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Jerry Brown: The Big Oil Governor

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association, is back in the news in today’s Sacramento Bee article about the increase in steam injection oil drilling permits since Governor Jerry Brown in November fired two regulators who were actually doing their job. Reheis-Boyd served as the Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act […]

May 5th

Environmentalists say it’s time to fix California’s broken marine protection system

Grassroots environmentalists on California’s North Coast are urging that the controversial marine protected areas being created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative include full, comprehensive protection – and not just create additional restrictions on fishing and gathering on a coast that has the strictest fishing regulations of any place on the planet. […]

March 12th

California springs forward on ocean protection

By Kaitilin Gaffney Pacific Program Director, Ocean Conservancy This Sunday, we set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. After a mild winter, spring is definitely already in the air in California, with fruit trees in bloom and cold March winds blowing. The coming time and season changes remind me how quickly time flies, especially […]

March 9th

Without enforcement, California’s protected oceans become ‘Marine poaching areas’

An article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News on January 14, written by AP reporter Jason Dearen, does a good job of of describing the challenge that California’s fish and game wardens face in enforcing the so-called “marine protected areas” created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. “California’s 1,100-mile coastline has […]

January 14th

Brown, Salazar continue to push for Peripheral Canal

California Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on December 19 reaffirmed their “strong mutual resolve” to moving forward with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build a peripheral canal, in spite of strong opposition by Delta advocates. They also “reinforced their joint commitment to effective action to achieve the dual goals of […]

December 20th

242 groups stand up against California’s peripheral canal

An unprecedented 242 environmental organizations, environmental justice groups, Native American Tribes, recreational angling organizations, commercial fishing groups and outdoor businesses sent a letter on November 16 to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird urging them rescind a controversial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The […]

November 22nd