Valley Edition

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Valley Edition is a news magazine program dedicated to issues important to Central Valley residents, from health care and government, to education and the environment. Each week host Joe Moore presents a mix of feature reports, in-depth interviews, discussion and analysis. Join us Tuesday mornings at 9:00 AM for the live broadcast, or hear the rebroadcast of the program Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. Follow us on Twitter @ValleyEdition.

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When we last visited the Central Valley farm town of Lindsay, Amy Huerta and her brother, Luis, were in the middle of a pretty intense dinnertime conversation about voting.

“I mean, these are things that matter,” says Luis, who can’t vote because he’s undocumented. Amy is 18, and she could be the first in her family to vote, so he’s putting a lot of pressure on her.

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Election day in California is still 10 weeks away, unless you live in the 31st Assembly District. That's because voters there go to the polls on April 5th in a special election to fill the vacant seat once held by Henry T. Perea. Joining us on Valley Edition to talk about the race between Republican Clint Olivier and Democrats Joaquin Arambula and Ted Miller is John Ellis of The Fresno Bee. Among our topics:

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Last week we heard from proponents of the effort to qualify a new ballot measure that would take money from high speed rail and direct it to the construction of new dams. While many California farmers support the effort, some are opposed, saying it would slow down the process and unnecessarily change a key part of historic state water law.

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This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra David Romero reports that a popular energy drink will soon be off the shelves of one of the largest grocery store chain in the state, Save Mart. Fresno Bee Reporter John Ellis also joins the program to chat about California politics. Later in the program VE Host Joe Moore speaks with Tim Johnson with the Rice Association.

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It's always an exciting time for theatre in the San Joaquin Valley, but there's recently been some developments on that front in terms of new productions. Fresno Bee arts reporter and theatre critic Donald Munro joined Valley Edition Tuesday March 22 to discuss upcoming shows including a Broadway production coming to Fresno. 

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This week on Valley Edition Fresno Mayoral Candidate Doug Vagim chats about why he wants to lead the City of Fresno. We also discuss how a proposed ballot measure would use high speed rail money for water storage. Aubrey Bettencourt, the executive director of the California Water Alliance, joined us to talk about the plan.

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Just two years ago California voters approved a water bond that set aside billions to pay for new water storage. Now a new group backed by many of the valley’s most influential farmers says that’s not enough to build new dams and expand existing ones.

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Over 50 years after he helped his led a grassroots effort to save the old Fresno County Courthouse from the wrecking ball Doug Vagim remains a self-described government watchdog. The former Fresno County Supervisor now wants to become the City of Fresno's next mayor.

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This week on Valley Edition we hear a story from KQED Central Bureau Chief about a potentially harmful chemical in Fresno's water and what residents can do about it. We also hear from Fresno mayoral candidate and current County Supervisor Henry R. Perea about his vision for the city.

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Henry Perea is no stranger to Fresno politics. The current member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors served on the Fresno City Council from 1996-2004, and his son, Henry T. Perea ran for mayor in 2008.

Now the elder Perea wants a chance to be the leader of California’s fifth largest city. He recently joined us on Valley Edition to talk about everything from homelessness to building a streetcar line that would link downtown to the Tower District. 

To listen to the interview click play above.

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