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Fair Political Practices Commission Opens Investigation Into CA Democratic Party In Response to Report On ‘Brown’s Dirty Hands’

SANTA MONICA, CA, Sept. 26, 2016 – The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into the California Democratic Party and alleged violations of the Political Reform Act in response to Consumer Watchdog’s investigative report, Brown’s Dirty Hands, the public interest group was told. “We are pleased that the FPPC has launched an investigation […]

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Field Poll: Two-to-one voter support for Marijuana Legalization (Prop. 64) and Gun Control (Prop. 63) initiatives

September 23, 2016 – California voters are lining up in favor of two closely watched statewide ballot propositions that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana (Proposition 64) and place further restrictions on the possession of guns (Proposition 63). The latest Field/IGS Poll finds both ballot measures leading by similar two-to-one margins. Six in ten […]

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AG Kamala Harris Launches New All-Digital Tool to Collect Data on Law Enforcement and Civilian Uses of Force

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22, 2016 – Following last year’s launch of an unprecedented criminal justice open data initiative, OpenJustice, and the passage of Assembly Bill 71, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today launched a web-based tool that allows California law enforcement agencies to digitally report law enforcement or civilian uses of force. As part of […]

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Cooley Bill to Protect Historic State Park Names Signed into Law by Governor Brown

RANCHO CORDOVA, Sept. 22, 2016 – The California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) was signed into law by Governor Brown, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. AB 2249 ensures park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman […]

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Federal Court Denies Request to Turn Off Nestlé Spigot Despite Decades of Water-Taking in the San Bernardino National Forest

CALIFORNIA September 21, 2016 – A Federal court today, declared Nestlé’s reliance on a long-expired permit valid, ruling in favor of the US Forest Service for allowing the Swiss conglomerate to continue its use of a four-mile pipeline that siphons water from the San Bernardino National Forest despite the Forest Service’s lack of action on […]

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Field Poll | Clinton’s lead in California slips as her image among voters declines

September 20, 2016 – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead over businessman Donald Trump has slipped in California. While Clinton continues to hold a sizable seventeen-point statewide advantage (50% to 33%) over Trump in this year’s presidential election, that margin is down from twenty-four points in July, prior to the Democratic and Republican national […]

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Oil Industry’s Economic Impact Report on Monterey County Is Inaccurate, Incomplete and Unreliable

Monterey, Calif. September 20, 2016 – Protect Monterey County today released a review by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. of the Pepacton Institute, which finds that a June oil Industry report exaggerates the economic benefits from oil and gas production, while underestimating or ignoring the costs associated with its operations. “This review by a noted economist shows that […]

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NRCS and Ducks Unlimited extend deadline for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

RED BLUFF, Calif., September 19, 2016 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for California landowners in 10 Central Valley counties to apply for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. in partnership with USA Rice Federation. Other local partners include the California Rice […]

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12 tons of trash pulled from rivers during 8th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup

Auburn, Calif September 18, 2016 – Yesterday, over one thousand volunteers worked together to remove more than 12 tons of trash from the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Sierra Nevada region as part of the 8th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup. This event, coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in partnership with California […]

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Legislation to Establish the Lower American River Conservancy Signed by the Governor

SACRAMENTO, CA, Sept. 16, 2016 – Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced the Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1716, which establishes the Lower American River Conservancy Program with the goal of enhancing and protecting the natural habitat and water conveyance of the American river. “The Lower American River and […]

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Secretary of State Padilla Update on Letters from Voter Participation Center

September 16, 2016 – Elections officials across California continue to receive complaints from voters that received letters from an organization called Voter Participation Center (VPC) which inaccurately claim the addressee is not registered to vote. VPC also included a pre-filled voter registration form that contained incorrect or outdated information or information for persons who don’t […]

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Caltrans and Fish and Wildlife Urge Motorists to Be Alert During Watch Out for Wildlife Week

September 16, 2016 – Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs September 18-24. “We urge motorists to remain alert and be cautious when traveling through wildlife areas, so our roadways will remain as safe as […]

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UCLA Study: Pacific Ocean’s response to greenhouse gases could extend California drought for centuries

Sept. 15, 2016 – Clues from prehistoric droughts and arid periods in California show that today’s increasing greenhouse gas levels could lock the state into drought for centuries, according to a study led by UCLA professor Glen MacDonald. The study, published today in the Nature.com journal Scientific Reports, looked at how natural climatic forces contributed […]

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California Democratic Congressional Delegation Urges Approval of State Waiver to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy Into Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 14, 2016 – The California Congressional Delegation released a letter today calling on the Obama Administration to approve a waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase unsubsidized health insurance through Covered California, the state’s health benefits exchange. If approved, California would become the first state in the nation to allow individuals […]