June 5, 2018

05Jun

POLICY & POLITICS

 

Valley:

 

Kevin McCarthy's anti-Dreamer Gang of 11 explains the GOP's epic fail in California

Los Angeles Times

Americans want to legalize the “Dreamers” — immigrants who were brought here illegally as children — and most Americans want to give them the option of becoming citizens. So why are 11 of California’s 14 Republican House members dead set against the initiative to let their chamber finally vote on Dreamer legalization later this month?

See also:

     The likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant Washington Post

 

Andrew Janz looks to land a blow against Devin Nunes in nationally hyped primary race

Fresno Bee

It’s been a long four months for Andrew Janz. The road from unknown long shot to perhaps the nation’s most prominent political underdog story has not allowed for pit stops. Janz is focused on just making it out of the top-two primary election on Tuesday.

 

Is a 'Trump effect' leading to more young people registering to vote?

Visalia Times Delta

Hundreds of Central Valley students came together this spring in solidarity with the victims of Parkland and to call for stricter gun legislation. This momentum of young people becoming more civically involved is on an upward trend and doesn't seem to be slowing down as the Primary Election nears.

 

New registrar working to make electoral process simple

Stockton Record

Today marks Melinda Dubroff’s first election since her hiring a year ago as San Joaquin County’s Registrar of Voters, and it turns out this is very good news indeed for the wire coat hanger industry. In past elections, figuring out how to hang spiral-bound neighborhood street indexes at voting precincts was a conundrum. Not this year.

 

On your mark, get set ... vote!

Bakersfield Californian

It’s time to vote. At least it is for those who haven't already cast their ballots. More than 233,000 mail ballots have gone out to voters in Kern County over the past month, and 49,295 had been returned and processed (but not counted) as of 4 p.m. Monday.

 

EDITORIAL: As elections go, this one is important; be sure to vote

Modesto Bee

Anyone who believes Tuesday’s election is “just” a primary and not worth the effort should rethink that position. Tuesday’s vote could be of far greater consequence than the one in November.

 

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

Route Fifty
It’s fairly uncommon for a local government—or any government for that matter—to extend the boundaries of transparency to include information about the records that are being requested by the public, plus their status and the main point of contact.

 

Top DA prosecutor named Tulare County judge

Visalia Times Delta

One of Tulare County's top prosecutors will have a different seat in the courtroom, superior court officials announced Friday. Assistant District Attorney Kerri Lopez is the county's newest judge.

 

State:

 

A procrastinator's guide to California's primary election

Sacramento Bee

You can't put it off any longer. Tuesday is Election Day, and whether you go to a polling place, voting center or mail in your ballot, it's go time. Here is what you need to know.

See also:

     Yes, you can still get "I voted" sticker if you vote by mail Sacramento Bee

     What to watch for in California's primary Tuesday Los Angeles Times

     What’s at stake for Southern California voters in Tuesday’s primary election OCRegister

     5 important voting rules to know for California's primary San Diego Union-Tribune

     Election Day Crib Sheet: What to watch as results roll in CALmatters

     Counting down to election day: What the early polls tell us AEI

     California Primary Election: Democrats Try to Stay in Play for G.O.P.-Held Districts New York Times

     4 Things To Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries Roll Call

     How Latino Voting Power Will Count in the California Primary New York Times

     Sen. Dianne Feinstein Faces Challenge From Fellow Democrat In California Primary NPR

 

California 2018 Primary Live Results

CALmatters

Top two candidates in each race will compete in November, except in the special election in the Fullerton area (Senate District 29). The Superintendent of Public Instruction race may have an outright winner if any candidate gets 50% + 1 vote.

 

Blue wave? California tops list as midterm matchups form

Sacramento Bee

For years sidelined on the national political fringe, California has lurched to the center of the fight for control of Congress. No state will be more consequential in the success or failure of a prospective blue wave this fall. But before then, Democrats must avoid self-inflicted wounds in Tuesday's so-called jungle primaries.

