September 10, 2018




High-Speed Rail CEO: People Will Ask How They Lived Without It

GV Wire

First, HSR needs to build its initial segment, from Bakersfield to Merced through Fresno. Kelly anticipates that to be completed by 2026. Kelly is not worried that the train will be outdated when the project is completed.“I have no fear of that. I know there is a lot of technology in transportation, like autonomous vehicles,” Kelly said following a speech to the​​ Maddy Institute.

Cannella’s parting shot: Fixing CEQA a life-or-death issue

Modesto Bee

Anthony Cannella used​​ his last two minutes on the California Senate floor​​ to make the case for bringing sanity to CEQA. He considers it nothing less than a matter of life or death.

What’s a real town hall? Denham and Harder quarrel persists

Modesto Bee

Transparency is at the heart of a bitter dispute between Republican Jeff Denham and Democrat Josh Harder.

Justin Mendes endorsed by farm bureaus

Hanford Sentinel

Last week, Justin Mendes received the endorsement of the Kern County Farm Bureau. On Tuesday, he was officially endorsed by the Kings County Farm Bureau, successfully earning endorsements from both farm bureaus in his district.

Tulare councilman refuses to turn in economic interest form

Visalia Times-Delta

A Tulare councilman could be in hot water with a state agency tasked with tracking public officials and their conflicts of interest.​​ 

Supervisor David Couch announces new office hours in Delano, Shafter and Lamont

Bakersfield Californian

Kern County Supervisor David Couch has announced new office hours in the cities of Delano and Shafter.

EDITORIAL: Jim Costa has the experience and desire to return bipartisanship to Washington, D.C.

Fresno Bee

Incumbent Jim Costa has the experience needed to return to Congress in the 16th District. Challenger Elizabeth Heng has potential for a strong career, but needs more experience.

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CA DMV registration shows unusual spike in ‘no party’ voters

The Fresno Bee

Nearly a million voters registered through Motor Voter between April 23 and Aug. 3. The majority of them were listed with no party preference, including 182,000 new voters, 101,000 who had previously been Democrats, 56,000 who had previously been Republicans and 112,000 who already were no party preference voters.

Newsom, Feinstein have single-digit lead in new poll

The Sacramento Bee

While the​​ statewide poll from Probolsky Research​​ showed Newsom leading with 44 percent of respondents, his Republican opponent John Cox had 39 percent support; a further 17 percent of those polled were unsure whom they would support.

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OPINION: To weed through California candidates, here are two key questions to ask

The Modesto Bee

It is in this vein that I encourage my fellow voters to look beyond initial ideas, and seek answers to two important and interdependent questions: What are the candidate’s core values? And what is their world view?

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California voters can prepare for the election deluge. Here’s how

The Modesto Bee

Knowing what’s coming is the first step in managing your participation and ensuring you don’t get turned off. Don’t wait for your mailbox or Twitter feed to fill up with campaign ads before you get informed about the issues and candidates.

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Barack Obama speaks at Democratic rally in Anaheim, says midterms chance at political 'sanity'


Barack Obama jumped back into campaign mode with a visit to Orange County, a once-solid Republican stronghold.

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How will parties respond to more independents? + Brown’s desk is stacked high with bills + Superintendent debate

Sacramento Bee

California is seeing an​​ unusual uptick​​ in voters registered without a party preference through the state’s new Motor Voterprogram.​​ 

Here's how California lawmakers tried to overrule the courts in the legislative session's final hours

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to soon sign a bill that attempts to cancel a $331-million court ruling against the state, legislation that looks a lot like two branches of California’s government telling the third to take a hike.

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Jerry Brown's second governorship unmasked the irreverent iconoclast's inner traditionalist

Los Angeles Times

The spirit of the self-proclaimed troublemaker has remained constant across the decades — a radical traditionalist, with a sentimental attachment to the state.

Two newly enacted laws allow Californians to legally change their gender

Los Angeles Times

Two new laws allowing Californians to legally change their gender went into effect over the Labor Day weekend, simplifying the process of obtaining state-issued documents and court orders for the identity designation.

Hunter defense involving prosecutors at Clinton fundraiser likely a non-starter, experts say

San Diego Union-Tribune

With midterm elections approaching and Republican Rep.​​ Duncan Hunter​​ staring down fraudulent campaign spending charges, he and his attorney are attacking the criminal prosecution as being politically motivated.

Walters: Once again, most 'job killer' bills rejected


The just-ended biennial session of the California Legislature was arguably the most liberal in California.

