July 26, 2018






Effort to recall Stockton mayor fails to meet deadline
Stockton Record

The effort to recall Mayor Michael Tubbs has come to an end, at least for the time being. Monday was the deadline for the group looking to oust Tubbs to submit the 16,000 signatures needed to remove him from office.

Visalia City Council to consider new hours, rules for food trucks in Industrial Park, East Downtown and East Main Street at its Aug. 6 meeting

The City of Visalia is hoping to change outdated laws next month when they consider a change to the zoning ordinance which would allow food trucks to park at one place longer in three areas of the city.


Oliver holds campaign rally

Madera Tribune

Madera City Council Member Will Oliver, District 3, kicked off his campaign to seek his seat for a second term at a Saturday morning event held at Fastway Chicken on North D Street.


City Council says yes to program to spur downtown

Madera Tribune

Hoping to spur redevelopment and revitalization of parts of downtown Madera, the Madera City Council has voted to waive 75 to 100 percent of city plan review and building permit fees for a period of at least the next one to possibly two years.


Macedo: 'There was no shenanigans last week' after meeting delay

Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare Mayor David Macedo stood up for three fellow council members who were absent last Tuesday, causing a one-week council meeting delay.


Harder, candidate for House of Representatives, hosts business meeting
Modesto Bee

Josh Harder, candidate for Congressional District 10, invites people to come discuss business needs of the Central Valley Harder’s business town hall will take place Thursday.



Newsom, Feinstein lead for governor and Senate in new poll

Mercury News

No surprises here: Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom and Sen. Dianne Feinstein continue to pull ahead in the races for governor and U.S. Senate, racking up wide leads over their opponents in a new poll.

See also:

     Gavin Newsom holds huge lead over John Cox in California governor’s race, poll finds Fresno Bee

     De León remains far behind Feinstein, poll shows Fresno Bee

     Feinstein maintains lead in Senate race as Republicans signal they'll stay home, poll finds Los Angeles Times

     New poll finds Newsom has healthy lead over Cox in California governor's race — and fewer voters are undecided Los Angeles Times


Nearly 800K Voter Registration Transactions Completed Since April Launch of California Motor Voter

Secretary of State

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today that a total of 792,851 voter registration transactions were completed through the Department of Motor Vehicles in the first two and half months since the launch of California Motor Voter. This activity includes new voter registrations, as well as re-registrations and updated address transactions.

See also:

     New Numbers from California Highlight Benefits of Automatically Registering Voters Brennan Center for Justice


How effective is the political watchdog Jerry Brown helped create?


The agency tasked with monitoring the ethics of roughly 500,000 public officials in California—from the governor down to school board and city council members—has been struggling in the last year.




House Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general


Eleven House Republicans have introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

See also:

     House Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Hanford Sentinel

     House conservatives file articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Visalia Times-Delta

     House GOP members move to impeach Rosenstein Mercury News

     House conservatives move to impeach deputy attorney general San Francisco Chronicle

     Trump House Allies Move to Impeach Rosenstein Wall Street Journal


White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event

The White House on Wednesday denied access to a CNN reporter for a news conference with President Donald Trump that was open to other journalists.

See also:

     EDITORIAL: CNN Derangement Syndrome Weekly Standard


Michael Cohen’s secret tape raises five crucial questions

Washington Post

Thanks to Michael Cohen’s surreptitious taping of his client, we now have heard a conversation in September 2016 between Cohen and Donald Trump concerning payment to hush up a story about a model with whom the president allegedly had a 10-month affair.

See also:

     On new Cohen tape, Trump seemed to insist on ‘cash’ payment. Here’s what that might mean. Washington Post

     Four important points that arise from the Trump-Cohen recording Washington Post

     The Trump-Michael Cohen tape transcript, annotated Washington Post

     ‘What kind of lawyer would tape a client?’: Trump lashes out at Michael Cohen after release of recording Washington Post

     Trump’s Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Recorded Conversation About Stormy Daniels Payment With News Anchor Wall Street Journal


Trump accuses Twitter of illegal bias against Republicans in search results
Washington Post

President Trump took aim at Twitter on Thursday, accusing the social media company of a “discriminatory and illegal practice” that has resulted in limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results.