See also:

     One-party rule? California Democrats look to expand power AP News

     Democrats have more to lose in California than a few primaries CNN

     California Primary Election: Will Democrats Be Able to Help Swing Control of the House? New York Times

     California Democrats hope to stave off disaster in winnable House races San Francisco Chronicle

     California is in need of a new pragmatic political party OCRegister

     Democratic establishment dominance has failed California OCRegister

 

Where the candidates for California governor stand on the state's biggest issues

Los Angeles Times

The candidates listed have met certain criteria, including: previous election to public office; at least 5% support from likely voters in an independent, established public opinion poll; or demonstrated fundraising ability. Here’s where they stand.

See also:

     Still deciding who to support in the #CAGov race? KQED

     Single-Payer Health Care and the Governor’s Race Public Policy Institute of California

     Politifact CA: It’s election time: How have the candidates for California governor fared with the facts? Politifact

     Tuesday’s big question: Who will finish second in California governor’s race?        Mercury News

     Newsom greets Inglewood voters on eve of election: 'We’re going to win or lose this race through Los Angeles County' Los Angeles Times

     Reaching out to California voters, one handshake at a time San Francisco Chronicle

     Republican John Cox predicts a general-election fight with Democrat Gavin Newsom over the gas tax Los Angeles Times

 

Spending soars in California's crowded congressional races ahead of Tuesday primary

Los Angeles Times

California’s competitive crowded House races are getting pricey — more than $108 million has been spent so far this cycle to help elect candidates to Congress, double what was spent in the last primary election cycle.

See also:

      Pelosi plans pricey post-primary fundraiser for California Democrats Los Angeles Times

 

California campaign watchdog panel ends power struggle with sweeping changes to commission structure

Los Angeles Times

Just days after the chairwoman of California’s campaign watchdog agency abruptly quit, an internal power struggle came to a head Monday with its governing board restructuring itself to transfer powers from the chairperson to other members.

 

In a handful of California counties, polling places are giving way to a sweeping new election system

Los Angeles Times

The neighborhood polling place, a staple of American elections, has disappeared as election day arrives in five California counties — the first sites to transition to a sweeping new system dependent on absentee ballots and a limited number of all-purpose voting centers.

 

Activism is up in California. So why is primary turnout expected to be low?

Merced Sun-Star

Enthusiasm in politics, headed into California's first major election since President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, has soared, with heightened attention on guns, immigration and the economy. But that may not translate into voters on Election Day.

 

Democrats struggle to regain supermajority in Sacramento after sexual harassment scandals

Sacramento Bee

The 'Me Too' movement forced the resignations of three California lawmakers and effectively ended the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature. And the reigning party in at least one of the two houses might not get it back this session.

See also:

     What Lawmakers Do When They Leave After Harassment Allegations Roll Call

 

California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard

The Verge

If the California net neutrality bill passes through Assembly, the state’s size and influence on the market might make it the new broadband standard nationwide.

 

EDITORIAL: California’s top-two primary is worth keeping – for now

Fresno Bee

Twenty-seven candidates for governor? Thirty-two for U.S. Senate? So many congressional contenders in some districts that voters get them confused? Californians can be forgiven for wondering what they were thinking when the state adopted its aptly named “jungle” primary in 2010.

 

60 California leaders discuss the future of our state

Fresno Bee

We’ve assembled a panel of 60 influential Californians who will offer their views throughout the year. Meet them here and see how they responded to our initial question: “What is the single biggest challenge our leaders must confront to secure a better future for California?”

 

Federal:

 

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

Sacramento Bee

The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that leaves for another day the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.

 

Senate obstructionism handed a raft of judicial vacancies to Trump—what has he done with them?

Brookings

Donald Trump inherited 88 district and 17 court of appeals vacancies. The reasons for the vacancies—old news to most—was the flimsy confirmation record in the 2015-16 Senate (the 114th), with its new Republican majority.

 

Democratic Voters Chafe at Party’s Efforts to Shape Midterm Field

Wall Street Journal

The power of national Democratic leaders to shape their own midterm candidate field will be tested anew Tuesday, following last week’s surprise defeat of one of their favored candidates in a Nebraska primary.

 

Fox: GOP Misses an Opportunity in Senate Race

Fox & Hounds

The Republicans sinking in acceptance before California’s electorate missed an opportunity by not fielding a better-known candidate in the U.S. Senate contest. Latest polling indicates that state senator Kevin de Leon could probably be kept out of the top two if Republican voters coalesced around a known candidate.