COMMENTARY: Jerry Brown’s judges


In recent months, attention has focused on the vacancy on the California Supreme Court, a fourth appointment that will give Brown a majority on the seven-member court. But arguably, his broader, long-lasting impact will be in dozens of courtrooms across the state—a system with more than twice the number of judges as the entire federal judiciary.

‘The Browns of California’​​ 

Miriam Pawel

Young people are often surprised to learn that California elected only four Democratic governors in the 20th century. Only two completed more than one term; both were named Brown, and one begat the other. Miriam Pawel’s new book, “The Browns of California,” features those two governors along with their ancestors, spouses, siblings, allies and adversaries.


Dianne Feinstein says Kavanaugh views Trump as an 'oligarch' who is above the law

Los Angeles Times

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday accused President Trump of holding himself “above the law,” and warned that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, viewed the president as an “oligarch” who cannot be investigated or tried for crimes.

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Analysis: Harris, Feinstein play to different Democratic Parties

San Francisco Chronicle

The difference between California’s two Democratic senators was evident when Sen. Chuck Grassley was only 13 words into his introduction to the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Pence denies claim that Cabinet members talked of invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump

Los Angeles Times

Vice President Mike Pence might have the most to gain from a premature end to Donald Trump’s presidency, but in an interview aired Sunday, he forcefully denied engaging in any discussion about invoking the 25th Amendment to eject Trump from office.

Trump wants to toughen the nation's libel laws. Here's why he isn't likely to succeed

Los Angeles Times

Changing our libel laws is easier said than done and, upon reflection, Trump might not want to push for change. Neither the president nor Congress can easily change defamation laws, and Trump’s own inflammatory rhetoric would most certainly be a casualty were libel laws toughened.

Two longtime political street fighters have a new cause: restoring civility to Trump-era public discourse

Los Angeles Times

Former President Obama didn’t mince words denouncing “the politics of division” during a South Africa speech in July.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's not-so-strong Medicare, economy myths

AP News

Eager to dismiss his critics, President Donald Trump is fabricating the circumstances regarding jobs, the economy and the social safety net.

Trump Says He’s Preparing Tariffs on Further $267 Billion in Chinese Imports

The Wall Street Journal

President Trump said Friday that tariffs on another $267 billion in Chinese goods are ready to go and could be rolled out on short notice, reinforcing earlier threats and signaling no end in sight for the growing trade dispute.

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Forget the House. It’s the battle for the Senate that could provide the most drama on election night.

The Washington Post

Republicans are only defending nine of the 35 Senate seats up in November. They have to play far less defense than the Democrats. Second, many of the most competitive Democratic-held seats are in states Trump won easily in 2016: West Virginia by 42 points; North Dakota by 36 points; Montana by 20 points; Indiana and Missouri each by 19 points.

Four States Could Swing House


Democrats need to pick up about two dozen seats to capture the House, as the 2018 battlefield moves to the suburbs

PODCAST: Anti-Trump Fervor Puts Senate in Play

Roll Call

Democrats "definitely have a chance to win the Senate,'' election analyst Nathan Gonzales tells CQ on Congress. He maps out where Democrats can pick up Senate seats in the midterm elections as well as which races they are most likely to lose.

Federal Role in U.S. Campaigns and Elections: An Overview

Congressional Research Service

Conventional wisdom holds that the federal government plays relatively little role in U.S. campaigns and elections.​​ 

How Donald Trump could tweet his way out of a 25th Amendment challenge


In light of this week’s anonymous New York Times op-ed claiming that senior White House officials had considered removing Trump from office, John Hudak explains why the Constitution’s 25th Amendment is not a viable avenue for ousting an erratic president, nor is impeachment likely to be a politically realistic option anytime soon.​​ 

The warning signs for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections


The punditocracy is being cautious about 2018 because it has fresh memories of how humiliating it felt to wake up on Nov. 9, 2016, with Donald Trump as president.​​ 


EDITORIAL: Answering frequently asked questions about The Bee’s coverage of politics

Fresno Bee

The Fresno Bee is dedicated to providing its audience with thorough, accurate, fair and complete coverage of local issues. Political coverage is a key component of our work, and it’s frequently under scrutiny in a hyper-partisan political environment.​​ 

Want peace and quiet? Move to a totalitarian country, where silence reigns

Fresno Bee

These days everyone is screaming at everyone else. It would be better if we yelled less and listened more. But all this racket is preferable to the silence of an authoritarian society where such protests are not allowed.​​ 

A Senate Barnburner in Farm Country

The Wall Street Journal

For a red-state Republican in a tight election, these rolling visits are the arrival of the cavalry. Mr. Cramer is asking voters to promote him to the Senate this fall, and his success will be pivotal if the GOP is to keep majority control.​​ 

Nonbelievers Seek Political Power to Match Their Growing Numbers​​ 

The Wall Street Journal

A coalition has kicked off a national voter-registration drive for ‘nones’ ahead of the midterms

OPINION: Fake news is about to get so much more dangerous

The Washington Post

“Deep fake” video will be able to show people saying, with the authentic ring of their own voices, things they never said. It will show them doing things they never did, by melding their images with other video or creating new images of them from scratch.

