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New Report Reveals Illegal Admissions Polices at Charter Schools

LOS ANGELES August 1, 2016 – Over 20 percent of all charter schools in California have enrollment policies in place that violate state and federal law, according to a new report released today. Among the myriad violations cited in “Unequal Access: How Some California Charter Schools Illegally Restrict Enrollment ” are policies that establish admission requirements in violation […]

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Field Poll | Big Disparities Persist in Californians’ Access to Broadband Internet at Home, Even as More Are Going Online

August 1, 2016 – According to a new statewide Field Poll, 84% of California households now have access to highspeed Internet at home. This proportion is up nine points from 2014. Most of the increase in broadband Internet connectivity is due to the growing popularity of mobile, smart phone devices. There has been a near […]

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Fire Restrictions Go into Effect on Lassen National Forest on August 1, 2016

Susanville, Calif., July 29, 2016 – Forest officials have announced that fire restrictions will go into effect on the Lassen National Forest beginning Monday, August 1, 2016 and continuing through the declared end of the 2016 fire season. The restrictions address campfire use, off-road driving, smoking, woodcutting, and other activities on the Forest.  Such restrictions […]

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Central Valley Water Board Settles With East San Joaquin Valley Grower Over Failure to Acquire Water Quality Permit

July 29, 2016 – The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has approved a settlement agreement with a Madera County landowner for failure to obtain the required permits for discharging waste from their irrigated croplands. The Central Valley Water Board approved a settlement agreement for Gurcharan and Balwinder Rakkar in the amount of $63,700 for […]

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Climate Change’s Fingerprints All Over California Wildfires

July 29, 2016 – Reports this week from the front lines of the Sand Fire in Southern California painted the scene as apocalyptic. The drought-fueled blaze was explosive, fast-moving and devastating, burning through 38,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 homes. If the state’s wildfire season holds […]

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Doug Obegi: State Water Resources Control Board neglects to adequately track water usage, violators go unpunished

July 27, 2016 – “In the Criminal Justice System, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the District Attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.” Law & Order There is a certain satisfaction in watching the bad guys brought to justice in just […]

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