California Ag Escapes Water Restrictions

California Water Restrictions

*+-Margo McCall: With all the focus on tearing out urban lawns, one thing that has not been mentioned is the immense use of water by the livestock industry. It’s estimated that raising livestock for food uses up 30 percent of water resources globally.

Cold, Dead Fish Awards for 2014

Cold Dead Fish Awards

*+-Dan Bacher: For his continuing efforts to plunder California’s natural resources while posing as a “Green Governor” promoting “green energy” and addressing “climate change,” Gov. Brown gets the “Cold, Dead Fish Award” for the third year in a row.

Anti-Fracking Coalition Calls for Shutdown of Toxic Injection Wells

Toxic Injection Wells

*+-Dan Bacher: The permission to pollute was granted because of the capture of the state’s regulatory apparatus by Big Oil and other corporate interests. In fact, the oil industry not only exerts its enormous influence by spending millions and millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributors, but is able to get its officials and allies placed on state and federal regulatory panels.

Think Big, California!

California Goals

*+-Joe Mathews: Lacking ambitious goals, the state seems content to drift, waste money, and keep doing the same old things.

Bechtel-Funded Water Storage Study ‘Half-Baked’

California Water Storage Crisis

*+-Dan Bacher: Reservoir storage does not equate to water supply,” said Jay Lund, lead author of the report and director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. “Reservoirs cannot supply water without a water supply to fill them first.”

Missing Movements?

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*+-Peter Dreier: For the most part, however, reporters for the mainstream media cover the political maneuvering in Washington, D.C., or state capitals, or city halls. They don’t cover the day-to-day lives of ordinary workers and immigrants, nor the movement groups that help give them voice.

Governor Brown Signs Historic Minimum Wage Increase

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*+-Rebecca Band: Governor Brown made history by signing AB 10 (Alejo), a sorely-needed and long-overdue wage increase for California’s lowest-wage workers that passed through the Legislature with strong support from the California Labor movement.