Veterans don’t get to decide what ‘respecting the flag’ means

The Washington Post

If kneeling for the anthem and the flag is a direct offense toward the military, that means veterans have a stronger claim to these symbols than Americans in general do.Yet the flag is not a symbol reserved for the military. It is a symbol of the United States of America, and it belongs equally to all citizens, including Americans who kneel during the anthem.

Why we don’t prepare for the future

Washington Post

That’s​​ what I wrote​​ more than 20years ago. Americans would solve their most pressing problems through either consensus or crisis.


Celebrate agriculture at a new venue

Madera Tribune

The occasion is the 25th anniversary of Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts, a competition and exhibition that started in 1994 with a grant from the California Arts Council.

Calaveras to repay some fees paid by pot growers

Stockton Record

Calaveras County announced Thursday that it will be repaying some renewal fees paid by commercial cannabis growers.

Convenience shops go healthy as millennials choose wellness

Sacramento Bee

A new crop of niche stores aimed at millennials who can afford to pay more are featuring gluten-free and organic food as their staple products.

For many, time is money — but does that include farmworkers?

San Francisco Chronicle

“Today, in the agricultural hub of Central California, farmers tell me they’re paying $30 per hour to pick tomatoes and $40 per hour to pick melons. On the coast, they’re paying $60 per hour to pick avocados. They still can’t find enough workers.”

Rosedale school district beefs up lunch program

Bakersfield Californian

The district is making some significant changes to its meal program, including partnering with the Kern High School District to provide fresher meals to students. Since the start of the new school year, KHSD has been making the food and delivering it to the schools.

Closing argument on farm bill: Work requirements in SNAP will reduce poverty


There is a pervasive attitude within government assistance programs that helping recipients find work is not their job, but such an attitude only keeps the poor trapped in a cycle of poverty. Work requirements can change that.

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How digital technology is cutting food waste, hunger, and emissions


Direct sales from farms to retailers using mobile platforms and farmers​​ cell phones in remote areas in India​​ bring supply costs down by 15 to 25 percent. By linking farmers to markets and significantly reducing carbon emissions, digital platforms are​​ increasingly interesting for commercial banks and international finance institutions.

Marijuana-Research Applications Go Nowhere at Justice Department


Sessions is longtime critic of pot use, though he has voiced support for research on drug



What prosecutors think about California's changing criminal justice laws


Fresno County Assistant District Attorney Steve Wright sits down to discuss recent changes to bail reform, pre-trial diversion and the felony murder law.

Who will defend, prosecute Golden State Killer suspect? These lawyers are on the case

Sacramento Bee

The names earned over the decades – the East Area Rapist, the Visalia Ransacker, the Original Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer – finally had a face. And, for the attorneys involved, it promises to be the biggest case of their careers.

California has ended money bail. Who will bail out the industry?

Los Angeles Times

Under the glare of neon signs and unforgiving fluorescent office lights, bail agents are spending time processing a new California law​​ signed just days ago by Gov. Jerry Brown​​ that could decimate their industry.

Kern prosecutors may need to review thousands of cases if governor signs bill overturning state's felony murder rule

Bakersfield Californian

Kern County prosecutors could soon be reviewing hundreds if not thousands of cases if a bill seeking to reverse California's felony murder rule is signed into law.​​ 

In commuting 20 murder convicts’ sentences, California governor draws praise, condemnation

The Washington Post

Brown has handed out more than 1,100 pardons benefiting a wide array of individuals, including those convicted of dealing drugs, driving while intoxicated and forgery. The tally is staggeringly greater than the totals of his immediate predecessors. Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger granted 15 pardons, and Democrat Gray Davis ended with zero.

Public Safety:

This is where California needs to catch up on gun safety

Sacramento Bee

Generally, when it comes to gun safety, California leads the nation. We require criminal background checks on every gun sale, and we were one of the first states to adopt a strong “red flag” law that allows family members and police to seek a court order temporarily blocking someone from having guns if they show signs of violence.

