Fresno http://kvpr.org en 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 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' Fresno Bar Is First To Go On California High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-bar-first-go-california-high-speed-rail <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The jaws of a giant excavator tore through what was the old Annie’s Hollywood Inn bar in West Fresno Monday morning.</span></p><p>“The excavator right there is going to hit the back of that building and because it’s so small it’s not going to take long; probably if we blink it’ll be down in five minutes,” says Jill Kroeker with J. Kroeker Inc.</p><p>The demolition of the 66-year-old bar is the first of many to be reduced to smithereens as part of construction along the first 29 mile segment of California High Speed Rail.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:48:21 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35692 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Bar Is First To Go On California High Speed Rail 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 Valley Edition: July 8 - Asm. Kristin Olsen; John Cox On Wells; Alex Karner On Sprawl; Joe Matthews http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-july-8-asm-kristin-olsen-john-cox-wells-alex-karner-sprawl-joe-matthews <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk with <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/modesto-assemblywoman-kristin-olsen-chosen-lead-assembly-gop">Assembly Republican Kristin Olsen</a>, KVPR reporter Kerry Klein reports on turning waste water into usable water in Clovis, Bakersfield Californian reporter John Cox talks about the state ordering <a href="http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/kern-gusher/x634489929/State-poised-to-shut-down-11-local-oil-injection-wells">11 Valley injection wells to halt work</a>, Alex Karner chats about his latest column on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zocalopublicsquar Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:04:04 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35358 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: July 8 - Asm. Kristin Olsen; John Cox On Wells; Alex Karner On Sprawl; Joe Matthews As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-worsens-fresno-turns-attention-wastewater <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim </span>Quist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farms 700 acres next to the one of the most secure water sources in Fresno County.</span></p><p>“It might be providence," Quist says, about what&nbsp;brought his grandfather to&nbsp;the property&nbsp;in 1933.&nbsp;</p><p>A portion of Quist's irrigation water was once&nbsp;raw sewage. Quist’s farm is just across the road from the City of Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant. It’s been giving him water for 50 years.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:13:15 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35084 at http://kvpr.org As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater Fresno Chef Gets New Start With High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-chef-gets-new-start-high-speed-rail <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel Ruiz moved with his family from Seattle to Fresno to take care of his parents about a year ago. But found it really hard to find a job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I pretty much was on the verge of going homeless.," Ruiz says. "I’m a family man with three children."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He looked up and down the Valley for any descent paying job, but found none.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:47:32 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35026 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Chef Gets New Start With High Speed Rail 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 Organizers Say Fresno Software Competition So Successful, It's No Longer Necessary http://kvpr.org/post/organizers-say-fresno-software-competition-so-successful-its-no-longer-necessary <p>Downtown Fresno is just 163 miles from Mountain View, the heart of Silicon Valley and the home of tech giant Google, but in many ways it's a world away.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But while the San Joaquin Valley may be known more for its produce than its programmers a local competition has been working for the past five years to change that. </span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:19:14 +0000 Joe Moore 34697 at http://kvpr.org Organizers Say Fresno Software Competition So Successful, It's No Longer Necessary CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco <p>Journalist <a href="http://twitter.com/jdsutter">John D. Sutter</a> is on a quest to do something that many valley residents do, kayak on the San Joaquin River. But instead of going for a short trip from Lost Lake Park to Highway 41, he has a much longer journey in mind - <a href="http://cnnuslive.cnn.com/Event/My_trip_down_the_most_endangered_river_in_America">Friant Dam all the way to San Francisco Bay.&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Joe Moore 34681 at http://kvpr.org CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/deepest-straw-wins-central-valley-scramble-groundwater <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The California drought is becoming a source of tension between homeowners and farmers in the Southern Central Valley. Farmers are seeing unprecedented reductions in their allotments to surface water. Homeowners are watching their private wells run dry. Pauline Bartolone has more about how people in the Fresno area are tapping into underground water. &nbsp;</p></div><p>The home where Ruth Griffin planned to retire looks like it’s an island in a sea of almond orchards.