June 22, 2018






Mayor Brand boasts Fresno growth

Business Journal

Mayor Lee Brand boasted about how “economic prosperity is showing up everywhere” in Fresno highlighted the recent efforts to stay on track of becoming a more business friendly city.


Lemoore Council approves next year's budget

Hanford Sentinel

The Lemoore City Council approved the 2018-2019 budget at its meeting Tuesday with a 4-to-1 vote. The council approved a budget in which the city would be overspending by $237,000.




See what's on your California ballot this year

Sacramento Bee

California's Nov. 6 ballot is long and about to get longer. By the end of June, state and county officials will have determined which initiative measures will come before voters this fall.


There's a deal to pull consumer privacy measure from the California ballot

Fresno Bee

A San Francisco real estate developer has agreed to a last-minute deal to keep his data privacy measure off the November ballot.  The move may help the main proponent of the California Consumer Privacy Act avoid one of the most costly ballot measure fights of the year against internet behemoths that oppose the proposal.

See also:

     Advocate agrees to a deal in privacy war. Will truce hold? CALmatters

     California lawmakers tentatively agree to new consumer privacy rules to avert showdown on the November ballot Los Angeles Times


Jerry Brown will decide whether Californians vote on daylight saving time in November

Sacramento Bee

The fate of daylight saving time in California now rests in Gov. Jerry Brown’s hands. The Assembly on Thursday sent Brown a measure that would ask voters to repeal a 70-year-old initiative enshrining the biannual changing of clocks into state law.

See also:

     Decision on year-round daylight-saving time may wind up in voters’ hands Sacramento Bee

     Is The Sun Finally Setting On Daylight Saving In California? Capital Public Radio

     Decision on year-round daylight-saving time may wind up in voters’ hands San Francisco Chronicle

     EDITORIAL: Waste of time to scrap daylight saving time Modesto Bee


Jinx or coincidence: Why is L.A. City Hall a graveyard for gubernatorial ambitions?

Los Angeles Times

In the century since William Stephens was governor, several have tried unsuccessfully to make the leap from Spring Street to Sacramento including, most recently, Antonio Villaraigosa.


Mathews: Election Winners and Losers

Fox & Hounds

Is it time yet to pick winners and losers in the June elections in California? They’re still counting votes, and we won’t have final results until July. Let’s take a risk and give it a try.


Prank robo calls plague California lawmakers, top Democratic campaigns

Sacramento Bee

The California Highway Patrol is investigating bizarre crank calls directed at some state lawmakers and Democratic campaign staff members.


No stamp, no problem: California lawmakers approve proposal for postage-free voting by mail

Los Angeles Times

California voters no longer would have to scramble to find stamps for their ballots under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday for postage-free voting.


Some California Dems trying to flip the House are backing away from Pelosi

San Francisco Chronicle

Nancy Pelosi may be one of the nation’s best-known Democrats, but some California House candidates in her party have decided they would be better off attacking her than backing her.




In Midst of Migrant Crisis, Trump Calls Media ‘Almost Treasonous’

Roll Call

President Donald Trump had little to say Wednesday night about his self-created migrant crisis, but in its midst he was quick to suggest the media committed treason with its coverage of his summit with Kim Jong Un.

For more on Immigration please see topic below


Trump admin tightens media access for federal scientists: report

The Hill

The Trump administration is directing federal scientists in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to get approval from the Department of the Interior, its parent agency, before speaking to reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times.


White House proposes federal government overhaul, including a consolidation of safety-net programs

Washington Post

The White House on Thursday proposed a radical overhaul of the federal government that, if implemented, would transform the swath of agencies that manage Americans’ food, public education, social services and even air travel.


Opinion: All Politics Is Trump

Washington Free Beacon

“All politics is local” fails to capture the reality of 21st century politics, in which presidential authority, the courts, and national media overwhelm all else. And the idea of all politics being local has been especially wrong for the last three years.


Supreme Court Decisions of 2017-18

Wall Street Journal

The Supreme Court’s 2017-18 term has featured plenty of blockbuster cases, including several that could substantially affect everyday American life. The justices are expected to issue all of their pending decisions by late June.




