November 14, 2018






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The Maddy Institute

The Maddy Scholar Intern Program’s goal is to prepare the next generation of political, governmental, business, non-profit leaders for the San Joaquin Valley through internship opportunities in local, state and federal government offices in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and throughout the region.


Harder declared winner over Denham in Congressional race

Modesto Bee

Josh Harder beat Jeff Denham in the race for the House seat in District 10 after an updated vote count Tuesday night gave the Turlock native an insurmountable lead.

See Also:

     Democrat Harder ousts California GOP US Rep. Denham Sacramento Bee

     GOP Rep. Denham loses as latest ballot counts show Republicans Walters and Kim in growing danger Los Angeles Times

     Democrat Josh Harder unseats GOP Rep. Jeff Denham in Central Valley San Francisco Chronicle

     The Associated Press and Cook Political call the U.S. Congressional District 10 race in favor of Turlock native Josh Harder, who increased his vote-count over Jeff Denahm. The Modesto Bee

      As Harder’s lead increases, AP, Cook Political calls Congressional race Sacramento Bee
      Republicans Lose Another California House Seat The New York 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 %age points of incumbent David Valadao.


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 claims victory over incumbent Andy Vidak for Dist. 14 seat  abc30

     In Election Upset, Sanger City Councilmember Hurtado On Way To State Senate VPR

      Andy Vidak losing his California State Senate seat in an upset Visalia Times-Delta


Caballero claims victory in Senate race for Dist. 12, leads by over 6,000 votes


Assemblymember Anna Caballero officially won her race in State Senate seat District 12. Caballero declared victory today after her opponent, Madera County supervisor Rob Poythress, conceded over the weekend.


Turlock mayoral candidate Bates arrested on suspicion of DUI

Modesto Bee

Former Turlock Mayor Brad Bates — who also was a candidate for mayor in the Nov. 6 election — was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.


Despite Efforts To Elect Another Latino In Kern County, Incumbent Wins


Last Tuesday, some people in Kern County were hoping District 4 residents would vote for a candidate that would make the Board of Supervisors more diverse. But, it looks like the board is staying the same, with four white men and one Latina.


Opinion: Instead of criticizing outcome, Fresno Bee should unify Measure P sides toward new plan

Fresno Bee

The majority of voters should be congratulated for recognizing what The Fresno Bee did not see — Measure P was flawed. Now it is time to come together in the best interest of our community with a plan that considers a broad agenda of parks, public safety, homelessness, job creation, infrastructure and more.


Supervisors give Kern County voters another shot at medical marijuana ballot measure

Bakersfield Californian

Kern County voters will get another shot at overturning a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on the March 2020 ballot. This ballot measure, brought forward by local medical dispensary collective president David Abbasi and Cecilia Latu, was filed at the Kern County Elections Office too late to qualify for the Nov. 6 election.


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

Fresno Bee

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




California’s political divide: Visualizing the state’s partisan landscape

Fresno Bee

Interactive maps show California’s political divide in voters’ choices in statewide and district-based offices in the Nov. 6 midterm election.


Democrats win back a supermajority in California’s Legislature

Los Angeles Times

California Democrats cemented supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature on Monday, giving Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom more partisan allies in the state Senate and Assembly when he takes office in January

See Also:

     Dems get full supermajority + Kinney aiding transition Sacramento Bee


The GOP is dead in California. A new way must rise

Fresno Bee

The California Republican Party isn’t salvageable at this time. The Grand Old Party is dead – partly because it has failed to separate itself from today’s toxic, national brand of Republican politics.

See Also:

     California Republican Party a victim of suicide; time for something new Modesto Bee

     OPINION: 'The Grand Old Party is dead': Agony in California as Republican losses spiral SFGate


Vote By Mail? Better Double-Check That Your Ballot Wasn’t Rejected

Capital Public Radio

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.


