August 13, 2015


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Political Briefs

Top stories 

$240 million education contract illustrates state lobbying loopholes — California’s murky disclosure laws make it nearly impossible to know exactly what kinds of work private companies do to influence how thousands of state government contracts are awarded, including whether those same companies seek advantages at every step of the process with behind-the-scenes lobbying. KQED report

California pension proposal cast similarly to failed bid — Proponents of a California pension initiative said Tuesday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris is once again favoring labor unions by using the same words she used to describe their previous failed bid to limit taxpayer spending on public pensions. AP article; Sacramento Bee article

Gov. Brown 

What Jerry Brown gave lifeguards in San Diego, but not Oceanside — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have granted enhanced disability benefits to Oceanside lifeguards, after approving such a measure for San Diego lifeguards two years ago. Sacramento Bee article

Valley politics

Winn, Bestolarides say contributions not conflicts of interest — Two San Joaquin County supervisors don’t think campaign contributions made earlier this year are a conflict when it comes to choosing the next county-clerk-assessor-recorder. Stockton Record article

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures 

Chuck Reed and Carl DeMaio: Ballot title won’t deter pension reform – Reed, the former mayor of San Jose, and DeMaio, a former San Diego councilman, write, “Costly government pension deals are devastating our public services – and this simple initiative gives voters the ability to stop sweetheart and unsustainable pension deals that politicians concoct behind closed doors with government union bosses. That’s why the politicians and union bosses oppose this initiative – and why they continue to try to mislead the public on what the initiative does.” Reed/DeMaio in Fox & Hounds


Man in U.S. illegally to appear in court on murder charge – A man living in the U.S. illegally, accused of fatally beating a 64-year-old woman with a hammer, is scheduled to appear in a Santa Maria courtroom Thursday to face a murder charge. LA Times article

Other areas

Joe Mathews: Will California Republicans be defined as anti-vaxx? — California Republicans want to bring back childhood diseases that killed millions. That’s not a wild opinion. It’s a fair allegation, based on the facts. And that’s a huge problem not only for public health but also for the party, which already has too many huge problems. The party has positioned itself firmly against legislation to end personal belief exemptions for vaccines. Mathews in Fox & Hounds

Antitax Republicans are getting high on pot taxes – Marijuana is now so politically potent in Sacramento that it has inspired key Republicans to do something they don’t normally do: support new taxes.San Francisco Chronicle article

Lawmaker defends California climate change bill – Debate over an ambitious climate change bill continues to sizzle in the California Legislature as its final vote nears. Senate leader Kevin de León responded on Wednesday to what he said are fears about his measure stoked by the oil industry. Capital Public Radio report

California lawmakers reflect on effects of top-two primary at upcoming summit — The subject of California’s top-two primary is expected to draw up to 200 people on August 19 in Sacramento. That’s when the Independent Voter Project and California Forward are sponsoring adaylong discussion of the electoral reform, which is now five years old. CA Fwd website 

Jefferson activists ask El Dorado County to back secession from California – An overflow crowd of about 400 people gathered Tuesday night in El Dorado County and tried to persuade the Board of Supervisors to support a plan to secede from California and join the proposed state of Jefferson. Sacramento Bee article 

Tim Draper gets some face time with new TV program – From the mind of the man who fruitlessly proposed to split California in six parts comes “Startup U,” a new reality show on ABC Family. Tim Draper, the venture capitalist and founder of Draper University, had his series premier Tuesday night. Sacramento Bee article

Anti-abortion video claims wrongdoing at Fresno, Stockton clinics – The Center for Medical Progress has released a new video of a former blood and tissue technician claiming that Planned Parenthood clinics in Fresno and Stockton took organs from fetuses without always asking the mothers’ consent for the donation. Fresno Bee article 

Joe Mathews: Let Central Coast replace Iowa in picking next president – At the risk of sounding like Donald Trump, let me say it’s just stupid that California won’t play a significant role in picking the next president. It’s even dumber that the small state of Iowa, with its first-in-the-nation caucuses and swing status in general elections, is a presidential kingmaker. So why don’t we do something about it?Mathews in Sacramento Bee

Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by recent surgery — Former President Jimmy Carter revealed that a recent liver surgery found cancer has spread in his body but gave few details about his prognosis in a brief statement released Wednesday. AP article

News Briefs

Top Stories

Latest forecast suggests ‘Godzilla El Nino’ may be coming to California — The strengthening El Niño in the Pacific Ocean has the potential to become one of the most powerful on record, as warming ocean waters surge toward the Americas, setting up a pattern that could bring once-in-a-generation storms this winter to drought-parched California. LA Times article 

Fresno medical helicopter has near miss with drone — An air ambulance helicopter flying a patient to a hospital had to take evasive action to avoid a mid-air collision with a drone aircraft Wednesday afternoon north of Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Fresno Bee article

Chevron lays off 56 local employees — Chevron USA Inc. announced Wednesday that adverse market conditions have prompted it to lay off 56 workers in the San Joaquin Valley, or 3 percent of its Bakersfield-based business unit. Bakersfield Californian article

Jobs and the Economy

Part of Fresno County’s largest union decertifies – The third time was a charm for dissatisfied members of Fresno County’s Service Employees International Union, who won a decertification vote Wednesday. Fresno County’s largest union was rejected by the group that will form the Fresno County Public Safety Association. Fresno Bee article

UC’s $15 minimum wage leaves out many workers — UC officials said the vast majority of its direct employees already make well above $15 an hour. The university estimates only about 1.6% of its 201,000 direct employees across the state will get a raise. They have no estimates on how many subcontracted employees make less than $15 an hour — or how long it will take for the raises to eventually kick in. LA Times article

California braces for falling yuan’s ripples – China’s decision to devalue the yuan, also known as the renminbi, is sure to be felt across the Southern California economy — in ways that are bad as well as good. LA Times article

Fresno home affordability falls slightly as prices climb – Housing affordability was down slightly in Fresno and other central San Joaquin Valley counties during the second quarter of 2015 as demand drove spring home prices up. Fresno Bee article 

Lyon report: Sacramento-area housing market heated up in July — Lyon Real Estate said there 3,065 new open escrows in the greater Sacramento-area market in July, the highest number since May 2012 and a 26 percent spike compared with July 2014. Lyon noted that the current median sales price is more than $330,000, compared with $195,000 in May 2012. Sacramento Bee article 

Microloans aimed at small business start-ups – Stockton Impact Corps, a new nonprofit microfinance agency, seeks startup businesses that could use $1,000 to $5,000 in cash to boost their revenues but may lack the credit or financial history to secure a conventional bank loan. Stockton Record article

San Jose offers 8 percent raises to police officers’ union — If approved by the City Council and ratified by the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, the one-year labor agreement that includes 8 percent in ongoing raises and 5 percent one-time bonuses would end four months of contentious negotiations and restore years of pay cuts. San Jose Mercury News article

Goodwill looks to fill 30 job openings – With 30 openings at facilities in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley will hold a special half-day job fair Wednesday in Stockton, where senior leaders will conduct on-the-spot interviews with work applicants. Stockton Record article 

LA is warned about possible suit against homeless sweeps law – When controversial legislation cracking down on homeless encampments took effect last month, Los Angeles appeared to have settled on a strategy for dismantling unsightly tent cities that have formed in neighborhoods around the city. But at a meeting of the City Council’s homelessness committee Wednesday, the controversy continued to boil, with no resolution in sight. LA Times article 

U.S. Olympic officials optimistic LA to be named bid city for 2024 Summer Games – U.S. Olympic Committee officials say they are “very, very optimistic” about reaching a deal to make Los Angeles the American bidder for the 2024 Summer Games. LA Times article; San Jose Mercury News article 

Fresno’s Barney Butter top Valley firm on Inc. 5000 list – Fresno-based Barney Butter earned the top rank of any Central Valley company in the latest Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The Business Journal article

FAA Oks increased use of drones by Realtors, farmers – Local Realtors are anxious to add another marketing tool to their arsenal: showcasing their listings using aerial photos and videos captured by drones. The Business Journal article

