March 4, 2015


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Political Briefs

Top stories

California lawmakers took less free travel in 2014 – Journeys funded by foreign governments and industry-backed nonprofits afforded California lawmakers abundant opportunities to get out of Sacramento last year, but they accepted less in free travel in 2014 than the previous year, according to an analysis by The Sacramento Bee.  Sacramento Bee article

House approves Homeland Security funds as GOP gives up tactic on immigration — Congress ended the crisis over funding for the Department of Homeland Security after Speaker John A. Boehner abandoned the GOP’s strategy of trying to tack on restrictions to President Obama’s immigration plan.  LA Times article; AP article

Valley politics

Merced picks committee for districts, asks community to stay involved – The Merced City Council approved a list of people on Monday recommended for a committee to draw up districts for local elections. With a 6-1 vote, the council approved the top seven people recommended by the Merced County League of Women Voters.  Merced Sun-Star article

McCarthy statement on Netanyahu speech — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress.  Bakersfield Californian article

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

Tony Quinn: Supreme Court opens door to a Democratic gerrymander — Has the United States Supreme Court just given California Democrats the right to gerrymander California’s congressional districts to their hearts’ delight?  That’s the most likely conclusion from the oral arguments in a case involving the Arizona independent redistricting commission.  Quinn in Fox & Hounds

Kamala Harris speaks about U.S. Senate bid – in Washington, D.C. – Democratic Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the sole major candidate thus far in the 2016 U.S. Senate race to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer, made her first public remarks about her bid at a campaign-style event Tuesday night – 2,300 miles away, in Washington, D.C.  LA Times article

John A. Perez endorses Kamala Harris, joins campaign as co-chair – Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez is endorsing Democrat Kamala Harris’ run for U.S. Senate, the campaign will announce today. Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat, also will be named co-chair of Harris’ bid to replace departing U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer next year, he told The Bee.  Capitol Alert

Joe Mathews: Villaraigosa and the Latino cage — The majority of Californians, for the first time in modern history, have been born and raised in the state. So while it’s worth noting that Villaraigosa’s parents and grandparents came from a different place than mine, that should take a back seat to scrutiny of his record and ideas for improving our lives.  Mathews in Bakersfield Californian

Dan Walters Daily: California Republicans broaden appeal — The California Republican Party is trying to catch up to the state’s incredible diversity, Dan says.  Dan Walters Daily in Sacramento Bee

Other areas

Four California legislative leaders report $48,000 in gifts — California lawmakers reported Tuesday that they accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts last year, including concert and sports tickets, golf games, expensive dinners and overseas trips. State officials reported trips paid for by others to Spain, Portugal, Peru, Mexico and Canada.  LA Times article

Identities revealed of state lawmakers who attended Hawaii conference — Twenty-five state lawmakers flew to Maui in November to attend a conference that was partly funded by a group of special interests, but it was not until Tuesday that all of their identities were made public when they were required to file annual gift reports.  Valley attendees:  Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen; state Sens. Anthony Cannella and Tom Berryhill; and Assemblymembers Frank Bigelow, Connie Conway, Adam Gray and Henry Perea.  LA Times article

Gifts: What California statewide officials took in 2014 — Flights, golf games, dinner tickets and a Christofle tray. Here is what Gov. Jerry Brown and other California officials reported taking in gifts in 2014.  Sacramento Bee article

Dan Walters: 3 families intertwined in politics – After Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom opted out of the 2016 contest to fill retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat and more or less declared he’ll run for governor in 2018, he received a flurry of five-figure campaign contributions. One contributor who maxed out at $56,400 was Aileen Getty, listed as “not employed.”  Walters column in Sacramento Bee

Supreme Court appears to lean in favor of allowing searches of motel registries — The Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments in a Los Angeles case, sounded prepared Tuesday to revive a city ordinance that gives the police the authority to regularly check motels’ guest registries without search warrants. City officials say these routine police checks are needed to combat sex trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing at low-budget motels. LA Times article

