Field Poll: The Many States of California: How Likely Voters in California's June Presidential Primary View the Issues
Published May 26, 2016 - 8:10:45 AM
A new survey of Californians likely to vote in the state's upcoming June 7 presidential primary examines the issues voters in the nation's largest state consider most important when deciding whom to support for president. The study was conducted on behalf of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute by The Field Poll.
Senator Feinstein’s Legislation Will Destroy Sport Fishing in The San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, Says Allied Fishing Groups
Published May 25, 2016 - 12:07:47 PM
Federal legislation introduced by California Senator Diane Feinstein would destroy the most popular sport fisheries in the Bay-Delta estuary should Congress pass her proposed legislation, S.2533 called “The California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and Short-Term Provisions for Emergency Drought Relief Act”.
Shell Pipeline in Northern California Has History of Oil Spills, Documents Show
Published May 25, 2016 - 9:53:01 AM
A Shell pipeline that just spilled at least 21,000 gallons of oil near the Northern California city of Tracy has leaked at least twice before in the past year, according to state documents uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Shell Oil Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Gallons of Oil near Tracy
Published May 24, 2016 - 10:58:48 AM
Yesterday, one of Shell Oil’s pipelines spilled over 20,000 gallons of oil near Tracy, California in the San Joaquin Valley. Neighboring Alameda County reported that 500 barrels of oil has been spilled into the ground.
PUC Papers Site Reveals 100,000 + Internal Emails and Documents That Shine Light On Utilities Corruption Ring During Gov. Brown Era
Published May 24, 2016 - 10:46:43 AM
Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration.
Protesters to Urge Federal Officials Not to OK Offshore Fracking in California
Published May 24, 2016 - 9:15:19 AM
Coastal residents and members of three conservation organizations will rally today outside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office in Camarillo against a federal proposal to let oil companies resume offshore fracking near the California coast.
Frat bros go camping in California — and completely trash beautiful national forest land
Full story: Raw Story
Brisbane passes resolution to ban clearcut logging in California
Published May 23, 2016 - 8:03:15 PM
On Thursday, May 20, 2016, Brisbane’s City Council passed a resolution to calling on the state legislature and the governor to ban clearcut logging in California. Brisbane is the seventh California municipality to pass a resolution. Other cities to pass such a resolution are Daly City, San Francisco, Davis, Menlo Park, Berkeley, and Monte Sereno. Saratoga and Sunnyvale have taken other supportive actions.
Fighting Drought with Fire: Prescribed Fires Reduce Tree Death from Drought
Published May 23, 2016 - 11:20:17 AM
A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows that thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.
Report: Police Use Loophole to Profit From Innocent, Vulnerable Californians
Published May 23, 2016 - 8:03:50 AM
Today the American Civil Liberties Union of California released a policy brief, Civil Asset Forfeiture: Profiting from California’s Most Vulnerable, examining civil asset forfeiture abuse by California law enforcement agencies, a practice that greatly impacts communities of color and low-income Californians.
Op-Ed: Ernesto Falcon: California's Legislature Wants to Copyright All Government Works
Published May 23, 2016 - 8:00:50 AM
The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill (AB 2880) to grant local and state governments' copyright authority along with other intellectual property rights. At its core, the bill grants state and local government the authority to create, hold, and exert copyrights, including in materials created by the government. For background, the federal Copyright Act prohibits the federal government from claiming copyright in the materials it creates, but is silent on state governments. As a result, states have taken various approaches to copyright law with some granting themselves vast powers and others (such as California) forgoing virtually all copyright authority at least until now.
New Study Shows Proposed California-PacifiCorp Energy Market Integration Would Increase Carbon Pollution
Published May 23, 2016 - 7:58:39 AM
Carbon pollution from power plants will increase across the region if a proposal to merge California’s energy market with PacifiCorp occurs, according to preliminary results of a study conducted and released today by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The study showed that a proposal to merge CAISO with PacifiCorp, an electric utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway with customers in six western states, would result in an increase in the dispatch of coal power plants that would lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions in the region by 2020.
‘Corrupt in its roots’: as Oakland police scandals pile up, residents not surprised
Full story: The Guardian
Ocean acidification puts NW Dungeness crab at risk
Published May 20, 2016 - 9:30:35 AM
Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found.
Final Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted Along California Coast
Published May 20, 2016 - 8:13:55 AM
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along the California coast.
USDOT Releases Failure Investigation Report for May 2015 Plains All-American Pipeline Spill in Santa Barbara
Published May 19, 2016 - 1:16:46 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced today that it has completed its investigation of the May 19, 2015, Plains All-American pipeline release in Santa Barbara County, California. The pipeline ruptured and released an estimated 2,934 barrels of crude oil on land and beaches, and into the Pacific Ocean. PHMSA’s investigation focused on the factors that caused the pipeline to fail, and on factors that contributed to the severity of the crude oil release.
California Water Commission Approves Regulations to Guide the Sustainable Groundwater Management Plans of California Communities
Published May 19, 2016 - 8:30:01 AM
California today moved a big step closer to implementation of an historic law to protect groundwater basins from overdraft, as the California Water Commission approved regulations that will guide creation of sustainability plans by local groundwater agencies.