Petroleum wives pump up ranks — For those in the petroleum industry, finding friends in a new town can be a bit like exploration drilling — you’re not quite sure what you’re going to find.  But Bakersfield is lucky enough to have proven reserves in the Association of Petroleum Wives, which for 67 years has offered newcomers a solid support system in a town full of strangers, said Cindy Joslyn, who handles publicity for APW.  Bakersfield Californian article 

Artisan Square shopping center wins approval with conditions – With conditions and compromise, two controversial projects, a retail center in the northwest and a cellular telephone tower in the northeast, won approval Wednesday by the Bakersfield City Council. Bakersfield Californian article

Sacramento Bee: An unmistakable surge of development in downtown Sacramento – It’s far too early to declare mission accomplished, but the momentum is unmistakable. Sacramento Bee editorial

State regulators probing Uber’s leasing program – The California Public Utilities Commission is investigating Uber’s car-leasing program for drivers, saying it could violate the 2013 law that legalized the car-booking company. San Jose Mercury News article

Sacramento leaders want to raise $2.5 million for Land Park amphitheatre — A two-year effort to renovate the historic William A. Carroll Amphitheatre in Land Park has ramped up. Organizers are holding a fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fairytale Town. Their goal is to raise $250,000 by the end of the summer to cover design costs for the project, with an eventual goal of raising $2.5 million to pay for the renovation. Sacramento Bee article


As El Nino grows, drought-stricken California brace for wild winter weather – Experts have said the evidence is growing stronger for a huge El Niño that would dump heavy — perhaps historic — rain in Southern California and maybe into Northern California as well. Here is a primer on El Niño.  LA Times article

Fresno’s watering fines fall in July – Watering penalties in Fresno were down in July with 1,008 fines issued, but officials expect an increase in August. A large number of staff vacations last month was likely the leading cause in the nearly 43 percent reduction in fines, which totaled $45,360, said city spokesman Mark Standriff. Fresno Bee article

Hanford misses July water conservation target – Hanford residents have been cutting their water use by millions of gallons per month, but the city is continuing to miss the mark for state mandated conservation targets. Hanford Sentinel article 

Tulare reports 37 percent water reduction – Tulare Public Works Director Joe Carlini reported local water conservation is ahead of the state’s mandate. For June, the first month Tulare had to produce a report for state officials, Tulare’s water production was 37.4 percent less than the same month in 2013, Carlini said. The state recorded 35 percent. Visalia Times-Delta article 

California will soon have toughest shower head requirements in nation — The flow of water from shower heads and bathroom faucets in California will be sharply reduced under strict new limits approved Wednesday by the state Energy Commission. LA Times article; Sacramento Bee article; San Francisco Chronicle article

‘Cash for grass’ rebates sprout – For the first time, residents throughout San Joaquin and Calaveras counties are eligible for “cash for grass” rebates under a statewide incentive program launched Wednesday. And while you’re at it, how about replacing that 1970s-era seven-gallon toilet? California will help you do that, too. Stockton Record article

Political battle for irrigation issues shifting from Modesto to Oakdale – The Oakdale Irrigation District’s practice of selling Stanislaus River water to outsiders is being questioned by two women challenging board incumbents on the Nov. 3 ballot. Modesto Bee article 

Trout in trucks: Drought forces evacuation of San Joaquin Hatchery — Thousands of rainbow trout – about 80,000 pounds worth – got a rescue ride Wednesday from the San Joaquin Hatchery to the cooler waters of Shaver Lake. Fresno Bee article

Tulare County dairy farmer Mark Watte: 2014 was a very good year – Tulare County’s crop report for 2014 appears to maintain the county’s position as the nation’s top county for agriculture. Mark Watte of Tulare Dairy Farm backs up the numbers, saying 2014 “was, by some margin … the most profitable single dairy calendar year in recent history. Fresno Bee video 

Stockton Record: Drink up, trees – We can only hope and assume this drought will not be with us forever. It’s important to make sure mature trees, in particular, do not die before there’s a return to normality. Stockton Record editorial

Due to drought, The 36-cent ‘shade ball’ that could save $250 million and keep LA water clean — Can 96 million balls improve water quality? Los Angeles is about to find out. On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti was at the Los Angeles Reservoir to mark the addition of 20,000 of the small balls to the lake. LA Times article; AP article