See also:

     Trump says his administration will look into Twitter 'shadow banning' Republicans Politico

     Trump accuses Twitter of targeting Republicans, offers no evidence Reuters


Trump ponies up to stop Democratic House takeover

President Donald Trump is intensifying his involvement in the midterm elections amid rising Republican fears that the party is confronting a November wave.

See also:

     The Power of Little Money Will Be Tested This Fall Roll Call

     Women Voters Could Win Democrats the House and Deliver Big Blow to Donald Trump, Poll Indicates Newsweek

     Sobering News for the House GOP Wall Street Journal

     Why Republicans Can’t Get Enough Trump Wall Street Journal


Brett Kavanaugh’s paper trail means trouble for the federal ‘alphabet’ agencies

Kavanaugh’s threat to liberalism lies in his hostility to the modern technocratic state, where federal bureaucracies rule with few checks and balances.

See also:

     Schumer Wants Careful Review of Kavanaugh’s Papers, McConnell is Undeterred Roll Call

     With Kavanaugh, Court Could Take Aim at Gun Control Laws Roll Call




Bryan Anderson joins The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau

Sacramento Bee

For me, journalism is a public service. It works best when reporters make themselves accessible and carefully listen to their audience. With that in mind, please allow me to introduce myself.


States Try to Silence Robocalls, But They’re Worse Than Ever

Pew Charitable Trusts
Robocalls — those nettlesome autodial telephone calls from both scammers and legitimate businesses — skyrocketed in the first half of 2018, and have prompted the most complaints to federal and most state enforcement officials of any consumer topic in recent years.


The 5 M’s for Describing Why Congress Is Broken
Roll Call

Thirty years covering Congress leave me totally convinced the institution is more badly broken today than at any other point in my career, which means getting asked time and again to enumerate the causes for the deepening dysfunction.


A Critique of Identity Politics—From Obama

Wall Street Journal
For better or worse, Donald Trump is becoming a far more transformative president than many of his critics like to acknowledge. If Democrats want to win back Congress and the White House, they’ll listen to the former president.




Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report“I Didn't Vote!:  Civic (Dis)Engagement and the (Dis)Interested Voter”​ – Guests: Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis. 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​: “Addressing Civil Illiteracy in the Valley”​ – Guests: UC Merced Prof. Nate Monroe, John Minkler with the California Council for Social Studies, Fresno Superior Court Judge Don Fransen, and Fresno Attorney Michael Wilhelm. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy: “Californians & Civic Engagement”  Guest: Mony Flores-Bauer, League of Women Voters in California. Host: Ana Melendes.





The Fresno Food Expo is growing up, with more food from more places and other changes

Fresno Bee

The Fresno Food Expo turns 8 this year. And like any 8-year-old, it’s growing up. This year’s show has double the number of food companies handing out samples compared to its first year.


Biggest cold storage in the Valley planning to get even bigger


About 120 million pounds of food is stored on shelves, from Wawona peaches to Challenge butter to McDonald's hamburgers patties. The cold temperatures are vital to keeping the quality as it travels from the Valley across the nation and even across the world.


