June 1, 2016


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Jerry Brown calls Hillary Clinton ‘only path’ to stop Trump — California Gov. Jerry Brown, who feuded bitterly with Bill Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign, on Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton, calling her nomination the “only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.” Sacramento Bee articleLA Times articleSan Francisco Chronicle articleKQED reportAP article

California nears letting undocumented immigrants buy healthcare — Immigrants living in the country illegally would be allowed to buy health coverage on California’s insurance exchange under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Tuesday. Sacramento Bee articleKQED report

Valley politics 

CD 23: Tea Party challenger Ken Mettler hopes to unseat Kevin McCarthy — Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy might be the second most powerful elected Republican in the nation, but that doesn’t mean he’s getting through the 2016 election cycle without a primary challenge from within his own party. And while the House Majority Leader is by most accounts wildly popular in his district, our next guest Ken Mettler says McCarthy is too liberal, and has quote “no core set of principles.” He’s challenging McCarthy on the June ballot. KVPR report 

Lee Brand continues domination in Fresno mayor fundraising battle – In the Fresno mayor’s race, Lee Brand continues to dominate the field in the all-important fundraising battle. Brand, the current District 6 councilman, has raised more than $263,000. He’s also loaned his campaign the maximum $100,000, and carried over more than $143,000 from his council account.Fresno Bee article 

Few sparks, lots of candidates at forum – There were sparks in Taft Tuesday night but, with a host of candidates and a rapid-fire schedule, they never had time to catch fire. Summer’s first 100 degree day in Taft had more swelter than the tidy political forum hosted by the Taft Chamber of Commerce at the Taft Petroleum Club. Bakersfield Californian article

Fresno city voters don’t seem too anxious to cast ballots—so far – As of Tuesday – just a week before Election Day – only 21,757 Fresno city voters had returned their mail ballots. That means turnout so far is 9.7 percent. Fresno Bee article

Mayor Silva misses another campaign disclosure deadline – For the third time in as many filing periods, Mayor Anthony Silva is delinquent in submitting required state forms disclosing contributions to his re-election campaign. The most recent blown deadline was last Thursday. Silva still had not filed as of late Tuesday afternoon. Stockton Record article 

Political Roundtable: Presidential primaries, congressional race, local politics — This week on Valley Edition Host Joe Moore leads a conversation about politics in California and nationwide. He is joined by Valley Public Radio Reporter Jeffrey Hess, Fresno Bee Reporter John Ellis and Political Analyst Jim Verros. The group talks presidential primaries, congressional races, local races and more. KVPR report 

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

VIDEO: What care about how California pays for its elections – Who pay for elections has been a long simmering argument between state and local government. California Forward has issued a report that says the state should develop a new way to pay for elections administration. California Forward video

Pelosi grilled by San Francisco middle schoolers on guns, Trump — With middle school graduation and summer vacation just days away, eighth-graders at San Francisco’s Children’s Day School should have been thinking about swimming pools and sleeping in. Instead, on Tuesday, their minds were on gun control, mental illness and mass incarceration as they grilled one of the most powerful women in American politics about congressional inaction and the future of the country. San Francisco Chronicle article

San Bernardino Shootings

Prosecutors fight to stop San Bernardino shooter’s family from getting $250,000 insurance claim — The federal government is suing to stop the family of San Bernardino shooterSyed Rizwan Farook from collecting more than $250,000 in life insurance payments from his death. LA Times article

Other areas

Sacramento candidate Steinberg advising major Southern California water district — Sacramento mayoral candidate Darrell Steinberg has worked since July as an adviser to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the massive agency that partly relies on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to serve more than 19 million south state residents. Sacramento Bee article

Measure aims to tackle unequal pay based on race – A year after approving a tougher equal-pay bill for women, the state Senate on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at closing a wage gap in California based on ethnicity. LA Times article

Domestic workers speak out to make overtime requirement permanent – California already has a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights to ensure overtime pay, but that law has a sunset provision and will expire next year. Now, domestic workers organizations are campaigning for the approval of SB1015, which would make the Bill of Rights permanent. But there is a lot of work left to do, advocates for workers say. Many domestic workers and their employers are still unaware that overtime pay applies after a worker’s eighth or ninth hour of work in a day. San Francisco Chronicle article

