July 18, 2018






Newsom talks gas tax, water storage and rural vs. urban divide in Fresno stop

Fresno Bee

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom toured a Fresno trade school Tuesday as part of a series of central San Joaquin Valley campaign stops in his bid to become California’s next governor. After the tour, Newsom answered questions on many of the Valley’s most pressing political issues.

See also:

     Gavin Newsom praises job training program in Fresno ABC30

     What Gavin Newsom said – and didn’t say – during his visit Monday in Modesto Modesto Bee

     ‘I have to’ talk about abortion in governor’s race, Gavin Newsom says Sacramento Bee


Clovis councilmember takes over as Atwater interim police chief

Clovis Roundup

Clovis councilmember Drew Bessinger has been hired by the City of Atwater as the new Interim Police Chief. Bessinger, 61, was in the military police for four years while in the U.S. Army before joining the U.S. Department of Defense Police in Virginia.


The Californian to livestream DA's press conference regarding what sources say will be charges filed against Supervisor Leticia Perez

Bakersfield Californian

At 9 a.m., The Bakersfield Californian will be streaming live on The Californian's Facebook page the District Attorney's press conference regarding allegations of a conflict of interest between members of the county's Board of Supervisors and the California marijuana industry.

See also:

     Supervisor Leticia Perez criminally charged in connection with conflict of interest with the marijuana industry Bakersfield Californian

     This tale of two conflicts has some holes  Bakersfield Californian


Bakersfield City Council to take up school resource officers, auto thefts at meeting

Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss many items of routine government business. Councilmembers are expected to accept an agreement that would provide two school resource officers to Bakersfield City Schools.


Fresno mayor, councilman vacation with two developers

Fresno Bee

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Councilman Paul Caprioglio vacationed last week in Yellowstone National Park with two local men who frequently do business with the city.



John Cox sticks to gas tax in California governor’s race

Sacramento Bee

“We’re here to talk about the gas tax, about the affordability of life in California. There’s going to be plenty of time and opportunity to debate other issues,” Cox said at a Capitol press conference last month, when asked about his beliefs on climate change.

See also:

     California GOP looks for inroads by taking down a gas tax CSMonitor


Direct democracy in California needs some more tweaks. Here are two

Sacramento Bee

Last month, three major initiatives were pulled from California’s November ballot after issues raised by the sponsors were addressed in negotiations with the Legislature. They revealed a flaw that must be fixed: The abuse of the “citizen’s initiative” by special interests to force legislative action in their favor or face a worse outcome at the polls.


Blue Wave? Ahead of 2018 Midterms, California Turnout Reaches 20-Year High as Democrats Aim to Flip 7 House Seats


The sunshine state usually ranks in the nation's bottom five when it comes to voter participation. But as the 2018 midterm elections near, all eyes have been on Congressional seats that have the potential to flip as Republicans try to hold on to vulnerable majorities.


Dianne Feinstein's moment of truth arrives


As the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the coming confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Feinstein is about to take on a lead role in the biggest partisan battle of this election year.


Walters: Democratic left wing wants to jettison Sen. Feinstein


The action says more about the party than it does about Feinstein. It tells us that the party’s political junkie activists are so obsessed with “resistance” to Donald Trump that they are willing to discard one of the Senate’s most senior and influential members.


Voter Registration for Noncitizens Begins in San Francisco School Board Election


For the first time in California history noncitizens, including undocumented immigrants, can now register to vote in upcoming school board elections in San Francisco.


Video: 2020 Census: What’s at Stake for California?

Public Policy Institute of California

The decennial census plays an essential role in American democracy. The stakes are huge for California—the state stands to lose political representation and federal funding if there is a significant undercount—and 2020 is fast approaching.




Now the party of Trump, GOP’s midterm pitch is protecting him

Fresno Bee

Headed into a election that’s expected to favor Democrats, a top GOP Senate strategist says Republicans are counting on President Donald Trump’s media dominance to turn out their voters in November — and drown out opponents’ messaging.

See also:

     The truth about Trump and Russia that Republicans cannot say out loud Washington Post

     There Is Only One Trump Scandal The Atlantic

     We are a ‘deeply stupid’ country Washington Post

     The anti-Trump hysteria isn’t helping AEI

     Trump bites the hand that feeds a lot of Americans AEI

     Friedman: A President With No Shame and a Party With No Spine New York Times


Facing heavy criticism, Trump now says he misspoke over Putin-friendly remarks

Los Angeles Times

President Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke at his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, and meant to say that he does in fact see Russia as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.

