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 By Nancy Kaufman    News    April 17, 2018

Methane Explosion at Playa del Rey would have a devastating blow to the Economy

The Playa del Rey gas storage field, owned and operated by Southern California Gas Company, was purchased by SoCal Gas in 1953 as field surplus. The storage facility dates back to pre World War Two...

 

Offshore Drilling & Oil Spills Threaten Entire Pacific Ecosystems, Says Local Panel

California's Pacific waters could be in peril if Trump's proposal to open up sensitive coastlines becomes a reality. Oceana's Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sharpless, said, "Offshore drilling and...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    Movies    March 15, 2018

Men in Black Trumped Democracy. But they were not Russian, Says Frenchman

It's not Russia's interference with the 2016 elections that tilted the vote Trump's way, but rather a dark force hiding in the shadows of his campaign, which is the subject of the French journalist...

 

God Forbid, A Stock Market Crash is Ahead. Maybe. Or Maybe Not

A month before Wall Street's recent correction shared media headlines with all things Trump, columnist David Von Drehel of the Washington Post said that a recession, slump, or "God forbid a crash, "...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    February 6, 2018

Pier Protest Against Offshore Drilling Includes Tongva Prayers and Bi-Partisan Objections

   This past Saturday, hundreds of protesters packed the Santa Monica Pier at the Protect the Pacific rally, to take a stand against Trump's plan to dramatically increase offshore drilling off the...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    January 27, 2018

LA March for Equal Rights For Women and Everyone Marginalized in the Trump Era

Saturday, January 21st, 2018, the day that marks the one year anniversary of Trump's inauguration approximately 500,000 people took to the streets of downtown Los Angles, to participate in the annual...

 

Movement to Recall Mike Bonin & Vision Zero Great Streets

Since last summer, divisiveness has grown in Mar Vista over  the  "road diets," that City Council member Mike Bonin implemented, as part of the Los Angeles' " Vision Zero Great Streets" initiative t...

 

The Father of the Anti-Vaccine Movement, Andrew Wakefield, Answers Questions in New Film

The mainstream media has called Dr. Andrew Wakefield, subject of the recently released "The Pathological Optimist," the "father of the anti-vaccine movement." Dr. Wakefield, who currently resides...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    October 16, 2017

Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Elevates Levels of Toxins Among Valley Residents

Doctor Jeffrey Nordella shared the results of his toxic health study to a packed audience of North Valley residents in the Woodland Hills Hilton last Saturday, Oct. 14th The meeting was hosted by the...

 

Porter Ranch: Another Aliso Canyon for Southern California Gas Company?

On September 13, 2017, activist groups Save Porter Ranch and Food and Water Watch hosted a rally, "Health Crisis Cover Up in North Valley! " The purpose of this event was to support Dr. Jeffrey...

 

Black Snake Rumbling: Some Native Americans Still Oppose The Dakota Access Pipeline

Not since Wounded Knee in 1973, has there been such a great gathering of indigenous tribes as there were in Standing Rock. The first camps were set up in August, 2016, along the Missouri and Cannonbal...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    June 26, 2017

Playa Vista Methane Storage Nightmare Isn't Over, Allege Local Activists

Activists believe Playa del Rey gas storage facility could be the next to have a massive methane leak, following Aliso Canyon. Environmental group, Food and Water Watch, in a promotional flyer, warns...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    Opinion    May 22, 2017

Playa Del Rey Gas Storage Facility Called "An Accident Waiting to Happen"

In April, Food & Water Watch held a meeting at the Marina del Rey Lloyd Taber Library for concerned residents to learn about the urgency of the need to shut down Playa del Rey gas storage facility. Ac...

 

Couldn't we all just get along? Asks Halton Pardee, celebrating SNAP Inc's Venice Presence

Venice Beach, CA is still where the action is today, in its new, improved and future form. Snap, the technology boom, the rise of digital capitalism, and Snapchat as the disrupter of social media all...

 

Refinery Merger threatens Wilmington Residents Health and Safety

On April 29th, 2017, a local Wilmington group called PCM, (People's Climate March), will march in the community for environmental justice. The focus for this march is the current Tesoro(formerly...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    March 7, 2017

Candidates for LA City Council Weigh In On Snapchat; Mike Bonin, Robin Rudisill, Mark Ryavec

March 2, angry Venetians demonstrate outside of SNAP INC's Venice headquarters for the third day in a row. The technology company, with its nascent IPO has become a political issue for the March 7th L...

 

As 9th Circuit Hears Appeal, LAX Protests Continue to Decry the So-called "Muslim Travel Ban"

Sat, Feb 4th at Los Angeles International Airport, opponents and backers of President Trump's travel ban exercised their first amendment rights flanked by a team of LA's finest. Even though Federal Ju...

 

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