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California Voters Will Decide Fate Of Plastic Bags

Oct 28, 2016
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Plastic bag manufacturers have one last chance to keep their product in the nation’s largest market.  The industry has placed two measures on California’s November ballot. One is a referendum on a law that bans single-use plastic bags. The other would require retailers to send bag fee revenues to an environmental fund. 

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.  

A new TV ad by a Democratic campaign committee describes Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, as Donald Trump’s ‘Man in Washington DC.’

It says Denham was deeply involved in the GOP nominee’s development of Trump International Hotel in DC.

FILE PHOTO: Volunteers for both GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and voting rights groups plan to monitor the California polls on Nov. 8 following Trump's yet unsubstantiated claims of a "rigged" election.
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FILE PHOTO: Volunteers for both GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and voting rights groups plan to monitor the California polls on Nov. 8 following Trump's yet unsubstantiated claims of a "rigged" election. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" election and voter fraud are having an effect in Southern California, with some of his supporters voicing concerns and planning to take action on Nov. 8.

File photo: Several people listen to a speaker express her opposition to the Citizens United ruling at an Occupy Courts protest in Los Angeles.
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File photo: Several people listen to a speaker express her opposition to the Citizens United ruling at an Occupy Courts protest in Los Angeles in 2012. Corey Bridwell/KPCC

Among the 17 statewide ballot measures California voters face in the general election is Proposition 59, a rare advisory initiative that, if approved, would direct the state's elected officials to work on reversing the effects of Citizens United.

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The streets of Fresno can be dangerous—not just to drivers and bicyclists, but also to pedestrians. Following a trio of fatal accidents last week, more pedestrians have died this year than in all of 2015, and they’ve made up more than half of all traffic-related deaths. Now, a new city plan aim to make the city safer for walking.

It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. And in this part of southeast Fresno, that means one thing: school’s out.

In the dusty, wind-swept city of Adelanto, officials are predicting big changes on the horizon. City Councilman Johnny “Bug”  Woodard Jr. is standing in front of a chain-link fence surrounding a vacant lot in the city’s Green Zone, the industrial area where Adelanto allows medical marijuana cultivation.

“What you’re looking at here is the first property to actually break ground to build a new building,” Woodard says.

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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.

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