AG Kamala D. Harris Files Amicus Brief in Crisis Pregnancy Center Case, First Resort, Inc. v. Herrera et al.
Published Nov 25, 2015 - 9:14:06 AM
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in First Resort, Inc. v. Herrera et al., a case related to an ordinance requiring crisis pregnancy centers in San Francisco to provide accurate information, and released the following statement:
Report Release: The State of Northern California’s Ocean
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 9:46:26 AM
Today, California Ocean Science Trust released its “State of the California North Central Coast” report. The report is a summary of research and monitoring conducted between 2010—when the state created a series of protected zones off the coast between Point Arena and Pigeon Point—and 2015. It is too early to attribute changes to the marine protected areas themselves, but the report shows some encouraging initial trends, including an uptick in abalone populations at Stornetta Ranch.
Op-Ed: Wenonah Hauter | Ahead of Paris Talks, Huge Gas Leak in California Puts Spotlight on Gov. Brown’s Climate Rhetoric
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 8:55:36 AM
The latest disaster from California’s dirty oil and gas industry under Governor Brown’s watch comes courtesy of Sempra Energy subsidiary SoCalGas. A gas leak at its Aliso Canyon facility in Los Angeles County, which has persisted for over 30 days and sickened and displaced hundreds of Porter Ranch area residents, continues to spew massive amounts of methane into the air – equivalent to one-quarter of the state’s methane emissions from all sources including factory farms.
California State University Trustees Revoke Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Actor Bill Cosby
Published Nov 20, 2015 - 6:24:34 PM
The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) voted on November 18 to revoke the honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded to actor Bill Cosby in 1992 on behalf of California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Cosby’s conduct is contrary to the values of the CSU and inconsistent with the criteria and high standards that honorary degree recipients are expected to exemplify. The CSU has been awarding honorary doctorate degrees since 1963, and this is the first time in 52 years that the Board of Trustees has voted to rescind a degree.
AG Kamala D. Harris Issues Consumer Tips on Safe Shopping during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Holiday Shopping Season
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 2:46:27 PM
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued consumer tips for safe shopping this holiday season.
Dan Bacher: Faith Leaders Urge Governor Jerry Brown to End Fracking in California
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 2:40:58 PM
As Governor Jerry Brown was getting ready to portray himself as a "climate leader" at the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, faith leaders, environmental advocates, frontline communities and residents from across California rallied at the State Capitol in Sacramento on November 12 to call on Brown to halt all dangerous oil and gas drilling practices, including fracking.
Before you give thanks, buckle up
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 2:29:55 PM
Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will have all available officers on patrol during a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) to help avoid tragedies for California motorists.
Rep. McNerney Pushes Legislation to Improve Local Emergency Flood Response
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 12:36:20 PM
As Californians begin to prepare for the El Niño weather season, Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) is pushing Congress to pass newly introduced legislation aimed at making sure local authorities are empowered on the ground to respond to flood disasters and prevent levee failures. Current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations put constraints on a local agency’s ability to commit already scarce resources by limiting emergency assistance and work eligible for disaster assistance and reimbursement.
Californians gobble up Thanksgiving travel
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 9:17:21 AM
AAA Northern California’s travel forecast predicts that more than 5.7 million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday celebration. This represents a slight increase of 0.6 percent when compared to last year’s figures.
Statewide Ban on Bobcat Trapping to Take Effect Friday
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 8:45:15 AM
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds bobcat trappers that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, recreational and commercial bobcat trapping will no longer be allowed in California.
Save the Redwoods League to provide free day-use admission for anyone who visits a participating California Redwood State Park on the Day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday)
Published Nov 18, 2015 - 8:29:33 AM
Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural ranges, today announced Free Friday in the Redwoods — free admission to 49 participating California redwood state parks on Black Friday, November 27, 2015.
HRC Releases LGBT Equality Scores of California Companies in 2016 Corporate Equality Index
Published Nov 18, 2015 - 8:27:48 AM
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 100 in California.
Treasurer Unveils Open Data Website Detailing $1.5 Trillion in Government Debt
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 8:45:35 AM
State Treasurer John Chiang unveiled a new open data website today, providing important details about $1.5 trillion in debt issued by state and local government entities as part of his ongoing efforts to promote transparency in government. The site, debtwatch.treasurer.ca.gov, makes it easier for taxpayers to track proposed and issued debt, cost of issuance, and bond and tax election results.
California Man Sentenced for Harassing Federally Threatened Southern Sea Otter, Violating Endangered Species Act
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 8:08:47 AM
A California man has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and six months of probation, following intentional harassment of a southern sea otter in Moss Landing, California. Richard Niswonger, 71, of Moss Landing, California pleaded guilty and was sentenced by United States Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins on September 11, 2015, for the taking of a federally threatened southern sea otter, a Class B Misdemeanor violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Op-Ed: Ana Zamora: The Same Death Penalty Circus... Just a Different Day
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 11:38:11 AM
Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling which had found California’s death penalty unconstitutional. But although death penalty proponents may be claiming a big victory, today’s ruling is just another example of how dysfunctional California’s death penalty system is.
