October 19, 2018






How to vote in California? CALmatters answers your questions


Oct. 22 is the deadline to register to vote in California.


Devin Nunes-backed Farm Bill could strain Tulare County food banks

Visalia Times-Delta

The U.S. House of Representatives proposed version of the Farm Bill could put "additional strain" on Tulare County food banks if passed into law, according to FoodLink, the county's largest food pantry.


State Officials, Valley Air Advocates Warn Against Proposed EPA Rule


You know how newer cars are rated to drive a certain number of miles per gallon of fuel? That number is regulated by the federal government.


Political Insider: Big Bucks in Valley Races


If you see Devin Nunes or Andrew Janz every time you turn on your TV, there's a very good reason for it. The two candidates are raising and spending huge amounts of money in order to pay for all of those political ads and win the race for California's 22nd Congressional District seat.


Should Tulare councilman pay for his city-funded trip, if he campaigned for Assembly?

Visalia Times-Delta

A question about how Tulare City Councilman Jose Sigala spent a city-funded trip campaigning will have to wait for an answer.


Supervisor candidates Withrow, Madrigal spar – but not at scheduled debate

Modesto Bee

In a move that defies his low-key style, Supervisor Terry Withrow has gone on the offensive in his bid for a third term on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.


Fladager, Mayne square off on murder case backlogs, gangs and more in DA forum

Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager and her challenger, Deputy District Attorney John R. Mayne, faced off Tuesday evening in a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County.


Turlock’s District 1 voters have myriad choices in November

Modesto Bee

Turlock’s District 1 voters will not lack for candidates with varying backgrounds when they pick their city council member in the Nov. 6 election.




Why do California voters prefer Gavin Newsom? It has to do with Donald Trump, new poll finds

Sacramento Bee

Opposition to President Donald Trump is giving Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom a boost in the race for governor, while Trump’s support is a liability for Republican businessman John Cox’s campaign, according to a new poll released Wednesday.


Why isn’t John Cox spotlighting the differences between Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom?

Sacramento Bee

To figure out what’s missing in California’s governor’s race, let’s revisit Princess Diana’s famous lament about the decay of her royal union: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”


Cox Goads Newsom on Marital Affairs But Is Silent About His Own


Throughout his campaign for governor, Republican John Cox and his allies have criticized Democratic opponents for affairs they had while in office, condemning their behavior as potentially attracting harmful exposure.


PolitiFact California: Fact-Checking Claims In California’s U.S. Senate Race

Capital Public Radio

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her challenger in California’s U.S. Senate race Kevin de León made several claims that caught our attention during their only scheduled campaign forum this week in San Francisco.

See also:

     Capitol Chat Take 2: Senate Conversation Recap Capital Public Radio

     Sparks don't fly as Feinstein and De León go head to head in San Francisco forum Los Angeles Times

     Why didn’t Kevin de León go after Dianne Feinstein? San Francisco Chronicle

     Feinstein vs. de León: What did they say about Delta tunnels and California water? Miami Herald

     Video: A Conversation with Candidates for US Senate PPIC

Dems are winning money race in key contests

San Francisco Chronicle

Jim Brulte, chairman of the state Republican Party, could only shake his head at the campaign finance numbers released this week for California congressional races that could decide whether Democrats take back control of the House on Nov. 6.


California has some of the country’s closest mid-term elections

The Economist

Southern California is a treasure trove of Democratic target seats in the mid-term elections to be held on November 6th. Seven Republicans are defending seats in districts that Hillary Clinton won in the presidential contest of 2016.




The 2018 Midterms Are All About Trump

The Atlantic

In its final stages, the tumultuous 2018 midterm election appears to be moving in contradictory directions, with Democrats and Republicans alike finding legitimate reasons for optimism amid the daily flurry of new polls.

