August 2009


Just a friendly reminder that San Joaquin County is updating the 2010 General Plan, and they are having a community workshop in the Stockton area today and tomorrow!




 When you attend the meeting, some key points to mention are:

  • The need for habitat enhancement both terrestrial and aquatic.
  • The need to monitor quality and quantity in waterways.
  • More public access to and along the Calaveras River and other waterways.
  • The need to educate the public in San Joaquin County about riparian (river) corridors through tours, nature walks, and lectures.



9/10/2009 Linden First Baptist Church, 17580 E. State Route 26, Linden, CA 95236
9/21/2009 TracyMountain House Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
9/23/2009 French Camp/ South Stockton/ Delta Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206

By: Emily Green, LA Times, August 28, 2009

Week before last, more than 1,000 climate experts from around the world gathered in Stockholm for World Water Week. If you didn’t read about it or hear about it on TV, it’s not necessarily because of the crisis besetting modern journalism. It could easily be the subject. If there is anything that can clear a room faster than a plague of toads, it’s discussion of climate change and water…

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Planning And Conservation League

For Immediate Release                                                                                            

Contact: Tina Andolina

(530) 908.6714

August 26, 2009

Sacramento – Today Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny issued a decision supporting contentions by the Planning and Conservation League and other plaintiffs that the California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) did not adequately study the potential impacts before choosing the Pacheco Pass route into the Bay Area from the Central Valley. This decision means the choice to build the train along the Pacheco Pass route will be rescinded and the impacts and alternatives thoroughly studied.

 Tina Andolina, Legislative Director for the Planning and Conservation League said, “We hope Authority will get right to work on a thorough and comprehensive review. The public supports high speed rail but wants it done right since we simply can’t afford to throw $10 billion at a project that is done haphazardly.”

In July of 2008 the HSRA approved the Bay Area Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and selected the Pacheco Pass route despite clear evidence that an alternative route along the Altamont Pass route would have fewer environmental and community impacts, serve more riders, and likely cost less. The Planning and Conservation League, along with Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund and the California Rail Foundation filed the lawsuit to overturn the EIR route decision. The Town of Atherton and City of Menlo Park later joined the lawsuit.

Judge Kenny found the EIR inadequate on several fronts. Specifically, he found that the project description of the alignment of the HSR tracks between San Jose and Gilroy was inadequate and that the EIR failed to address the Union Pacific Railroad’s refusal to make its right-of-way available for High-Speed Rail. Further Judge Kenny found that the EIR was not specific enough regarding the potential impacts various routes would have on surrounding businesses and homes which may be displaced, the Monterey Highway or Union Pacific’s use of its right-of-way.

“We are confident that once the Authority completes a fair and objective review they will decide that the Altamont Pass route is the best choice for California,” said Andolina. “We get one shot to do this project right. In this case, we have to measure twice to cut once.”


The Planning and Conservation League (PCL) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit lobbying organization, working in the State Legislature and at the administrative level in state government to enact and implement policies to protect and restore the California environment. PCL has played a key role in efforts to pass SB 974.

August started out with a big step forward for the governor’s plan to address twin crises in water supply and the environment when water officials, regulators and environmentalists belatedly published a 200-page outline of a key part of the plan.

Then things got complicated.

First, after eight years of pronounced disinterest from Washington…


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By: Bill McEwen

Fresno Bee

With salmon on the California coast disappearing, I wonder how many billions of dollars will be spent on hatcheries, habitat restoration, fish ladders and even trucks in an attempt to save the species.

I also wonder how long government will rely on these failing approaches until confronting the obvious: the dam in Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley must come down if salmon are to thrive again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


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IMG_1105The scientific debate is over: humans are causing global warming.

Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to wildlife habitat, and the natural resources we depend upon for life-sustaining services, like cleaning our air and water and pollinating crops, and recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, boating and hiking.

A report released in April by Berkeley, USC, and Occidental College coined the term “Climate Gap”, meaning the “often hidden and unequal harm climate change will cause people of color and the poor in the United States.”

The report found that, as a result of climate change, minorities and disadvantaged families will breathe filthier air and pay more money for basic necessities while they receive fewer or more irregular job opportunities.

Fortunately, the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County have acknowledged the importance of decreasing our carbon footprint (the amount of carbon dioxide – a “green house gas” – released into the atmosphere) by signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the U.S. Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration.

Yet this is not enough: Mahatma Ghandi once said that “Actions express priorities”.

We cannot expect our Federal, State, and City government to fight global warming without taking action in our own everyday lives.

Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to fight against global warming:

• Give your car the day off: Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Leaving your car home two days a week can reduce your impact on emissions by 1,590 pounds a year.

• Change your light bulbs and buy energy efficient appliances: Light bulbs matter and so does your thermostat and washing machine. Yearly carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by replacing a regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent (150 pounds), lowering the thermostat two degrees in the winter (2,000 pounds) and washing clothes in cold water (500 pounds).

• Encourage and follow up with your City and County government representatives on Climate Change initiatives like the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.

• Buy local: Buying food and products that are produced locally instead of transported thousands of miles by trucks and ships that emit carbon dioxide.

• Welcome wildlife into your garden: Help creatures adapt to shifting habitats by planting native, pollen-rich plants for bees and butterflies, creating bogs and ponds for amphibians and insect-eating bats, and providing berry-producing plants for birds.

We cannot let future generations down with inaction. Global warming is the greatest threat we face, but it is a challenge we can overcome as long as we make addressing its causes and impacts a priority.

Report: California must adapt to changing climate

Business Week

Even if the world is successful in cutting carbon emissions in the future, California needs to start preparing for rising sea levels, hotter weather and other effects of climate change, a new state report recommends.

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