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Western Lynchings

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On December 6, 2012
This is a fascinating piece on Ken Gonzales-Day, the artist and author who explores the history of lynching in the American West. We usually think of lynching as something that had to black people in the South. But it was far more pervasive, especially in the American West, where non-whites of all varieties were lynched […]

The Future of Water

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On August 12, 2012

This story about the siphoning of water from the Sacramento River to the big corporate farms and cities of southern California says a lot about the future of water resources in the West, and the natio

California Fracking

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On May 31, 2012

The California Senate has rejected a fracking bill that seems like common sense: Under Pavley’s bill, oil companies would be required to give 30 days notice to land owners whose property line or

Fort Ord

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On April 25, 2012
I was very happy to see President Obama use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create Fort Ord National Monument in California, protecting some of the last wild land in the Monterey Bay area. It looks super cool and I would love to visit. I don’t however see how using the Antiquities Act is a […]

Green Space

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On March 5, 2012

I think it’s great that Los Angeles is creating a new wetland in south Los Angeles. Part of a 9 acre park, this 4.5 acre wetland will bring much needed green space to a gritty neighborhood sorel

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Hetch Hetchy

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On February 17, 2012
An iconic moment in environmental history is the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Dam. San Francisco, always desperate for fresh water supplies, looked to the Sierra Nevada to quench its thirst by the late 19th century. However, most of the Sierra’s water was owned by mining companies, used for hydraulic mining, by which high-pressure water […]

Coachella

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On November 2, 2011

In the hipster world, California’s Coachella Valley is known for strange creatures such as Animal Collective and Deer Tick that appear once a year to gigantic crowds of bearded men, women with b

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