See also:

       Trump Praises Gianforte for Physically Assaulting Reporter Roll Call

       Trump’s 2016 Voters Plan to Back GOP in Midterms, but Some Still Have Doubts About Him Wall Street Journal


Turkish source says Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi murder, State Dept denies


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has heard an alleged audio recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murderinside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a senior Turkish official.

See also:

       Who cares? Foreign policy and the 2018 midterm elections AEI


12 Ratings Changes for House, Senate and Gubernatorial Races: 4 Toward GOP, 8 Toward Democrats

Roll Call

With so many close races in the ever-changing 2018 landscape, Roll Call elections analyst Nathan Gonzales has one big question: how long after Election Day will the nation have to wait before knowing which party will control Congress?


Mitch McConnell is no Nancy Pelosi

Fresno Bee

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reviled by Democrats, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at campaign ads. That’s not true for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom Republicans love to include as a lightening rod. Why isn’t McConnell more of a poster child for the GOP?

See also:

        Nancy Pelosi Will Rise Again  Slate.


Democrats get big bucks from small-dollar donors


In any campaign, big money players get the most attention. But Democrats running in California’s seven most competitive congressional districts are vastly outraising Republicans in small-dollar donations, according to a review of campaign money compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

See also:

     Democrats and Republicans are spending more on TV ads than ever. One thing most have in common — they're avoiding Trump Los Angeles Times


Democrats Haven’t Turned Back From 1968

Wall Street Journal

America is polarized in many ways, but one of the most significant is between generations in the Democratic Party.


EDITORIAL:The Times' endorsements for the Nov. 6 election

Los Angeles Times

Following are The Times’ endorsements for the Nov. 6 election as they have been published so far. It is an incomplete list, and will be amended as we add new endorsements.




Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don’t plan to vote in November

Washington Post

Interest in the midterm elections is at a fever pitch in much of the country, with both Democrats and Republicans far more passionate than they’ve been in more than a decade.


‘Who needs more help than single mothers?’

Stockton Record

Over three days, the mothers will hear from motivational speakers, get help on résumés and job-interviewing skills, receive donated workplace clothing, have professionals style their hair and apply their makeup, and receive information about housing, health care and free childcare.


The more equal women and men are, the less they want the same things, study finds

Los Angeles Times

Imagine an egalitarian society that treats women and men with equal respect, where both sexes are afforded the same opportunities, and the economy is strong. What would happen to gender differences in this utopia? Would they dissolve? The answer, according to a new study, is a resounding no.


I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.

The Washington Post.

The motives for a crazy plane report may be different from posts misdirecting American voters or fueling genocide in Myanmar. Yet some of the questions are the same: What makes fake news effective? Why did I end up seeing it? And what can we do about it?





Devin Nunes-backed Farm Bill could strain Tulare County food banks

Visalia Times-Delta

The U.S. House of Representatives proposed version of the Farm Bill could put "additional strain" on Tulare County food banks if passed into law, according to FoodLink, the county's largest food pantry.


As Ranchers Face Drought, Trump Administration Cuts Back a Critical Program

Wall Street Journal

Western ranchers are suffering one of the worst droughts in decades, and this week Mr. Elkins is liquidating half his herd of 1,000. He has avoided even deeper losses by offsetting feed costs through a decade-old federal drought-insurance program, which he says has been a “game changer.”


Almond Farms Keep Growing, and Keep Moving on Water Conservation

Water Deeply

California grows 80 percent of the world’s almonds, generating $11 billion annually for the state’s economy. Richard Waycott of the Almond Board of California explains what the industry is doing to use less water and stretch every drop.


Whole Foods issues recall on salads


CDC officials say a strain of salmonella that's resistant to multiple antibiotics is making people ill in 29 states.


CSUB gets schooled on marijuana policy

Bakersfield Californian

Given the tough marijuana decision voters will face on the November ballot, some in Kern County may need a few pointers about the pros and cons of legalizing cannabis dispensaries throughout the county.


