California http://kvpr.org en Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-rushing-measure-snowpack <p>Traditionally the April 1 snow survey marks the peak of the year’s&nbsp;snowpack, but with a string of early spring storms surveyors are rushing to measure the pack with just days to get their measurements in. Valley Public Radio reporter Ezra David Romero helped in the effort as a snow surveyor on a recent trip.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">---</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:54:40 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30548 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack Voices Of The Drought | Blog #droughtvoices http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-blog-droughtvoices <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In this occasional series the Valley Public Radio news team explores the impacts of the drought through the <em>voices </em>and <em>sounds </em>of Central California.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:13:26 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29729 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought | Blog #droughtvoices Fresno At The Top Of The Pack For Solar Energy http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-top-pack-solar-energy <p>It’s no secret that solar energy is a trend, but did you know that the Fresno metropolitan area is ranked first in the top 10 metro areas for solar power in the US?</p><p>The organization <a href="http://1bog.org/">One Block Off the Grid</a> – the Priceline of solar installations – was on a mission to find out which parts of the US use the most solar energy. <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/">The National Renewable Energy Laboratory</a> held their answer through their database the&nbsp;<a href="https://openpv.nrel.gov/gallery">Open PV Project</a>.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:37:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29627 at http://kvpr.org Fresno At The Top Of The Pack For Solar Energy "Praying For Rain" At The 2014 World Ag Expo http://kvpr.org/post/praying-rain-2014-world-ag-expo <p>It’s a rather dry year here at the&nbsp;47<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual World Ag Expo in&nbsp;Tulare. Water or the lack of it is on everyone’s mind.</p><p>Even though the official slogan of the expo is “Agriculture: Feeding Tomorrow’s World,” Charles&nbsp;Sarabian, an engineer with Preferred Pump and Equipment in Fresno, says the real theme of the show is how to conserve what little water is left.</p><p>“I think it’s what’s on everybody’s minds and it’s what makes agriculture grow without water there is no agriculture,"&nbsp;Sarabian&nbsp;says.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:20:37 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28380 at http://kvpr.org "Praying For Rain" At The 2014 World Ag Expo Valley Edition Feb 11: Drought From Three Perspectives; Fresno's Fulton Mall; 2014 World Ag Expo http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-feb-11-drought-three-perspectives-fresnos-fulton-mall-2014-world-ag-expo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="line-height: 1.5;">Valley Edition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we discuss the drought in California from three perspectives: the Naval Air Station in </span>Lemoore<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>farmworkers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the mayor of a city with little to no water allocation this year.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:04:15 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28351 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition Feb 11: Drought From Three Perspectives; Fresno's Fulton Mall; 2014 World Ag Expo Rain Might Fall But It Won't Fill The Valley's Deficit http://kvpr.org/post/rain-might-fall-it-wont-fill-valleys-deficit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s drought is causing big concerns for residents and farmers up and down the state. But while a storm is expected to bring some precipitation to the area Thursday, </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ezra David Romero reports the valley’s rainfall deficit is actually worse than the season totals indicate. &nbsp;</span></p><p>---</p><p>According to independent meteorologist Steve Johnson, more moisture has evaporated from the ground than has actually fallen from the sky this rainy season.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:23:39 +0000 Ezra David Romero 27803 at http://kvpr.org Rain Might Fall But It Won't Fill The Valley's Deficit With Donnelly's Entry, 2014 Governor's Race Begins to Take Shape http://kvpr.org/post/donnellys-entry-2014-governors-race-begins-take-shape <p>A tea party California Assemblyman has become the first Republican to officially enter the 2014 governor’s race.&nbsp; Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown is widely considered the frontrunner, assuming he decides to run for a record fourth term.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the race to face Brown in California’s new “top two” primary system is wide open.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:38:07 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24240 at http://kvpr.org With Donnelly's Entry, 2014 Governor's Race Begins to Take Shape Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform http://kvpr.org/post/valadao-calls-gop-leadership-address-immigration-reform <p>Congressman David Valadao&nbsp;(R-Hanford) has renewed his call for the House to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform this year. He made his comments this week speaking on Valley&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Radio's Valley Edition.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:21:17 +0000 Joe Moore 24088 at http://kvpr.org Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-californians-should-get-busy-solve-slowing-birth-rate <p>At the moment of my birth—a moment that occurred only last week—I was the most valuable child in the history of California.</p><p>That’s not merely the opinion of my proud father, the usual author of this Connecting California column. And that’s not the idle boast of a 7-day-old infant. My value is a hard demographic and economic fact for California—and a huge burden for me.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:56:44 +0000 Sam Mathews 21012 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies http://kvpr.org/post/california-takes-second-look-redevelopment-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would grant local California communities the right to form agencies to redevelop blighted areas has passed an Assembly Committee. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</span></p><p class="p3">The California Supreme Court dissolved redevelopment agencies last year. But a bill at the Capitol would create new local entities that would fund affordable housing and infill development projects.