Valley Politics

Clint Olivier, Jim Boren and Amanda Renteria

Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock speaks with Jim Boren, executive director of the Institute for Media and Public Trust at Fresno State, Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America and Clint Olivier, former Fresno City Council member and executive director of the Business Federation of the Central Valley about how California voters decided some key issues, and how political divisiveness is affecting local politics.

 

 

The McFarland City Council appointed a new mayor Thursday to replace former Mayor Manuel Cantu. Cantu quit in February after the city declined a proposal that would allow The GEO Group, Inc. to turn two state prisons into immigration detention centers. GEO has since appealed that decision.

Council member Sally Gonzalez was appointed mayor, but most of the residents who attended the meeting were more concerned about the appeals case. 

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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.

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Last week we heard from those working to solve homelessness in Fresno and Madera counties. This week in the studio, moderator Kathleen Schock looks at the politics of that issue, along with another topic trending in the news, high speed rail. Joining her are West Hills College political science instructor Nick Gera, Fresno Bee reporter Brianna Calix, GV Wire News Director Bill McEwen and founding director of the policy lab Fresnoland, Danielle Bergstrom.

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This week on Valley Edition Host Joe Moore leads a conversation about the 2016 primaries. He is joined by Fresno State Political Science Professor Jeffrey Cummins, Republican Political Analyst Jim Verros and The Bakersfield Californian's Christine Bedell. The group chat about a few surprises that came out of the primaries and  the races they are looking forward to in November. 

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This week on Valley Edition we talk about the spike in the international trend of farmer suicides, fracking legislation and Central California political races.