Gov. Jerry Brown is still calling the shots, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom says

Los Angeles Times

With all eyes on California’s next leader, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom took a moment Tuesday to remind everyone that Gov. Jerry Brown is still calling the shots.

See Also:

      California’s New Governor Has a Problem: His Own Party POLITICO


The California races still too close to call

Los Angeles Times

A week after the midterm elections, a handful of California contests are still undecided. Follow results as they continue to roll in.




Kevin McCarthy Emerges as Likely Victor in GOP House Leadership Contest

The Wall Street Journal

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) will likely be elected Republicans’ minority leader Wednesday, ending a power struggle that has simmered since Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) announced his retirement in April.

See Also:

      What’s an Election Loss When He’s ‘My Kevin’? McCarthy Appears Set to Lead House G.O.P. The New York Times

      McCarthy: 'I had the votes the first day' to be House minority leader  POLITICO

      Why So Few House Republican Leadership Races Are Contested Roll Call

      Meet the newly elected members of Congress Los Angeles Times

      9 House Races, 1 Senate Race Remain Uncalled as California Democrats Surge Roll Call


What the midterm elections tell us about the 2020 presidential campaign

Fresno Bee

Here’s what this month’s midterm elections can predict about the looming 2020 presidential election: nothing. So, let’s look at what really happened in the most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history to set the stage for that White House contest in just 103 weeks.

See Also:

      A week later it's clear the midterms did produce a blue wave – here are the three main factors that drove the Democrats' triumph CNBC

      Voter Turnout Hit Records This Year. Where It Surged Matters. The Wall Street Journal

      OPINION: Independents Decided This Election. They’ll Decide the Next One Too Roll Call


CNN sues Trump, aides over suspending reporter's press pass


CNN filed suit against the White House for removing Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials last week.

See Also:

     CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House Sacramento Bee

     Who should police Jim Acosta and the White House press corps? Definitely not the president Los Angeles Times

      OPINION: CNN’s Acosta Privilege The Wall Street Journal


Trump eyeing staffing shakeup in Cabinet and at White House

Sacramento Bee

President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

See Also:

     Melania Trump publicly calls for White House aide’s firing  Stockton Record

     In rare move, First Lady Melania Trump calls for the firing of deputy national security advisor Los Angeles Times


Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties

Los Angeles Times

See Also:

     Trump and his legal team met to answer Mueller's questions abc30


Anti-Pelosi Democrats Claim They Have Numbers to Block Her in Speaker Floor Vote

Roll Call

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, one of the leaders of a small Democratic contingent opposing Nancy Pelosi’s bid for speaker, said Tuesday he is “100 % confident” the group has enough commitments to block the California Democrat from being elected speaker on the floor.


2018: The year of dog whistle politics

The Washington Post

Perhaps no one has sent more dog whistles than President Trump, who during the midterm elections campaigned against Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) by connecting him to President Barack Obama while making an “H” in the air to highlight Obama’s middle name “Hussein.”


Rubio: Trump Is Right About Nationalism

The Wall Street Journal

President Trump is right to embrace the label “nationalist,” because a true American nationalism isn’t about a national identity based on race, religion or ethnicity. Instead, it is based on our identity as a nation.


EDITORIAL: San Francisco is right to demand answers on Whitaker appointment

San Francisco Chronicle

After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation last week, President Trump moved quickly to install Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general. That appointment is now being met with legal challenges.


EDITORIAL: Trump’s false claims of 'electoral corruption' hurt America

San Diego Union-Tribune

The Washington Post tallied 1,218 false or misleading claims by President Donald Trump in his first nine months in office. That’s an average of five a day.




ValleyPBS names new CEO — and it’s a familiar face for many television viewers

Fresno Bee

Jenny Toste can come off like a cheerleader, especially when she’s talking about Fresno. Or ValleyPBS, where she will take over as CEO starting Dec. 3.  Toste replaces acting CEO Phyllis Brotherton, who stepped into the spot after Phil Meyer resigned last year.


