September 21, 2018






Nunes calls out Janz for campaigning during work hours. Smittcamp defends Janz

Fresno Bee

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp took the rare step of weighing in publicly on campaign materials involving one of her deputies on Wednesday, when she defended prosecutor Andrew Janz from criticism made in a series of advertisements released this week by Rep. Devin Nunes.


Was Clovis man flashing white power symbol in photo with Nunes? Activist says no

Fresno Bee

A photo showing two local far-right activists and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, made the rounds on social media this week after supporters of Nunes challenger Andrew Janz claimed one of the men used a hand gesture related to the white power movement and white nationalism.

See also:

       Selfie with Nunes causes controversy ABC30


Denham, Harder address array of issues in first face-to-face meeting

Modesto Bee

Jeff Denham and Josh Harder sat side by side at last as they spoke to The Modesto Bee’s editorial board Thursday in a long-awaited first debate.


Residents speak up for ousted Chief Wes Hensley as lawsuit moves forward

Visalia Times-Delta

Despite a plea from a retired corrections officer to reinstate former police Chief Wes Hensley, Tulare City Council voted Tuesday to deny a damage claim filed late last month.


Fresno still dealing with the devastating effects of redlining

The Fresno Bee

When it comes to health, your zip code is more important than your genetic code. Why? Because the conditions in your neighborhood reflect a lot about how valued you are in society




California Launches New Effort To Fight Election Disinformation

Capital Public Radio

California election officials are launching a new effort to fight the kind of disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 elections — an effort that comes with thorny legal and political questions.


Becerra cautions on CA’s net neutrality plan


Attorney General Xavier Becerra says it would be tough for his office to act as an internet regulator, though he embraces pending state legislation to impose net neutrality.


New Documents Reveal Yet Another California Democratic Cyberattack

Rolling Stone

It was a nightmare scenario for a scrappy congressional candidate. A few hours before the biggest debate of the primary season, California Democrat Bryan Caforio’s website crashed.


Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Support a Family in California?

California Budget and Policy Center

Making Ends Meet shines a light on the economic challenges faced by many Californians by showing the cost of supporting a family or a single individual in different parts of the state.


9th Circuit: California Cities Must Let Homeless Sleep on Streets

Public CEO

A ruling this month by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which holds it is unconstitutional to ban homeless people from sleeping on the streets is likely to complicate the attempts to crack down on homelessness problems by local governments in California.


After bawdy photos, California Lottery workers demand resignations

Fresno Bee

Five California Lottery employees asked the California Lottery Commission on Sept. 20, 2018 to force the resignation of several senior department executives.


What if the state encouraged growth away from our big cities?

The Modesto Bee

Recent attempts at a ballot measure to split up California highlighted widespread doubts that the state has the political will, or perhaps the ability, to effectively govern itself.


EDITORIAL: Hate daylight saving time? Here’s why getting rid of it would cost California dearly

Sacramento Bee

Voters on Nov. 6, 2018 should reject Proposition 7, which would free the Legislature to eliminate daylight saving time. Keeping clocks the same year-round would prove costly for businesses with operations across time zones and needlessly isolate California.




Feinstein’s office receiving ‘threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff’

Fresno Bee

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office has received threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff — some naming specific employees — following Feinstein’s involvement in allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

See Also:

     Feinstein was right to withhold Kavanaugh letter, accuser’s attorney says Modesto Bee

     De León failed his own #MeToo test, activists say San Francisco Chronicle

      Dianne Feinstein Rode One Court Fight to the Senate. Another Has Left Her Under Siege. The New York Times


Kavanaugh accuser's offer to testify about alleged sexual assault puts key Republicans in a bind

Los Angeles Times

Christine Blasey Ford's offer to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has in effect kicked the ball back into Republicans’ court.

See Also:

     The Latest: Ford prefers to testify next Thursday, aide says Sacramento Bee

     Connecting the dots on Brett Kavanaugh Los Angeles Times

     Brett Kavanaugh should want an investigation by the FBI as much as his accuser  Los Angeles Times

     FBI won’t investigate Kavanaugh. Will Christine Blasey Ford testify anyway? San Francisco Chronicle

     The GOP Can’t Win for Losing WSJ

     Opposition to Kavanaugh Nomination Grows Among Voters, New Poll Shows WSJ

     How much evidence do we need to destroy someone? The Washington Post

     Senate Majority Leader Vows Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed Soon Roll Call

     EDITORIAL: Senators determined to downplay Kavanaugh charge San Francisco Chronicle

     EDITORIAL: Why Kavanaugh should call for FBI investigation into allegations against him San Diego Union-Tribune


GOP midterm strategy: Forget Trump and demonize the Democrat as wild-eyed radicals

Los Angeles Times

To hear Katie Porter tell it, she’s just your average Orange County mom, clipping coupons, shopping specials at the supermarket and puttering about with three kids in a Toyota minivan that’s pushing 120,000 miles.