Sanger law enforcement prepare for the worst through active shooter drills


It's a call no police department ever wants to get. But it's one they have to prepare for--an active shooter on a school's campus.

Surcharge To Boost 911 System Fails To Clear California Legislature

The Los Angeles Times

A new surcharge on landlines, cellphones and data plans meant to bolster 911 operations sputtered in the Legislature on Friday, even as lawmakers cited the need for an improved system in the wake of the state’s deadly wildfires.

California Tries New Tack on Gun Violence: Ammunition Control

The New York Times

Gun control advocates here have pushed to limit internet sales, ban large-capacity magazines, require sellers to have licenses, raise taxes on bullets, and mandate serial numbers or other traceable markings on ammunition so that the police can more easily track them.


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

Fresno Bee

A new round of CA wildfires includes the Delta, North, Snell and Sliger fires as work continues to fully extinguish earlier fires including the Mendocino Complex fires.

New tech upgrades to assist firefighters in future wildfires


The next two months can be the most dangerous during fire season so a record year is not out of the question. Attacks from the air will get an upgrade. Cal Fire is set to replace its aging fleet of 12 Vietnam era Huey helicopters with Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters.

Wildfire threat keeps California highway closed Sunday

Sacramento Bee

A highway running the length of California remained closed for a fifth day Sunday near the Oregon border as a wildfire smothered rural forestlands in smoke and flame.

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Hold property owners accountable for their contributions to wildfires

San Francisco Chronicle

We depend on all property owners to manage these materials to prevent small local fires from becoming conflagrations. If one property filled with dead wood and leaves burns, it is much more likely that the neighbor’s property will burn.

California Approves Measures To Pass On Wildfire Costs

Fox Business

The California Legislature voted Friday to allow power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires amid fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., would otherwise face financial ruin.

California Burning

The New York Review of Books

By the end of June, three times as much land had already burned in California as burned in the first half of 2017, which was the state’s worst fire year ever." How did this happen? William Finnegan reviewed three books about wildfires, our increasingly flammable world, and what can be done to forestall "catastrophic overheating."



What impact will e-commerce warehouses have on our air and roads?

Bakersfield Californian

Reader: How can you report the news about Tejon Ranch's wonderful new L'Oreal distribution center?

Trump: Apple should move production to US to avoid higher prices because of tariffs


President Trump acknowledged on​​ Twitter​​ that Apple prices could go up as a result of the "massive tariffs" he's proposing on​​ China, but rather than accepting blame for a potential hike on popular consumer items, he said the company should move production to U.S. shores.

The economy is booming. But are Americans ready for the next recession?

Los Angeles Times

A decade after the financial crisis, many households are no more prepared for an economic downturn today than they were then. And though there’s less risky lending in some areas, new worries have emerged.

Wages Are Growing Faster Than You Think, White House Says

The Wall Street Journal

White House economists say common measures of how much Americans earn have been undershooting the pace of compensation growth, both during President Trump’s time in office and his predecessor’s.

Trump trillion-dollar-plus deficits are putting America on a path to fiscal ruin

USA Today

Though no one in Washington will admit it, our nation's finances are in deep trouble. Spending is up, revenue is down, and this will only get worse.

U.S. Factory Sector Clocks Strongest Growth in 14 Years

The Wall Street Journal

The Institute for Supply Management on Tuesday said its manufacturing index rose to 61.3 in August, the highest level since May 2004, from 58.1 in July. Sales of factory-made products, or new orders, output and employment all grew at a faster pace in August.


Amazon's coming — but what kind of jobs will it bring?

Bakersfield Californian

For a community anxious to diversify its job base, news that one of the world's most valuable and innovative companies is coming to town sounded almost like an answer to prayer.

Annual Kings County Job Fair returns

Hanford Sentinel

Relief may just be one trip to the Civic Auditorium away for those seeking employment. The Kings County Job Fair Committee’s annual job fair is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13.

Minimum wage rise hasn’t meant restaurant job losses

San Francisco Chronicle

How is the rising minimum wage impacting the restaurant industry? According to a new study, the answer is: not much.​​ 

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California's New Contractor Test Will Impact The Gig Economy

San Francisco Business Times

As California employers grapple with the state high court's new misclassification test, they will need to review their current business relationships to ensure everyone is properly classified as either an employee or an independent contractor. Employers in the gig economy need to be particularly careful, as the new test could challenge their business models, which often rely heavily on contractors' work.