No smoking at California beaches or parks under this bill – Smoking would be banned at state parks and beaches as a health and wildfire risk under legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate. Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) introduced SB 1333, which would make smoking or disposing of tobacco waste an infraction subject to a fine of up to $250. LA Times article 

Sacramento Bee: Sheriff Jones’ liberal gun permit policy costs all taxpayers – Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones seems to be within his rights in issuing concealed weapons permits to law-abiding county residents essentially for the asking. But taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to foot the bill for his politically popular perk, and that’s what’s happening. Sacramento Bee editorial

FEMA’s new ‘disaster deductible’ shifts responsibility to states — Under pressure from Congress to reduce federal dollars spent on emergency aid, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is floating a new proposal that would give states a financial incentive to better prepare for storms, floods, hurricanes and other disasters. Some state and local officials are pushing back. McClatchy Newspapers article

 California Assembly kills bill overhauling State Bar — In a clear rebuke to California’s system for regulating attorneys, the Assembly on Tuesday decisively rejected a bill that sought to overhaul the State Bar. Sacramento Bee article

Ken Barnes: Arbitration clauses are good for consumers – The executive director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse writes, “Trial lawyers and their friends in the Legislature want to eliminate arbitration and extract big settlements to line their pockets. But no matter what they may say, arbitration is a solid tool for consumer protection.” Barnes op-ed in Sacramento Bee 

Elise Sanguinetti: Arbitration clauses are a threat to consumers – The president of Consumer Attorneys of California writes, “One of today’s gravest threats to consumer rights and constitutional protections can be found right under our noses. Lurking in the fine print of countless agreements that few of us bother to read is a legal stipulation known as the forced arbitration clause. This legalese hides in all kinds of contracts for employment and consumer products, health insurance policies, credit card applications and nursing home admission forms.” Sanguinetti op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Presidential Primary in California

Dan Walters: Jerry Brown endorses Hillary Clinton despite 1992 duel with Bill – Twenty-four years ago, as Bill Clinton was sewing up the Democratic presidential nomination, he still had to contend with an annoying rival who preached left-wing populism and reminded everyone constantly of Clinton’s ethical shortcomings. Today, Clinton’s wife, Hillary, is very close to nailing down the Democratic nomination but still has a rival who preaches left-wing populism and dwells on her ethical shortcomings. Walters column in Sacramento Bee

New poll finds Clinton trouncing Sanders in California – The California primary might not be a dogfight after all, according to a new poll that shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding 13-point lead over Bernie Sanders. The poll released Tuesday by Stanford University’s Hoover Foundation is a far cry from last week’s Public Policy Institute of California survey that found the Democrats in a virtual dead heat, with Clinton leading by just two points. San Jose Mercury News article

Bernie Sanders jabs back at Jerry Brown, ‘Democratic establishment’ — Bernie Sanders on Tuesday jabbed back at Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign, saying he is accustomed to opposition from “the Democratic establishment.” Sacramento Bee article 

Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton to make stop in Fresno this weekend – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will make an appearance in Fresno this weekend, a party organizer said Tuesday night. The timing and location of Clinton’s visit are still being arranged, said Doug Kessler, a regional director for the California Democratic Party. But Clinton’s visit would bring the last remaining major party presidential candidate to Fresno just ahead of California’s June 7 primary election. Fresno Bee article 

Presidential candidate Sanders to visit Modesto – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will visit Modesto on Thursday, his campaign announced Tuesday. The appearance, set at Modesto Centre Plaza, was included in an updated tour schedule for Sanders. Modesto Bee article 

Man accused of assaulting police at Trump’s Fresno visit arrested – Police have arrested a man who allegedly assaulted officers Friday during the Selland Arena appearance of Donald Trump. Rigoberto Vera, 24, was taken into custody Monday near East Liberty and South Orange Avenues by officers after officers reviewed hours of video and audio footage of protests that took place during Trump’s Fresno visit. Fresno Bee article 

