November 13, 2018






Maddy Associates Luncheon with Joel Fox, Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The Maddy Institute

TODAY, The Maddy Institute will be hosting Joel Fox, Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds – a daily publication on California politics.Business and Community leaders have been invited to attend this private event in Fresno, CA. To become a Maddy Associate please contact usHERE.


Fresno County mostly voted red, but had a blue tint on registrations. What happened?

Fresno Bee

Despite a Democratic registration advantage of about 21,000, over Republicans, Fresno County’s election results show county voting trends tilted more red than blue in the Nov. 8 mid-term.


Harder surges past Denham in latest count; other Stanislaus races largely unchanged

Modesto Bee

Democrat Josh Harder on Friday zoomed ahead of Republican incumbent Jeff Denham in the hotly contested race for a House seat in the 10th District, a stunning reversal from what was initially announced in the midterm election, although perhaps 20,000 ballots have yet to be counted.

See Also:

     What Denham’s likely defeat says about our people, our priorities Modesto Bee

      GOP Rep. Jeff Denham falls behind Democrat Josh Harder as 3 other Republicans lose ground in ballot tally  Los Angeles Times


Cox surges to within 2,000 votes of Valadao, who calls change ‘expected’

Fresno Bee

The race for California’s 21st Congressional District got a little more interesting over the weekend, as Kern County election results propelled Democrat TJ Cox to within two percentage points of incumbent David Valadao.

See Also:

     Leaders still hanging on in local races though Valadao's margin shrinks Bakersfield Californian


‘I have lost one of my closest friends.’ Staff director for Devin Nunes dies after illness

Fresno Bee

Damon Nelson, staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a friend of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, since high school, has died after a brief illness.

See Also:

     Tulare native who headed House Intelligence Committee staff has died abc30


Hurtado claims victory in state Senate race after opening up 8,000-vote lead over Vidak

Fresno Bee

Sanger City Councilwoman Melissa Hurtado has claimed victory over state Sen. Andy Vidak in California’s 14th Senate District, according to a statement released Monday by her campaign.

See Also:

     Hurtado, a Democrat, claims victory over Vidak in 14th State Senate District race Bakersfield Californian


Warszawski: Fresno Mayor Lee Brand: What do we do about city parks now?

Fresno Bee

What now, Mayor Brand?

See also:

      Autry Says Brand’s “Blatant, Flat-out, Untruths” Destroyed Measure P  KMJ-AF1


New city manager voted in

Madera Tribune

The Madera City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to hire Arnoldo Rodriguez of Yuba City to become Madera’s next city manager starting Dec. 3rd.


Newcomers defeat 2 city councilmen

Madera Tribune

In a surprising turn, two sitting Madera City Council members were soundly defeated by challengers running on a platform of change of direction for the city. Santos Garcia defeated incumbent Charles Rigby in District 5, 339 to 257. And Steve Montes defeated incumbent Will Oliver of District 3, 383 to 339.


Moreno wins DA spot over Hornick

Madera Tribune

Experienced prosecutor Sally Moreno won a decisive victory over relative newcomer and prosecutor Paul Hornick. Both Moreno and Hornick had funded yard signs and gone door to door, and covered a lot of ground in the race but in the end, reputation and local endorsements mattered more.


City of Bakersfield announces data breach from hacked Click2Gov system

Bakersfield Californian

The city of Bakersfield has reported that a “cyber-security incident” may have compromised the personal and financial information of those who used the city’s Click2Gov online payment processor.


Supervisors save Secret Witness with $30,000 cash infusion

Bakersfield Californian

Kern County’s Secret Witness program is back in business after the Board of Supervisors guaranteed a minimum of $30,000 for the anonymous tip system, with potentially more funds on the way.


FRIDAY UPDATE: Hire expands lead over Wheaton for top Tulare County schools job

Visalia Times Delta

Results from recent elections.


Votes tallied, here's the top 5 head-scratchers from the midterms

Visalia Times Delta

California has a new governor, Devin Nunes remains District 22's congressman and Tulare County has a new superintendent of schools — we just don't know who, yet.




Democrats gain veto-proof majority in California Legislature

Fresno Bee

Democrats win two Senate seats in California's Central Valley, gain veto-proof supermajorities in state Legislature.

