California

Backpackers Now Required to Use Bear Canisters in Lassen Volcanic National Park

MINERAL, CA August 12, 2016 - As of this week, Lassen Volcanic National Park has implemented an emergency closure that affects how backcountry visitors...

Feds Say California’s Endangered Channel Islands Foxes Are Recovered

VENTURA, Calif. August 11, 2016 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the successful recovery of three out of four unique subspecies...

Delta Tunnels: CA Legislature to Audit CA “WaterFix” Funding

SACRAMENTO, CA, Aug. 11, 2016 - Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted to launch an audit into funding for the California WaterFix (Delta...

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

SANTA BARBARA, Aug. 11, 2016 - EDC and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Public Lands along Central Coast

MARINA, CA, Aug. 9, 2016 - Effective Aug. 9, the Bureau of Land Management is implementing fire restrictions on public lands managed by the...

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

August 9, 2016 - On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling in Mony Preap et...

Lightning Sparks Siskiyou County Wildfires

Yreka, Calif. August 6, 2016 - Yesterday afternoon and evening a thunderstorm moved across Siskiyou County with 165 lightning strikes recorded. As of this...

Hoopa Valley Tribe Files ESA Lawsuit to Protect Salmon

August 7, 2016 - On July 29, the Hoopa Valley Tribe filed a lawsuit against the federal government for violations of the Endangered Species Act...

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2016

SACRAMENTO August 5, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed...

CA Oil Refiners Pump Up Profits Through Lowest Wholesale Gasoline Price in USA And...

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 4, 2016 - Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid...

California Water Impact Network Sues to Block Excessive Groundwater Pumping

August 3, 2016 - The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) has filed a lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County for issuing three well-drilling permits...

Whitehorn woman sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for environmental damage from marijuana grow on...

SAN FRANCISCO August 2, 2016 - Melinda Van Horne was sentenced today to 12 months and a day in prison for damaging national conservation...

Consumer Watchdog Files Suit To Require State Farm to Reduce Rates By Up To...

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 2, 2016 - Consumer Watchdog filed a petition challenging State Farm’s proposed rates for its dwelling insurance, charging that California’s...

Statewide Water Conservation Declines to 21.5 Percent in June; Water supplier “Stress Tests” still...

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 2, 2016 — With water conservation falling to 21.5 percent savings in June 2016—down from 27.5 percent a year ago—the State Water...

Report: Work-Load Requirements Keep Students From Getting Food Assistance

August 2, 2016 - College students face significant barriers when it comes to accessing federal food assistance programs because of outdated state and federal...

AG Kamala Harris, 16 states, and D.C. Call for More Student Loan Debt Relief...

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2016 - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, along Attorneys General from 16 states and the District of Columbia today submitted...