2020 Elections

On this week's Valley Edition: We unpack what happened on Tuesday by looking at partisanship in the San Joaquin Valley and discussing how the election will shape California’s future. 

Plus, we take you to the small farming town of Mendota to find out how Latinx businesses there are doing during the pandemic. Some have only survived by taking out loans. 

 

And, two sisters in Fresno share stories about their peacemaking father for San Joaquin  StoryCorps. 

Olivia Allen-Price, Jeremy White, Ben Christopher and Mark Trezza

As the November 3rd election deadline draws near, Valley Public Radio continues its look at the propositions before voters. Joining Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock for a conversation about the potential changes to rent control, property taxes, data security, and how the state charges theft-related crimes are Ben Christopher, election reporter for CalMatters, Olivia Allen-Price, host of KQED’s Bay Curious podcast, Jeremy White, California political reporter for Politico and Mark Trezza, political science instructor at Fresno City College.

Sammy Caiola, Tom Holyoke and Tad Weber

The future of stem cell research, cash parole and kidney dialysis clinics are now in the hands of California voters. And those are just three of the 12 propositions on the November ballot. To better understand the impact these propositions could have on the state, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Tad Weber, Fresno Bee opinion editor; Tom Holyoke, Fresno State professor of political science; and Sammy Caiola, CapRadio health science reporter.

Scott Rodd, Alyssa Dykman, Ben Christopher and Ivy Cargile

Propositions 13 and 209 were some of the most impactful in California's history, but now their fates are back in the hands of voters, who come November will weigh in on whether to bring back affirmative action and potentially increase property taxes for some businesses.

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

California’s Primary Election was on Tuesday, and county election departments are still counting ballots. They have 30 days from the election to certify the results.

In the meantime, county election departments are updating results throughout the month, and below we have linked to the county and state websites where you can see the results for yourself as they are updated. 

Congressional Races 

Kathleen Schock

Fresno mayoral candidate Jerry Dyer came to the studio to talk with FM89's Kathleen Schock about his priorities for the city and the politically polarized nature of the campaign.

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

 

Polls show candidates Andrew Janz and Jerry Dyer are neck and neck. And that race, along with other local races, could be decided next Tuesday. If one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there’s no runoff in November. But do people know that? 

We spoke with several Valley residents at a local Fresno farmers market - and many were unaware of Tuesday’s primary and its significance.  However, one Clovis man who is not eligible to vote said he finds the whole system baffling. 

Alice Daniel

While Jerry Dyer and Andrew Janz are the frontrunners in the race to become mayor of Fresno, they are among a field of 7 candidates vying for the job. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke with Brian Jefferson, Richard Renteria and Nickolas Wildstar about the experience of running as outsiders and their vision for Fresno.

Alice Daniel

With one month to go before California's March primary, FM89's Kathleen Schock discussed the Fresno mayoral race with GV Wire News Director Bill McEwen, West Hills College Political Science Professor Nick Gera, and Fresno Bee columnist Marek Warszawski.

California has moved its primary election earlier in the year. Instead of June, voters will now cast their ballots in March. For Fresno and Mariposa Counties, there are other changes intended to update voting technology and increase voter turnout. Fresno and Mariposa have adopted the new Voter's Choice Act Model, which means voting centers have replaced polling places, and every voter is mailed a ballot. Madera County adopted the model in 2018. 

Alice Daniel

Fresno mayoral candidate Andrew Janz came to the studio to discuss his campaign strategy and vision for the city ahead of California’s March 3 primary. Janz is facing former Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.