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Native Tribes Demand More Water in Rivers to Save Fish

The Times-Standard reports that the Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa Valley tribes and the Klamath Justice Coalition traveled to Sacramento Tuesday to protest the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) decision to cut pre-emptive water releases from Trinity Lake that would nurture fish on the Trinity and Klamath rivers. Roughly two hundred protesters showed up at the office of Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo, who made the decision which diverted the water to the Sacramento River to protect federally endangered salmon. Aug 20, 2014 2:34 PM PT

Ethics Fail: Bill on 'Suspended Pay' Fails to Make November Ballot

The Sacramento Bee reports that the Democratic-dominated California State Assembly, which acted on various pieces of legislation Monday, somehow failed to act on Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s bill asking voters if the legislature should have the capacity to suspend pay for representatives who have been suspended for allegations of dishonorable behavior. Aug 20, 2014 5:46 AM PT

Report: Israeli Ship Docks, Unloads at Oakland Port; Radical Activists Mourn

Longshoremen at the Port of Oakland have unloaded the Zim Piraeus, an Israeli vessel that radical activists had attempted to block for several days. The ship docked and unloaded Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, apparently after fooling anti-Israel demonstrators from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement into thinking they had actually succeeded in driving the boat away from Oakland. Aug 20, 2014 5:14 AM PT

Oakland Protests Against Israeli Ship Continue for 2nd Day

KTVU-2 TV in Oakland reports that protesters gathered at the Port of Oakland on Monday night for a second time to protest the arrival of an Israeli ship owned by Zim shipping. Demonstrators blocked workers from offloading the ship. Aug 19, 2014 11:16 AM PT

Locals Evoke Ferguson in Protesting Woodland Shooting

Fox 40 KTXL in Sacramento reports that there were protests in Woodland, CA on Monday night over the fatal shooting of an armed man by police in Woodland Monday morning. The deceased man was allegedly armed with a knife. The protest triggered a response from police, who fired tear gas and stun grenades at the crowd. Demonstrators specifically cited protests against police in Ferguson, MO as an inspiration for their own protest. Aug 19, 2014 8:33 AM PT

Ferguson, Gaza Revive Occupy Oakland

Occupy Oakland came up for air again this past weekend, spurring two protests in Oakland. One was centered on events that have been transpiring in Ferguson, Missouri; another focused on the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. Aug 18, 2014 1:33 PM PT

Alleged Bedbug Infestation Closes Theater in Rural Lodi

KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento reports that two girls attending a movie at a theater in Lodi emerged with raised red welts on their arms and legs from bed bugs, prompting the theater to temporarily shut down. Lodi Stadium 12 is temporarily closed. Aug 18, 2014 1:06 PM PT

Minor League Manager Melts Down Again

Joe Mikulik, the manager of the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, part of the Texas Rangers organization, apparently feels his tantrums on the field are part of his job description. Aug 18, 2014 10:51 AM PT

Sea World Says It Will Expand Tanks; 'Blackfish' Director Slams Proposal

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that on Friday, SeaWorld announced that it is planning new, larger environments for its animals with additional funds going to research on its animals and programs to protect ocean health and whales in the ocean. Sea World denied accusations that its actions are a response to the 2013 documentary Blackfish and subsequent criticism of the company from the release of the film. Aug 18, 2014 6:19 AM PT

Activists Protest Giant Slip-and-Slide in Downtown LA

A proposed slip-and-slide event scheduled for downtown Los Angeles on September 27 is coming under fire because of the state’s severe drought. Nearly 10,000 people have signed an online petition to prevent the event from happening, as of Monday morning. The event, called Slide the City, is run by McFarlane Promotions in San Diego, and has been scheduled for dozens of cities across the country for the next few months. Aug 18, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Al Sharpton: Michael Brown May Have Been Guilty of 'Shoplifting, Not Robbery'

Reverend Al Sharpton, speaking to a congregation in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday, excoriated police for releasing a video in which someone, who appears to be shooting victim Michael Brown, is seen robbing a convenience store. The person resembling Brown stole a $50 box of cigars. Aug 18, 2014 5:50 AM PT

Oakland Protest Over Ferguson Turns Violent

Local news channel KTVU reports that fallout from the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri triggered the arrest of two men in Oakland as a peaceful protest turned violent on Friday night. Aug 17, 2014 11:07 AM PT


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