Perceived accuracy and bias in the news media

Knight Foundation

Gallup and Knight Foundation’s 2017 Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy found that Americans believe the news media have a critical role to play in U.S. democracy but are not performing that role well.


The GOP Ignored Our Advice and Lost Steve Schmidt


Steve Schmidt – the savvy Republican strategist who guided campaigns for George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain – will repudiate his membership in the GOP “when pigs fly.” This just in: The swine are airborne.


Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68

Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68.





Sunday, June 24, at 10 a.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report“Immigration: Dreaming in a Sanctuary State”​ – Guests: Laura Hill with the Public Policy Institute of California, Taryn Luna with the Sacramento Bee, and Dan Walters with CALmatters. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


Sunday, June 24, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report ​ - Valley Views Edition​: “Income Inequality and Immigration: Are They Related?”​ – Guests: Laura Hill with the Public Policy Institute of California, Taryn Luna with the Sacramento Bee, Dan Walters with CALmatters, California Budget Center Policy Analyst Luke Reidenbach, and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) California State Director Tom Scott. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


Sunday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy: “Higher Education and Path in California”  Guests: PPIC Olga Rodriguez and Marisol Cuellar. Host: Maddy Institute Program Coordinator, Maria Jeans.


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GOP-led House narrowly passes farm bill

Sacramento Bee

The Republican-led House narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill Thursday that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients. The bill passed by a vote of 213-211. Democrats unanimously opposed the measure, saying it would toss too many people off government food assistance.

See also:

      House narrowly passes farm bill that includes stricter work requirements for food stamps, a month after failing on first try Washington Post

     House Narrowly Passes Bill to Reauthorize Farm Programs Wall Street Journal


Farmers taking steps to protect workers in summer heat


This week's heat advisory served as a reminder those people who work outdoors need to be protected against heat illness. Farmers need the heat to grow a crop, but too much of it can cause concern. The warmup has many growers adjusting work schedules.


Public Service Announcement warns of danger to California citrus

Business Journal

The California Department of Food and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have created a video intended to grow public awareness of a disease capable of destroying

California’s citrus industry.






There’s a ton of psychopaths in California — but at least it’s not the East Coast

Fresno Bee

California has an abundance of sunshine, sand and ... psychopaths?  A new study shows a high concentration of psychopaths in California — in fact, the Golden State ranks No. 3 in the U.S.


Police see dramatic drop in car burglaries in Southwest and Downtown Fresno


A dramatic drop in car burglaries across Southwest and Downtown Fresno the last couple weeks has police feeling optimistic. Fresno Police say community events like Grizzlies games and soccer games are increasing law enforcement presence, which is reducing the number of vehicle break-ins.


Madera Police cracking down on illegal fireworks


For the past two weeks, the Madera Police Department has been holding an illegal fireworks operation to keep unsafe fireworks out of the hands of people in the community. So far, the department has collected $5,000 worth of fireworks totaling more 500 pounds.


Lottery thieves cheated California's scratcher game. Now retailers have new rules.

Modesto Bee

A rash of thefts of California Lottery tickets in San Jose prompted the state this week to roll out a new system aimed at preventing store owners from paying out purloined scratchers.

Grand Jury: Kern County's Lerdo jail facility in need of repairs

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Grand Jury released a report Thursday, citing several issues regarding the Sheriff's Office's Lerdo Jail facility. The jury noticed various areas of the facility that needs repairs as well as a few health and safety concerns related to the jail’s kitchen.


Your loved one dies. The prison leaves a voicemail

Sacramento Bee

Experts say the least traumatic way to inform people of the death of a loved one is to do it gently and in person. But when someone dies in prison, there’s no such procedure. In many situations, closest relatives are informed of loved ones’ deaths through voicemails, text messages and letters.


EDITORIAL: Money bail punishes the poor and makes a mockery of California's justice system

Los Angeles Times

Low-risk criminal defendants could get out of jail before trial by depositing 10% of their bail amount with the court instead of with a private bond agency, under a bill approved by the state Senate. They'd get the money back after showing up for their mandatory court appearances.




Biggest disaster ever? PG&E wildfire costs at $2.5 billion and climbing

Sierra Star

Facing one of the largest financial disasters in its history, PG&E Corp. warned Thursday that claims from last fall's deadly wine country wildfires will probably exceed $2.5 billion.