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COMMENTARY: Here’s how to grow jobs: Fight climate change


Clean economy jobs provide real opportunity across the employment spectrum for current and future workers in the state. By comparison, there’s only one job that’s on the rise due to escalating carbon emissions: firefighting.

Job-Market Boost in the Midterms? Evidence Suggests No

The Wall Street Journal

Republicans and Democrats are arguing about who gets credit for a strong job market that has sent the unemployment rate to lows rarely seen in the past half century. But it might not matter all that much for upcoming midterm elections because the jobless rate alone shows little connection to who wins and loses when voters go to the polls.

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Workers with low levels of education still haven’t recovered from the Great Recession


Ten years ago this week, the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank sparked a financial crisis that would contribute to what is now considered the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.​​ 

U.S. Worker Productivity Rose in Spring at Best Pace Since 2015

The Wall Street Journal

The productivity of nonfarm workers, measured as the output of goods and services for each hour on the job, increased at an annualized and seasonally adjusted rate of 2.9% in the second quarter from the prior three months, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the best quarterly growth rate since the first three months of 2015.

California Manufacturer To Move HQ, 40 Jobs To Central Texas

Austin Business Journal

AEND Industries Inc. plans to move its HQ from Huntington Beach, Calif., to Hutto in 2019. The company manufactures wheels for skateboards, long boards, scooters, wheelchairs, derby cars and other vehicles.

Gov't Spends $18 Billion On Jobs Programs, But Can't Tell If They Work

Investor’s Business Daily

Last week, The New York Times reported that one of the biggest and oldest federal​​ job​​ training programs — the $1.7 billion Job Corps — is failing those it's supposed to help.

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Would more money close our education gap?

Fresno Bee

Reading, math and other vital skills are especially lacking among Latino and black students, creating a long-standing “achievement gap” that appears to be wider in California than elsewhere.

Atwater students developing work skills, one bouquet at a time


Atwater High Students are learning how to run a business while working at a new school floral shop.

California bans for-profit charter schools

Mercury News

California has just kicked for-profit management companies out of the charter school business. A bill signed into law Friday afternoon prohibits companies from managing or running the state's taxpayer-funded, independently run charter schools

Deep In Red, Sacramento City School District's Budget Rejected By County. Cuts Are Coming.

The Sacramento Bee

For the first time, the county Office of Education has disapproved Sacramento City Unified School District’s budget for the fiscal year due to deficits. The district now has one month to file a revised budget for 2018-19, as announced during the district’s Thursday night board meeting.

Rosedale school district beefs up lunch program

Bakersfield Californian

Students in the Rosedale Union School District may have noticed a few changes to their lunch menu this year.​​ 

California’s pension crisis hits disadvantaged students the hardest

Orange County Register

As California prepares to spend $68 billion — $2.2 billion more than it spent last school year — to educate more than 6 million students in the 2018-2019 school year, funding intended for students, especially the neediest students, will continue to be diverted to pay for long-term debts.

As School Year Begins, California Ends Practice That Uprooted Migrant Students

Capital Public Radio

Many migrant families will be able to take advantage of a newly enacted exemption that allows migrant farmworkers with children to stay put for the duration of the school year. Up to half of subsidized migrant housing may now be allocated to farmworkers with families.

As kids go back to school, these are the education story lines experts are watching


From school safety, to the midterm elections in November, to the possibility of more teacher strikes, there will be a lot of important developments to monitor over the coming months.​​ 

EDITORIAL: Why Brown must approve later school start times

San Diego Union-Tribune

The evidence that early school start times are horrible for middle and high school students is overwhelming and has been for​​ decades.

Higher Ed:

California Teaching Fellows looking to hire more than 100 college level tutors​​ 


Teaching Fellows is the largest youth employer in the Central Valley. They are staying true to that title, as they look to fill over 100 paid positions across the Central Valley. College students assist another grade K to 12, in the morning and after-school programs.

UC Merced wins grant to study tobacco, cannabis use

Madera Tribune

UC Merced has been awarded a $3.8 million grant to establish the UC Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC), positioning UC Merced and the San Joaquin Valley region as a center for the study of public health and policy matters related to tobacco and marijuana.​​ 

UC Merced Rises Nearly 30 Spots in U.S. News Rankings

University of California Merced

In just its 14th academic year, UC Merced took a major leap in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings (released today) jumping 29 spots to No. 136 overall among National Universities and jumping 20 spots to No. 67 for Top Public Schools.

