May 24, 2018






A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event

Fresno Bee

In 2015, Alene Anase was asked by her employer Alpha Omega Winery to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay. But what she expected to be a routine shift serving wine turned into a nightmare, according to court documents.

See also:

     Devin Nunes-Linked Winery Faced Suit Over Alleged Coke And Prostitute Yacht Party Huffington Post

     Separate classified briefing for Nunes and Gowdy raises eyebrows NBC


Youngblood, Fleeman In Contentious Race For Kern County Sheriff

Valley Public Radio

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood is seeking a fourth term in office, but he's being challenged by one of his top deputies.

See also:

     Sheriff’s race is nasty; how the winner will heal department is important Modesto Bee


Meet the candidate: Kings county board of supervisors district 1

Hanford Sentinel

The midterm election is June 5. In preparation for the election, the Sentinel has asked candidates in local races to answer five questions so voters can get to know the candidates.


After nearly a year without one, Turlock hires city manager

Modesto Bee

The Turlock City Council on Tuesday evening appointed Bob Lawton as its next city manager. The council vote was 5-0, and Lawton will start July 12.


Salida advocate Borges, Modesto Councilman Madrigal look to unseat Supervisor Withrow

Modesto Bee

Terry Withrow faces two challengers as he seeks a third term on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in the June 5 primary: Salida advocate Katherine Borges and Modesto Councilman Tony Madrigal.


EDITORIAL: Modesto Bee’s editorial board endorses…

Modesto Bee

The Modesto Bee editorial board has interviewed candidates, conducted candidate forums and deliberated the qualifications of many candidates for various offices. Our following recommendations are those upon which board members could reach consensus.


California Conservation Corps Failed to Heed Warning Signs Before Fatal Van Crash

Fair Warning

Early on Feb. 2, 2016, a van carrying members of the California Conservation Corps paused at a stop sign on a country road near the Central Valley town of Reedley. Then the van rolled into the intersection, where it was broadsided by a 40-ton gravel truck and trailer, killing three corps members and leaving another with catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.




PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Public Policy Institute of California

Democrat Gavin Newsom is likely voters’ top choice in the state’s gubernatorial primary; Republican John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa are in a close race for the second spot on November’s ballot.

See also:

     Polls show close race for second in California governor campaign San Jose Mercury News

      Newsom and Republican endorsed by Trump headed to runoff for California governor, poll shows Sacramento Bee

     New poll shows Cox, Villaraigosa still locked in tight contest for second place in race for California governor Los Angeles Times

     Watch: Talking about the new USC/LAT poll Los Angeles Times

     Newsom leads governor’s poll, with Cox and Villaraigosa fighting for second  San Francisco Chronicle

     Walters: Campaigns try to fool California voters CALmatters

     Unpacking the latest polls: Top takeaways for the California primary CALmatters

     California Governor’s Race Is All About Second Place Capital Public Radio

     Calbuzz: Cutting Through Fog of Polls: The Key Takeaways CalBuzz

     Newsom Tops New Poll, Scramble for Second; Bad Signs for Congressional Blue Wave KQED

     Newsom strategy: Face Republican in the fall by knocking Dems out in June San Francisco Chronicle

     Meg Whitman backs Antonio Villaraigosa for governor Los Angeles Times

     Pro-Antonio Villaraigosa group attacks a Republican as a Pelosi tool  San Francisco Chronicle

     California Republicans bet the House on unknown businessman Politico


Podcast: Are California’s Voting Systems Safe?


Listen to “Are California’s Voting Systems Safe?” from KQED’s The California Report in Podcasts.

See also:

      One voter, two registration forms: Errors reported in rollout of California's 'motor voter' system Los Angeles Times


Go big or go home: How to run statewide in California when you’re not rich, famous, or in office


In the governor’s race alone, the top candidates have raised over $50 million to broadcast their messages. Even so, 40 percent of likely voters say they haven’t paid attention to the campaign.

See also:

     'I'm not the same kind of person' as Trump, says Republican he endorsed for California governor Sacramento Bee

     California Republicans bet the House on unknown businessman Politico

     What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California TheHill

     Why these 2 California Republicans just keep winning Los Angeles Times

     Democrats Take a Page From GOP: Target the State Houses Wall Street Journal

     Billionaires' money helps a most unlikely candidate Press-Enterprise

     ‘That Danger Is Real’ — Democrats’ Final Push to Avoid Shutout in Key California Races Roll Call

     Opinion: Is the Democrats’ Pivot to a ‘Scandal Strategy’ a Wrong Turn? Roll Call


California's Brown to Trump: See Us in Court. We'll Outlast You.