Rancho Santa Fe a big winner in water district turf rebate payouts — Records show the five biggest residential “cash-for-grass” incentive payments paid by the Metropolitan Water District all went to Rancho Santa Fe homeowners, who collected a combined $288,000. LA Times article

Criminal Justice/Prisons

Notorious member of ‘San Quentin Six’ killed in New Folsom prison riot – Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, who was part of a group of inmates that tried to break out of San Quentin Prison in 1971, was killed Wednesday during a stabbing melee involving 70 inmates at New Folsom prison. Sacramento Bee article; AP article; San Francisco Chronicle article

State sued as mentally ill defendants face long waits in jail — Hundreds of criminal defendants declared incompetent to stand trial are sitting in county jails around the state awaiting transfer to state facilities for mental health treatment. By law these defendants must receive treatment within 35 days. But an ACLU lawsuit filed against the state says many vulnerable inmates languish in jail, sometimes for as long as a year. KQED report

Transgender inmate freed after parole – California paroled a transgender inmate on Wednesday, one day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison system to pay for her sex-reassignment surgery. AP article

Stockton Record: Bid for jail simply cannot fail — It’s imperative that criminals know San Joaquin County’s jail facilities are not equipped with a revolving door that, because of the lack of space, jettisons people who should be behind bars. Stockton Record editorial

Sacramento Bee: California reforms should be just a start – Compared to what this state could and should do to restore trust between police officers and civilians, those bills are the least we can do.Sacramento Bee editorial 

Probes continue in police shootings in Merced County – An investigation continued Wednesday into a police shooting in July that left a kidnapping suspect dead after an extended car chase with Atwater officers. Merced Sun-Star article

Two plead guilty in border drug smuggling by drone — When 28 pounds of heroin made it across the U.S.-Mexico border near Calexico in April, it didn’t come by the usual methods of car, truck or tunnel. It came by drone, federal authorities said Wednesday, making it the first cross-border seizure by U.S. law enforcement involving the new smuggle-by-air tactic. LA Times article

Teen with pellet gun who was shot by LAPD officer gets $15 million —  The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to spend $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a teen who was paralyzed in a police shooting, struck with a single shot after an officer said he mistook a pellet gun for a real firearm. LA Times article 

Rewards offered for information leading to arrest of manhunt suspect — Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrest of and filing of a criminal complaint against the murder suspect who has led law enforcement on a two-week manhunt in Kelso Valley.  Bakersfield Californian article

Car thefts up in Merced; police say use caution – The number of cars stolen this year is up by 45 percent compared with the same time last year, the Merced Police Department reported Wednesday.Merced Sun-Star article 

Grant to buy county Lake Patrol boat sought — The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t yet taken over running the county’s Lake Patrol, but that’s not stopping the department from making some improvements. Specifically, sheriff’s officials requested and were granted permission Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors to apply for an $80,863 grant from the California Division of and waterways to buy a new boat for the Lake Patrol division. Visalia Times-Delta article


Fresno Unified trustees battle over more contracts – In the midst of controversy surrounding Fresno Unified School District’s multimillion-dollar no-bid contract with Harris Construction, some school board members are leery of future contracts and purchases approved by the district. Fresno Bee article 

CA Fwd: Educator: School reform requires bipartisan cooperation, civil engagement — California’s public institutions including its schools are facing fiscal pressures requiring them to control costs and improve results. And civic engagement and public understanding are both critical to improving education in the state. That’s one reason why Marshall Tuck, Educator in Residence at the New Teacher Center, is one of the California political figures participating in a series of bipartisan conversations across California. The event is called: “Money, Schools, Jobs and You – A Bipartisan Conversation.” The first of these will be held in San Jose on August 19. The second is scheduled for September 29 in Clovis. Registration is free.  CA Fwd website

College dreams on hold after state cancels Exit Exam – A last-minute decision by California education leaders cost scores of students around the state — including at least a dozen in San Francisco — a final chance to graduate from high school and go to a four-year college this fall. San Francisco Chronicle article