VFW post provides Army veteran with tools for learning at MJC

Modesto Bee

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199 in Modesto, CA, has launched a program that provides a laptop computer and printer for a veteran or spouse attending Modesto Junior College.

East Bay college district embroiled in tumult over money, ethics as election nears

San Francisco Chronicle

It looks like a routine request of voters: a ballot proposal to extend the $48-per-parcel property tax that raises $8 million a year for the area’s community colleges.​​ 

Don't apply to college until you read our guide to how U.S. News ranks schools

San Diego Union-Tribune

U.S. News & World Report will tell you that its annual rankings of the nation’s colleges and universities are extraordinarily insightful.

My turn: What the next governor should do for UC


As a professor at UC Berkeley for over 30 years, I’ve seen the University of California’s life-changing impacts on students—many of whom are the first in their family to attend college.

COMMENTARY: Extend community colleges’ 4-year degree program


The community college baccalaureate movement is reaching a crucial juncture in California. Two years after a limited number of community colleges began offering bachelor’s degrees in applied workforce preparation areas, a sunset provision is threatening to reverse the program’s success.

Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think They Are

So here's a snapshot of the 17 million Americans enrolled in undergraduate higher education, according to numbers culled by the​​ 
National Center for Education Statistics.





Tarantulas are appearing across the Central Coast. What does that mean for the rainy season?

Fresno Bee

This time of the year, most folks are yearning for the cold and rain of winter. It reminds me of the time frame between the end of February into the beginning of March where everyone can’t wait for the sun and heat of summer.​​ 

How California and China are collaborating to fight climate change​​ 

Los Angeles Times

From Silicon Valley to its public universities, California is incubating the next generation of clean energy technologies.

New book 'Local Warming' ranks Bakersfield first in nation in 2011-2017 heat

Bakersfield Californian

From January through December, including unseasonably mild winters, scorching summers, and warm springs and autumns, the San Joaquin Valley's southernmost big city is warming rapidly.

Climate fight comes to SF with new resolve

San Francisco Chronicle

When President Trump announced last year that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, many feared that international momentum for tackling global warming would be lost.​​ 

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Only the powerful get relief from environmental law


Cannella’s point is that while Capitol politicians have eagerly granted special CEQA treatment to wealthy sports team owners, such as the Clippers’ Steve Ballmer, big corporations such as Facebook and megaproject developers, they’ve been unwilling to undertake a broader CEQA reform for more vital projects.

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The sinking of California

The California Sun

The ground is literally sinking beneath our feet in California. Over more than a century, the state’s inhabitants have sucked up vast quantities of water from underground basins to fill our drinking glasses and irrigate the Central Valley’s croplands.

Thousands 'Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice' in San Francisco

NBC Bay Area

Thousands of activists marched Saturday morning in San Francisco in what organizers call "the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen" to demand action against climate change from elected officials.

Californians’ Views on Climate Change


A majority of Californians say it is very important (54%) that the state is a world leader in fighting climate change; 24% say it is somewhat important. Democrats (67%) are much more likely than independents (48%) and Republicans (23%) to say it is very important.​​ 


CCA 101: How does Community Choice Aggregation work? What you need to know

San Diego Union-Tribune

The name may sound clunky, but Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, is one of the hottest energy topics in California and may upend the long-time relationship between utilities and customers.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Block Drilling Expansion

Capital Public Radio

Jerry Brown has signed legislation that would ban docks, pipelines or other onshore infrastructure needed to support new offshore drilling rigs.

Oil Market Turns Turbulent Heading Into Fall Season

The Wall Street Journal

Adding to pressures, the oil market is entering a season when demand typically weakens. Autumn is considered to be a so-called “quiet period” for oil, with prices often declining as the summer driving season ends and refineries shut for maintenance.

OPINION: 100% Certifiable California

The Wall Street Journal

California’s power generation accounts for less than 0.2% of global CO2 emissions, so the mandate won’t matter to the climate. But green groups are hoping California’s fossil-fuel purge will coax politicians elsewhere to follow.​​ 

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California's stem cell bet: After 14 years and $3 billion, has it paid off?

San Francisco Chronicle

It was an extraordinary proposal: Approve a $3 billion bond measure to fund the science of stem cell therapy, and soon some of the world’s cruelest diseases and most disabling injuries could be eradicated.

