October 3, 2018






A Look Inside The 40-Page Nunes Mailer Targeting The Fresno Bee

Valley Public Radio

It refers to The Fresno Bee as a “propaganda machine” and critiques specific reports by The Bee, in some cases calling out staff with names and photos. It also implicates Bee reporters in organizing rallies and siding with Nunes’s opponent, Fresno County Prosecutor Andrew Janz.

See also:

     Just how ‘politically explosive' is the Devin Nunes secret that Esquire uncovered? The Washington Post

      House Intel Chairman Nunes’ Democratic Challenger Raises $4.3M Roll Call


TJ Cox signed document claiming Maryland as residence; campaign calls it ‘honest mistake’

Fresno Bee

TJ Cox “made an honest mistake” when he marked a second home in Maryland as his principal residence, the Fresno Democrat’s campaign said Tuesday.


OUR VIEW: We recommend: Salas for 32nd, Fong for 34th Assembly districts

Bakersfield Californian

Rudy Salas for 32nd AD.


14th SD challenger Hurtado: What happened to Vidak's vision for the valley?

Bakersfield Californian

The race for the state's 14th Senate District seat pits incumbent Andy Vidak, a Hanford Republican, against Democratic challenger Melissa Hurtado, a member of the Sanger City Council.


Stanislaus Supervisor Kristin Olsen formally charged with DUI

Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen has been formally charged with driving while intoxicated and is set for arraignment Oct. 17 in Sacramento Superior Court.


4th District, attracting a lot of smoke, is a test case

Bakersfield Californian

Not a single vote has been cast in the closely watched race for 4th District Kern County supervisor, but Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo has a big lead in the second-most important measure of electoral success — money.


Residents want to talk about Fresno’s divide and they want everyone to have a voice

Fresno Bee

The Fresno Bee is convening a dialogue about Fresno’s north-south divide with residents who live north and south of Shaw Avenue, the city’s historical dividing line.


CUSD, Clovis City Council hold joint meeting

Clovis Roundup

The City gave updates about current construction projects and future plans, while the district provided information about current events and expectations for Clovis schools.


Valley Public Radio Announces Alice Daniel As News Director

Valley Public Radio

Valley Public Radio’s interim President Joe Moore said Daniel is the right fit to lead the station’s journalism efforts. “Alice is a talented reporter and educator, who always finds a way to bring out something special or unexpected in her stories,” said Moore.




California's voter registration has hit an all-time high


California's voter registration has hit an all-time high ahead of the November election, with more than 19 million people on the voting rolls, Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported Tuesday.

See Also:

     California Sets Record As Voter Registration Tops 19 Million Capital Public Radio

     California voter registration hits all-time high of 19 million San Francisco Chronicle

      Record number of Californians ready to vote in midterm election Sacramento Bee

      Poll: One-third of voters don't know name of their party's congressional candidate TheHill


Video: Californians and Their Government


As the November election approaches, Democrat Gavin Newsom has a 12 point lead over Republican John Cox in the race for governor. In the US Senate race, Dianne Feinstein leads fellow Democrat Kevin de León by 11 points. Half of likely voters see this election as more important than past midterms; most lean toward Democratic candidates in US House races.


John Cox's file

PolitiFact California

John Cox is a Republican businessman who lives in San Diego. He is a candidate in the 2018 race for California governor.


Where Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Leon stand on the issues

Los Angeles Times

Early voting begins this week, and Californians will again choose between two Democrats to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is seeking a fifth full term in the Senate. State Sen. Kevin de León is challenging her from the left.


Trump can't stop calling out Gavin Newsom at rallies, and Gavin Newsom can't stop responding

San Franscisco Gate

California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom appears to have become one of President Trump's go-to punching bags at campaign rallies.


As Experts Predict A Second 'Year Of The Woman,' Female Candidates In California Set Record

Capital Public Radio

In the first general election since the inauguration of President Trump, nearly one-third of the top two vote-receiving candidates across all statewide, federal, and legislative races in California are women.


