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text As Socal Nuke Plant Demolition Begins, Disaster May Be Looming Michael Steinberg 2020-03-01 12:51 AM
As the San Onofre nuke plant's demolition begins, watchdogs warn disaster may be looming. (text/plain)

image Pershing Square, Los Angeles-Jan. 4, 2020 Josh Kiok 2020-02-01 1:49 AM
Pershing Square, Los Angeles-Jan. 4, 2020
This is a photo taken at an antiwar demonstration in Pershing Square, Los Angeles on Jan. 4, 2020 (image/jpeg)

image March To Remember Robert Stuart Lowden 2020-01-19 8:00 PM
March To Remember
Trans Day Of Remembrance 2020 West Hollywood A Memorial For The Gender Diverse Fallen. (image/jpeg)

image March To Remember Robert Stuart Lowden 2020-01-19 10:24 AM
March To Remember
Trans Day Of Remembrance 2020 West Hollywood A Memorial For The Gender Diverse fallen (image/jpeg)

image March To Remember Robert Stuart Lowden 2020-01-18 7:24 AM
March To Remember
Trans Day Of Remembrance 2019, West Hollywood A Memorial For The Gender Diverse Fallen (image/jpeg)

text Disability Group Protests Discriminatory Bookstore DRN 2020-01-01 1:52 AM
Following numerous instances of discrimination against the disabled at an Orange County Barnes and Noble bookstore, equal rights advocates decide to boycott (text/plain)

image Los Angeles Youth Climate Strike Robert Stuart Lowden 2019-09-25 6:03 PM
Los Angeles Youth Climate Strike
LA Youth Raise Their Voices For The Future (image/jpeg)

image Los Angeles Youth Climate Strike Robert Stuart Lowden 2019-09-25 5:43 PM
Los Angeles Youth Climate Strike
LA Youth Raise Their Voices For The Future (image/jpeg)

image Los Angeles Youth School Strike For The World Climate Crises Robert Stuart Lowden 2019-09-25 5:31 PM
 Los Angeles Youth School  Strike For The World Climate Crises
LA Youth Raise Their Voices For The Future (image/jpeg)

image Global Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles R.P. 2019-09-23 12:09 AM
Global Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles
Many young people carried signs expressing fear or fatalism about their futures. One read, “I’m studying for a future that doesn’t exist.” Various other signs advocated eating vegan (e.g., “Go vegan or go extinct”). Another one reportedly said, “The wrong Amazon is burning.” (image/jpeg)

image Call on Bernie Sanders to Withdraw His Call to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela O.R. 2019-09-22 8:47 PM
Call on Bernie Sanders to Withdraw His Call to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela
Last week a campaign was launched by KPFK host Eric Mann to tell Bernie we disapprove of his stance on Venezuela. (image/jpeg)

image Save the Amazon Demonstration RP 2019-09-03 11:06 PM
Save the Amazon Demonstration
Glendale's Americana shopping mall was the site of a demonstration reminding consumers about consequences of shopping decisions and our culture of ignorance. (image/jpeg)

text California Has Its Faults Michael Steinberg 2019-07-26 9:48 PM
Two big earthquakes in California shook up the nuclear power infrastructure as well. (text/plain)

text An Evening of Conscience and Culture - Free the #Freeway9 and #UCLA5 #FREEWAY9 #UCLA5 2019-07-11 9:34 PM
An Evening of Conscience and Culture - Free the #Freeway9 and #UCLA5 (text/plain + 3 comments)

image LA roars for Women in the Third Women's March Robert Stuart Lowden 2019-02-08 2:31 AM
LA roars for Women in the Third Women's March
The Third Women's March confirms, affirms and rejoices but remains resolute for greater change ahead. (image/jpeg)

text How Will PG&E Vankruptcy Affect Nuke Plant Shutdown? Michael Steinberg 2019-02-02 12:48 AM
PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how? (text/plain)

text The Unification Church with Rev Moon is in La and Orange Counnties St. Louis 2019-01-07 9:07 AM
The Unification Church{Moonies} owns hotels in a few South American nations, they also own sevral newspapers. The Moonies have marriages involving 450 people. The Moonies tell you who to marry and their is no chance of picking your own partner. (text/plain)

text Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? Michael Steinberg 2019-01-01 12:18 AM
Was SoCal's Woolsey fore the worst news of 2018 (text/plain)

image Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development RP 2018-12-10 4:03 AM

L.A. County Board of Supervisors takes up this development on December 11, 2018. If you can't make the meeting, you can still write to the Supervisor of your district. (image/jpeg)

image Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development RP 2018-12-10 3:58 AM

L.A. County Board of Supervisors takes up this development on December 11, 2018. If you can't make the meeting, you can still write to the Supervisor of your district. (image/jpeg)

image OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope David Thompson 2018-10-30 5:38 PM

In honor of OUR HOUSE's 25th Anniversary, we are throwing it back, all the way to 1993. (image/jpeg)

image Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle Robert D. Skeels, JD 2018-10-27 5:01 AM

Marshall Tuck's campaign reproached by the NAACP for its racism and anti-blackness. (image/jpeg)

image Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values Robert D. Skeels, JD 2018-10-27 4:32 AM

Marshall Tuck failed students in many ways, but none greater than his shuttering of programs key to their cultural identities. (image/jpeg)

image Contra Costa-Hawkins imc link 2018-10-25 3:48 AM

Excellent facts about the housing market post Costa-Hawkins, and why we must vote Yes on 10. (image/jpeg)

image Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda john 2018-10-12 6:56 AM

