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Nonprofits Blast CA Chamber of Commerce for Picking on Widowed Homeowners

Assembly Bill 244 (Eggman) would clarify that widowed homeowners are also protected by the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. This clarification is necessary to protect surviving spouses who have a legal interest in a home but who weren’t listed on the mortgage. The California Chamber of Commerce placed AB 244 on its “jobs killer” list earlier this year in an attempt to scare legislators from voting for it.

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California helps low-income families afford the cleanest cars, saving them money on gas, cutting pollution, greenhouse gases

In coordination with local air officials, the Air Resources Board is initiating a retire-and-replace pilot program in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help people of low income replace old, polluting cars with cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles that also cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Protecting the Plover in Santa Barbara County

The western snowy plover is a portly sort of bird, its barrel chest leaving its spindly legs in permanent shadow as it scampers breakneck across the sand in search of tasty bugs. There’s a regal intrigue to this stout, busy ornithoid — the person at the party you’d love to meet, if only you could catch up.

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United States issues cleanup order to owner of ruptured Refugion Beach oil pipeline

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach, Santa Barbara County, Calif. The order requires Plains Pipeline, L.P. (a.k.a. Plains All American Pipeline), the pipeline owner and operator, to continue its cleanup work inland, beachside, and in the ocean, to contain the oil and prevent further shoreline contamination.


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Rural Counties Urge Legislature to Eliminate Medi-Cal Rate Cuts

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) join the California Hospital Association and a broad-based coalition of Medi-Cal providers, known as We Care for California, in urging the Legislature and Administration to eliminate the Assembly Bill 97 (2011) Medi-Cal reimbursement rate cuts, and increase Medi-Cal payments to health care providers and facilities during the upcoming State Budget negotiations.

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AG Kamala D. Harris, Univision Los Angeles, SEIU CA, Announce Partnership for Statewide Public Forums on Immigration

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that her office will host a series of statewide public forums in partnership with Univision Los Angeles, Service Employees International Union of California and iAmerica to inform Californians about the impact of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions. The statewide forums will also serve to warn consumers about potential scams and other fraud targeted at immigrant communities.

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NOAA identifies tactics and strategies to improve drought science, forecasts and data products

After soliciting feedback from more than 100 stakeholders and employees, NOAA released a service assessment on May 11, 2015, that identifies tactics and strategies the agency can take to better provide California decision makers with the scientific data and tools they need to lessen the impacts of extreme drought.

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Food & Water Watch and Water Defense Call For Halt to Irrigating Food Crops with Oil Field Wastewater in Nation's Produce Basket

National advocacy organizations Food & Water Watch and Water Defense are calling on California Governor Jerry Brown to protect Americans who consume California produce by ending the practice of using toxic oil field wastewater for irrigation. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times revealed that testing by Water Defense had found toxic industrial chemicals present in the recycled oil field wastewater used to irrigate crops in California’s Central Valley.

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Blueprint for a thirsty world from Down Under

The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions around the world, according to findings by UC Irvine and Australian researchers.

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Sierra Club Ad Buy in California Exposes Environmental Threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Sierra Club launched a targeted ad campaign in the San Diego area this week, exposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal for its secrecy and threat to the environment. The purpose of these ads is to educate San Diegans about the trade deal’s lack of transparency and the deal’s provisions that would give broad new powers to corporations and big polluters to attack clean air, water, and climate safeguards. The media buy includes online advertisements and radio advertisements in Spanish and English that will run in May and June.

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Mammoths Reached the California Channel Islands Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

Recently, U.S. Geological Survey researchers and partners working in California’s Channel Islands National Park discovered mammoth remains in uplifted marine deposits that date to about 80,000 years ago, confirming a long-held but never proven hypothesis that mammoths may have been on the Channel Islands long before the last glacial period 25,000 to 12,000 years ago.

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City of Barstow and ACLU settlement seeks to end "Stop and Identify" arrests

The City of Barstow has reached a settlement agreement with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) on behalf of two brothers who were arrested for refusing to identify themselves to police officers.

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State Water Board Approves Voluntary Cutback Program for Delta Riparian Water Rights

Today the State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June-September growing season.