 

Other:

 

Brooks: How to Repair the National Marriage

New York Times

Listening to people argue about politics these days is like overhearing people in a restaurant who are in a bad marriage. They’re always trying to use disagreements to establish superiority. It’s not merely, “We’re different.” It’s, “I’m better.”

 

Jeffe & Jeffe: RFK

Fox & Hounds

Fifty years ago, this week, while celebrating his victory in the hard-fought 1968 California Democratic Presidential primary, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. That tragedy was a seminal event in a tumultuous year; it was a year in which the political landscape was upended.

 

Shapiro: Are Democrats Blowing It?

National Review

Trump is not flaming out, jobs and the economy are thrumming, and their Sanders-style socialism is not winning new fans.

 

David Koch Steps Down From Company, Political Groups

Wall Street Journal

Billionaire businessman David Koch, who along with his brother has used his fortune to help reshape Republican politics, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from his family-owned company and all political organizations.

 

Google’s New Slogan: Don’t Fight Evil

National Review

To the heads of Google and thousands of its elite employees, it is immoral to aid in the defense of their country.

 

 

MADDY INSTITUTE PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAMMING  

 

Sunday, June 10, at 9 a.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report“Saving for a Rainy Day: Preparing for the Next Recession” – Guests: Ann Hollingshead from LAO, Dan Walters from CALmatters and John Myers from Los Angeles Times. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

 

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Sunday, June 10, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy: “Concealed Weapons Permits”  Guest: Margarita Fernandez, PIO State Auditor's Office. Host: Maddy Institute Program Coordinator, Maria Jeans.

 

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD

 

Here's what to do if you bought recalled Ruiz Foods breakfast burritos

Visalia Times-Delta

If anyone has purchased the El Monterrey Signature burrito, they need to do a few things before popping them in the microwave. More than 50,000 pounds of frozen breakfast burritos from Dinuba-basedRuiz Food Products, Inc. may be contaminated with "extraneous material".

 

The president’s trade war will disrupt US agricultural markets. That doesn’t justify more subsidies.

AEI
Almost immediately after the Trump administration announced tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico, and Europe, those countries responded by announcing their intention to impose countervailing tariffs on US exports. Those countries will include US agricultural exports among the products that will be subject to their countervailing responses.

 

Cannabis companies now have access to property, liability insurance in California

San Bernardino Sun

When you’re running a marijuana business in California, getting insurance can be a challenge. Nearly all of the insurers that offer coverage are smaller carriers that aren’t regulated by the state and often are reluctant to enter the industry. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones plans to change that.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE / FIRE / PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Crime:

 

Drugged Driving Deaths Spike with Spread of Legal Marijuana, Opioid Abuse

Pew Charitable Trusts

Forty-four percent of fatally injured drivers tested for drugs had positive results in 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Association found, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade ago.

 

Public Safety:

 

As mental health subsides in older generation, what to do about their guns?

San Diego Union-Tribune

It’s an issue that is gaining more attention as the U.S. population ages and healthcare providers explore ways to address the sensitive, politically charged topic of safety versus civil rights.

 
EDITORIAL: A new report affirms what we already know: Easier access to guns means more violent deaths

Los Angeles Times

Studies have proved what common sense has already told us: Places that have more and easier access to guns tend to have more gun deaths. Now a new report by the Violence Policy Center reaffirms asimilar link between looser gun-control laws and gun-suicide rates.

 

California bill to raise firearm purchase age to 21 just another infantilizing overreach

OCRegister

A California bill to deprive 18 to 20 year olds the ability to defend themselves cleared the state Senate on May 29. SB1100 from Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, calls for raising the age to purchase shotguns and rifles to 21 years old.

 

Fire:

 

Firefighters battling 90-acre vegetation fire near O'Neals

Fresno Bee

A fire burning off Road 210 in an area east of O'Neals on Monday has consumed 90 acres in Madera County, according to reports from Cal Fire.

See also:

     Brush fire burning near O'Neals in Madera County ABC30

California lawmaker proposes bill to force accountability on fire inspections

Mercury News

Calling California’s broken system of fire safety inspections intolerable and a threat to public safety, a state senator on Monday said he will introduce legislation to force local fire departments to notify the public how well they are following the state mandate to inspect schools and apartment buildings each year.

