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  • Meat of the Matter: Long-predicted water crisis is here

    07/26/2015 8:30:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | July 22, 2015 | Dan Murphy
    It’s not just producers and farmers who are getting hit with rising costs and growing shortages of water. When it comes to H2O, everyone better get prepared to pay more and get less. In its long history, water has never been more precious, more controversial, more expensive or more essential to agriculture and commerce than it is right now. A symbol of purity in cosmetic ads, a stand-in for quality in beer ads, the poster boy for violence and destruction during floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, water is currently so scarce out West that it threatens to decimate the nation’s most...
  • No irrigation water again this year for Valley farmers

    02/28/2015 3:15:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 2--27-15 | Mark Grossi
    Farmers again will get no federal river water for more than 2 million acres of cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday. Though the announcement was no surprise, it sent ripples of anxiety through the farming industry on both the east and west sides of the Valley, which rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project. Don Peracchi, board president of the Westlands Water District’s board, mostly in west Fresno County, said: “The federal government’s Central Valley Project is broken. Some of the most vital elements of the state’s economy are being allowed...
  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/04/2014 3:25:57 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 320 replies
    July 4, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Ok, this is just the germination of the plan. We have independent units from the Bolinas Border Patrol and the Central Valley Citizens militia joining forces with independent citizens militia units of Texas to defend our southern border in Texas, to protest Obama's lawless open borders policies and to rally support for Governor Perry to officially call out Guard units and Texas militia units at his disposal to defend the border!! Lawsuits will not cut it. The invasion is happening now. Action must be taken NOW!! FReepers, Patriots, Militia members: Prepare to answer the call!!
  • An Unconventional Desalination Technology Could Solve California's Water Shortage

    03/12/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | By Dina Spector
    An Unconventional Desalination Technology Could Solve California's Water Shortage By Dina Spector 11 hours ago   View photo. WaterFXA parabolic trough collects energy from the sun. The heat is used to evaporate clean water from the salty agricultural drainage water of irrigated crops.This year, farmers in California's Central Valley likely won't receive any water through the federal irrigation program, a network of reservoirs, rivers, and canals that is normally replenished yearly by ice melt from the Sierra mountains.Crippling water shortages have made desalination technology more attractive, including a startup, WaterFX, that uses the sun to produce heat. The heat separates salt...
  • FReep Oppty: Obama to visit Fresno, Firebaugh and Los Banos, Friday, Feb 14, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

    02/13/2014 10:12:11 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    collegian.csufresno.edu ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | By Collegian Staff
    Obama’s schedule for Fresno trip released: Excerpt: President Barack Obama’s trip to the Fresno area on Friday will not be open to the public, according to the White House. Obama will arrive in Air Force One at Fresno Yosemite International Airport at 2:30 p.m., traveling from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Taking Marine One, the presidential helicopter, Obama will fly to the San Luis Water Facility in Firebaugh to tour a local farm at 4:15 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Obama will deliver remarks at a private residence in Los Banos. At 5:35 p.m., he will depart Fresno from Fresno Yosemite...
  • Obama to visit Fresno to discuss drought response

    02/09/2014 2:35:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2-8-14 | Kathleen Hennessey
    WASHINGTON--President Obama will travel to Fresno next week to highlight federal efforts aimed at helping farmers and others hit by a severe drought. A White House official said Obama will visit the Central Valley city Feb. 14. The White House already had announced Obama's plans to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs that day. Obama’s visit comes as interest on Capitol Hill in taking action to alleviate California’s water crisis grows. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Wednesday dubbed a response to the drought, but the measure faces a White House veto threat....
  • Facing drought, California will not allot water to farmers, cities

    02/01/2014 4:01:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1-31-14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state's...
  • Democrats In California Declare War On Farmers

    03/06/2012 3:00:27 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5 March 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: To leftist food scolds, eating more vegetables is important. So why are California's two Democratic senators having a cow about a water bill that would let their Central Valley's farmers grow more veggies? House Republican Devin Nunes' Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Relief Act (H.R. 1837), which passed easily in the House last week, was the first standalone bill to address the persistent problem of arbitrary state decisions to deny water to the farmers of the Central Valley. It's a good bill. But not to the more obtuse Democrats. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has denounced the Nunes bill as "a recipe...
  • Rep. Nunes Turns On California Spigot