SF Gate

Governor Jerry Brown, who filed suit against the EPA with more than a dozen other states to preserve the tailpipe emissions limits, said in an interview in Sacramento that he doesn't expect a quick resolution to the case. Rather, he said, "it has to wind its way through the courts."


California high court to rule on social media access


The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants.

See also:

     US ignores data privacy as Europe’s new law takes effect Brookings


When did Dianne Feinstein start opposing the death penalty?

San Jose Mercury

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein built her very long and successful political career staking out the Democratic party’s moderate turf: But, Feinstein revealed Wednesday that she’s shed her support for the death penalty “as it exists today.” 

See also:

     California Sen. Feinstein drops death penalty support amid primary challenge Fox News


Poll: Hunter Maintains Wide Lead Despite Federal Investigation

Roll Call

Despite facing a federal investigation into questionable campaign spending, a new poll shows Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter holds a significant lead ahead of California’s 50th District June 5 primary.




Trump can't block users on Twitter, federal judge rules


A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that President Trump is in violation of the Constitution when he blocks users on Twitter.

See also:

     Blocked by Trump: Twitter Users Sound Off on Being Barred New York Times

     Trump Twitter ruling: What it takes to get blocked by the president Washington Post


Poll: Half of Country Not Happy With Ryan but Don’t Recognize Possible Successors

Roll Call

A new poll found most Americans don’t like what Congress has been doing the past few years, even if they don’t know the major players in office.


EDITORIAL: Dodd-Frank rollback is money in the banks

San Francisco Chronicle

For causes that unite members of Congress across party lines, there’s nothing like doing the bidding of their contributors. 

See also:

     The Art of a Banking Deal Wall Street Journal




Cokie Roberts On The History Of Women In Politics


Commentator Cokie Roberts talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep and answers listener questions about the history of women in American politics.


Babbage: Fake views (Podcast)

The Economist Radio

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EDITORIAL: 'Stand and show respect' during national anthem? That's the NFL's plantation mentality

Sacramento Bee
The NFL has actual problems. Players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem to protest racial injustice has never been one of them.

See also:

     EDITORIAL: The NFL kneels before the altar of profits Los Angeles Times





Sunday, May 27, at 5 p.m. on ABC 30 – Maddy Report“Candidate for Governor: John Chiang” – Guest: John Chiang, State Treasurer and Candidate for Governor. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report​​ ​​ - Valley Views EditionGubernatorial Candidate John Chiang and California's Future”  – Guests: State Treasurer John Chiang  and PPIC Experts: Sarah Bohn, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Paul Warren, Magnus Lofstrom and Brandon Martin. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.


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Farmers Nervously Await Outcome of Trade Talks

Pew Charitable Trusts

Midwestern farmers breathed a sigh of relief this week when Chinese trade negotiators in Washington agreed to suspend tariffs and increase purchases of U.S. agricultural products. But the trade fight is likely to continue.


Hey, Salad Lovers: It's OK To Eat Romaine Lettuce Again


If you've avoided romaine lettuce because of the E. coli outbreak, you can start buying it again.


A lot less pot sold in California than first estimated, analyst says 

Los Angeles Times

Most cities in California have refused to allow pot businesses, and there are tough rules for those who want state licenses to grow, distribute and sell marijuana. Both factors have contributed to lower-than-projected sales, which are expected total $1.9 billion this year instead of the initial estimate of $3.8 billion, according to a cannabis research firm. 






What Will Jerry Brown’s Departure Mean for Criminal Justice In California?


One of Governor Jerry Brown’s first big moves as governor was a proposal to massively change how the state dealt with nonviolent offenders. Assembly Bill 109 shifted their sentences from state prison to county jails, and let them report to county probation departments rather than state parole officers.


State Supreme Court to review landmark case on money bail system

San Francisco Chronicle

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to review California judges’ authority in how they set bail for pretrial defendants, setting aside an appellate ruling that required them to consider a person’s financial status before requiring payment for release from jail. 