Senate committee votes against jail construction funding, communities celebrate and vow to continue fighting
Published May 19, 2016 - 7:31:01 AM
In a move celebrated by community advocates and anti-imprisonment activists, the California State Senate rejected $250 million for jail construction earlier today. The vote comes after months of community pressure and a series of mobilizations to Sacramento organized by Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a statewide coalition of over 70 grassroots organizations working to reduce California’s imprisonment system.
Residents Led Civil Disobedience at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon Storage Facility to Urge Governor Brown for the Permanent Shut Down
Published May 18, 2016 - 7:52:37 AM
Today, twenty-one residents from organizations across the state of California called for the permanent closure of the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility by holding a peaceful civil disobedience action at the facility. The Aliso Canyon Storage Facility is on track to re-open by the end of the summer despite the urgent calls by the nearby communities to permanently close Aliso Canyon. The Aliso Canyon Storage Facility presents an ongoing public health threat to Porter Ranch and the northern San Fernando Valley community since the gas blowout at the facility occurred in October. Although the blowout has been controlled, residents still face health problems from exposure to gas and toxins emitted from the facility.
AG Kamala D. Harris Announces Indictment of Plains All-American Pipeline on Criminal Charges Resulting From May 2015 Santa Barbara County Oil Spill
Published May 17, 2016 - 11:10:21 AM
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley today announced that Plains All-American Pipeline has been indicted by a grand jury on 46 criminal charges related to the May 2015 oil spill in Santa Barbara County. A Plains All-American Pipeline employee was also indicted on 3 criminal charges.
New Research Shows Communities of Color Are Ready to Lead the Fight Against Plastic Bag Pollution
Published May 17, 2016 - 9:21:34 AM
A new statewide poll and a series of focus groups of communities of color in California shows that Latinos, Asian Pacific Americans, African Americans, and other minority populations are overwhelmingly in favor of policies and actions to fight plastic pollution.
Marielena Hincapie: CA begins providing comprehensive health care to all children who meet income requirements, regardless of immigration status
Published May 17, 2016 - 6:18:07 AM
Today, California began providing comprehensive health care to all children who meet income requirements, regardless of their immigration status. California is the largest state to enact such an immigrant-inclusive policy. Other states, including Washington and Illinois, currently provide all children with access to affordable care regardless of their immigration status.
Medicare: Finding a nursing home
Published May 16, 2016 - 4:55:32 PM
Are you looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one?
People go to nursing homes for different reasons. They may be sick or hurt and require ongoing nursing care. They may have had surgery and need time to recuperate. Or they may have chronic care needs or disabilities that make long-term nursing care a necessity.
California Announces Plan to Allow Oil Industry to Pollute More Underground Water
Published May 16, 2016 - 11:43:32 AM
California oil regulators today proposed exempting another underground water source from protection under state and federal laws. If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed “aquifer exemption” would allow the oil industry to inject waste fluid into the Round Mountain aquifer in Kern County.
Prison, Jail Expansion hidden behind supposed “Investments to Rehabilitation and Reentry” in revised state budget
Published May 16, 2016 - 9:20:24 AM
Governor Jerry Brown released a revised state budget today that divests $250 million from communities for jail construction, fortifies and expands the prison system, and fails to support urgently needed programs and services in the community. Despite Brown’s promised commitment to a durable solution to the state’s prison crisis, his budget lacks any reforms that would meaningfully reduce the prison population, instead bucking national trends in projecting a growth in the number of people imprisoned in California.
AG Kamala D. Harris Issues Consumer Alert on Mortgage Loan Modification Scams
Published May 16, 2016 - 8:42:35 AM
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a consumer alert today to warn homeowners about mortgage loan modification scams. The California Department of Justice has received an increased number of complaints from homeowners and has also been contacted by mortgage servicers that have expressed concern about these scams.
Advocates Urge Governor For Stronger Budget Investment To Uplift State's Immigrant Communities
Published May 16, 2016 - 8:40:14 AM
Governor Brown mentions wanting to “bring the future forward” but disregards the reality of California’s current and future demographic landscape, and a momentous opportunity to build shared prosperity by investing in immigration services funding that yields life changing opportunities for immigrants through deferred action or citizenship.
Arrests Made After Vandalism at Death Valley National Park, Death of Rare Fish
Published May 13, 2016 - 11:31:45 AM
Three men face fines of up to $50,000 and a year in jail in connection with a drunken spree last month at Devil’s Hole in Death Valley National Park that killed a rare, endangered fish.
Governor Signs Key Bill Responding to Massive Methane Leak
Published May 12, 2016 - 7:40:02 AM
Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 380, an urgent bill to ensure that inspections and safety measures occur before gas injection into wells at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in Northern Los Angeles County is resumed.
The San Andreas fault is about to crack – here's what will happen when it does
Published May 11, 2016 - 9:54:50 AM
The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Thomas Jordan, made an announcement recently that would have sent a chill down the spine of every Californian: that the San Andreas fault appears to be in a critical state and as such, could generate a large earthquake imminently. Of course, the reiteration of the seismic hazard to Californians will be nothing surprising, but what is new is the warning that the southern portion of the fault “looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go”.