Polls trending Democrats’ way in key California House races

San Francisco Chronicle

With just over a month to go before the Nov. 6 midterms, a flurry of polls and independent studies shows there’s movement going on in the California congressional races — and most of it favors the Democrats.

See also:

      The 15 House seats most likely to flip are almost all trending toward Democrats Washington Post

     Two California Republicans, poles apart on Trump's immigration stance, have their jobs on the line in midterm vote Los Angeles Times

     Vandals dress Democrat as a Nazi and deface Republican’s signs in California House race  Sacramento Bee

     CA Democrats take a run at a GOP leader CALmatters


Pets, pot and privacy: 10 new California laws that could affect you

Sierra Star

California Gov. Jerry Brown has finished acting on all the bills on his desk, signing 1,016 of the 1,217 that came his way in 2018. Here are 10 that could have an affect on you.

See Also:

     Governor Brown Signs Flurry of Bills Capital Public Radio

     California lawmakers wrote 1,016 new laws this year. Here's some of what did and didn't make it Los Angeles Times
California lawmakers wrote 1,016 new laws this year. Here's some of what did and didn't make it

Los Angeles Times

Some of the new laws are momentous, others minuscule. Taken together, they are a grab bag of limitations and expectations on the personal and professional lives of Californians. Few residents will agree with all of them; some might not pass legal muster.


Brown paddles his canoe on left, then right


Four decades ago, during the early years of his first governorship, Jerry Brown described his “canoe theory” of politics.


California tests limits of state power

San Francisco Chronicle

California has long sought to lead the nation through what its legislators see as progressive regulations that curb corporate misbehavior. But pending challenges to two new laws show the limits of the state’s power, particularly when California’s measures seek to cross state lines.


DealBook Briefing: How Not to Increase Board Diversity

New York Times

The Golden State hopes to increase the number of women sitting on corporate boards by requiring companies based there to meet a quota for female directors. It’s a worthy goal, but Andrew worries that this is the wrong approach.

See also:

      Nearly 100 California companies have no women on their board of directors CBS News


Texas’ Ted Cruz says California ‘is hemorrhaging population’


If bigger is better, are we talkin’ population or geographic area? The longstanding feud between California (larger population) and Texas (larger area) rages on.


EDITORIAL: To move California forward, vote for this team of statewide officials

Sacramento Bee

Voters have good and clear choices on Nov. 6, 2018 for statewide officials who will work with the next California governor.


EDITORIAL: Pragmatic and focused on consumers, Steve Poizner is the right choice for insurance commissioner

Los Angeles Times

Voters should support him because he is the better choice to fill an important job that has a steep learning curve for newcomers.




Envelopes suspected of containing ricin poison sent to president, defense secretary


Two envelopes suspected of containing ricin poison, one addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, were identified in the Pentagon's Central Processing Center, according to a U.S. official.

See Also:

     Defense official: Packages sent to Pentagon tested positive for ricin Hanford Sentinel


In Mississippi, Trump mocks Ford’s claims against Kavanaugh

Sacramento Bee

President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago.

See Also:

     Trump mocks Ford's claims about Kavanaugh at Mississippi rally Los Angeles Times

     Trump ridicules Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh San Francisco Chronicle


FBI investigation of Kavanaugh leads to fresh acrimony as McConnell pushes for vote

Los Angeles Times

The FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault generated new schisms among Republicans on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed for a vote on the nomination this week.

See Also:

      McConnell Is in the Middle of Kavanaugh Fight The Wall Street Journal

     How TV cameras made that awful Kavanaugh Senate hearing even worse Modesto Bee

     How the Kavanaugh Allegations Are Rallying Conservatives Behind Trump The Atlantic

     Could Brett Kavanaugh be angry because maybe — just maybe — he has been wrongly accused? Los Angeles Times

     If Republicans want to lift the toxic cloud around Kavanaugh, they need to let the FBI do its job Los Angeles Times

     Anonymous accusation from Oceanside woman further roils Kavanaugh confirmation San Diego Union-Tribune

      Brett Kavanaugh: Real Issue Now Temperament? National Review


Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The New York Times

President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

See Also:

      New York tax department reviewing reported allegations against Trump ABC30

     NYT investigation unearths new details about Trump’s early millions PBS NewsHour

     11 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s Wealth The New York Times

     N.Y. tax agency weighs probe after report that Trump family built wealth through tax-avoidance schemes and fraud Washington Post

      New York Tax Department Probes Trump Taxes From Decades Ago Bloomberg

     Showtime to air documentary on NYT Trump tax story TheHill

      New York Times destroys Trump's $1 million origin story, WH doesn't deny Business Insider

     Trump engaged in fraud and dubious tax schemes as he inherited $413 million from his father, report says Los Angeles Times


Congress falls flat on election security as midterms near


A key GOP senator predicted to The Hill last week that a bipartisan election security bill, seen as Congress's best chance of passing legislation on the issue, wouldn't pass before the midterms. And on Friday, House lawmakers left town for the campaign trail, ending any chance of clearing the legislation ahead of November.


It’s Baaaccck! Health Care Law Again Front and Center in Midterms

Roll Call

“There is no question that the No. 1 issue in this country right now is what are we doing to relieve the anxiety about increasing prices and the uncertainty as to whether or not you’ll be able to get insurance for your child who has cystic fibrosis or for your husband who has diabetes,” McCaskill said at a press conference this summer.

See Also:

      What’s Missing in the Health Care Debate? Roll Call


Campaign Wire: A Guide to the 2018 Midterm Elections

The Wall Street Journal

THE FUNDRAISING RACE ahead of the midterm election is in full sprint, and both Republicans and Democrats are boasting about their hauls. Several Democratic candidates raised more than $1 million in the third quarter—Josh Harder, a Democrat challenging Rep. Jeff Denham (R., Calif.) raised $3.5 million in the third quarter, according to the campaign.




Hey California quitters, your future neighbors wish you would stay home

Los Angeles Times

report from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office earlier this year confirmed the obvious: People are leaving California. Between 2007 and 2016, we lost 6 million residents to domestic migration.


Companies Curb Their Political Spending

The Wall Street Journal

About 36% of the S&P 500, or 176 companies, have said they won’t engage in at least one form of spending on political activity, up from 32% a year ago and a quarter in 2015, the report found.


OPINION: The American Civil War, Part II

The New York Times

That’s why our generation’s civil war is so hard to bring to a truce. There’s the battle between those who feel the American dream has slipped from their grasp and those who can easily pass it on to their kids. There’s the one between rural small-town Americans and “globalized” city slickers, who, the small-town folks are sure, look down upon them.


How to Have Bullfights in California? Use Velcro.

The New York Times

Every year in the Central Valley, Portuguese-Americans bring bullfighters from overseas and put on huge festivals — but shed no blood.



24 more people sickened in the second salmonella outbreak of the year linked to eggs

Fresno Bee

Tuesday’s update from the CDC on the salmonella outbreak connected to Gravel Ridge Farms showed another 24 people ill, bringing the number of sick to 38 in seven states.


Rain in the forecast worries Kern's late-harvest grape, nut growers

Bakersfield Californian

Nervous that early-season precipitation could bring mold and rot to still-unharvested nuts and grapes, some Kern County growers are weighing their options in case lingering moisture threatens to lower the quality and price of their crop.


More than 1 in 3 Americans eat fast food on a typical day, and we eat it all day long

Los Angeles Times

New survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 36.6% of us eat some kind of fast food on any given day.


Prop. 12: Vote yes on cage-free housing for hens

San Francisco Chronicle

The Farm Animal Confinement initiative is a reasonable ballot measure would prohibit the cruel factory farming practice of locking mother pigs, egg-laying hens and calves in cages so small they can barely move an inch for their entire lives.






Tulare DA hosts Rural Crime School


Law enforcement members from around the state are in Tulare County this week, for a very specialized type of training. The Tulare County District Attorney's Office is hosting the Rural Crime School.


US on verge of breaking its own record for kids who've died in hot cars within a year


The United States is on the verge of breaking its record for the number of children who died in hot cars within one year, the National Safety Council warned on Tuesday.


