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Get the Facts About Your Drinking Water
A 2013 report found that over 2.8 million people in the San Joaquin Valley are served by a water system whose source water is impacted by contamination. That translates into over 265,000 people in Stanislaus County, over 80,000 people in San Joaquin County, over 450,000 people in Fresno County, and...
Post-Primary Election Update
Updated Bottom Lines CA-10: Jeff Denham (R) - Central Valley: Modesto, TracyToss Up. Denham's support for immigration reform has allowed him to continue winning reelection in this moderate, diverse Modesto seat that Hillary Clinton won by three points. But his advocacy of a discharge petition to force a House vote on a...
FINAL CALIFORNIA PRIMARY PREVIEW
  Under California's rules, all candidates in all 53 districts run on the same primary ballot and the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the general election. In a few GOP-held seats, there are so many Democrats running that they risk splitting enough votes to allow two Republicans...
December 2017 Civic Engagement Project
Images from Week #1 of CNC's December non-partisan civic engagement project. Team members are speaking with voters in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties about the issues impacting their families the most. Voters are stating the current proposed tax plan is a major concern. In addition to issues related to...
Victory! Fresno OK's deal to relocate meat-rendering plant out of a southwest neighborhood
A deal to relocate a meat-rendering plant out of a southwest Fresno neighborhood was unanimously approved Thursday evening by the Fresno City Council, providing a victory for neighbors who for years have complained about odors. The council approved a development agreement with Darling Ingredients, which runs the operation on Belgravia...
Fresno Residents File Lawsuit Over 40 Year Old Odor
“The city has a legal obligation to enforce laws that make Fresno a safe and healthy place for all its residents, no matter their income level, race, or the neighborhood where they live. West Fresno residents will seek to enforce that duty," says Phoebe Seaton of California Rural Legal Assistance,...
Five Victories By The California Immigrant Rights Movement
There’s no doubt immigration reform has a long way to go to ensure family reunification and a path to citizenship for the undocumented community. We must continue to fight for a federal DREAM Act and demand an end to Secure Communitiesand 287(g) programs that allow state and local law enforcement agencies to...
Secure Communities: The Real Cost of Failed Immigration Policy
In his 2013 proposed budget, President Obama outlined the administration’s plan to cut $17 million from the failed and expensive,16-year-old 287 (g) program to expand the equally failed and expensive four year-old Secure Communities program. Both programs were created to allow state and local police to check fingerprints of the...
In Defense of My Body, Health & Choices
By Jacquie Marroquin During the recent Women in the World Conference in Washington D.C., Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee said,  “Women need to stop being politely angry.”  She was referring to the ever-escalating war on women’s access to reproductive care in the United States. This powerful statement made by...
We Can’t Afford to Give Away the Great Outdoors
Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States, according to a study by the National Fish and Wildlife Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million...
Lessons for 2012 Elections from 2010 Nevada
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the political parties gear up for the 2012 Presidential Election, it would be wise to use this time to study the 2010 general election and the impact made by Latino voters throughout the country. In particular, I offer the 2010 general election in...
Why we marched in Sacramento
The headline in this week's San Jose Mercury News, "Harvard Now Cheaper Than Cal State," may have shocked many across the country. But for California's families and students, it reflects the reality of millions who have struggled for years with the rising cost of higher education. California leads the nation...