22Jun

June 22, 2017

​​​​​​​ TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​   Mayor Brand Touts Economy in First “State of the City” Address KMJ Fresno Mayor Lee Brand delivered his 2017 “State of the City” address on Wednesday in downtown Fresno.  He spoke about public safety, new community services, and an improving economy.  Mayor Brand announced a “10 Years to Prosperity” plan […]

09Jun

June 9, 2017

TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​   Sikh community begins campaign: ‘Sikh values are American values’ Fresno Bee Sikhs from the central San Joaquin Valley joined Fresno Mayor Lee Brand on Thursday to announce the “We are Sikhs” awareness campaign.   Kern County supervisors set to field battle over PACE financing program The Bakersfield Californian Tuesday afternoon is likely to get hotter […]

08Jun

June 8, 2017

TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​ A Democrat is gaining ground in California governor’s race, and it isn’t Gavin Newsom Sacramento Bee A new poll of likely statewide voters suggests the upcoming contest to replace Gov. Jerry Brown could be a competitive one. And it could come down to two Democrats.   Newsom still leads California governor’s race, but Villaraigosa […]

07Jun

June 7, 2017

TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​   Bruce Freeman captures Ward 5 Bakersfield City Council seat The Bakersfield Californian  – ‎8 hours ago‎ Political observers said the make-up of Ward 5, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats substantially, was more welcoming to Freeman, whose business background and criticisms of city employee pension costs plays well with local … Well-known attorney says Sheriff’s Office damaged his reputation. […]

06Jun

June 6, 2017

TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​ Without Washington, Jerry Brown makes clean energy deals with China Sacramento Bee The goal is to spur new investment in the renewable energy sector in both California and China. WORTH REPEATING: “Take that, Oregon. California Supreme Court expands taxpayers’ right to sue SFGate The court unanimously overturned several decades of lower-court decisions that allowed only […]

05Jun

June 5, 2017

TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​   California’s 2018 governor’s race is going to be big. Find out who’s in and what’s next Los Angeles Times “This is a place that embodies the future – ethnically, economically and attitudinally,” said Darry Sragow, a veteran Democratic consultant in Los Angeles who is unaligned in the race.   Longtime Villaraigosa ally Jose Huizar […]

02Jun

June 2, 2017

TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​   What Will Happen to California After Trump’s Exit From Paris Accord?  KQED As President Trump announced the U.S. would leave the Paris climate accord, California’s political leaders quickly declared that the state would step up on the international stage. Fact-checking Donald Trump’s statement withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement PoliFact President […]

01Jun

June 1, 2017

 TOP POLITICAL STORIES​​​​​​​  Dan Walters leaving The Sacramento Bee after 57 years as a journalist Sacramento Bee He later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief, and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee. “While Dan Walters …   […]

31May

May 31, 2017

Political Stories Top stories   A political battle over California’s bullet train has ended with the release of money – The state finance department has cleared the way for a $713-million state grant to electrify a commuter rail system in the Bay Area, ending a political battle started earlier this year by California Republicans in […]

30May

May 30, 2017

Political Stories Top stories   State lawmakers consider Brown’s gamble on pension money — As California lawmakers kick off their yearly scramble to pass a state budget, they have yet to agree on whether one controversial provision will make the cut: an untested $6 billion scheme that the governor says could save the state billions […]