May 22, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: Ex-Stockton mayor Silva pleads no contest to conflict charge; embezzlement charge dropped Fresno Bee Former Stockton mayor Anthony Silva pleaded no contest to a single count of conflict of interest Monday connected to money he steered to a youth club while he was mayor. SJ supervisors agree to revisit […]


May 21, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS North SJ Valley: All but one charge dropped after former Stockton Mayor Silva accepts plea deal Stockton Record Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva pleaded no contest to a single conflict-of-interest charge Monday morning after the prosecution agreed to drop all of the other counts of financial malfeasance he was facing. Bob Elliott […]


May 20, 2019

POLICY & POLITICS California can help provide opportunity for its heartland. Here’s how CALmatters While we aspire to build a #CaliforniaForAll, our state faces serious divides between regions of enormous wealth and regions of deep poverty. See also: ●      Calif governor looking to turn around region with persistent poverty CNBC North SJ Valley: Eliza Garza set to […]


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. […]