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The Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition is our weekly one-hour public affairs radio program an podcast covering how State and Federal policy and politics impact the north, central and southern regions of the San Joaquin Valley. It is broadcasted on Newstalk 580 KMJ on Sundays from 9 to 10 am.
KMJ, which uses a 50,000 watt transmitter, can be heard throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Its signal can be picked up as far south as Santa Clarita and as far north as San Francisco. The program will also be podcast on iTunes.
The first half-hour of this program (“The Maddy Report” segment) is an audio version of the weekly half-hour tv program, The Maddy Report, seen on KFSN ABC30, the California Channel (Statewide), and in Southern California on Charter Communications. The Maddy Report focuses on public policy issues being addressed at the State Capital and in Washington, D.C. that are important to California and the San Joaquin Valley.
The second half hour (“Valley Views” segment) focuses the conversation on how the particular topic specifically impacts Valley residents. To ensure a wide range of viewpoints and an informative discussion, guests from throughout the political spectrum and from throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley will be invited to participate.
The goal of The Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition will be to provide a balanced, fact-based and thought-provoking examination of issues facing the San Joaquin Valley—from Bakersfield to Stockton and every city in between. It is intended to advance our mission of fostering more informed discussion and a more engaged electorate.
The program is moderated by the Maddy Institute’s Executive Director, Mark Keppler.
The Maddy Report-Valley Views Edition debuted in 2013.
The following is a list of the most recent Maddy Report shows.
- Sacramento Politics, Valley Implications Guests Senate Democratic Leader Kevin de León and Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller discuss Sacramento politics with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Bill McEwen (Fresno Bee Opinion Page Editor), Prof. Nate Monroe (UC Merced Political Science Department Chair), and Paul Hurley (former editor of the Visalia Times Delta).
- Valley Seniors: Programs and Prospects Guests PPIC Analyst Laurel Beck, Jeremy Oliver (Program Director for Kern County Office of Aging and Adult Services), Prof. Helen Miltiades (Fresno State) discuss the changes facing Valley Seniors with Maddy Executive Director Mark Keppler.
- Sunshine (Laws) in the Valley: A Good Thing? Guest California’s Little Hoover Commission Executive Director Carole D’Elia discusses sunshine laws with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by UC Merced Professor Nate Monroe, Paul Hurley, Former Editor of the Visalia Times Delta, and Hilda Cantu Montoy, Fresno-area Attorney and former City Attorney for the City of Fresno.
- How Will Climate Change Affect the Valley? Guests Rob Lapsley (President of the California Business Roundtable), Juan Altamirano (Associate Director of Public Policy for Audubon California), John Myers (KQED’s Senior Editor for California Politics & Government), Dan Walters (Sacramento Bee Columnist) Pete Weber (CA Fwd), Professor Roger Bales (UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute), and Professor Tapan Pathak (UC Merced Professor) discuss climate change in the valley with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler.
- El Nino, The Perfect or Not So Perfect Storm? Guests Rachel Ehlers (Analyst, LAO) and Alvar Escriva-Bou (PPIC Analyst) discuss the state of the drought with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Joe Del Bosque (Del Bosque Farms), Sarge Green (CA Water Institute at Fresno State), Jason Peltier (San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority), and Johnny Amaral (Westland’s Water District)
- Cap & Trade: Good or Bad for the Valley? Guests Ross Brown (LAO), Dan Walters (Sacramento Bee), and John Howard (Capitol Weekly) discuss Cap & Trade issues with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Bill McEwen (Fresno Bee Opinion Page Editor), Prof. Nate Monroe (UC Merced Poli Sci Dept. Chair), Paul Hurley (fmr. editor of the Visalia Times Delta).
- K-12 Education in the Valley: Rising Expectations and Rising Costs Guest Cal Matters Reporter Judy Lin discusses K-12 education with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Dr. Todd Oto (Superintendent of the Visalia Unified School District) and Michael Johnston (Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, Clovis Unified School District).
- Governor Brown’s 2016 Budget: What it May Mean for the Valley Guests Mac Taylor (CA’s Legislative Analyst) and Fred Silva (Fiscal Policy Analyst, CA Forward), discuss the 2016 California budget with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Jeff Cummins, Fresno State Political Science Professor, and Bill McEwen, Editorial Page Editor of the Fresno Bee.