Catholic churches move to name molesting priests, but victims say it's too little, too late

Los Angeles Times

Victims often feel a double betrayal, he said — first by their abuser, and then by the church when it hides the abuse. So releasing priests’ names can alleviate some pain wrought by decades of clerical negligence, Romo said.


Public Safety:


California legislature passes laws for more police transparency


A lack of transparency lies at the root of many recent protests and complaints surrounding the police. A new pair of laws signed in Sacramento hopes to mend that broken trust. It begins with the release of long, carefully guarded information.

See Also:

     New laws, new light on police misconduct Stockton Record

     Police shootings will get more public scrutiny as California opens access to investigations Sacramento Bee

     EDITORIAL: Jerry Brown launched the era of police secrecy. Forty years later, he is partially correcting that mistake Los Angeles Times


Putting a stop to crime 'virus' in the Central Valley

Visalia Times Delta

The goal of the program is to reduce gun and gang violence across California by networking existing local programs that target these crimes and providing additional tools, said U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott during a press conference held Monday in Fresno.


House passes bill allowing concealed carry across state lines

ABC News

The House of Representatives passed a controversial measure Wednesday that would allow gun owners with concealed carry permits from one state to carry them in other jurisdictions. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, one of the National Rifle Association's top legislative priorities, passed in a largely party-line vote, 231-198, sending the measure to the Senate.


Presidential alert test notification will be sent Wednesday


The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will test Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

See Also:

     Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide Los Angeles Times

     No Cellphone Left Behind: U.S. to Test ‘Presidential Alert’ System The Wall Street Journal

Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk

New York Times

The impact could be significantly bigger since those stolen credentials could have been used to gain access to so many other sites. Companies that allow customers to log in with Facebook Connect are scrambling to figure out whether their own user accounts have been compromised.


Why Did No One Save Gabriel?

The Atlantic

He was 8 years old, and the signs of abuse were obvious. Yet time and again, caseworkers from child-protective services failed to help him.


Big Fresno Fair carnival rides and food vendors go through inspections


The Big Fresno Fair officially opens on Wednesday. Food vendors are settling in and crews are building the carnival rides. However, before the fair opens several inspections are done not only on the carnival rides but the food vendors as well as livestock.




Hanford Fire Department to hold open house

Hanford Sentinel

Hanford Fire Department’s Station 1 is currently going through renovations, but that won’t stop firefighters from holding their annual open house event.


Is PG&E going too far in cutting trees for fire safety? A Sacramento group says yes

Sacramento Bee

Criticized for its role in several catastrophic California wildfires, state utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric is on a mission to clear trees near power lines that could topple and hit lines causing fires. But is the giant utility going too far? A group of Sacramentans is saying yes.


California’s Worsening Wildfire Conditions Putting Firefighters At Risk

Valley Public Radio

September is over, and that used to signal the end of wildfire season. But as 2017’s massive Thomas Fire showed us, wildfires in California can rage on well into December.


Cal Fire Announces $155 Million In Grants To Reduce Wildfire Risk

Capital Public Radio

New grants and workshops from Cal Fire aim to reduce the risk of wildfires to communities in and near forested areas.






Women in Business: Cora Shipley, Old Town Clovis Business Owner

Clovis RoundUp

Omall Business Month. All month long we will be featuring local female business leaders to celebrate their success and contributions to the community. First up is Cora Shipley.


Where does the American middle class live?


In a new analysis and interactive dashboard, Alan Berube examines patterns of growth and decline among the American middle class and the local factors that shape them across 382 metropolitan areas.


5 things to know about USMCA, the new NAFTA


Geoffrey Gertz discusses how the new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico differs from its original version, the impact on U.S. interests in the long term, and the long road ahead to implementing the agreement.


Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Says Tax Cuts, Spending Increases Could Hobble Response to a Downturn

The Wall Street Journal

Recent federal tax cuts and spending increases could limit the U.S. government’s ability to combat a future economic downturn, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.