Latinos Increasingly Concerned About Their Place In U.S. Society, Survey Finds

Capital Public Radio

A majority of Hispanics say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.


Tejon Ranch celebrates its 175th anniversary with history predating the state of California

Bakersfield Californian

The area played host to an impressive cast of characters, including trappers, settlers and frontiersmen, outlaws, the Camel Corps, Butterfield stagecoach lines, and Army dragoons, all of whom helped shaped California and the nation.





A scourge of insects could decimate Tulare County citrus, 250 psyllids found in Visalia

Visalia Times-Delta

The Asian citrus psyllid is barely visible to the naked eye, but this tiny insect represents a huge existential threat to Central Valley citrus growers. Ag officials discovered more than 250 specimens feasting on citrus trees growing near downtown Visalia last week


Tulare County tobacco sellers scolded after compliance check

The Business Journal

Tobacco use by minors is at least 2 % above the state average — 15.4 % when compared to California's 13.8 %, according to Tulare County sheriff's deputies.






FBI sees 17% increase in hate crimes compared to 2016


"This report is a call to action -- and we will heed that call," Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement.

See Also:

      Attacks on religious and racial minorities fueled sharp rise in hate crimes in 2017, FBI says Los Angeles Times


Lawmakers near prison reform deal, but Trump support crucial

Sacramento Bee

Senators have reached a tentative accord on the first major rewrite of criminal justice sentencing in a generation, but now it's up to President Donald Trump to decide if it's worth making a push for the sweeping bipartisan bill during the lame-duck session of Congress.


Public Safety:


Lemoore Police Explorers succeed at competition

Hanford Sentinel

The Lemoore Police Department Explorer Post 1097 was recognized Nov. 6 during the Lemoore City Council meeting for some recent achievements.


After NRA Rebuke, Many Doctors Speak Louder on Gun Violence

The Wall Street Journal

U.S. doctors and medical societies are increasingly speaking out against firearm violence, calling for gun-control measures and other solutions to what they see as a public-health crisis that shows no signs of ebbing.




California fires have caused unprecedented damage, left at least 50 dead


As thousands of exhausted firefighters appeared to be getting a handle Tuesday on two massive wildfires at opposite ends of California, officials continued to find more bodies amid the charred destruction, with now at least 50 people found dead from the fires.

See Also:

     Will rain wipe out Camp Fire, and wind clear the smoke? Weather Service gives outlook Sacramento Bee

     With 48 confirmed dead, Camp Fire is deadliest in California history. Four identified, hundreds still missing Fresno Bee

     Death toll of Camp Fire climbs as search continues for more victims Fresno Bee

     ‘I’m going to cry.’ Desperate evacuees seek pets lost in Camp Fire chaos Fresno Bee

     Camp Fire: Interactive map shows damaged, destroyed structures abc30

     Death toll jumps to 48 as frantic search for missing continues Stockton Record

     California's Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest Wildfire In State History VPR

     More victims found at mobile home park in Paradise. Here’s how Camp Fire survivors got out Modesto Bee

     Families Mourn As First Victims Of Camp Wildfire Are Named Capital Public Radio

     Grim Calculus: Coroners Search For Those Killed In Camp Wildfire Capital Public Radio

     Restoring Financial Services After Wildfires Capital Public Radio

     Firefighters grapple to get massive Woolsey fire under control amid strong winds in Los Angeles Los Angeles Times

     What we know about the Camp Fire San Francisco Chronicle

     What we know about the Camp Fire, its victims and more Modesto Bee

     Woolsey fire has cut a massive swath of destruction Los Angeles Times


Residents who lost homes in Camp fire sue PG&E

Los Angeles Times

People who lost homes in California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday, accusing the utility of negligence and blaming it for the fire.

