Environment

California bondage

Submitted: Jan 05, 2011
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

12-31-10
Indybay.org
Supreme Court Terminated Governor's Last Ditch Petition to Sell State Properties
by Dan Bacher
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/31/18667918.php
Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his collaborators have waged a campaign to greenwash his absymal environmental legacy through a plethora of press releases, photo opportunities and puff pieces before he leaves office. One of the most shameful examples of these efforts to rewrite history by casting Schwarzenegger in the role of "green governor" is Terry Tamminen's Huffington Post puff piece, "He'll Be Back" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terry-tamminen/hell-be-back_b_802128.html).

"In 'Terminator', Arnold Schwarzenegger famously utters 'I'll be back.' The world should hope that he'll be back to keep working on these issues with the unique style of public service that is the basis of his unprecedented green legacy," Tamminen claims.

In stark contrast, Patrick Porgans, a longtime advocate for the public trust, has written a superb piece exposing the Governor's last ditch petition to sell 11 state office properties to private corporations before leaving office. The plan was supposedly designed to pay off a portion of the state's multi billion deficit and increasing debt load.

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New Report identifies top 10 ecosystems to save - Calif. Featured‏

Submitted: Jan 05, 2011
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2011

 

Contact:       Dr. Mark Rockwell, California Representative, Endangered Species Coalition,

                        V.P. Conservation, Federation of Fly Fishers, 530 559-5759

Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition: 202-320-6467

            

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Green history

Submitted: Dec 31, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

December 31, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Counterpunch.com
New Year's Edition
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/node/add/blog

A Concise History of the Rise and Fall of the Enviro Establishment
How Green Became the Color of Money
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

In the early summer of 1995, Jay Hair quietly resigned as head of the National Wildlife Federation. This Napoleonic figure had transformed a once scruffy, apolitical collection of local hunting and gun clubs into the cautious colossus of the environmental movement with more than four million members and an annual budget of nearly $100 million. By the time Hair left, the Federation enjoyed more political clout in Washington than the rest of the environmental groups combined.

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Did you know that Castle Farms, Inc. owns Riverside Motorsports Park property?

Submitted: Dec 14, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

Site 1B -- Riverside Motorsports Park (formerly Pacific ComTech Park and Morimoto Industrial Park:)

This property was foreclosed upon and subsequently purchased at public auction on November 12, 2009 by Castle Farms, Inc.---Merced County Board of Supervisors Agenda Item 52, December 14, 2010.

And so ... John Condren, CEO of Riverside Motorsports Park, bought Pacific ComTech Park when Morimoto went bankrupt in 2005, and now Castle Farms, Inc., which plans to develop a large property between the former Air Force base and Merced, has bought the property at public auction.

Castle Farms, Inc., a 2,600 planned community destined for annexation into the City of Merced went through its own approval process with the city about a year before RMP requested that the county Airport Land Use Commission override the noise/safety zone for Castle airport. Without the override, the race track could not be built. Coincidentally, Castle Farms, Inc. stood to gain the ability to develop several hundred acres of its land blocked by the existing Castle airport noise/safety zone.

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Drilling: oil, water ... and natural gas

Submitted: Dec 06, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

The story below is about the collision of agriculture and oil industries in Kern County on land that a few decades ago was mostly reserved for oil wells in sagebrush, habitat for roadrunners and coyotes. Irrigation development has brought orchards and row crops to a lot of it now, leading to a confrontation between the two industries.

We imagine that as natural gas drilling increases in the San Joaquin Valley that similar issues will arise between groundwater and the chemicals injected in the gas-drilling process.

Badlands Journal editorial board

 

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Badlands, SJRRC, POW, CVSEN and San Joaquin et al position on Measure C

Submitted: Oct 31, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

The Badlands editorial board, including members of the San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center, Protect Our Water (POW), Central Valley Safe Environment Network and San Joaquin et al,  have in the last five months discussed very thoroughly Measure C, the development—plebiscite initiative in Merced County. We have extensive experience reading land-use and environmental documents, laws, legal briefs and court decisions. Over decades of work collectively, we have studied numerous environmental impact reports, negative and mitigated negative declarations in our participation in the public processes of land-use decisions in cities and counties in the north San Joaquin Valley and beyond. We have studied extensively  the California Environmental Quality Act and have gone to court numerous times to defend the public environmental interest in clean water, clean air and wildlife habitat regarding local land-use decisions. We have also studied and sued on the Williamson Act and Agricultural Preserve laws.
We have studied a number of general plans. In fact, San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center sued Merced County to produce a general plan and when the courts decided against the county, Raptor participated in the development of the 1990 Merced County General Plan.