 

California ponders wildfire relief fund as PG&E seeks rate-case delay

San Francisco Chronicle

California legislators are quietly discussing a new disaster relief fund that, in the aftermath of last fall’s devastating wildfires, could take some of the financial pressure off utility companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

 

Walters: Wildfires and lead paint reignite Capitol’s ‘tort wars’

CALmatters

For decades, what political insiders dubbed “tort wars” raged in the Capitol. Business and professional trade organizations and their insurers battled incessantly with personal injury lawyers over rules governing who could sue whom and collect damages with untold billions of dollars at stake.

 

EDITORIAL: Help California fire crews get ahead of the flames

San Francisco Chronicle

The catastrophic Wine Country fires last fall awakened every Californian to the need to rethink how we prepare for and fight fire. “The whole landscape has changed,” said Anne Kronenberg, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Services.

 

ECONOMY / JOBS

 

Economy:

 

Free Cash to Fight Income Inequality? California City Is First in U.S. to Try

New York Times

Long plagued by poverty and desperation, Stockton, California is testing universal basic income as a means of improving the lives of its residents.

See also:

     California city fights poverty with guaranteed income Reuters

 

We Can End Deep Child Poverty in California

California Budget & Policy Center
As Californians are often reminded, the state is the fifth largest economy in the world and is currently enjoying a recovery from the Great Recession. However, with one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, California’s good fortune is not widely enjoyed.

 

The Wall or the Economy? Time for the GOP to Pick

Roll Call

Since the Trump administration began even tougher immigration enforcement against undocumented workers, many business owners have struggled to fill low-wage jobs.

 

AP Fact Check: Trump says economy best ‘EVER.’ It’s not

AP News

Trump’s tendency to take good economic news and wildly exaggerate it is on display in tweets self-celebrating 500 days in office. His boast of record achievements on the economy and jobs ignores times when unemployment was lower than now, economic growth was higher than now, or brisk productivity made the U.S. the world’s economic powerhouse.

 

Jobs:

 

Union asks port to help address bias claims

Stockton Record

Rules that govern the hiring of supervisors known as walking bosses at the Port of Stockton are archaic and discriminatory, resulting in an exclusive men’s club that also is predominantly white, critics with the local dock workers union claim.

 

California prison guards get a huge pay hike

OCRegister

No state pays its prison guards more than California. So taxpayers may wonder why Gov. Jerry Brown has just negotiated a new one-year contract with the CCPOA that provides an unusually generous 5 percent raise.

 

Trump, Obama and the Jobs Report

Wall Street Journal

The outrage over President Trump’s Friday jobs tweet may be fake, but there’s a real issue here over the way our government should communicate.

 

EDUCATION

 

K-12:

 

California state superintendent of schools race

EdSource

If you’re still undecided on who to vote for to lead California’s Department of Education, let EdSource help you out. We’ve been covering this important and often-overlooked race closely, and looking at potential impacts to students, teachers, and schools throughout the state. Here’s a roundup.

 

Watch: What is a charter school?

AEI
Charter school as defined by former AEI Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies Andy Smarick.

 

Special needs students are segregated in ‘cramped’ and ‘unstable’ portables, parents say

Fresno Bee

Chrissy Kelly has spoken at several Fresno Unified School District board meetings to urge the board to replace the portables at Starr and other campuses, and to move special education students into main buildings. She says it's an essential step to better integrate students like her son Greyson, who has autism, with the general education population.

 

VUSD, I have a bone to pick with you!

Visalia Times-Delta

Visalia Unified School District, we need to talk.

 

Deasy takes lead at Stockton Unified School District, releases transition plan

Stockton Record

To mark John Deasy’s first day as superintendent of Stockton Unified School District, an entry plan was released Friday that detailed what he and his administration plan to do as he begins to further transition into the new role.

 

Students ‘cutting up’ at Sherman Thomas STEM Academy

Madera Tribune

With a patient on the operating table, the surgical team from Valley Children’s Hospital performed an open appendectomy, as a group of teenagers from Sherman Thomas Charter School’s STEM Academy looked on. The true-to-life simulation was one of Sherman Thomas STEM Academy’s regular Friday explorations.