Residents say they support cannabis manufacturing in Stockton

Stockton Record

Attendees of a cannabis policy community meeting focused on manufacturing and delivery favored allowing the former aspect of the marijuana industry in Stockton, but safety concerns were raised about permitting the latter element in town.


Demand for Pot Grow-Ops Is ‘Astronomical’ as Canada Legalizes


The rush for cannabis is on in Canada and so is finding the real estate to grow it.






How brutal murders and fear kept a town silent. MS-13 is like no other gang

Fresno Bee

Despite its international reputation for hacking up victims with machetes – sometimes brazenly leaving the bloodied, mangled corpses in the open – the street gang MS-13 slipped into Mendota relatively unnoticed.


First murder suspect set free due to changes in California's felony murder law


In the courtroom prosecuting attorney William Lacy cited the new state law, SB 1437,  in telling the judge Neko Wilson should be set free.


Police search for 291 domestic violence offenders, 18 arrested in Tulare County

Visalia Times-Delta

A crackdown on domestic violence offenders landed more than a dozen people in jail this week as part of a nationwide operation.


A doctor warned California about prisoner care. After an inmate suicide, he got $822,000

Modesto Bee

California has awarded more than $800,000 to a prison psychiatrist who said he was retaliated against after he warned that conditions at San Quentin State Prison would endanger inmates.


California Revisits Three-Strike Life Sentences

Capital Public Radio

Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions could be paroled following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law.

See Also:

     California will allow up to 4,000 nonviolent third-strike criminals with life sentences to seek parole Los Angeles Times

     APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences APNews


Public Safety:


Millions across CA participate in Great California Shakeout Drill


At 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, schools and businesses practiced how to "drop, cover and hold on" during an earthquake.

See Also:

     West Coast Quake Warning System Now Operational, With Limits Capital Public Radio

     'Earthquake! Drop. Cover. Hold on': New seismic era begins as quake warnings are readied to ring in California Los Angeles Times

     A simple earthquake flaw can invite financial catastrophe. Most California homeowners ignore it Los Angeles Times

     California Today: What an Earthquake Could Do to the State’s Housing Crisis New York Times


3 insights on child survival


Sometimes even the world’s biggest challenges come with their own silver lining of hope. Recent U.N. data show that 5.4 million children under five died last year, mostly of preventable causes related to poverty.


States with legal marijuana see rise in car crashes, studies find

USA Today

Car crashes were up as much as 6 percent in states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, said two studies.




President Trump blames California for deadly wildfires, threatens to withhold federal funds


President Donald Trump again blamed California for the year's dangerous and deadly wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding from the state.

See Also:

     EDITORIAL: Trump adds heat, not light, on California fires San Francisco Chronicle


Parts of Sequoia National Park will burn to prevent devastating wildfires in 2019

Visalia Times-Delta

If you plan on heading to Sequoia National Park this weekend and happen to see flames or smoke close to the roadway, don't be alarmed. It's more than likely not a wildfire.


How do you build a safer city after California's worst wildfire? Santa Rosa officials say the answer may have to wait

Los Angeles Times

One year after 5,500 Sonoma County homes were lost in California’s most destructive wildfire in recorded history, civil servants are balancing the threat of future disaster with an immediate and dire need for housing


Thinning California’s fire-prone forests: 5 things to know as lawmakers approve a plan


With wildfires smoldering all over California, prevention has risen to the top of lawmakers’ agenda. A key to making forests more fire-resistant is to thin tree stands and thus reduce the fuel that propels the blazes—a reality the Legislature acknowledged late Friday by approving a proposal that includes $200 million for that purpose.


Tracking California’s deadly wildfires


Because there’s no longer a real wildfire season in California, the statistics never stop in their awful aggregation. Virtually everything related to fires is on the rise: acres burned, lives lost, cost to fight the blazes. The state has 78 more annual “fire days” now than it had 50 years ago.