Market Effects of Adverse Regulatory Events: Evidence from Drug Relabeling


The FDA maintains post-approval safety surveillance programs to monitor the safety of drugs. As adverse events are reported, the FDA may choose to intervene and change the safety labeling associated with a drug.​​ 

EDITORIAL: California is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars for mental health programs. Let's put it to use

Los Angeles Times

Like much of the rest of the nation, California went only halfway toward keeping its promise to improve mental health care.​​ 

Human Services:

Tulare's 9/11 blood drive is biggest in the Valley

Visalia Times-Delta

A remembrance ceremony and day-long blood drive will give Tulare residents a chance to observe the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America.

HHSA impostor posts 'racially charged hate speech' on social media

Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare County Health and Human Services officials are warning the public of a man claiming to be an employee with the agency.​​ 

Valley Children's Hospital opens new pediatrics facility location in Clovis


The new primary care practice is called Magnolia Pediatrics and is located on Herndon and Temperance Avenues. The 19,000 square foot complex will help increase access to medical care, for families in the Clovis and Fresno area.

Business groups sue SF over universal childcare measure on June ballot

San Francisco Examiner

The measure, which aims to subsidize early education by raising the gross receipts tax on commercial rents by 3.5 percent starting January 1, was narrowly approved by 50.87 percent of San Francisco voters in the June 5 special election. Once implemented, it is expected to generate some $150 million in revenue annually.

Liberal Health Care Group Launches Seven-Figure Campaign

Roll Call

“Election Day is around the corner, and every GOP incumbent who supported this reckless agenda will face a reckoning at the ballot box. Health Care Voters are mobilizing to make sure of it,” spokesman Tim Hogan said in a statement.​​ 

Cheap Custom-Made Versions of High-Cost Drugs Spur Backlash

The Wall Street Journal

The conflicts underscore a central challenge as policy makers, industry and the FDA itself seek to ease regulation and bolster competition to lower drug prices—balancing access to less-expensive drugs against safety concerns and legal protections for innovative medicines.


Why most deported parents decline reunification with their children

Stockton Record

About two-thirds want their children to stay in the U.S. rather than reunite as a family in their homelands, saying it’s just too dangerous.


Land Use:

Modesto could look for alternate spots for homeless shelter

Modesto Bee

The Modesto City Council could direct the city manager to look for possible locations for a temporary homeless shelter while a permanent access center can be opened.

Enchanted Playhouse fails to pay rent, loses after ‘vague’ bid

Visalia Times-Delta

Visalia City Council rejected a proposal from the Enchanted Playhouse Theater Company to purchase the Main Street Theatre.

Bakersfield tops off with more gas stations

Bakersfield Californian

Gasoline stations and their sidekicks — fast-food and convenience-stores — are the hot new development trend in Bakersfield, as investors make up for a recessionary lull in building what for many have become a central feature of daily life.

Road now clear for city to finish all TRIP projects

Bakersfield Californian

Work on the 24th Street Improvements project, which had been held up in court for years with a lawsuit, can also move forward now that the lawsuit has been won by the city.


If you’re a renter, odds are you’re paying more. See just how much more

The Fresno Bee

The Census Bureau estimated that more than half of Fresno County renters paid at least 35 percent of their household income for rent. Among low-income households, however, the proportion of income spent on rent was almost 75 percent, according to the California Housing Partnership Coalition/Fresno Housing Authority report.

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Homes in rural enclaves offer stunning views – and severe fire risk. Should they be built?

Modesto Bee

As large wildfires ravage Northern California, all the blame shouldn’t be placed on climate change and public utilities – we’re also building too many homes in the fire zones, experts say.

Governor Brown Signs Bill Giving Tenants More Time To Stave Off Eviction​​ 

San Francisco Business Times

State law maintains that tenants have three days to comply with lease terms or pay rent, and five days to respond to eviction proceedings. The new provision swaps calendar days to court days — no longer counting weekends and holidays in the respondent’s timeline.

Across much of Southern California, home prices are setting records. But the crunch still lingers for the Victor Valley

Los Angeles Times

Across much of Southern California, home prices are setting new records. But in inland stretches like the wind-swept Victor Valley, some 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, the lingering effects of the housing crash are more deeply felt.

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Californians Still Really Like Prop. 13. Except For The Big Parts They Don’t Like.

Capital Public Radio

Since 1978, Prop. 13 has been blamed for everything from the​​ poor performance​​ of California public schools to​​ a shortage of affordable homes​​ to the perpetuation of​​ racial inequality. In progressive quarters, the initiative has become a poster child for bad ballot-box policy.​​ 


Relax: Federal law won’t raise your California income tax

San Francisco Chronicle

Not surprisingly for a state of nonconformists, the Legislature adjourned Sept. 1 without conforming California state income taxes to any part of the Republican-crafted federal tax law passed in December.

