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Lone Resident of China Camp State Park, Slated for Closure, Faces Eviction; Video

August 24, 2011 | 10:43 am

Lone Resident of China Camp State Park, Slated for Closure, Faces Eviction; Video

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From California Watch Frank Quan is 85 years old, and he has lived nearly his entire life in one place – a tiny wooden shack perched on the shore of San Pablo Bay. But by next summer, Quan could be forced to move: His house is in a state park slated for closure. In an […]

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Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook

August 19, 2011 | 8:44 am

Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook

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A California Watch report Under pressure from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry, schools officials in California edited a new environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show. The rewritten textbooks and teachers’ guides coincided with a public relations and lobbying effort by the […]

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Proponents Fear High-Speed Rail Project Starting to Slip Away

July 22, 2011 | 8:39 am

Proponents Fear High-Speed Rail Project Starting to Slip Away

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High-speed rail proponents seek ways to salvage project by Lance Williams, California Watch The California bullet train project is buffeted by bad news – downbeat pronouncements regarding its financial prospects, growing opposition from the very communities the system hopes to serve and lawsuits with the threat of more to come. Some proponents of the $45 […]

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Peninsula Cities Challenge High-Speed Rail Through Lawsuits

July 20, 2011 | 8:56 am

Peninsula Cities Challenge High-Speed Rail Through Lawsuits

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On Peninsula, bullet train’s cost projections scrutinized by Lance Williams, California Watch When a route is proposed for the California bullet train, opponents mobilize. In the Central Valley, Kings County farmers are protesting a line that would run through prime agricultural land. In Southern California, the city of Palmdale has sued to force the state […]

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ACLU Supports Blocking Anti-Circumcision Measure

July 18, 2011 | 11:27 am

ACLU Supports Blocking Anti-Circumcision Measure

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The ACLU of Northern California filed a court brief Friday supporting an effort to block a ballot measure that would ban juvenile male circumcision in San Francisco. The friend of the court brief bolsters the arguments of a coalition of Jews and Muslims who filed suit in June asking a judge to invalidate the controversial […]

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April 18, 2011 | 11:05 am

Watch “On Shaky Ground,” Investigative Report Into Seismically Vulnerable Schools

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On Friday night, KQED Public Television aired “On Shaky Ground,” the broadcast component of California Watch’s investigation into the failure of state regulators to enforce seismic safety standards in schools. The investigation found that thousands of school buildings in California face seismic issues in contravention of state law, and may not be safe in the […]

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