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California Assembly Passes Ban on Plastic Microbeads

The California Assembly today passed legislation banning plastic microbeads in personal care products sold in California. AB 888, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), is sponsored by several environmental organizations including Californians Against Waste and now goes to the Senate.

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Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

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The Onion: Pipeline Company Rushes To Contain Oil Spill To Small Section Of Media
Full story: The Onion


5 pelicans, 1 sea lion rescued in oil spill; Oiled Wildlife Care Network responding in Santa Barbara

Team members from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis have joined crews responding to the oil spill in Santa Barbara County. They are coordinating the wildlife response effort as part of the unified command interagency emergency response team.

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California Department of Public Health Announces Salmonella Cases Investigation

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Karen Smith today announced that CDPH is investigating a cluster of Salmonella cases that has so far sickened 31 California residents in six counties.

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UPDATE 6: Unified Command Continuing Clean Up Operations

The Unified Command is continuing clean-up operations at the Refugio Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara County.

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Pipeline Owner in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Has Had 175 Spill Incidents Since 2006

The company that owns the pipeline involved in Tuesday’s major oil spill in Santa Barbara has had 175 incidents (mostly oil spills) nationwide since 2006, including 11 in California, according to a Center for Biological Diversity analysis of federal documents.

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Health Concerns Related to Refugio Oil Spill

Although there have been a few reports of people that experienced headaches or eye and throat irritation yesterday, we are not aware of anyone that has required medical attention related to the oil spill. However, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department cautions residents that there are potential health impacts from the Refugio oil spill.

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UPDATE 3: Coast Guard Continues to Oversee Clean Up of Refugio Oil Spill

Product and water is being recovered by vacuum trucks from oil containment areas. Contractors are working to remove contained pockets of oil utilizing skimmers, vacuum trucks, absorbent pads, and absorbent boom. Additional cleanup actions are ongoing through the sandy beaches in the affected area. Approximately 3,000 feet of containment boom has been deployed.

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Christine Owens: National Employment Law Project commends LA's leaders for setting a $15 wage floor

The Los Angeles City Council today joined the ranks of U.S. cities tackling poverty wages and spiraling income inequality through adoption of strong local minimum wages. By a vote of 14 to 1, the council directed L.A.’s city attorney to prepare legislation setting a $15 wage floor. The new rate will be phased in over several years, reaching $15 in 2020 for large businesses and in 2021 for smaller businesses and certain non-profits, and providing for future adjustments to be pegged to increases in the cost of living.

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Op-Ed: Owen Bailey: With oil drilling and accidents it is not a question of if, but when

The Environmental Defense Center is deeply saddened by the environmental damage we are seeing on the beaches and in the Santa Barbara Channel from yesterday’s oil spill inland of Refugio State Beach. There continues to be a number of questions that have yet to be answered including the size of the spill, why there was no automatic shut-off on this relatively new pipeline, and why the early response was not more successful in halting the flow of crude oil into the fragile waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and across our precious coastline.

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California Medical Association Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill

Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced that it has become the first state medical association in the nation to change its position on the long-debated issue of physician aid in dying.

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Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth as Vote Nears to Limit the Isolation of Youth in Juvenile Facilities Across CA

Yesterday, the Contra Costa County Probation Department agreed to end its use of solitary confinement for all youth detained in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall.

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Groups File Lawsuit Calling for Federal Government Action on Soot Pollution

Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit today in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to act on the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) plan to reduce particulate matter, or soot.

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California Democratic Party Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

At the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, state party officials voted to adopt an official resolution endorsing fossil fuel divestment. Citing the growing threat posed by climate change, the resolution urges the state's public universities and pension funds to divest their financial holdings from the top 200 fossil fuel companies as part of a comprehensive solution to the climate crisis. The resolution marks the first endorsement for fossil fuel divestment from a state political party, and adds major momentum to the legislative push for S.B. 185, a coal divestment bill. The news also builds pressure on statewide institutions like the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the University of California endowment, who have long faced calls for divestment.

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CDFW closes fishery following spill in Santa Barbara

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed fishing and shell fish harvesting in Santa Barbara County from 1 mile west of Refugio State Beach to 1 mile east of the beach at the recommendation of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) following the crude oil pipeline spill May 19.

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Anti-vaxx scientist whines about being 'discredited' as he pushes vaccine fears on Orange County moms
Full story: Raw Story

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