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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 residence is within 300 feet of a fracking operation. The firms would also have to notify local governments and water boards. The […]

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 sup

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

San Diego Free Speech Fight

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On February 19, 2012
This year is the 100th anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, when I.W.W. speakers were routinely denied their First Amendment rights for speaking in public about workers’ rights. Locked in prisons and beaten by police, it became a national news story. One of many free speech fights the Wobblies engaged in the American […]

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

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 bangs, and asymmetrical hair on both. But for the rest of the year, the defining characteristics of the region are widespread poverty, racial […]
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