See Also:

     PG&E sued by Camp Fire victims San Francisco Chronicle

     PG&E to pay Calaveras County $25.4 million for 2015 Butte Fire Sacramento Bee


Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom Discuss Wildfires After Private Meeting

Capital Public Radio

Outgoing California Gov. Brown and Gov.-Elect Newsom held a media availability on Tuesday after meeting in private at the Capitol. The two discussed a lot but on the top of the list was the deadly wildfires currently spreading throughout the state.

See Also:

     Trump and Brown stir up rhetoric on wildfires but overlook pressing problems Los Angeles Times

      The politics of California’s killer wildfires CALmatters

     Trump’s Overly Simplistic And False Claim On California’s Wildfires Capital Public Radio

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

      Trump's California rants belie feds' quick disaster response POLITICO


The Simple Reason That Humans Can’t Control Wildfires

The Atlantic

In some ways, he said, a wildfire is similar to a combustion-powered hurricane. Fires put out tons of hot air at their center, which tries violently to rise. In the Northern Hemisphere, a large wildfire’s smoke column will begin to spin counterclockwise, just as happens to hurricanes.


Red Cross looking for donations and additional volunteers to help those affected by wildfires


Just as wildfires continue to destroy parts of Southern California 20 Red Cross volunteers from the Central Valley are on the ground helping those affected.

See Also:

     Bakersfield business owners collect donations for families impacted by Camp Fire Bakersfield Californian

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

     How to help survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County San Francisco Chronicle


EDITORIAL: California’s fire heroes deserve our gratitude

Sacramento Bee

Many of these firefighters sleep on the ground because they are too exhausted to make the return trip to their base camp. Then they get up and do it again, day after day. All Californians should be profoundly grateful to them.






Grants help fuel business growth in Fresno


Recently, Access Plus Capital was awarded a Go-Biz grant from the Governor's office, which gave out $17 million statewide. Access Plus Capital received more than 100,000. About 70 % of loans given out are to minority owned businesses.


Energy companies lead US stocks lower after oil price plunge

Bakersfield Californian

Energy stocks led a late-afternoon sell-off on Wall Street after the price of U.S. crude oil plunged 7.1 % to $55.69 a barrel, the lowest level since December 2017. Oil has now fallen for 12 straight days, driven by worries over rising oil production around the world and weakening demand from developing countries.


“How Much Income Do Retirees Actually Have?”

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

The brief’s key findings are: that estimates of retirement preparedness using a reliable survey find that roughly half of older households may fall short in retirement.


These 4 charts might change what you think you know about the American economy


The Congressional Budget Office has just released some great charts on what’s been happening to American living standards over the past four decades.


OPINION: You Didn’t Get Amazon HQ2. Now What?

The Wall Street Journal

The good news is that attracting startups won’t require new tax incentives or infrastructure spending. What they want is a competitive level playing field. Here’s how to offer it:

See Also:

      For Amazon, HQ2 location decision was about talent, talent, talent Brookings




Why Aren’t U.S. Workers Working?

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Three-fourths of the difference between the two countries can be explained by the growing gap in labor force attachment of women. A key factor is the extensive parental leave policies in Canada. If the United States could reverse the trend in participation of prime-age women to match Canada, it would see 5 million additional prime-age workers join the labor force


HealthSouth Bakersfield looking to hire registered nurses

Bakersfield Californian

HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital is looking to hire full-time registered nurses during an Interview Day on Thursday. The event will be held from 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. at HealthSouth Bakersfield, 5001 Commerce Dr. To sweeten the deal, a sign-on bonus will be available.






Schools keep kids indoors as smoke from Camp Fire spreads to Merced


Smoke from the Camp Fire, the deadliest in California history, has traveled to Merced County, making the air dangerous to breathe.


Do smart speakers help or harm children doing their homework?


It's a scene that replays in homes across America every night: children pouring over homework, with their parents trying to figure out how best to help. But tech is changing that up these days, thanks to smart speakers.


