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Valley Edition - March 6, 2018 - UC Merced, Inland Ports, Kern County Lawsuit

Mar 6, 2018

This week on Valley Edition, a decade after the housing crash, things in Merced are looking up, in part thanks to the campus expansion now underway at nearby UC Merced. We also learn how this landlocked community hopes to become an "inland port" to help the county's economy. We also explore the controversy over voting rights in Kern County. We talk to the plaintiffs who recently scored a big victory in federal court over Kern County's drawing of supervisorial districts in 2011. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund wants to see new lines that give the county a second Latino-majority district in place before  the June primary. Later in the show we talk with Fresno Bee columnist Marek Warszawski about a proposal from Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula that would give the state control over new public parkland that sits unused on the San Joaquin River, just outside Fresno. Plus, a look at the pioneering architecture of Julia Morgan. She may be best known for her masterpiece of Hearst Castle, but she designed buildings here in the valley as well. And a new look at previously unseen paintings by master watercolorist Rollin Pickford in a new exhibit.