Technology to Trace Guns 'Like D-N-A' is Not Being Used by Many California Law Enforcement Agencies


There’s a high tech way to trace guns and spent shell casings to unsolved crimes, but we’ve discovered the technology isn’t being used by most of law enforcement because of costs, manpower and entrenched attitudes.


New California laws would make it easier for ex-prisoners to get better jobs

San Jose Mercury News

A package of bills making its way through the California legislature could change the career outlook for people who have gone through job training programs in prison but been denied access to higher paying jobs because their records prevent them from getting licensed. 


Incarcerating young people doesn’t fix them. California needs to fund alternatives

Sacramento Bee
Arresting and incarcerating youth does nothing to get to the root of their behavior and can have consequences that last a lifetime.


The Effectiveness of Education and Employment Programming for Prisoners


Research has shown that education and employment programming for prisoners improves postprison employment and delivers a positive return on investment.


Public Safety:


EDITORIAL: A bill renews fight for public access to police abuse records

San Francisco Chronicle

This week, California lawmakers can match words with deeds when it comes to disclosing police misconduct. A bill before the Legislature would end the special protections that seal off personnel records of officers who harm the public, break department rules or face legal trouble.




Poop jokes, trash talk and a gun at work – a look at Cal Fire's crackdown on misconduct
Fresno Bee

Cal Fire has a new internal affairs unit that allows the state fire department to handle discipline consistently for the first time.
See also:

     Pay cuts for misbehavior and dozens of dismissals: Is Cal Fire's crackdown going too far? Sacramento Bee


The link between wildfires and climate change

Bakersfield Now

Brandon Pratt, Professor of Biology at California State University, Bakersfield says in addition to warming the change in rainfall is also a direct link to wildfires.


Podcast: More to the Story: Wildfires


Listen to “More to the Story: Wildfires from Reveal” in Podcasts.






State Policymakers Could Be on the Verge of Boosting Basic Support for Low-Income Seniors and People With Disabilities

California Budget & Policy Center

In the coming weeks, legislative leaders and Governor Jerry Brown will work toward finalizing a state spending plan for 2018-19, the budget year that starts on July 1, 2018.


Business tax rates after tax reform


In general, both effective marginal and average tax rates have come down, though debt-financed investment is now treated less favorably than it was under the old regime.


EDITORIAL: Protect state’s economy by electing these 3

Merced Sun-Star

If Tom Hallinan is elected to the Board of Equalization, he has no intention of ever running as an incumbent. That’s because Hallinan’s sole purpose in running is to put the ineffective, unnecessary and scandal-ridden bureaucracy out of existence.


Green Jobs Still a Small Fraction of the California Economy

California Business Roundtable

The California Center for Jobs and the Economy issued a new report today assessing the extent to which the state has transitioned to a Green Economy and concluding that green job “growth” to date is largely due to reclassification of existing jobs and the miscounting of temporary construction and other indirect jobs.




Is California’s High Cost Of Housing Scaring Off Job Seekers?

Capital Public Radio

Business leaders up and down the state say California’s expensive housing makes it challenging to recruit new workers — and to keep existing employees here.


New California laws would make it easier for ex-prisoners to get better jobs

Mercury News

A package of bills making its way through the California legislature would prohibit many state licensing boards — including those that oversee barbers, building contractors, paramedics and social workers — from using arrest or conviction records as the sole basis to deny professional licenses to applicants with nonviolent criminal arrests or convictions.


There Is Power in a Union

The Nation

A new study overturns economic orthodoxy and shows that unions reduce inequality.






Police arrest person suspected of threatening Clovis Unified school on social media

The Fresno Bee

Fresno police have arrested the person suspected of making social media threats against Valley Oak Elementary School students. The threats were made overnight on Instagram, and were spotted by parents who reported them to the school.


Clovis Unified clarifies after-school student pick-up policy

Clovis Round-up

CUSD clarified its student pick-up policy after a Clovis Elementary parent submitted a letter to the Roundup speaking out on the matter.


Three KHSD schools named to California Honor Roll

Bakersfield Californian

Foothill, Highland and Independence high schools have been honored for their leadership in getting students up to grade level and beyond. The schools will be given a banner to display their accomplishment on their campuses.


Audra McDonald to attend Roosevelt High theater naming ceremony

The Business Journal

Broadway superstar and Fresno native Audra McDonald will be in town Saturday for a special ceremony to name the Roosevelt High School theater after her.


