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, […]


May 10, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Bomb threat forces evacuations at Merced County courthouse Merced Sun-Star About 200 people were forced from the Merced County Superior Courthouse on Thursday morning after a bomb threat was reported. Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Allen said the threat came in at about 10 a.m. Central SJ Valley: Is Fresno run […]


May 9, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: After three years, Modesto mayor gives State of City address. Here’s what he had to say Modesto Bee Mayor Ted Brandvold’s first State of the City address since taking office a little more than three years ago was like comfort food as he talked about what makes Modesto special. […]


May 8, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Is there big money in Merced County hemp? Farmers say yes, but supervisors ban it Merced Sun-Star The Merced County Board of Supervisors put a 45-day moratorium on the growing of hemp on unincorporated farmland, a move that critics say will cost them money and prevent them from providing […]


May 7, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS Where did we rank in top 100 U.S. cities to start a business? Fresno Bee Fresno and Stockton ranked higher than Sacramento, which was No. 54. Fresno hit the No. 45 spot and Stockton came in at 34. North SJ Valley: Attorneys, judge meet privately in ex-Mayor Silva’s case Stockton Record Following […]


May 6, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS “Big 5 Reception” Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Maddy Institute The Maddy Institute Today, Monday, May 6th, The Maddy Institute will be hosting its annual “Big 5 Reception”, with Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislative Leadership in a private event at the California Museum in Sacramento to help celebrate the […]