29Mar

March 29, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Federal legalization of hemp creates quandary for US police Stockton Record Truckers, now free to haul hemp from state to state, have been stopped and sometimes arrested by police who can’t tell whether they have intercepted a legal agricultural crop or the biggest marijuana bust of their careers. EDITORIAL: […]

27Mar

March 27, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Merced builder pleads guilty, admits bribing school board member in public corruption probe Fresno Bee Gregory Opinski admits to paying former Los Banos Unified School District board member Dominic Falasco money to vote him construction manager for Mercey Springs Elementary project. He avoided prison time. EDITORIAL: Kevin Blake’s bar-brawl […]

26Mar

March 26, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Proposed CA state bill aims to protect special needs students after El Dorado Hills death Merced Sun-Star A state bill aimed at protecting special needs students at nonpublic schools was introduced Monday in response to the November 2018 death of a student who was restrained at his El Dorado […]

25Mar

March 25, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: He’s had successful 30 years as a cop, he says. Can the new chief fix Atwater? Fresno Bee Police Chief Michael Salvador said he’s had success as a member of law enforcement in every agency he’s worked in the past 30 years. He said in Atwater he’s already developing […]

22Mar

March 22, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Merced council member convicted of misdemeanor in bar fight Merced Sun-Star Merced City Councilmember Kevin Blake, who is a Merced County Sheriff’s sergeant, and Sgt. Dustin Witt were convicted on misdemeanor charges for a Christmas party bar fight involving other deputies and members of the public. Central SJ Valley: […]

21Mar

March 21, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Eggman says she will seek Galgiani’s state Senate seat Stockton Record State Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman has declared her candidacy for the state Senate seat currently held by Cathleen Galgiani, who will be termed out in 2020. Central SJ Valley: Brandau proposal would ticket Fresno drivers for giving to […]

20Mar

March 20, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Tired of seeing mattresses tossed into alleys or secluded roads? Merced has plans for that Merced Sun-Star In an attempt to get people to stop dumping old mattresses and broken couches in alleyways or secluded dead-end Merced streets, city leaders are working on a plan to transport that junk […]

19Mar

March 19, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: He was born and raised in Merced. Now he’s the fire chief, officials say Merced Sun-Star A firefighter who is a veteran of the Merced City Fire Department has been named as the chief, officials said Monday. Interim chief since November, Billy Alcorn started as a firefighter in the […]