See also

       What Democrats Have Become WSJ

Democrats Gain in Four House Races, Cook Says, While GOP Strengthens in Two


Favorable candidate match-ups and strong poll showings prompted the nonpartisan Cook Political Report to reclassify six House races, shifting four of them in favor of Democrats.


Trump’s trade war and the abandonment of American ideals


China becomes richer and more technologically advanced every day. America’s strategy to slow that momentum? Massive and onerous tariffs.


The Plot to Subvert an Election


For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means.


Robinson: Fairness left the GOP long ago. Is decency gone, too?

The Washington Post

“It never happened” and “it wasn’t him” are legitimate, if inconsistent, arguments for defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh to make. “We have to stick to our deadline” and “there’s no need to involve the FBI” are nothing but partisan Republican talking points. And excuses like “he was only 17” and “boys will be boys” are simply vile.


DOJ Didn't Want To Request Census Question During FBI's 'Comey Matter'


The Justice Department, which the Trump administration says needs the controversial citizenship question added to the 2020 census, initially did not want to make the request, according to newly unredacted portions of a memo.


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.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates benefits of tariffs to US

AP News

President Donald Trump is declaring on Twitter a premature victory from his tariffs. Despite the manufacturing renaissance he claims, it’s too soon to determine the full scope of any benefit or harm they might create.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s undue credit for slowing health costs

AP News

What a difference a year makes. From predicting that the Affordable Care Act would “implode” and “explode,” President Donald Trump is now claiming credit for modest average premium increases expected next year.




Google Workers Discussed Tweaking Search Function to Counter Travel Ban


Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed ways they might be able to tweak the company’s search-related functions to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies, according to internal company emails.

See also:

      Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts WSJ


Why Aren't More Women In Office? Even Within Parties, There's Big Disagreement


Women represent 20 percent of Congress members right now, and Republicans and Democrats differ sharply on why that's the case, not to mention how big of a problem that is.2



Will striking Sun-Maid workers return to work anytime soon? Protest on its 11th day

Fresno Bee

As the pace of raisin harvest picks up, workers at Sun-Maid are completing their 11th day of a strike over pay and benefits and no sign of a resolution anytime soon.


Five years later, ballots show fruit workers rejected the UFW

Los Angeles Times

More than 2,000 workers whose ballots were impounded five years ago saw the results of their vote Tuesday — an ouster of the United Farm Workers as their representative at Gerawan Farming, the state’s largest grower of peaches and other stone fruits.


California olive oil producers experience shortage due to ‘borderline catastrophic’ harvest

San Francisco Chronicle

Thanks to some unusual weather in the first three months of 2018, olive harvests are down by about 25 percent, according to the California Olive Oil Council, which represents 90 percent of olive oil production in California.


Ground beef recalled over E. coli concerns after 1 person dies ABC30


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a recall for more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef products over E. coli concerns.


Gov. Brown signs law allowing home cooks to sell their food

San Francisco Chronicle

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law AB626, a groundbreaking new law that allows people to sell directly to the public food they have cooked in their home kitchens.

See also:

Home Cooks Can Now Sell Their Food in California The New York Times

Service shops at Target for you and delivers the same day. And it’s coming to Modesto

Modesto Bee

A new online delivery service coming to the Central Valley will let you get all your Target shopping done from the comfort of your couch, and even bring you a beer afterward for all of your not-so-hard work.


Feeding Families Fund Drive Nets $380k With Help From Partners

The Business Journal

Local radio station KMJ 580 AM/105.9FM teamed up with local ag company Gar Tootelian Inc. to break records in raising over $380,000 for the Central California Food Bank.


‘Beware of political grandstanders.’ Councilmembers clash over Fresno cannabis policy

Fresno Bee

Fresno City Councilman Clint Olivier, a longtime cannabis advocate on the council, warned people attending a public forum earlier this week not to believe everything they may hear about the city’s draft cannabis regulations.