Fresno Unified teachers, staff gather at Save Mart for school year kickoff — Fresno Unified School District’s annual convocation – a sort of pep rally for school staff – brought thousands to the Save Mart Center on Wednesday. But not everyone was glad to be there. In a recent survey of about 700 teachers conducted by the Fresno Teachers Association, 93 percent said they’d rather be preparing for next week’s first day of school than attending the mandatory event. All 10,000 teachers — and other school employees — have been required to attend convocation for the past three years. Fresno Bee article

Manteca Unified grand jury report accepted, with a twist – The Manteca Unified School Board has unanimously voted to approve its official response to the civil grand jury of San Joaquin County. District superintendent Jason Messer confirmed Wednesday the board accepted the grand jury’s findings, but with adjustments to one recommendation on adopting a policy for immediate action when a trustee violates district bylaws. Stockton Record article 

Governor Brown signs two bills inspired by second-grader — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this week two bills inspired by this newspaper’s stories on Vivian, an Orinda second-grader who was told she had to leave the affluent district after officials incorrectly determined she lived outside its boundaries. Contra Costa Times article


Scientists link Central Valley’s extreme to greenhouse gas emissions — A new study suggests that the Central Valley’s extreme heat is linked with increasing levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. KVPR report

Dan Morain: Can California turn the West green? – As it strives to end reliance on fossil fuel, will California help turn the rest of the West green? Or will the Golden State end up being dusted with coal ash? Morain in Sacramento Bee 

Heat wave heightens danger in an already epic summer of fire – A heat wave expected to last into next week has heightened the danger in what is already an epic summer of California wildfires. The number of fires on state and federal land is way ahead of last year, and officials fear more as temperatures rise past the century mark in some areas. LA Times article

Solar, other renewable sources take stage at Fresno summit – About 200 energy-industry representatives, environmentalists and elected officials from throughout the Valley gathered Wednesday at Fresno State for a daylong summit on the challenges and opportunities of building the region’s capacity for solar power and other renewable energy sources. Fresno Bee article 

PUC gets public input on reform amid outcry over its practices — California utility regulators, coping with repeated scandals over decisions that are costing utility customers billions of dollars, took the unusual step Wednesday of fielding public comments on how to reform their operations. LA Times article

Health/Human Services

Feds award Clinica $483,000 to help operate new health center — Clinica Sierra Vista, a large chain of health-care clinics for the poor based in Bakersfield, was just awarded $483,333 in Affordable Care Act money to help operate a soon-to-be-finished health center in east Bakersfield. Bakersfield Californian article 

Kerry Hydash: Celebrating our legacy, shaping our future – The president and CEO of Family HealthCare Network writes, “Even as growing populations of Americans now have health insurance coverage, a serious health care problem persists nationwide. We are reminded that access to primary and preventive care is a basic necessity and can have big impacts on individual and community health. A key part of the solution lies in our nation’s Community Health Centers, which have provided quality, affordable care for the past five decades.” Hydash op-ed in Visalia Times-Delta

California’s largest nursing home owner sued – The family of a 57-year-old nursing home resident who committed suicide last year by lighting herself on fire in public has sued the state’s largest nursing home owner over the woman’s gruesome death in suburban Los Angeles. Sacramento Bee article

Gospel Center terminates new CEO — The Gospel Center Rescue Mission has fired its new chief executive officer, Loren Geiger. Richard Gruber, president of the board of the shelter that has provided services to the homeless in south Stockton for 75 years, made the announcement in an Aug. 6 letter addressed to Friends of the Mission. Stockton Record article

Land Use/Housing

Jeffrey Reid: Fresno City Council should reject inclusionary zoning – The partner at McCormick Barstow and former Fresno city manager writes, “Inclusionary zoning is price control, not zoning, even if it uses the word “zoning” and even if it is put into a Development Code. The Fresno City Council should oppose the proposal to adopt inclusionary zoning. Reid op-ed in Fresno Bee

Debut set for state’s first farm-to-table community — Developers are promising a very different sort of vibe this weekend when they unveil The Cannery, a Davis housing project they’re calling the state’s first farm-to-table community. Sacramento Bee article


