News 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 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 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 Groundwater Helping Farmers Endure California Drought, UC Davis Says http://kvpr.org/post/groundwater-helping-farmers-endure-california-drought-uc-davis-says <div><p>Research from UC Davis suggests California farmers are mostly able to maintain production during the drought because of their use of underground water– but environmentalists, scientists and farmers agree the practice is not a long term solution. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:37:53 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35762 at http://kvpr.org Groundwater Helping Farmers Endure California Drought, UC Davis Says Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County http://kvpr.org/post/drought-hurts-fresno-county-crop-value-dropping-behind-tulare-county <p>A report released today shows that Fresno's agricultural industry has slipped out of its first-place standing in the state.&nbsp; The 2013 Fresno County crop report shows that its total gross value of agricultural products last year was $6.4 billion, over $1.3 billion behind Tulare County--the first time since 2002 that Tulare swung to the top of the list.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:32:18 +0000 Kerry Klein 35761 at http://kvpr.org Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-cost-california-economy-22-billion-2014-says-study <p>The California economy could lose $2.2 billion this year because of the drought. Max Pringle reports on <a href="http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10978">a UC Davis study</a> that shows the agriculture industry alone could lose $1.5 billion.</p><p>The study says California will have to make do with a third less water this year and that could lead to 430 thousand acres of fallow farmland. Former UC Davis Economist Richard Howitt says the pain won’t be spread evenly throughout the state.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:05:33 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35760 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study 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' Valley Edition: June 15 - Google In Merced; High Speed Rail With James Fallows, Debbie Poochigian http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-15-google-merced-high-speed-rail-james-fallows-debbie-poochigian <p>This week on Valley Edition we take a look at <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/google-self-driving-car-and-others-use-merced-landing-pad">innovation </a>at Castle Air Force Base in Merced County, learn about the <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/11000-stuck-fresno-countys-medi-cal-backlog">medical backlog in Fresno County</a>, talk with writer <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/">James Fallows</a>&nbsp;and Fresno County Supervisor <a href="http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=15347">Debbie Poochigian</a> about California High Speed Rail, and speak with NPR's <a href="ht Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:35:16 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 35732 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 15 - Google In Merced; High Speed Rail With James Fallows, Debbie Poochigian