Using marijuana legally? New California law gives you some privacy.

Fresno Bee

California recreational marijuana users can now enjoy the same level of information privacy that medical cannabis users receive, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2402 into law.


Second High Times Cannabis Fest Planned For Sacramento, Even Though Bill Hasn’t Been Paid From The First

Capital Public Radio

The City of Sacramento is considering a second High Times Magazine cannabis festival at Cal Expo, but the city says the magazine still owes $60,000 from the first event in May.






He was 19, and strangled in his Fresno jail cell. Lawsuit blames the Sheriff’s Office

Fresno Bee

In their wrongful death lawsuit, the Herreras contend in U.S. District Court in Fresno that the Sheriff’s Office is to blame for their son’s death because the jail is understaffed with correctional officers, making it a dangerous place, not just for inmates but for guards, too.


Young teens don’t belong in adult criminal court. It’s time to change that in California

The Sacramento Bee

As a retired superior court judge and former senior deputy district attorney, we know what it means to confront painful crimes. We believe laws should ensure justice is done and public safety is prioritized.


Public Safety:


Turlock stops enforcing regulations against camping in parks

Modesto Bee

Turlock has temporarily stopped enforcing its regulations against camping in city parks and on other public property after a federal appeals court ruled people cannot be prosecuted for sleeping on public property when they don’t have access to shelter.




Crews monitoring several fires burning in Yosemite National Park


Four active fires are burning in Yosemite National Park. Fire officials said the fires were discovered in the past two weeks. Crews currently have Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in place inside the park.


Best practices for preventing fires at home

Modesto Bee

Accidental house fires are a serious safety threat. Learn how to cut down your risk by exercising these simple prevention tips.


California Has Already Run Out Of Money Fighting Fires (But More Is On The Way)

Capital Public Radio

The new state budget that took effect in July set aside nearly $443 million to fight wildfires. But that money is gone. So now Cal Fire is getting an additional $234 million.


Wildfire near Placerville jumps Highway 50, prompts evacuations

San Francisco Chronicle

A timber fire broke out 10 miles east of Placerville on Thursday afternoon, briefly shutting down Highway 50 and prompting evacuations, officials said.






Supervisors throw lifeline to struggling Lamont area

Bakersfield Californian

On the heels of numerous requests from community residents, the Kern County Board of Supervisors has created a new economic opportunity zone to help spur improvements in and around the Lamont area.


True: Nearly Half Of California’s Children Are ‘At Or Near Poverty’ When Considering Cost-Of-Living

Capital Public Radio

Gavin Newsom claimed nearly half of California's children are "at or near poverty." PolitiFact set out on a fact check.


U.S. Stocks Close at Records


The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 set new highs Thursday, kindling hopes among some investors that buoyant U.S. stocks are on track to exceed Wall Street’s performance expectations for 2018.

See also:

       America is richer than ever but most Americans aren't. It's the GOP's economic quandary. The Washington Post

       Don’t blame business for slow wage growth AEI




Poverty in 2017 | In 60 seconds


The United States Census Bureau’s 2017 report on income and poverty in the United States can present the reader with hope that poverty has indeed been reduced over the last few years.

See also:

     Which places made progress against poverty in 2017? Brookings

     Poverty in California Is High by Any Measure PPIC

State workers looking to recover ‘fair share’ fees must overcome new California law

Sacramento Bee

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that aims to give public employee unions legal cover from potentially expensive lawsuits demanding that they repay certain fees to workers that the Supreme Court in June determined were unconstitutional.






What are the top high schools in Fresno County? Here’s what a new ranking says

Fresno Bee

University High School is the best high school in Fresno County according to a new ranking by the reviews website Niche. Clovis North High School and Design Science Early College High School follow at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.


No delay to school start times after Jerry Brown vetoes California bill

Fresno Bee

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 20, 2018, vetoed a bill that would have required most high schools and middle schools in the state to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Teachers and school boards opposed the measure.

See Also:

     Brown vetoes bill mandating later school start times Stockton Record

     Gov. Brown Rejects Later Start Times For Middle, High School Classes Capital Public Radio

     California Gov. Jerry Brown rejects bill to prohibit schools from starting before 8:30 a.m. Los Angeles Times

     Later school start times will help students get needed sleep. But they aren't enough Los Angeles Times

     Gov. Brown nixes California mandate for later school start time San Francisco Chronicle


Kings County remains stern on truancy

Hanford Sentinel

If there’s one message that truancy officers have for parents, it’s that they do whatever it takes to make sure their kids are going to school all day, every day.


