Public Risks from the Woolsey Fire and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory: A Letter to DTSC

Prior to the first round of data analysis, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control reported that its scientists “do not believe the fire caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke.”

“A common denominator in every single nuclear accident – a nuclear plant or on a nuclear submarine – is that before the specialists even know what has happened, they rush to the media saying, ‘There’s no danger to the public.’ They do this before they themselves know what has happened because they are terrified that the public might react violently, either by panic or by revolt.”

—Jacques-Yves Cousteau

On November 19, representatives Henry Stern and Jesse Gabriel authored a joint letter to Barbara Lee, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In their letter, posted to social media, Senator Stern and Assemblymember Gabriel call for “full transparency” to “ensure the public is fully aware of any public health risks posed by the Woolsey Fire on Santa Susana Field Laboratory.”

Henry Stern represents nearly 1 million residents of the 27th Senate District, which includes Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, part of Santa Clarita and the following Los Angeles communities: Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, West Hills, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills.

Jesse Gabriel represents Assembly District 45 comprised of the cities of Calabasas and Hidden Hills, a small portion of unincorporated Ventura County and several neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles: Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Northridge, Reseda, Tarzana, Warner Center, West Hills, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills.

Senator Stern and Assemblymember Gabriel outline five specific requests regarding transparency from the DTSC, and conclude, “Given the serious and unsettling nature of this situation, we respectfully request that all information and data be disclosed as quickly as possible. Our community—and the broader public—deserve answers.”

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Chris Burnett Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFK’s Indymedia On Air

Chris Burnett interviews Santa Cruz Indymedia photojournalist Bradley Stuart Allen, who’s facing a felony conspiracy for publishing photos of an Occupy demonstration.

Indymedia On Air features voices from the global Indymedia.org network.

On the show for March 26th, Chris Burnett of the Los Angeles Independent Media Center and co-host of Indymedia On Air, interviews Santa Cruz Indymedia photojournalist Bradley Stuart Allen, who’s facing two felonies and two misdemeanors, including a felony conspiracy, for publishing photos of an Occupy demonstration.

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Tierra y Libertad: Occupy Los Angeles, Day 57

November 26th marked the 57th day of Occupy Los Angeles, which is the largest standing Occupy encampment in the nation. The occupation is located at Solidarity Park (formerly known as City Hall Park) in downtown Los Angeles.

On November 25th, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, standing beside LAPD Chief Charles Beck, announced that he is ordering the closure of Solidarity Park on Monday, November 28th at 12:01am. Occupiers are preparing to resist eviction.

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Hundreds Demand Justice for Oscar Grant Outside L.A. Courthouse

On June 14, 2010, hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Superior Court at 210 W. Temple to demand justice for Oscar Grant. Angelenos made it very clear that the significance of the trial of Johannes Mehserle is bigger than just Oscar Grant’s case, and that police brutality is part of systematic oppression. Connections were drawn between police killings in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, as well as in New York.

And not forgetting the six month long uprising, which began on June 14, 2006, loud cries of “Oaxaca Vive Vive, La Lucha Sigue Sigue” rang through the downtown streets.

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