See Also:

     Republican concedes, California Democrats likely gain majority in legislature Fresno Bee

     California Democrats regain supermajority in Legislature San Francisco Chronicle

      Democrats win back a supermajority in California’s Legislature Los Angeles Times

     Dem domination: California Legislature is turning many shades of blue CALmatters


Brown leaves some unappetizing leftovers on Newsom’s plate

Modesto Bee

Twin tunnels and high-speed rail will require the new governor’s attention, as will fixing psychiatric care in state prisons.

See Also:

      Newsom won’t have budget crisis, but can it last? CALmatters

      Gavin Newsom’s dilemma: Making a change, while following Jerry Brown’s lead CALmatters


CA’s next governor Newsom picks chief of staff Ann O’Leary

Sacramento Bee

The Gavin Newsom administration began to take shape Friday as California’s Democratic governor-elect announced his first two senior staff appointments and launched a website to solicit job applications and advice.

See also:

      Gavin Newsom names top two staffers, bringing California and national experience to the top of his team CALmatters

      How Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom could shape California’s future, issue by issue CALmatters

     Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom names former Clinton advisor his chief of staff Los Angeles Times

     Gavin Newsom moves to governor’s office — his political orbit in motion too San Francisco Chronicle

      High Expectations on the Left for Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom KQED

     EDITORIAL: Gavin Newsom has a conflict of interest problem Los Angeles Times

      Gavin Newsom's file PolitiFact California


Eleni Kounalakis can carve out a meaningful role as lieutenant governor. It's in her genes

Los Angeles Times

She’ll have little power as lieutenant governor. But she’ll sit on the UC Board of Regents, the Cal State board of trustees and the State Lands Commission, which regulates coastal waters.

See also:

      New lieutenant governor Kounalakis makes statewide election history CAlmatters


Vote by mail? Better double-check that your ballot wasn’t rejected


Millions of Californians dropped off their ballots on Tuesday or mailed them in, but they might want to double-check online—because either a missing or a mismatched signature could void their vote.

See also:

      California's not goofy, it's really big. That's why counting the vote takes so long Los Angeles Times


Some State and Local Election Results You May Have Missed


Minimum wage increases … firefighter pay parity … transgender protections … and school vouchers.


New Term Limits Add Stability to the State Legislature


California Democrats are on track to add two seats to their majorities in both the state assembly and the state senate. Combined with Democrat Gavin Newsom’s win in the governor’s race, these flips give Democrats the supermajorities they need for unfettered pursuit of their legislative agenda.




Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism

Sacramento Bee

Amid WWI commemoration, Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism.


More White House Shakeups, And Fallout From The Midterms

Capital Public Radio

Democrats took back the House, Republicans kept the Senate, and President Donald Trump got rid of his Attorney General. Political Junkie Ken Rudin explains what happened last week and why more White House shakeups could be coming.

See also:

       Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say Los Angeles Times


Results from the 2018 midterm elections

Los Angeles Times

The election is over. The big picture is clear, though some ballots are still being counted. Here's what we learned:

See also:

     The 2018 midterms told a tale of two weak parties Washington Post

     The Candidates Mattered. But Opinions About Trump Mattered More Roll Call


Democrats Say Their First Bill Will Focus On Strengthening Democracy At Home


Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.

See also:

      Democratic Gains in the House Could Climb to 38 Seats Wall Street Journal

      With an Ambitious Policy Agenda, Pelosi is Poised to Lead the House Again Roll Call

      Democrats, don’t be idiots. Use your power wisely The Sacramento Bee

      2018 exit polls show greater white support for Democrats Brookings

     The Blue Wave Breaks Gently Wall Street Journal

     For Democrats, a midterm election that keeps on giving Washington Post

     Democrats Built a Big Tent; Can They Keep It? Wall Street Journal


So Much Changed in Statehouses This Week. Here’s What It All Means.

PEW Center

The Democratic power surge in statehouses and governors’ offices will boost a host of progressive priorities, including health care, school spending, gun control, environmental protection and voting rights — even as divided government causes gridlock in Washington.


Populists on the left and right might want to think twice about cheering on the norms-busters

Washington Post

“The law in its majestic equality,” wrote Anatole France, “forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”


Congress Gears for Final-Stretch Fight Over Border Wall, Mueller Probe

Wall Street Journal

Congress returns this week for the final two-month stretch that is expected to be dominated by a fight over spending and immigration and a power struggle over the special counsel’s Russia probe.


Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal

Wall Street Journal

As a presidential candidate in August 2015, Donald Trump huddled with a longtime friend, media executive David Pecker, in his cluttered 26th floor Trump Tower office and made a request.


FBI Is Investigating Florida Company Where Whitaker Was Advisory-Board Member

Wall Street Journal

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation of a Florida company accused of scamming millions from customers during the period that Matthew Whitaker, the acting U.S. attorney general, served as a paid advisory-board member.

See also:

     Federal investigators scrutinized Whitaker’s role in patent company accused of fraud, according to people with knowledge of case Washington Post

      Matthew Whitaker is a crackpot  Washington Post

     Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional New York Times


2020. Already?


At the Capitol Weekly post-mortem on the 2018 election, discussion of the 2020 election broke out. Apparently, it’s never too early to talk about a coming election, especially one that concerns the presidency.

See also:

      Analysis | The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, ranked Washington Post


EDITORIAL: Democracy takes time — count all votes

San Francisco Chronicle

In determining the results of an election, speed and accuracy are competing imperatives — and it shouldn’t be much of a competition. Given the importance of reflecting the voters’ will, why hurry?




To Trump, the media is the ‘enemy of the people.’ He should look in the mirror.

Washington Post

By now it all seems normal, except it’s not.

See also:

      Fact-checking distorted video Sarah Sanders used to bar a CNN White House reporter Politifact


Five myths about cable news

Washington Post

While far more Americans get their news from broadcast networks and local stations than from cable news, Trump’s devotion to cable has elevated the political importance of those networks, which remain plagued by myths


Some letters are easier to fact-check than others

Bakersfield Californian

Reader: As much as I like Peter Wonderly, I must strongly oppose his suggestion that evangelical Christians should "Vote for the common good.”

America’s Fever Is Still Rising

NY Magazine

There was, in other words, no blue wave. It was rather a familiar blue tide (which nonetheless looked more impressive by Thursday night than it did in the wee hours of Wednesday morning). If you just looked at the data, and knew nothing about the last two years, you’d think it was a conventional, even boring, election.


The U.S. is in a state of perpetual minority rule

Washington Post

Many see the midterm results as a split decision. Democrats herald their victory in the House as a repudiation of President Trump’s agenda. Republicans, meanwhile, regard picking up three seats in the Senate as a vindication of that very agenda, and the president tweeted that the election was a “very Big Win.”’


Women Enjoy Political Gains, But Advocates Want More

Wall Street Journal

A record number of women will be in the U.S. Congress next year, but even after this year’s many wins by female candidates, they will remain heavily underrepresented in the upper reaches of the nation’s political power.

See also:

      My turn: Women make big political gains. Obstacles remain CALmatters






Marijuana: State chief addresses local licensing concerns

Fresno Bee

California is on the verge of putting a massive set of regulations in place to govern commercial marijuana cultivation, distribution, manufacturing, testing and sales – but not all of the rules proposed since the passage of Proposition 64 two years ago are sitting well with cities and counties.




Despite Mass Shooting, California — With Tougher Gun Control — Has Lower Gun-Death Rate Than Most States

Capital Public Radio

With another mass shooting in California, number 19 since 1984, the state leads the nation in most deaths from these kinds of violent killings — but only because it is by far the most populous state.

See also:

      Hours after Thousand Oaks shooting, Newsom calls for more gun controPolitico

     Trump blames Thousand Oaks shooting on ex-Marine's combat service, suggests he had PTSD Los Angeles Times

      Raging fires and mass shootings greet Governor-elect Newsom CALmatters

     A new survey reveals who owns guns in California—and how many got them without background checks CALmatters

     In response to mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California legislator proposes making it easier to confiscate guns Los Angeles Times

     Gun Deaths In America FiveThirtyEight

      Guard, officer killed in the nation’s latest mass shooting, stoking debate about active-shooter defenses Washinton Post

     Deaths From Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With The Rest Of The World : Goats and Soda NPR




California wildfires: What fires are burning now and where are they?

Fresno Bee

Firefighters are battling two massive California wildfires late in the fire season, including a Northern California blaze that has killed 29 and destroyed 6,453 homes.

