February 5, 2019




 Wonderful Public Service $56,000 Graduate Fellowship 

The Maddy Institute

Applications for two $56,000 Fellowships

Due Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

North SJ Valley:

Harder brings walnut farmer from Hughson to State of the Union. He’s a Republican

Modesto Bee

John Casazza, a walnut grower and processor near Hughson, will attend the State of the Union address Tuesday night. He will be the guest of Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, as President Donald Trump delivers the speech to a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Central SJ Valley:

Fresno’s record on naturalizing U.S. citizens isn’t just bad — it’s among the worst, says study

Fresno Bee

The Fresno metro area is among the top three worst large cities nationwide for eligible immigrants to become naturalized U.S. citizens, according to an immigration study released Monday

Fresno councilman unleashes Tweetstorm on ‘toxic masculinity,’ abortion

Fresno Bee

Garry Bredefeld, who represents northeast Fresno’s District 6, first began retweeting anti-abortion tweets last week. He defended his tweets over the weekend and into Monday afternoon, saying “keeping quiet is not an option” after multiple Fresnans questioned his stances.

South SJ Valley:

New Porterville Rescue Mission to be heard Tuesday at City Council meeting

Porterville Recorder

The New Porterville Rescue Mission, which has been a topic of discussion around the City for several weeks now, will receive a public hearing on Tuesday evening at the City Council meeting. This is only one of many items listed for the meeting Tuesday.

City Council to select from possible record number of applicants for oversight committee

Bakersfield Californian

A potential record amount of Bakersfield residents have applied to be on a committee to oversee how the city spends funds raised by its 1 % sales tax increase.


Housing still costs a fortune in California. Will Gavin Newsom’s plan fix that?

Modesto Bee

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed increased spending to build more affordable housing in his 2019 budget plan. He also wants to make it easier for developers to to construct more units.

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

Sacramento Bee

During his last month, Brown quietly signed an agreement with the Trump administration to transfer water from Southern California and portions of the Bay Area to corporate farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

How to improve California’s education, housing affordability

San Francisco Chronicle

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget comes when California is the most challenging state in the country for low- and middle-income households: California has the highest poverty rate of any of the 50 states.

Video: A Conversation with California’s Legislative Leadership

Public Policy Institute of California

When Toni Atkins, President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, sat down to talk with PPIC president Mark Baldassare last week, she brought along a list of pressing issues.

California Attorney General to take on Trump, in Spanish

San Francisco Chronicle

He has sued the Trump administration more than 40 times. Now, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is taking on the president in a new arena.

See also:

●     Xavier Becerra on His State of the Union Response New York Times

●     California Attorney General Refuses to Release Police Misconduct Files Despite New Law KQED

The sad saga of the bear said to be depicted on California’s state flag

California Sun

Two centuries ago, an estimated 10,000 grizzly bears roamed as rulers of the California wilderness. Then came the juggernaut of humankind known as the Gold Rush.


Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union

Fresno Bee

Trump to call for optimism and unity in State of the Union address, but skeptics likely to question whether such a reset is possible.

See also:

●     What to watch during Trump’s State of the Union address Fresno Bee

●     State of the Union 2019: When to watch Trump’s address abc30

●     Political Junkie: State Of The Union 2019 Capital Public Radio

●     Here are the guests Southern California lawmakers are bringing to State of the Union address Press Enterprise

●     What to expect from the State of the Union Brookings

●     Trump’s call for unity likely to ring hollow among Democrats Roll Call

●     SOTU: A brief history Roll Call

●     Trump to Call for Bipartisanship as He Threatens to Declare Emergency Wall Street Journal

●     Liberals Urge Democrats to Take a Hard Line on Border Wall Street Journal

●     State of the Union 2019 AEI

Trump taps ex-California water lobbyist for Cabinet. Critics call him a ‘swamp creature’

Merced Sun-Star

President Trump nominated David Bernhardt, a former top lobbyist for Westland Water District in Fresno, California, to run the Department of the Interior.