See also:

     Rand Paul and Donald Trump bond over Trump’s performance with Putin Sacramento Bee

     Trump Praises Meeting With Putin Despite a Republican Backlash Bloomberg

     GOP Senators: Trump’s Obvious Russia Lie Is Good Enough for Us New York Magazine

     Resolution rebuking Trump over Putin ruled out of order by House The Hill

     Podcast: Did the Trump-Putin summit resolve any arms control issues? AEI

     McManus: The Republican response to Trump and Putin's lovefest was a profile in cowardice Los Angeles Times

     EDITORIAL: The trouble with Trump’s cuddle diplomacy San Francisco Chronicle

     EDITORIAL: No, Mr. President, a man of his word wouldn't say such things San Diego Union-Tribune


The Biggest Spender of Political Ads on Facebook? President Trump

New York Times

It’s official: President Trump is the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook. Mr. Trump and his political action committee spent $274,000 on ads on the social network since early May, outpacing the second-biggest spender, Planned Parenthood.


Trump’s ‘Missing DNC Server’ Is Neither Missing Nor a Server

Daily Beast
The president can spout conspiracy theories all he wants. But the DNC turned over all its key data to the FBI after it got hacked. And that info wasn’t stored on a single server.


I.R.S. Will No Longer Force Kochs and Other Groups to Disclose Donors

New York Times

The Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of large donors to the IRS, a move that will allow some political groups to shield their sources of funding from government scrutiny.




Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q last year

Stockton Record

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company’s newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts.


How closures of local newspapers increase local government borrowing costs


Local newspaper closures increase local government borrowing costs, according to a paper to be presented at the 2018 Municipal Finance Conference at Brookings.


Ten Commandments of the Supreme Court

National Review

What is sacrosanct? Whatever advances progressive causes.


Why Facebook Shouldn’t Ban Infowars

National Review

The case for the move might seem self-evident to a certain segment of the left, but it should give the rest of us pause.


EDITORIAL: A judge's order to suppress part of a Times story is an egregious attack on liberty. It's also futile

Los Angeles Times

U.S. District Judge John Walter’s order Saturday that the Los Angeles Times alter a published news story is an egregious attack on well-established principles of American liberty.




Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report“The Federal Reserve Does Community Development: Who Knew?” – Guest: Leilani Barnett, Regional Manager for Community Development of the Federal Bank of San Francisco . Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report​​ ​​ - Valley Views Edition“Community Development in the Valley: A Federal Response” – Guests: Mike Dozier, Former Executive Director of the Office of Economic and Community Development at Fresno State; Ben Duran, President and CEO of the Great Valley Center; Fresno EDC Director of Business Expansion & Retention, Victor Bribiesca; and Prof. Antonio Alavos, Chair of the Economics Dept. at Cal State Fresno. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy: “State Auditor's Report on Medication of Foster Kids”  Guest: Mony Flores-Bauer, League of Women Voters in California. Host: Ana Melendes.




Are you supporting the Maddy Daily?


You can help by making a donation of any amount...




Thank you!




Thumping, castration and cages: Animal watchdog alleges pig-farm abuse

Sacramento Bee

An animal rights group is sending a grim message to California voters. The video aims to draw a strong emotional reaction as the group campaigns for a November ballot initiative aimed at more humane treatment for farm animals.


Inside FreshDirect’s Big Bet to Win the Home-Delivery Fight

Wall Street Journal

Amazon, Kroger, Walmart and others are building high-tech distribution centers to move food faster and convince more customers to switch to digital shopping carts.






35 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment

Pew Charitable Trusts

Although reforms vary from state to state, all aim to improve public safety and control taxpayer costs by prioritizing prison space for people convicted of serious offenses and investing some of the savings in effective alternatives to incarceration.

See also:

     Bipartisan Support for Justice Reinvestment Legislation Pew Charitable Trusts


California prison guards violate rules for using force on prisoners half the time, report shows

OC Register

The California Office of Inspector General said prison staff failed to follow the rules in 48 percent of the 3,709 incidents reported at state facilities during the period. In some cases, staff exacerbated the situation, prompting the need for force, the report said.


EDITORIAL: What is driving spike in California hate crimes? Our national tone

Modesto Bee

An Attorney General’s report shows California suffered a 17.4 percent spike in hate crimes last year. After a long decline, such incidents have drifted upward since 2015. But last year’s burst of bigoted violence was a far bigger increase than either of the prior two years.