- Valley Prognosis in Year Two of Obamacare Guests Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, California Endowment, Michelle Von Tersch, VP Corporate Communications, Community Medical Centers, and John Price, CEO of Artisan Construction & Design and Chairman of the Board for Golden Valley Health Centers discuss Obamacare in the Valley today with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler.
- Exposing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in State and Local Government Guest Elaine Howle, California State Auditor, discusses government fraud with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Paul Hurley (former Editorial Page Editor of the Visalia Times Delta) and Bill McEwen (Editorial Page Editor of the Fresno Bee).
- College Grads: Can the Valley Grow Its Own? Guest PPIC Analyst Sarah Bohn discusses college graduates with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Debbie Young (Career Development Center Director, Fresno State), Jeffrey Michael (Dir. at Career Development Center, University of the Pacific), and Garo Kalfayan (Dean, School of Business and Public Administration at CSU Bakersfield).
- The State of Public Higher Education in the Valley Guests Hans Johnson, Jake Jackson and Kevin Cook of the Public Policy Institute of California discuss higher education with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. CSU Fresno President Dr. Joe Castro offers a commentary. Radio commentary provided by Dr. Joe Castro, CSU Fresno President; Dr. Kathleen Knutzen, CSU Bakersfield Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Charles Nies, UC Merced Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
- Governor’s 2015 Budget: Valley Implications Guests California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee discuss the 2015 budget with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Page Editor offers a commentary. Radio commentary provided by CSU Fresno Political Science Professor Jeff Cummins, UC Merced Political Science Professor Nate Monroe, and Paul Hurley, former editor of the Visalia Times Delta.
- Offenders Re-Offending: Are Valley Counties Doing A Better Job? Guests Public Policy Institute of California Analysts Mia Bird and Ryken Grattet discuss realignment issues with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims & CSU Fresno Criminology Professor Emma Hughes.
- Realigning the Valley’s Approach to Crime Guests Brandon Martin, Public Policy Institute Research Associate, and Magnus Lofstrom, Public Policy Institute Senior Fellow, discuss crime realignment with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Commentary by CSU Fresno Criminology Professor Emma Hughes. Radio commentary provided by Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Modesto Chief of Police Galen Carroll, Kings County District Attorney Greg Strickland, and CSU Fresno Criminology Professor Emma Hughes.
- California’s Budget Surplus: Will the Valley Benefit? Guest Mac Taylor of the California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office discusses the state budget with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by CSU Fresno Political Science Professor Jeff Cummins; UC Merced PL SI Prof. Nate Monroe; and Paul Hurley, former editor of the Visalia Times Delta.
- Community Development in the Valley: A Federal Response Guest Leilani Barnett, Regional Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development discusses the Federal Reserve with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Great Valley Center President & CEO Ben Duran; CSU Fresno Office of Community & Economic Development Executive Director Mike Dozier; CSU Fresno Economics Chair Antonio Avalos; and Fresno EDC Director of Business Expansion & Retention Victor Bribiesca.
- New Groundwater Regulations: Valley Concerns Guests State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and Caitrin Chappelle of the Public Policy Institute of California discuss groundwater regulations with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by California Water Institute Program Director Sarge Green; Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability Co-Founder & Co-Director Phoebe Seaton; and Kings River Conservation District General Manager David Orth.
- Adapting to Climate Change: Implications for the Valley Guests Carol D’Elia, Executive Director of California’s Little Hoover Commission, discusses climate change with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. California Fresh Fruit Association President Barry Bedwell offers commentary. Radio commentary provided by Roger Isom, President of the California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association and President & CEO of the Western Agricultural Processors Association, and Fresno Bee Environmental Reporter Mark Grossi.
- Maddy Report – Ready or Not, Here We Come: High Speed Moving in the Valley Guests Jeff Morales, CEO of California High Speed Rail Authority, and Diana Gomez, Central Valley Regional Director of High Speed Rail Authority, discuss the high speed rail with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Fresno Bee Reporter Tim Sheehan, and Hanford Sentinel Reporter Seth Nidever.
- Maddy Report – Covered California – Covering the Valley’s Uninsured? Guests Diana Dooley, California Secretary of Health & Human Services, and Dan Weintraub, Editor of the California Health Report, discuss California healthcare with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by John Capitman, Executive Director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute; California Endowment Senior Vice President Daniel Zingale; Michelle Von Tersch, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Community Medical Centers; and John Price, CEO of Artisan Construction and Design, and Board Chairman for Great Valley Health Center.