The opposition is out there spreading half truths. I have nothing to do with the Yes on Prop 10 campaign, but feel compelled to address these simple fabrications that the opposition has made. (image/png + 4 comments)

text Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? Equity 2018-10-10 9:55 PM
Both Kevin De Leon and Feinstein have been good re Professor Ford's allegations re Brett Kavanaugh. But there are many issues which disqualify Feinstein. (text/plain)

text Change Links September 2018 posted change links idVer:f3d4cce87c745bdff12897f5cc 2018-09-02 10:22 PM
Change Links September 2018 posted (text/plain)

text More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre Michael Steinberg 2018-08-30 11:09 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those working to create a nuclear free world. Here is our August 2018 report. More Scandals Rock San Onofre The eighth month of the year saw additional scandals erupt at Southern California's San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been shut down since 2013. Another potentially catastrophic accident occurred, a previously unknown whistleblower spoke out, and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is sending a special inspection team to try to sort out this whole mess. San Onofre's majority owner Southern California Edison shut the plant down prematurely after a scandal involving corporate mismanagement that caused a radioactive leak, and environmentalists exposed the utility's rush to restart the plant at the expense of the public's health and safety. Since the permanent shutdown Edison has begun what's called decommissioning, meaning dismantlement and decontamination of the nuclear plant .A key task in this process is dealing with the nuclear waste left over . This is called spent nuclear fuel, stored in San Onofre's nuclear reactors as well as in pools where it must be constantly cooled or else there could be a serious accident, in the worst case leading to a meltdown. This highly radioactive waste remains lethal to all life for a very long time. The federal government was supposed to take responsibility for for the megatons of spent nuclear fuel (3.55 million tons in San Onofre's case) for the whole nation by 1980, but still hasn't . Edison chose to do the job by having the spent fuel removed from the plant and transferred to what is called dry storage, in canisters that are then buried on site for who knows how long. To carry out this task Edison hired Holtec International of Camden, New Jersey. Work began this past February, then stopped--but for only 10 days--after a cask lost a part while being lowered into the burial site in March. The burial site is only 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean, protected by just a 28 foot seawall. August Is the Cruellist Month--So Far On August 10th the San Diego Union Tribune reported on "an incident" during which another spent fuel cask had become stuck on August 4th while being maneuvered down to the bottom of the nuke dump. Specifically, the cask was wedged 18 feet above the bottom, and remained there for "45 minutes to an hour" according to the NRC. The next day, August 4th, a whistleblower revealed himself at a public meeting about San Onofre's decommissioning, the same U-T article reported. He identified himself as David Fritch, and said he was employed with the federal Occupational and Safety Administration (OSHA) and had been working at San Onofre for three months. Fritch said he attended the meeting "to see if any of Edison's reps would discuss the 8-3 incident," but when none did he decided to report that the canister in question "could have fallen 18 feet." In a followup Union Tribune report on August 24th Fritch alleged that only "about a quarter inch" wedge prevented the canister from falling before it was finally repositioned and safely lowered. In the earlier U-T report Fritch also said some workers with Holtec "are undertrained" and many experienced supervisors are often sent away and replaced by new supervisors "who don't understand it as well." The 8-24 Union Tribune report said an NRC inspection team "will send a team to evaluate the incident, will come on September 10 and spend a week." The incident "confirms every fear we've had about what's going on at San Onofre and what measurges they're taking to ensure the public's safety," Charles Langley of theSan Diego Public Watchdogs told the the Union Tribune on August 10. He also expressed concerns that the spent fuel casks are not thick enough and could crack. In light of all the above, Edison put the cask transfer operations "on pause." Source: San Diego Union Tribune, Holtec's Master Plan Given Holtec's troublesome performance at San Onofre, you might think the company would be curtailing its activities in other places. Unfortunately this is not the case. Earlier this year Nuclear Shutdown News detailed its plan to build a nuke dump in Arizona for the nation's spent fuel still sitting around the increasing number of shutting down and already closed nuclear plants. An application to do so has been filed with the NRC. The most likely means of transporting the high level radioactive waste would likely be by rail. But Holtec has also been removing spent fuel from shutdown nukes and storing it on site, most recently at Vermont Yankee, which closed in 2014. Holtec appears to be privatizing the job of dealing with the nuke industry's high level radioactive waste and turning it into its own growth industry , after the job was abdicated by the federal government since 1980, as noted above. On August 1 Utility Drive reported a new Holtec scheme to turn a profit this way in its article "Holtec to buy three nuclear plants, greatly accelerate decommissioning." The three nuclear plants, all shutting down in the near future, are Oyster Creek in New Jersey, Pilgrim in Massachusetts, and Palisades in Michigan. Holtec and its partner Comprehensive Decommissioning International, said they would dismantle and decontaminate the three nuke plants in eight years, though they have up to 60 years to do so. The same plan applies to Vermont Yankee. In that state the Conservation Law Foundation warned, "In the rush to secure a possible--and by no means certain--quick cleanup of the site, the settlement excludes reasonable protection for Vermont communities. The Utility Drive report did not explain why Holtec is buying the three nukes, or for how much, But a report by WBUR radio in Boston on August 2 said that in the Pilgrim deal "Holtec will get $1 billion paid by Massachusetts ratepayers into a decommissioning trust fund." Sources: Utility Drive, utility; WBUR, During August more Scandals Rocked the Southern California nuclear plant San Onofre, resulting in an upcoming federal investigation. (text/plain)

text Site Outage Friday johnk 2018-08-30 3:49 PM
There will be intermittent site outages on Friday. (text/plain)

text Change Links August 2018 change links idVer:2273781c704b70f1e0540928e2 2018-08-14 1:56 AM
Change Links August 2018 (text/plain)

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