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In This Issue
   •    Maddy Events
   •    Political Briefs
   •    News Briefs
   •    Editorial Roundup
   •    Upcoming Events



Maddy Events
Maddy Forum: “Energy: Can We Have Both Clean Energy and Energy
Independence?” – Host Rollie Smith of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development and chair of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
(SJVCEO), talks with SJVCEO Executive Director Paul Johnson about energy
issues affecting the Valley. The show airs on 90.7 KFSR Radio Saturday at 1 p.m.
and Sunday at 11 a.m. and also is available on the 90.7 KFSR website and on
iTunes.

Maddy Political Insider –The Maddy Political Insider can be heard on the Alan
Autry Show on KYNO Radio 1300 Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

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Political Briefs
 Jim Boren: Fresno hospital CEO asked Costa not to vote for health care
bill – Tim A. Joslin, CEO of Community Medical Centers, confirmed this morning
that he urged Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, to vote against the health care reform
bill because it would hurt safety net hospitals. Costa supported the bill. Boren in
Fresno Bee Opinion Talk

Dems up, GOP down in statewide voter registration – Republicans share of
the state’s registered voters has decreased from 34.6 percent in 2006 to 30.8
percent now, according to a news release just out from California Secretary of
State Debra Bowen. Orange County Register article

Poll: Voters narrowly divided on open primary – A statewide survey shows
that California voters are closely divided or uncertain about two hot-button issues
– the so-called open primary and the role, if any, that recreational marijuana use
would play in their choice of a candidate. Capitol Weekly article

As seen on TV: Meg Whitman – Step aside Matthew Lesko, a new infomercial
celebrity is coming to Fresno television -- none other than Meg Whitman. The
GOP gubernatorial candidate has bought a half-hour at 5 p.m. Sunday on KSEE
(Channel 24.1), station officials confirmed today. Of course, she won't be hawking
Dual Action Cleanse or Magic Jack -- but her candidacy. Fresno Bee political
notebook

Top GOP stars shine for Whitman – National Republican leaders lined up
behind GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman at a $1,000-a-plate
fundraiser Friday night, with stars such as U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,
former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and
former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz joining Whitman on the stage of
the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City. Capitol Alert; San Francisco Chronicle
article

Ad Watch: GOP governors’ TV attack on Brown misleading – While Meg
Whitman and Steve Poizner are running ads criticizing one another in the GOP
gubernatorial primary, the Republican Governors Association is running an ad
attacking Jerry Brown, the Democrats' almost-certain nominee. Sacramento
Bee article    Whitman, Brown have ties to Goldman Sachs – The
Republican was on the Wall Street bank’s board, and the Democrat was Mayor of
Oakland when the city was involved in a complex financing deal with the firm. LA
Times article

Another Packard slams Fiorina – David Woodley Packard, the son of Hewlett-
Packard co-founder Dave Packard, weighed in on California's Senate GOP race
Friday, arguing in an op-ed that neither his father nor Bill Packard would endorse
former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina. LA Times article

AD 32: One of the ‘Shannons’ drops out of race – The wildly unpredictable
32nd Assembly District race took another turn Friday when one of the more minor
-- but lately headline-grabbing -- candidates dropped out of the Republican
primary. Bakersfield Californian article

Bakersfield chamber opposes Prop 16 -- The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors has voted to oppose Proposition 16, the Pacific Gas
and Electric Co.-supported initiative that would require two-thirds approval of
area voters in order to form a publicly run electric utility. Bakersfield
Californian article

Obama urged to declare ‘genocide’ – Armenian genocide commemorations
continue to attract political, diplomatic and fraternal grief with the arrival of
another April 24 anniversary date. Fresno Bee article; Barlow Der
Mugrdechian op-ed in Fresno Bee             Inga Barks: Aunt Cherie inspired my
pro-life activism -- Cherie Smith passed away last weekend, leaving a reminder
to the local pro-life activists that they have much to be desired. Barks column
in Bakersfield Californian

Unions blacklist errant campaign consultants in California -- From textile
workers to Cesar Chavez, organized labor has long used boycotts to flex its
political muscle and deter business from companies deemed unfriendly.
Sacramento Bee article



News Briefs
Top Stories

California boosts water deliveries to cities, farms -- State water managers
are increasing deliveries to California's cities and farms, saying recent storms
have boosted supplies. On Friday, the state Department of Water Resources
reported the snowpack had grown to 132 percent of normal for this time of year.
Water contractors will receive 30 percent of their water requests - up from 20
percent promised earlier this month. Last year, cities and farmers received 40
percent of their allotment. AP article
  Cuts take a bite out of San Joaquin justice – Budget cuts hitting San
Joaquin County have already left fewer cops on the beat, fewer prosecutors in
court and, as a result, fewer criminals in jail. Stockton Record article

