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Catching swordfish off the coast of California today means leaving mile long mesh nets deep in the ocean overnight. But what fishermen pull up is mostly not swordfish. For every one of the hefty, long-billed swordfish in a net, it’s estimated that there are four other marine animals entangled there.




Whale watchers were elated last summer by the rare sight of more than 40 short-finned pilot whales frolicking in the Southern California surf. But the excited onlookers were likely unaware of the hidden dangers lurking below the waves, threatening the lives of these whales and many of the world’s most iconic sea creatures.




The new state budget — the last one signed by Governor Jerry Brown — has over $50 million more for funding arts and arts education.  We did a break down of the dollars to see where the money is going.  Starting with the California Arts Council.

What did they get?




A Marin-based environmental group is backing state legislation to rid the ocean of drift gill nets it says accidentally injure or kill marine mammals.




Research shows that students who participate in visual and performing arts in school do better academically, socially, emotionally and, eventually, economically.




Released By: John Myers - The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO – California officials could be barred from transferring the title for federal government land to a private owner under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, prompted by fears that President Trump may shift away from previous efforts at preservation.




Released By: Melanie Curry - Streetsblog Claifornia

SACRAMENTO – This sounds wonky, but it’s a big deal, so pay attention:

Governor Brown just signed S.B. 150, from Senator Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach), which will bring California regional governments a few steps closer to being accountable for working to reduce greenhouse gases.




Released By: Californians Against Waste

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Assembly Member Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) were honored by the environmental organization Californians Against Waste (CAW) this week for their leadership and support for recycling legislation.