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Video: Last Native-Speaker Records Wukchumni Language

If your language was on the brink of extinction, what would you do? As the last speaker of the Wukchumni language, Marie Wilcox began remembering the native tongue she had abandoned after the death of her grandmother. As the words came back to her one at a time, she scribbled them on envelopes, pieces of paper - whatever she could find in order to preserve the language.

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Only 3.7% of California's eligible youth voters (age 18-24) turned out to vote in the June 2014 primary

Only 18% of California's eligible voters (citizens over age 18) turned out to vote in the June 2014 primary election; the lowest eligible turnout of any statewide election in California history.

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Feinstein Challenges McCaskill with World Series Wager

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today sent a letter to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) proposing a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2014 World Series, which pits Feinstein’s beloved San Francisco Giants against McCaskill’s Kansas City Royals.

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Chevron Trying to Buy City Hall in California Refinery Town, Says Sen. Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is stepping into a battle in Richmond, California, where the oil giant Chevron has sunk at least $3 million into a municipal election that pits anti-Chevron candidates for mayor and city council against candidates backed by the owner of a giant petroleum refinery in the Bay Area city.

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California Voter Registration Deadline is October 20

Secretary of State Debra Bowen is reminding Californians to register to vote by October 20 so they can weigh in on important issues on the November 4 General Election ballot. Postmarks do count for mailed registration applications. Voter registration closes 15 days prior to any California election.

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Cal/OSHA Releases Guidance for Protecting Health Care Workers from Ebola

Although widespread outbreak of Ebola in the United States is unlikely, Cal/OSHA has joined with other public health agencies in California to provide guidelines for preventing exposure to Ebola. They will be widely distributed starting today.

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New analysis: Prop 47 could save counties millions, reduce jail populations

A new brief from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice finds that Proposition 47 could save Los Angeles County up to $170 million per year by freeing 7,200 jail beds, San Bernardino County up to $56 million by freeing 2,400 jail beds; San Diego County up to $52 million by freeing 2,200 jail beds; and Orange County up to $51 million by freeing 2,200 jail beds.

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NOAA: Another warm winter likely for western U.S., South may see colder weather

While drought may improve in some portions of the U.S. this winter, California's record-setting drought will likely persist or intensify in large parts of the state. Nearly 60 percent of California is suffering from exceptional drought – the worst category – with 2013 being the driest year on record. Also, 2012 and 2013 rank in the top 10 of California’s warmest years on record, and 2014 is shaping up to be California’s warmest year on record. Winter is the wet season in California, so mountainous snowfall will prove crucial for drought recovery. Drought is expected to improve in California’s southern and northwestern regions, but improvement is not expected until December or January.

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Fire Restrictions Lifted on Public Lands Managed by BLM Redding Field Office

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that restrictions on outdoor use of fire have been lifted for BLM-managed public lands in Butte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.

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Exide hazardous waste dripped onto roads from trucks, records show
Full story: LA Times

Designation of San Gabriel Mts. as National Monument Supports Santa Clarita Effort To Move Cemex Mining
Full story: Hometown Station

New Coalition Launched to Protect Colorado River Headwaters in Wake of Drought

A coalition of groups from across the West today announced the formation of a new coalition to inform and engage communities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and other western states about threats posed to the Colorado River and their water supply.

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Settlement Will Speed Recovery of Endangered California Frogs

The Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached a settlement agreement today requiring the agency to develop a recovery plan for Southern California’s mountain yellow-legged frogs by December 2018. Only nine populations remain of these endangered frogs, hurt by habitat destruction and introduction of nonnative fish; the frogs have been waiting 12 years for a recovery plan.

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Millions of households to receive the California Climate Credit in their October/November electric bill

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Air Resources Board are reminding consumers that in October, during National Energy Awareness Month, 10.7 million California households will see a credit averaging $35 on their electricity bills thanks to the State’s cap-and-trade program to fight climate change. This is the second time consumers will receive the Climate Credit, as they also received it this past April, resulting in an overall total credit of $755.5 million to California households.

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Big-money Chevron muscles local government election

Rachel Maddow reports on how Chevron is flooding local elections in Richmond, California to install politicians who are friendlier to the company’s agenda and less resistant to new projects.