See Also:

     Crime ravages fire-destroyed Butte County as residents evacuate Fresno Bee

     Two new fires in Ventura County force another highway closure, evacuations Fresno Bee

     Valley Family’s Home Destroyed In Camp Fire – “It’s A Little Unreal” KMJ-AF1

     Woolsey Fire burns 143 square miles, 20 percent containment abc30

     29 dead in Camp Fire in Butte County, 228 remain missing abc30

     California wildfires grow; death toll rises to 44 abc30

     Camp Fire is one of the two deadliest wildfires in California history abc30

     Fires still blazing on both ends of California, killing at least 23 with 110 missing Hanford Sentinel

      S. California fire burned 100s more homes, official predicts Bakersfield Californian

     Kern County Fire sends 70 firefighters to help with Northern California blazes Bakersfield Californian

     With 42 confirmed dead, Camp Fire is deadliest in California history. Four identified, hundreds still missing Modesto Bee

     Dozens from Stanislaus grabbed go-bags, dropped everything else, to fight Camp Fire Modesto Bee

     What the National Weather Service says is trapping fire smoke in the Central Valley Modesto Bee

     As 3 wildfires rage, California’s Red Flag Warning updated to last into the week Modesto Bee

     Camp Fire leaves 29 dead, 228 missing as blaze continues to grow Modesto Bee

     Did a campfire ignite the Camp Fire? How wildfires get their names Sacramento Bee

     While Firefighting Conditions Improve, Full Toll Of Camp Wildfire Still To Be Seen Capital Public Radio

      Tracking California’s deadly wildfires CALmatters

     Harrowing Escapes, Heartbreaking Loss In Paradise Capital Public Radio

     Death toll from Camp fire jumps to 42, making it worst in California history Los Angeles Times

     California fires live updates: Camp fire becomes state's deadliest; number of homes lost in Woolsey fire rises sharplyLos Angeles Times

     Camp Fire: Death toll rises to 42 as coroner’s recovery crews find more bodies San Francisco Chronicle

      Camp Fire: Oroville Dam officials keep close watch on approaching blaze San Francisco Chronicle

      Wildfires, landslides still a threat for local areas  abc30

      Deadly California Fires Cause Epic Damage, Mass Evacuations Bloomberg

      Forced Out by Deadly Fires, Then Trapped in Traffic New York Times

     California’s Paradise Lost Wall Street Journal


Gov. Brown requests presidential major disaster declaration for state’s wildfires Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown has requested a major disaster declaration from the president to help California residents affected by November’s wildfires get access to extra resources, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

See also:

     President Donald Trump approves expedited request for major disaster declaration during California fires  abc30


California wildfires start in the woods. Why do cities keep burning?

Fresno Bee

Climate change contributes to the growing destruction from California wildfires. Hot, dry weather conditions that help carry fires for thousands of acres are often present nearly year-round now.

See Also:

     Brown: Climate change is driving Camp Fire, CA wildfires  Sacramento Bee

     Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management  Stockton Record

     Why California burns — its forests have too many trees San Francisco Chronicle

     California’s recent blazes aren’t the result of overgrown forests, as Trump suggests San Diego Union-Tribune

      Megafires More Frequent Because Of Climate Change And Forest Management VPR

      Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Climate Impacts

      Trump fans flames by blaming wildfires on California, threatening to withhold federal funds CALmatters

      Trump blames fires, erroneously, on California forest management. Firefighters call it a 'shameful attack' Los Angeles Times

      Track key details of the California wildfires Los Angeles Times

     “A New Normal”: California’s Increasing Wildfire Risk And What To Do About It  Hoover Commission

      California Wildfires: Billion-Dollar Blazes Threaten Utilities Bloomberg

      CNN Meteorologist Brutally Fact-Checks Trump’s Claims California Fires Due to Poor Forest Management Mediaite

      Why Does California Have So Many Wildfires?  New York Times

      How to Help Those Affected by the California Fires New York Times

      EDITORIAL: Trump’s incendiary tweets have no place in burning state Sacramento Bee

     EDITORIAL: California is on fire. It won't be the last time. Let's get ready Los Angeles Times


Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

Fresno Bee

California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two now burning at either end of the state.

