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Trump nominee for Interior Department a threat to Central Valley water status quo

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s promise to help Central Valley farmers get more water and to reduce environmentalists’ influence over the federal government got him a warm reception in rallies last May and August in the region that leads

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13 CA ZIP codes have lead contamination as bad as Flint

The water contamination scandal in Flint, Michigan, triggered national outrage and prompted Congress last month to pass a bill rushing $120 million in federal aid to the city. The local regulators who knew about the severity of lead contamination and

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Tesla aims to build 1 million cars annually by 2020

  High-flying clean-energy industrialist Elon Musk has doubled down on his production plans in California. Tesla, his auto company, “took a major step toward its ambitious goal of one day building 1 million cars a year by seeking to double the size

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 16

Bill curbing abuses of “policing for profit” clears major hurdle Another state agency is flaunting CA environmental laws Fresno the new Flint? Trump is now the nominee of two parties Brown proposes cap and trade in climate change bill  Good

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – July 14

Sitting state senator passes Fresno PD releases body-cam footage of shooting of unarmed teen Congressional candidate accused of sexual harrassment Sending CAGOP to national convention costly and cumbersome New lawsuit over delta smelt Sad news today: State Sen. Sharon Runner

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Federal judge moots CA casino oversight

In what amounted to a tart reminder to California voters that they have limited authority over sovereign Indian tribes, a federal judge has ordered Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to renew negotiations with North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians officials over

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Fresno beats SF, San Jose in economic growth

The gleaming high-tech companies of San Francisco and Silicon Valley now are California’s face to the world — even more than Hollywood. But — surprise! — an updated Brookings Institution study found the inland metropolitan areas of California beat out the

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Unions win court round in battle with charter cities

Unions lost round one of their battle with California cities over “prevailing wages” on public works projects in 2012. That’s when the California Supreme Court ruled against a law they’d gotten the Legislature to pass targeting charter cities for their

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Fresno votes against high-speed rail project

  In a surprise this week, the Fresno County Supervisors’ voted, 3-2, to officially oppose California’s high-speed rail project. That reversed seven years of actively supporting the project. No one expects Fresno’s actions will stop the project. But the vote delivers

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Fresno water rate referendum headed for ballot

Fresno residents will have the final say on the city’s controversial plan to double water rates in the coming years. On Tuesday, election officials certified that the petition drive spearheaded by former Fresno County Supervisor Doug Vagim has enough valid

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