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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.

City of Fresno

For the last seven-and-a-half years, Lee Brand has been the Fresno City Council's resident policy expert. He's helped write and pass laws about city debt and finance that many say helped the city recover from a deep financial crisis. Now he wants to lead the city from the office of mayor, squaring off against current Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea in the November election.

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No California ballot fight has attracted more money or bigger names than Proposition 61.

Proponents call it the only initiative in the country that could rein in rising drug prices. Pharmaceutical companies have spent nearly $110 million to oppose it.

But politics aside, experts see a problem with the measure. They question whether California could implement the law and what the consequences would be, if it can’t.

Proposition 52 on the November ballot has gotten little attention. Even so, supporters said the measure is crucial to hospitals' ability to care for Medi-Cal patients.

The measure asks voters to lock in a special fee that hospitals pay in order to ensure that California receives billions of dollars in federal matching funds.

Felton Elementary School Principal Norma Martinez stands outside some of her school's portable classrooms. She hopes Prop 51 will help fund projects like permanent classrooms.
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Felton Elementary School Principal Norma Martinez stands outside some of her school's portable classrooms. She hopes Prop 51 will help fund projects like permanent classrooms. Mary Plummer/KPCC

California voters have a decision to make on the general election ballot: approve $9 billion in bonds for school and community college construction projects and modernization, or reject it to avoid adding to the state debt.

Karen Goh for mayor

For the first time in over a decade, Bakersfield will soon have a new mayor. Kyle Carter and Karen Goh both are vying for the spot to lead Kern County's largest city. While it's largely a ceremonial job, as the office of mayor has little official power, Goh says she wants to use the position to improve Bakersfield's image. Goh joined us this week on Valley Edition to talk about her agenda, which includes boosting local business and creating a safer community.

Part I: Huron

Loud music and the smell of roasted corn on the cob fill the air at the Friday night street festival in the small Fresno County town of Huron. Kids play on a bounce house slide, while adults sell everything from used bikes and shoes to melons and tomatoes.

Jazmin Vargas, 22, is selling an idea: that Huron residents should bank on a newly regulated industry in California — medical marijuana. She asks a young man to sign a petition in support of a city ordinance.

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There are so many questions about California’s November ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana that it’s easy to overlook the most basic question of all: What would the initiative actually do?

Well, we’re here to help.

So get your sample or mail-in ballots out and follow along as we go through that little Proposition 64 summary together. It’s right next to where you vote “yes” or “no.”

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.

Asked about California’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana, Republican congressional candidate Scott Jones said on Tuesday the experiences in Colorado are a stark warning of what not to do.

Depending on whom you ask, it’s a question of either common sense or constitutional rights: Should ammunition be treated like guns are, with background checks for buyers and limits on who can sell?

It’s one of several questions facing voters within Proposition 63, a gun control measure sponsored by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The initiative would also require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement; set up a process for convicted felons to give up their guns; and fully ban magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of bullets.

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