Government & Politics http://kvpr.org en County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully http://kvpr.org/post/county-registrars-overhaul-recount-process-carefully <div><p>The recount in the state controller’s race may be over, but that hasn’t stopped critics of California’s recount process from calling for an overhaul. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, county election officials are warning state lawmakers to write new rules carefully.</p></div><p>San Bernardino County Registrar Michael Scarpello spent last Friday staffing up. His county’s recount was scheduled to start on Monday. But it didn’t, because former Assembly Speaker John Pérez canceled his recount bid Friday afternoon.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:38 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 36098 at http://kvpr.org County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully Brown Names New Supreme Court Nominee http://kvpr.org/post/brown-names-new-supreme-court-nominee <p>A Stanford law professor who was born in Mexico and immigrated to California as a teenager has been selected as the next nominee to the state’s Supreme Court. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>Governor Jerry Brown has named Stanford Law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to replace retiring Justice Marvin Baxter. Cuellar has been at Stanford since 2001. He also assisted President Barack Obama on immigration issues during the Obama transition into office.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:52:57 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 36092 at http://kvpr.org Brown Names New Supreme Court Nominee Perez Stops Recounts In Controller's Race http://kvpr.org/post/perez-stops-recounts-controllers-race <p>Former California Assembly Speaker John Perez is calling off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller.</p><p>Perez requested the recount in 15 counties after finishing third in the June 3rd primary.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Los Angeles Democrat was 481 votes behind fellow Democrat Betty Yee.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perez picked up only a handful of votes in recounts this week in Imperial and Kern counties.</span></p><p>He says in a statement that "there is simply not enough time to see this process through to the end."</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:28:19 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 36097 at http://kvpr.org Perez Stops Recounts In Controller's Race Drought Could Lead To Financial Hardship for Water Agencies http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-lead-financial-hardship-water-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conserving water could cost some California water agencies. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a notice issued today from Moody’s Investors Service.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moody’s says state-wide water restrictions approved this week could eventually lead to lower credit ratings for California water agencies. That’s because less water use means lower water sales, which in turn means less revenue. </span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:49:01 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35879 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Lead To Financial Hardship for Water Agencies Fresno City Council Puts Off Measure W Decision, Asks For Study http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-city-council-puts-measure-w-decision-asks-study <p class="p1">Fresno voters may get to weigh in on a referendum that would overturn a planned hike in water rates, but the final decision didn't come Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Instead of moving forward with putting Measure W on the November ballot, or repealing the rate hikes - the city council voted to commission an expedited study on the issue.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:37:09 +0000 Joe Moore 35877 at http://kvpr.org Fresno City Council Puts Off Measure W Decision, Asks For Study Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-supervisors-wait-poochigian-proposal-oppose-high-speed-rail <p>The Fresno County Board of Supervisors decided to wait on a proposal Tuesday that would have formally positioned the county as opposed to California’s high speed rail project. The effort which was led by Supervisor Debbie Poochigian, who says the project’s funding should be diverted to other areas like water or public safety.</p><p>Poochigian spoke with Valley Public Radio on Monday afternoon before the meeting:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:26:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35764 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail Measure W Signals Shift in Fresno Politics http://kvpr.org/post/measure-w-signals-shift-fresno-politics <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A grassroots campaign to roll back a planned water rate hike that then sparked a lengthy legal battle could soon wind up before Fresno voters.</span></p><p>On Thursday the Fresno City Council will decide whether to put a referendum called Measure W on the November ballot, or to repeal the water rate plan. The move comes after a citizens group announced last week that its petition drive has collected over 5,500 valid signatures—more than enough to qualify for the ballot.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:03 +0000 Kerry Klein 35752 at http://kvpr.org Measure W Signals Shift in Fresno Politics In Fresno, De Leon Backtracks On Tumbleweed Comments http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-de-leon-backtracks-tumbleweed-comments <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Incoming State Senate President pro </span>tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kevin de Leon made his first official appearance in Fresno today just weeks after controversial comments about the San Joaquin Valley and high speed rail. </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:49 +0000 Diana Aguilera 35753 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, De Leon Backtracks On Tumbleweed Comments James Fallows: California's High Speed Rail Plan Is 'Better Than The Alternatives' http://kvpr.org/post/james-fallows-californias-high-speed-rail-plan-better-alternatives <p>The Atlantic's <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/">James Fallows</a>&nbsp;says California's high speed rail project may be flawed and expensive, but he also calls it better than other methods of accommodating the state's growing population.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:14:57 +0000 Joe Moore 35733 at http://kvpr.org James Fallows: California's High Speed Rail Plan Is 'Better Than The Alternatives' Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot http://kvpr.org/post/referendum-fresno-water-rate-hike-qualifies-november-ballot <p>Fresno voters may soon get a chance to overturn the City Council's planned hikes in water rates.</p><p>Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence confirmed today that a referendum petition submitted in late June has over 5,500 valid signatures--more than enough to put Measure W on the ballot.</p><p>The measure aims to allow voters to overturn a water plan approved last summer by the Council.&nbsp; The plan would on average double water rates over the next 3 years in order to fund a $410 million upgrade to the city's water system.