See also:

       Federal Reserve chair: Labor market is not at risk of overheating  L.A. Biz



Amazon warehouse workers hail uptick to $15 hourly wage. City of Fresno loves it, too

Fresno Bee

Amazon’s announcement it will raise the minimum wage for all employees to $15 an hour sent a wave of excitement into the ranks of those working at the company’s fulfillment center in Fresno, CA.

See Also:

     Amazon to raise wages for more than 350,000 employees ABC30

     Amazon's $15 minimum wage gives a lift to California's vast warehouse region Los Angeles Times

     Amazon and Whole Foods are boosting workers’ pay San Francisco Chronicle

     Amazon’s Wage Increase Adds Pressure for Employers to Boost Pay The Wall Street Journal

Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study


That implies a driver working 40 hours per week would make an annual salary of almost $31,000 before vehicle expenses, and about $20,000 after expenses (but still before taxes). That’s below the poverty thresholdfor a family of three.


California Clears Way for Legal Sidewalk Vending

Public CEO

Senate Bill 946 Limits Cities’ Abilities to Regulate Street Vending, Tosses Criminal Penalties.




Student state test scores are out. See how your school and neighborhood did

Fresno Bee

Central San Joaquin Valley students and schools received their state testing scores Tuesday, with most local districts showing gains, particularly over the last three years.

See Also:

     Test scores stalled for SJ students Stockton Record

     Small rise in California’s math and reading scores in 2018 EdSource

      California’s test scores are so stagnant, it could take a generation to close the achievement gap CALmatters

      California test scores have barely improved. What to do about it is hotly debated Los Angeles Times

      To close California’s achievement gap, spend a lot more on preschool CALmatters


How A Law On Lead In School Drinking Water May Not Go Far Enough

Valley Public Radio

In January of this year, a state law went into effect that requires public schools throughout California to test their drinking water for lead by July of 2019.

Fresno County students take part in National Manufacturing Day


Tuesday Morning a small group of Sunnyside High School Ag engineering program students toured the Duncan Enterprises manufacturing facility in East Central Fresno.






Climate Change Is Forcing the Insurance Industry to Recalculate

The Wall Street Journal

The effects of the planet’s slow heating are diffuse. Predictions of the fallout are imprecise, and the drivers are debated. But faced with the prospect of a warming planet, the world of business and finance is starting to put a price on climate change.


Floods. Wildfires. Yet Few Candidates Are Running on Climate Change.

New York Times

In an election year that has included alarming portents of global warming — record wildfires in the West500-year floods in the East, a president walking away from a global climate accord — the one place that climate change rarely appears at all is in the campaigns of candidates for the House and Senate.




How fighting climate change will raise California gas prices even higher

Sacramento Bee

Last year the California Legislature raised gasoline taxes by 12 cents a gallon, and conservatives were so outraged they launched an effort to repeal it at the ballot box. Proposition 6 comes up for a vote in November.


An Additional Fund for Solar Power

The New York Times

With a measure signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the state has made a new commitment of $800 million for clean-energy technologies including home storage. The goal is to capture electricity generated by solar panels during daylight hours to help keep the lights on after the sun goes down.






Public Health announces flu clinic schedule

Hanford Sentinel

The Kings County Health Department wants to make sure that everyone gets their flu shots this year.

See also:

       Kern Public Health to offer low-cost, free flu shots  Bakersfield Californian


Covered California kicks off plan renewal period for 2019

Bakersfield Californian

People who currently have health coverage under Covered California can now renew their health plans for next year.


Veterans Take State To Court Over California Aid-In-Dying Law

Capital Public Radio

Residents of live-in veterans facilities in Yountville want the right to use California’s End of Life Option Act while staying in the homes. They filed a lawsuit against the state department of veterans’ affairs Tuesday.


Human Services:


Mental health facility opening up in Southeast Fresno


For families dealing with a mental health crisis, an option to hospitalization or incarceration is a welcome one. A new treatment center in Southeast Fresno will offer crisis intervention as well as a place for people to stay.


Tulare Regional Medical Center to reopen October 15 after nearly one year closure due to bankruptcy


The doors of Tulare Regional Medical Center will reopen to patients on Monday, October 15 after Tulare Local Healthcare District and Adventist Health agreed to lease terms.