Some small business owners could avoid cap on state and local tax deduction after IRS clarifies new rules

Los Angeles Times

Small business owners could avoid a new federal limit on state and local tax deductions after the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that rules it released last month to​​ prevent efforts​​ in California and other states to circumvent the cap apply only to individuals.

Required vote for local tax increases in legal limbo


As dozens of local governments ask their voters for tax increases this year, the laws governing tax elections are in a state of legal flux. A test case on the vote requirements for local taxes involves a tax for children’s services approved by San Francisco voters in June.

At-risk House Republicans say no to new tax bill


The White House and GOP House leaders are pushing a second tax reform before the midterms.


City of Fresno issues cease-and-desist letter to Bird scooter company

Fresno Bee

The city of Fresno has issued a cease-and-desist letter for the Bird scooters​​ left around the city last month. City officials said​​ Bird Rides Inc.​​ didn’t approach the city to get the proper permission and licenses to operate here.  

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As fatal truck crashes surge, U.S. government won’t make an easy fix.

Fresno Bee

Technology could be the key to preventing hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries annually from rear-end truck crashes. But federal regulators haven’t acted to require these safety systems.

Valley residents eligible for up to $9,500 to replace high polluting vehicles


The Valley Air District's 'Drive Clean in the San Joaquin' program launched a new vehicle replacement option, to replace 1999 or older high polluting vehicle for a newer, fuel-efficient powered vehicle, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

Caltrans making repairs to Fresno area highways


Caltrans crews are hard at work making repairs to Fresno County bridges thanks to a $3.1 million project to fix Valley highways. The safety improvements will take place on 28 bridges along Highways 41, 168 and 180.

A Scourge for California Drivers: Hours on a Sidewalk to Renew a License

The New York Times

They were lined up by the dozens clear down the street on a recent afternoon — hot and frustrated in the sun, trying to attend to the most routine (and unavoidable) encounters with local government: renewing a driver’s license.

EDITORIAL: It's audit time. California needs to hold its dysfunctional DMV accountable

Los Angeles Times

Not only has the deeply dysfunctional California Department of Motor Vehicles failed in its basic responsibility to process applications for new or renewed driver’s licenses and state identification cards in a timely manner, but the agency just revealed that it has bungled the state’s new ”motor voter” program as well.


Push For Drinking Water Tax Dies In The California Legislature

The Sacramento Bee

An effort to​​ impose a “voluntary” water tax on residents​​ to pay for safe drinking water projects died in the Legislature on Friday. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said “a piecemeal funding approach” to the problem “won’t work.”

Proposition 3: An $8.87 billion water and habitat bond


Proposition 3 will provide that water supply for people, agriculture, and our native fish and wildlife. Proposition 3 is a general obligation bond, and will not raise taxes. Some of its most important features include: Providing safe drinking water for disadvantaged people who lack clean water.

Tunnel fight coming to a head


A legislative hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, a step toward extending State Water Project contracts for another 50 years.


Best surfers in the world competing for World Surf League title in Lemoore


The best surfers in the world are in the Central Valley, competing in the World Surf League championship.

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The wall is done. Graffiti artists awarded for murals in downtown Modesto

Modesto Bee

Finishing touches were put on the wall of new murals created this weekend during the Fasm Creative Battle in downtown Modesto.​​ 

Intellectual and cultural achievers: the Bakersfield edition

Bakersfield Californian

The dominant narrative about Bakersfield is often inaccurate, and at the very least, incomplete. There’s a richer depth to the people that were born and nurtured here. Our history is full of fascinating and innovative individuals.​​ 

A century ago, a Sicilian immigrant carved a subterranean wonderland in the San Joaquin Valley

The California Sun

For 40 years he carried on, until what started as a cellar where he would seek refuge from the afternoon heat grew into a spectacular subterranean palace with passageways, living rooms, patios, a chapel, and a simple earthen home.

PHOTO GALLERY: CALM reopens its Coast Room

Bakersfield Californian

CALM Zoo's Coast Room exhibit re-opened Saturday after months-long closure for improvements. Two new aquariums opened, one for an octopus and the other for seahorses.

PHOTO GALLERY: Village Fest 2018 is Bakersfield's 'party of the year'

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Museum hosted Bakersfield’s “party of the year” on Saturday. Attendees of the annual Village Fest got to sample food from more than 30 eateries, most of them local. There also were more than 80 breweries and wineries on tap, along with music from more than a dozen bands.​​