Stanislaus Sheriff layoffs: 52 jobs -- Nearly 40 patrol and custodial deputies in
the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department stand to lose their jobs under a cost-
cutting proposal heading to the Board of Supervisors. Sheriff Adam Christianson's
plan would slash $6.4 million in spending, lay off 52 employees, close three of
four barracks at the low-security Honor Farm and eliminate 16 vacant positions.
Modesto Bee article

50 layoffs expected at Fresno State -- Fresno State is sending out layoff
notices as it prepares to chop about 50 employees under a tentative budget plan
released Friday. The bulk of the layoffs in the 2010-11 academic year will fall on
staff -- employees who work as administrative assistants, nurses and custodians,
for example. So far, faculty members are not affected. Fresno Bee article


Agriculture/Water

California sued over new apple moth control plan -- A coalition of California
environmental activists and elected officials is suing the state's agriculture
department over its new plan to keep the light brown apple moth from spreading.
 AP article

Economy

San Joaquin officials hope Capitol face time pays off – Local officials and
business leaders have returned from their trip this week to Washington, D.C.,
where they go every year, hat in hand, to bring home federal dollars to prized
local projects. Stockton Record article

Senate Bill 919: Overhauling state pensions – Senate Republican Leader
Dennis Hollingsworth has rolled out a bill that would curb retirement benefits for
new state workers, trimming an estimated $110 billion from the state's retiree
obligations over 30 years. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has supported the idea
but hasn't commented on the bill's specifics. Sacramento Bee
article    Tourism spending in Kern rises -- Tourism spending in Kern County
hit a record high in 2008, eclipsing $1 billion for the fourth consecutive year and
outpacing Los Angeles County and other top destinations in the state.
Bakersfield Californian article

Snapshot of Kern’s real estate recovery -- Real estate markets in other parts
of the state may be staggering back to health, but the pace of recovery is still
slow for Kern County. Bakersfield Californian article

Panelists: Commercial real estate market soft, but getting better --
Commercial real estate is looking pretty grim, but there are hopeful signs as
office and retail tenants slowly regain their confidence and lenders gradually
release their stranglehold on credit, according to panelists assembled by the
International Council of Shopping Centers. Bakersfield Californian article

State receives higher than expected bids on buildings – California received
"multiple bids" greater than $2 billion to purchase and immediately lease back 11
state properties as part of an effort to resolve the budget deficit, the Department
of General Services announced Friday. Sacramento Bee article

Visalia: City sports programs are profitable -- Youth and adult sports
programs operated at a surplus for fiscal 2008-09 and currently remain financially
solid, the Visalia Parks and Recreation Department will report to the Visalia City
Council in a joint meeting Monday. Visalia Times-Delta article

Education

Lodi Unified teachers reject pay concessions – Teachers have overwhelmingly
rejected a tentative agreement for salary concessions with Lodi Unified, Lodi
Education Association President Sue Kenmotsu announced Friday evening after
informing the district of the outcome of the vote. Stockton Record article;
Lodi News-Sentinel article
 Hanford Adult School revises course offerings to reflect state budget
cuts – Due to state budget cuts, the Hanford Adult School has reduced course
offerings for the 2010-2011 school year and no concurrent high school students
will be accepted for enrollment. Hanford Sentinel article

Stockton school begins searching for solutions – Roosevelt is joining fellow
Stockton Unified K-8 campuses Pittman and Taylor in preparing for changes
mandated by the state because of their academic struggles. Since those
campuses will be implementing changes for the 2010-11 school year, they are
eligible to apply for federal School Improvement Grant funding. Stockton
Record article

Art Museum, Fresno State end talks – A plan to save the struggling Fresno
Art Museum by turning it over to Fresno State has been abandoned, and the
museum is back on its feet, board members said Friday. Fresno Bee
article   Kern High district watches moves forward on school board
election changes -- Martha Miller and Charlie Rodriguez have a vested interest in
Kern High School District school board races. Miller is planning to run in 2010 and
Rodriguez, who ran in years past, is still deciding. Bakersfield Californian
article

Environment/Energy
 Kern River will get a trickle ... for a while -- Residents should see at least
some water in the Kern River's dry riverbed starting today as the higher-than-
average Sierra snowpack starts melting. Bakersfield Californian article

Two recent departures could mean a shakeup at Merced Irrigation
District -- After less than three months as Merced Irrigation District's general
manager, it looks as if John Sweigard may be overseeing a shakeup of the district
from top to bottom. Following closely on the heels of layoffs earlier this year, two
of the organization's upper managers announced this week they will leave the
district -- right in the middle of the irrigation season. Merced Sun-Star article
   Health/Human Services