 

Why L.A. Unified may face financial crisis even with a giant surplus this year

CALmatters

With more than half a billion dollars socked away for next school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District hardly seems just two years from financial ruin. It’s a scenario that is especially tough to swallow if you’re a low-wage worker seeking a raise or a teacher who wants smaller classes.

 

Will state budget deal include expanded ban on 'willful defiance' suspensions?

EdSource

A proposal to expand California’s ban on “willful defiance and disruption” suspensions in early elementary grades — so it includes all grades K-12 — is expected to be a topic of discussion as state lawmakers and the governor’s office work to hammer out a final budget deal.

 

With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From 'Don't' to 'Delay'

NPR

In post-marijuana-prohibition California, school educators are talking about the drug in ways unrecognizable from the "Just Say No" days. The focus is now on facts, not fear.

 

Higher Ed:

 

Community Colleges are Learning a Lesson in Disruption – and Leadership

California Economy Reporting

All 114 community colleges are undergoing long overdue, desperately needed, and unavoidable changes. Two significant changes — disruptions even — are coming to a head this month in the capitol.

 

Policy Tools Should Create Incentives for College Completion

AEI

State policymakers have a unique responsibility for oversight in the public sector because market forces will typically not generate enough pressure for low-quality schools to close. Policy should protect the interests of students, particularly those who may have the least experience with higher education.

 

ENVIRONMENT/ ENERGY

 

Environment:

 

Climate Change Has Run Its Course

Wall Street Journal

I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue.

 

Energy:

 

Oil producer renews legal challenge to Kern's 'split-estate' farmland rules

Bakersfield Californian

A renewed legal challenge is targeting Kern County's 2015 regulatory attempt to resolve certain property disputes between local oil producers and farmers.

 

HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES

 

Health:

 

Right to die: Dying Californians turn again to Oregon
Mercury News

After a Riverside judge unexpectedly tossed out California's right-to-die law, some patients are preparing to pack up for Oregon, far from friends and family, where life-ending medication is still legal.

 

Proposed public charge changes could reduce healthcare coverage for children: study

San Diego Union-Tribune

A potential change to immigration rules regarding public benefits could lead to between 875,000 and 2 million U.S. citizen children becoming uninsured, a new study found.

 

Human Services:

 

Health Care Simmers On Back Burner In California Heartland’s Hot House Races

Washington Post

About a dozen mostly retired locals took over a corner of a busy intersection on a recent Saturday afternoon in this San Joaquin Valley city, toting signs that read “Dump Denham 2018.”

 

There Might Be a Cheaper Drug, But Pharmacists Can’t Tell You That

Pew Charitable Trusts

State legislatures across the country have recently enacted a ban on “gag rules,” which prevent pharmacists from disclosing cheaper prices to consumers.

 

Medicaid expansion in red states is likely to come via voters in November

Washington Post

When the Trump administration started this year allowing states to require work or volunteering by their Medicaid enrollees, there was lots of speculation that more GOP-led state legislatures would finally adopt Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

 

Trump Wants Medicaid to Push for Lower Drug Prices—but Will Patients Be Hurt?

Pew Charitable Trusts
A little-noticed part of President Donald Trump’s plan to reduce prescription drug prices could change the way Medicaid has paid for drugs for nearly 30 years.

 

No, the child welfare system isn’t racist

AEI

The claim that black parents are subject to greater scrutiny by child welfare agencies simply by virtue of their race is a trope that is easy to find in academic circles, the media, and the world of child welfare.

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Immigration Clash In Congress Coming In June

Valley Public Radio

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week to confront an unplanned and unpredictable immigration debate. Republicans and Democrats alike believe the outcome could be a decisive factor for voters in elections this November that will determine control of Congress.

 

GOP candidates echo Trump on immigration as president transforms party in his image

Washington Post

Leading Republican candidates are depicting many undocumented immigrants as criminals and endorsing a proposed wall on the Mexican border, adopting President Trump’s hard-line stance and alarming some who fear the GOP is out of step with a rapidly diversifying nation.

 

An Election-Year Immigration Split Roils Republicans

Wall Street Journal

A tough-on-immigration message motivates core Trump voters, but Americans have broadly come to support a path to legal status for Dreamers.