See also:

●     Trump names former Westland Water District lobbyist David Bernhardt to head Interior Fresno Bee

●     Trump nominates acting Secretary of Interior to serve in role officially abc30

●     Trump picks David Bernhardt, former oil lobbyist, to take over Interior Department Los Angeles Times

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

Fresno Bee

Federal prosecutors in New York issued a subpoena Monday seeking documents from Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

See also:

●     Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the Trump inaugural committee. Here’s what they’re looking for — and what that could mean for the president Hanford Sentinel

●     Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee Los Angeles Times

●     Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe Washington Post

The marathon 2020 presidential campaign is on. Here’s the real race to watch

Modesto Bee

In that sense, for political spectators the real race to watch from time to time will not be the chattering pack of Democrats over-promising goodies for each of their segregated segments. The real race to monitor will be the loud, lonely one on the Republican side.

See also:

●     Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP Sacramento Bee

●     As Beto mulls 2020 bid, Dems warn he has major challenges Sacramento Bee

●     Kamala Harris learns the perils of presidential front-running San Francisco Chronicle

Not included in Capitol Hill’s friendly border negotiations: Trump

Sacramento Bee

Capitol Hill negotiators are toiling away on a deal Republicans and Democrats can support to fund border security — without the input of President Donald Trump.

Kamala Harris says she’ll vote against all of President Trump’s judge picks

San Francisco Chronicle

Sen. Kamala Harris is accusing President Trump of using his judicial appointments to weaken the rights of groups such as immigrants and transgender soldiers.

EDITORIAL: Trump’s acting administration

San Francisco Chronicle

President Trump’s indifference to the workings of the government he was elected to run has been unmistakable.

See also:

●     Trump’s power to incite has frozen the country around him CNN

●     Trump is straining democracy at home and around the world Washington Post


Has Facebook been good for the world?


When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard in 2017 — the university where he first started building a digital phone book that would make him a billionaire — he challenged Harvard’s graduates to go out and change the world.

See also:

●     AP FACT CHECK: Facebook’s murky data-sharing practices AP News

The Decline of Historical Thinking

New Yorker

Having ignored questions of economic inequality for decades, economists and other scholars have recently discovered a panoply of effects that go well beyond the fact that some people have too much money and many don’t have enough.


Sunday, February 10, at 10 a.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report: “Immigration: Dreaming in a Sanctuary State” – Guests: Laura Hill with the Public Policy Institute of Calif., Taryn Luna with the Sacramento Bee, and Dan Walters with CALmatters. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

Sunday, February 10, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report – Valley Views EditionValley Views Edition:“Income Inequality and Immigration: Are They Related?”  – Guests: Laura Hill with the Public Policy Institute of Calif., Taryn Luna with the Sacramento Bee, Dan Walters with CALmatters, California Budget Center Policy Analyst Luke Reidenbach, and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) California State Director Tom Scott. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

Sunday, February 10, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy“Resultados de las elecciones de California en 2018: ¿un tsunami político?” – Guest: Liam Dillon, Reportero de Los Angeles Times. Host: Maddy Institute Program Coordinator, Maria Jeans.


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California’s retail marijuana industry is struggling. Will tax breaks and banks help?

Fresno Bee

California retail marijuana is struggling after Proposition 64. Lawmakers are offering bills that would give licensed cannabis companies tax breaks and banking opportunities.

See also:

●     EDITORIAL: California’s pot shops have been only open a year. They’re already lobbying for a tax cut Los Angeles Times

Farmersville moves ahead with marijuana zoning

Visalia Times Delta

The cannabis industry is taking strides forward. Locally, smaller cities are working to get their hands on the money being made off marijuana sales taxes and fees.

The Ultimate NorCal Brewery Map

San Francisco Chronicle

This interactive map features more than 300 breweries in Northern California. Hover and click on the spots, search for your favorites, or check out our list of beer excursions.



Redwood High School student arrested after threatening to ‘kill as many people as possible’

Visalia Times-Delta

A Redwood High School student accused of threatening to “kill as many people as possible” is behind bars. For the second time in less than a week, Visalia police were called to the campus to investigate threats against students.

Court overturns death sentence of man convicted of killing a Long Beach woman

Los Angeles Times

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday to overturn the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Long Beach woman, ruling that prospective jurors were improperly excused for expressing ambivalence about the death penalty.

