Support Community Choice Energy at Ventura City Council Meeting

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We believe we have the votes necessary but they need a big push to get staff to put it on the agenda in time. It would be so helpful if you would contact Ventura City Council members and come to this coming Monday’s Council meeting [Monday, December 4/TODAY] and ask when will it be on the agenda. Ventura City Council meeting starts at 6 pm TODAY, Monday, December 4, 2017.

When they put it on the agenda, has to be December 11, will you help us fill every seat with people saying we want choice to not be forced to buy our electricity from the monopoly investor owned utility and instead take advantage of this limited opportunity to start next year getting cheaper and cleaner electricity from Los Angeles Community Choice Energy.

*Arrive early to the City Council meeting and fill out a speaker card and give it to the Clerk at the front. You will be given anywhere from 1, 2 or 3 minutes to speak depending on how many speakers are signed in. Make it personal. Speak from the heart.

FROM — http://world.350.org/
The time to act is now for Ventura County and its ten cities, especially Oxnard, to move ahead to join a Community Choice Energy Aggregation. The quickest option that promises greater immediate competitiveness with SoCalEdison is to join Los Angeles County Community Choice Energy or LACCE. Oxnard being the largest user of electricity of any city cannot afford to lose out on the benefits of local control of clean, resilient, cost-effective energy development. The long-range forecast with SoCalEdison is higher rates and less ambition to develop local renewable energy.

By choosing to join LACCE, every resident will have a choice of 30%, 50%, or 100% renewable energy in their electricity mix. The time to join, at no cost whatsoever to a City, is by Dec. 27, with a ninety day trial period in which Oxnard can opt-out with no consequence.

The feasibility of local jurisdictions competing with SoCalEdison is proven. Several cities and counties across the state already maintain successful CCE’s, including: Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Lancaster. The neighboring cities of Calabasas and Agoura Hills have signed up with LACCE.

READ MORE  http://world.350.org/ventura/category/events/

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Heads Up — Your Internet Freedom is Threatened

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Freedom on the Internet is Under Attack.
They want to end net neutrality to control & tax the Internet.

FROM —Electronic Frontier Foundation
In a new proposal issued last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set out a plan to eliminate net neutrality protections, ignoring the voices of millions of Internet users who weighed in to support those protections. The new rule would reclassify high-speed broadband as an “information service” rather than a “telecommunications service”. It would then eliminate the rules against blocking, throttling, and pay-to-play. In other words, your ISP would be free to set itself up as an Internet gatekeeper.
READ ARTICLE: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/lump-coal-internets-stocking-fcc-poised-gut-net-neutrality-rules


Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

TAKE ACTION: https://www.battleforthenet.com/

PETITION: http://act.freepress.net/letter/internet_faces_nprm_nn/?source=voices

“Ending net neutrality would be a major victory for ISPs such as Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, AT&T, Altice, and Charter.
Under the proposed rule, some sites could load more slowly at the discretion of your ISP — if at all.” — FROM BUSINESS INSIDER
READ MORE http://www.businessinsider.com/net-neutrality-fcc-ajit-pai-trump-plan-meaning-2017-11

Why An Open and Free Internet is Necessary to freedom of Speech

Nov. 22, 2017: On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released his draft order to completely eradicate Net Neutrality.
https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/11/22/fccs-order-out-weve-read-it-and-heres-what-you-need-know-it-will-end-net-neutrality

According to reports, the FCC will vote on Dec. 14 to destroy Net Neutrality and allow for online discrimination.
Here are seven steps you can take right now to save the internet:
https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/11/22/seven-things-you-can-do-right-now-save-internet

https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/11/29/movement-stop-chairman-pai-breaking-internet

https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/11/28/schooling-chairman-pai-net-neutrality-myths-vs-facts

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/fcc-contemplates-repealing-net-neutrality-protections-indian-telecom-regulator-1

INFO GRAPHIC FROM: https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/save-date-save-net-neutrality/

Germany’s Telecom Regulator Bans Kids Smartwatches

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“A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Regulator urges parents who have such watches to destroy them.” — Read Article at BBC.com

“Germany’s telecoms regulator said on Friday it was banning the sale of “smart watches” that can be used by parents to check on their children, saying the devices violated Germany’s strict surveillance laws.” Read Article at Reuters.com  

Germany’s Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (The Bundesnetzagentur) which oversees the country’s telecommunications has banned smartwatches for kids in the country calling them spying devices. It has also urged parents to destroy these watches mostly used by children between the ages of 5 and 12 years. — Read Article at HackRead.com

Maybe we can get a clue?


IMAGE CREDIT: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90941490@N06/
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Protect Fillmore’s water: say NO to exempting the Sespe Aquifer from the Safe Drinking Water Act

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Today (November 8) at 5pm is the deadline to submit a comment to the state of California (DOGGR – oil and gas regulatory agency) telling them to protect Fillmore’s water and say NO to exempting the Sespe Aquifer from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

SEND IN YOUR COMMENT NOW
to: comments@conservation.ca.gov

Stay tuned for future emails about contacting our regional office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency about this issue. Click HERE for details about the aquifer exemption application.

for public health, clean air, watersheds and our oceans – it’s all connected,
Kimberly Rivers, CFROG Executive Director
http://www.cfrog.org/

iPhone apps can access cameras to secretly take photos and record videos

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“The issue with smartphones is that their cameras don’t indicate if they are being used. For Iphones it’s a system that Apple developed, and it works the way it was designed.

Remember in an Interview Edward Snowden once told John Oliver that the National Security Agency (NSA) could secretly spy on users through their smartphones and even collect personal photos from a targeted device.”
— From hackread.com | Read Full Article at https://www.hackread.com