Weston Ranch may soon get after-school program for youth

Stockton Record

Weston Ranch may soon offer new youth services to students in the south Stockton community.


'Special Friends Day' at the fair brings smiles to those with disabilities

Bakersfield Californian

Kern County Superintendent of Schools employee Joanne Garza said she's been escorting students to Special Friends Day the past 20 years and they always have a great time.


KHSD forum highlights mixed results regarding student discipline

Bakersfield Californian

The Kern High School District has made some significant strides in the past couple years when it comes to student discipline, but data shows there’s plenty of work left to do.


Don't let the SAT become the yardstick to measure California high schools

Los Angeles Times

There's no doubt that low-income students are at a disadvantage when it comes to taking college admissions exams such as the SAT and ACT, and it is understandable that some school districts want to help them.


School Suspensions Down In California But Disparities Still Exist

Capital Public Radio

California schools are still suspending a higher ratio of black kids compared to their white peers, about four times higher. That's according to a new study from UCLA's Center for Civil Rights Remedies.


Prison officers’ union jumps into race for schools chief


In a departure, the union representing California’s prison officers has emerged as a player in the race for the top job in the state’s public schools.


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


Sweeping reforms to the way California funds its public schools appear to be lifting student achievement, but this state may need to do and spend much more, particularly on early childhood education, if Californians hope to keep up with the rest of the country in closing its “achievement gap.”


Higher Ed:


Fresno State Ranks 3rd In U.S. News For Graduation-rate Performance

Fresno State

The U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best College rankings issued today again placed Fresno State among the top three best public universities in graduation-rate performance nationwide.




You’ll have to ask if you want a plastic straw in California under new law

Fresno Bee

California customers will have to ask for plastic straws at sit-down restaurants after Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 20, 2018, signed Assembly Bill 1884. The measure aims to cut down on single-use plastic pollution.

See Also:

     Calif. becomes first state to bar restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws ABC30

     Want A Straw At A Restaurant? Or A Soda With Your Kids Meal? New California Laws Make You Ask For Them Capital Public Radio

     It could be the last straw for plastic straws in California Los Angeles Times

     California becomes the first state to restrict plastic straws at restaurants Los Angeles Times

     State bans plastic straws at dine-in restaurants San Francisco Chronicle

     Bon appetit, California CALmatters


Yosemite needs your help. Here’s what you can do.

Sierra Star

Yosemite National Park’s busy summer season has come to an end and it is counting on its 15th annual “Facelift” next week to clean up the trash and debris left on its grounds.

See Also:

     Yosemite seeking volunteers for next week's end-of-summer trash cleanup Los Angeles Times


Whole Foods to pay $1.6 million for mishandling hazardous waste in Yolo County

Sacramento Bee

Whole Foods’ California branch will pay $1,643,500 as part of a settlement made on Thursday with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office that resulted from the high-end supermarket chain’s mishandling of hazardous waste and materials over a five-year period.

See Also:

     Whole Foods to pay $1.64 million to settle hazardous waste claims with California cities San Francisco Chronicle






Tour teaching 'Hands-Only' CPR makes stop in Fresno


A mobile unit teaching "Hands-Only" CPR made a stop Thursday at the Fresno City College campus.


What states aren't doing to save new mothers' lives 

Visalia Times-Delta

The U.S. maternal death rate is among the highest in the developed world. Eighteen states haven't studied these deaths and others tend to blame moms.


California doctors must tell patients if put on probation for sexual misconduct under new law

Los Angeles Times

Doctors in California will now be required to notify patients if they are put on disciplinary probation for sexual misconduct.


Youth Vaping Has Soared in 2018, New Data Show


Teen use of e-cigarettes has soared this year, according to new research conducted in 2018 that suggest fast-changing youth habits will pose a challenge for public-health officials, schools and parents.


John Hancock adds fitness tracking to all policies


John Hancock will now sell only "interactive" policies that collect health data through wearable devices such as a smartwatch.

California law makes milk or water default kids’ meal drink


A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t ban restaurants or fast-food chains from selling soda or juice with children’s meals. But it says only milk; a non-dairy milk alternative; or sparkling, still or flavored water can be handed out as default and advertised on the menu.