Public Safety:


Misconduct by Merced County Sheriff’s Office in Ethan Morse case will cost taxpayers

Fresno Bee

Because of misconduct by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the lawyers who proved in a civil rights trial that Ethan Morse was falsely arrested in 2014 on a murder charge are entitled to attorney’s fees and court cost.


She’s taken down suspects and drug traffickers, Merced CHP says. Her nose led the way

Merced Sun-Star

More than 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine, $3 million in seizures of drug cash and 55 arrests. Those are just some of the statistics Merced area K-9 Laika boasts as she coasts into retirement.


Seminar on active shooter and first aid training

Hanford Sentinel

The Kings County Employer Advisory Council will hold a seminar Thursday that will include active shooter and trauma first aid training. The seminar and training is in partnership with the Employment Development Department.   vr

See also:

     More Research Could Help Prevent Gun Violence in America RAND


Assault weapon registrations in California are up 43% under new law

Los Angeles Times

Assault weapons registered in California have increased by 43% under a new law that expanded the types of firearms gun owners must log with the state.




Ferguson Fire swells to 13,082 acres, around 100 residents remain evacuated

Fresno Bee

Firefighters say it’s still too soon to determine when the approximately 100 residents who’ve been evacuated will be able to return home. The Ferguson Fire, which has been burning west of Yosemite National Park since Friday evening, grew to 13,082 acres Tuesday, up from 9,266 acres Monday. Containment increased to 5 percent Tuesday from 2 percent the previous day.

See also:

     Ferguson Fire layers Yosemite Valley with smoke, as 108 structures remain vulnerable Sierra Star

     Ferguson Fire worst-case scenario would hit Yosemite West, incident commander says Merced Sun-Star

     Ferguson Fire gobbles up more than 12,000 acres, threatens more than 100 structures Modesto Bee

     Ferguson Fire spreads to 12,500 acres, thunderstorms could fuel blaze San Francisco Chronicle

     The tiny town of Mariposa lines up to salute as hero firefighter’s body passes by San Francisco Chronicle

     Fire turns Yosemite National Park smoky, hurts businesses AP News

     New evacuations ordered as fire raging near Yosemite National Park grows to 12,525 acres Los Angeles Times


Pro-PG&E wildfire bill written by lawmaker whose son works at PG&E

San Francisco Chronicle

The East Bay assemblyman who wrote a bill that would make Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers cover the costs of settling lawsuits from last year’s wildfires has a son who works at the utility, The Chronicle has learned.


'Controlled Burns' Can Help Solve California's Fire Problem — So Why Aren't There More of Them?


With climate change, wildfires threaten disaster and chaos in more California communities, more often. But experts say it’s possible to avoid catastrophic harm to human and forest health by setting planned burns.






Manufacturing Sector Hits a Sweet Spot

Wall Street Journal

The manufacturing sector staged a quick turnaround in June after a fire at the plant of a Ford pickup-truck supplier knocked output lower the previous month, extending a solid run of growth for U.S. industrial activity.


Powell Says Fed Should Keep Gradually Raising Interest Rates

Wall Street Journal

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivered an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it justified continued interest rate increases.


Retirement Bills in Congress Could Alter 401(k) Plans
Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers are working on the biggest changes to U.S. retirement savings in more than a decade, exploring several proposals that could make it easier for small companies to offer 401(k) plans and for workers to guarantee themselves an annual income after they retire.




First 5 Fresno County is seeking qualified applicants for a Business/Finance Project Manager

First 5 Fresno County

At First 5 Fresno County, we fund programs and efforts to extend knowledge, support, confidence and resources to all families with young children. Through our work we lift up young children to their full potential, to deliver on the promise of a brighter future for all.


Bakersfield Homeless Center job program expands as word of success spreads

Bakersfield Californian

Since its inception in 2009, the Bakersfield Homeless Center’s Job Development Program has grown like a fledgling startup. The program was designed to give participants a chance to earn job experience in order to be hired on by other entities.


Puff, Puff, Hire

The New Yorker
In California, marijuana is legal, but people with weed-related convictions still struggle to find work. Lowell Herb Co. invites them to apply.


Federal Reserve chair calls decline in workers' share of profits 'very troubling'

Los Angeles Times

The fall in the percentage of economic growth flowing to workers is "very troubling," a worrisome sign in an otherwise bright American economy, Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell told a Senate panel Tuesday.


