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State Water Board Releases Statewide ‘Stress Test’ Data

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 16, 2016 – The State Water Resources Control Board today posted “stress tests” submitted by water suppliers to demonstrate whether they have adequate supplies to withstand three additional dry years. Water suppliers that pass their “stress test” will not face a state-mandated conservation standard through January 2017, but are expected to keep conserving […]

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Mammoth Lakes Doctor Pleads Guilty to Removing Archeological Resources

FRESNO, Calif. August 15, 2016 – Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, of Mammoth Lakes, pleaded guilty today to unauthorized transportation of archeological resources and unauthorized excavation, removal, damage, or defacement of archeological resources, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. On September 17, 2015, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Bourne, charging him with […]

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Republican & Democratic Conventions Trigger Another Significant Spike in California Online Registration Activity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 15, 2016 – Do political conventions motivate people to register to vote? In a word: Yes.  During both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions California saw significant spikes in activity on its online voter registration site. In the three days leading up to the Republican National Convention the average daily number of […]

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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Clayton Fire

OAKLAND, Calif. August 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Clayton Fire burning in Lake County. On August 14, 2016, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance […]

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Man Indicted for Growing Marijuana on National Forest Land in Trinity County and Stabbing a Police Canine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 12, 2016 – A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Francisco Barcellos-Ramirez, 34, of Mexico, charging him with conspiring to manufacture and manufacturing marijuana, damaging public lands, and harming a police canine, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, between April 30, 2016, and […]

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Groups Initiate Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Endangered Species from Offshore Fracking and Acidizing

SANTA BARBARA, Aug. 11, 2016 – EDC and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to approve the practices of fracking and acidizing from 23 offshore oil platforms in southern California, including in the Santa Barbara Channel.  The notice letter alleges that the federal government is in […]

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Consumer Watchdog Posts Judge’s State Farm Refund Order; Commissioner Must Approve Or Reject

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 10, 2016 – Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after an extensive hearing requested by Consumer Watchdog, ordering State Farm to decrease its homeowners insurance rates by 7.0%, and to refund policyholders $85 million for overcharges collected since July 15, 2015.
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CAL FIRE Investigators Determine Cause of Destructive Valley Fire

Sacramento, Calif. August 10, 2016 – After a comprehensive investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the 2015 Valley Fire was caused by a faulty residential electrical connection. Investigators were dispatched as part of the initial response to the fire and immediately began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.  The ensuing investigation uncovered evidence that a residential electrical connection arced and ignited surrounding dry grass. The Valley Fire burned 76,067 acres, took the […]

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PG&E Found Guilty of Obstruction, Multiple Violations of Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 9, 2016—A federal jury found Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) guilty today of multiple willful violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (“PSA”) and obstructing an agency proceeding, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe, […]

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Californians Deliver 350,000 Signatures Calling on State, Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigation of Crops With Oil Wastewater

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Aug. 9 2016— Pushing a wheelbarrow filled with 350,000 petition signatures, concerned Californians gathered outside the capitol today to urge Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Water Resources Control Board to stop the potentially dangerous practice of using wastewater from oil drilling to irrigate California’s crops. The wastewater, sold by Chevron and California […]

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Mandatory Detention Struck Down in California and Other Western States; Thousands of Families Now Protected

August 9, 2016 – On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling in Mony Preap et al. v. Johnson. The class action successfully challenged the federal government’s practice in California of detaining certain immigrants without bond, often for many months, while they face deportation proceedings. Today’s ruling […]