 

Watch: Debating inequality, innovation, and high-skilled immigration

AEI

To address a shortage of properly trained talent, Edward Conard calls for increasing high-skilled immigration and other public policies that match talent with opportunities.

 

Census Citizenship Fight Will Sway States' Political Clout, Federal Money

Pew Charitable Trusts

As preparation for the 2020 census intensifies, states and cities are fighting over how — or whether — to accurately count the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States without authorization, a battle that will have a huge impact on federal aid and states’ political power for years to come.

 

LAND USE/HOUSING

 

Land Use:

 

Fresno couldn't wait for a Steak 'n Shake. A year later it's closed. What happened?

Fresno Bee

When Steak 'n Shake announced it planned to open its first restaurant in Fresno, people couldn't wait. A little over a year later and the Kings Canyon Road Steak 'n Shake – and the Del Taco built next to it – are closed.

 

Renovations begin on oldest building in Merced

ABC30

The historic Tioga Hotel in Merced is getting a facelift. Crews were boarding windows and working on the site on Monday. Mayor Mike Murphy said the plan is to create a mix of more than 70 apartments and studios. The lower floor will be open to commercial spaces.

 

Valley Animal Center breaking ground on new expansion

ABC30

The Valley Animal Center is expanding their clinic. The area's largest no-kill dog and cat adoption center is breaking ground on Monday. The 5,000 square foot expansion will be just east of the surgery center and serve as the new clinic.

 

Housing:

 

Foreign buyers no longer finding deals in California real estate

Mercury News

As Bay Area real estate prices continue a record-breaking six-year run, foreign money is playing a smaller role in driving up home prices. Foreign investment in California residential real estate slid during the past five years, from about 8 percent of total purchases in 2013 to 3 percent last year, according to a survey by the California Association of Realtors.

 

PUBLIC FINANCES

 

California Cities Keep Declaring Fiscal ‘Emergencies,’ and Investors Are in on It

Bloomberg

When is a fiscal emergency not an emergency? When it’s in California. Communities in the Golden State are using a loophole and citing financial distress so they can put new taxes on the ballot. Pasadena is exploiting it to tax pot.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

New website designed to help pinpoint unsafe areas for bicyclists goes live

Bakersfield Now

A new website looking to better pinpoint unsafe areas for pedestrians and bicyclists has just launched in Bakersfield.

 

Back-in vertical parking in downtown Bakersfield may take some getting used to

Bakersfield Californian

Reverse angle parking has come to downtown Bakersfield. But some motorists may be unclear on the concept. Bakersfield city workers on Monday painted reverse angle parking stalls on the south side of 18th Street between N and Q streets in the city's downtown district.

 

SCE gets OK to jump into electrification of trucks, buses and ports, joins 2 other California utilities in race to replace diesel fuel

OCRegister

Three of the state’s largest electric utilities late Thursday breached the monopoly on transportation fuels held for decades by oil companies by investing $738 million in new electric vehicle charging stations, with an emphasis on replacing diesel-powered trucks, buses, forklifts and heavy equipment with vehicles running on cleaner electric power.

 

California on track to more emissions reduction with high-speed rail

Air Quality Matters

In the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2018 Business Plan, released Jun. 1st, pointed out is that California, now home to 39.4 million people, had a transportation system that was once “the envy of the world.”

 

WATER

 

EDITORIAL: This is California. We should be able to drink the water. Lawmakers, fix this disgrace

Fresno Bee

In the world’s fifth-largest economy, in the richest state in the richest nation, some 360,000 Californians have water that is unsafe to drink. That’s the equivalent of about three and a half Flint, Michigans, and it’s an outrage.

 

“Xtra”

 

Navy sailors, pilots remember WWII 'fighting spirit' during Midway ceremony

Visalia Times Delta

When he was 18, Robert Rowe was stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Decades later, the American Legion Fresno Post 509 member returned to the Navy base alongside his fellow post members for the Battle of Midway Commemoration on Monday.

 

Local law enforcement shows support for Special Olympics

Bakersfield Californian

A flaming torch was passed city to city through the hands of law enforcement Monday morning to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Southern California. The Bakersfield, McFarland, Tehachapi and California City police departments all took part in the race.

 

 

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