See Also:

     Investors flee as PG&E faces scrutiny over cause of Camp Fire Fresno Bee

     Utility emailed woman about problems 1 day before fire Fresno Bee

     PG&E and Edison stocks plummet as California wildfires burn Los Angeles Times

     EDITORIAL: Should PG&E be broken up? San Francisco Chronicle


Generous but useless donations flood wildfire evacuation centers. Here’s what to send

Fresno Bee

When evacuation centers aiding California residents fleeing the rapacious Camp Fire put out a call for donations, people responded. And responded, and responded, and responded. Now center coordinators are asking donors to stop sending supplies, reported The Redding Record-Searchlight.

See Also:

     California fires: How to help victims of Camp Fire in Butte County or Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire in greater Los Angeles abc30

     How To Help Victims Of The Camp Wildfire Capital Public Radio

     How to Help Those Affected by the California Fires New York Times

     How to Protect Yourself From Wildfire Smoke  KQED Science


One California calamity after another, and yet we always endure

Los Angeles Times

Earthquakes, yes. Torrential downpours, yes. Mudslides, yes. Extended droughts, yes. A president who kicks us when we’re down, yes.


Price: The fire drill went fine, the walk back inside not so much

Bakersfield Californian

We had a fire drill Thursday at our new offices north of Bakersfield.




Where’s your package? Amazon closes Sacramento center due to Camp Fire smoke

Fresno Bee

Hazardous smoke conditions smothering much of Northern California this weekend due to the Camp Fire led Sacramento’s Amazon fulfillment center to evacuate Saturday. It was still closed Monday.


Why the US stock market was down

Stockton Record

A broad sell-off in technology companies pulled U.S. stocks sharply lower Monday, knocking more than 500 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Apple, Amazon, Goldman Sachs and other big names fell.

See Also:

     Stocks fall sharply as tech firms drop; Dow loses 600 points Los Angeles Times


State Laws Put Installment Loan Borrowers at Risk

PEW Center

Pew’s latest research notes that installment loans can be safer, more affordable alternatives to other high-cost credit products like payday or auto title loans. But state laws governing these loans are not strong enough to prevent lending practices that obscure the true cost of borrowing and put customers at financial risk.


Right on the Election, Dead Wrong on the Market Reaction

Wall Street Journal

I had a well-worked-out forecast for what would happen to stocks after the midterm elections. It was smart, logical, and 100% wrong. Quite why is an interesting question, and shows how hard it is to predict markets even when events go exactly as predicted.


U.S. on a Course to Spend More on Debt Than Defense

Wall Street Journal

In the past decade, U.S. debt held by the public has risen to $15.9 trillion from $5.1 trillion, but financing all of that debt hasn’t been a problem. Low inflation and strong global demand for safe U.S. Treasury bonds held the government’s interest costs down.


Inside the New Industrial Revolution

Wall Street Journal

The mobile internet, automation and AI will have profound implications. Here’s a closer look at how the old and new economies compare.






This Navy veteran is trying to get Visalia students excited about service

Visalia Times Delta

Nearly 70 Ivanhoe Elementary School fifth-graders spent Friday honoring local veterans and learning more about what it’s like to serve their country.


Plans underway for new elementary school in Lemoore

Hanford Sentinel

Voters Tuesday passed Measure D, a school bond that will raise $26 million for new  Lemoore Union Elementary School District projects.


Manteca police to conduct school bus safety enforcement

Stockton Record

Wednesday and Thursday, the Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a special traffic enforcement campaign focusing on school bus safety.


Higher Ed:


CSUB event gives participants chance to pitch business ideas

Bakersfield Californian

Local students and other members of the community are working together this weekend to increase their business experience and pitch their ideas.


WHCL hosts annual conference for prospective teachers

Hanford Sentinel

West Hills College Lemoore’s held their annual Teach Conference for college students, community members and high school students interested in becoming educators.


Bakersfield College, Cal State Bakersfield see major increases in graduates

Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield both graduated more students this year than they have in at least five years, according to data from the colleges.


Cambridge Academies’ HOST House program helps men get a “restart” on life

Modesto Bee

At HOST House in Patterson, the nonprofit Cambridge Academies runs a low-barrier men’s shelter and the Enterprise Restart program.


UC urges students to file DACA renewals as appeals court rules against Trump


California notched another legal victory Thursday in its bid to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, as a federal appeals court agreed with the state’s attorney general and the University of California that the Trump administration cannot dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


He suggested exterminating Chinese immigrants. His name is on a UC Berkeley building.