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:01:03 +0000 Kerry Klein 35391 at http://kvpr.org Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP http://kvpr.org/post/new-assembly-minority-leader-talks-rebranding-california-gop <p>Assembly Republicans have a new leader in Sacramento, and she's from the San Joaquin Valley. Modesto's Kristin Olsen joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities from education to a water bond. She also spoke about her ideas on how California Republicans can better connect with voters in the future.&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">On her vision for Republicans in California:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:23:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35385 at http://kvpr.org New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent http://kvpr.org/post/much-californias-emergency-drought-relief-money-still-unspent <p>It’s been four months since Governor Jerry Brown signed what he and Democratic lawmakers called “emergency drought legislation.” It promised nearly $700 million in immediate drought relief. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, nearly 90 percent of that money has yet to be spent.</p><p>It was late February when Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced – with great fanfare – emergency drought legislation.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Brown:</em></strong><em> “What needs to be done will be done – and is being done.”</em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 35249 at http://kvpr.org Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Chosen to Lead Assembly GOP http://kvpr.org/post/modesto-assemblywoman-kristin-olsen-chosen-lead-assembly-gop <p>There will be a new woman leading California Assembly Republicans. And, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the choice is getting good marks on both sides of the aisle.&nbsp;</p><p>Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will officially take over as Assembly minority leader in November. The Modesto Republican says her focus will be on creating more jobs, lowering taxes and improving education.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:52:44 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35250 at http://kvpr.org Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Chosen to Lead Assembly GOP California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-farm-worker-sexual-harassment-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A California Assembly committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give the state the power to revoke the licenses of farm labor contractor’s if they hire supervisors who have sexually harassed workers.</p><p>Michael Marsh is an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance. He says his office deals with complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault on a regular basis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:14:19 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34776 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-calls-fresno-resilient-economic-recovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno Mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the city is in the middle of a resilient economic recovery. But as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, her annual state of the city speech Wednesday afternoon also addressed some lingering problems. &nbsp;</span></p><p>In what could be her last such speech as Fresno’s mayor, Ashley Swearengin told the crowd at the Convention Center the economic cloud which has hovered over the city for the past five years is beginning to lift.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:56:55 +0000 Joe Moore 34775 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Kevin McCarthy, Jerry Brown http://kvpr.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-kevin-mccarthy-jerry-brown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week Central California took center stage in the nation's capital as House Republicans selected Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy as the next majority leader. &nbsp;It caps a remarkable rise to power for the Kern County congressman, who was elected to his first time in 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:59:35 +0000 Joe Moore 34684 at http://kvpr.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Kevin McCarthy, Jerry Brown Concern Over Proposed Regulations For Undocumented Licenses http://kvpr.org/post/concern-over-proposed-regulations-undocumented-licenses <p></p><p>California is developing regulations for undocumented immigrant driver licenses. But some groups are concerned about what they’ve seen so far. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:12:36 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 34557 at http://kvpr.org Concern Over Proposed Regulations For Undocumented Licenses Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized http://kvpr.org/post/audit-finds-california-prisoners-were-illegally-sterilized <p>A California State Audit has found that dozens of women in state prisons were sterilized illegally. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone says prison medical officials are faulted for not following consent laws. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 21.0px; font: 14.0px Arial; min-height: 16.0px">Lawmakers called for the audit after coverage from the Center for Investigative Reporting last year. The Center found more than 100 incarcerated women had tubal ligations without proper approvals since 2006.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:13:21 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34552 at http://kvpr.org Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized McCarthy's New Role As Majority Leader Could Benefit Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/mccarthys-new-role-majority-leader-could-benefit-central-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Valley congressman is now one of the most powerful men in Washington. FM 89’s Diana Aguilera reports on what Kevin McCarthy’s new post might mean for the valley.</span></p><p>It's official. House Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy as House majority leader.</p><p>The Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield and grandson of a cattle rancher will become the youngest person to serve in the second-ranking role. He’s 49.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:08:09 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34507 at http://kvpr.org McCarthy's New Role As Majority Leader Could Benefit Central Valley California Legislature Approves $156 Billion Budget http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-approves-156-billion-budget <p>California’s&nbsp;new&nbsp;budget includes money for education, debt repayment and controversial projects like high speed rail. Katie Orr has details from Sacramento on last night’s budget vote.</p><p>California lawmakers spent father’s day debating the 156 billion spending plan. 108 billion of that makes up the state’s general fund.&nbsp;Democratic Senator Mark Leno says&nbsp;Money will go towards paying off debt,&nbsp;and&nbsp;building up a rainy day reserve&nbsp;and supporting California's children.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:43:10 +0000 Katie Orr - Capitla Public Radio 34278 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Approves $156 Billion Budget