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David Lennett: California Orders Changes to Thermostat Collection Program

Oct. 7, 2016 – Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin which, like lead, interferes with normal childhood development. The health concern it poses is well-known and severe. And yet a 2009 industry study estimated the number of mercury thermostats in California to be between 5.1 million and 10.5 million. At four grams of mercury per thermostat, […]

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California Moms Whose Kids Depend On Mylan’s EpiPen Condemn Deceptive TV Ads Against Prop 61

SANTA MONICA, CA, Oct. 10, 2016 – After news broke Friday that Mylan must pay $465 million for overcharging Medicaid for the EpiPen, mothers whose children rely on the life-saving allergy drug denounced drug company greed, and called on voters to pass Proposition 61 to stop drug company price-gouging and save lives. Consumer Watchdog released […]

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The 2016 Proposition Song – California Voter Foundation

October 7, 2016 – Learn about the 17 propositions on California’s November 2016 ballot in less than 5 minutes! This sing-along song covers each prop in an accurate, entertaining and nonpartisan way. Produced by the California Voter Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the voting process to better serve voters, online at www.calvoter.org. […]

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Record Number of 18,251,826 Californians Now Registered to Vote

SACRAMENTO October 5, 2016 – A record 18,251,826 Californians are registered to vote Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported today. California’s record breaking 18.2 million registered voters is greater than the population of all but three other U.S. states—Texas, Florida, and New York. The report is a compilation of voter registration numbers reported by California’s […]

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Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August​

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 5, 2016 — The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible sixth drought year. Californians […]

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Report: Banned for Decades, Dangerous Monsanto Chemical Remains in Thousands of Schools – including California

WASHINGTON October 5, 2016 – Up to 14 million students in 26,000 U.S. schools could be exposed to unsafe levels of a notorious class of chemicals banned almost 40 years ago, according to a recent study by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The chemicals, known as PCBs, are leaching from […]

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Plan to Restore Native Species to High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems Approved

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 5, 2016 – Work to restore endangered frogs to high elevation aquatic ecosystems will be continuing under a newly approved plan. The approval allows the National Park Service to remove nonnative fish from a number of high elevation ponds, streams, and lakes in the parks. The presence […]

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Ocean Plastic Pollution Worse Than Expected

MOFFETT AIRFIELD/MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Oct. 3, 2016 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, today presented the initial findings of its Aerial Expedition – a series of low-speed, low-altitude flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the plastic accumulation zone between Hawaii and California. Using a […]

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New Report Finds Toxic Chemicals in Oil Wastewater Used on California Crops

Oakland, Calif. October 4, 2016 – A report released today analyzing chemicals used in California oilfields sheds new light on risks to food and wildlife from oil and gas wastewater that is used for irrigation. The report, written by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of the […]

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TURN Wins Reform of Scandal-Ridden CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. October 3, 2016 – Public outrage over back room deals at the California Public Utilities Commission culminated in the approval of legislation that limits meetings between utilities and regulators, establishes new disclosure requirements for contacts between Commissioners and self-interested Wall Street and industry representatives, and increases penalties for violations. TURN-sponsored SB 215, […]

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Educators Disappointed Gov. Brown Vetoed Legislation to Ensure Accountability and Transparency at Charter Schools

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 30, 2016 – CTA President Eric Heins issued the following statement disappointed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of AB 709 – a bill that would have required all charter schools to be transparent and accountable to parents and to disclose how they spend taxpayer money, including budgets and contracts. It sought to prohibit […]

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TRUTH Act Signed; CA First State to Provide Miranda Warnings Before Immigration Interrogations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. September 28, 2016 – Earlier this afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown signed the TRUTH Act (AB 2792 – Bonta) into law. The bill makes California the first state to require that law enforcement advise people in jail of their rights and get written consent prior to an interrogation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The […]

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Treasurer John Chiang Sanctions Wells Fargo Bank for Defrauding California Customers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. September 28, 2016 – Wells Fargo’s admission that thousands of its bank employees opened over two million fraudulent consumer accounts is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished, State Treasurer John Chiang said today. “Wells Fargo’s fleecing of its customers by opening fraudulent accounts for the purpose of extracting millions in […]

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Arrest made in connection with 2014 Bully Fire

Redding, Calif. September 28, 2016 – Hammond, Indiana Police Department SWAT team members along with other law enforcement officers in East Chicago, Indiana arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 39, of East Chicago, Indiana this morning without incident. On July 11, 2014 at approximately 10 p.m. CAL FIRE law enforcement officers arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III […]

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Health Officials Urge Californians to Remove Standing Water

SACRAMENTO September 28, 2016 – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today called on the people of California to help reduce the number of mosquitoes by eliminating standing water, especially in areas that have recently had rain and continue to experience warm temperatures. “Rainy weather can […]

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Legal Challenge Pursued Over Failure to Protect Endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. September 27, 2016 – Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coachella Valley Conservation Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and city of La Quinta for their failure to implement the requirements of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan to […]

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Field Poll | Strong support for tax extension and criminal sentencing initiatives; cigarette tax leads, but by narrower margin

September 27, 2016 – Likely voters are giving strong initial support to two state ballot propositions, one to extend a recent income tax hike on high income residents (Proposition 55). and another to offer new parole opportunities for non-violent offenders (Propositon 57). While voters are also backing a third initiative to increase cigarette taxes (Proposition […]