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Valley Edition: Nov. 18- Mariachi Opera; Ventura Street; "Beyond Luck;" Japanese Fall Color Festival

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This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Ezra David Romero reports on the fusion of mariachi and opera in Visalia.  Also on the show reporter Diana Aguilera reports from Dinuba where Covered California is focusing outreach efforts on the Latino community. But the only problem is that many don't quality for coverage.

Later, VE Host Joe Moore talks with Michal Sigala, an urban planner in Fresno, about a demonstration project in southeast Fresno to revitalize the Ventura and  Kings Canyon corridor in the city. The groups transformed a portion of the street with parklets, popup cafes and more. 

Valley author Betsy Lumbye speaks with Moore about her new book "Beyond Luck." The book tells the story of a Selma man who struck gold in Alaska and then oil in Kern County.

Ending the program we speak with Tracy Teran with the Japanese Fall Color Festival at Woodward Park's Shinzen Japanese Garden in Fresno. 

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.
Diana Aguilera is a multimedia reporter native of Santiago, Chile. It was during her childhood in Santiago where her love for journalism sparked. Diana moved to Fresno while in her teens and is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno. While earning her degree in journalism and minor in Latin American studies, Diana worked for the Fresno Bee. Her work as a general assignment reporter continued after college and was recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2014, she joined Valley Public Radio. Her hobbies include yoga, traveling and reading.