We’re asking the wrong question about Medicare-for-all

The Washington Post

With Democrats becoming increasingly ambitious in their policy goals, Republicans believe they have a killer answer to any new proposal: How are you going to pay for it?


Two visions for market-based health care reform


Neither of the two competing visions for market-driven health care — “managed competition” or consumer-led purchasing of medical services — are without challenges, as two recent papers make clear.


Human Services:


A $7,812.03 hospital bill started a case that is now at the California Supreme Court

Fresno Bee

The California Supreme Court has been asked to look at an appellate court decision involving a Fresno hospital patient’s emergency department bill that could have a far-reaching effect on what hospitals in the state charge patients with no insurance.


Tulare City Council votes to support Measure H, TRMC

Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare City Council will back Measure H, the effort to turn the city's hospital over to Adventist Health. Next, voters in November will be asked to approve the lease agreement between the Tulare hospital board and Adventist Health.


Kern Medical employees get pay bump in new agreement

Bakersfield Californian

Kern Medical Center employees will be getting a pay increase starting this December as part of a labor agreement that was reached this week with the SEIU Local 521.


Larger, Cheaper Trash Bins Coming To Five Northern California Communities

Capital Public Radio

People who live in five cities and counties north of Sacramento will soon be able to get much larger trash receptacles for almost the same price as the smaller ones.




These sex offenders are begging to be deported. Why does California pay millions to keep them?

Fresno Bee

The undocumented men at Coalinga State Hospital are in a unique predicament that seems to be nobody’s jurisdiction. They aren’t prisoners, they are “civil detainees.” They entered the country illegally, committed crimes and served their prison sentences.


Trump admin moves $260M from cancer research, HIV/AIDS and other programs to cover custody of immigrant children costs


The Trump administration is planning to shift more than $260 million to cover the rising cost and strain of housing thousands of undocumented immigrant children in their custody -- including millions of dollars from programs like cancer research and HIV/AIDS prevention.


Trump’s tough talk on immigration could backfire in Latino-heavy states

Sacramento Bee

As President Donald Trump tries to appeal to voters in immigrant-rich states like Nevada, his tough talk may backfire and instead motivate some in Nevada to help Democratic candidates in the midterm elections in November.


Drop in Mexican-Born Immigrants Attributed to Hostility Here, Opportunity There

PEW center

New Census figures show the number of Mexican immigrants living in the United States dropped more last year than at any point in the past decade, a plunge that came as the Trump administration took power and made the deportation of unauthorized immigrants a top priority.


EDITORIAL: Trump’s new refugee limits are heartless

Modesto Bee

The Modesto area has long been welcoming to newcomers. We have active, contributing residents who have come from Mexico, Iran, the Azores, Honduras, India, Afghanistan, China, Fiji, Vietnam – you name it.




Land Use:


City commission urges preservation of The Dome

Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Historic Preservation Commission has reached out to the current and former owners of The Dome urging them to consider an alternative to demolishing the architecturally novel event venue built in 1940.




More homes being built in Fresno


Empty plots of land in Fresno are now seeing a lot of activity, as construction crews start building apartments across the city.


Editorial: Prop. 10 would exacerbate California’s housing crisis

The Mercury News

Rents in California, especially the Bay Area, are soaring. Decent housing is unaffordable for far too many. But the solution is to build more housing, not restrict rents. That’s why voters should reject Proposition 10 on the Nov. 6 ballot.



EDITORIAL: Vote no because gas tax-funded improvements are much-needed

San Diego Union-Tribune

Prop 6 would repeal the fuel and vehicle-license taxes and fees that Gov. Jerry Brown got the Legislature to enact last year, reducing the excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents, among many changes.




‘They are incompetent.’ Republican blasts latest DMV outage

Fresno Bee

Thousands of customers walked into the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday unable to have their transactions processed.

See Also:

     Clovis, Fresno, Fresno North DMV computer problems may affect transactions ABC30

      California's DMV finds 3,000 more unintended voter registrations Los Angeles Times


Poor road quality costs consumers at the pump and boosts greenhouse emissions

Visalia Times-Delta

Pavement Vehicle Interaction affects how much bang you get from your buck and therefore the greenhouse gases vehicles burn. PVI can help with both.