Amtrak management goes local — It’s official: the San Joaquin Valley Amtrak line is now managed locally, with Kings County getting a seat at the table. As of June 29, the Stockton-based San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority has taken control over Amtrak’s San Joaquin Valley train service, considered the fifth-busiest Amtrak corridor in the U.S. with 1.2 million passengers a year. Hanford Sentinel article

Other areas 

Andres Reyes: Build partnerships to support youth – The managing editor of We’Ced Youth Media writes, “The future is here. We need to be unified in our investment in Merced youths, especially our elected officials and city leaders. Let’s work together to support the Youth Council to give our youngest residents an authentic chance to represent themselves as they improve our city.” Reyes op-ed in Merced Sun-Star 

Merced supervisor cleared in fatal accident – John Pedrozo, chairman of the Merced County Board of Supervisors, has been cleared of wrongdoing in a collision earlier this year that left a pedestrian dead, the California Highway Patrol confirmed Wednesday. Merced Sun-Star article 

Trucker unhappy about sharing road with those who brought licenses – There are enough underqualified truck drivers on the roads without a Department of Motor Vehicles license-selling scheme making it worse, several truckers interviewed Wednesday agreed. Modesto Bee article

Stanislaus County clerk-recorder redirects people seeking birth, death certificates – Need a birth certificate? People in Stanislaus County are being directed to different offices to obtain birth, as well as death certificates, because of a shortage of special paper for those records. Modesto Bee article

Honorary Armenian Consulate organizes medical mission to Republic of Armenia — Berj Apkarian, Fresno’s honorary consul for the Republic of Armenia, will lead a group of 22 local doctors on a mission from Oct. 4-15 to provide medical care to rural, underserved communities throughout Armenia and host a symposium to educate the republic’s medical professionals on the latest technology. Fresno Bee article

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – Airlines nickel and dime Americans for billions of dollars.

Modesto Bee – Airlines nickel and dime us for billions of dollars.

Sacramento Bee – There is an unmistakable surge of development in downtown Sacramento; Compared to what this state could and should do to restore trust between police officers and civilians, those bills are the least we can do.

Stockton Record – It’s imperative that criminals know San Joaquin County’s jail facilities are not equipped with a revolving door that, because of the lack of space, jettisons people who should be behind bars; We can only hope and assume this drought will not be with us forever. It’s important to make sure mature trees, in particular, do not die before there’s a return to normality.

Upcoming Events

  • Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual State of Our Children event at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 7:30-9:15 a.m.  More information is available here.
  • West Hills Community College District will hold an event, “Shifting Ground — Adapting the San Joaquin Valley Economy to a Changing Climate,” on Oct. 8 at Harris Ranch in Coalinga. Senior leaders from business, agriculture, government agencies and nonprofits will gather to launch immediate actions and provide near-term guidance to create next generation jobs in a region battered by drought and struggling with multiple challenges. for details of this no-fee policy series.


Next 10: UPDATED California budget challenge For the first time in a decade, California’s budget is largely in balance.  However, the state has outstanding debts of $28 million, not counting long-term pension and retiree health care costs.  Budget choices affect us all.  Take the Challenge and decide how much should be spent on programs and where the money should come from.  Next 10 California Budget Challenge

Next 10: Federal budget challengeThe Federal Budget Challenge is based on The Concord Coalition’s Principles and Priorities budget exercise, which has been used in numerous town hall meetings across the country by members of Congress from both parties, as well as in hundreds of high school and college classrooms.  Next 10 Federal Budget challenge at

Next 10: California Water Challenge – As our state faces some of the most severe drought conditions in its history, Next 10 wants to issue a new challenge to Californians: can you create a plan to make sure there’s enough water for everyone?  Next 10 California Water Challenge

LEGISLATORS’ VOTING RECORDS: How often has a California legislator broken party ranks, abstained or switched sides? The Sacramento Bee has a database of the voting records of every member of the state Senate and Assembly. Enter a lawmaker’s last and first names to see how he or she voted, or enter a bill number to see how every legislator voted on it. Check it out at this link.

Maddy Institute Updates List of San Joaquin Valley Elected Officials – The Maddy Institute has updated its list of San Joaquin Valley elected officials.  The list is available here.

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