Labor Department Removes Rule Forcing Employers to Disclose Anti-Union Deliberations

Wall Street Journal

The Labor Department is wiping an Obama-era rule off the books that sought to give labor unions and workers more insight into talks employers have with legal counsel about thwarting union organizing campaigns.

See also:

     Labor Department rescinds union 'persuader rule' The Hill


EDITORIAL: No More Union Skimming

Wall Street Journal

The Department of Health and Human Services has taken the first step toward affording home-care providers the same protection against unions that want to confiscate their money on the sly.


Without Better Training, U.S. Will Fall Short on Workers, Economists Say

Wall Street Journal

White House economists have identified a potential stumbling block to maintaining the U.S. economy’s momentum: a lack of well-trained workers.\

See also:

       Ivanka Trump: Training for the Jobs of Tomorrow Wall Street Journal






This charter school wants to focus on dyslexic students. But will the county allow it?

Fresno Bee

A charter school whose curriculum would focus on the needs of dyslexic students may not get off the ground in Fresno, after a review by the County Superintendent of Schools recommended denying its petition.


Stockton Kings launch school supply drive to benefit Stockton-area children

Stockton Record

The Stockton Kings announced the "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive that will last throughout the week to benefit Stockton-area children. Various stores and restaurants at Lincoln Center will house drop-off boxes.


Local teacher inducted into ag teacher hall of fame

Hanford Sentinel

A nearly four-decade career in teaching agriculture was more than enough confirmation for the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association to induct David DeSilva into its hall of fame.


Mt. Whitney, Redwood classrooms get HVAC upgrade

Visalia Times-Delta

On Tuesday, 13 new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems were installed at classrooms at Mt. Whitney.


Higher Ed:


Cal Poly pulls scholarship of ex-Oakdale wrestler after video shows him shouting slur

Modesto Bee

Cal Poly has rescinded the wrestling scholarship of Bronson Harmon, a former Oakdale High wrestler who signed a National Letter of Intent with the school in November, Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman confirmed Tuesday.


Community Colleges are Learning a Lesson in Disruption – and Leadership


My old community college looks much as it did when I was there 40 years ago. But all 114 community colleges are undergoing long overdue, desperately needed, and unavoidable changes.

See also:

     Community College reforms aimed at boosting student success approved by lawmakers California Economic Summit






A Wonky Electricity Plan Could Help California Meet Its Climate Goals — Or Doom Them?

Capital Public Radio

One of Gov. Jerry Brown’s final climate change-related priorities is moving through the California Legislature but faces opposition from some Democrats.


Climate change has come to your neighborhood, and the sizzle may never subside

Los Angeles Times
A colleague once observed, many years ago, that California has two seasons. Green and brown. We are in the latter, and death has visited my neighborhood this summer.


EPA proposal to limit science studies draws more opposition

Democratic lawmakers joined scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the EPA considers in shaping protections for human health.


EPA eases rules on how coal ash waste is stored across U.S.
Washington Post
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule Tuesday to overhaul requirements for handling the toxic waste produced by burning coal, providing more flexibility to state and industry officials who had sought a rollback of restrictions put in place in 2015.


River salmon season opener produces good numbers

Stockton Record

Salmon season on the Salmon River opened with surprisingly productive fishing on Monday. Guides and experienced anglers reported the top Chinook action at two locations.




Solar energy could create a pollution problem


Solar panels, once a symbol for purifying our energy, now represent a growing pollution problem.The state of California says almost every single solar panel has some kind of toxic heavy metal in them, like lead, arsenic, or cadmium.


Delivering on California’s energy goals is also workforce challenge

California Economic Summit

California’s advanced energy economy sector is creating 15,000 new jobs annually. Additionally, 215,000 middle-skill workers in the California's energy, construction and utilities sector need new skills to keep up with the pace of technology.


Power play: How California lawmakers are trying to navigate a changing energy landscape


State lawmakers, faced with a transformed energy landscape and a glut of renewable power as California charges into a greener future, are considering a handful of measures to meet the state’s energy challenges.


EDITORIAL: California should kill electrical grid power play

Mercury News

The state has no business entering into a high-risk game of regional power politics with the Trump administration.


Elais:  Jerry Brown reveals naivete in assuming PUC is fair

Visalia Times-Delta

Governor Brown knew the unfairness of the grant-giving practices of the state Energy Commission as it doled out multi-million-dollar grants for building hydrogen refueling stations around the state while preparing for use of H2-powered cars whose exhaust is nothing but drops of water.






