June 12, 2018

12Jun

POLICY & POLITICS

 

Valley:

 

Gubler moves into second in hotly contested Assembly race, but will it hold up?

Fresno Bee

At 5:24 p.m. Monday, the latest election results moved Jose Sigala ahead of Warren Gubler, 13,008 votes to 12,698. Devon Mathis leads with 13,410.

See also:

●      Tulare County election results at a glance: Gubler's lead gobbled by Mathis, Sigala Visalia Times-Delta

 

New numbers but no significant changes in balloting

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Elections Division has updated the results of last week’s primary election as the tabulation of vote-by-mail ballots continues. Nothing changed: All candidates maintained their positions from before the update.

 

Valadao dairy forced to sell cattle, equipment after lawsuit

Fresno Bee

A dairy owned by Hanford Rep. David Valadao and his family appears headed for the auction block, as creditors have taken control of the day-to-day operations and have begun selling off cattle and equipment to pay back more than $8 million in unpaid loans.

 

Votes don't come cheap in candidates' quests for elected offices in Fresno, Valley

Fresno Bee

The payoff comes after the votes are counted. But when turnout is meager – as it was for Tuesday's primary election for a raft of local and state offices – just how cost-effective can a sophisticated campaign be?

 

Post on sheriff's Instagram account illustrates tension in heated Stanislaus race

Modesto Bee

With the latest update Friday from the Stanislaus County elections office, giving him a decisive 3,800-vote lead, Lt. Jeff Dirkse can start preparing to take over as the top executive of the Sheriff's Department.

 

Monument honoring fallen veterans vandalized in Visalia

ABC30

A monument honoring fallen veterans was vandalized outside of the Veterans Memorial Building in Visalia early Monday morning. The statue, which cost a couple of thousand dollars, was there for about a year.

See also:

     Visalia veterans monument vandalism a 'slap in the face' to heroes Visalia Times-Delta

 

State:

 

California Politics Podcast: A closer look at the June primary results

Los Angeles Times

The race for governor and U.S. Senate offered fascinating glimpses into the impact of the state’s top-two primary system. And now, the stage is set for one-on-one showdowns in November for these races and a handful of key contests for the House of Representatives.

See also:

     Funding Measures and the June Ballot Public Policy Institute of California

 

State’s top-two primary puts California in national spotlight

Modesto Bee

It had been 50 years since a California primary election had national political consequences and drew national media attention.

See also:

     Skelton: Give California’s top-two primary some more time, and if it doesn’t get better, junk it Los Angeles Times 

 

California's long count: Races we're still watching
Sacramento Bee

It's been a week since the California primary election, and more than 2 million ballots are still being counted. The latest results show 13 remaining closely contested races – those in which the margin is less than 2 percentage points.

 

California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?

Sacramento Bee

California Influencers for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy addressed this question: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?

 

Recalled Democratic senator condemns GOP in defiant speech

Sacramento Bee

Democratic Sen. Josh Newman called out his Republican colleagues Monday for what he views as an abuse of the recall process after voters removed him from office in a campaign organized by conservative talk-radio hosts.

 

California’s Blue Wave watch: Why this graphic should worry Republicans

CALmatters

Ballots are still being counted, but last week’s election is already offering good news for Democrats hoping to take back the House of Representatives in November.

 

The Trump appointee making Silicon Valley sweat

Politico

One of President Donald Trump’s top regulators is raising the temperature on Silicon Valley. Makan Delrahim, who heads the Justice Department’s antitrust division, has spent months laying out a case for greater scrutiny of the country’s powerful technology industry.

 

John Cox says Trump will campaign for him in California governor's race

Los Angeles Times

It’s unclear how much of a boost a Trump campaign appearance would give Cox — the president is viewed unfavorably in California. And though presidents of both parties have spent significant amounts of time in California raising money, in recent years they have spent little effort publicly stumping for gubernatorial candidates.

See also:

     Did Trump spur Latinos to California’s primary polls? Mercury News

 

California tried a new voting system. What we can learn from the experiment

Sacramento Bee

When Sacramento County officials announced last week that they still had more than 200,000 additional ballots to process following election night, the number stunned many political observers.