Voters Give Another Multi-Billion-Dollar Thumbs Up To School Bonds

Capital Public Radio

Election results may still be in flux throughout California, but on school spending, one trend is clear: Once again, voters appear to have given a hearty thumbs up to borrowing for local school improvements.


How Schools Can Reduce Sexual Violence

Capital Public Radio

Since the #MeToo movement, six states have introduced or passed bills to require the teaching of consent in their sex ed classes in K-12. But there's not yet much research on what kind of education actually works to shift teens' attitudes and actions.


OPINION: The Blue Wave May Wash Education Reform Away

The Wall Street Journal

“But it seems highly likely that a New York Legislature entirely under Democratic control will restrict the number of new charter schools that can open, and tighten regulations on existing ones.”


Higher Ed:


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CSU applications extended for California students in wildfire areas

Fresno Bee

California State University applicants who live in areas ravaged by wildfires such as the Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire or Hill Fire now have more time to finish their application to the CSU system.

See Also:

     Cal State extends deadline for students affected by fire San Francisco Chronicle


California State University Bakersfield kicks off International Education Week

Bakersfield Californian

California State University Bakersfield is celebrating its third annual International Education Week beginning Tuesday. The week was created to provide an educational opportunity to celebrate and learn different cultures.

See Also:

      CSUB hosts Homeboy Industries founder for talk Bakersfield Californian


Sac State closes campus, UC Davis cancels classes over health risk from Camp Fire smoke

Sacramento Bee

UC Davis canceled all classes Tuesday and Sacramento State closed its campus Tuesday and Wednesday due to the poor air quality across Northern California as smoke from the Camp Fire continues to create unhealthy conditions.


UC Berkeley Law will move to strip the name of Boalt Hall because of its racist taint

Los Angeles Times

UC Berkeley's elite law school will move to drop the name of its famed Boalt Hall after a century because it honors a man now known to have been an anti-Chinese racist, the dean announced Tuesday.

See Also:

     UC Berkeley Law will shed name and legacy of racist figure, with an exception San Francisco Chronicle






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

Modesto Bee

The National Weather Service says Modesto-area residents should expect to see smoke in the atmosphere for the rest of the week as firefighters continue to battle the Camp Fire in Butte County.


Environmental protection a big winner in midterms

Sacramento Bee

Voters overwhelmingly rejected the politics of pollution last week as they returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Democrats and gave Democrats their largest gain since Watergate.


Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study

San Diego Union-Tribune

Researchers with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Princeton University recently walked back scientific findingspublished last month that showed oceans​​ have been heating up dramatically faster than previously thought as a result of climate change.




Energy companies lead US stocks lower after oil price plunge

Bakersfield Californian

Energy stocks led a late-afternoon sell-off on Wall Street after the price of U.S. crude oil plunged 7.1 % to $55.69 a barrel, the lowest level since December 2017.






Wildfire Smoke Masks Have ‘More Risks Than Benefits,’ According To Sacramento County Health Officials

Capital Public Radio

While the city of Sacramento has been handing out masks to the public to guard against smokey air, county health officials say the risks actually outweigh the benefits.


Halting life-threatening allergies

The Business Journal

The CDC says more than 50 million people in the US suffer from allergies. Fifteen million are allergic to foods which can be life-threatening. Now researchers have a target for developing treatments and better diagnoses.


Fresno clinic a proving ground for liver research

The Business Journal

At the Fresno Clinical Research Center, Dr. Muhammad Sheikh has been conducting research and clinical trials for patients suffering from fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). A native of Pakistan, Dr. Sheikh began his research 20 years ago at the UC Irvine Medical Center. In 2004, he was invited to UCSF Fresno to start a gastroenterology department.


Human Services:


Randy Dodd named president of Tulare Regional Medical Center

The Business Journal

Adventist Health in the Central Valley has announced that Randy Dodd will be president of Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC). The position has been created to support the growth of Tulare and Adventist Health in the Central Valley region.