Stocks sink on weak industrial earnings; tech skid resumes

Los Angeles Times

U.S. stocks slumped again Thursday as investors continued to sell shares of technology and internet companies, industrial firms and companies that rely on consumer spending.


New ‘Opportunity Zone’ Tax-Break Rules Offer Flexibility to Developers

Wall Street Journal

The Trump administration on Friday will propose guidelines that will help investors use a new tax incentive that encourages development in low-income areas.


Companies are paying less after the GOP tax cut, and it’s showing in the deficit


Politicians have long decried the rising federal debt, the total amount the U.S. owes and a number that grows after each year’s budget deficit. But few presidents have actually been able to bring the deficit to heel.




Walmart plans 300-job grocery distribution center in Shafter

Bakersfield Californian

Yet another big retailer sees Kern County as the right place to build a regional distribution center.


Job growth is no cure for a community's poverty, study finds

Los Angeles Times

A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms.


Tech industry backs OPT extension for foreign graduates

San Francisco Chronicle

A group that lobbies for tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Apple, has voiced its support for a little-known visa program that helps foreign students in the U.S. join the high-tech workforce and is facing a legal challenge.


New BLS Local Data App Now Available

Bureau of Labor Statistics

BLS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop a new mobile app for iPhones that is now available for free in the App Store! Search “BLS Local Data.”






Thousands of students take part in Time Travelers Education Program at Kearney Park


Students from across the valley are walked back in time Thursday Morning. Their destination, the 1800's. They took in the sights and the sounds of the Civil War before the 29th Annual Civil War Revisited.


Stockton Unified officials cut the ribbon to new early education center at King Elementary School

Stockton Record

A new set of classrooms, meant to enrich the minds of young children who will become the Class of 2033 and beyond, opened Thursday to much celebration.


Tony Thurmond, Marshall Tuck on California’s public school system


In less than two weeks, Californians decide who will lead public education in the state. Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck, both Democrats, are vying to be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a race that has drawn tens of millions of dollars in campaign money and evolved into a proxy battle between organized labor and education reformers.


Tuck: Why CA needs charter schools and how to improve them


I believe non-profit, high-quality public charter schools- especially in areas where there have been few or no high-quality public school alternatives- are a good thing for our children and our public education system.


Higher Ed:


There’s a shortage of bilingual teachers. A new grant at Fresno State aims to change that

Fresno Bee

Fresno State is putting $3.75 million toward programs for Hispanic students who want to become teachers at Valley schools. The goal is to address the teacher shortage, particularly of bilingual teachers.


Stockton students protest high cost of UOP

Stockton Record

About 200 students at University of the Pacific, frustrated by steadily increasing tuition combined with budget cuts, rallied on the campus Thursday afternoon outside a Board of Regents meeting.


Students invited to annual financial aid, college workshop

Stockton Record

Need help understanding the overwhelming landscape of financial aid and college applications? Fear no longer. The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce​​ invites all students from sixth- through 12th grade and parents to the 16th annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness workshop.


Fresno Unified Trustees Approve Purchase Of Former Juvenile Hall Site

Business Journal

Within two or three months, the Fresno Unified School District likely will own the former Fresno County Juvenile Hall.


To Boost Southwest Fresno: An Incoming College Campus, But Some Residents Want More


The state has been charging companies for their carbon emissions since 2012, and last year, it gave some of that money to communities most affected by pollution, including Fresno.


Researcher Sarah Wald To Speak on "Race, Citizenship, and the American Farmworker" In Bakersfield


This year, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bakersfield College has been focusing on how labor and energy have historically intersected with art and literature.






This is what our winter weather will bring, according to NOAA outlook

Fresno Bee

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2018-2019 winter outlook and this is what to expect in Northern California and beyond.

See Also:

     Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US abc30

     NOAA's winter weather outlook won't make California skiers happy SFGate


Environmental groups file suit to block waivers for Texas border wall

Los Angeles Times

A coalition of environmental groups has sued to stop the Trump administration from speeding construction of the first phase of southern border wall construction by waiving dozens of landmark environmental laws meant to protect air and water quality, public lands and wildlife.