Almost 1 in 11 students has vaped cannabis, report says

The Business Journal

Health experts say this finding adds to evidence that a growing vaping trend is affecting kids' developing brains and acting as a gateway to other drugs.


One man’s quest to prevent drug abuse


The history: On Oct. 26, 2003, a Mercedes driven by a woman who got prescription pills from six different physicians jumped a sidewalk and killed Pack’s children, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, and injured his wife, Carmen.

See also:

     Reduced opioid marketing could limit prescribing information for physicians AEI


Federal proposal threatens CA’s progress reducing teen pregnancy


If implemented, these regulations would create barriers to time-sensitive family planning services for low-income patients.


Denti-Cal ‘Remains a Seriously Troubled Program’, Commission Report Finds

Capital Public Radio

The Department of Health Care Services has made improvements to the Medicaid dental program in recent years, but an independent commission says the changes don’t go far enough.


Valley Children's opens 2nd Bakersfield clinic

The Business Journal

Valley Children’s Medical Group has expanded its care in Kern County with the opening of their second clinic in the City of Bakersfield.


State-of-the-art Veterans Affairs clinic coming to Bakersfield

Bakersfield Californian

After years of delays, local military veterans and their families learned Tuesday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic on Westwind Drive in Bakersfield will be replaced with a new $40 million, state-of-the-art facility.


Jobs overseeing Social Security and Medicare's financial health have sat empty for 3 years

Los Angeles Times

Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency.


Senate Republican tax plan hurts the poor while cutting taxes for the rich, CBO finds

AOL News

The CBO found that negative impact for Americans earning less than $30,000 a year begin as soon as 2019. According to the report, that’s because the Senate Republican tax plan would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate — a move the CBO says would raise premiums by 10% a year and cause the poor to be unable to afford insurance.


Why some people are worried about drug patent protections in the new NAFTA


That's because one piece of the deal gives years of extended patent protection to high-end, expensive drugs known as biologics. That means the trade deal could delay the time it takes for cheaper generics to get to market.




Tulare County officials review ICE access in 2017 at public meeting  


The group called ICE Out of Tulare County has made their message clear. They want local law enforcement to be upfront about their interactions with ICE, and abide by state immigration laws, such as The Truth Act, which requires that they provide inmates with certain paperwork if ICE wants to talk to them.


Nooses in cells, rotting teeth — report details harsh conditions at Adelanto immigration facility

Los Angeles Times

A Nicaraguan man who was detained at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center died in March 2017 after he was found hanging in his cell from his bedsheets. Not long after, two other detainees also used sheets in an attempt to hang themselves.

See also:

       Federal investigators find many failures in Trump's family separation policy Los Angeles Times

       EDITORIAL: Sending migrant kids to Trump's tent city is atrocious. So is the Congressional cowardice that got us here Los Angeles Times




Land Use:


KHSD set to break ground this week on pool facility

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern High School District has announced that it will be starting construction on an Olympic-size, 27-lane pool facility just north of Independence High School. The district will start construction on Thursday as part of a groundbreaking ceremony.


More Museums Are Popping Up, Annoying Their Neighbors

New York Times

Museums offer information, cultural awareness, a high-toned meeting place and personal enlightenment. But for the people who live or work near them, they can also bring noise and traffic congestion and can become a sinkhole for public money.


This City Wants to Reverse Segregation by Reviving Neighborhoods

PEW Trusts

Should cities invest in neighborhoods with the greatest need, or those likely to prosper?




It's expensive to be a tenant in California. Will Prop 10's rent control expansion help?

Los Angeles Times

In less than five weeks, California voters will decide on Proposition 10, a ballot initiative that would allow cities and counties across the state to expand rent control.




State Fiscal Health Index: August 2018


Bottom Line: Little change from July. Economic conditions continue to be consistent with historically strong state revenues. Conditions have improved consistently over the past year.


California’s war against Trump is costing taxpayers millions

Modesto Bee

California has sued the Trump administration 44 times since President Donald Trump took office, on health care, immigration and the environment. Costs to sue the federal government have more than tripled.


