Thursday, January 16, 2020

Environmental Advocates Wary of New Delta Tunnel Plan

Governor Gavin Newsom has restarted a project to build a single tunnel to ship billions of gallons of water from the San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. Newsom issued a Notice of Preparation on Wednesday which will begin a lengthy process of environmental review. KPFA’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Bill Would Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Democratic lawmakers and consumer groups are making a push for a bill that would ban toxic chemicals like lead and asbestos that are commonly used in cosmetics. The legislation would ban 13 toxic chemicals that are already banned from cosmetics in the European Union.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tom Steyer Opens State Campaign Headquarters in Fresno

Democratic Party presidential candidate Tom Steyer went to Fresno last night to open his first California campaign headquarters. Steyer is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who was late in getting into the election race, promises to invest a hundred million dollars of his own money in seeking the presidency. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, December 23, 2019

BLM Issues Environmental Study of Fracking in Central California

The Bureau of Land Management has finalized a controversial plan to open up 1.2 million acres of federal land in California to oil and gas production. Earlier this year, the BLM held hearings on its study on the environmental impacts of petroleum development on federal land in the San Joaquin Valley, the central coast region and areas near Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Environmental groups throughout the state vigorously opposed the plan at several public meetings. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Fishing Groups Say Storm Water Discharge Permit Harms San Joaquin River

A coalition of fishing industry groups, tribes and water quality advocates went public to oppose the Central Valley Water Board’s decision to approve a 25-year permit to the Grasslands Water District to continue discharging storm water into the San Joaquin River and San Francisco Bay Delta. The runoff from storm events and farming in the region contains selenium, mercury and other contaminants which can harm fish and wildlife. The Grasslands Bypass was built in 1996 to drain those pollutants away from valley wetlands and into the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay Delta. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

House Impeaches President Donald Trump

The House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump. The historic vote marks just the third time a president has been impeached. The house voted on two articles of impeachment, setting the stage for a trial in the Senate over whether to remove Trump from office.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Impeachment Eve Rally Brings Together Valley’s Trump Opponents

Hundreds of Valley residents rallied on Impeachment Eve in support of the effort to impeach the President at the office of Trump ally Congressman Devin Nunes. It was one of several events in the Valley, with other gatherings taking place in Visalia, Hanford and Mariposa. They were part of an estimated 600 rallies around the nation calling for Trump’s impeachment. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

House Committee Sets Stage for Impeachment Vote

The House Rules Committee is setting the stage for a Wednesday vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In another marathon session, lawmakers debated the merits of impeachment, with Democrats and Republicans launching pointed critiques of the motivations of the opposing party, but with little of the emotional fireworks that have marked previous impeachment hearings.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, December 13, 2019

California Celebrates One Million Solar Panels

Former governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger joined local officials, solar businesses, workers and students in celebrating California reaching one million solar roofs. The governors were honored for their leadership in advancing solar energy. The event was sponsored by a coalition of solar energy concerns and took place at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Vic Bedoian reports.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

House Judiciary Committee Set to Vote on Articles of Impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee is moving toward a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, after more than 12 hours of debate. The committee session is the last step before sending the articles to the full House for a vote on impeachment. The committee includes some of the most liberal Democrats in the house, as well as some of the most conservative Republicans.
Christopher Martinez reports.