Farmers say tariff assistance less important than ending tariffs

Business Journal

The White House’s announcement of plans to offer $12 billion in assistance to farmers hurt by the nation’s trade disputes with China and other countries seemed welcome news to representatives of California’s agricultural industries.
See also:

     California farmers argue for trade, rather than Trump aid Sacramento Bee

     California could see little of $12 billion farm aid San Francisco Chronicle

     Midwest Lawmakers United Against Tariffs as Trump Unveils Farm Bailou Roll Call

     Trump's farmer bailout is backfiring among Republican lawmakers Washington Post

     Federal aid for farmers is nothing new, but Trump's bailout is CNN

     Trump Has No Idea What His Tariffs Have Unleashed for Farmers New York Times

     EDITORIAL: End the Tariffs, Don’t Bail Out Farmers National Review






Raising awareness of child abuse: Hanford gets permanent installation of The Lisa Project

Hanford Sentinel

Kings County Human Services Agency and the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC) are bringing The Lisa Project to Hanford. The Lisa Project is a 25-minute exhibit that shows different scenarios of child abuse from the child's perspective


BPD offering to clear misdemeanor warrants Friday at park in east Bakersfield

Bakersfield Californian

On Friday, police will be at Jefferson Park to clear misdemeanor warrants. Tables will be set up with officers available to answer questions, complete a records check and issue a citation for a new court date. The entire process takes fewer than five minutes.


LAPD officials defend predictive policing as activists call for its end
Los Angeles Times
So-called predictive policing and other ways that the Los Angeles Police Department uses data to fight crime are sounding alarm bells for civil liberty and privacy groups, who engaged in a heated debate with department brass at a Police Commission meeting.

Public Safety:


Salas presents check to local law enforcement

Hanford Sentinel

Ask anyone involved and they will tell you it was a team effort that secured almost $9 million in state funding for public safety infrastructure in Kings County.


Kern County Sheriff substations are in trouble; Youngblood puts hope in county sales tax to help

Bakersfield Californian

Sheriff Donny Youngblood hopes a ballot measure that would ask voters to approve a 1 percent sales tax increase in unincorporated areas will provide the funds needed to hire more deputies.




‘I’m really crushed.’ Yosemite tourists plan next move after Ferguson Fire closes part of park

Fresno Bee

Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said at least 1,000 campground and hotel reservations have been canceled inside Yosemite and hundreds of visitors have left the park.

See also:

     Ferguson Fire continues to grow, Yosemite evacuated ABC30

     Extreme heat, strong inversion layer challenges Ferguson Fire crews ABC30

     Ferguson Fire jumps up in size Madera Tribune

     ‘Very, very nasty terrain’ confronts firefighters in deadly wildfire that closed Yosemite Modesto Bee

     Better blaze another trail if you were driving to Yosemite this week Bakersfield Californian

     Breathing problems on the rise in mountains, Valley as Ferguson Fire rages near Yosemite Sierra Star

     Yosemite behind a 'smokescreen': Scenes from the Ferguson Fire evacuation Visalia Times-Delta

     Are national parks being affected by Yosemite closures? Visalia Times-Delta

     Better blaze another trail if you were driving to Yosemite this week Bakersfield Californian

     Visitors leave Yosemite as smoke envelops valley San Francisco Chronicle

     Western fires char thousands of acres, shut down parts of Yosemite UPI

     Ferguson Fire Forces Largest Closing of Yosemite in Decades New York Times


Arson suspect arrested as brush fire spreads to 4,700 acres in Riverside Co.


A brush fire erupted in the San Bernardino National Forest Wednesday, prompting evacuations in Idyllwild, where 600 homes were threatened.

See also:

     Arson suspect arrested as homes burn in Idyllwild; hundreds ordered to evacuate Los Angeles Times


Lawmakers debate power companies’ liability

San Francisco Chronicle

As multiday fires continue to scorch California, the question of who should pay for blazes sparked by utility-owned power lines is drawing intense scrutiny in Sacramento.






Worst Poverty in California? Not Where You Might Think


The two counties with the highest poverty rates are Los Angeles (24.3 percent) and Santa Cruz (23.8 percent). That's not to say poverty rates in places like the Central Valley are low. Fresno County's poverty rate is 19.6 percent, while Tulare County's is 20.3 percent.


Unemployment Claims Update: June 2018

Legislative Analyst's’ Office

Unemployment claims are a useful indicator of the health of the state’s economy. As the figure below shows, unemployment claims currently are low by historical norms.