After Sanders visit, Central Valley is politics Ground Zero — The Central Valley has been a political hotbed for the last week and might even see another presidential candidate come through before the primary election next Tuesday. KVPR report

California yearns to be The Decider — At long last, we were to be The Deciders. Capitol Weekly article

Supreme Court rejects union challenge to Trump casino bankruptcy — The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to hear a union’s challenge to a bankruptcy ruling that cut health and pension benefits for workers at the Atlantic City, N.J., casino founded and formerly owned by Donald Trump. LA Times article

On the campaigns: What a tougher trade policy could do to California — But if U.S. trade policy tightens under the next president, experts said it could cost the Southern California economy. The region’s bustling logistics industry is reliant on imported goods, many of them from China. Forty percent of goods imported into the U.S. flow though the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – supplying jobs for tens of thousands of workers. KPCC report

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Audit finds gender wage gap persists in some California counties – Gender wage disparities exist at four large California counties, according to a new state audit, which recommends that lawmakers require counties to better track gender pay differences. The Bureau of State Audits review focused on four counties – Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Clara – and found that female employees’ total pay was between 73 percent and 88 percent of what male employees earned. The gap widened slightly during the five years reviewed, from 2010-11 through 2014-15. Sacramento Bee articleLA Times article

University transition comes with Turlock’s star rising – The collegial style of Joe Sheley was a breath of fresh air when he came to Turlock four years ago to lead California State University, Stanislaus. What he did build was bridges. Turlock’s downtown has revived, the most active hub near a studio and art gallery created by the university, the Art Space on Main. Stan State student Josephine Hazelton interned with the city of Turlock doing a transit study and recommended changes in city bus routes, in part with better routes to the university. Modesto Bee article

Retention focus of Stockton police contract talks – The union contract between Stockton’s police officers and the city expires June 30, and key players with strong interest in the bargaining process are using words like “urgency” and “hopeful” to characterize negotiations. Money is the main issue, and the contract those discussions ultimately produce is likely to play a major role in determining whether the Stockton Police Department will be able to end the exodus of veteran officers to other law enforcement agencies. Stockton Record article

Jobs and the Economy 

Brian Eddy: Why conservatives should love libraries, and, yes, vote yes for Measure F – The local author and lifelong resident of Bakersfield writes, “Libraries are proven to increase literacy. Better literacy means more graduates and fewer inmates. Measure F is a bankable investment in our community’s future. I urge you to vote yes on June 7.” Eddy op-ed in Bakersfield Californian

New prepared meal providers offer consumers more quality choices — Want a grilled steak, salmon, or a turkey burger with roasted sweet potatoes but don’t have the time to cook? Not a problem. All it takes is a text, phone call or a few clicks on your computer. It’s that simple, thanks to one of the hottest food trends: the prepared meal industry. Following the success of the meal-in-a-box concept, this latest wave of convenience takes care of the cooking for you. All you do is heat and eat. Fresno Bee article 

Stockton Record: Where ya headed this summer? Website says consider Stockton over San Francisco — We don’t know much about WalletHub. That being said, we still like the way it rolls. The consumer finance site recently announced its “Best Summer Destinations” list. Stockton checked in at a very impressive No. 23 in the national ranking. And San Francisco? We’re going to delay to build the suspense here … But … San Francisco … finished … Number … 46. Stockton Record editorial

We’re number 119! – Bakersfield ranks 119th out of 150 cities nationwide as the best place for a “stay-cation” this summer, according to website WalletHub.com, so go ahead and turn your car off. And by car, we mean your white crewcab pickup. Bakersfield Californian article 

San Francisco health care costs spike, then fall, after housing homeless – Housing the homeless will initially cost San Francisco a lot more money as people get the medical care they didn’t have on the streets. However, within a few years the higher costs will begin coming down on every front — emergency care visits, behavioral health services, welfare and food stamps — though how far they will fall remains to be seen. San Francisco Chronicle article

Sacramento City Council moves to fund shelter beds for homeless – Sacramento’s city council moved Tuesday to open more than 200 shelter beds around the clock across the city, aided by match funding from Sutter Health. Sacramento Bee article