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:13:26 +0000 Max Pringle 20055 at http://kvpr.org California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-puig-trout-how-california-holds-back-young <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a nasty California disease spreading so fast that even our baseball teams have caught it.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:04:21 +0000 Joe Mathews 19217 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds http://kvpr.org/post/california-prison-hunger-strike-continues-state-responds <p>The number of California prison inmates on a hunger strike has dramatically dropped.&nbsp; But 12,000 inmates still refused to eat for a fourth consecutive day Thursday to protest the common use of long-term isolation.&nbsp; As KPCC’s Julie Small reports, that’s triggering an aggressive state response.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:04:10 +0000 Joe Moore 18252 at http://kvpr.org California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds California Economy Inches Up in World Ranking http://kvpr.org/post/california-economy-inches-world-ranking <p class="p1">There’s new evidence that California’s economic outlook is improving. A new study shows the state is regaining its place as the world’s eighth-largest economy this year after falling to ninth during the recent downturn.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:02:22 +0000 Captial Public Radio Network 18198 at http://kvpr.org California Economy Inches Up in World Ranking California Economy, State Finances Stronger than Other States http://kvpr.org/post/california-economy-state-finances-stronger-other-states <div><p>A new report that compares state finances finds California's budget revenues are soaring higher than all but one other state in the nation.&nbsp; Its economy is growing at an above-average pace as well.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The study comes from the Tax Policy Center – a project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.&nbsp; It compares state tax revenues, economic growth and other data for all 50 states.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:13:17 +0000 Ben Adler 18107 at http://kvpr.org California Economy, State Finances Stronger than Other States Commentary: To The Class of '13... You Did More With Less http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-class-13-you-did-more-less <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To the distinguished California Public High School Class of 2013.</span></p><p>I’m sorry James Franco canceled at the last minute. I’m even sorrier that you wound up getting me as your substitute commencement speaker, but I was offered gas money plus a free lunch.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 23:58:49 +0000 Joe Mathews 15513 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: To The Class of '13... You Did More With Less Brown's Updated Budget Proposal: More Money to Schools, But Not Much Else http://kvpr.org/post/browns-updated-budget-proposal-more-money-schools-not-much-else <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has released an updated budget proposal that includes more money for schools this year, and less overall spending next year.&nbsp;</p><p>His spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July includes about $1.3 billion less than his January proposal.&nbsp; Brown says the state’s economic picture has weakened due to the federal sequester and the federal payroll tax change.</p><p>“We have climbed out of a hole with a Proposition 30 tax. That is good, but this is not the time to break out the champagne,” says Brown.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:08:15 +0000 Marianne Russ 15139 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Updated Budget Proposal: More Money to Schools, But Not Much Else Study Links Access to Parks to Teenage Exercise Habits http://kvpr.org/post/study-links-access-parks-teenage-exercise-habits <p></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new <a href="http://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/publications/search/pages/detail.aspx?PubID=1189">study</a> from the UCLA Center For Health Policy Research shows that teenagers who live near parks and open space areas are more physically active than those who don't.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The study also shows that low income teens use parks less, citing safety concerns. Low income teens were also less likely to be active for at least one hour a day.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:20:08 +0000 Joe Moore 12893 at http://kvpr.org Study Links Access to Parks to Teenage Exercise Habits California Cities Watch Closely as Stockton Bankruptcy Trial Begins http://kvpr.org/post/california-cities-watch-closely-stockton-bankruptcy-trial-begins <p></p><p>The city of Stockton has begun a four-day trial in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.&nbsp; At stake: whether the city should be eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.</p><p class="p1">The case has other local governments watching closely – particularly those that still face large budget deficits.&nbsp; Chris McKenzie with the League of California Cities says he believes cities will “move heaven and earth” to avoid future bankruptcies.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:53:17 +0000 Ben Adler 12652 at http://kvpr.org California Cities Watch Closely as Stockton Bankruptcy Trial Begins California Tied With Rhode Island For Highest Unemployment in Nation http://kvpr.org/post/california-tied-rhode-island-highest-unemployment-nation <p></p><div><p>California now has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the latest figures from the California Employment Development Department show no improvement in the state’s jobless rate for January.</p></div><p>California’s unemployment rate remained at 9.8 percent in January. That ties the state with Rhode Island for the highest unemployment rate in the country.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:29:40 +0000 Amy Quinton 12398 at http://kvpr.org California Tied With Rhode Island For Highest Unemployment in Nation Report: California Women Faring Worse than Men During Economic Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/report-california-women-faring-worse-men-during-economic-recovery <p></p><p>A new study finds women in California aren’t faring as well as men during the economic recovery.&nbsp; The analysis was done by The California Budget Project and the Women’s Foundation of California.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It finds employment among the state’s women declined by a little less than one percent over the past two years – while it was increased nearly two percent among men.</p><p>Chris Hoene with the Budget Project says cuts to programs such as CalWorks, the state’s welfare to work program, and cuts to state subsidized child care have largely affected women:</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:59:47 +0000 Joe Moore 12397 at http://kvpr.org Report: California Women Faring Worse than Men During Economic Recovery