Economic Views Lift U.S. Consumer Comfort to Fresh 17-Year High


Americans’ confidence rose to the highest level since February 2001 on brighter assessments of the economy, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed Thursday.


Trump and EU leader agree to work toward eliminating tariffs and declaring a cease-fire in trade war

Los Angeles Times

President Trump and European Union leader Jean-Claude Juncker agreed Wednesday to a trade war cease-fire under which the administration would back away from a threat to impose high tariffs on imported cars and rethink duties on imported steel and aluminum.

See also:

     U.S., EU Agree to Resolve Trade Differences Wall Street Journal

     Trump, EU Chief Agree to Pursue Trade Peace Pact Roll Call

     Trump Announces E.U. Has Granted Trade Concessions National Review

     Trump, E.U. announce deal to avert escalation of trade tensions Washington Post

     The Markets Will Stop a Trade War Wall Street Journal

     How the EU can master L’art du deal AEI

     EDITORIAL: Some Good Trade News Wall Street Journal


Why legacy retailers need to rethink the purpose of their brick-and-mortar stores

Business Insider

Digital is dismantling the retail industry brick by brick. The most successful retailers are the ones with thriving digital businesses, while physical stores are becoming more liabilities than assets.


How far will the FCC pursue Sinclair Broadcasting’s “misrepresentations” now that Trump has intervened?

It is heartening to see the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) unanimous decision to designate the $3.9 billion Sinclair Broadcasting acquisition of Tribune Media for administrative review.


Outflows From U.S. Stocks Swell as Investors Seek Refuge in Bonds
Wall Street Journal

Investors are fleeing U.S. stocks at a rapid clip as ongoing market volatility and trade tensions push them to seek safety among less risky assets such as U.S. Treasurys.




Truck drivers are overtired, overworked and underpaid

The Conversation

Research shows that economic pressure pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, contributing significantly to truck crashes.


Nearly Half of the Working Poor Are Working Full Time and Year Round
Public Policy Institute of California

Roughly 2 million out of 16 million working Californians (ages 25‒64) live in poverty, according to California Poverty Measure (CPM) estimates—and nearly half (45%) of these workers are employed full time and year round.


Ninth Circuit Confirms Employer Duties Regarding Meal Periods


On July 18, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that Taco Bell had violated California’s meal period and overtime requirements by requiring employees who purchased discounted meals to stay on the premises during their meal period.


Only four out of ten working-age adults with disabilities are employed


The low unemployment rate is leading employers to recruit and hire people they might otherwise screen out, such as people with disabilities or criminal backgrounds.


EDITORIAL: A low bar for California’s state workers

San Francisco Chronicle

An audit of public employee performance has the potential to be a dry affair replete with timekeeping and rule recitations. And then there’s the guy who outfitted a Bay Area fire station with a tiki bar.






Has your child’s school been tested for lead in the drinking water? Check here

Fresno Bee

Under a new state law, public schools in California must be tested before July 2019 for lead in the drinking water. The Bee has compiled a map of schools in Fresno to make the results of these tests more accessible.


Lawsuit over state’s literacy education can proceed

Stockton Record

A lawsuit filed by a group of California students and teachers, including an elementary school in Stockton, has been given the green light to proceed.

See also:

     Suit accusing state of inadequate education to kids advances San Francisco Chronicle


Panama-Buena Vista approves $90M measure for November ballot

Bakersfield Californian

Voters in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will be considering a $90 million bond measure this November.


Higher Ed:


Two of the state’s biggest time-wasters work at Fresno State, report finds

Fresno Bee

Two Fresno State employees routinely left campus to go home and go shopping during their shifts, costing the university more than $111,000 in salary for work not done, according to a report by the California State Auditor.