LA is projected to add a lot of low-paying jobs by 2020 – Los Angeles County will add hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next four years, most of them low paying, according to a report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. LA Times article

San Francisco budget increase aimed at homeless, safety, quality of life – San Francisco’s budget will grow to $9.6 billion in fiscal year 2016-17, a $700 million increase from this year that will pay for more transportation funding, street cleaning and police officers. San Francisco Chronicle article 

Southern California home prices outpace those in other major cities – Southern California home prices continued to outpace the national average as well as those in many major cities, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index released Tuesday. LA Times article

Why the world is drawing lines against U.S. tech giants – European efforts to rein in the largest American tech companies are only a taste of what countries like Brazil, India and China are likely to do. New York Times article

UPS executive writes prescription for California’s workforce gap – These days, it may seem like an unlikely climb to the executive suite, but the man who made it thinks California needs to remember a time when his own personal journey wasn’t so unlikely. Noel Massie was raised in East Oakland by a single mom who had four children. Massie went to Berkeley High School and then worked his way through San Jose State University, took a job with United Parcel Service and did what successful people always do. California Forward article

Former CalPERS chief sentenced to prison in bribery scandal — The former chief executive of CalPERS was sentenced to four and a half years in prison Tuesday for his role in a bribery scandal that rocked the nation’s largest public pension fund.  Sacramento Bee articleLA Times articleSan Francisco Chronicle article 

Music world bands together against YouTube, seeking change to law — In recent months, the music world has been united to a rare degree in a public fight against YouTube, accusing the service of paying too little in royalties and asking for changes to the law that allows the company to operate the way it does. The battle highlights the need to capture every dollar as listeners’ habits turn to streaming, as well as the industry’s complicated relationship with YouTube. New York Times article


California reservoirs full again; let the draining begin – No question: It is good to see water in places that have resembled massive dried-out craters for much of the last two or three years. But before you feel too good about that, know that the lakes are falling again already and that we’ve got no idea what our next winter will bring. KQED report

PolitiFact: Does California ‘have the same water infrastructure’ as it did in the 1960s – California has “the same water infrastructure from when we were 16 million people,” Feinstein said in a Q&A with the Sacramento Bee on April 3, 2016. “We had better get cracking, because it’s only going to get worse.” Was Feinstein right? Does California, a state known for innovation, really rely on a plumbing system from generations ago with no substantial upgrades? PolitiFact article 

More Valley farmers opting to go organic – Organics are the single-fastest growing segment in the food industry today — and more Central Valley farmers are taking notice. The Business Journal article

Matheny Tract connects to Tulare water system – Reyna Palma lifted her left hand triumphantly as she helped turn the underground valve that brought water from Tulare’s system to Matheny Tract Tuesday morning. Visalia Times-Delta article

Hardwick getting new well — Drought-slammed residents in the tiny Kings County community of Hardwick, northwest of Hanford, are finally witnessing what they hope will be a permanent solution to persistent water problems. Hanford Sentinel article

Criminal Justice/Prisons

Disgraced former detective pleads guilty, apologizes to community – Longtime criminal defense attorney David Torres stopped his client before he reached the big double doors that led outside the high-rise federal courthouse in this Central Valley town. Behind the glass doors, a phylanx of TV cameras and reporters waited. “You don’t have to do this,” Torres told his client, former Bakersfield police Detective Damacio Diaz. Bakersfield Californian article

Second former Bakersfield Police Department detective accepts plea deal with U.S. Attorney’s office — An attorney for a former Bakersfield Police Department detective confirmed Tuesday his client has accepted a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in connection with wrongdoing while also criticizing remarks made by another attorney last week alleging widespread corruption in the department. Attorney Fred Gagliardini, representing former Detective Patrick Mara, said during a brief press conference held outside Kern County Superior Court that he believes law enforcement officers, by and large, are efficient and capable, performing their jobs while abiding by the law they are charged with enforcing. Bakersfield Californian article

Stanislaus Sheriff Christianson hospitalized after injury during reservoir search — Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson remained hospitalized Tuesday, two days after he was injured while watching the search for two boys at Woodward Reservoir. Modesto Bee article 

