July 11, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS Facts about Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) California Department of Public Health Valley fever (also called coccidioidomycosis or “cocci”) is a disease caused by a fungus that grows in the soil and dirt in some areas of California and the southwestern United States. Anyone who lives, works, or visits in areas where Valley fever […]


July 10, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley Grand jury says Modesto fixing problems that contributed to $16M in overspending Modesto Bee Modesto has taken big steps in fixing the breakdown in its purchasing practices that resulted in the city spending about $16 million over several years than had been authorized by the City Council or by […]


July 9, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Olsen won’t seek second term on Stanislaus County board. Councilman to vie for seat. Modesto Bee Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen announced Monday that she won’t seek re-election to the county Board of Supervisors. Big Valley pastor announces his run for Modesto mayor Modesto Bee The senior pastor of […]


July 8, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Merced has to pay the county nearly $10 million, court says. Here’s why Merced Sun-Star The city of Merced lost a legal appeal recently and must now pay out $9.5 million to the Merced County controller, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. Council members question Modesto’s spending on […]


July 3, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Rep. Josh Harder discusses federal funding for higher education Modesto Bee Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, listened to local educators, school administrators and economic development experts Tuesday as he prepares to draft legislation that would target federal funding for labor needs in the Central Valley. See Also: ●     Harder to seek […]


May 17, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: What should Modesto’s downtown look like? City hires consultant to create plan Modesto Bee Modesto wants to build off the momentum it sees in downtown by working with a consultant to create a master plan that would serve as the city center’s blueprint over a couple of decades. Central […]


May 16, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: McCarthy introduces legislation to rename Success Dam Porterville Recorder Congressman Kevin McCarthy introduced legislation H.R. 2695 on Tuesday, May 14, to rename the Success Dam after local businessman and longtime Tule River Water Master, Richard L. Schafer. Central SJ Valley: Assemblyman Arambula depicted as ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ as child […]


May 15, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS Regions Rise Together: building a plan for inclusive, sustainable growth across California Press Enterprise By many economic measures, California’s economy is booming. We are the fifth largest economy in the world. But this growth is not shared across the entire state. In fact, it’s heavily concentrated along our coast. North SJ Valley: […]


May 14, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Congressman McClintock’s ongoing defense of White House getting hard to believe Sierra Star Last week, as a member of the House Judiciary Committee voting against a resolution holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, McClintock presented prepared remarks containing dozens of lies, faithfully parroting the party line […]


May 13, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS California’s governor looking to turn around the Central Valley – a region that suffers from persistent poverty CNBC California’s Central Valley continues to grow in population even though it suffers some of the highest unemployment in the state. The state’s new Democratic governor is pushing economic development in the agriculturally dominated region, […]