Speaker Boehner coming to Fresno for campaign fundraiser — House Speaker John Boehner is coming to Fresno for a fundraiser hosted by businessman Richard Spencer and his wife, Karen, as well as three of the Ohio Republican’s closest congressional allies — Devin Nunes, Jeff Denham and David Valadao. It will benefit a joint fundraising committee composed of Boehner, the National Congressional Campaign Committee, The Freedom Project and the Ohio Republican Party State Central & Executive Committee.  Fresno Bee article

Supreme Court arguments to begin in major challenge to healthcare law – The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Wednesday morning in the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a lawsuit that threatens to strip away federal insurance subsidies from millions of Americans and critically undermine the law’s program for expanding health coverage nationwide.  LA Times article

Kamala Harris: ‘Obamacare’ defeat would be devastating – California’s Attorney General writes, “The Affordable Care Act has brought quality, affordable coverage to millions of Americans. Let’s not take a step backward by undermining this landmark achievement.”  Harris op-ed in Fresno Bee

LA measures to shift elections forge big lead —  In a campaign where the issue of voter participation was front and center, two measures to bolster turnout by combining Los Angeles elections with state and federal contests sailed toward passage Tuesday, early results showed.  LA Times article

California Government Today:

Senate Daily File

Assembly Daily File

News Briefs

Top Stories

Unspectacular work marks first high-speed rail construction — It’s not as spectacular or as visible as building a bridge or an overpass, but after years of delays, some construction is finally happening on California’s ambitious high-speed rail project. Crews with a Southern California construction firm began digging up a section of storm-drain pipeline beneath the downtown Fresno intersection of Mono and Broadway streets on Wednesday, in preparation for laying a new pipe down Broadway to Ventura Street.  Fresno Bee article

State orders another 12 Kern injection wells closed – State regulators announced Tuesday another 12 Kern County wastewater disposal wells must be closed to safeguard federally protected groundwater, more than doubling the number of injection facilities closed since early July.  Bakersfield Californian article; San Francisco Chronicle article; LA Times article

Fresno State moves to raise entrance requirements under the crush of more qualified applicants — Here’s news no local aspiring college student wants to hear: It will soon be even tougher to land a spot at California State University, Fresno. Fresno State is planning to raise its admissions standards to help offset huge spikes in qualified local applicants. And for the first time in the university’s history, officials say they’ll reject at least 400 Valley students who apply to attend in 2016-17 — students who would have qualified under current standards. It’s an unprecedented move forced by continued budget tightening, officials say.  Fresno Bee article

Jobs and the Economy

Valley economic index slows, but still points to growth – A Valleywide economic index slipped for the third month in a row but continues suggest growth over the next few months, according to a Fresno State economist.  Fresno Bee article

Private sector added 212,000 jobs last month, down from January, ADP says – Private-sector job growth dropped last month but U.S. companies still posted a solid 212,000 net new jobs, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.  LA Times article

Despite high poverty, California’s food aid use is low — Nearly a quarter of California’s 38 million residents are living in poverty by a new Census Bureau method of calculating economic well-being – by far the nation’s highest rate. But the 23.8 percent of Californians who are impoverished – due largely to the state’s very high costs of housing and other necessities – have one of the nation’s lowest rates of using federal food assistance benefits.  Capitol Alert

Homebuilding permits up in Fresno and Visalia – Home building is looking up in the Fresno and Visalia area after a drop in building permits at the end of last year. The number of home building permits issued in the two cities edged up in February while builders kicked off the new year unveiling new communities.  Fresno Bee article

Report: Valley home prices rise more than national average in January – Home prices in Fresno, including distressed sales, increased by 6.9 percent in January 2015 compared to January 2014, according to a report released today by CoreLogic.  The Business Journal article

‘Starbucks effect’ is said to give a jolt to home prices – Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries has this advice for homebuyers: Watch where Starbucks opens and buy a house close to one of the ubiquitous coffee shops. The reason, he said, is that homes within a quarter mile of a Starbucks tend to rise in value faster than homes outside a quarter-mile radius.  Sacramento Bee article

Supreme Court wades into dispute over online retailers and state taxes – Online merchants won an important technical victory at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, empowering them to challenge state sales tax reporting requirements in federal court. McClatchy Newspapers article

Playland and Storyland closing this year, in need of fundraising — Rotary Playland and Storyland, which typically is preparing to open at this time of year, will stay closed this season as its board seeks ways to raise money to improve and repair the park’s rides.  Fresno Bee article