Public Safety:

Will Gavin Newsom be tougher on guns than Jerry Brown? Democrats are counting on it

Fresno Bee

California Democrats on Monday outlined a plan to enact new forms of gun control, and they’re hoping Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign firearm restrictions that his predecessor vetoed last year.

See also:

●     California Legislators Partner With Gabrielle Giffords To Form A Gun Violence Working Group Capital Public Radio

●     California lawmakers form gun-violence working group after meeting with Gabrielle Giffords Los Angeles Times

●     California lawmakers make renewed push for gun control under Gavin Newsom San Francisco Chronicle

●     “America’s love affair with firearms has got to end:” Democrats vow new gun control package CALmatters

Can A New Law Reduce Police Shootings? California Lawmakers Will Soon Put That Question To The Test

Capital Public Radio

Civil rights advocates and law enforcement lobbyists have been negotiating behind the scenes with key lawmakers, and legislation is expected to take shape soon. It will likely spur an emotional debate in the state Capitol.

All too often, California’s default mental institutions are now jails and prisons


These days, the main path to treatment at a state psychiatric hospital is through jail. However controversial those state hospitals may be, many families conclude they are the best option for their loved ones.

See also:

●     Walters: So far, prison inmate rehab isn’t working CALmatters

●     Is California closer to closing private prisons with Newsom at helm? Mercury News

California Attorney General Refuses to Release Police Misconduct Files Despite New Law


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office has rejected a request to release misconduct files about law enforcement agents that work for his department. That’s despite new state legislation requiring agencies that employ sworn officers to publicly release disciplinary records involving sexual assault, dishonesty and serious use of force.

Amid CHP overtime fraud probe, Caltrans orders audit of highway funds used to pay officers

Los Angeles Times

The director of Caltrans has ordered a state audit of expenditures tied to the protection of the agency’s work crews by California Highway Patrol units after a CHP investigation uncovered evidence of fraudulent overtime among its officers.

The CHP has an assignment for older people looking to give back

Fresno Bee

CHP Officer Robert Montano says the patrol’s Senior Volunteer Program is looking for some new people. The work the volunteers do is significant and helps the CHP with its mission of public safety.


More than 100 Camp Fire victims are being booted from their properties. Here’s why

Sacramento Bee

More than 100 Camp Fire victims have been ordered from their properties after federal officials threatened not to pay for debris cleanup of devastated Butte County communities, citing health and safety issues.

Sen. Bill Dodd proposes California wildfire warning center


After four consecutive years of catastrophic wildfires, Napa Democratic Sen. Bill Dodd wants to establish a California wildfire warning center that would allow officials to turn off power and better position firefighting crews during extreme heat and high winds.



Report: California’s creative economy generates $604.9 billion annually, but wage gaps persist

Los Angeles Daily News

California’s creative industries pack a powerful economic punch and Los Angeles County is leading the way, according to a report from Otis College of Art & Design. The 2019 report, prepared by Beacon Economics, shows that creative industries throughout the state support 2.6 million jobs, $227.8 billion in labor income and $604.9 billion in annual economic output. One million of those jobs represent workers directly employed in creative industries and the other 1.6 million are jobs indirectly generated by those sectors.

State law and legislators fail California consumers on high-interest loans


The dollar amount of loans made in 2017 by non-bank lenders in California – $347.2 billion – exceeded the entire economic output of 33 states. Yet, state policymakers for years have neglected this massive market.

An “A-“ for the U.S. Economy, but Failing Grades for Trump’s Policies

New York Times

Mr. Trump’s protectionist impulses place him squarely at odds with the economic wisdom that tariffs are harmful.

The Unpredictable Rise of China


Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing has viewed Washington as its chief geopolitical rival, yet official Washington has only recently awakened to this strategic competition.


Modesto health insurance fix could take huge bite from workers’ wallets

Modesto Bee

City officials say Modesto has been scrambling to find new insurance after Fortress Health Insurance notified them recently that unless the city agreed to an 87% increase in premiums it would cancel coverage March 1.

‘On call’ workers must be paid, court rules

San Francisco Chronicle

Employees who are required to stay “on call” before the start of a possible work shift — phoning their employer two hours before the shift to learn whether they’re needed — are entitled to be paid for that two-hour period regardless of whether they’re called in to work, a state appeals court ruled.

Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Program in L.A. County Drawing Rave Reviews

Public CEO

The formation of SWAG—The Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group—soon followed and linked a community college, a community-based organization and  employers in need.

Equipping today’s AV workforce with skills to succeed tomorrow


As we recently explored, at least 9.5 million different workers—from truck drivers, to mechanics, to logisticians—are central to the country’s digital mobility workforce.

The link between wages and productivity is strong


Much of the public debate in recent years suggests that wages are not primarily determined by productivity.



Attorney for Bullard trustee says FUSD has been ‘politically motivated’ in dealing with Slatic

Fresno Bee

An attorney for the trustee involved in a physical altercation with a student at Bullard High said that Fresno Unified mishandled the official reaction to the incident, including the release of a video before an investigation was conducted, as well as the revelation of a letter from Superintendent Bob Nelson addressed to Trustee Terry Slatic.

Clovis Unified to consider boundary changes for new elementary school


The city of Clovis is growing, especially on the east side of town, where construction on a new elementary school will soon begin. Adding a new school to the district calls for new boundary lines for several elementary schools.

PBS crew visits Harmony, SHS for upcoming documentary

Porterville Recorder

A news team from PBS out of Sacramento was interviewing students and faculty from Porterville Unified School District and Harmony Magnet Academy over a couple of days this past week, for a documentary about Linked Learning.

Closing the achievement gap before it starts


After years of “school reform,” along with public spending that now totals roughly $700 billion annually, large achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged children persist.

Higher Ed:

Deadline FAST APPROACHING:  Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship

The Maddy Institute

Applications for two $56,000 Fellowships Due Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Through the generosity of The Wonderful Company, San Joaquin Valley students will have the opportunity to become the next generation of Valley leaders through The Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship. The Maddy Institute will award two $56,000 Fellowships to Valley students who are accepted into a nationally ranked, qualified graduate program in the fall of 2019.

Lindsay learners look to the future at College and Career Expo

Porterville Recorder

Hundreds of learners from eighth and ninth grades attended the 2019 Career and College Expo at Kennedy Elementary on Friday, Feb. 1, in Lindsay.

In Patterson, college entrance exams don’t have to be scary

Modesto Bee

In Patterson, we’re proud of the work we’ve done to increase access to college for all students. We provide our students the opportunity to take the SAT during the school day.

Bakersfield College to launch Early College Program in McFarland

Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield College is ready to launch its Early College Program at another high school. The program is a new strategy designed to get rural students into college.


Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Program in L.A. County Drawing Rave Reviews

Public CEO

The formation of SWAG—The Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group—soon followed and linked a community college, a community-based organization and  employers in need.



Does new air pollution plan make Valley a safer place to live? Don’t hold your breath

Fresno Bee

Even those who don’t have watery eyes, a constant runny nose, asthma or bronchitis are affected by our region’s bad air. A recent University of Chicago study found the average Fresnan would live a year longer if the air they breathed met pollution standards.

National Weather Service issues brief tornado warning for area east of Fresno

Fresno Bee

A tornado warning has been issued for an area east of Fresno. The National Weather Service sent the warning out around 3 p.m. Monday. The initial warning was set to expire at 3:45 p.m. but was extended to 4:15 p.m.

See also:

●     Tornado touches down in Mariposa County Merced Sun-Star

Wild ride: 60 Tule elk moved to the Carrizo Plain — using a net gun and a helicopter

Fresno Bee

The California Fish and Wildlife Department relocated 60 tule elk from San Luis National Refuge in Merced County, CA, to Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County using a helicopter and net gun.

Climate change will shift colors in oceans: study

Visalia Times Delta

The world’s oceans will start looking even more blue and green by the end of this century, a study suggests. Researchers found climate change will have a significant impact on phytoplankton, causing oceans to change in color, but it won’t be seen by the naked eye.

Monarchs are disappearing, yet California has not listed them as endangered. Why not?

Sacramento Bee

As much as we celebrate monarchs — we hold festivals in their honor, name schools after them and even dress up like them for Halloween — we’re poisoning them with pesticides, mowing their milkweed and cutting down trees where they roost.


