By Mike Rhodes
The Brown Berets organized a vigil last month (August 2011) at the Fresno Police Department headquarters, marking the 10-year anniversary of Jerry Dyer being the chief of police. Participants protested the 50+ people who have died under Dyer’s administration and demanded that Dyer leave office immediately. Photo by Simone Whalen-Rhodes
Carrie Gonzales wants to know why her husband Victor, who she says was on the ground with his hands over his head, was viciously attacked by a police dog this summer. She is angry that police officers were later heard laughing and …[Read the details]
By Lloyd G. Carter
(Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. Part two will run next month.)
North Fork—Madera County’s most fire-vulnerable mountain subdivision—has gotten a lot more dangerous thanks to the county’s settlement of a lawsuit that reduced to 12 feet wide a critical road for fire trucks entering the subdivision, violating state fire road requirements and the county’s own regulations.
County Supervisor Tom Wheeler, who represents the eastern county and joined the Board of Supervisors after the lawsuit was settled by former county counsel David Prentice, said in a court declaration:
“I became aware …[Read the details]
You might have noticed that this issue of the Community Alliance newspaper is a little thinner than normal. Instead of the 24 pages that we normally run, this issue has only 20. We have also cut our print run from 13,000 to 10,000 and eliminated four pages of color. These cuts are not what we would prefer to do but are the result of financial realities that leave us no choice.
But a smaller Community Alliance does not have to be permanent. It is entirely in your power to turn this situation around and give us the support we …[Read the details]
Fresno Nuclear Power Plant Seems Unlikely
Here is an update to the coverage of the Fresno nuke proposal by Vic Bedoian in last month’s Community Alliance.
On July 26, the California Energy Commission (CEC) held its 2011 biannual Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) workshop on nuclear power in California. The focus was on the post-Fukushima seismic situation at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre. Questions from the commissioners focused on current and future seismic safety concerns, and the utilities were able to answer some but not all of them.
Of note to Fresno: At former CEC IEPR workshops John Hutson …[Read the details]
By Jim Hightower – Republished with permission
GOP-land is all a twitter now that Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he’s ready to ascend to the White House.
His candidacy was actually launched at a Prayer-a-Palooza in Houston the week before he formally announced. While only about 30,000 evangelicals and Republican faithful showed up at the 72,000-seat football stadium rented for his public prayer spectacle, he was given saturation coverage by the corporate media, which has gone gaga over yet another small-minded, right-wing Texas governor.
If the fawning reporters had any real journalistic curiosity about what kind of …[Read the details]