Summer program seen as platform for teens to succeed in job market – If you’re teen looking for a summer job but don’t know where to start, the Boys & Girls Club of Kern County may be a good place to start. The club is putting on its third annual Empower Youth Through Employment program, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.  Bakersfield Californian article

Oakland minimum wage increases by 36 percent Monday – Oakland is the latest in a growing number of Bay Area cities seeing a jump in its minimum wage, with that base wage rising on Monday from the statewide minimum of $9 an hour to $12.25 — a 36 percent increase.  KQED report

Target to cut $2 billion in costs, including several thousand jobs – Target Corp. is cutting several thousand jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years. AP article

Cheating scandal prompts LA supervisors to computerize hiring exams –  In the wake of an audit of Los Angeles County Fire Department hiring practices that uncovered widespread cheating on exams, county supervisors voted Tuesday to put in place standardized, digital testing procedures for hiring across all departments. The move will make the process more secure and make it harder to cheat, officials said.  LA Times article

Sacramento arena site about to ‘go vertical’ — The site of the new Sacramento Kings arena will “go vertical” early Wednesday. Four months after breaking ground, the Kings announced Tuesday that the first vertical steel beam is scheduled to be installed at around 8:30 a.m. at the arena site at Downtown Plaza.  Sacramento Bee article

Gender bias rampant in workers’ comp cases, women’s groups charge — A Bay Area mechanical designer suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome said she had her workers’ compensation reduced for a reason that has caught the attention of women’s groups and lawmakers: She was postmenopausal. And she’s not alone in having her permanent disability claim reduced for factors that Sue Borg, her San Mateo attorney, said are clear examples of gender bias in the handling of workers’ compensation claims.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Michael Fitzgerald: The return of the $10 hamburger — Stocktonians are funny about high-priced food. The city may be the only one in America where a $10 hamburger was a mayoral campaign issue (in 2008, over the Paragary’s subsidy). Right now, what Stocktonians think about exceptionally good dining at high prices is being aired on the Facebook page of Midgley’s Public House.  Fitzgerald column in Stockton Record


California snow levels reach historic lows – Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are at or below what they were during the driest years in California’s recorded history, surveyors said Tuesday, dashing hopes that last weekend’s storm would begin to pull the state out of its increasingly frightful drought.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Water conservation efforts faltered in January — The state’s progress on water conservation saw a setback in January, as Californians reduced their water use only 8.8 percent in January, prompting some alarm as a fourth straight drought year begins.  Sacramento Bee article; KQED report; Stockton Record article; Capital Public Radio report

‘Devastating’ water news for Merced County farmers – Merced Irrigation District officials on Tuesday said no water will be available from Lake McClure this year and some Merced County farmers may not receive any water at all from the district this year.  Merced Sun-Star article

Ag economist: Water will matter more than ever in California – Tightening water supplies in California will reinforce its shift to almonds, walnuts and other high-value crops, an economist told a Modesto audience. Farmers will make that decision as they face recurring droughts and limits on river supplies and groundwater, said Richard Howitt, professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis.  Modesto Bee article

March drought update: How do those reservoirs look? – This winter, many locations in Northern California are at — or even a little above — their seasonal average for precipitation, thanks mostly to a very wet December, while to the south, many locations are lagging far behind seasonal precipitation. So, San Jose has gotten 11.74 inches of rain since Oct. 1, which is 104 percent of “normal.” Fresno, in the San Joaquin Valley, has gotten 4.58 inches, or 58 percent of normal.  KQED report

Fish vs. people frustration rages at Oakdale Irrigation District meeting — State and federal officials favoring fish habitat are to blame for the Oakdale Irrigation District’s tentative plan to drain Tulloch Lake this summer, OID leaders told dozens of anxious lake-area residents.  Modesto Bee article

Merced supervisors approve first steps of groundwater ordinance – Merced County’s proposed groundwater ordinance is one step closer to becoming law. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance, setting a second reading and possible adoption for March 17.  Merced Sun-Star article