San Francisco cops could have body cameras by August — San Francisco police officers could be wearing cameras as early as Aug. 1 after their union voted unanimously Tuesday to support a set of rules for using the devices that seeks a middle path on whether officers should be allowed to view footage before filing reports on critical incidents such as shootings. San Francisco Chronicle article


Fresno State receives $5 million grant to promote water, energy innovation – Fresno State has been awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to establish the Central Valley Energy Innovation Cluster. The Business Journal article

Bill F. Stewart: ‘Yes’ votes on Measure C support Valley’s community colleges – The former chancellor of the State Center Community College District writes, “Measure C will provide many local jobs, and all of the funds will be used locally. Your SCCCD colleges and centers are doing everything possible to provide an affordable education for high school graduates, veterans and adults to prepare them for higher-paying jobs or university transfer. Please join a broad coalition of teachers, public safety officials, health care, community business leaders, newspaper editorial boards and local chambers of commerce in support of Measure C.” Stewart op-ed in Fresno Bee

Michael Fitzgerald: Why’d they kill Delta’s radio star? – A year ago, San Joaquin Delta College not only got its radio station back on the air, its on-air people boldly proclaimed themselves “The Voice of Stockton.” But the Voice was abruptly silenced. College officials shut KWDC down for the summer. The official reason is the retirement of its guiding light, radio/TV Professor William Story. Fitzgerald column in Stockton Record

Linda Wah and Gustavo Herrera: When community colleges join forces, student opportunities abound – The members of the Strong Workforce Implementation Advisory Team write, “Community colleges, when working together, have a unique ability to overcome barriers and create opportunities. They can join forces to help straighten the education pathway and increase students’ chances of completing a first-rate education with work-ready skills that employers need.” Wah/Herrera op-ed in California Forward

Danny Morrison: Don’t hide behind injustice by disrespecting Huerta — Dolores Huerta is a saint. Let’s make that clear. She’s 86 years old. Born in Mexico. Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers. A godly woman who has devoted her life to the betterment of farm workers, immigrants and women. Thinking about it, Dolores Huerta could conceivably have her own wing inside the Mother Teresa museum. A phenomenal woman. Make no mistake. I read Chad Vegas’ article “Kern High School District serves parents, students, not Dolores Huerta’s political schemes” back on May 17 and I was flummoxed by the bloviating rhetoric that was strewn throughout the piece. Morrison column in Bakersfield Californian


Threatened species return to national parks in California — Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Lake Tahoe National Forest will see the return of two rare species. The San Francisco Zoo is helping reintroduce the California red-legged frog and Western pond turtle, both native species. Capital Public Radio report 

Steve Lopez: Will Sacramento cavalry ride to coast’s rescue? – About six years ago, on a fabulously sunny day in Malibu, it became abundantly clear how in the dark I was about coastal development in California. I stood on the ridge where U2 guitarist David Evans and friends wanted to erect five homes the size of airport terminals, and I was listening to Evans’ high-priced team argue in favor of fouling the natural habitat. Lopez column in LA Times

Nuclear plants, despite safety concerns, gain support as clean energy sources – As the Paris agreement on climate change has put pressure on the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some state and federal officials have deemed nuclear energy part of the solution. They are now scrambling to save existing plants that can no longer compete economically in a market flooded with cheap natural gas.  New York Times article

Oleander coyote suffering from possible gunshot euthanized — A coyote believed to have been living for years in Bakersfield’s Oleander neighborhood has been euthanized after being found Monday morning suffering from a possible gunshot wound. Bakersfield Californian article

Health/Human Services 

American death rate rises for first time in a decade – The death rate in the United States rose last year for the first time in a decade, preliminary federal data show, a rare increase that was driven in part by more people dying from drug overdoses, suicide and Alzheimer’s disease. The death rate from heart disease, long in decline, edged up slightly. New York Times articleWashington Post article

Kings supervisors approve Kettleman City survey – This summer, Kettleman City residents will once again be surveyed to determine possible links between an area landfill and birth defects and disease. The Kings County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a survey last week that gives Public Health Institute permission to speak to residents about Chemical Waste Management Inc. and the health of their families. Hanford Sentinel article

