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Cooper wins Democratic endorsement for reelection bid to California Assembly

Assemblymember Jim Cooper. | 
January 29, 2018 |

In a Democratic Party conference held on Saturday, January 27 at the Sacramento Central Labor Council in Sacramento,  Jim Cooper won an endorsement for his reelection bid for a third term to the California Assembly.
The pre-state party convention vote selecting Cooper, who represents the 9th Assembly District that includes portions of Sacramento and San Joaquin County and all of Elk Grove, means he will have an automatic endorsement from the state party convention next month in San Diego. Challenging Cooper for the support was Democratic primary opponent Harry He.
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Plenty of fire and fury at 60th annual Grammy Awards

Just as the Hollywood award shows this year have been dominated by the Time's Up movement, the 60th annual Grammy Awards became a platform for artists to address sexual harassment and abuse, but also... Read More

California fire agencies call for additional $100 million to combat climate-driven disasters

January 28, 2018 |  
In an acknowledgment the effects global warming have had on California, a coalition of local fire agency leaders have urged Governor Brown and state lawmakers to provide an additional $100 million in state funds for pre-deployment of staffing, apparatus and equipment before extreme weather events and for improved communications throughout the state’s Mutual Aid Response System.


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Big Oil praises Governor Brown's final State of the State Address

By Dan Bacher | January 27, 2018 | 

Amidst predictably fawning media coverage, California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his sixteenth and final State of the State address at the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 25.
Brown proclaimed that the "bolder path is still our way forward" on climate change, cap-and-trade and infrastructure investment, including the implementation of the water bond of 2014 and the construction of his  Delta Tunnels, and an array of other issues. 
He said the renewal of his cap-and-trade program on a bipartisan basis was “a major achievement and will ensure that we will have substantial sums to invest in communities all across the state -- both urban and agricultural.”... Read More

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Opinion: Chelsea Manning - A Trans Woman's Perspective

By Amber Enderton | January 25, 2018 |
Chelsea Manning has long been a hero to the trans community. Lionized to a fault, critics of her have often been accused of transphobia. It's easy to see why. While the world saw her as a whistleblower who shed light on the government's illicit actions, particularly in regards to the Collateral Murder video, she has been so much more.
For the past 7 years, she has been at the forefront of the fight for trans women to be treated with respect and dignity in US prisons. From the beginning of her incarceration, word got out about her horrifying treatment. She was forced to sleep in the nude and paraded around naked outside her cell like a freak, even as the bases own medical staff stated she was not a danger to herself and such measures were unnecessary.
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Nearly half of California’s vegetation at risk from climate stress

Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are putting nearly half of California’s natural vegetation at risk from climate stress, with transformative implications for the state’s landscape and the people and animals that depend on it, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. However, cutting emissions so that global temperatures increase by no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) could reduce those impacts by half, with about a quarter of the state’s natural vegetation affected.

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Bears burned in California wildfires healed with fish skins, released to wild

Two adult female black bears that were burned during the Thomas Fire in Southern California have recuperated and are now back in the wild thanks to the help of University of California, Davis, veterinarians and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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Calif. Assemblyman Frazier slams illegal communications between DWR, State Water Board

By Dan Bacher | January 21, 2018 |  
SACRAMENTO – On January 18, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, issued a statement responding to alleged unlawful ex parte communications between the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources regarding the proposed Delta Tunnels outlined in complaints filed by Delta region local governments, public agencies and advocacy organizations.
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Testing Sonoma ash and air for fire-formed pollutants

When fires ripped through suburban subdivisions in Santa Rosa last October, they may have done more than reduce homes to ashes. By incinerating all kinds of materials — insulation, electronics, furniture, cleaning products, pesticides — at very high temperatures, they could have created unknown or previously unrecognized health hazards in the smoke and ash. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, are trying to figure out just what is in that ash and air.


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UC responds to federal push for Supreme Court ruling on DACA

The University of California Office of the President issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Session's announcement today (Jan. 16) that the Justice Department would take “the rare step” of asking for direct review by the Supreme Court of a lower court’s decision — this one having to do with DACA. The government is appealing a District Court’s Jan. 9 injunction that temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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