Major Valley almond grower gets into the bee and honey business – You probably know Paramount Farms from their brands like Wonderful Pistachios and POM Wonderful. Now the world’s largest grower of almonds and pistachios is adding a new product to that portfolio – something they call Wonderful Bees.  KVPR report

James Burling: Keep fighting ESA regs that deepen California drought – The director of litigation with Pacific Legal Foundation writes, “The protection of species is important, but so is the protection of jobs and the economy. The fight for reasonable balance in environmental regulations must continue, until the courts fully embrace that mandate and the bureaucrats fully comply.”  Burling op-ed in Visalia Times-Delta

Santa Barbara working to reactivate mothballed desalination plant — Santa Barbara owns a mothballed plant — built more than 20 years ago during another severe drought — that can turn seawater into drinking water. But it was never used beyond a tryout phase before steady rain began falling again. Now, officials are working to press the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Facility back into service as the city’s reservoirs continue to diminish.  LA Times article

Criminal Justice/Prisons

California steps up prison drug screening for visitors and staff — California prison officials say they expect to have drug-sniffing dogs and ion scanners at 11 prisons by this spring, an effort to put a damper on a behind-bars drug trade that had one out of four inmates testing positive for illegal substances last year.  LA Times article

Stockton Record: Stop and listen – Stockton’s city manager and police chief are making a serious time commitment in their efforts to listen to citizen opinions on relations between the police officers and the community they serve.  Stockton Record editorial

Stockton Record: That didn’t last long — The divorce between the city of Stockton the leader of its much-ballyhooed new Office of Violence Prevention can be summed up in one word: Unfortunate.  Stockton Record editorial


UC plans to limit resident enrollment – The standoff between state officials and the University of California over its finances and admissions policy grew tense Tuesday as the university threatened to limit enrollment of California students next year unless it receives more money from the state.  Sacramento Bee article; LA Times article; Sacramento Bee editorial

Modesto City Schools to cut teacher jobs, but no layoffs expected – Modesto City Schools went through the motions of laying off three elementary teachers and cutting a popular high school program for students hoping to be the first in their families to go to college, but most were simply funding changes, district officials said.  Modesto Bee article

Lawmakers want high schools to teach ‘Yes Means Yes’ for sex – Two California lawmakers said Tuesday that they are hoping to get a head start on preventing sexual assaults on college campuses by having high school students learn about what constitutes consensual sex.  AP article; San Francisco Chronicle article

Visalia school district reviewing new math books – To align high school students’ textbooks with the state’s new standards, Visalia school district is reviewing new math books which could be in classrooms next school year, and the public is invited to review the instructional materials under consideration.  Visalia Times-Delta article

Bill would require ‘breakfast after the bell’ at more schools – Taking aim at the effect of hunger on students’ ability to learn, two California legislators announced Tuesday a bill that would require more schools to provide breakfast after the start of school.  EdSource article

Obama proposes free preschool initiative – More children in Kings County could get access to free public preschool if a proposal from President Obama becomes law. This month, Obama proposed a federal-state partnership in which $75 billion would be given to states over a 10-year period to help fund preschool programs for low- and middle-income students. The money would come from a raise in federal tobacco taxes.  Hanford Sentinel article

UC Merced Connect: Campus finds partner in Kathmandu – UC Merced entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kathmandu University during a ceremony in Nepal last week, laying the foundation for future collaborations between the two fast-growing institutions.  UC Merced Connect in Merced Sun-Star

San Francisco Supes tell archbishop his morality clauses are unwanted – In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Chowchilla high school district bond refinancing will save nearly $500,000 – The Chowchilla Union High School District has agreed to bond refinancing that will save taxpayers nearly $500,000.  Merced Sun-Star article

Transient with knife entered Taft Union High a year before shooting — A transient armed with a knife entered the campus of Taft Union High School through an unlocked gate the year before Bryan Oliver brought a shotgun to school and opened fire on classmates.  Bakersfield Californian article

John Mockler, Capitol’s top education finance guru, dies at 73 — John Mockler, who wrote California’s landmark school finance law during a political and governmental career that spanned a half-century, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.  Modesto Bee article