Opioid epidemic impacting seniors too


With all the news about the opioid epidemic, there's an unexpected group in trouble: older people. In fact, an analysis of government data shows more than 500,000 Medicare recipients received high doses of opioids in 2016, with the average dose exceeding the manufacturer's recommended amount.


Why one Sacramento family’s $127 million jury award is up for discussion this election year

Sacramento Bee

SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West has poured more than $7.9 million so far into an effort to persuade California voters to approve a statewide proposition that would limit the amount of profits that kidney dialysis companies such as DaVita and Fresenius can keep.


Infant dies of whooping cough in San Bernardino County

Los Angeles Times

As public health officials prepare for a possible outbreak of whooping cough, the death of a baby in San Bernardino County from the disease has prompted warnings that pregnant women should be vaccinated.


Human Services:


Dignity Health, Anthem extend payment talks to avoid drop from plans

Bakersfield Californian

Anthem Blue Cross customers can breath a temporary sigh of relief. Dignity Health and Anthem will have a little more time to reach an agreement over reimbursement rates.




Dreamers are still here and we're still waiting for a fix

Los Angeles Times

To be a young professional and a “Dreamer” in this political climate, as I am, means not having the luxury of a five-year plan. Instead, an expiration date looms over all life decisions.


Immigrant Children Describe Treatment in Detention Centers

AP News

Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken. They were hungry, after being given what they say were frozen sandwiches and smelly food.


EDITORIAL: The Trump administration’s ongoing immigration tragedy

San Francisco Chronicle

The Trump administration lost another court battle over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy on Monday. Dana Sabraw, a federal judge in San Diego, ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of immigrant families who had recently been reunited.




Land Use:


Rowell Building lease for Fresno County DA stalls again

Fresno Bee

For the second time this year, a problem with tax credits has put on hold a possible deal for the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office to move into the historic Rowell Building in downtown Fresno.

Enchanted Playhouse, city council perform melodrama to save theater

Visalia Times-Delta

On Monday, council voted 3-2 to postpone the sale of the Main Street Theater. Enchanted Playhouse board members have 90 days to draft a business plan to purchase the theater.


Council to decide where bell tower belongs

Hanford Sentinel

The Hanford City Council will meet tonight and discuss the bell tower that sits in front of the Hanford Carnegie Museum. The bell tower was secured by museum personnel in March after getting permission from City Manager Darrel Pyle and was moved to the museum’s location at 109 E. Eighth St.


Oil property values fail to impress

Bakersfield Californian

The semi-recovery in oil prices hasn't translated to a commensurate jump in Kern County property valuations. Fiscal year 2018/19's oil and gas valuations came in just 3 percent above the previous year, said Assessor-Recorder Jon Lifquist, who blamed declining petroleum reserves and property transfers "at historically low sales prices."


Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure


The dense network of cables that make up the Internet is likely to be inundated with saltwater as sea levels rise, a new analysis suggests, putting thousands of miles of critical infrastructure along U.S. coastlines underwater in the next 15 years.




How Investors Are Preparing for Costa Hawkins

Globe St.

Universe Holdings, an active apartment investor in Southern California, has been looking at and buying rent control properties in California to hedge against the potential impact of expanded rent control.


These Tax Laws Are Holding Back California’s Housing Market


Forty years ago last month, Californians passed Proposition 13, the property-tax limitation that helped spark a national tax revolt. The law enjoys continued support because it gives homeowners predictable expenses.


Booming housing market today presents serious risk for future

We are currently in the midst of a six-year boom in home prices. Aided by a growing economy, the demand for housing is booming.




City buoyed by higher than expected CalPERS investment returns

Bakersfield Californian

At an 8.6 percent rate of return, the CalPERS administrators estimate that overall funding status of the system increased by 3 percent, moving the fund to 71 percent funded status, according to the city of Bakersfield.


Jerry Brown to Supreme Court: Hurry up and hear my pension law case

Sacramento Bee

Brown’s office this month asked California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to accelerate the state Supreme Court’s consideration of a lawsuit that challenges a marquee law he signed six years ago restricting pension benefits for public employees hired after 2013.


States challenge federal deductions cap on state and local taxes

The Hill

The Attorneys General in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration challenging the constitutionality of the new cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes in the 2017 tax overhaul.