A limited number of student applications accepted for spring 2019

Fresno State News

California State University, Fresno, will accept a limited number of student applications for the spring 2019 semester from new, upper-division transfer applicants and graduate students starting on Aug. 1.


With Spanish Classes, Vet Schools Aim To Break Down Barriers With Farmworkers
Capital Public Radio

While learning to communicate with animals takes years of patience, Yanez says the true language barrier exists between the dairy workers and the veterinarians who rarely speak Spanish.


Study: Public higher education leadership lacks diversity

San Francisco Chronicle

Perhaps the most colorful mix of students in the world attends California’s public colleges and universities, yet most of the people appointed to run those schools, it turns out, are white.


UCLA surpasses $4.2 billion fundraising goal, a boon for a public campus faced with diminished state aid

Los Angeles Times
UCLA has surpassed its $4.2 billion fundraising goal 18 months ahead of schedule, marking one of the nation’s most successful efforts by a public university to woo philanthropic dollars, campus officials announced Wednesday.


DeVos Proposes to Curtail Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

New York Times

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed on Wednesday to curtail Obama administration loan forgiveness rules for students defrauded by for-profit colleges.






Poll shows surprising GOP tilt toward environmental issues in California

San Francisco Chronicle

In a state with a partisan split that’s broad and growing wider, environmental issues provide a surprising bridge between Democrats and Republicans, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of Californiaindicates.


Cooling centers and swimming pools open as temps start to hit 105


If you need help escaping the heat there will be several cooling centers open throughout the Valley.

See also:

     Cooling centers open during heat advisory Hanford Sentinel


'This is what the future looks like': Heat wave stokes fears of power outages and fires

Los Angeles Times

When a blistering heat wave struck the Southland earlier this month, the region’s electric grid was so overwhelmed that more than 100,000 customers in Los Angeles had at some point lost power. Some went days without electricity.


EDITORIAL: Hot, and getting hotter, may mean more suicides in the future

Fresno Bee

As if the current heat wave baking the central San Joaquin Valley was not hot enough, now comes news that climate warming may lead to a rise in suicides.




EDITORIAL: California must fight Trump on fuel efficiency standards
Mercury News

This is no time to take a step backward in the battle for cleaner air, reduced reliance on fossil fuels and against climate change. If Trump follows through as expected, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra should fight for the state’s right to combat air pollution.






Visalia Imaging introduces 3D mammography technology
Valley Voice

Want cutting-edge mammography techonology? Visalia Imaging has just what you want — brand new 3D mamography equipment. It is the first facility in Tulare County to offer 3D Mammograms and the only facility in the Central Valley to have the ABUS 3D ultrasound.


ObamaCare Is Robbing Medicaid’s Sickest Patients
Wall Street Journal

ObamaCare made it more difficult for health insurers to turn a profit on individual plans, since it prohibited them from charging consumers more based on their medical risks. But the law also created a huge growth opportunity for insurers: Medicaid.


Human Services:


Veterans Memorial Hall in Dinuba offering Veterans a helping hand


Veterans in town and the surrounding communities will be able to come in, sit down have their questions answered, get assistance with paperwork and their benefits.


Walters: Universal health care now California law - more or less


Providing universal health care coverage to 40 million Californians has become the rallying cry for the state’s Democratic Party as it drifts leftward in this election year.


Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates


With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces with data brokers to vacuum up personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans, including, odds are, many readers of this story.




‘I don’t think it’s appropriate.’ Judge disagrees with ICE arrest at Fresno courthouse

Fresno Bee

A Fresno Superior Court judge voiced his discontent Wednesday over a recent arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement of an undocumented man who was scheduled to appear as a defendant in his courtroom.


Former GOP congressman wants an official ban on 'noncitizens' voting in California

Los Angeles Times

In the wake of San Francisco’s decision to remove citizenship status as a requirement for those voting in school board elections, a former Sacramento congressman said on Wednesday that he’ll work to change state law to block such efforts.