Bill would add U.S. protections for Delta – The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, 700 square miles stretching from Vallejo on San Pablo Bay Bay to Sacramento and Stockton, would get added federal protection for its historical and environmental assets under legislation introduced Tuesday by California’s two U.S. senators.  San Francisco Chronicle article; Stockton Record article

Kern supervisors quietly rescind sludge ordinance – Tuesday afternoon Kern County supervisors quietly rescinded the biosolids regulation they created, just as quietly, in January. There was no discussion of the item which was approved, in a bulk bin action, as part of the eight item consent agenda.  Bakersfield Californian article

Groups ask state to shelve Kern coal project – Environmental activists asked state energy officials Tuesday to declare an end to a Massachusetts-based company’s proposal to build a $4 billion clean coal plant near Tupman. Saying work on the project appears to have stalled, the Sierra Club joined two local groups in petitioning the California Energy Commission to “terminate” SCS Energy California LLC’s Hydrogen Energy California proposal.  Bakersfield Californian article

Legislators pressure CPUC officials over PG&E emails – State legislators grilled the new president of the California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday about what one senator called an erosion of confidence in the agency over whether its officials have cooperated too closely with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the other utilities they regulate.  San Francisco Chronicle article; LA Times article

Earth Log:  Wood fires are the biggest source of dangerous particles in city neighborhoods — The biggest PM-2.5 danger in winter around your city neighborhood is soot coming from a wood fire, not simply the largest source.  Fresno Bee article

Hermosa Beach voters face tough choice: Allow drilling, or pay oil company $17.5 million — Hermosa Beach voters are being asked to greenlight new oil drilling or pay a penalty to settle a decades-long legal fight. It’s a cautionary tale about the high stakes for land use in California cities, particularly when oil companies get involved.  KPCC report

Health/Human Services

Health officials would add $2 tax to pack of cigarettes in California – After seven failed attempts since 2002, a coalition of health groups and lawmakers is once again proposing to increase the tobacco tax in California, arguing that an additional $2 per pack of cigarettes will save lives, in part, by discouraging people from smoking.  LA Times article

Child tests positive for measles in Merced County – A child who resides in Merced County has been confirmed as positive for measles, officials from the Merced County Public Health Department said Tuesday. The child has since recovered and the county’s public health department is working with the family to contact people who may have been exposed to the child.  Merced Sun-Star article

Kids Day: Volunteers range from celebrities to those ‘paying it forward’ – Valley Children’s Hospital received a boost from hundreds of Kids Day volunteers — including politicians, athletes and young people “paying it forward” — who lined streets around the central San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday to sell special editions of The Bee as donations for the hospital.  Fresno Bee article

California Medical Association pushes for vaccinations for adults — The California Medical Association Foundation launched an adult vaccination campaign this week in an attempt to quell the spread of vaccine-preventable illnesses throughout the state.  Sacramento Bee article

Clinica Sierra Vista opens site in northeast Bakersfield – Clinica Sierra Vista has opened a new clinic in northeast Bakersfield and will hold a grand opening event Friday to celebrate. The health center provides primary care services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and ­gynecology.  Bakersfield Californian article

Family of Jahi McMath suing Oakland hospital — The family of Jahi McMath, the Oakland girl who was declared brain-dead after surgery for sleep apnea but remains on a ventilator more than a year later, sued the Oakland hospital that treated her on Tuesday, alleging medical negligence.  San Francisco Chronicle article

Land Use/Housing

Quay Valley: Creating a high tech town out of dust — Last week, an ambitious planned development that seemingly died during the recession reemerged in rural Kings County. The developers behind the proposed community of Quay Valley say this new city of 75,000 people would be located on a barren stretch of Interstate 5 south of Kettleman City.  KVPR report

Village I subdivision plan at Floyd Avenue-Oakdale Road pulled — Plans for a nearly 34-acre subdivision in Village I have come to an abrupt end. Developers Michael Clevenger and Ron Tate with Modesto Clevron LLC were expected to ask the Modesto Planning Commission on Monday night for permission to divide nearly 34 acres at Oakdale Road and Floyd Avenue into 186 single-family residential lots.  Modesto Bee article

Cal Weber housing project clears ‘final hurdle’ despite concerns — A downtown affordable housing project saddled by an 11th-hour controversy cleared what a developer called the “final hurdle” Tuesday night, with construction set to begin in less than three weeks. Stockton Record article