 

Why people keep getting arrested at the state Capitol

Sacramento Bee

They’ve become a regular sight at the Capitol in recent weeks – protesting poverty, trying to block Gov. Jerry Brown's office and on occasion, getting arrested.  On Monday, the California Poor People's Campaign, calling for affordable housing and other policies to address poverty, interrupted the state Senate and forced legislators to halt the floor session.

 

Two Democrats sworn into office to replace California assemblymen accused of sexual misconduct

Los Angeles Times

The state Assembly on Monday welcomed Democrats Luz Rivas and Jesse Gabriel, who were sworn in after winning special elections last week to replace two former San Fernando Valley members accused of sexual misconduct.

 

A New Definition For California’s Political Sweet Spot

Calbuzz

Voters most of the time will cluster somewhere around the candidates who seem to fit the sensible, moderate-left world view that comprises the overlap or union, of California’s political Venn diagram: pro-choice, environment friendly, fiscally responsible, anti-authoritarian, racially and religiously tolerant, committed to science and faith.

 

California moves closer to its own sweeping net neutrality rule —will it save the open internet?

CALmatters

With just 11 days to go until the federal government intends to roll back net neutrality, California’s Senate has stepped into the void by advancing a bill that aims to maintain equal internet access for all its citizens.

See also:

     Net neutrality explained: "Imagine internet is pizza ..." Marketplace

     Net Neutrality Has Been Rolled Back — But It's Not Dead Yet NPR

     Why the end of net neutrality might look good ... at first Marketplace

     Celebrating internet freedom: What the Restoring Internet Freedom Order means for consumers AEI

     As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules Wall Street Journal

     Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends AP News

 

Second commissioner resigns from California's political watchdog agency

Sacramento Bee

A second member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission has resigned from the political watchdog agency. Commissioner Maria Audero, a Los Angeles employment law attorney, left the agency to assume a new role as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Central District of California.

 

Federal:

 

Supreme Court says states can remove voters who skip elections, ignore warnings

USA Today

Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that probably will help Republicans and hurt Democrats.

See also:

     The Supreme Court takes a nakedly political turn Sacramento Bee

     A new controversy erupts over whether voter identification laws suppress minority turnout Washington Post

     A Victory for Voting Law Wall Street Journal

     EDITORIAL: The Supreme Court signs off on a voter purge Los Angeles Times

 

This weekend's G-7 summit: "The geopolitical equivalent of Trump firing Comey"
Marketplace

President Donald Trump refused to sign a joint statement at this weekend's G-7 summit after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau complained of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs at a news conference.

See also:

     Trump accuses Canadian leader of being ‘dishonest’ and ‘weak’ Washington Post

     Trump’s G7 free trade zone is a breathtakingly ambitious idea. But has it been thought through? AEI

     Trump just blew up the G-7. Now what? Brookings

     Does the World Actually Want American Leadership? National Review

 

White House Economic Adviser Lawrence Kudlow Has ‘Very Mild’ Heart Attack

Wall Street Journal

Lawrence Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, had a heart attack Monday and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center. He is in good condition and doctors expect him to make a “full and speedy recovery.”

 

Dislike of Trump May Not Drive Voters to Democrats
National Review

Five months before the midterm elections, predictions that Democrats will ride a “blue wave” to forcefully sweep away GOP control of the House of Representatives have become hopes that a high tide can still bring them a bare majority of 218 seats.

 

Other:

 

Fallows: Have They No Sense of Decency?

The Atlantic

In the “shithole era,” the Republican U.S. senators who object to the president’s vulgarity have a choice to make.

 

Political Overreaction: The New American Way

National Review

America is losing its sense of proportion and perspective.

 

Defending American Classical Liberalism

National Review

How should the religiously orthodox be disposed toward America? A number of leading contemporary Catholic intellectuals contend that we should be suspicious of, if not hostile to, the liberal political project, including the American experiment in ordered liberty.

 

 

MADDY INSTITUTE PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAMMING  

 

Sunday, June 17, at 10 a.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report“Public Employee Union Dues:  “Fair Share” v. “Free Speech” – Guests: Laurel Rosenhall with CALmatters, Steve Smith with California Labor Federation, Dan Walters from CALmatters, and John Myers from LA Times. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

 

Sunday, June 17, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report  - Valley Views Edition“Will Valley Public Employees Get a Fair Share After Fair Share” – Guests: Lacy Barnes, President of State Center Federation of Teachers and Vice President of American Federation of Teachers in California; Tad Weber, Editorial Page Editor for the Fresno Bee and Mike Dunbar, Editorial Page Editor for the Modesto Bee and Merced Sun Star. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

 

Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy: “State Auditor To UC: UCPath on the Wrong Path”  Guest: Margarita Fernandez, PIO State Auditor's Office. Host: Maddy Institute Program Coordinator, Maria Jeans.