Eleven things to know about living in a sanctuary state

California Sunday Magazine

The sanctuary laws were at once championed for protecting hardworking undocumented immigrants from deportation and lambasted for sheltering violent criminals. The reality: They do neither.


Today is the deadline to reunite all separated families. Where do things stand?


Federal officials said in court Tuesday that the government has successfully reunited 1,012 migrant parents with their children. It has not yet reunified the 600 other eligible children in this age group.


Justice Department Says Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Called 'Illegal Aliens'


The U.S. Justice Department has decreed that U.S. attorney offices should refer to immigrants unlawfully in the country as “illegal aliens,” rather than “undocumented.”




Land Use:


The Bay Area is getting bigger, much bigger---to include Fresno?

Sacramento Bee

This expanded notion of the Bay Area isn’t a joke. It reflects the biggest thinking about California’s future. If you’re a smaller Northern California region struggling to compete with the Bay Area, why not join it instead?



Homelessness is getting worse across California. Gavin Newsom says he has a plan to turn it around.

Sacramento Bee

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the front-runner in the governor’s race, has outlined an ambitious agenda for tackling the homelessness problem, if elected. He says it’s among his top priorities.




Panama-Buena Vista approves $90M measure for November ballot
Bakersfield Californian

Voters in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will be considering a $90 million bond measure this November. The measure, which funds new schools and upgrades for existing schools, would need a 55 percent majority in the election to pass.


State Auditor Nabs Fresno State Groundskeepers for $111,000
GV Wire
You’d think by now that California state employees who sleep on the job, leave their posts early or buy unauthorized stuff would realize that State Auditor Elaine M. Howle and her staff are watching.


How the Trump Tax Cut Is Helping to Push the Federal Deficit to $1 Trillion

New York Times

The amount of corporate taxes collected by the federal government has plunged to historically low levels in the first six months of the year, pushing up the federal budget deficit much faster than economists had predicted.

See also:

     Podcast: How to think about the Trump tax cuts AEI




After nearly 4 years of sleeping on the job, a State Audit finally caught up with this DMV worker


A key data operator at the Department of Motor Vehicles failed to perform her essential duties over a period of nearly four years because she slept at her desk for extended periods of time during work hours.

See also:

     California DMV worker slept thousands of hours on the job, state report finds  Visalia Times-Delta


EDITORIAL: California must fight Trump on fuel efficiency standards

Mercury News

The Trump administration is expected to announce later this week that it will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars.




Temperance Flat dam gets $171 million. Project just needs another $2.6 billion

Sierra Star

The proposed Temperance Flat dam east of Fresno on the upper San Joaquin River has been awarded $171 million by the California Water Commission, which doled out $2.5 million Wednesday for water storage projects around the state.


No worry that Hetch Hetchy will be drained after Zinke visit

San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be interested in the idea of draining Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park after meeting with a group that wants to tear down the century-old O’Shaughnessy Dam.


New California water storage? About time

San Diego Union-Tribune

It has long been plain that California must do a better job of capturing rainfall and melting snow by adding water storage. Yet for decades, governors, lawmakers and bureaucrats have struggled to agree on funding for new or expanded dams or reservoirs.




Fluffy is back plus ‘Whatta Man’ live. Big Fresno Fair adds Gabriel Iglesias, Salt-N-Pepa

Fresno Bee

Gabriel Iglesias is coming back to The Big Fresno Fair. The fair also announced the addition of hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa.


Taprooms work toward opening in Lemoore, Hanford

Hanford Sentinel

Good news for thirsty beer aficionados — Kings County will be getting two new taprooms in the coming months. Two local breweries, Bird Street Brewing and Hop Forged Brewing will open their doors and tapping their kegs soon enough.


CALM to host 11th Annual Ice Cream Zoofari
Bakersfield Californian

The California Living Museum will host its 11th annual Ice Cream Zoofari from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug 18 at the CALM grounds located at 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy.



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