See also:

     California Utility Expects To Pay $2.5 Billion For Wildfires Capital Public Radio

     Wall Street Doesn't Blink on PG&E’s $2.5 Billion Fire Charge Bloomberg






Goshen businesses on the brink of shuttering as Betty Drive project continues

Visalia Times-Delta

Last May, construction on the heavily-used Betty Drive overpass, located just north of Visalia, began. Businesses felt the crippling effect almost immediately. Now, more than a year later, businesses that remain open continue to hurt. There's no relief in sight.


Young Americans are waking up to their grim financial future

Los Angeles Times

As affluent baby boomers thank years of soaring markets for their paid-off mortgages and plump portfolios, millennials and the next cohort, Generation Z, are weighed down by student debt and stagnant wages.


Big Banks Clear Fed’s Stress Tests

Wall Street Journal

Federal Reserve releases first round of results of annual exams assessing banks’ health; second part is next Thursday


Economy/Business Alert: Trump threatens Europe with 20% tariff on auto imports, escalating trade showdown with U.S. allies

Washington Post

President Trump threatened to unilaterally impose a 20 percent tariff on all automobile imports from Europe, further breaking from Republicans in Congress and front-running an investigation he had ordered from the Commerce Department into whether these imports harm the U.S.'s national security.

It’s not obvious that the US economy is becoming less competitive


It’s weird that claims the US economy is growing less competitive ignore evidence that there’s more creative destruction than ever, at least by some measures (though not by others).


The start of a new poverty narrative


Last September, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released its annual Goalkeeper’s report, highlighting the extraordinary progress made in reducing extreme poverty around the world, while also warning that sustaining this progress would not be easy.


Opinion: Six Months After Tax Reform, Something Big Is Happening

Wall Street Journal

Since January, more than one million jobs have been created. This has brought claims for unemployment benefits to their lowest level since 1969, and there are now actually more job openings than people looking for work.




Americans with disabilities are finding new leverage in a tight job market

Los Angeles Times

As the nation’s unemployment rate nears the lowest point in 50 years, sinking in May to 3.8%, companies are searching more widely to fill vacancies. Advocates say the labor shortage has brought record numbers of people with disabilities into the workforce.


UPS, Teamsters Reach Handshake Deal on New Contract

Wall Street Journal

Teamsters negotiators said they have tentatively agreed to a new five-year contract with United Parcel Service Inc., a deal that promises to raise wages for existing workers but creates a new class of lower-paid drivers to handle weekend deliveries.






Kepler will keep operating after all. Does that mean Fresno is friendly to charter schools?

Fresno Bee

The Kepler Neighborhood School will keep operating after the Fresno County Schools Board voted 4-1 Thursday to approve the charter school's appeal, effectively reversing an earlier decision by Fresno Unified that would have led to the school's closure.

See also:

     Fresno Co. Office of Education votes to keep Downtown Fresno's Kepler Neighborhood School open ABC30


Dan Hydash investigation continues, costs VUSD over $10,000

Visalia Times-Delta

Visalia Unified School District has spent more in private investigator fees looking into Redwood's head baseball coach than it pays​​ the seasoned coach each year. And, it still isn't over.


Higher Ed:


Terry Tumey to be next athletic director at Fresno State

Fresno Bee

Fresno State has hired Terry Tumey as its next athletic director, university president Joseph Castro announced Thursday on Twitter.

See also:

     Fresno State hires Terry Tumey as athletic director Fresno Bee


Three UC campuses did not consistently discipline faculty accused of sexual misconduct, state auditor finds

Los Angeles Times

University of California campuses at Berkeley, Los Angeles and Davis did not consistently discipline faculty who were subject to multiple sexual harassment complaints, according to a state audit released Thursday.


SJ Delta College, CSU partner on Stockton degree program

Stockton Record

A new agreement between San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Stanislaus will enable a new path for students to earn their undergraduate degree.

See also:

     In praise of small improvements Stockton Record


Opinion: West Hills Community College is like a farmer sowing seeds in the fertile Valley soil

Fresno Bee

For nearly 90 years, West Hills Community College District has served the post-secondary educational needs of residents and employers in the central San Joaquin Valley.