State Officials, Valley Air Advocates Warn Against Proposed EPA Rule


You know how newer cars are rated to drive a certain number of miles per gallon of fuel? That number is regulated by the federal government.


Leaf Blowers Are Loud, Ugly and Dangerous

Wall Street Journal

Fumes, pollution and ruined Sunday mornings make leaf blowers a nuisance. But they’re also dangerous.






Fertility rates decreasing as 1st-time moms get older: CDC


Fertility rates have declined in the U.S. and women are giving birth for the first time later and later, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Will upcoming flu season be as deadly as last year? Clinic Saturday in west Modesto

Modesto Bee

So far, there is no indication the upcoming flu season will be nearly as severe as last year’s epidemic. Stanislaus County health officials are gearing up for a new season that’s expected to peak between December and February.


Alzheimer's walk takes place Saturday

Bakersfield Californian

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s Bakersfield will take place Saturday morning at The Park at RiverWalk. Registration starts at 8 a.m., opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m.


An Incurable Disease Is On The Rise In California, And Scientists Say Climate Change Could Cause It To Spread To Much Of The Western US

BuzzFeed News

A fungus that thrives in dry soil and warm weather has caused a record number of infections in California. Experts fear climate change will cause it to spread across the western US.


Human Services:


GOP lawmakers who voted for years to repeal Obamacare now campaign to save popular parts of it

Los Angeles Times

Republican lawmakers and candidates across the country are suddenly telling voters they’ll protect preexisting conditions rules, brushing aside the fact that many voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act dozens of times and that GOP leaders pledge to resume that fight in 2019.

See also:

       Pre-existing conditions: Does any GOP proposal match the ACA? PolitiFact

       Republican Candidates Play Defense Over Health Care  Wall Street Journal

       Trump’s Drug Price Bust  Wall Street Journal


Frustrated with health insurance costs, some turn to religious plans instead

Los Angeles Times

The Barazza family belongs to a healthcare sharing ministry, a religious nonprofit in which members pay for one another’s healthcare needs.


Kern County Judge Says California Corrections Policy On Pregnant Employee Unlawful


A Kern County Superior Court Judge issued a temporary injunction Tuesday against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation -- or CDCR-- after a pregnant correctional officer fell on the job and lost her baby.


Fresno County Health Department remains closed after water main break


A broken water main has led to a sudden reorganization of the Fresno County Public Health Department. The broken water main resulted in an unexpectedly moving day for Health Department employees.


Care4All Campaign Seeks to Address Health Care Costs And Accountability


Before we look ahead to the midterm elections, we’re taking a quick look back at some health care legislation passed at the end of the legislative session in September.


Prop 4 Could Boost Funding For California Children’s Hospitals

Capital Public Radio

Leaders of California’s 13 regional children’s hospitals say the financial strain of more Medicaid patients and longer treatment times has made it harder to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Now, they're taking the issue to the ballot box.


Blog: Five Common Social Security Questions Answered

Business Journal

There’s no question that Social Security is a cornerstone of retirement income for many Americans. Yet, deciding when to take Social Security benefits is something that many people struggle with.


Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift


An increasing number of births happen outside of marriage, signaling cultural and economic shifts that are here to stay, according to a new report from the United Nations.




Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

Sacramento Bee

The Trump administration said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if a federal appeals court does not rule soon on the administration's decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.


Trump rallies base with tweets on migrant caravan, threatens southern neighbors

Sacramento Bee

Steering away from economic issues that resonate with Republican voters, President Donald Trump is seizing on a caravan of migrants that is traveling north through Central America to blame Democrats for the lack of progress on his immigration initiatives three weeks before the midterm elections.