- Stockton: Ground Zero for Public Employee Pensions? Guests California Legislative Analyst Ryan Miller, and Sacramento Bee Reporter Jon Ortiz discuss public employee pensions with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Fresno Bee Opinion Page Editor Bill McEwen, and Stockton Record Reporters Michael Fitzgerald and Roger Phillips.
- November Election: Looking at Valley Results Guests Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford) discuss November election results with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Paul Hurley, former editor of the Visalia Times Delta, offers commentary. Radio commentary provided by CSU Fresno Political Science Professor Jeff Cummins; UC Merced Political Science Professor Nate Monroe; and Paul Hurley, former editor of the Visalia Times Delta.
- The 2014 Propositions: Valley Implications Guests Anton Favorini Csorba, Ryan Miller, Ross Brown, Drew Soderberg, and Anita Lee, of the California Legislative Analysts Office discuss November propositions with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Radio commentary provided by Bill McEwen, Political Columnist for The Fresno Bee; Jeff Cummins, Professor of Political Science at CSU Fresno; and Melinda Morales, Senior Editor/Community Conversations Editor of the Times-Delta Media Group.
- November 2014 Races: What They Could Mean for the Valley Guests Mark Baldasarre of PPIC and Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee discuss the November elections with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler. Bill McEwen of the Fresno Bee offers commentary. Radio commentary provided by John Ellis, Political Reporter for The Fresno Bee; Nate Monroe, Political Science Professor at UC Merced; and Pete Weber, Boardmember of California Forward.
- “Connie Conway and Valley Republicans: Fork in the Road?” Guests Dean Bonner of the Public Policy Institute of California; Dan Walters, columnist for the Sacramento Bee; and John Myers, senior editor, California politics & government for KQED
- “Private, For Profit Colleges: Good Deal or No Deal?” Guests Carole D’Elia, Executive Director of Little Hoover Commission, and Nancy Shulock, Executive Director of Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at CSU Sacramento
- “California Retrospectives: A Discussion with the California Legislature’s Democratic and Republican Leaders” Guest Connie Conway, Visalia Republican and Assembly Republican Leader
- “Bill Lockyer and the Changing Nature of State and Valley Politics” Guest Bill Lockyer, former leader of the California State Senate, former Attorney General and current California State Treasurer
- “2014 State Budget: Impact on the Valley” Guests State Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor; Gov. Brown’s Finance Spokesperson HD Palmer and KQED Senior Editor for Government; & KQED’s Senior Editor John Myers
- “Obamacare: Impact on Valley’s Health Care System” Guests Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California; John Kabateck, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses/California; Duane Donner, president/CEO of the California Hospital Association; & Charlies Bacchi, executive vice president of the California Association of Health Plans
- “Valley Republicans – Fork in the Road?” Guests state Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte); & state Assemblymembers Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto)
- “CalFresh: Is California’s Food Stamp Program Too Much, Too Little or Just Right?” Guests Ryan Woolsey, fiscal and policy analyst with the Legislative Analyst’s Office; & Todd Blank, deputy director of the Welfare to Work Division of the California Department of Social Services
- “ACA: The Initial (Medical and Political) Prognosis Is…” Guests David Panush, Director of External Affairs at Covered California; & Dan Weintraub, Editor of the CA Health Report
- “Universal Pre-K: Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Debt?” Guests Lillian Mongeau, reporter from EdSource Today; & Molly Tafoya, Early Edge California
- “Capitol Crimes: A Few Bad Apples or a Culture of Corruption?” Guests John Myers, Political Reporter at KQED; Dan Morain, Editorial Page Editor for the Sacramento Bee; & Laurel Rosenhall, Reporter from the Sacramento Bee
- “Groundwater Management: A Race to the Bottom?” Guests David Orth, General Manager of the King’s River Conservation District; Laurel Firestone, Attorney for the Community Water Center (both members on the California Water Foundation’s Steering Committee on Sustainable Groundwater Management); & Mark Grossi, award-winning environmental reporter from the Fresno Bee
- “The Drought: Is there a Silver Lining in the Non-Existent Clouds?” Guests Richard Howitt, UC Davis Prof. of Agriculture and Resource Economics; Jonas Minton, Senior Water Policy Advisor with the Planing and Conversation League; Jeanine Jones, Deputy Drought Manager with the California Dept. of Water Resources; & Dan Morain, Editorial Page Editor of the Sacramento Bee
- “High Speed Rail: The Little Engine That Could — or Couldn’t?” – Guests Hanford Sentinel reporter Seth Nidever and Fresno Bee reporter Tim Sheehan
- “Common Core: A Course Correction?” Guests Tammie Calzadillas, executive director of educational services with the Merced Union High School District, and Charlene Stringham, Tulare County Office of Education – Student Academic Services Administrator
- “The Local Control Funding Formula: The Devil is in the Details” Guests Mike Berg, superintendent of Central Unified School District; Maryjane Skjellerup, senior director of programs at the Youth Leadership Institute; Ruth Quinto, deputy superintendent and CFO of Fresno Unified; and Eva Ruiz, president of the Fresno Teachers Association
- “Smart Growth, Good for the Valley?” Guests Joseph Minicozzi, Principal – Urban 3; Clovis Mayor Lynne Ashbeck and Modesto Mayor Garrand Marsh discuss growth issues with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler.