    02/29/2012 12:26:12 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: Is sanity finally coming to California's Central Valley? America's breadbasket has long been victim of capricious water cutoffs to "save" the environment. A bill in Congress puts an end to this man-made drought. It should pass. Rep. Devin Nunes of Visalia, Calif., has come forward with a legislative remedy for the policies that have turned fertile fields into hollowed-out dust bowls in the name of "being green." Nunes' Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act goes to a vote in the House Wednesday and if it passes, it will guarantee that water the farmers paid for finally gets to the parched...
  • Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

    02/29/2012 12:05:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I've called the judicially-imposed drought in California's Central Valley --- the Dust Bowl Congress created --- through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that's not suitable for eating. Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish. Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability...
  • The Cost Of Green

    02/18/2011 5:59:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 18, 2011 | Staff
    Consequences: The green lobby assured everyone it knew what it was doing when it got a judge to cut water to Central Valley farmers to save the delta smelt. But while the Valley economy is now ruined, it hasn't helped the smelt. Some day, environmental radicals will be held accountable for crimes against the ecosystem — the human ecosystem. Back in 2007, they convinced federal Judge Oliver Wanger to rule that the Endangered Species Act gave the federal government the right to cut water to thousands of farmers in California's Central Valley to protect a 3-inch baitfish called the delta...
  • The Valley That Jobs Forgot (California’s Central Valley is the American epicenter for unemployment)

    12/31/2010 9:22:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    If one had to guess where unemployment is highest in the US, most would probably suggest Detroit or Michigan as a whole. Others who paid attention to the midterm elections would know that Nevada surpassed Michigan as the state with the highest unemployment rate about mid-year. Others might guess Florida. However, in terms of metropolitan areas with the highest levels of joblessness, a new survey by the Birmingham Business Journal shows that California’s Central Valley is the epicenter for unemployment.Verum Serum discovered this while analyzing the data and noting the incredible concentration of joblessness in the country: The first thing...
  • California’s Central Valley: Zimbabwe West? (Or is it the New Ukraine, Circa 1936?)

    12/30/2010 7:34:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 18+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/29/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Until recently, California’s Central Valley was one of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions. Not only did it feed itself, the state of California, and the entire country, it also produced exports to other nations. That kind of enterprise employed a lot of people in Central California, from farm hands to wholesalers, and created a high standard of living.That continued right up to the moment that the federal government got more concerned over the Delta smelt, a small, inedible fish, than feeding people. A court order cut off water deliveries for seven months out of the year to the Central...
  • 1969 Cold Case Solved in Seaside

    12/28/2010 1:15:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thu, Oct 21, 2010 | SHAWN BROUWER
    A man has been arrested in Texas on murder charges in a 41-year-old cold case involving the death of a Seaside (CA)High School graduate. James Terry Mason, 58, was arrested Oct. 7 in connection with the killing of Chris Lopes, a former captain of the Seaside High School basketball team. Lopes was 19 years old when he was killed Dec. 21, 1969, during a melee that took place at Del Monte Manor at 1418 Yosemite St., prosecutors said. Detective Nick Borges said a packed party at Seaside's Del Monte Manor Apartment turned violent. Chris Lopes was stabbed in his neck,...
  • California's Man-Made Drought

    04/28/2010 6:59:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,145+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 28, 2010 | MONICA SHOWALTER
    COALINGA, Calif. — Would France rip out its storied vineyards? Would Juan Valdez scorch Colombia's coffee crop? Sri Lanka its black pepper harvest? China its tea?
  • After Tea Party Report (Fresno)

    04/11/2010 9:31:09 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 59 replies · 2,400+ views
    Channel 47 TV, Fresno ^ | April 10, 2010 | Tony Botti
    Frustrated with our government, 4,000 people joined together at Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno to say enough is enough. "The biggest problem by far is the federal government is too powerful in our lives. They're bossing us around, telling us what we can and can't do. This country was never setup to be like that," said Steve Brandau of the Central Valley Tea Party. "I'm just disgusted with what's happening to our country. Overspending, overtaxing, it's becoming a socialist country," said Saundra Hawkins. Republican Steve Poizner, who is running for governor, believes he's on the same page as everyone who...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • (Feinstein Favors) Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/26/2009 3:04:40 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 90 replies · 3,839+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Sept. 25, 2009 | Editorial
    Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt. (snip) The Senate rejected the amendment by a largely party-line 61-36 margin, with Feinstein opposing the restoration of water deliveries to farmers. The California senator claimed she was blindsided by the amendment to the bill she was managing in the Senate, bizarrely comparing the move to a "Pearl Harbor." "No one from California has called, written or indicated they wanted this on the calendar," Feinstein protested.
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • San Joaquin Water Crisis Information Thread

