AM News Thursday 7.18.13
Approximately 200 Residents of Arcata/Eureka partipated in both a July 8,
2013 solidarity demonstration outside of Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA. and a July 13th
protest outside Corcoran Prison in 105 degree heat.
Their purpose was to honor Basic Human Rights, Oppose Torture, and
Show Solidarity with prisoners held in prolonged and extreme isolation. The Humboldt group's primary visual was a 22 foot banner, “END Long Term
Amnesty International, National Lawyer's Guild, National Religious
Campaign Against Torture, Center for Constitutional Rights, & CA Catholic
Conference of Bishops are supporting the striking prisoners' demands.
Every Thursday, for the past 6 weeks, local residents set up an
informational demo on the Arcata Plaza- “Five PM for the Five Demands.”
11,730 prisoners are held in solitary confinement in California prisons today.
Forty-one property owners in the Lakeside Heights subdivision where a landslide
this spring destroyed several homes and led to the voluntary evacuation of several more have filed tort claims in excess of $5 million alleging that Lake County is to blame for the slide.
Such claims follow a process that includes a 45-day period in which the county may take action. During that time, the
county's third-party administrator, the George Hills Co., either accepts or rejects the claim. If rejected, the landowners would then have six months to file suit against
The claims allege the county, its Special Districts department and other
departments as yet unknown either participated in the planning, design and construction of the public water and sewer system or accepted the system
into its districts at some point before March 2013.
Further, the claimants allege that the public water system serving the
subdivision “failed in that numerous breaks occurred and/or existed in said public water system such that a substantial flow of water, over some
unknown period of time, leaked into the land/hillside and caused the hillside to destabilize.
London's Barclays Bank was fined $453 million by the federal government Tuesday for manipulating electricity prices in California and three other Western states.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission levied the fine against London's Barclays Bank and four of its traders.
In addition to the fine, Barclays was ordered to ship $34.9 million in "unjust
profits" to low-income home energy assistance programs in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Nearly two-thirds of that money is to go to California.
FERC said Barclays was "manipulating the energy markets in and around
California through the use of a coordinated, fraudulent scheme." The
scheme ran from 2006 to 2008.
In a separate case last month, FERC ordered JPMorgan Chase to refund
tens of millions of dollars to California for manipulative trades between 2009 and 2011. Those funds were distributed among utilities and other market
The $453 million Barclays fine is owed to the U.S. Treasury. The vast
majority of it is to be paid by the bank itself. But trader Scott Connelly has
to pay $15 million and traders Daniel Brin, Karen Levin and Ryan Smith
have to pay $1 million each.
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