- “Fracking: Boom or Bust?” Guests Robert Merrill, CSU Fresno professor of geology, Janice Gillespie, CSU Bakersfield professor of geology; and Tupper Hull, vice president of strategic communications for Western States Petroleum Association
- “The State Water Plan: Peace in the Valley?” Guests Delta Counties Coalition Coordinator Doug Brown; Jason Peltier, chief deputy general manager of Westlands Water District; and California Water Institute Director Sargeant Green
- “California Business and Jobs Forcast: Sunny on the Coast, Partly Cloudy in the Valley” Guests Richard Chapman, president and CEO of Kern Economic Development Corporation, and Lee Ann Eager, President and CEO of the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation
- “Public Employee Pensions: Fiscal Implications for the State and Valley” Guests Marcia Fritz, director of Californians for Fiscal Responsibility, lobbyist Christy Bouma of Capitol Connection, and Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee
- “Covered California: California’s New Health Care Exchange Opens for Business” Guests David Panush, director of external affairs with Covered California, and Daniel Weintraub with the California Health Network and editor of the California Health Report
- “Master Plan for Higher Education: Time for a New Edition” Guests Carole D’Elia, Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission, and Nancy Shulock, Executive Director of Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at CSU Sacramento
- “Armed and Potenially Dangerous: Crime, Weapons and Mental Illness in the Valley” Guests Fresno Superior Court Judge Hilary Chittick, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health director Dawan Utecht, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims
- “State Auditor” California’s High Risk Issues” Guests Paul Hurley, former opinion page editor of the Visalia Times-Delta; Bill McEwen, editorial page editor of the Fresno Bee; and Melinda Morales, Community Conversation Editor of the Visalia Times-Delta
- “Fresno State President Joseph Castro: A Look Forward” Guest is: Dr. Joseph Castro, President of California State University, Fresno.
- “Building Up or Building Out: The Dollars and Cents (Sense) of Smart Growth” Guests are: Joseph Minicozzi, Principal – Urban 3, Clovis Mayor Lynne Ashbeck and Modesto Mayor Garrard Marsh.
- “California’s Watchdogs” Guests are: Mac Taylor, head of California’s Legislature Analyst’s Office; California State Auditor Elaine Howle, and Stuart Drown, director of California’s Little Hoover Commission.
- “California’s New Health Care Exchange” Guests are: David Panush, director of external affairs with Covered California, and Daniel Weintraub with the California Health Network and editor of the California Health Report.
- “California’s Prisoner’s Dilemma” Guests are: Dr. Emma Hughes, criminology professor at Fresno State; Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson; and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
- “California’s Legislative Session: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” Guests are: Dan Walters, Political Reporter for the Sacramento Bee; Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto); and John Myers Political Editor for News 10 Sacramento.
- “California’s Political Climate: Just (Not) Right” Guests are: Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee; Dean Bonner of the Public Policy Institute of California; and John Myers of News10 Sacramento.
- “Tea Party: Are Reports of its Demise Premature?” Guests are: Mike Villines, former Republican State Assembly Minority Leader, Paul Hurley, former Editorial Page editor with the Visalia Times Delta, and Justin Stoner, District Director for the current Republican Minority Leader Connie Conway.
