Hundreds March for Occupy LAUSD

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Marcy Winograd: Let our schools serve the 99% of students, parents, and teachers, not the 1% of billionaires. Protect and empower public education.

Occupy Movement Must Resist Pressure for Specific Demands

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Randy Shaw: You know that Occupy Wall Street and its local, national and international progeny have reached a level of success when everyone is offering advice. Unfortunately, the most commonly offered view – that activists must get specific about their demands – is entirely wrong.

Labor Occupies Wall Street, But Democrats Go in Reverse

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As the grassroots campaign against Wall Street grows, Democratic politicians are moving in the opposite direction. President Obama has secured the House Republican support necessary to pass three trade bills strongly opposed by organized labor and most Democrats. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who like Obama was elected with huge labor funding and ground support, [...]

Portantino’s Staff Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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Faced with the unprecedented closure of the 44th State Assembly offices, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s staff has decided to turn a bad situation into a great opportunity.

Ralphs’ Workers Aren’t the Only Ones Getting Played

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Jasmyne Cannick: When I think about it, the only thing that has changed since those stores were taken over by Ralph’s in the early 1990’s, are the increase in prices and the sign on the outside of the building.

California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-Owned Bank

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Ellen Brown: California, like North Dakota, is resource-rich. A state-owned bank will allow it to capitalize on its resources to full advantage, by providing the credit needed to realize its potential.

Micro Politics and the Fear of Small Government

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Mario Rivas: Bell will forever stand as a stark reality of what can happen when too much trust and power are given to small government in the hands of the corrupt.

Death: And Law & Order

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James Clark: California taxpayers spend $184 million each year to support a dysfunctional death penalty system that operates like an upscale life without parole: more death row inmates die of illness and old age than they do of execution.

Green Industry Has Failed? Tell That to the Marines!

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Mario Rivas: You tell the Marines that the green revolution has failed and they’ll tell you that the Marines don’t know how to fail.

The Rise and Fall of Leland Yee

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Randy Shaw: Leland Yee thought he had it all worked out. He moved to the left politically on labor and good government issues in preparation for the 2011 mayor’s race, and was positioned to embody the hopes of those seeking San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor.

Not All Black Democrats Subscribe to ‘But He’s the First Black President’

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Jasmyne A. Cannick: Me — I long fell out of love with the President. I don’t talk about it much because doing so can be a detriment to your well-being in certain company.

California’s Dangerous Docs Undisciplined

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Marian Wang: More than 700 doctors in California sanctioned for wrongdoing by hospitals and other health care organizations haven’t faced any disciplinary action from the California medical board.

The Speaker and the “Back-Bencher”

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: California State Assembly Speaker John Perez took another swipe at fellow Democratic Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, blocking a routine legislative procedure under the guise of prudent fiscal management, but that reeks of possibly illegal voting influence and intimidation.

Portantino’s Staff Faces “Leave Without Pay”

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Eliot Sekuler: The ultimate victim of Perez’ punishment will be the people who live and work in Assembly District 44. And the wall of secrecy surrounding the State Assembly’s operating budget certainly has no place in state government.

DFG Touts ‘Improved’ Delta Smelt Numbers as Pumps Kill Millions of Splittail

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Dan Bacher: The announcement of “improved” Delta smelt numbers was issued as one of the greatest fish kills in California history continues to take place in the state and federal Delta pumps.

It’ll Be an All-Cuts Budget “Deal” (Just Like California)

Joseph Palermo: The debt ceiling gambit that Republicans in the House of Representatives have used to tie the U.S. government in knots in recent months is simply the California GOP’s tactic writ large.

The Speaker’s Heavy Hand

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Speaker John Perez and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino have disagreed again. This time the disagreement could result in Portantino’s staff being furloughed.

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State Officials Misinformed California Anglers on Ocean Closures

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Dan Bacher: Grassroots environmental leaders, including John Lewallen, the co-founder of the Ocean Protection Coalition and the North Coast Seaweed Rebellion, are supporting the litigation against the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, in contrast with some corporate environmental NGOs that back the process.

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Commission Sets Date for South Coast Marine Reserves

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Dan Bacher: To protest proposed restrictions on coastal gathering proposed under the MLPA Initiative, members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk and other Tribes on Saturday, June 18 gathered seaweed, mussels and clams at three beaches on the North Coast.

Restore the Delta Exposes More Evidence of Westlands Land Retirement

The Delta Mendota Canal, shown here, and the California Aqueduct deliver water to corporate agribusiness in the San Joaquin Valley and southern California water agencies. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Reclamation.

Dan Bacher: Restore the Delta recently unveiled a new study by California Water Research Associates showing that 100,000 acres of land retired by Westlands Water District is not going back into irrigated production, “no matter how much water Westlands gets.”

Jerry Betrays Cesar, UFW, and His Own Legacy

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Randy Shaw: Brown’s alignment with wealthy growers against indigent workers picking crops in the fields surely has Chavez turning over in his grave, and shows that the Governor views the UFW as just another group he is willing to betray.

Wetlands Delta Smelt Lawsuit Contested

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Dan Bacher: Decades of over-irrigation of toxic, saline soils in the district has also contaminated much of the shallow and deep groundwater in the district.

California Tea Partiers Revved Up by Redistricting Reform

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Justine Sharrock: Some of the basic elements of the new redistricting process have proved helpful to well-organized and vocal groups on the right, civil rights activists say.

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Summer Single Payer Conference

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This one-day educational and skills-building conference will teach you all about the US healthcare system, its problems, and how to fix them.

The Assault on Labor: Protecting Worker Rights

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Workers and voters concerned with the increasing attacks on labor should participate in the panel discussion “Assault on Labor” on Tuesday, July 12th, 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.

Groups Sue to Stop Removal of Trees from Levees

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Dan Bacher: The Corps acknowledges vegetation removal may harm endangered species habitats, but instead of undertaking necessary consultation with wildlife agencies has tried to shift the burden of implementation and environmental compliance to local agencies and flood-control districts

Mayors to Obama: Bring War Dollars Home

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Peter Dreier: At its annual conference in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying that the money could be put to better use at home.

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We Draw the Lines: Not So Much

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Unless these drafts are redrawn, California Latinos will be robbed of the Congressional and Legislative representation we deserve—despite the fact that these draft maps were drawn using the very same Census data that attributes 90% of California’s population growth between 2000 and 2010 to Latino youth and migrants.

Another Democrat Acting Badly

Randy Shaw: He didn’t tweet a photo of his “package” to an unsuspecting woman, but California Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the state’s budget did much worse harm to Democrats and the public by setting the stage for massive education and public service cuts.

California: Democrat vs. Democrat

Joseph Palermo: Jerry’s triangulating. He’s aligning himself with the Republican minority in forging a path forward out of California’s deep crisis.

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