Fifty years after Santa Barbara disaster, time to end oil drilling

Modesto Bee

Plains All American Pipeline is proposing to rebuild a 124-mile oil pipeline across the Central Coast of California. The pipeline would bring back offshore drilling that stopped after the Refugio State Beach spill near Santa Barbara.

California Warms to Solar Homes; Other States May Give a Cold Shoulder

Pew Charitable Trusts

California’s first-in-the-nation requirement that all new homes have solar panels is a giant leap toward its goal of a fossil-free future, but the challenge of managing a surge of electricity to the grid could keep other states from following suit.

A Green New Deal in Profile

Wall Street Journal

Democrats are pushing a Green New Deal to end the use of fossil fuels and rely entirely on renewable energy. The Cape Cod town of Falmouth, Mass., offers a cold gust of reality on such ambitions with its experience on a $10 million wind-energy investment.



Measles outbreak may spread to California, doctors are warned – with risk of deafness, autism

Modesto Bee

California’s public health officials are alerting doctors and other medical providers to be on the lookout for measles after first New York state and now nearby Washington state wrestle with a wily virus that health experts say can cause deafness and autism in its survivors.

Teens aren’t getting enough sleep and exercise, CDC study finds


Only about 1 in 20 American teenagers get enough sleep and exercise, according to a study published by the CDC.

California bill would limit genitalia surgery for children

Porterville Recorder

California doctors would be barred from treating or performing surgery on children born with genitals that don’t fit a single gender or are otherwise atypical unless it’s medically necessary or the child consents, under a bill unveiled Monday.

Doctors Surprised by Scope of Adult-Onset Food Allergies

Wall Street Journal

New research shows nearly 11% of U.S. adults have food allergies, more than many expected, with shellfish most common among adult-onset ones.

Human Services:

Californians don’t have have enough doctors. Here’s how to fix that by 2030, panel says

Sacramento Bee

Leading California CEOs, educators, nurses and physicians announced Monday an ambit2ious set of 10 recommendations that they say will eliminate the shortage of primary care physicians and nearly eliminate shortages in psychiatry by 2030.

California Lawmakers Wage New Battle With Dialysis Industry

Capital Public Radio

A yearslong debate about dialysis company profits continues with a new bill that’s already drawing opposition.

Insured patients on the hook for pending bills despite policy

San Francisco Chronicle

Despite having health insurance through his employer, Zander Brandt owes the hospital $92,470. Now, the practice of “balance billing” has been halted but only temporarily.

Patients Suffer When Health Care Behemoths Quarrel Over Contracts

Kaiser Health News

Anthem Blue Cross of California, one of the state’s largest health insurers, is battling with Sutter Health over how much it should pay to care for tens of thousands of its enrollees in Northern California.

Towards Universal Health Coverage: Expanding Medi-Cal to Low-Income Undocumented Adults

UC Berkeley

Low-income undocumented adults have an especially high uninsured rate—90 %—and are more likely to lack a usual source of care than their counterparts with citizenship or documentation, according to UCLA analysis.


Fresno’s record on naturalizing U.S. citizens isn’t just bad — it’s among the worst, says study

Fresno Bee

The Fresno metro area is among the top three worst large cities nationwide for eligible immigrants to become naturalized U.S. citizens, according to an immigration study released Monday.

Census Prep Vital to States’ Power — Why Some Could Miss Out

Pew Charitable Trusts

For states, counting every resident in the census is like hunting for coins under the sofa cushions. Added together, those people equal real money in the form of federal dollars — not to mention more seats in the U.S. Congress.

Purge of undocumented workers by the president’s company spreads to at least 5 Trump golf courses

Washington Post

President Trump’s company has fired at least 18 undocumented workers from five golf courses in New York and New Jersey in the past two months, part of a purge set in motion after a series of reports about the clubs’ employment of workers without legal status.


Housing still costs a fortune in California. Will Gavin Newsom’s plan fix that?

Modesto Bee

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed increased spending to build more affordable housing in his 2019 budget plan. He also wants to make it easier for developers to to construct more units.