    09/20/2009 1:52:38 PM PDT · by amom · 61 replies · 3,156+ views
    various ^ | various
    San Joaquin Water Crisis Resource Information:Websites Aquafornia.com http://aquafornia.com/ By Water Education Foundation. “…Aquafornia is dedicated to providing comprehensive news and information about California water issues, as well as issues affecting the southwest. Aquafornia posts links from the news media, press releases, trade magazines, and blogs…The site is updated usually by 8am daily, 7 days a week, and breaking news is posted whenever it occurs…” Links to footage from the Sean Hannity Show. Farmers For Water www.Farmersforwater.com “…Providing Links & Information on the Central Valley Water Crisis…” Good collection of articles, maps and photos, links and other information. Families Protecting the...
  • My advise to the Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley - TURN YOUR WATER ON!

    09/17/2009 8:26:34 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 265 replies · 8,144+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | September 17, 2009 | Jeff Head
    Here we go again. I was watching Sean Hannity tonight (9/17/2009), and have been following loosely the situation in the San Joaquin Valley of California with their water crisis over the small Delta Smelt minnow and its endangered species listing. The Farmers have water rights to that water. There is no legal water rights for that water for a minnow over the farmers. There is only a manufactured judicial legal decision by liberal judges based on junk science and the whims of administrators and bureaucrats that create these incidents based on the Endangered Species Act and a rabid environmental...
  • Over 15,000 attend Freedom Rally Tea Party in Tulare

    07/04/2009 6:35:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies · 4,353+ views
    Visalia Times Delta ^ | July 4, 2009 | By Victor Garcia
    More than 15,000 people from Bakersfield to Modesto gathered at the International Agri-Center Saturday for the Freedom Rally Tea Party Saturday. The event had several speakers, talking about their viewpoints of the country's government. “We believe in limited government, fiscal responsibility and the free market and think that’s something Americans should get behind,” said Jared Gordon, Central Valley Tea Party spokesperson.
  • Fresno/Central Valley Support Our Troops Rally, Tonight, June 5

    06/05/2009 1:40:38 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies · 695+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter | June 5, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Where: Corner of Shaw and Blackstone When: Tonight! Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm * Bring your signs, flags and banners. Come and show your support for our troops! Hope to see everyone there! * note special starting time
  • Hannity covers the manmade drought disaster in central California

    05/10/2009 5:54:42 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 43 replies · 2,825+ views
    FoxNews/Hannity ^ | 5/8/09 | Hannity
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twd59PrqCNg
  • Tea Party Update - Central California (TV Interview)

    04/01/2009 2:50:40 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 25 replies · 956+ views
    CBS 47 News ^ | 4-1-09 | CBS 47 News
    A Key backer of the Central Valley Tea Party will be on CBS 47 News tonight !! (Fresno Ca) Melissa Courtney will be ...
  • A tiny town in the Central Valley prepares for 'Armageddon' [CA: save fish: kill farms, businesses]

    ... The disaster coming this spring and summer is no movie, and nothing menacing is falling from the sky. It's about what's not falling from the sky — rain. After three years of below-average rain and snowfall, coupled with new pumping restrictions to protect endangered fish, California's farmers are running out of water. The devastating impact has trickled down to dozens of small Central Valley farming communities. ... The farmers who will be slammed the hardest are those who depend on the Central Valley Project, the massive federal system of dams, reservoirs, pumps and canals that helped spawn California's $36...
  • New poll: Obama, McCain tied again in the valley

    10/30/2008 10:14:45 PM PDT · by jamndad5 · 34 replies · 1,414+ views
    Politics, Anyone - Kern County Blog ^ | 10/30/2008 | Not listed
    New poll: Obama, McCain tied again in the valley Barack Obama and John McCain are back to being in a statistical dead heat in the Central Valley, according to a Field Poll released Thursday. Obama has pulled ahead of McCain 47.2 percent to 45.9 percent among likely voters, according to numbers provided to the Sacramento Bee. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. (The raw numbers were 77 for Obama, 75 for McCain). A September Field Poll had McCain up in the valley 45 percent to 40 percent; in July McCain led 39.6 percent to 38.8...
  • Fresno/Central Valley Support our Troops Rally - tonight, October 3rd!

    10/03/2008 11:16:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies · 914+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter | Oct 3, 2008 | Jim Robinson
    Where: Corner of Shaw and Blackstone When: Tonight! Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Bring your signs, flags and banners. Come and show your support for our troops and Commander-in-Chief! Hope to see everyone there!
  • Fresno/Central Valley Support our Troops Rally - tonight, August 1st!

