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Apr 20
2009

ICE suit

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , rights , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , law enforcement , jail , immigration , government , Congress

Bruce Robinson

 The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department is charged with illegally overreaching in their support for immigration enforcement by federal officials. The ACLU suit also challenges the regulation upon which that cooperation is based.

 Julia Harumi Mass, staff attorney for American Civil Liberties Union of Northern  California (ACLUNC) is the lead attorney behind that group's suit  charging that the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been collaborating beyond the law to target, arrest, and detain Latino residents of Sonoma County.

The rights embodied in the US Constitution are not there only for American  citizens, says Mass, but are explicitly applied to everyone, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

 

Even as the ALCU lawsuit unfolds, Mass says she sees some early hints that the new Obama administration may be moving toward a different stance on ICE enforcement usage of the disputed regulations.

 

 

 

 

Mar 30
2009

The Landfill's Future

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , waste , toxic , technology , speaker , Sonoma , Sebastopol , Santa Rosa , resources , public safety , policy , planning , Petaluma , nonprofit orgs , news , Health , government , events , environment , economy , design , conservation , community , climate change , chemicals , carbon , business , alternative energy , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

 Sonoma County's main dump, seen from the air at left,  has been closed since 2005, but its future continues to be hotly debated.

 

           

Operating a landfill anywhere in northern California is a difficult prospect in today's regulatory climate, observes Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, and even a well-funded private company must surmount those obstacles.

A proposed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for Sonoma County could eventually be able to sort out and reuse as much as 90% of the region's waste stream. Alan Strachan, one of the backers of that project, suggests that through composting or other processes, even most of the remaining 10% could someday be reused.

Longtime recycling advocate Mike Anderson is one of many voices taking up the call for setting a goal of zero waste.

 

 The March 30th forum on the future of the Sonoma County landfill was co-hosted by the Climate Protection Campaign and the  Leadership Institute on Ecology nd the Economy.

The entire public forum was recorded and will be broadcast at the following times on Community Media Channel 26 in Santa Rosa:

Monday, March 30 (LIVE) 8am
Wednesday, April 1st  5pm
Thursday, April 2nd 12pm
Friday, April 3rd  5pm
Saturday, April 4th  6am
Sunday, April 5th 5pm
Monday, April 6th  8am
Wednesday, April 8th 5pm
Thursday, April 9th  12pm
Friday, April 10th 5pm
Saturday, April 11th 6am
Sunday, April 12th 5pm

 More information and background about Ecoleader .

To learn more about the Landfill.

Mar 22
2009

GMO Mystery

Posted by Bruce Robinson in public safety , policy , Health , food , environment , chemicals , business , author , agriculture

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Genetically modified organisms are not the villain in the newest mystery novel by Susan Arnout Smith. But they play a key role all the same.

Smith says she had a background awareness of the GMO issue, but began to see it in a new light-as potential subject matter-when she witnessed an impassioned public demonstration by concerned activists.

 

 

 

 Some longtime NPR listeners may recognize Smith  (right) from her past work as a regular essayist on Weekend Edition Sunday. That's something she stopped doing a few years ago, as books plays and screenplays demanded all her available time, but she still thinks of her NPR experience fondly.

 

 

 

Mar 12
2009

The Tyranny of Oil

Posted by Bruce Robinson in waste , war , transportation , technology , speaker , Sonoma , Science , resources , public safety , protest , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , legislation , international , Ideas , history , government , finances , events , environment , economy , corporate responsibiliyt , conservation , Congress , climate change , carbon , business , author , alternative energy , air quality , activism

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 Oil companies are consolidating and reaping record profits. And that's not a good thing, for democracy or for planet earth.

 
 

It's not the cost of oil at the derrick that has been driving up the price of gasoline at the pump, says researcher, analyst and writer Antonia Juhasz. A far more influential factor is the speculative trading of oil price futures, which happens outside the view or regulatory control of this or any other government.

 

 

 

While most big oil companies have recently begun to portray themselves as newly sensitive to the environment and open to alternative energy, Juhasz isn't buying it.