- “2012: A Year in Review and Agenda for 2013” Guests are: Bill McEwen, columnist for the Fresno Bee, Paul Hurley, former Editorial page editor with the Visalia Times Delta, and Professor Nathan Monroe, director of Undergraduate Programs in Political Science at UC Merced.
- “The Governor’s 2013 Budget: Back in Black?” Guests are: Jeff Cummins, CSU Fresno Political Science Professor, Bill McEwen, columnist for the Fresno Bee, and Jeff Michael, Director of the University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center.
- “Money in Politics: The Costs of Free Speech” Guests are: Mike Villines, former Assembly Minority Leader, Juan Arambula, formerly on the Fresno School Board, The Fresno County Board of Supervisors and a Member of the State Assembly, and John Ellis, political reporter for the Fresno Bee.
- “Cap & Trade: What’s the Forecast for California’s Climate Change Program?” Guests are: Nathan Monroe, director of Undergraduate Programs in Political Science at UC Merced, Casey Creamer, Vice President of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations and the Western Agricultural Processors Association, and Paul Hurley, former Editorial page editor with the Visalia Times Delta.
- “School Finance Reform: Show Me the Money!” Guests are: Tom Changnon, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools, Michael Johnston, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Clovis Unified, Ruth Quinto, Fresno Unified’s Deputy Superintendent/CFO, and Christine Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
- “Government Regulations and Lawsuits: Balancing Jobs and Justice” Guests are: Carol Whiteside with California Strategies, Larry Artenian, a Fresno attorney, and Lorelei Oviatt, Kern County’s Director of Planning and Community Development.
- “California 2025: Planning for a Better Future” Guests are: Juan Arambula, formerly on the Fresno School Board, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, and a Member of the State Assembly, Justin Stoner, district director for State Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, and John Arthur, VP and Executive Editor of the Bakersfield Californian.
- “UC’s and CSU’s: Getting a Bigger Bang for the Buck” Guests are: CSU Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland, former Fresno State President John Welty, and CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell.
- “CEQA Reform: Trying Not to Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater” Guests are: Judy Sly, Editor of the Opinions pages of the Modesto Bee, Sarah Hedgpeth-Harris, a Fresno land-use attorney, and Calvin Stead, a Bakersfield environmental attorney.
- “The Delta – Fixing California’s Water Faucet” Guests are: Phil Isenberg, chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, and Dale Hoffman-Floerke, deputy director of Delta and Statewide Water Management for the California Department of Water Resources.
- “California Retrospective: A Conversation with George Skelton” Guest is: George Skelton, political columnist for the LA Times.
- “Water Woes – Dealing with the Legacy of Nitrate Contamination” Guests are: Laurel Firestone, an attorney with the Community Water Center; Dave Orth, GM of Kings River Conservation District and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Drinking Water Stakeholders; and Clay Rodgers, Assistant Executive Officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board.
- “California Retrospective: A Conversation with Dan Walters” Guest is: Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee.
- “Health Care Reform – California Update”
- “High Speed Rail – All Aboard” Guests are: Guests former Fresno mayor and current Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Lee Ann Eager, President/CEO of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County.
- “The May 2013 Revise: A Debate Over Restoring Cuts v. Holding the Line” Guests are: Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Visalia) and State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).
- “Trade with China: Challenges and Opportunities” Guests are: John Harris, a prominent west-side farmer and CEO and chairman of Harris Farms, and Pete Weber, a former corporate executive and current leader in California Forward and California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
- “Immigration Reform: What It Could Mean for California and the San Joaquin Valley” Guests are: Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Mike Doyle, Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.
- “California Agriculture and Immigration Reform: Will It Die on the Vine?” Guests are: Ryan Jacobsen, CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau; Rob Roy, president of the Ventura County Agricultural Association; and Mark Silverman, director of immigrant policy at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
- “California’s Community Colleges: Can They Meet the State’s Education and Workforce Needs?” Guests are: Jill Stearns, president of Modesto Junior College; Ron Taylor, president of Merced College; and Don Warkentin, president of West Hills College, Lemoore.
- “Fresno State President John Welty: A Look Back” Guests are: Pete Mehas, current CSU trustee and former Superintendent of the Fresno County Office of Education; Bill McEwen, editorial page editor of the Fresno Bee; and Pete Weber of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.