Questions linger about Tulare County’s DUI program -- The death of two
people by a man convicted of at least four previous DUIs has raised questions in
Tulare County as to whether current laws and procedures are working. Visalia
Times-Delta article

Anthem Blue Cross extends delay on premium increase – Thousands of
Anthem Blue Cross policyholders who faced steep rate hikes on May 1 will get at
least a temporary reprieve after California's largest for-profit health insurer
extended a two-month postponement prompted by public outrage over the
proposed increases. LA Times article

California healthcare providers experiment with lump-sum pricing – In
one closely watched test beginning in August, several of California's best-known
healthcare providers — including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the UCLA Health
System and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach — will begin
charging lump-sum fees for hip and knee replacements. LA Times article

Nancy Richardson: Our children deserve a strong safety net – The
independent consultant for First 5 Fresno County writes that elected officials must
understand that public safety is more than police officers on the street; it is also
requires a wide and sturdy net to promote child and family safety. Richardson
op-ed in Fresno Bee       Whooping cough cases on the rise -- State health
officials announced this week that whooping cough cases are on the rise in
California, and urged vaccination among parents and primary caregivers as a way
to protect the most vulnerable: infants. Hanford Sentinel article
  Transportation

Valley rail options create friction -- Fresno can't wait for the day when
California's planned high-speed rail line runs right through the center of town. But
the city's neighbors in Madera County want nothing to do with the thing. Fresno
Bee article
  Other Areas

Tulare supervisors had flurry of lunches before railroad vote -- The Tulare
County Board of Supervisors started this year with a flurry of lunch gatherings —
three in six working days — all before a critical vote shifting sales-tax money for
road maintenance and other transit needs to a freight railroad project in eastern
Tulare County. Visalia Times-Delta article

A long wait for public documents from Tulare supervisors -- County
supervisors' expense records for January and February 2010 were obtained by
the Times-Delta through a California Public Records Act request – but not without
a hitch or two. Visalia Times-Delta article

Atwater to hold special closed session on ‘transition’ of city manager --
While it's been known for some time that Greg Wellman would leave city
government when his contract expires this year, he confirmed it would be the
topic of conversation at Monday's council meeting in an e-mail to city staff, which
he also sent to the Sun-Star. Merced Sun-Star article

Lodi council will decide when to get public involved in city manager
search – As the city gears up to search for a new city manager to replace Blair
King, the Lodi City Council will be faced with the question of when and how the
public becomes involved in the process. Lodi News-Sentinel article

Merced’s crime rate sharply down in last 10 years -- Despite a gloomy
unemployment picture, a dismal economic situation and a police department
hiring freeze, the city of Merced in 2009 reported the largest dip in crime in the
past 10 years, recent statistics show. Merced Sun-Star article

2,400 Stanislaus cases may have been tainted in Ripon lab probe – About
2,400 Stanislaus County drug cases may have been tainted by a crime lab analyst
under investigation for tampering with methamphetamine evidence at the Central
Valley Crime Lab in Ripon, District Attorney Birgit Fladager said Friday. Modesto
Bee article    550 Merced drug cases could be tainted in lab probe -- About
550 Merced County drug cases may have been tainted by a crime lab analyst
under investigation for tampering with methamphetamine evidence at the Central
Valley Crime Lab in Ripon, District Attorney Larry Morse II said Friday. Merced
Sun-Star article         Editorial Roundup
Fresno Bee – Politicians should stop the automated phone calls.
 Merced Sun-Star – Candidates, stop the robocalls.

Modesto Bee – April's been all about numbers — from property taxes to
income taxes to unemployment stats to median home prices to budget cuts to
rainfall totals to ... well, you get the point. Thus, it's only fitting on this final
Saturday of the month that we offer up some numbers of our own.
    Sacramento Bee – Next Sacramento County sheriff faces grueling choices.
Upcoming Events
   •    The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley’s Advanced
       Communications Services Work Group will meet at the Great Valley Center
       in Modesto on April 26 from 1-3 p.m. Information: Dejeune Shelton at
       dejeune@greatvalley.org or (209) 522-5103.

   •   The Great Valley Center will hold its annual conference, “Valley Up: Ideas,
       Innovation, Inspiration,” at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto on
       May 6-7. Information: www.greatvalley.org/conference

   •   The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board of directors
       will hold its quarterly meeting in Merced on Friday, May 21, from 10 a.m.
       to 3 p.m. More information: www.sjvpartnership.org.

   •    The San Joaquin Valley Regional Equity Forum, which will highlight the
       work of regional and local efforts addressing inequities in health and well-
       being, will be held in Fresno on Wednesday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. More
       information: thngo@csufresno.edu.

   •   The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will hold an air quality
       conference, “Particulate Pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, in Fresno on
       June 9-10. Information: www.valleyair.org.

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