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Valley Edition: March 25 - Drought in Mendota; Cesar Chavez Biography, Street Controversy; #SaveFFA

Ezra David Romero
Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we discuss how the rural westside town of Mendota is prepping for the worst when it comes to the drought, talk with the author of the new book The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, explore a 2o year old street naming controversy in Fresno revolving around Cesar Chavez and discuss the Future Farmers of America’s fight to keep funding.

Voices of the Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst
Story: Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst
Reporter: Ezra David Romero (@ezraromero)

Story: Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California
Reporter: Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio (@CapRadioQuinton)

Cesar Chavez Biography
Book: The Crusades of Cesar Chavez
Guest: Miriam Pawel, Author (@miriampawel)

Cesar Chavez Street Controversy
Story: Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later
Guest: Venancio Gaona, who was the chairman of the local Cesar Chavez Committee and was with the group El Concilio de Fresno

Story: Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes 
Guest: Kevin Woodard, Clovis East High School FFA
Guest: Ralph Mendes, Ag Coordinator for Kern High School District 

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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