illegal School Funding Allocations of Over 6 Million Dollars in Kern County

A group of civil rights advocates including California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA), Equal Justice Society, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today filed an administrative complaint with the California Department of Education ("State") demanding that it directly intervene and investigate the illegal school funding allocations of over 6 million dollars by the Kern High School District ("Kern District") and Kern County Office of Education ("Kern County").

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California Is 'Woefully Unprepared' For Sea Level Rise, Says A New Report
Full story: Think Progress


Army Corps dams, projects undamaged after Napa quake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-owned dams and ongoing Corps construction projects in the vicinity of the Aug. 25 Northern California earthquake are undamaged, Corps engineers verified in site inspections Aug. 25-26.

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