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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.

Stoking their long-running feud, California Gov. Jerry Brown recently jabbed at former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, saying Golden State is "growing a hell of a lot faster than Texas."

Record-High California Voter Turnout...Sort Of

Dec 16, 2016

More California voters cast ballots in last month's election than ever before, but not a record-high percent.

That's according to the Secretary of State's office, which certified the election results Friday afternoon.

The record 14,610,509 voters is nearly a million more than the previous high in November 2008.

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Longmont / Flickr

The State of California is setting the first mandatory energy restrictions in the nation for new computers and monitors.

The California Energy Commission approved the guidelines Wednesday.

Pierre Delforge is with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a group that was pushing for the restrictions.

He says the new standards are not as strict as his group was hoping, but he understands its a balanced approach that also takes into account requests from manufacturers and businesses.

Los Angeles County Supervisor candidate Shiela Kuehl laughs with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during her campaign party at the Victorian in Santa Monica.
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Los Angeles County Supervisor candidate Shiela Kuehl laughs with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during her campaign party at the Victorian in Santa Monica. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

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.

Serna family

A group of residents in Kern County is calling for an external investigation of the most recent deadly police-involved shooting in Bakersfield.

Just before 1 am Monday, Bakersfield police responded to reports of a man with a gun hassling people.

They found 73-year old Francisco Serna walking near his home. According to police, an officer shot Serna because he was approaching them with his hands in his pockets and did not follow commands.

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.

Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles and 2018 Democratic candidate for California governor, recently called for the state to unite with like-minded cities and states on the West Coast to oppose "dangerous policies advanced by a Trump administration."

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Following November's election, congressional representatives from the San Joaquin Valley are becoming increasingly influential in Washington. From House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's efforts to pass a bill that aims to divert more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and deliver it to valley farmers, to Rep. Devin Nunes' role in President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, local leaders are in the national headlines. 

Fresno Police Department

The Fresno Police have determined that the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old Clovis man in June was justified. However police Chief Jerry Dyer says the shooting of Dylan Noble still raises

Noble was shot four times in a convenience store parking lot earlier this year after refusing to follow dozens of police commands to show his hands.

During a press conference Friday, Dyer told reporters that the department has determined that because Noble would not show his hands, officers were justified to use deadly force.

The Washington Post

Wildfire season may be over in the Sierra Nevada, but there's one issue that is still burning white hot among those fight forest fires for the federal government. A recent article in the Washington Post documents a number of high profile claims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment among female firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service.

Kern High School District / http://home.kernhigh.org/careers-in-the-court-day/

Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy has selected the city's next police chief, Lyle Martin. The Bakersfield native has served as the city's assistant police chief since 2008, and has been with the department for 28 years. 

Martin will take the department's top spot later this month, filling a seat left vacant with the retirement of current chief Greg Williamson. 

In a statement released by Tandy, the city manager praised Martin's experience and knowledge of the community. 

Lee Brand / Valley Public Radio

For the first time in eight years, Central California’s largest city is about to get a new leader. Last week Fresno Mayor-elect Lee Brand announced his transition team, plus the hire of two top aides to senior positions in his administration. Brand's former campaign manager Tim Orman will become the mayor's chief of staff, and former campaign rival H. Spees will become Brand's director of strategic initiatives, both with six-figures salaries. 

As the polls close, a supporter holds a sign for Donald Trump in Reno, Nev., Nov. 8, 2016.

NY Times

California Voters Reject Prop 53, Pass Prop 66

Nov 22, 2016
Voters cast their November 2016 presidential election ballots at a polling place in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood.
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Voters cast their November 2016 presidential election ballots at a polling place in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Two weeks after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the final two unresolved California ballot measures.

Bill and Shirley Thomas outside their home in Long Beach. Their Trump signs were stolen three times before the election, they say, but this latest sign has lasted about five weeks.
Mary Plummer/KPCC

Bill and Shirley Thomas outside their home in Long Beach. Their Trump signs were stolen three times before the election, they say, but this latest sign has lasted about five weeks. Mary Plummer/KPCC

For the past few months, Gala Caprice Cruz has been running the volunteer operation for Donald Trump in northern Los Angeles County.

Cruz sent emails, organized events, and used Facebook to get Trump's message out in a state that is one of the bluest in the nation.

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.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised hard-line immigration reform, including the deportation of millions of undocumented residents across America upon taking office.

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