Op-Ed: Katie Traverso: ICE Strong Arms Immigrants into Signing Deportation Documents
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 11:26:39 AM
Immigration agents in Bakersfield wanted Heleno Garcia Ramirez to sign a document in August that would have resulted in his immediate deportation. Garcia Ramirez, a U.S. resident for almost 25 years and the father of three children who are citizens, told them he wanted to fight his case.
As California Enters 5th Year of Drought, CAL FIRE Continues to Staff with Extra Firefighters During Winter Months
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 8:03:20 AM
While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, CAL FIRE continues to have extra firefighter staffing statewide and remains at peak fire season in Central and Southern California. Last week alone CAL FIRE crews responded to nearly 50 new wildfires. Even as CAL FIRE transitions out of peak fire season in Northern California and into its winter preparedness mode, fire officials are still asking residents statewide to be cautious outdoors as ‘One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire’.
Emergency Services Personnel Respond to Possible Tornado in Denair
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 7:10:43 AM
On 11-15-15 at 1:58 PM Denair Fire Department received a 911 call of a possible tornado in the 3900 Block of Gratton Road in Denair, CA. Several other 911 calls followed of the possible tornado touching down hitting homes, knocking down trees and damaging outbuildings. When Denair Fire Fighters arrived to the area of Santa Fe Avenue and E. Zeering Road they were able to see the path of the possible tornado, which had traveled eastbound on E. Zeering Road and headed into east Stanislaus County. There were also other 911 calls of possible funnel clouds in southeast Stanislaus County.
AG Harris Releases Statement on Death of California Student in Paris Attacks
Published Nov 14, 2015 - 6:56:29 AM
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on the death of California State University, Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez in yesterday’s attacks in Paris:
CDPH Updates Warning about Certain Seafood Caught along the Northern and Central California Coastline
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 12:02:06 PM
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood caught along the California coastline that may contain high levels of domoic acid.
Harmful Algae Blooms Causing Toxic Crabs, Marine Mammal Mortalities More Likely as Oceans Warm
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 10:31:44 AM
The ongoing toxic algae bloom along the West Coast — which has shut down crab fisheries in California — is likely poisoning marine mammals from Mexico to Alaska. This is a serious ecological and economic threat, which could get even worse and more frequent in a warmer future as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the environment.
Op-Ed: Angélica Salceda: Keep ICE Out of Fresno: Advocates Demand an End to Sheriff Mims's Policy
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 11:17:37 AM
In June, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims announced that she would allow two ICE agents to be stationed inside the Fresno County Jail. The sheriff rolled out the red carpet for ICE—even offering interrogation rooms—and stirred fear in a community she vowed to protect.
Navy to Reassess Pacific Training That Endangers Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Life
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 10:46:00 AM
The U.S. Navy today said it plans to prepare a new environmental impact statement for training and testing exercises occurring in the Pacific Ocean from December 2018 onward, including the use of sonar and explosives that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles. The move follows a March 31 federal court ruling that the Navy illegally failed to consider restricting military exercises in biologically important areas within the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Study Area to reduce harm to marine mammals.
Lawsuit filed against Monsanto for Contaminating Oakland Waterways and San Francisco Bay with PCBs
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 9:59:04 AM
Today, Gomez Trial Attorneys, on behalf of Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker, filed a lawsuit (Case number 4:15-cv-05152) to hold the Monsanto chemical company accountable for its long-standing contamination of Oakland’s storm water and the San Francisco Bay with highly toxic Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs).
Renewable Energy Plan for California Desert Is Improved, But Still Falls Short
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 9:58:23 AM
The Bureau of Land Management today released a plan for renewable energy development and conservation on public land in the California deserts. This final preferred alternative covers the nearly 10 million acres of federal lands in the desert and is intended to be the cornerstone for the larger Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which was split into two phases earlier this year.
California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 8:08:48 AM
Today at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, California State Parks (State Parks) unveiled its specialized vehicle license plate "ParksPLATE”.
ACLU of California Report Finds Wild Divergences in Law Enforcement Practices One Year after Prop 47
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 8:02:31 AM
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California today released a report, Changing Gears: California’s Shift to Smart Justice, which finds both successes and challenges in Prop 47 implementation across counties. The report includes 40 county snapshots with local information on Prop 47 implementation, public safety spending, incarceration and crime trends, and falling numbers of people sentenced locally for low-level felonies.
Oakland's Toxic Failure: Investigators looking into illegal shipments of toxic waste, misuse of public funds
Full story: East Bay Express
Employment Development Department challenges California’s employers to join its efforts to “Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet”
Published Nov 11, 2015 - 7:36:19 AM
To commemorate Veterans Day, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is today renewing its call to employers to “Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet.” A new web page on the EDD website features stories of inspiration and encouragement from employers and veterans, along with helpful tips and information on veteran services and a special report on veteran employment.
Illegal Diversion of Water Threatens to End Chinook Salmon Survival in California
Published Nov 10, 2015 - 2:13:50 PM
Environmental groups yesterday filed a request to supplement their complaint against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and growers who flood irrigate rice in the Sacramento Valley for mismanaging water supplies that should have been used to protect California’s once-booming salmon runs and fishing industry.