Insurer UnitedHealth plans to stop selling Obamacare coverage in California next year – Health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, which sat out California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act until this year, will not sell health plans on the state’s insurance marketplace in 2017, state and company officials said Tuesday. LA Times article

Fresno teen reliable sex ed resource for fellow students – Maryjane Davis, a 17-year-old with long brown hair, pulls out a thick, white binder from her backpack in the bedroom she shares with her two younger sisters. The binder is filled with information — about different kinds of contraceptives, how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, and emotionally healthy relationships versus abusive ones. Maryjane carries it almost daily to her high school in Fresno. KQED report

California VA construction plans on hold in battle over benefits – A political spat over veterans’ benefits has prompted a powerful committee chairman to put a hold on legislation that would have authorized $866 million worth of construction at several Veterans Affairs medical facilities in California. McClatchy Newspapers article 

The Silas Project: Can experimental marijuana treatments save a young boy’s life? — The first seizure struck when he was 3. Soon, Silas Hurd was having hundreds a month. Doctors would tell his parents, Forrest and Nicole, that their son had a rare and life-threatening form of epilepsy. The diagnosis set the family on a years-long journey to find a cure, one that has tested their courage, stretched their definition of medicine and put them on the front lines of a county fighting over its marijuana use. Sacramento Bee article 

Tulare Regional Medical Center: Grand jury report full of holes — The Tulare Regional Medical Center board of directors is placing “justly deserved” blame on prior boards for problems with the hospital’s stalled tower project. Visalia Times-Delta article


Two-hour daily commute? Thousands in the Valley already do it.  Meet one — The average commute in the Central Valley is just around 20 minutes. Now think of a long commute. Now longer. And longer. How about 6 times longer. That is what thousands of workers in the northern end of the valley are doing every day. They are the target of high-speed rail advocates who think they can convince these mega-commuters to abandon their cars and move to Fresno or Merced to ride the train. But why are these workers making such a long commute in the first place? KVPR report

Amtrak chief visits Modesto to talk about adding trains — Amtrak’s chief rode his official train into Modesto to talk about upgrading its San Joaquin Corridor. Joe Broadman, president and chief executive officer, said Tuesday that he sees great potential for the service. Amtrak has four round trips a day between Bakersfield and Oakland and two that take in Sacramento, but they are not convenient to many travelers. Modesto Bee article

Fresno mayor to kick off construction of new BRT system Wednesday — Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Wednesday will officially launch the construction of the city’s new $54 million Bus Rapid Transit System. The Business Journal articleFresno Bee article

Other areas

Tom Corson: Kern has 10 confirmed child abuse cases daily – The executive director of the Kern County Network for Children writes, “During 2015, reports of suspected child abuse were filed on 18,409 Kern children. Of these children, an average of 10 each day were confirmed victims. Eighty-eight percent of the substantiated allegations were related to general neglect.” Corson op-ed in Bakersfield Californian

Truckee planner tabbed as next Los Banos city manager – The Los Banos City Council will vote Wednesday on approving Alex Terrazas as the new city manager. Terrazas is currently the assistant town manager for the Town of Truckee, a municipality in California along Interstate 80, 32 miles southwest of Reno, Nev., in the mountains near the California/Nevada border. Merced Sun-Star article 

Sponsors light fuse on annual River Walk fireworks show – After 10 sponsors stepped up, including one that overlooked its own financial difficulties to contribute, the City of Bakersfield’s free annual Fourth of July celebration is officially a go, City Manager Alan Tandy confirmed Monday. Bakersfield Californian article

Lois Henry: Glory days to vacant lots – You can’t help but like Kenny Graham. You also can’t help being a little outraged by his tale, not to mention frustrated by his situation. But, first, I need to tell you that I’m not going to tell you his whole story today. I can’t. Henry column in Bakersfield Californian

Fresno car dealer to pay $950,000 after stolen Infiniti was in fatal crash — A Fresno used car dealership accused of allowing an auto thief to steal a car and who caused a deadly crash has agreed to pay $950,000 to the widow of a Fresno man killed in the collision three years ago. Fresno Bee article