Fresno Bee

UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, named for a 19th century lawyer whose racist writings helped lead to the Chinese Exclusion Act, could soon be renamed. The decision rests with the University of California Berkeley Law School dean.


America Is Divided by Education

The Atlantic

The gulf between the party identification of white voters with college degrees and those without is growing rapidly. Trump is widening it.


What the 2018 midterm elections mean for education in America


While education was not a top issue driving most voters to the polls, Michael Hansen, Elizabeth Mann Levesque, and Jon Valant explain what impact the midterm election results could have on federal oversight and state-level policies, as well as education’s role in the next presidential election.






Smoke from wildfires prompt health caution for residents in San Joaquin Valley

Bakersfield Californian

Wildfires around the state have prompted local air officials to issue a health caution for smoke impacts throughout the San Joaquin Valley.  So far, Kern County is feeling the least of it while our neighbors north are getting hit hard.

See Also:

     What the National Weather Service says is trapping fire smoke in the Central Valley Modesto Bee

     For the homeless, there’s nowhere to escape bad air quality Sacramento Bee

     Sacramento to give residents masks due to poor air quality Sacramento Bee


Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says


A group of young people can sue the federal government over its climate change policies, the Supreme Court said Friday. Since it was first filed in 2015, the government has requested several times that Juliana v. United States be dismissed.


Environmentalists Say the Time to Act on Climate Is Now. Voters Aren’t So Sure.

PEW Center

Although numerous left-leaning measures found success at the ballot box last week, many voters said "no thank you" to policies that could curb climate change.




U.S. Oil Prices Mark Longest Losing Streak Since 1984

Wall Street Journal

Oil prices notched the longest losing streak in more than three decades on Friday as concerns about oversupply have rapidly returned to the market.


Trump’s Interference With Science Is Unprecedented

The Atlantic

Experts say that key EPA proposals would meddle with the research process and endanger decades of protective health rules.






Save a grandma. Get your flu shot

Los Angeles Times

A natural disaster is bearing down on our country, one assured to take the lives of thousands and hospitalize tens of thousands more: the annual flu epidemic. Last year’s strains were particularly virulent, with 900,000 Americans hospitalized and more than 80,000 people dying from the flu or its complications.


Uncle Sam wants you to sit less and move more. Here’s how you can meet the new exercise guidelines

Los Angeles Times

Listen up, Americans! The government has been recommending you get 150 minutes of exercise a week for a decade now. That’s just 20 minutes a day — and not even one in four of you can handle it.


‘Being silenced is not acceptable’: Doctors express outrage after NRA tells them ‘to stay in their lane’

Washington Post

“Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane,” she tweeted Friday. “It’s my [expletive] highway.”


Human Services:


Houchin selects its chief operating officer to replace retiring CEO

Bakersfield Californian

After a nationwide search, Bakersfield-based Houchin Community Blood Bank has selected its own chief operating officer.


Stockton women organize distribution of food, clothing to homeless on West Weber Avenue

Stockton Record

Seeing the growing number of people — including children — living outside on the streets became too much for a young Stockton woman, so she decided to do something herself that would alleviate a bit of the suffering she observed.


SJ County sets contract with temporary forensic pathologist

Stockton Record

Nearly one year after the resignations of both San Joaquin County forensic pathologists, and possibly more than a year away from the opening of a new, independent Medical Examiner’s Office, supervisors have approved a contract with a new pathologist who will help fill the gap during the transition period.


Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas

PEW Center

As the nation prepares to honor its veterans Nov. 12, many veterans in rural areas and some cities still face long wait times for health care because there aren’t enough doctors, nurses and support staff to provide it.


The False Promise of ‘Medicare for All’

Wall Street Journal

Health care was a priority for midterm voters, and for good reason. In nearly five years since ObamaCare’s major provisions came into effect, insurance premiums have doubled for individuals and risen 140% for families, even while deductibles have increased substantially.


EDITORIAL: Democrats thumped the GOP on healthcare in the midterms. Can we finally move past ‘repeal and replace’?
Los Angeles Times

Every federal election held since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 has been a referendum of sorts on President Obama’s signature healthcare law. Perhaps Tuesday’s election will be the last one.




