Court Ruling a Blow to Agribusiness Mogul’s Kern Water Bank

By Vic Bedoian In a ruling on March 5, a Sacramento Superior Court judge struck a blow against the operation of the Kern Water Bank. It is the most significant decision to date concerning the...
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A Fresno Epiphany: Swearengin Video Offers Insights on Racism, White Privilege

By Kevin Hall Stark examples of institutionalized racism and White privilege in Fresno burst out publicly in October like a Charlottesville rally of Trump supporters. The tiki torches illuminating the forces of civic and moral failure...

Frederick Soddy: Radioactivity, Isotopes, Social Responsibility of Scientists and the Environment

By George B. Kauffman Amid the kerfuffle caused by John Hutson’s misguided attempts to introduce nuclear power plants into Fresno County despite the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster, I thought Community Alliance readers would appreciate information...

PG&E’s Latest Attack on the Foothills: Massive Tree Removal

By Chip Ashley In early 2008, a diverse collective of Sierra foothill people from Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties organized the Save the Foothills Coalition to oppose the building of a massive transmission line near...

Environmental Racism in West Fresno

For decades, West Fresno residents have endured health and safety hazards created by corporate giant Darling International Inc.’s meat rendering plant. Though sited within yards of West Fresno residences, Darling’s plant has long operated under...

Smiling Seriously: Creative Genius at Work

If you are a progressive political activist in Fresno, you have seen him with his video camera at your event. You may have watched his video docu-poems edited by him and his wife, Maia,...

Why Wa-ha-lish (Jesse Morrow Mountain) Is Sacred to the Choinumni

By Chip Ashley The terrible 1850s of the San Joaquin Valley are full of stories, like that of the massacre of the Choinumni where the foot of Wa-ha-lish meets the Kings River, which could explain...

Unreasonable Use of California’s Most Precious Resource

Nearly a century ago, Fresno County widow Amelia Herminghaus set off a revolution in California’s water world that fundamentally altered how water could be used. Herminghaus and her late husband had built an 18,000-acre farming...

60 Years of Neglect and Unlawful Behavior: An Overview of the Darling Rendering Plant...

1947—Plant Opens Sierra Meat Co. (now Darling International) receives Special Use Permit 9 to operate a slaughterhouse and meat packaging plant facility from Fresno County. 1953—Limited Permit Issued, First Odor Complaints Fresno County grants Sierra Meat Co....

A Major Pollutant Goes Unregulated

Nearly three decades ago, federal scientists discovered the cause of a massive die-off of fish and birds at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County, 10 miles north of Los Banos. Selenium, a...

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