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DNC Chair Perez blasts Trump for breaking government promises to American Indians

Since long before the founding of the Republic, the settler populations from the Puritans onward did their best to wipe out the indigenous peoples of what is now the United States. By Meteor Blades  The vast majority of American Indians—likely in their millions—were killed by European-brought diseases. But public policy, spoken and written, was predicated on extermination, sometimes […]

August 10th

Goldman Sachs gives low-ball estimate of Delta Tunnels costs

Westlands Water District, dubbed the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by Tribes, fishermen,  conservationists and environmentalists, has been in the news a lot lately. On Monday, Goldman Sachs gave the water district a presentation on financing for Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels/WaterFix project, and, unsurprisingly, told them what they wanted to hear. By Dan Bacher  Westlands […]

July 21st

Bringing salmon home to Cali – natives raise $60,000 on GoFundMe

California’s native Winnemem Wintu tribe has been working tirelessly to restore the native salmon to their Northern California streams and rivers. And they’ve nearly reached their GoFundMe goal of $85,000, having reached their preliminary target of $60,000. By Jeremy Bloom In one of the most unusual restoration stories I’ve ever heard, the Winnemem Wintu are attempting to […]

July 11th

GOP: eliminate 10 national monuments & shrink 13 more

As the nation prepared for the holiday weekend last Friday, 17 tea party Republicans—members of the Congressional Western Caucus—sent a letter to secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke asking that he downsize or eliminate 27 national monuments across the western United States. By Meteor Blades  Although the Western Caucus is theoretically open to anyone in Congress, all 70 members […]

July 7th

LA ratepayers will pay for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (but big agriculture gets all the water)

One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta Tunnels promoted by the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations are designed to divert Northern California water to “fill swimming pools” of “wealthy water wasters” in Southern California. By Dan Bacher One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta […]

July 5th

Delta Stewardship Council ignores public, sides with Big Ag over Delta Tunnels

In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento today, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan that that project opponents say will hasten the approval of Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix this September. By Dan Bacher Only one […]

June 22nd

Endangered species: Grizzly Bears back in danger. Thanks, Trump.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today removed grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone region from the Endangered Species List. The decision comes despite serious concerns in the scientific community about a declining, isolated population with diminishing food resources and record-high mortalities, as well as strong opposition from an unprecedented number of Tribal Nations. By Sierra […]

June 22nd