Appeals court gives ‘Dreamers’ — even those in the Central Valley — temporary relief

Fresno Bee

Dreamers nationwide and in the Central Valley will avoid deportation for the time being after a federal appeals court reaffirmed a preliminary injunction to stop an attempt to end DACA by the Trump administration.

See also:

      Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweets about the border, DACA  PolitiFact


Migrant caravan moves to western Mexico city of Guadalajara

Sacramento Bee

Several thousand Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border have arrived in the western Mexico city of Guadalajara with help from truckers and other motorists, marking a month since their trek began.

See Also:

     Tijuana braces for arrival of thousands as Central American caravan moves north San Diego Union-Tribune

      The caravan has all but vanished from cable news Washington Post


California teacher pension fund pulls money out of immigrant detention centers

Sacramento Bee

California’s teacher pension fund is pulling its investments out of two private prison companies that have contracts to house immigrants detained at the Mexican border.


Immigrant advocates sue to block Trump’s asylum order

San Francisco Chronicle

Hours after President Trump barred asylum for thousands of undocumented immigrants entering the United States at the Mexican border, advocates for the migrants filed a federal lawsuit.

See Also:

     EDITORIAL: The Trump administration’s attack on asylum is against the law San Francisco Chronicle


Birthright citizenship is debatable and the US Supreme Court decides

San Francisco Chronicle

The U. S. Supreme Court today comprises five conservative justices and four liberal ones. Will this majority of five comply with the legal precedents and continue to define American citizenship as deriving from jus soli?

See also:

       Constitutional Ways to Curb ‘Birth Tourism’ Wall Street Journal


With or without criminal records, some immigrants spend many years in detention

Los Angeles Times

Two dozen other detainees in California alone have spent more than three years in ICE custody, according to data obtained through a public records request by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University and released last month.


State files notice of appeal against O.C. judge’s ruling exempting Huntington Beach from ‘sanctuary’ law

Los Angeles Times

In a closely watched legal battle, the state attorney general’s office has filed notice that it will appeal an Orange County Superior Court judge’s ruling that the city of Huntington Beach is exempt from complying with a state law providing “sanctuary” protections for immigrants who are in the country illegally.


In Appropriations Endgame, All Roads Lead to Border Wall

Roll Call

Sooner or later, President Donald Trump will have to confront the political reality that Congress is extremely unlikely to provide the $5 billion he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Border arrests surged to highest levels of Trump presidency in October

Washington Post

The number of migrants taken into custody along the Mexican border soared to the highest totals of the Trump presidency in October, according to figures released late Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.




Land Use:


Making Blackstone Avenue a healthier roadway

Fresno Bee

Most everyone thinks of “big streets” as four or more travel lanes that move a high number of cars through a particular area of a city. Only partially true: big streets can also serve as connections between people and places of community appeal, innovation, enterprise and even healing, if they are designed and constructed to be comfortable and safe for all who travel on them. Fresno has an opportunity to invest in a project that is designed to enhance those connections and improve the quality of life along our city’s most beloved big street.


Home Sweet Home: Cottage Home Program revitalizes Old Town alleys

Clovis Roundup

Clovis’ Cottage Home Program was implemented in an effort to revitalize the alleyways of Old Town and infill residential areas. Within the past year, residents with extra unused land have begun building tiny homes to beautify the alleys.




The rent control initiative just lost: What’s next for renters?


With the death of California’s proposition to expand rent control, perhaps the bigger question is what incentive the landlords have to compromise at all.




City facing lean years after sales tax failure

Bakersfield Californian

Ask Bakersfield voters to pass a sales tax increase to address city budget woes. The millions in new tax revenue could fund more cops, more infrastructure and meet some of the city's general obligations.


California voter approval of gas tax increase gives hope to other groups that want to fund state priorities

Los Angeles Times

When California voters opted to continue paying higher gas taxes and vehicle fees to fund state transportation projects, groups hoping to drum up money to expand other state-funded services were encouraged.

See also:

      Gas tax repeal leader’s Plan B: Try to pick off Democrats one-by-one CALmatters


EDITORIAL: This California Supreme Court case could ease cities' pension crisis

San Diego Union-Tribune

On Dec. 5, the California Supreme Court will take up challenges to the state’s 2012 pension reform law, including its ban on the outrageous practice of allowing public employees to spike their pensions by buying years of service.




