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In late June the Erskine Fire devastated communities around Lake Isabella in Kern County. Nearly 300 homes were destroyed in the fast moving blaze in communities like South Lake. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help. In late July, FEMA rejected the state's request for a major disaster declaration, and the federal help that accompanies it. That left many locals shocked and dismayed.

California delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with the party's nomination process Monday night by booing loudly on the convention floor throughout Monday night's speeches.
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

California delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with the party's nomination process Monday night by booing loudly on the convention floor throughout Monday night's speeches.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is over after four days of soaring speeches, political hob-knobbing and some intra-party bickering. We spoke with delegates from the Clinton and Sanders camps about what they'd like to see happen now. 

Event staff watch protesters chant during Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her Democratic nomination on July 28, 2016.
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Event staff watch protesters chant during Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her Democratic nomination on July 28, 2016.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

Hillary Clinton's speech accepting the Democratic nomination sounded much different on TV than it did where the California delegation sat in the convention center.

Protestors yelled and chanted throughout the speech, only to be overwhelmed by the rest of the arena chanting their candidate's name.

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Bakersfield’s Dolores Huerta delivered a speech this afternoon before delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Huerta urged Latinos to vote for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.

Huerta: “And with Donald Trump on the ballot, we cannot be quiet. He insults Latinos like we were second-class citizens, like we were newcomers to this county. Hey, I have news for Donald Trump because we have been here all along.”

Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 20, 2016.
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

EDITOR’S NOTE: On July 28, 2016, PolitiFact California rated as True a statement by Democratic Lt. Gov.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. 

Signs are held as California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016. During the speech, some California delegates were shouting "Ban Fracking."
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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D- Calif., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

A new report from the Fresno Police Department appears to show a pattern of African-American residents being over-represented in interactions with police. African-Americans were disproportionately more likely to be interviewed than Hispanic or white residents in all areas of the city.

While they only make up about 6% of the city’s population, black residents made up between 20-to-25% of all field interviews according to police logs from the Office of Independent Review.

First-time delegate Tony Leal is a long way from home - and not just geographically.

"Well, if you don't mind getting spit at, talked down to, cursed at, thrown rocks at, thrown bottles at, then you're okay," says Leal. "And that's what it's like to be a Republican in my district."

Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.
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Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Lenny Ignelzi / AP

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Oliver Baines has a unique perspective on the issue of Black Lives Matter and law enforcement. Currently the only African-American on the Fresno City Council, Baines also served around 12 years as an officer with the Fresno Police Department.  Speaking on Valley Public Radio’s Valley Edition Tuesday, Baines recalled his own experiences with racially biased policing, while pleading for calm and understanding in the wake of recent shootings and protests.  Baines said the often heated rhetoric from people on both sides of the issue serves to distract from the goal of racial reconciliation.

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