Gender Imbalances in STEM Majors

Public Policy Institute of California

In California and the United States as a whole, women have made strong educational progress over many decades. Even so, women remain underrepresented in key science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors—in California and across the nation.






The giant rodent invasion is here. We're not doing enough to stop it

Fresno Bee

The senior wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife bent down and picked up one of the fallen cattails. With his index finger, Gerstenberg traced bite marks made by tiny teeth that severed the stalk at a 45-degree angle.


What's up with the shark frenzy off California's coast? This top researcher wants to find out

Fresno Bee

A pilot flying high above waters off San Luis Obispo County last month reportedly witnessed a scene that’s becoming more and more common along California's coast — 13 large sharks swimming close to the beach. The question remains — why are sharks gathering in such large groups?




Fresno looking to switch to LED street lights


The City of Fresno is looking to brighten up its future by replacing old outdated street lights with new energy efficient LED lights. However city leaders Thursday delayed voting on the mega-proposal until next week.


California and Eight Other States Push Plan to Boost Zero-Emission Vehicles
Wall Street Journal

California and eight other states rolled out a plan pressuring car companies and others to meet ambitious goals for sales of electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly automobiles—part of an effort to maintain tough local regulations while the Trump administration moves to relax nationwide standards for tailpipe emissions.

See also:

     California Lauds Multi-State Zero-Emissions Vehicle Plan SCV News


Oil prices and energy companies jump as US stocks advance

Sacramento Bee

U.S. stocks are rising Friday morning as energy companies climb along with the price of oil. Oil producers in OPEC are discussing an increase in production, a step investors have expected for the last few weeks.


The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem

New York Times

The American oil and gas industry is leaking more methane than the government thinks — much more, a new study says. Since methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, that is bad news for climate change.






Virtual tour give public an insight into dementia and Alzheimer's


The virtual dementia tour was part of "The Longest Day" a campaign raising awareness to end Alzheimer's. The public is encouraged to participate in Vineyards next tour in early July.


Adventist Health names new foundation president

Bakersfield Californian

Beatris Espericueta Sanders has been named as the new foundation president for Adventist Health Bakersfield and Tehachapi Valley.


Study shows tuberculosis vaccine may reverse Type 1 diabetes

Sacramento Bee

A medical study out of Massachusetts General Hospital may have found a way to help people living with Type 1 diabetes using a common tuberculosis vaccine. The bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine has been shown, in a small group of study participants, to bring blood sugar levels down.


Conservatives Make New Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Wall Street Journal

The Affordable Care Act should be repealed in August and replaced with a new system that lifts national consumer protections and gives control of health care to the states, according to a proposal by a conservative group released Tuesday.  (Former Maddy Alum, Simon Haeder cited in article)


Human Services:


Bartenders Learn How to Spot – and Reverse – Opioid Overdoses


Typically, Marshall educates an audience of people who use drugs. But as the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities, Marshall and her colleagues from the Harm Reduction Coalition are getting more creative in their approach to saving lives.


Immigration detainees influx squeezes healthcare at California prison -workers


And influx of hundreds of immigration detainees at a U.S. prison in California is straining its medical staff and raising concerns about the adequacy of healthcare for detainees and inmates, several employees at the prison have told Reuters.




CA to sue Trump over immigrant family separation

Sacramento Bee

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra said California is joining with nine other states led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in filing suit. The action is expected to be filed next week.

See also:

     Federal judge is skeptical of Trump administration arguments against California's 'sanctuary' law Los Angeles Times

     Trump administration and California clash in court over state's 'sanctuary' law  Los Angeles Times


Feinstein working with Republicans to reach family separation compromise

Sacramento Bee

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is leading the effort to find a bipartisan solution to the family separation crisis at the border that has fractured Congress and gripped the nation.

See also:

     Trump's Executive Order On Family Separation: What It Does And Doesn't Do NPR


House Republican leaders delay vote on immigration bill until next week in the face of opposition

Washington Post

House leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday on a broad immigration bill intended to unite GOP moderates and conservatives, acknowledging they lack the votes to pass the measure despite a growing uproar over separating migrant families at the border.