See Also:

     Trump threatens to send troops to the border and cancel trade deal to stop migrant caravan Los Angeles Times

     Trump Aims to Fire Up Republican Voters Over Immigration Wall Street Journal

     Trump threatens drastic action on immigration in bid to energize GOP voters Washington Post

     Trump’s fixation on immigration reflects his belief that the midterms will be a base election Washington Post


Immigrant Children Are Staying Longer in Government Custody

Wall Street Journal

Migrant children who come into the U.S. without family are staying longer in crowded shelters as authorities struggle to handle their growing numbers and to screen potential sponsors, according to government data and advocates.




Land Use:


New convention center and hotel coming to Oakhurst


The Madera County board of supervisors agreed to a deal that could bring a new hotel and conference center to Oakhurst. "I think it's a big boom for Eastern Madera Co. for all of Madera County," said Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler.

See Also:

     Large tax incentive seals the deal for new hotel, conference center in Oakhurst Sierra Star


Who is Tejon Ranch? A NY-backed firm plots massive communities in California

The Real Deal

Just off the Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, a vast swath of California named after a dead badger boasts thousands of acres of orchards and vineyards set among rolling hills and land suitable for grazing cattle.




Tesoro Viejo to hold grand opening

Madera Tribune

There are things worth celebrating, and the grand opening of the Tesoro Viejo’s Town Center is one of them. On Saturday, Tesoro Viejo will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community festival featuring music, food and family activities.


Landlords offer dozens of rental units for people with greatest need for housing

Bakersfield Californian

Local landlords joined the fight against homelessness this week by pledging to make an additional 47 Kern County rental housing units available to people deemed to be in dire need of somewhere to stay.


People priced out of Salinas look to the ballot


California politicians can’t ignore the issue as they try to balance people’s needs in a state that’s home to extreme riches and the world’s fifth-largest economy but also places like Salinas, where multiple generations pack single-family homes, people turn backyard sheds into illegal bedrooms and families worry over how to pay their bills.

See Also:

     California Housing Measures Offer Hope For High-cost Salinas Business Journal


Prop 2: At Issue Is Housing For 20,000 Mentally Ill Homeless People in California

Capital Public Radio

The money would come from existing “Millionaire Tax,” which opponents says hurts ongoing mental health programs.


Is rent control the answer to sky-high prices?

San Francisco Chronicle

A rent-controlled apartment in the Bay Area is a coveted find that tenants will hang on to as long as possible. So why is a California ballot measure that would allow cities to expand rent control not just losing here, but trailing by a wider margin than it is statewide?

See also:

       Prop 10, which would expand rent control, is 'in deep trouble,' poll show Los Angeles Times

       What does economic evidence tell us about the effects of rent control? Brookings


Rising home prices cause false increase in retirees’ cost of living


This week the Social Security Administration announced a 2.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be added to benefit checks beginning in January 2019, the biggest increase since 2012.




You could get $6,000 a year under this California senator’s new plan

Modesto Bee

American families making less than $100,000 a year could be eligible for a monthly tax credit of up to $500, or $6,000 a year, under new legislation announced Thursday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

See Also:

     Kamala Harris proposes big new middle-class tax break Politico


Whistleblower says California fired him for revealing nepotism at tax agency. Now he’s suing

Sacramento Bee

An ex-Board of Equalization executive is suing the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, alleging he experienced retaliation after cooperating with nepotism and spending audits.


Prop 13 has strictly limited property tax increases since 1978. Voters could get a chance to change that

Los Angeles Times

For four decades, the most potent brand in California politics has been Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot measure that limited property tax increases and prompted a nationwide revolt against taxation.

See also:

       EDITORIAL: A major change in Prop. 13 heads to the ballot San Francisco Chronicle


California Public Employees Vote Against Pension-Fund Activism

Wall Street Journal

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System this month said no thank you to pension-fund activism. Government workers unseated Priya Mathur, the sitting Calpers president.




Prop 6 promises to save money at the pump, but what does it do to local road projects?

