• Activists Defeat SCIG

    Court Strikes Down BNSF Railyard Project

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor On March 30, Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barry P. Goode voided plans for BNSF’s off-port railyard, Southern California International Gateway, SCIG. His decision was based on violations of the California Environmental Quality Act.

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  • Court Rejects SCIG EIR

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor In a 200-page ruling, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barry P. Goode voided BNSF's Southern California International Gateway's environmental impact report on March 30. Further approval by the Los Angeles City Council and the Port of Los Angeles’ subsequent “Site Preparation an

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    Keystone Pipeline Lawsuit Portends Anti-Democratic Decisions

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor On Jan. 7, TransCanada, the company behind the recently-rejected Keystone XL pipeline, filed two lawsuits—one in federal court, the other seeking $15 billion in damages under the North American Free Trade Agreement’s Inves

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  • With Bernie

    [caption id="attachment_11813" align="aligncenter" width="360"]Bernie 02 Killer Mike is a strong supporter of

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  • Activists Urge Council to Restore Port Oversight

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor Plaintiffs in the China Shipping lawsuit accused the Port of Los Angeles of breaking the law and called for new oversight structures to be put into place at a city council committee meeting on Dec. 15. They spoke of reinstating the Port Community Advisory Committee, P

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  • An Irregular, Not Quite Random, Retrospective

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor, and Erik Kongshaug, Former Editor Thirty-five years is an eternity in the news business. When Random Lengths was launched, during Jimmy Carter’s presidency, there was no cable news, no Internet and no text messagi

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  • COP 21 Paris:

    Beyond the Climate Summit

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor During the 20 years since the first United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as Conference of Parties or COP, emissions have risen more than 60 percent. But such dismal failure doesn’t appear to be motivating attendees at the ongoin

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  • Echoes of China Shipping

    SCIG Railyard Trial Resurrects Old Concerns

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor   Despite more than a decade of welcome environmental progress by local ports, haunting echoes of the China Shipping lawsuit hung in the air on Nov. 16 and 17. Judge Barry P. Goode h

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  • Beyond Terror

    Paris attacks reflect failure to learn

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor In The Art of War, Sun Tzu writes, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will

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  • 1,000 Strikes:

    Picketers form the Port Truckers Strike press conference in October. Photo by Slobodan Dimitrov

    Port Trucker Says They’re Not About to Stop

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor   From Oct. 26 through 30, port truckers engaged in their eighth unfair labor pract

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