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Plutocracy rebranded by Wall Street

Submitted: Oct 28, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

...by any other name

10-26-10

 CommonDreams.org
Wall Street Has Already Voted
by Holly Sklar
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/10/26-6
Before Wall Street drove our economy off a cliff, bullish Citigroup strategists dubbed the United States a "plutonomy." They said, "There are rich consumers, few in number, but disproportionate in the gigantic slice of income and consumption they take. There are the rest, the 'non-rich,' the multitudinous many, but only accounting for surprisingly small bites of the national pie."

Inequality had increased so much since the 1980s, Citi strategists noted in 2005, that the richest 1 percent of households and the bottom 60 percent had "similar slices of the income pie!" Even better, they said, "the top 1 percent of households account for 40 percent of financial net worth, more than the bottom 95 percent of households put together." And the Bush "administration's attempts to change the estate tax code and make

permanent dividend tax cuts, plays directly into the hands of the plutonomy."

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Mortgages: big banks; little banks

Submitted: Oct 26, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board


10-23-10
Global Research
Nation's Biggest Banks Each Hold over $20B in Foreclosures: Report 
Global Research, October 23, 2010
DSNews.com 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21586
New data released this week shows that the nation’s largest banks are holding monstrous volumes of soured home loans. Not only has the housing crisis left major lenders knee-deep in an ocean of non-performers, but added exposure to early delinquencies means they could sink even deeper.
According to an analysis by Weiss Ratings, an independent ratings agency covering the financial sector, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo each reported more than $20 billion in single-family mortgages currently foreclosed or in the process of foreclosure as of midyear.
In addition, Weiss found that for each dollar these banks held of mortgages in foreclosure, there were an additional $2 in loans in the pipeline that were 30 days or more past due.
Among all U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase has the largest volume of mortgages in foreclosure or foreclosed with $21.7 billion. On top of that, the company has $43.4 billion more in mortgages past due.
Compared to JPMorgan, Bank of America has a somewhat smaller volume of foreclosures — $20.3 billion — but it has a larger pipeline of past-due mortgages at $54.6 billion.

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contradictory!

Submitted: Oct 14, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

10-10-10
Bakersfield Californian
LOIS HENRY: Air board must be held accountable
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x618251275/Air-board-must-be-held-accountable
Here's a topic for the next governor's debate: If elected, would you investigate the California Air Resources Board for fraud?
Oh, did I say the "f" word?
Absolutely.
This agency is out of control and, I believe, has perpetrated an outright fraud on the people of this state.
And, no, I'm not just talking about how the agency was recently forced to admit it was wrong about the amount of diesel emissions that heavy construction contributes to air pollution.
(They were off by 340 percent and had even "overestimated" how much diesel fuel was being used per year, saying the industry used 1 billion gallons a year when it was closer to 250,000 gallons a year. The correct information was readily available through the Franchise Tax Board, by the way.)
Nor the fact that, per its own report on Aug. 31, the number of people who supposedly die prematurely due to exposure to PM2.5, tiny particulate matter such as dust and soot, inexplicably dropped from 18,000 to 9,200.

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Foreclosure and the Blue Dog Brat

Submitted: Oct 11, 2010
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

At the bottom of this series of articles on the ongoing foreclosure crisis,  we see Rep. Dennis Cardoza, Pimplico Kid-Annapolis MD, trying to rack up a few badly needed points off the suffering of foreclosed homeowners while his lead over his Republican challenger, Bill Berryhill, shrinks by the day. We may say with a great degree of confidence that the Kid's "HOME Act" will be as dead on arrival this time as it was the last time he introduced it. The Kid is a one-tune pony whose melody is legislation guaranteed to sound good in his district and at the same to guaranteed to lose so that it doesn't offend his contributors, of which two of the top five are banker PACs. Because this is shaping up as a close election, we are also confident that the Kid will receive a great deal more banker money than is now reported.

Does anybody remember Pimlico's three attempts to gut the Endangered Species Act for the benefit of a handful of developers in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties? These developers and politicians, with Pimlico in the lead, guaranteed that these counties would sustain the highest foreclosure rates per capita in the nation for months. The Kid collected a lot of campaign loot on those bills, too.

Has the Blue Dog Brat's boss, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Plutocrat-San Francisco, done so much for us that we need to return His Insolence to Washington again?

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