California superintendent candidates oppose big money from special interests


The leading candidates for state superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday strongly opposed state campaign finance laws that have allowed millions of dollars from charter school backers and labor unions to pour into their race.

See also:

     Barack Obama flashpoint in California schools chief race, though he hasn't weighed in Sacramento Bee

     Get to know Superintendent of Schools candidates Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck San Diego Union-Tribune


Businesses Can Help California Schools Train Students for ‘New Collar’ Jobs

Fox & Hounds

A promising public-private partnership is taking shape in the Legislature that focuses on high school and college completion, along with meaningful workplace experiences.


Student-Centered Education Reforms + Time to Let Them Work = Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is education’s version of Gross Domestic Product: a national indicator of the overall education health of the country. By that line of thinking, it’s difficult to see anything but stagnation in the numbers. We’re in an educational recession.


US teacher salaries face 2 major headwinds


In recent months teachers in five states have struck for better pay or benefits. The plight of teachers is traceable to a couple of developments.


Higher Ed:


Bakersfield College getting $2.3M to expand programs, services

Bakersfield Californian

The college has been selected by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as one of 11 community colleges to be given a share of $20 million through the state’s Innovation Awards, which recognize developments in student success.

See also:

     California's public universities on the way to getting a big longed-for boost in funding Los Angeles Times

     Cal State plans big lobbying push for more state money Los Angeles Times


A year after scathing audit, UC president’s office to present transparent budget

San Francisco Chronicle

The University of California regents grilled top UC officials Wednesday about why they missed a critical deadline for complying with the recommendations in a 2017 state audit that uncovered $175 million squirreled away in President Janet Napolitano’s office.


USC's Academic Senate calls on university president to resign after a series of scandals

Los Angeles Times

The body that represents USC's faculty called on President C.L. Max Nikias to resign Wednesday in the wake of revelations that the university's longtime gynecologist faced years of accusations of misconduct by students and colleagues at the campus' health clinic. 

See also:

     Students warned USC about gynecologist early in his career: ‘They missed an opportunity to save a lot of other women’ Los Angeles Times

     U.S.C.’s Academic Senate Calls On President to Resign Over Gynecologist Scandal New York Times

     Los Angeles Police Investigate Complaints Against USC Doctor U.S. News


Many college grads from the Great Recession are still trying to catch up


Employers' hiring projections for new grads cratered by nearly 22% in the spring of 2009. Once the economy began to pick up a few years later, the recession grads would have to battle for entry-level positions with those just coming out college.

See also:

     Graduates, we need you to invent the future — again CAFWD






California lead paint initiative comes under fire

Mercury News

In dramatic fashion, state lawmakers on Wednesday ripped into a California ballot initiative to have taxpayers, not paint companies, pay for lead-paint cleanup while overturning a landmark court ruling that made three manufacturers liable for the cost.

See also:

     Commentary: Public Nuisance Litigation is a Nuisance Public CEO


Gov Brown & Asm Chad Mayes: Prop. 70 provides accountability on cap and trade

Sacramento Bee

Last year, California did what Washington, D.C. has failed to do. Democrats and Republicans worked together to reduce pollution while protecting jobs and the economy. We did this by extending California’s landmark cap-and-trade program.

See also:

     Prop. 70 will undermine California’s climate investments Sacramento Bee

     Clean Energy Money From Cap-And Trade Continues To Roll In To California Capital Public Radio

     California raises $681 million from quarterly carbon auction AP

     Analysts Worry Calif. Climate Change Program Is Doing Too Well


An Empire From Wood: A Look At The Company That Harvests The Sierra

Valley Public Radio

Sierra Pacific Industries has built a billion dollar empire in the forests of the Sierra.




Trump, Auto Officials Re-Affirm Goal of National Mileage Rules


California’s top air-quality official held a series of meetings with auto industry and federal officials in Washington on Wednesday who re-affirmed a desire to maintain a single national standard for auto efficiency.





Under Trump, Family Planning Funds Could Go To Groups That Oppose Contraception


A newly-unveiled Trump administration proposal would not just block groups like Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X funds. It also could pave the way for a host of previously ineligible organizations — some of whom oppose contraception — to receive funds through the federal government's family planning program.


Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill


A major Veterans Affairs reform has passed the Senate by 92-5 and is on its way to the White House. The $55 billion bill will change how the VA pays for private care, expand a VA caregiver program and start a review of the VA's aging infrastructure.

See also:

     Empowering veterans in civilianhood: Reshaping the narrative through the VET OPP Act AEI


TRMC board seeking financial administrators

Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare hospital's Board of Directors will consider seeking proposals from those interested in managing or leasing Tulare Regional Medical Center.


Cut out fruit juice to slash your chance of getting cancer, experts say. Also bacon.

Fresno Bee

It may say "fruit" on the label, but don't let that fool you: according to the World Cancer Research Fund, cutting out sugary drinks - including fruit juice - is a major step that could help you slash your risk of getting cancer.


E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study


It’s a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit.


Human Services:


California's Message To Hospitals: Shape Up Or Lose 'In-Network' Status


Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care.


No stay of ruling that tossed California assisted-death law

Los Angeles Times

An appeals court Wednesday refused to block a court decision that said a California law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives was passed illegally.



Supervisors oppose sanctuary status, residents scorn them

Visalia Times-Delta

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors, following a staff presentation and lengthy public comment period that lasted nearly two hours, voted to adopt a resolution opposing California's Sanctuary State law.

See also:

     California’s Anti-Sanctuary Politicians Go to Washington Public CEO


Border patrol agents threatened migrant children with death, sexual abuse, ACLU says
Fresno Bee

Migrant children in custody of United States Customs and Border Protection officers were routinely beaten, kicked and shocked with Tasers, and some were threatened with sexual violence or death, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

      ACLU: Records show widespread abuse of immigrant children detained at border San Diego Union-Tribune

     Trump warns against admitting unaccompanied migrant children: ‘They’re not innocent’ The Washington Post


Discharge Petition Signatures Held Back Amid Immigration Negotiation Progress

Roll Call

Rep. Jeff Denham said Wednesday he plans to hold back the final signatures needed to activate a discharge petition that would force a vote on four immigration measures affecting so-called “Dreamers” — saying that negotiations between GOP leaders and conservatives are headed in a positive direction. 

See also:

     Paul Ryan Is Cornered in the House Immigration Fight Slate

     What the Republican discharge petition means for DACA, ‘Dreamers’ PolitiFact

     Three reasons moderate Republicans are backing an immigration vote Washington Post


Immigrant-Bashing Helps MS-13

Wall Street Journal

Trump’s rhetoric makes it harder for police to work with law-abiding Latinos against the gang.

See also:

     Trump, Visiting Epicenter of MS-13 Killings, Demands Tougher Immigration Laws New York Times




California is paying for this housing crisis, and not just in mortgages and rents

Sacramento Bee
As housing prices continue to hit record highs, economic divisions are deepening across the state. The details are intricate, but the overall picture is clear: Our strong but dysfunctional economy is driving away families the state needs for sustainable economic growth.

They ditched pricey home ownership for a small house on wheels — and they love it

Los Angeles Times

In an age of housing shortages and skyrocketing home prices, one woman saw an opportunity to design a 21st century mobile home that was less about recreation and more about function.


Living Homeless in California: Finding Shelter — Veterans Are Broke But Not Broken

Capital & Main

Homeless veterans live solitary and nomadic existences. At night, some sleep in cars parked near VA facilities, under freeway overpasses or in public parks.




Mayor Brand calls $1.1b budget 'roadmap to a better Fresno'


Mayor Lee Brand is calling the $1.1 billion 2019 budget a roadmap to a better Fresno. "We are in the best fiscal health this city has been in in a very, very long time, so we've been slowly growing the budget over the last few years," says Fresno City Manager Wilma Quan-Schecter.


Illegal dumping complaints keep growing, so new Fresno budget includes another litter crew

Fresno Bee

The city of Fresno is getting so many reports about litter and illegal dumping that an additional litter control crew is being added to the city budget, officials said Wednesday in announcing the $1.115 billion plan for fiscal year 2019.


Stockton ranked one of most fiscally solvent cities in US

Stockton Record

A national nonprofit organization that researches financial practices at the local and state levels has reported that Stockton is one of the most fiscally solvent cities in the country.


City officials work to address skepticism on sales tax increase

Bakersfield Californian

It is with the city's efforts to build support for a proposal to raise Bakersfield's sales tax rate from 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent. If the City Council approves at a meeting set for June 20, the increase will appear on local ballots come November.