Fresno makes ‘good first step’ to address homeless crisis. Here’s what it includes

Fresno Bee

Over the next three years, the city of Fresno will use roughly over $3 million in state funding for a low-barrier homeless shelter dedicated to individuals and families, the City Council decided this week.

See also:

●     San Joaquin, Sacramento Counties To Receive Federal, State Funding To House Homeless Capital Public Radio

●     Merced housing prices and homeless problem: What’s the city going to do about it? Merced Sun-Star

●     San Diego Police Ramped Up Homeless Arrests in Days Before Annual Homeless Count Public CEO

San Joaquin, Sacramento Counties To Receive Federal, State Funding To House Homeless

Capital Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $19 million to Sacramento and $4.3 million to San Joaquin in what’s called the Continuum of Care Program to end homelessness. That money will go toward continuing to pay for apartments and temporary housing for homeless people and families.

Details Emerge on San Jose’s $100 Million Pledge to Build More


Roughly half of the funding comes from loan repayments from previous affordable housing projects; the other half from inclusionary housing fees that market rate developers are required to pay.

5 Reasons 2019 Is The Most Important Year For Housing In 10 Years


In the midst of the longest US government shutdown in history, a volatile stock market, global trade wars and Apple slashing its revenue forecasts to start the year, the question rings loud: How will the US housing market hold up in 2019?


Opinion: Tax Reform Is Covering Its Costs

Wall Street Journal

Outlets like the Tax Policy Center claim the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has diminished federal revenue rather than increase it as some supporters predicted. Other skeptics lament surging government deficits and debt.

See also:

●     High-rate wealth tax enters the policy debate AEI


Democrats took the House. Now they want to save California’s clean car rules from Trump

Sacramento Bee

This week, Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento plans to introduce legislation to defend California’s “clean car” fuel economy standards, which have become the benchmark for 12 other states and the District of Columbia.


Winter storm warning issued for Sierra Nevada mountain areas prepare for snow

Fresno Bee

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm alert until February 5, 2019, for the Sierra Nevada mountain range from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon National Park and the Tulare County mountains.

See also:

●     Coin-sized hail hammers Oakhurst area as coldest storm of the season slams the foothills Fresno Bee

●     Snow closes down schools, roads in mountain area of Madera County Fresno Bee

●     Heavy snow closes highways inside Yosemite National Park, officials say Fresno Bee

●     Weekend rain floods part of Mariposa, now residents brace for snow abc30

●     Highway 41 and Highway 120 through Yosemite close due to heavy snow abc30

●     Heavy snow closes highways inside Yosemite National Park, officials say Fresno Bee

●     More Snow, Winds Prompt Warnings In Sierra Nevada Mountains Capital Public Radio

●     Storm brings mudslides and lots of water Visalia Times Delta

●     Coldest storm in ‘several years’ heading into Merced. Snow, tornadoes reported in Valley Merced Sun-Star

●      OK, so it won’t be like the Midwest last week, but Modesto could get close to freezing Modesto Bee

●     There’s a chance of snow in the Sacramento region. How low will it go? Sacramento Bee

Reservoirs benefit from recent rainfall


The latest storm padded an already healthy snowpack around the state. Reservoirs provide residents with drinking water and they provide farmers with an irrigation supply. Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River watershed is already two-thirds full.

See also:

●     Valley storm brings mudslides, flooding and lots of water Visalia Times-Delta

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

Sacramento Bee

During his last month, Brown quietly signed an agreement with the Trump administration to transfer water from Southern California and portions of the Bay Area to corporate farms in the San Joaquin Valley.


George Lopez bringing ‘The Wall’ comedy tour to Fresno

Fresno Bee

George Lopez is bringing his “The Wall” comedy tour to Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre on May 25. Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday atticketmaster.com.

Hiking along Eastman Lake on the Lakeview Trail

Sierra News

We were in need of a workout hike before storms hit and came up with one that was uphill both ways. The rolling Lakeview Trail along Eastman Lake had plenty of workout for us and if we were lucky, we just might spot a Bald Eagle.

Millions got a look at Tejon Ranch in Budweiser Super Bowl spot

Bakersfield Californian

Anheuser-Busch is just the latest company to choose the sprawling 270,000-acre ranch as a location for a Super Bowl commercial.

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