With Measure H Approval, A New Era Begins For Tulare Regional Medical Center


About a month ago, in mid-October, Tulare Regional Medical Center was in the middle of a makeover. In less than a week, it was due to reopen, after closing abruptly a year earlier due to mismanagement.


Winn: San Joaquin County needs to find ways to address trash problem

Stockton Record

Let’s be blunt: San Joaquin County is not going to win any good housekeeping awards anytime soon. And all the littering and dumping is costing us, too.




US hardens border at Tijuana to prepare for migrant caravan

Sacramento Bee

The U.S. government said it was starting work Tuesday to "harden" the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico.

See Also:

     U.S. Officials 'Harden' Border With Mexico To Prepare For Migrant Caravan Capital Public Radio

     Hundreds of Central Americans arrive in Tijuana, more on way San Diego Union-Tribune


A Week After the Midterms, Trump Seems to Forget the Caravan

The New York Times

But since the election last week, Mr. Trump has tweeted about the caravan exactly once — to issue a proclamation preventing those who cross the border illegally from applying for asylum in the United States. Fox News, which faithfully amplified Mr. Trump’s warnings about the migrants, has gone similarly quiet on the subject.




Cafe Smitten breaks ground on southwest Bakersfield expansion

Bakersfield Californian

Cafe Smitten, the darling of downtown's so-called Eastchester district, is expanding to southwest Bakersfield in coordination with local real estate developer Bolthouse Properties.




Trump’s Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here’s What Happened.

The New York Times

Nearly a year after the tax cut, economic growth has accelerated. Wage growth has not. Companies are buying back stock and business investment is a mixed bag.


Rich Investors Eye Tax-Favored Development Funds

The Wall Street Journal

Interest in the “opportunity zones” Congress created last year intensified when the Treasury Department issued the program’s first guidelines in October. The program offers tax breaks to individuals and companies for investing in selected urban and rural areas that meet income or poverty thresholds.




EPA Targets Trucking Industry for New Air Pollution Rules

The Wall Street Journal

The Trump administration is pushing for new limits on pollution from commercial trucks, a rare move toward stricter air-quality rules for an administration that has prioritized deregulation.


United to resume non-stop flight from Fresno to Chicago


United Airlines has announced it will be resuming its nonstop flight from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport.


Bike Bakersfield & Bike Arvin to host Project Light Up The Night on Thursday

Bakersfield Californian

The Bike Bakersfield and Bike Arvin will host Light Up The Night on Thursday by giving away free lights and helmets. Project Light Up The Night is the local nonprofit's yearly program that helps riders stay safe and visible during night time bike rides.


Electric scooter company Lime issues world-wide recall


A fast-growing electric scooter company is recalling one of its models around the world after learning it could break apart while in use.




In wide-ranging meeting, Merced Irrigation District makes decision on rates. How will it affect customers?

Modesto Bee

Electricity rates paid by more than 100,000 Modesto Irrigation District customers, unchanged since 2012, will not rise next year, the board indicated Tuesday in an annually anticipated decision.


Voters rejected Proposition 3. Where now on water?

The Sacramento Bee

Maybe the message is that it’s time to look for a different approach. 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.




Thanksgiving 2018: Where to eat out and how to bring a fully-cooked turkey meal home

Fresno Bee

Thanksgiving is coming up fast and if feeding all those people is a little overwhelming, we have some suggestions. There’s no shame in a getting a little help, whether it’s from a restaurant or a store.


World Kindness Day: 3 health benefits of being nice to others

Stockton Record

It is the perfect day to read about how to feel better about all the stress in your life: You just have to be kind.


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

Modesto Bee

HOLST – THE PLANETS ▪  Nov. 9-10

Modesto Symphony Orchestra presents Holst’s iconic orchestral suite. 8 p.m. $39-$71.