News http://kvpr.org en California Spending Millions To House Homeless Vets http://kvpr.org/post/california-spending-millions-house-homeless-vets <p>California has $600 million in bond funds to spend on homeless veterans. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, public workshops are being held around the state to gather ideas about how to spend that money.</p><p>Last June voters approved using the existing bond money to provide more affordable housing for California’s 15,000 homeless vets.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 36214 at http://kvpr.org California Spending Millions To House Homeless Vets Commentary: It's Time To End Corporate Personhood http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-time-end-corporate-personhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s been a great deal of news lately about the way money and politics interact and wind up influencing our system of governance. In today’s edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Business Law Professor Ida Jones says democracy works best when persons vote with their ballots and not when corporations vote with their money.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:18:13 +0000 Ida Jones 36196 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Time To End Corporate Personhood New Poll: Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Energy Prices Rise http://kvpr.org/post/new-poll-support-global-warming-laws-drop-if-energy-prices-rise <div><p>A new <a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1110">Public Policy Institute of California poll</a> finds a strong majority of Californians support the state’s laws to combat global warming. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, that support drops amid concerns about rising gas and electricity prices.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:20 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 36195 at http://kvpr.org New Poll: Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Energy Prices Rise Brown Says California Will Do Its Part On Immigration Crisis http://kvpr.org/post/brown-says-california-will-do-its-part-immigration-crisis <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown is taking a trade trip to Mexico next week. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento Brown weighed in Wednesday on what Mexico and California can do to help with the current immigration crisis.</p></div><p>Brown says it’s primarily up to federal government to deal with the influx of immigrant children crossing into the United State from Central America. But he says strong relationships between places like Mexico and California can help ease the situation. Brown says the surge of immigrants is more than a political problem. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:40:03 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 36185 at http://kvpr.org Brown Says California Will Do Its Part On Immigration Crisis Fresno Among Worst California Counties For Whooping Cough Rates http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-among-worst-california-counties-whooping-cough-rates <div><p>Some California counties are showing substantially higher rates of whooping cough than the state average. And as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento was told, the epidemic this year could be one of the worst in fifty years.</p></div><p>Marin, Humboldt, Sonoma and Fresno counties have some of the highest rates of pertussis. Whooping cough surges every three to five years, but Dr. Dean Blumberg of the UC Davis Health System says this year is terrible.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:55 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 36184 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Among Worst California Counties For Whooping Cough Rates NASA Photos Document Drought's Toll On California Landscape http://kvpr.org/post/nasa-photos-document-droughts-toll-california-landscape <p>If you drive through Central California, it might be easy to forget the state is in the midst of a drought of historic proportions. Almond orchards and vineyards are green and full with crops awaiting harvest, and in cities green lawns still outnumber brown ones.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:02:31 +0000 Joe Moore 36183 at http://kvpr.org NASA Photos Document Drought's Toll On California Landscape 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 State and Federal Agencies Announce Salmon Restoration Plans http://kvpr.org/post/state-and-federal-agencies-announce-salmon-restoration-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal and state agencies Tuesday announced their plans for restoring endangered salmon and steelhead populations in California’s Central Valley.</span></p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan will include re-introducing winter-run Chinook at cold water pools in Northern California and monitoring the water temperature to make sure it’s safe. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:32:02 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 36096 at http://kvpr.org State and Federal Agencies Announce Salmon Restoration Plans 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 Live In-Studio: Rock/Jazz Violinist Patrick Contreras http://kvpr.org/post/live-studio-rockjazz-violinist-patrick-contreras <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some people call Fresno's <a href="http://twitter.com/violinonfire">Patrick Contreras</a> a rock violinist. To others, he's a jazz musician. To others still he's a blues or a Latin music artist. His music spans categories and influences from plugged-in&nbsp;</span>Jimi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hendrix inspired riffs to romantic boleros. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:13:37 +0000 Joe Moore 36086 at http://kvpr.org Live In-Studio: Rock/Jazz Violinist Patrick Contreras Valley Edition: July 22 - Fresno Food Expo; Food Commons; Dark Sky Festival; Patrick Contreras http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-july-22-fresno-food-expo-food-commons-dark-sky-festival-patrick-contreras <p>This week on Valley Edition we preview the 4<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.fresnofoodexpo.com/">Fresno Food Expo</a> with Amy Fuentes with the City of Fresno and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pub/agnes-saghatelian/5/934/915">Agnes Saghatelian</a>&nbsp;president of Valley Lahvosh Baking Company. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:58:02 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 36061 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: July 22 - Fresno Food Expo; Food Commons; Dark Sky Festival; Patrick Contreras Enforcement of Watering Rules Varies Around State http://kvpr.org/post/enforcement-watering-rules-varies-around-state <p>California is enacting tough water restrictions after voluntary conservation efforts failed to work. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the restrictions won’t be uniformly enforced.</p><p>Some communities already have strict local penalties in place. Others are just beginning to implement water shortage plans. In some cities a police officer may fine you for wasting water, in others water department employees might cite you.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:10:54 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 36246 at http://kvpr.org Enforcement of Watering Rules Varies Around State 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 In Farmersville, Vilsack Announces Aid For Residents With Failed Wells http://kvpr.org/post/farmersville-vilsack-announces-aid-residents-failed-wells <p>California homeowners who have seen their wells fail during the drought are getting some assistance from the federal government. FM89's Joe Moore reports on today's &nbsp;announcement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>-----------</p><p>The well at Carlen Overby's rural Tulare County home went dry on July 4th, when she was taking a shower.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:57:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35920 at http://kvpr.org In Farmersville, Vilsack Announces Aid For Residents With Failed Wells Photo Blog: Google, Castle Air Force Base, Weeds And Air Force One http://kvpr.org/post/photo-blog-google-castle-air-force-base-weeds-and-air-force-one <p>Central California isn't necessarily known for advancing the world of technology, but <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/googles-self-driving-car-and-others-use-merced-landing-pad">Ezra David Romero </a>reports that some are trying to change that. Merced County, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;region know for milk and almonds, is working to attract high tech companies to fill what was once Castle Air Force Base in Atwater.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:50:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35872 at http://kvpr.org Photo Blog: Google, Castle Air Force Base, Weeds And Air Force One 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 New Survey Says Californians Overwhelmingly Support Statewide Groundwater Plan http://kvpr.org/post/new-survey-says-californians-overwhelmingly-support-statewide-groundwater-plan <p class="p1">An overwhelming majority of likely California voters say they favor a statewide groundwater management plan over the status quo. The results are part of a new survey released today. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">The survey was commissioned by the non-profit California Water Foundation. It finds the prolonged drought has focused public opinion on the need to regulate groundwater. Pollster David Metz says few Californians think the state is doing an adequate job of managing.the resource.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:04 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35878 at http://kvpr.org New Survey Says Californians Overwhelmingly Support Statewide Groundwater Plan 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 Fines Now Possible for California Water Wasters http://kvpr.org/post/fines-now-possible-california-water-wasters <p>A state agency took a major step to encourage water conservation Tuesday. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, it voted to allow large fines for wasting water.</p><p>The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted emergency regulations that allow local water agencies to levy fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water outdoors. Board Chair Felicia Marcus says collecting money isn’t the goal. Convincing urban water users to conserve is.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:01:01 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35763 at http://kvpr.org Fines Now Possible for California Water Wasters