 

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD

 

New federal milk marketing will pay California dairies more

ABC30

A much-anticipated change in how California dairies get paid for their milk is expected to level the playing field with producers in other states. A new federal milk marketing order will pay California dairy producers more than what they've received in the past.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE / FIRE / PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Crime:

 

Lower suicide rate, stricter gun control

Modesto Bee

It is an article of faith among opponents of gun control that California’s tough firearm laws are pointless – that try as we might, sick people will do what sick people do, and death, as ever, will have its way.

 

Budget dispute hinders state crackdown on illicit marijuana market in California

Los Angeles Times

A dispute between the governor and lawmakers over how to pay for a crackdown on the illicit marijuana market in California has resulted in the $14 million for the effort being left out of a proposed budget, officials said.

 

7 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs

AP News

Mayors from Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Sacramento — all in marijuana-friendly states — sponsored a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that asked the U.S. government to remove cannabis from a list of illegal drugs.

 

Public Safety:

 

Tax measure allowing Kingsburg to add police and firefighters

ABC30

For the first time in recent memory, the city of Kingsburg is adding to its police and fire departments. Last week voters overwhelmingly passed Measure E to enact a one-cent sales tax that will go into a dedicated fund to help the city's public safety services.

 

Fox: Justice Reform Movement’s Self-Inflicted Wound

Fox & Hounds

The progressive movement for criminal justice reform was wounded in the California primary and one of those wounds was self-inflicted.

 

Koch group unveils six-figure prison reform campaign

Politico

The Koch-backed group Freedom Partners on Tuesday will kick off a six-figure spending pitch urging senators to support a House-passed prison reform bill that’s stalled amid internal GOP disagreements.

 

Trump’s pardons are not policies for the African American community

Brookings

We should never confuse the political use of pardons with policymaking. Seeking higher approval ratings among blacks through pardons can never stand in for bad criminal justice, housing, and education policy.

 

Fire:

 

Explosive start to the Valley's fire season

ABC30

California's fire season is staying true to its name. Cal Fire PIO Jeremiah Wittwer says, "As of last Monday, there were over 1,700 fires across the state." As tree mortality rates climb and temperatures continue to heat up, Cal Fire is working with Fresno County, Caltrans, and even PG&E on preventative measures.

See also:

      California is on fire again. Here are the 2018 fires happening right now San Diego Union-Tribune

 

EDITORIAL: Don’t make ratepayers pay for PG&E wildfire negligence  

Mercury News

PG&E is a convicted felon with a reputation as the least-trusted utility in California. Cal Fire’s announcement Friday blaming the company for multiple Northern California fires last October adds to the outrage.

See also:

     EDITORIAL: PG&E doesn’t deserve a bailout San Francisco Chronicle

     PG&E Sees ‘Significant Liability’ in California Wildfire Report Bloomberg

 

Hot summer ahead brings increased fire risk to Southern California

OCRegister

Summer is setting up to be a scorcher. The National Weather Service recently issued a summer forecast and summarized the drier-than-normal winter conditions already setting the stage for a dangerous fire season.

 

ECONOMY / JOBS

 

Economy:

 

Report says California is the fourth-best state economy: Why isn't it first?

SFGate

Some might be wondering why the Golden State isn't at the top of Wallet Hub's annual ranking of state economies. After all, last month California was declared the world's fifth-largest economy.

 

Tulare budget woes could force city to furlough employees, cut fire expenses

Visalia Times-Delta

There are three weeks before the start of the 2018-19 fiscal year, and Tulare City Council members are still trying to figure out how to make up a projected deficit of more than $1.5 million.

 

U.S. Inflation Accelerates to Six-Year High, Eroding Wages
Bloomberg

U.S. inflation accelerated in May to the fastest pace in more than six years, reinforcing the Federal Reserve’s outlook for gradual interest-rate hikes while eroding wage gains that remain relatively tepid despite an 18-year low in unemployment.