Democrats' Budget Asks: Health Care, Homelessness, Higher Education, Welfare

Legislative Democrats have settled on their top priorities for upcoming California budget negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown.

See also:

       Senate seeks welfare boost in California budget talks  AP


California could cut your high sales tax if it taxed business services. Why that won’t happen—yet


Consider these two scenarios: A family spends Saturday afternoon at the local shopping center, buying a new washing machine, summer sandals, children’s books and dog food. With every purchase, the state takes its cut, courtesy of California’s 7.25 percent sales tax.


Walters: CalPERS’ new investment plan – wise or risky?


As everyone knows – or should know – California’s huge public employee pension system is very short of the money it needs to cover all of the retirement promises made to nearly two million workers and retirees.


State Won’t Ride to the Rescue over Local Government Pension Problems

Fox & Hounds

At his latest state budget press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown made it clear there will be no state cavalry riding to the rescue of local governments battling the pension monsters local officials created.


IRS takes aim at California and other states trying to help residents avoid new tax-deduction limit

Los Angeles Times

The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to block attempts by California and other states to help their residents avoid a new limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes included in the Republican tax overhaul. 


Your prenup might be in jeopardy as tax overhaul kills alimony break

Los Angeles Times

President Trump's tax overhaul could wreak havoc on prenuptial agreements nationwide — and maybe even his own.


The Red-Flag Warning on Your Social Security Statement

National Review

Aadly, America’s forthcoming “economic tsunami” is so predictable that our government issues an annual warning forecasting the year when — absent real reform — the monster waves will overtake all Social Security recipients and substantially reduce payments.




Drivers experiencing longer wait times at DMV offices across California

ABC 30

If you haven't been the DMV lately, be prepared to wait... and wait... and wait.


Majority of California voters want to repeal gas tax increase, poll finds

Los Angeles Times

As a new poll found a majority of California voters want to repeal increases to the state's gas tax and vehicle fees, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun campaigning to preserve them, arguing the sacrifice is needed to fix long-neglected roads and bridges and improve mass transit.

See also:

     Gas tax funds millions in SJ roadway repair and rehab work Stockton Record

     Memorial Day Means a Gas Price Event at Congressional Exxon Roll Call


Modernizing infrastructure policies to advance public-private partnerships


In an era of political tribalism, infrastructure investment is one of the few areas of American public policy that polls well among everyone. Which makes sense; who doesn’t like the idea of filling potholes, new airport terminals, and water systems that don’t burst?




Water plant serving Ceres, Turlock stalls over MID counsel's fear of eroding rights

Modesto Bee

A proposed water plant for Ceres and Turlock faces potentially significant opposition from the Modesto Irrigation District, whose attorney fears potential erosion of water rights because the cities’ environmental studies aren’t up to snuff, the attorney said.


River will open for Memorial Day weekend

Hanford Sentinel

Memorial Day weekend is unofficially seen by some as the start of the summer season, and this year, it means the start of floating/boating season.


Clean water bill will resolve public health crisis

The Sacramento Bee

More than one million Californians receive unsafe tap water at home and in schools and have to live with the fear that arsenic, nitrates or lead is slowly poisoning them. They spend more than 10 percent of their income to buy water and still pay high rates for tap water they can’t drink.


Proposed California tax on tap water meets opposition

ABC Action News

Under the proposed State Senate Bill 623, Californians would see an additional 95 cents per month on their water bills.


The Tale of Three Desalination Plants

OC Register

Some environmentalists go so far as to call the desalination proposal for south Orange County, just north of Doheny State Beach, a “good” approach.




Welcome, Saphira and Hendrix! Fresno zoo adds Komodo dragon and rescued sea lion

Fresno Bee

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo this week announced two new animals: a female Komodo dragon, Saphira, and a rescued male sea lion, Hendrix. Saphira is Fresno's first female Komodo dragon.


"Wouldn't It Be Nice": Beach Boys returning to Kern County Fair along with others in 2018 lineup

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Fair will open this fall with "Good Vibrations" courtesy of a performance by the Beach Boys, who return to the Budweiser Pavilion on Sept. 19.


Sleeping in at the Weekend Could Help You Live Longer


A growing body of research is highlighting the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, with numerous studies showing that a chronic lack of shut-eye can increase your risk of death.



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