Government & Politics

News about government and politics

Legal Challenge Could Freeze Billions In Funds For California's Bullet Train

Feb 11, 2016
California High Speed Rail Authority

The future of California's high speed rail project may now rest with a Sacramento judge. Oral Arguments wrapped up Thursday in a case that says the project has strayed from what voters approved in 2008.

Stuart Flashman is the attorney representing Central Valley landowners who oppose the project. He wants the judge to stop high-speed rail in its tracks.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Last month National Park Service officials made headlines when they announced their plan to remove the historic names from many of Yosemite National Park's treasured amenities, like the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village, it sparked a public outcry.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is making progress filling a backlog of vacant correctional officer positions at the county jail.

The office is expected to give a mid-year update to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday including their need to fill 39 open jobs. That's down from 66 openings just three months ago.

But Sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti says that number is only going to grow over time.

Fresno County

Fresno County has released a controversial report into the 2009 death of Seth Ireland. The 10 year-old died after he was severely beaten by his mother's boyfriend. County social workers had investigated complaints regarding the family at least four times in the year before the boy's death. 

The report was an internal review of actions by the county's Department of Children and Family Services. It details how individual social workers evaluated the case, including some instances where they didn't follow protocol, or act swiftly enough. 

While election day may still seem far away for many Californians, the residents of the 31st Assembly District don't have to wait until June to vote. Instead they'll be asked to select a candidate in April to fill the seat left vacant after Henry T. Perea resigned last year. That's in addition to the regularly schedule primary in June and general election in November for the seat. Four candidates are vying for the spot, including front runners Clint Olivier , (a Republican) and Joaquin Arambula (a Democrat).

Henry R. Perea - Facebook

There’s a new candidate in the race to become Fresno’s next mayor. FM89’s Joe Moore reports Henry R. Perea’s announcement that he plans to run could shake up the race to lead the 5th largest city in the state.

After years of rumors, Perea made it official Friday, announcing his candidacy to replace the termed out Ashley Swearengin. Perea has served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors since 2004, and before that he was a member of the Fresno City Council.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The city of Bakersfield is searching for ways to tighten its fiscal belt thanks in part to lower oil prices. Over the past twelve months, city sales tax revenue has been nearly 5 percent below budget expectations. That’s left the city council considering mid-year budget adjustments, seeking to trim $1.4 million  from this year’s books.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Calls For Fiscal Discipline In State Of The State Address

Jan 21, 2016
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

In his record 14th State of the State address, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged continued fiscal restraint and warned of a pending economic slowdown that could stunt the state’s recovery from the Great Recession.

In his speech at the state Capitol Thursday morning, the four-term governor called for preparation for a slowdown, increasing the state’s voter-approved Rainy Day Fund and continuing to pay down debts.

Fresno Fire Department - Facebook video by Sooji Lee

The Fresno Fire Department has released its final report on last year’s accident where Captain Pete Dern fell through the roof of a burning garage, suffering critical burns on a large portion of his body. The incident was captured on video and made national headlines. 

Jeffrey Hess

After nearly two decades of legalized medical marijuana in California there is a sudden mad dash among valley communities to establish local regulations and bans. But do the bans actually drive growers and dispensaries out of business? Valley Public Radio takes a look.

In a small nondescript house in Merced, Darcy Louise Johnson looks over the dozens of marijuana plants growing in the garage.

 “They are healthy. They are green. You can see some of the leaves are shimmery from an oil I sprayed on them,” Johnson said showing off her plants.

Pages