Bullet train contractor seeks state compensation for project delays — The contractor building the first segment of the California bullet train system said Monday it is seeking compensation for delays in the project and is not likely to start any major construction until June or July — months later than state officials said just weeks ago.  LA Times article

Stanislaus County leader approve upgrades for Hatch Road, Turlock intersection — Stanislaus County leaders on Tuesday approved plans for improving another section of Hatch Road east of Ceres, which is one of the most congested roadways in the county.  Modesto Bee article

Other areas

National homeless advocate praises Bakersfield progress – The man whose vision of how to end homelessness inspired work in Bakersfield visited the city a third time Tuesday, praising its progress in reducing homelessness and urging nonprofits to collaborate on solutions for the poor and disenfranchised.  Bakersfield Californian article

Homeless camps, trash cleared from St. John’s River – Over the past couple of weeks, city officials have been informing homeless people who set up camps along the banks to the St. John’s River that they have to leave. Despite those warnings, one of the homeless squatters and his wife were busy Tuesday morning gathering what possessions they could fit on a couple of makeshift carts as city workers were heading in their direction to clear out the campsites, along with piles of trash accumulated along the riverbank.  Visalia Times-Delta article

Internet café or gambling house? – The owner of a northeast Stockton strip mall wants one of his tenants busted for allowing what he says is illegal gambling to go on inside the store. An employee of the business says everything that goes on there is “100 percent legitimate.” Stockton Record article

Merced City Council oversees ceremonial rites Though they have been on the job for weeks now, City Attorney Randolph Hom and Merced City Fire Chief Shawn Henry took their respective oaths of office during a Merced City Council ceremony on Monday.  Merced Sun-Star article

Bakersfield council to consider developing new website – The city’s 15-year-old website, which predates tablets, most smartphones, and both Facebook and Twitter, could get a redesign if the Bakersfield City Council approves the move at its meeting Wednesday.  Bakersfield Californian article

Former Ceres Councilman Ochoa dies – Former City Councilman Guillermo Ochoa died Monday afternoon at the age of 54. Ochoa’s son found him down at his home in Ceres. He died of natural causes.  Modesto Bee article

Modesto firefighters lauded for rescue – Modesto firefighters Jesse Miguel and Jason Wyatt were honored at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting for rescuing a mother and her adult daughter trapped inside their burning apartment.  Modesto Bee article

Lois Henry: ‘Dusty closet’ find brings more historical figures to life – My call for cool, old Bakersfield artifacts a few weeks ago hit pay dirt recently in more ways than one. Local risk management consultant John Pryor read my story on an old map owned by Dan Araujo that showed Bakersfield most likely sometime between 1877 and 1889.  Henry column in Bakersfield Californian

Alleged Chinese ‘maternity tourism’ operations raided in California — Federal agents raided about 20 locations in three Southern California counties early Tuesday as part of an investigation targeting “birth tourism” schemes in which pregnant Chinese women travel to the United States on fraudulent visas so that their children will be born U.S. citizens.  LA Times article;AP article

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – The California GOP takes a step toward equality.

Merced Sun-Star – The rule is drilled into office workers everywhere – only use your work email for work-related messages and keep your personal email separate. Somehow, Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to have followed that protocol as our nation’s top diplomat – and she’s properly being asked pointed questions about it.

Modesto Bee – The rule is drilled into office workers everywhere – only use your work email for work-related messages and keep your personal email separate. Somehow, Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to have followed that protocol as our nation’s top diplomat – and she’s properly being asked pointed questions about it.

Sacramento Bee – The rule is drilled into office workers everywhere – only use your work email for work-related messages and keep your personal email separate. Somehow, Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to have followed that protocol as our nation’s top diplomat – and she’s properly being asked pointed questions about it; Napolitano-Brown standoff persists, and students lose.

Stockton Record – The divorce between the city of Stockton the leader of its much-ballyhooed new Office of Violence Prevention can be summed up in one word: Unfortunate; Stockton’s city manager and police chief are making a serious time commitment in their efforts to listen to citizen opinions on relations between the police officers and the community they serve.