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Some sections of the San Andreas Fault system in San Francisco Bay Area are locked, overdue for major earthquakes

Four urban sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California have stored enough energy to produce major earthquakes, according to a new study that measures fault creep. Three fault sections – Hayward, Rodgers Creek and Green Valley – are nearing or past their average recurrence interval, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA).

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California Heat Delivers a Costly Blow to Coastal San Diego

San Diego, known for having one of the most desirable climates in the United States, set a record over the summer that will never be broken: It had zero days that were cooler than normal. None. Four were exactly the climatological norm, and 90 were warmer than average.

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PG&E to provide high whitewater flows on Pit 1 Reach for 5 days

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide high whitewater flows in the Pit 1 Reach of the Pit River in eastern Shasta County over five days, the company announced today.

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Friends of the Earth Petitions NRC to include alarming new seismic data in considering Diablo Canyon license renewal

Friends of the Earth has filed a petition to intervene in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceeding that would allow Pacific Gas & Electric’s controversial Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors to run for an additional twenty years.

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Sacto dad deported hours after filing complaint against ICE for abuse

Angel Mendoza's family and supporters are outraged and heartbroken after learning Friday that ICE officials deported Mr. Mendoza to Mexico, following a bizarre and unjust detention which lasted nearly six months and has left his family on the brink of homelessness.

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East Bay resident moves to Oregon to take advantage of state's Death with Dignity law
Full story: SF Chronicle

Op-Ed: Pablo Alvarado: NDLON Reacts to LA County Renewal of 287(g) Agreement with ICE

The Board's symbolic votes illustrates their failed leadership and the trust deficit elected officials have with communities, but it will not be what determines Los Angeles' future.

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MALDEF and NDLON File Lawsuit Against City and Police Department of Baldwin Park for Violation of CA Trust Act

MALDEF, together with co-counsel from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, today filed a lawsuit, Flores v. City of Baldwin Park, alleging that the Baldwin Park Police Department and the City of Baldwin Park unlawfully imprisoned Sergio Flores at the Baldwin Park Police station, detaining him solely on the basis of an “immigration hold,” in violation of the California TRUST Act.

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Klamath River Chinook Quota Met for 2014

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projects that Klamath River anglers will have met their upper Klamath River catch quota of 702 adult fall-run Chinook salmon above the Highway 96 bridge by sundown on Friday, Oct. 10.

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California Choices cuts through noise, provides nonpartisan information and third-party endorsements

Californians planning to vote by mail are beginning to read through their November ballots, assessing six important propositions. The newly updated nonpartisan California Choices (www.californiachoices.org)— a clearinghouse for state voter information including endorsements, polling data, pro and con arguments, video clips from supporters and opponents, recent press coverage, and in-depth background information — is now available to help voters cut through the noise and the clutter to figure out their positions on the various propositions.

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Mountain lion genetic study shows dramatic isolation in Southern California

Cut off by freeways and human development, mountain lions in Southern California are facing a severe loss of genetic diversity, according to a new study led by the University of California, Davis, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Cramming Settlement with AT&T Mobility

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, today announced a settlement with AT&T Mobility LLC to resolve allegations that AT&T Mobility placed charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as “mobile cramming.” The settlement covers “mobile cramming” charges made from January 1, 2009 through the date the FTC federal court order is entered.

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Documents Reveal Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected into Central California Aquifers

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.

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With dad on brink of deportation, Sacto family faces homelessness

For the second time in a month, a father of two from Sacramento may be just hours away from deportation - in violation of a California law and the basic principles of due process. The new deportation threat comes days after ICE officials in Texas denied a request for stay of removal. As frustration continues to mount over President Obama’s delay of common-sense deportation relief, immigrant rights groups are urging an immediate halt to the deportation.

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Drought Dries Up California Hydropower

As California’s historic drought dries up the state’s water supplies and withers its crops, it’s also shaking up the way electricity is produced there.

There’s so little water available in the state’s reservoirs that California’s ability to produce hydropower has been cut in half, while its use of renewables and natural gas power has spiked, a U.S. Energy Information Administration report published Monday shows.

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