See also:

      In a setback to Republican leadership, House postpones vote on a second immigration bill after voting down first Los Angeles Times

      House GOP Postpones Vote on Immigration Bill Until Next Week Wall Street Journal

      House Rejects Conservative Immigration Bill, Delays Consideration of Compromise Roll Call

      Vote on Compromise Immigration Bill Further Delayed Until Next Week Roll Call

      This Time, Trump Undercuts Both House GOP Immigration Bills Roll Call

      House Rejects Hard-Line Immigration Bill and Delays Vote on Compromise New York Times

      Rep. Jeff Denham slams House Freedom Caucus over immigration negotiations  Washington Times


Sinclair News Stations Attack Critics of Family Separation

NY Magazine

Sinclair Broadcasting Group is the largest owner of local television news stations in the United States. It currently airs original programming on 193 channels throughout the country, enough to reach 39 percent of all American homes. By next year, it will likely reach 72 percent.


Trump’s Order to End Immigrant Family Separation Sows Confusion

Wall Street Journal

Law enforcement says prosecution plans are changing, while support groups say fate of 2,300 young illegal immigrants remains unclear

See also:

      Trump seeks longer detention time for immigrant kids San Francisco Chronicle

      Despite Trump's promise to end family separations, officials have yet to issue a plan to reunite children with parents Los Angeles Times

      Report: Trump Administration Will No Longer Prosecute Migrants Who Cross Border Illegally with Children National Review

      Separated families: California housing 100 immigrant kids San Francisco Chronicle

      Toddler Used as Face of Family Separation was Never Separated From Her Mother National Review

      Blame Game on Immigration Already Under Way Wall Street Journal

      More of Trump’s Bogus Border Claims FactCheck


Trump's Tent City for Children Is a Concentration Camp

Zócalo Public Square

What does it mean that the United States of America is taking children from their parents and detaining them in camps?

See also:

     Feds don’t have enough beds for migrant families Politico

     US likely lost track of 6,000 unaccompanied children McClatchy Washington Bureau


Federal Judge Is Skeptical Of Trump Administration Arguments Against California's 'sanctuary' Law

Los Angeles Times

Federal and state government attorneys clashed in court on Wednesday over the legality of California's sanctuary laws, designed to limit cooperation with federal immigration agents.


Percentage of Americans saying immigration is positive reaches record high
The Hill

A record percentage of Americans in a new survey says immigration is positive for the country. According to the Gallup poll, published Thursday, 75 percent said immigration is good for the nation.

See also:

     Opinion: Our Real Immigration Problem New York Times




Land Use:


Developer makes case for Clovis senior living complex

Clovis Roundup

In a meeting lasting more than four hours, the Clovis City Council discussed a proposed senior living complex which has brought concerns to the community.


Visalia church eyes move to Linder building in Tulare

Visalia Times-Delta

A longtime vacant downtown Tulare building could soon be full of life. Radiant Church of Visalia may purchase and develop the old Linder Hardware building in downtown Tulare, according to a plan filed with the city.


Plans for micro library at Oak Park Senior Center run into opposition

Stockton Record

Plans to bring the city’s second micro library to Oak Park Senior Center have been put on hold after several members voiced opposition to the proposal Thursday afternoon. The City of Stockton’s Community Services Department hosted a meeting with members at the senior center to listen to their concerns.




California Dream: Exploring The Promise — And Unintended Consequences — of Rent Control

Capital Public Radio

Exploding rents affect millions in California, where renters make up nearly half of all households. They make it tougher to sock away money to someday realize the dream of homeownership. And they displace those without the income to keep up.


#CADream: What Questions Do You Have About The Cost Of Housing In California?

Capital Public Radio

The median price for a home in California has topped the $600,000 mark for the first time ever, and rents are exploding in cities across the state.


Southern California home prices hit another record high

Los Angeles Times

The Southern California median home price surged 8.2% in May from a year earlier, hitting a new all-time high of $530,000, according to a report Thursday from CoreLogic. The sharp gain in the median sales price was partly driven by a lack of supply.




Supreme Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax, even when retailer doesn't have physical presence in same state

Hanford Sentinel

States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states.

