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Santa Ana high school cultural ethnics and history teacher Ben Vazquez, 45, invites guests on the food tour in Little Arabia to try some of Kareem's Restaurant hummus, salad and baba ganoush.
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Santa Ana high school cultural ethnics and history teacher Ben Vazquez, 45, invites guests on the food tour in Little Arabia to try some of Kareem's Restaurant hummus, salad and baba ganoush. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

With the California primary and elections around the corner, a pair of Orange County activists is trying to unite the region’s ethnic groups to build minority-voting blocs.

Fresno Police say they have arrested the leadership of one of the city's most violent street gangs.

A 15-month investigation culminated Thursday morning with a highly coordinated set of raids.

At 7 O'clock, six simultaneous swat raids resulted in the arrest of 28 people including what the police department believes is the leadership of the Dog Pound Gang. 

The gang was allegedly making more than a million dollars a year, primarily in prostitution and racketeering, but is also connected to numerous shootings and murders.

Every April, the townspeople of Lindsay pack the pews of a local church, as fathers in cowboy boots proudly escort their daughters down the aisle. They’re the college-bound young women elected as the Orange Blossom Festival Queen and her court. This year, they’re all young women of color.

Queen Angela Bolaños says that’s a sea change from a time when the royal court was almost always made up of white farmers’ daughters.

Fresno leaders have officially announced the location and boundaries of a new central policing substation for the central part of town.

Stretching from Golden State Boulevard to First Street and Ashlan to Belmont, the new  Central Policing District will be headquartered at the Manchester Mall and will house 90-to-100 officers.

The district is being re-opened after recession-era budget cuts forced its closure.

Residents have been clamoring for a new substation, saying they have experienced an increase in crime.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane, gesture at supporters as they take a walk in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Uber Forcing Democrats to Rethink Labor Rules

Apr 19, 2016

Organized labor has always counted on Democrats’ support for issues like raising the minimum wage and paid sick leave. But in the new gig economy, run on apps for companies like Uber and TaskRabbit, the very nature of work is changing. And the new tech-driven workplace could put some Democrats at odds with their friends in the labor movement.

California Counts: What do you want to ask our US Senate candidates?

Apr 18, 2016

In the months leading up to California's primary election, we've been closely following our state's U.S. Senate campaign. 

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is retiring, and our partner station, KPBS in San Diego, will host a live debate May 10 with the top five candidates running to replace her. California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and Ron Unz will answer questions on the economy, immigration, health care, crime and policing.

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A Fresno County Superior Court judge is allowing a lawsuit against the county public defender's office to move forward. 

The ACLU claims the office is underfunded and that violates the rights of defendants to due process and a speedy trial.

The ACLU’s Novella Coleman says budget cuts mean attorneys in the office are struggling with massive workloads. 

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Farmers gathered in Downtown Fresno today to discuss a trade agreement  that could benefit Valley producers. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.

At Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers in Oakland, 16-year-old Eric enjoys tending roses in a small patio.

“It don’t got a lot of roses yet but they’re growing,” he says. It could be a metaphor for his own life.

He just completed 60 days of residential addiction and mental health therapy instead of serving time at juvenile hall. We’re calling him “Eric” to protect his identity.

A year and half ago, he robbed a woman for her purse and phone.