Brightline trains to expand to West Coast with California-Las Vegas service

Visalia Times-Delta

Brightline will buy the rights to build a high-speed railroad between Southern California and Las Vegas, a major milestone for the company which to this point has operated only in Florida.


Do you stop for red-flashing school buses? If not, prepare to pay

Bakersfield Californian

Students were said to be quite well-behaved Thursday on Panama-Buena Vista Union School District's bus No. 13.


California aims to get less affluent plug-in drivers into carpool lanes

San Francisco Chronicle

The main purpose of California’s sticker program to let clean-air vehicles into carpool lanes was always simple: It helped induce people to buy hybrid and electric cars.


Airlines Fight Push to Regulate Ticket-Change Fees


U.S. airlines are fighting to keep control of the nearly $3 billion that passengers pay annually to change their flights.


California’s most epic bike route is ready to be built

San Francisco Chronicle

The Great Redwood Trail Act would turn an old railroad track into a bike path winding from Marin County through Wine Country and Redwood forests, along the Russian and Eel Rivers, and up to Humboldt County.


Fatal e-scooter accident emerges just as California legalizes riding without a helmet

The Washington Post

A 24-year-old Dallas man who died after falling off a Lime electric scooter was killed by blunt force injuries to his head, county officials said Thursday, likely making him the first person to die in an accident involving the electric mobility devices that have swept across the nation this year.


EDITORIAL: Vote no because gas tax-funded improvements are much-needed

San Diego Union-Tribune

Prop 6 would repeal the fuel and vehicle-license taxes and fees that Gov. Jerry Brown got the Legislature to enact last year, reducing the excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents, among many changes.




Valadao, Costa, other Valley leaders rally in support of California water ballot prop

Fresno Bee

Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, were joined by other San Joaquin Valley leaders Thursday to support California Proposition 3, the 2018 state water bond on the November ballot.


Recent testing shows improvement in toxic algae levels at Isabella Lake

Bakersfield Californian

Recent water tests at Isabella Lake suggests toxicity from blue-green algae poses much less of a public health threat than it did in early summer. But for local residents and business owners, the issue remains a point of contention.


California’s Plan to Store Water Underground Could Risk Contamination


As California begins handing out $2.5 billion in state funds for several new water management projects, a shift is taking place in the ways officials are considering storing water. To contend with the likelihood of future extreme droughts, some of these new strategies rely on underground aquifers — an approach far removed from traditional dam-based water storage.




Smittcamp train makes its last run on Clovis ranch. Next stop: Storyland & Playland

Fresno Bee

The iconic Wawona Express that for years has circled the Earl and Muriel Smittcamp property in Clovis made its last run at the ranch Thursday before donation to Rotary Storyland & Playland at Roeding Park.


Five store openings you may have missed: Funko Pops, clothing, guns, more

Fresno Bee

An eclectic collection of new stores have opened around Fresno in recent months. Here’s a look at what’s new in town.


Tom Cruise makes appearance in Lemoore, shooting scenes for ‘Top Gun’ sequel on base

Fresno Bee

Tom Cruise has been shooting scenes to the next Top Gun movie in the central San Joaquin Valley.A photo was snapped of the movie star at the Lemoore Naval Air Station this week, KFUN 92.5 FM radio host Joey Perez confirmed.


Craving modern American fare? Here are the 5 best spots in Clovis


Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top restaurants for contemporary American cuisine in Clovis.


National Public Lands Day means free admission into Yosemite National Park

Sierra Star

Yosemite National Park will join the rest of the country’s national parks and waive its entrance fee on Sept. 29 in honor of National Public Lands Day.


2018 'most successful fair' in Tulare County history

Visalia Times-Delta

More than 125,000 people attended the 2018 Tulare County Fair, a 7 percent spike from last year.


'Corteo' brings the circus to Fresno

Hanford Sentinel

With Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo” stopping in Fresno for a string of performances, the Save Mart Center’s backstage area feels like a small city.


Take me home! Dogs available

Bakersfield Californian

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


Humane Society dogged by mistrust

Stockton Record

There’s a dogfight going on at the Delta Humane Society between the chief and certain workers who say she has become autocratic and suspiciously secretive about money.


The 5 best places to bask in California’s fall colors

California Sun

New England has the architecture, but California has the landscapes. That, according to the fall color connoisseur John Poimiroo, makes the Golden State America's premier autumn destination.


Valley Cultural Calendar

Valley Cultural Coalition

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