See also:

     Red state charities could be collateral damage from the GOP's war on California's high taxes Los Angeles Times

     Democratic States Sue Trump Administration Over Tax Overhaul Wall Street Journal




City of Fresno Seeks Qualified Assistant Director of Transportation

City of Fresno

The City is seeking a service and solution oriented person with excellent leadership skills that understands fleet and facility maintenance systems and the impact delivery of service to the community.


Officials want minimal impact from construction

Visalia Times-Delta

Road work ahead signs are scattered throughout Tulare. The city is currently undergoing several major roadway projects using local and state money. City officials are hoping many of the projects are completed before the start of school.


California awaiting new electric railway

International Railway Journal

Caltrain, the San Francisco peninsula commuter railway, has finally embarked on its much-delayed modernisation project that its backers hope will transform the 125km-line into a nimble electrified railway with a service that mirrors the best of European practices.


Highway 1 along Big Sur coast to reopen Wednesday

San Francisco Chronicle

The forces of nature that have shaped the Big Sur coast have also been relentless in tearing it down. On Wednesday, California’s latest attempt to reconcile cars and shifting ocean cliffs will be put to the test.




Interior Secretary Zinke to visit California as GOP steps up fight over state’s water

Fresno Bee

On Friday, Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock is hosting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his district to “discuss the administration’s potential role in improving water infrastructure and protecting Valley water rights.”


Delta tunnels get 'real' as backers seek $1.6B loan from Trump administration

Modesto Bee

Backers Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial $17 billion Delta tunnels project are poised to ask the Trump administration for a $1.6 billion federal loan that millions of Californians ultimately would have to repay through increases in their water bills.

See also:

     Want our water? Fix the Delta first Modesto Bee


Fresno, Clovis Plan To Mix Recycled Sewer Water For Drinking

Valley Public Radio

Fresno and Clovis have sewage treatment plants equipped to recycle water to a level that meets state drinking water standards. Now, Clovis and Fresno are working with the state Water Board on permits to allow them to deliver some of this water to your tap.


Sinking Central Valley floor is wrecking a key canal supplying Fresno, farmers with water

San Francisco Chronicle

Central California is slowly collapsing under its own weight as farmers suck out groundwater, emptying vast subterranean aquifers and disrupting one of the state's key water-delivery networks.




Get there early. Taco Truck Throwdown might be the most ‘Fresno’ event ever

Fresno Bee

Fresno’s annual ode to tacos and music (and baseball), the Taco Truck Throwdown, “has its own spirit, its own vibe.”  The two-day event happens Thursday and Friday at Chukchansi Park.


Get two all-beef patties, special sauce and more with new Modesto delivery options

Modesto Bee

Two of the nation’s largest app-based delivery services — Uber Eats and Postmates — have launched in Modesto in recent weeks. They join an increasingly crowded field of delivery services includingGrubHubDoorDash and FoodJets, which all expanded into the area earlier this year.


Libraries full of magic this week

Hanford Sentinel

The magic word at Kings County libraries this week is “reading” – literally. Winston the Magician — also known as Lance Boyce when not he’s off the clock and wandless — will bring his family-friendly interactive magic show to local libraries this week.


92-year-old WWII vet presented with quilt

Stockton Record

Frank Chavis doesn’t get too emotional, but on Tuesday, when Gail Belmont and Flora Brooks presented him with a Quilt of Honor in tribute to his service in the Army during World War II, the 92-year-old almost shed some tears.


These Under-The-Radar Spots In California Will Steal Your Heart

Elite Daily

Many say the West Coast is "the best coast," and in my opinion, the Golden State certainly proves this to be true. If you're wondering how you can get off the beaten path in Cali, I can definitely help you out.



Test yourself with our new free game: PolitiTruth

Think you can tell the difference between True and False?

Do you really know what is fake news?


Still reading?  Did you support the Maddy Daily today?


You can donate any amount...




Thank you!



Maddy Institute Updated List of San Joaquin Valley Elected Officials HERE.


The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute at California State University, Fresno was established to honor the legacy of one of California’s most principled and effective legislative leaders of the last half of the 20th Century by engaging, preparing and inspiring a new generation of governmental leaders for the 21st Century. Its mission is to inspire citizen participation, elevate government performance, provide non-partisan analysis and assist in providing solutions for public policy issues important to the region, state and nation.


This document is to be used for informational purposes only. Unless specifically noted, The Maddy Institute at California State University, Fresno does not officially endorse or support views that may be expressed in the document. If you want to print a story, please do so now before the link expires.​​ ​​​​​​​



To Subscribe or Unsubscribe: mjeans@csufresno.edu