 

Jobs:

 

Elon Musk's Tesla says new state rule punishes it for doing business in California

Sacramento Bee

The only large-scale car manufacturer in California argues that doing business in the state is hard enough without a fast-developing labor regulation backed by organizations that want to unionize its Fremont plant.

See also:

     Tesla says a planned rule would punish it for doing business in California Los Angeles Times

     Tesla, labor officials spar over Fremont factory union drive in hearing San Francisco Chronicle

 

Cheesecake Factory held liable in $4M wage theft case

KCRA

California regulators have found the Cheesecake Factory and two of its contractors owe about $4 million to hundreds of janitorial workers in a wage theft case. The state Labor Commissioner’s Office said Monday that the 559 workers were underpaid at eight locations in Orange and San Diego counties.

See also:

     At Southern California Cheesecake Factories, 559 janitors were cheated out of $4.57 million in wages, labor commissioner charges OC Register

 

Making Sense of the New Government Data on Contingent Work

UC Berkeley Labor Center

The BLS found little or no change in the percent of U.S. workers who are independent contractors, temp workers, contract workers, or on-call workerswhat the BLS terms “alternative work arrangements” but what many think of as contingent. These four categories combined total just 10.1 percent of the workforce, certainly not the gig apocalypse often portrayed in the media.

 

What to Do When the Labor Market Stops Working for Workers

Wall Street Journal

Courts have now blessed mandatory arbitration clauses, but regulators and states don’t have to.

 

There are now more job openings than workers to fill them

CNN

The ratio of unemployed workers to job openings dropped below one in April for the first time since the Labor Department started collecting data in 2000, the agency reported Tuesday.

 

The Fed’s Biggest Dilemma: Is the Booming Job Market a Problem?
Wall Street Journal

Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, has to figure out whether inflation is around the corner. The wrong choice could cripple the economy.

 

Should Tech Companies Be Broken Up?

National Review
The most recent Facebook consumer-privacy scandal has raised the specter of new regulations on big technology firms, but to respond with antitrust action now would be imprudent.

 

EDUCATION

 

K-12:

 

What do test scores really mean for the economy?

AEI

Test scores today say a lot about what our labor force will look like over the coming decades. Our current students’ skills will dictate our economic future in the long run.

 

Child abuse and predictive risk modeling

AEI

Can an algorithm help prevent child abuse? AEI’s Naomi Schaefer Riley briefly looks at a pioneering program that uses data to help protect kids.

 

Higher Ed:

 

A 'rebellion' mounts among community college professors as California pushes for change

Fresno Bee

As California leaders prepare this week to change the way the state funds its community colleges, a revolt is growing among professors who say it's too much, too soon, for a system already undergoing rapid transformations to improve dismal student outcomes.

 

West Hills closes Measure L

Hanford Sentinel

West Hills College Lemoore announced June 1 the completion of Bond Measure L which funded the construction of the new student union, other buildings and repairs.

 

San Diego City Colleges To Offer Two Years Free Tuition

KPBS

Starting this fall, the state is covering the first year of community college statewide. The San Diego Community College District has announced it’s covering the second at its campuses. That means San Diegans can access a no-cost associate’s degree from Mesa, Miramar and City colleges if they finish on time.

 

ENVIRONMENT/ ENERGY

 

Environment:

 

Innovative concepts from people right here in the valley

Bakersfield Californian

When it comes to innovative ideas and technology, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is at the forefront. Achieving attainment of EPA’s increasingly stringent ambient air quality standards will require significant additional emissions reductions in the valley.

 

San Joaquin Valley Community Engagement and Protection

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

In September 2017, the California State Legislature and Governor agreed to extend Cap and Trade as part of a legislative package that included the appropriation of $1.5 billion in Cap and Trade funding. The District will actively participate, and facilitate input by Valley residents.

Energy:

 

Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels

Wall Street Journal
In 2016, about $297 billion was spent on renewables—compared with $143 billion on new nuclear, coal, gas and fuel-oil power plants.

 

HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES

 

Health:

 

$8 million in valley fever funding clears committee

Bakersfield Californian

The California Assembly's budget conference committee has approved $8 million in funding for Valley Fever research and outreach, according to Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, who pushed for the funding.

 

New life sought for right-to-die law

Capitol Weekly

California’s End of Life Options Act was deemed unconstitutional by Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia. Major hospital systems like Stanford and Kaiser Permanente, and all hospice programs are now suspending access to the medication, creating what some say is a “panic” among the terminally ill in the state.