Should FAX bus drivers be rewarded with extra time off just for showing up to work?

Fresno Bee

The Fresno City Council on Thursday voted to approve a new union contract for FAX bus drivers that included raises and a new incentive time-off program, but not without a contentious debate over city-wide employee performance and accountability.


14 months of construction begin on 24th Street as motorists encouraged to take alternate routes

Bakersfield Californian

Construction on the 24th Street Improvement Project will reduce eastbound traffic on the road to two lanes for the next eight months.


Cost of building Southland section of bullet train could jump by $11 billion, documents show

Los Angeles Times

The cost of constructing the Southern California section of the state bullet train could jump by as much as $11 billion over estimates released earlier this year, though rail authority officials caution that their new numbers assume a more expansive design than is likely to be built.


Electric Scooters Have Been Burned, Buried and Butchered. They’re About to Be Regulated.

PEW Trusts

Thousands of new riders have embraced the electric pay-per-minute scooters that have proliferated on America’s streets.


Infrastructure talk ramps up as election dust settles


There are still some ballots to be counted in Florida and elsewhere, but most of the key questions have been answered from Tuesday’s election. As expected, Democrats took back the House, and Republicans maintained control of the Senate. If you thought the two chambers couldn’t get along in this Congress, wait until you see what’s in store next year. Expect a ramp up of partisan bickering and two very different approaches to policy.




Voters rejected Proposition 3. Where now on water?

Sacramento Bee

Instead of a costly bond that puts more pressure on the state’s general fund, legislators should consider fees tied directly to the amount of water people use.

See also:

      Why California voters rejected Proposition 3 water bond  Sacramento Bee


Toxic taps abound in rural Tulare County, failed water bond brings no relief

Visalia Times Delta

"Safe, clean and affordable" drinking water is enshrined in California law as a basic human right.


California’s Water

Public Policy Institute of California

Managing water remains one of the great challenges for California. Population growth, a shifting climate, and declining ecosystem health are putting pressure on the state’s water supply and flood management systems. New policies are needed to address these challenges. This briefing kit highlights some of the most pressing issues,


Make California’s Water Grid Climate-Ready

Public Policy Institute of California

Next week people from around the globe will gather at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to explore solutions to climate change. California has long played a leadership role in reducing climate emissions. But the state has a crucial weakness in its climate readiness: its vast water system. Modernizing California’s “water grid”―the linked network of above- and below-ground storage and conveyance systems that connects most water use in the state―can help reduce the costs and impacts of a changing climate.


EDITORIAL: Editorial: How Newsom can chart new approach to water woes

Mercury News

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom should take a page out of Jerry Brown’s climate change playbook




Largest Veterans Day Parade rolls through downtown Fresno

Fresno Bee

The Veterans Day Parade wound its way for hours, entertaining thousands in downtown Fresno on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Organizers say it's acknowledged as the largest in the country.

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     California fires: How to help victims of wildfires across the state abc30

     Thousands honor those who served at Bakersfield's Veterans Day Parade Bakersfield Californian


Bulldogs playing for division title, but will fans show?

Fresno Bee

Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford and the Bulldogs play the San Diego State Aztecs at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 with a division title in the Mountain West Conference at stake. Tedford is hoping for more fan support.


Mountain community celebrates Mickey Mouse’s birthday with early Mouseketeer

Fresno Bee

Paul Petersen, one of the Mickey Mouse Club’s original Mouseketeers, is coming to easter Madera County to help the community celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday.


Country duo Brothers Osborne heading to Fox on April 2

Bakersfield Californian

Brothers Osborne has a busy holiday season coming up, with the Grammy-nominated country duo hitting tour stops in Scotland, England and Wales before returning to the States in the new year. Among the recently added dates to the tour is a performance April 2 at the Fox Theater.


Bakersfield brewing district begins to ferment

Bakersfield Californian

Far from the bars and restaurants of downtown, in an area that mostly closes down after dark, Bakersfield's semi-official brewing district is forging a unique identity that participating business owners see as becoming a popular destination for craft beer connoisseurs and hobbyists.


Will Amestoy's vintage neon sign be saved or sold?

Bakersfield Californian

Amestoy’s on the Hill in east Bakersfield is one of those gnarly old saloons locals love for its history — and for its homeliness.