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34190 at http://kvpr.org The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater Fresno Fire Department Looking Into Serial Arson in Fresno's Downtown Fires http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-fire-department-looking-serial-arson-fresnos-downtown-fires <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fresno Fire Department believes it is battling a serial arsonist.&nbsp; At a budget hearing on Tuesday, Fresno Fire Department Chief Kerri </span>Donis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the fire and police departments are investigating 21 fires that have occurred in the city since May.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:30:16 +0000 Kerry Klein 34063 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Fire Department Looking Into Serial Arson in Fresno's Downtown Fires Commentary: Forget San Francisco - Build The George Lucas Museum In The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-forget-san-francisco-build-george-lucas-museum-san-joaquin-valley <p>In California, we have high standards, especially when it comes to development. Whether it’s a new warehouse or an apartment building, the bigger the project, the lengthier and more complicated its gestation. Nowhere is the issue more evident than in San Francisco. Just ask George Lucas.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:34:05 +0000 Joe Moore 34034 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Forget San Francisco - Build The George Lucas Museum In The San Joaquin Valley Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? http://kvpr.org/post/healthy-rivers-will-wealthy-fresnans-block-access-san-joaquin <p><em>This is part of a Valley Public Radio original series on how the health of rivers impact the health of communities produced as a <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/2014/02/18/healthy-rivers-make-healthy-people-healthy-people-build-better-communities">project </a>for <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/event/2014-california-health-journalism-fellowship">The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship</a>, a program of USC's&nbsp;Annenberg&nbsp;School of Journalism.</em></p><p>---</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:38:05 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33959 at http://kvpr.org Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle http://kvpr.org/post/way-november-ballot-fresno-chaffee-zoo-hits-funding-hurdle <div><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:20:21 +0000 Kerry Klein 33773 at http://kvpr.org On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle Can Veteran Homelessness End In Fresno By 2015? http://kvpr.org/post/can-veteran-homelessness-end-fresno-2015 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In what may seem like a huge task, Fresno is looking to end veteran homelessness by 2015. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week the city announced its participation in a nationwide program - <a href="http://www.endveteranhomelessness.org/content/va-launches-25-cities-initiative-end-veteran-homelessness-communities-highest-concentrations">25 Cities Initiative</a>&nbsp;- to end veteran and chronic homelessness.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:50:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 33675 at http://kvpr.org Can Veteran Homelessness End In Fresno By 2015? Chief Donis: Recent Downtown Fires Have Department Stretched Thin http://kvpr.org/post/chief-donis-recent-downtown-fires-have-department-stretched-thin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With two major fires - one at a local recycling facility and another at a downtown jewelry store - the Fresno Fire Department found its resources stretched thin in the early hours of Tuesday morning.</span></p><p>While crews were battling what became a five alarm blaze at the Barrios Recycling on Orange Avenue, another fire caused severe damage at Protcer's Jewelers on the Fulton Mall at Fresno Street.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:47:26 +0000 Joe Moore 33655 at http://kvpr.org Chief Donis: Recent Downtown Fires Have Department Stretched Thin Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-students-win-big-international-science-and-engineering-fair <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, 1700 high school students from over 70 countries met in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including 5 students from Fresno and Clovis.</span></p><p>Beatrice Choi, a sophomore from Fresno’s University High School, brought home third place in Chemistry.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:47:34 +0000 Kerry Klein 33120 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-new-city-budget <p>At a press conference this morning, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced her proposed 2015 budget for the City of Fresno.</p><p>In a departure from the major shortfalls the city has faced since 2009, the proposal emphasizes paying off debt, bolstering city services, and increasing the operating reserve to help prepare for unforeseen costs.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:51:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 32998 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget Campus-Wide Collaboration Ups Fresno State's Water Conservation http://kvpr.org/post/campus-wide-collaboration-ups-fresno-states-water-conservation <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Fresno State’s newest additions is a broad, brown, </span>mulchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> patch of land in front of the Science II building. &nbsp;Gardening specialist </span>Fortunato<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Garcia leads volunteers with shovels to a lumpy mound.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garcia: All right, so we'll put one fertilizer tab here, one here, one here, one there...</span></p></blockquote><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:24:56 +0000 Kerry Klein 32965 at http://kvpr.org Campus-Wide Collaboration Ups Fresno State's Water Conservation