 

Research Day a chance for providers to exchange ideas for procedures, practices

Stockton Record

San Joaquin General Hospital continues to raise its profile, this time with the surrounding medical community, by holding its inaugural Research Day later this month. Research Day includes a jam-packed agenda for surgeons, physicians, nurses and medical researchers focusing on the latest innovations in cancer research, early detection and treatments.

 

Human Services:

 

Work continues on Valley Children's Modesto specialty care center

Modesto Bee

Construction on a 40,000-square-foot children's care center in north Modesto is nearing completion.

 

GOP embraces single-payer health-care attack in California
The Hill

Republicans are seizing on Democratic demands for a single-payer health-care system as an attack line in California, arguing that candidates backing the issue spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are out of step with their districts.

 

Fed up with rising costs, big U.S. firms dig into healthcare

Reuters

At its Silicon Valley headquarters, network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc is going to unusual lengths to take control of the relentless increase in its U.S. healthcare costs. The company is among a handful of large American employers who are getting more deeply involved in managing their workers’ health instead of looking to insurers to do it.

 

The Autumn of ObamaCare

Wall Street Journal

Republicans are in a predictable spot as they head to the midterm election: The party failed to repeal ObamaCare, and the press is waving around double-digit premium increases for 2019.

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Once a haven for refugees, California sees immigration dwindle under Trump
San Francisco Chronicle

The new number is the lowest cap any administration has instituted since the government began setting limits on refugees in 1980. And it seems unlikely that number will be reached: With four months left in the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, a little over 14,000 refugees have arrived.

 

Will debate over immigration, sanctuary law be at center of November elections?

San Diego Union-Tribune

Whether they want to talk about immigration or not, for California candidates on both sides of the aisle, it will likely be a central part of November’s election.

 

GOP leaders try to cut deals to stop DACA vote

Politico

House Republican leaders, eager to stop an immigration showdown in their chamber, have begun cutting deals with lawmakers who might help moderate Republicans trigger bipartisan votes to protect Dreamers.


Attorney General Sessions says claims of domestic or gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum in U.S.

Washington Post
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence generally will not qualify for asylum under federal law, a decision that advocates say could endanger tens of thousands of foreign nationals seeking refuge in the United States.

See also:

     Sessions Rules Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence Can’t Always Win Asylum Wall Street Journal

 

US launches bid to find citizenship cheaters

AP News

The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it.

 

The Mexican immigrants Trump actually needs

Politico

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump pledged to cut back on immigration from Mexico. But there’s one type of Mexican immigrant his administration is admitting in larger numbers: low-skilled agricultural guest workers.

 

Immigrant entrepreneurs are awesome. We should really try to attract more of them.
AEI

While we are deterring future businesses from setting up shop on our shores, other countries like the UK, Singapore, France, and Canada dedicate visa regulations explicitly to attract young immigrant entrepreneurs.

 

LAND USE/HOUSING

 

Land Use:

 

Could Visalia's newest restaurant be inside downtown's Main Street Theater?

Visalia Times Delta

The options are endless for what may soon be the "former" Main Street Theater. Its prime downtown location makes it a jewel on Main Street and a hot buy for developers.

 

Housing:

 

Map: How We Voted on Housing Issues, Up and Down the State

Public CEO

Voters around the state decided Tuesday on whether to fund and build new housing in their backyards. Here are some of the more notable results.

 

Does California have a mobile home shortage?

Mercury News

Bet you didn’t know California has 517,173 mobile homes. While reviewing Census Bureau data on housing, a curious data point popped up: Only three states had more mobile homes than California.

 

Homelessness spending gets boost in budget deal reached by governor, legislative leaders

Los Angeles Times

Homelessness prevention efforts around the state will receive more than $600 million in new funding under a state budget deal announced Friday between Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers.

 

California’s new solar rule will save homeowners a lot of money

OC Register

It began almost immediately after the decision: naysayers painting California’s policy requiring solar on new homes as a costly mandate. But any objective assessment shows that the state’s decision will save consumers money; a lot of money, in fact.

 

PUBLIC FINANCES

 

Tulare budget woes could force city to furlough employees, cut fire expenses

Visalia Times Delta

There are three weeks before the start of the 2018-19 fiscal year, and Tulare City Council members are still trying to figure out how to make up a projected deficit of more than $1.5 million.