Fresno Bee

California residents spend more money at the pump than any other state in the continental U.S., and voters will weigh in on whether to continue that trend in the expectation of funding road maintenance.

See also:

     Prop 6: What the Measure Would Mean for California California Budget and Policy Center

     Initiative to repeal gas tax increase is falling short, according to poll of California voters Los Angeles Times


Clovis business becomes part of solution to DMV long wait lines and computer problems


To help relieve long lines and wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles businesses in California can now apply for a license to provide most DMV Service.


Could self-driving cars leave high-speed rail in the rearview mirror?

Sacramento Bee

In the 10 years since we approved the $33 billion railroad (which was to have been completed by 2022), the world has changed dramatically. Nearly 10 million cars with self-driving features will be on the road in the U.S. by 2020.


Ninth Circuit Requires Individual Arbitration of Uber Drivers' Claims


On September 25, 2018, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the claims of potentially hundreds of thousands of Uber drivers for misclassification as independent contractors cannot proceed as a class action. 


How Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Our World

Wall Street Journal

Nobody, not even transportation experts like me, had an inkling that ride-on-demand services like Uber would change our travel habits so quickly and dramatically. Never in our lifetime have we witnessed such a rapid shift in transportation.


Without high-speed rail, the Central Valley will fall further behind

Fresno Bee

If California fails to move forward with its investment in high-speed rail to link our state’s economic centers, we will not remain economically competitive. And residents of the Central Valley will be further isolated from the rest of the state by geographic, transportation and economic barriers.




Community leaders celebrate removal of deadly, ugly Dennett Dam in Modesto

Modesto Bee

Community leaders on Thursday gathered along the shore of the Tuolumne River in Modesto, California, to celebrate the removal of Dennett Dam, an eyesore that created blight, damaged the ecosystem and presented a safety hazard for decades.


California Leans Heavily On Its Groundwater, But Will A Court Decision Tip The Scales Against More Pumping?

Water Education Foundation

In 1983, a landmark California Supreme Court ruling extended the public trust doctrine to tributary creeks that feed Mono Lake, which is a navigable water body even though the creeks themselves were not.


Why California Law Requires a Clear Benefit for Groundwater Recharge

Water Deeply

Aquifer recharge by itself isn’t enough to win a water diversion permit in California, says Erik Ekdahl of the State Water Resources Control Board. A more specific benefit is required, and the board is working to ease the process.




Here’s your first look at the new Pismo Beach Pier

Fresno Bee

The Pismo Beach, California, Pier is finally set to reopen on Saturday, October 20, 2018 as part of the city’s annual Clam Festival. The SLO County landmark has been closed for more than a year due to repairs.


New concept for Fresno — hot pot Asian restaurant to open in familiar River Park space

Fresno Bee

A hot pot Asian restaurant — specializing in dishes where meat, seafood and vegetables are cooked in broth — will be one of two new restaurants moving into retail space formerly occupied by World Sports Cafe in north Fresno’s River Park shopping center.


March aims to celebrate diversity, spread kindness

Bakersfield Californian

There have been many marches held in Bakersfield over the years, ranging from issues such as women’s rights to immigration. On Thursday, hundreds marched for a different reason — to spread kindness.


Take me home! Dogs available for adoption

Bakersfield Californian

These three dogs at Kern County Animal Services are looking for their forever homes. Can you help?


Crossing the Line Tickets

Fresno Bee

Over the last few weeks, The Fresno Bee has faciliated a dialogue between Fresno residents living north and south of Shaw Avenue on topics such as public safety, health, education and more.


These Local Offerings Are Now At Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Business Journal

Travelers going through Fresno Yosemite International Airport will get a chance to sample the goods of local businesses through a new partnership


As Mega Millions payout hits $1 billion, here’s your guide to winning the lottery

Modesto Bee

Let’s start with the fun stuff. What should you do if you win the Mega Millions drawing — which has risen in value to $1 billion — Friday night?