See also:

     Supreme Court Rules States Can Collect Sales Tax on Web Purchases Wall Street Journal

     Sales-Tax Ruling Poised to Hit Small Businesses Hard Wall Street Journal

     Favorable U.S. tax ruling gives limited boost to big-box retailers Reuters

     EDITORIAL: The Supreme Court didn't raise your online tax bill. It just helped make sure you actually pay it Los Angeles Times


Are You Retired or Semi-Retired? Check Your Tax Withholding Now

Wall Street Journal

A little-noticed effect of last year’s tax overhaul is that many pension payments are now larger, reflecting the new lower tax rates in effect for 2018. But this bump-up increases the risk that recipients will be underwithheld at tax time—and therefore owe a penalty.


Trump and the GOP can’t reduce the deficit on their own


For the most part, Republicans and Democrats in Congress are pushing ideas that would widen projected budget deficits, not narrow them.


The Nation's Fiscal Health: Action Is Needed to Address the Federal Government's Fiscal Future

U.S. Government Accountability Office 
This report provides an update on the nation's fiscal health as of the end of fiscal year 2017, and describes its likely fiscal future if policies don’t change.


As Smaller Marijuana Businesses Get Squeezed, State Revenue Takes a Hit

Pew Charitable Trusts

Many small businesses have struggled to gain a foothold in California’s cannabis industry. A loophole in the licensing scheme has allowed larger cultivators to stack dozens of licenses and expand virtually unfettered.




Proposed Cross Valley Corridor passenger train route would connect South Valley cities to High-Speed Rail


As Kings County continues to put up a fight against High-Speed Rail, construction work is moving forward. The multi-billion dollar project will eventually connect the San Francisco Bay Area with Los Angeles.

See also:

     Commuter train through Kings, Tulare Counties proposed Business Journal


What happens if the gas tax is repealed?

Mercury News

With the release of a Los Angeles Times and USC poll last month showing more than half of California voters would repeal those taxes and fees, it’s looking more likely that many of the newly funded projects are at risk of being delayed or eliminated.




Grand Jury: Water district south of Modesto low on funds, high on chaos, infighting

Modesto Bee

Who wouldn't want to pay the same price for tap water for 34 years? Such is the case for 189 homeowners in unincorporated Riverdale Park Tract, nestled in a bend of the Tuolumne River southwest of Modesto.


A vote for three Californias is a vote for endless water wars
Los Angeles Times

Anyone inclined to vote for the initiative should be particularly concerned with the implications for the state’s most critical resource: water.




One of Fulton's most anticipated restaurants is opening. Can chicken drive change downtown?

Fresno Bee

The Chicken Shack restaurant opens on Fulton Street Friday. It's among the first Fulton Street storefronts – it used to be Payless ShoeSource – to convert to an eatery since the pedestrian mall opened to cars in October.


What’s going on in the Modesto region? A lot, here’s a look

Modesto Bee

Here’s a list of everything going on in the Modesto region!


Lee Brice to kick off Big Fresno Fair concert series


Country music singer and songwriter, Lee Brice, will kick-off the 2018 Big Fresno Fair on Wednesday, October 3. The two-time Country Music Awards nominee will perform hits like "I Don't Dance," "Hard to Love," "Love Like Crazy" and more!


Floating water park comes to Merced County


A new waterpark is floating into Merced County. The Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park is made up of giant inflatable slides and bridges. People of all ages will be able to bounce, splash, and float on Lake McSwain.


Take me home! Dogs available for adoption

Bakersfield Californian

These four dogs at Kern County Animal Services are looking for their forever homes. Can you help?


Valley Cultural Calendar Thursday, June 21, 2018

Valley Cultural Coalition

Great things are happening in the Valley. Here's a list of VCC member offerings to keep you busy and entertained!


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Follow one of the world’s most celebrated routes on this coast-hugging drive. You can start this trip at either end. Here, the trip begins in San Diego, at the southern end of the state, then travels north to beach towns, the bustle and excitement of Los Angeles, through elegant Santa Barbara and surrounding wine country, then north to more beaches and attractions in CarmelMonterey, and Santa Cruz. End in the ultimate “City by the Bay,” San Francisco.


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