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California High-Speed Rail Authority

The Fresno City Council could act this week to bolster the city's push to be chosen as the home for the heavy maintenance facility for California’s high-speed rail project. 

On Thursday, the council is set to vote on a proposal that would set aside $250,000 to secure the rights to property at the proposed site in Southwest Fresno. That money would be used to put non-refundable deposits on the land which is currently owned by several private parties. 

The city has identified the lack of control over the land as a major hurdle in their push to attract the project.

Proposition 54 is being touted by supporters as a way to bring more transparency to  the state Legislature. It would generally require a bill to be in print for 72 hours before it can be passed. Critics say the waiting period would be exploited by lobbyists and special interest groups to kill bills they don’t like.

Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista, is in the toughest race of his 16-year political career. In the June primary, a political unknown — retired Marine colonel and attorney — Doug Applegate came within striking distance. Many are blaming his support of Donald Trump.

Bakersfield Police Department

The family members of several people killed by Bakersfield Police Department officers are calling for a federal investigation into the force.

The news comes just days after the sentencing of former Bakersfield Police Detective Damacio Diaz to five years in prison on corruption charges, and a surprise retirement announcement from Police Chief Greg Williamson. Diaz has alleged that corruption and misconduct is systemic throughout the force. 

Issa In Surprisingly Tight Race With Applegate

Oct 10, 2016

Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista, is in the toughest race of his 16-year political career. In the June primary, a political unknown -- retired Marine colonel and attorney -- Doug Applegate came within striking distance. Many are blaming his support of Donald Trump.

Loretta Sanchez misleads with Prop 57 claim

Oct 10, 2016
In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., responds to questions during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo, File

In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., responds to questions during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo, File

Will felons convicted of drive-by shootings, giving guns to gangs or firing a weapon on a school yard "get out of jail free" if California’s Proposition 57 passes?

That’s the provocative claim Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez made this week during a U.S. Senate campaign debate in Los Angeles.

Aiming to differentiate themselves for California voters, U.S. Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez sharply criticized each other's experience, leadership and stands on major issues during their only scheduled general election debate Wednesday night.

Their different styles were in full display in the hour-long televised event, with Sanchez' pugnacious and combative manner contrasting with Harris' aggressive and prosecutorial bearing as they took on each other's record.

Prop. 58 Would Undo Bilingual Education Limits

Oct 5, 2016
San Gabriel teacher Jenny Tan helps a student who's been in the U.S. less than a year learn the basics of English.
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

San Gabriel teacher Jenny Tan helps a student who's been in the U.S. less than a year learn the basics of English. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

On a recent afternoon in San Gabriel's McKinley Elementary School, a class full of students who arrived in the United States less than a year ago practiced their English language skills.

They are third, fourth and fifth-graders, but the English lessons are at a kindergarten level. 

At a morning news conference in downtown Los Angeles, Rep. Loretta Sanchez – flanked by law enforcement officials – announced she is opposed to a ballot measure that would grant some prisoners early parole
Ben Bergman/KPCC

In the lead up to tonight's debate between Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris, Sanchez announced her opposition to Proposition 57, an initiative that would allow some prisoners early parole.

Harris and Sanchez, both Democrats, are competing to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has represented California for more than 20 years.

Tonight’s U.S. Senate debate in Los Angeles will be the last chance to see California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Orange County congresswoman Loretta Sanchez face off against each other before the election. It might help voters decide which of these two Democrats is best suited to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.

And that begs the question: What does it take to be a good U.S. senator anyway?

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