Thousands in wages owed by this popular Clovis restaurant, workers say

Fresno Bee

The abrupt closure of REV’S restaurant in Clovis has left a bad taste in the mouths of several of its servers who say they are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages, tips and overtime.




California DMV warns customers about private websites charging unnecessary fees

Fresno Bee

California’s DMV says websites are charging customers applying for driver licenses and IDs with bogus fees. The DMV said the websites might include a disclaimer saying they’re not official government sites.

See Also:

     DMV warns Californians to stay away from unofficial fee-charging websites San Francisco Chronicle


Carbon costs to drive California gas prices higher

The Sacramento Bee

Now, with considerably less fanfare, the state’s air-pollution agency has enacted a regulation that will raise gas prices as much as 36 cents a gallon by 2030 – and diesel by 44 cents. Californians already pay an average $3.73 a gallon for gas, or 85 cents above the national average.

See also:

      The U.S. is cutting carbon emissions despite Trump policy Marketplace


Direct flights to Dallas beginning at Meadows Field in March

Bakersfield Californian

Direct flights to Dallas from Meadows Field have been announced by Kern County Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop.


California to alter road construction signs that gas-tax repeal supporters see as improper political advocacy

Los Angeles Times

California’s transportation agency will remove a website address from roadside construction signs that proponents of Proposition 6 say are an improper use of taxpayer resources to campaign against the gas-tax repeal initiative, officials said Tuesday.


Auto provisions were a major U.S. focus in revamping NAFTA, but analysts say the changes will have modest impact

Los Angeles Times

Negotiators from the U.S. focused much of their effort in reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement on provisions affecting auto manufacturing, touting the final deal with Canada and Mexico as a boon to domestic carmakers and their employees.


Lawmakers to airlines: Stop squeezing seats

San Francisco Chronicle

Last week, lawmakers in the House passed a bill that addresses some of the biggest quality-of-life issues related to air travel, including rules to keep seats from getting smaller, a ban on bumping passengers after they’ve already boarded the plane, and an overdue rule that clearly bans talking on a cell phone during the flight.




Of course some well permits should require impact studies, others not so much

Modesto Bee

The common assumption that you can pump all the water you want from beneath your property ignores hydrologic reality and has allowed a legal theft of groundwater from many neighbors.


First rains in more than five months. Any more in our future?

Fresno Bee

Rain started falling around California’s central San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, 2018, making roads slick.




Everything’s looking up at The Big Fresno Fair

Fresno Bee

The Big Fresno Fair is set to begin a 12-day run Wednesday with new attractions including a “Tractor Tree” sculpture.


Dozens of Valley veterans take off for Washington D.C. on the 17th Central Valley Honor Flight


68 Valley veterans got a heroes departure Monday morning, as they made their way through the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and onto the 17th Central Valley Honor Flight.

See Also:

     These 8 Visalia and Tulare veterans are heroes Visalia Times-Delta


Celebrity Chef hopes to bring new life to Downtown Fresno


You may recognize him from the fierce "Top Chef" competition or serving up a food rush on ABC's Live Well Network. And soon we may be able to call celebrity chef Ryan Scott a Downtown Fresno business owner.


This downtown corner keeps sprouting new restaurants. Here’s the latest on where you can eat

Fresno Bee

Call it Renoir Corner. Or the corner of Fulton and Mariposa streets.  But lately, plenty of people are calling it a place to eat lunch. The corner is fast becoming a little hub of restaurants since Fulton Street reopened to cars.


Oktoberfest returns

Hanford Sentinel

It’s October, meaning not only the resurgence of pumpkin spice lattes, but perhaps the much more anticipated return of the Hanford Police K-9 Foundation’s Oktoberfest craft beer fundraiser.


Let patriotism bloom by aiding local knitting guild with veterans red poppy project

Bakersfield Californian

The local knitting guild is at it again, lending their talents to a good cause and asking for the community to join its efforts.


Fair sees slight decrease in attendance

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Fair saw a slight decrease in attendance compared to last year.