 

Citing past budget anxiety, Gov. Brown vetoes several new tax credits

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed nine bills that would have provided new tax credits to benefit California lawmakers' priorities, including low-income housing, energy efficient appliances, seismic retrofits, small businesses, food bank donations and hiring.

See also:

     EDITORIAL: Gov. Brown’s final budget: wise, worthy, leaving questions for his successor San Francisco Chronicle

Walters: One welfare boost for the poor, another for the rich

CALmatters

Senate Bill 951, approved by a 37-2 vote, would continue and expand the state’s tax credit subsidies to film production, up to $330 million a year.

 

EDITORIAL: Gas tax tops as many as 13 contentious measures for November election

Mercury News

The hottest statewide political battle in California this fall likely won’t be the governor’s race between Gavin Newsom and John Cox or any other contests for statewide office.

 

Blue states find ways to undercut GOP tax law

Politico

Residents of some blue states may get a surprisingly big tax cut thanks to workarounds state lawmakers are crafting to subvert a controversial new cap on deductions for state and local taxes.

 

Government set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year

Chicago Tribune

It was another crazy news week, so it's understandable if you missed a small but important announcement from the Treasury Department: The federal government is on track to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year — President Donald Trump's first full year in charge of the budget. That's almost double what the government borrowed in fiscal year 2017.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Fresno's airport plans to make changes as traffic increases

ABC30

The Fresno Yosemite International Airport announced Monday that they plan to make some changes over the next few months. The airport says it plans to spend $1.5 million to build additional parking spaces.

 

Bakersfield: A highway ran right through the middle of it

Bakersfield Californian

In his book, "Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street," Stephen H. Provost describes 99 as "the main street of California," a simple two-lane road that passed through the downtowns of just about every city between the Mexican border and the Oregon state line.

 

Sky taxi and the uber-rich commute of tomorrow?

Washington Post

A brash young entrepreneur has started operating a sky taxi in Los Angeles in a bid to create an Uber-like flight-hailing service – even though the firm hasn’t quite cleared all the federal regulatory hurdles.

 

EDITORIAL: Scooters aren't an urban scourge. They're a solution

Los Angeles Times
If cities are serious about creating alternative modes of transportation that don’t involve polluting cars or bumper-to-bumper traffic, then they ought to develop rules that allow the expansion of shared scooters and “dockless” bikes.

 

WATER

 

Rep. Jim Costa: No denial here: Solving California’s water problems remains a top priority
Fresno Bee

For more than 30 years, I have worked to improve water supply reliability for the San Joaquin Valley and all of California. I take every opportunity to explore solutions to California’s water woes.

Tulare water well contaminated with trichloropropane

ABC30

The City of Tulare has a problem with its water supply, but city leaders say there's no significant cause for concern, despite a connection to cancer.

See also:

     Cancer-causing contaminant found in Tulare drinking water Visalia Times-Delta

Dozens of Water Systems Consolidate in California’s Farming Heartland

News Deeply

Many small community water systems in California’s San Joaquin Valley suffer from polluted wells and financial challenges. To fix these problems, some are moving to connect with a neighboring water system. It’s not an easy process.

 

Californians turn to U.S. for money that environmental groups say doesn’t do enough

Politico

The drought-stricken state has positioned itself as independent of the federal government on issues ranging from immigration to health care coverage. However, it still turns to federal lawmakers when it needs a financial boost for an issue as central to the state as water

 

 

“Xtra”

 

This local brew pub is planning third location with restaurant, brewery

Fresno Bee

Mad Duck is opening a third location. The brewery with the yellow rubber ducky logo is planning to open a brew pub at the northeast corner of Herndon and Marks avenues in northwest Fresno.

 

CCSPCA kicksoff summer camp

ABC30

Schools out for summer and for some kids that means summer camp. Monday morning the local SPCA kicked off the first day of their week-long Pawsitive Adventures Animal Camp.

 

Kings Fair lights up sky on opening night

Hanford Sentinel

Sometimes the best part of the Kings Fair is the entire fair itself. The night sky above the midway was lit up by the Ferris wheel, the Jumanji funhouse and all the familiar and nostalgic thrill rides you’d expect from a carnival environment.

 

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