    08/01/2008 1:17:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies · 367+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter
    Where: Corner of Shaw and Blackstone When: Tonight! Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Bring your signs, flags and banners. Come and show your support for our troops and Commander-in-Chief! Hope to see everyone there!
  • Announcing the Fresno/Central Valley Annual Rally and Tailgate Picnic Sept 5th and 6th, 2008

    07/30/2008 4:48:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 131 replies · 642+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter | July 30, 2008 | Jim Robinson
    <p>The Fresno/Central Valley Chapter cordially invites all FReepers and Lurkers in good standing to attend our 7th Annual Free Republic Rally and Tailgate Picnic to be held on September 5th and 6th, 2008.</p> <p>Our rally will begin at 5:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm Friday night, September 5th, at the corner of Blackstone and Shaw in Fresno. Afterwards, the group will retire for dinner, refreshments and good fellowship at a nearby restaurant (time and place to be announced).</p>
  • Fresno/Central Valley Support our Troops Rally - Friday night, June 6th, D-Day!

    06/05/2008 9:50:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies · 282+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter | June 5, 2008 | Jim Robinson
    Where: Corner of Shaw and Blackstone When: Friday Night, June 6th! Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Bring your signs, flags and banners. Come and show your support for our troops and Commander-in-Chief! Hope to see everyone tonight!
  • Rolling Vigil for Peace coming to Visilia, Tulare, Porterville

    03/27/2008 6:29:28 PM PDT · by patriciaruth · 33 replies · 571+ views
    Porterville Recorder, Porterville Police Department | 3-27-08 | patriciaruth
    A local newspaper is reporting that "South Valley Peace Center" in Visalia is having a "Rolling Vigil for Peace", starting at 1pm in Visalia at Akers Road and Hwy 198, moving to Mooney Blvd and Caldwell Ave at 2 pm then going to Tulare (Prosperity Street and Hillman Ave) at 3 pm and ending up in Porterville at 4:30 pm (Henderson Ave and Prospect Street), to commemorate the death of the 4000th soldier in Iraq. I am informed today by the Porterville Police Department that this "organization" with the spokesperson of Maurice Ecung has not put in a request for...
  • Fresno/Central Valley Support our Troops Rally - Tonight, 03/07!

    03/07/2008 3:37:07 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies · 885+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter | 03/07/2008 | Jim Robinson
    Where: Corner of Shaw and Blackstone When: Tonight! Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Bring your signs, flags and banners. Come and show your support for our troops and Commander-in-Chief! Hope to see everyone tonight!
  • The Valley's Not So Civil War [FReepers Mentioned]

    01/16/2008 9:16:49 PM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 19 replies · 1,139+ views
    Los Angeles Times Magazine ^ | February 5, 2006 | Mark Arax
    In Central California, Mark Arax sees what fear--over terrorism, over our commitment in Iraq--can do to a community. Hatred between Right and Left. Hawk and Dove. Too bad they aren't listening to one grieving parent, who found some peace. Ever since the twin towers came crashing down and the cloud of jihad fogged the land, the crop dusters swooping low over the San Joaquin Valley had taken on a new menace. Even here, tucked away in the farm fields of middle California, fear had settled into the ground. Harvest to harvest, one year to the next, we watched tens of...
  • Hillary Clinton comes to Fresno

    10/21/2007 12:32:33 PM PDT · by notpoliticallycorewrecked · 65 replies · 1,049+ views
    10/21/07 | myself
    Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop in Fresno on Monday, October 22, 2007. She will be speaking at Fresno High school at 8:30 A.M.
  • CA: Central Valley school bans cupcakes in healthy food initiative

    09/04/2007 12:22:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 822+ views
    A Fresno elementary school became the latest to ban cupcakes and other sugary treats in favor of healthier snacks this week. School officials at Roosevelt Elementary School say the move is part of a districtwide initiative to improve student nutrition. As part of the effort, the school substituted its "Donuts with Dad" event scheduled for later this week for one called "Fruit with Dad." Officials say they're also giving students more whole-grain bread and reduced-fat cheese, and cutting out high-sugar breakfast cereals and soft drinks in vending machines.
  • Announcing the Fresno/Central Valley Annual Rally and Tailgate Picnic Sept 7th and 8th, 2007

    08/05/2007 5:39:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies · 2,575+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter ^ | August 5, 2007 | Jim Robinson
    The Fresno/Central Valley Chapter cordially invites all FReepers and Lurkers in good standing to attend our 6th Annual Free Republic Rally and Tailgate Picnic to be held on September 7th and 8th, 2007. Our rally will begin at 5:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm Friday night, September 7th, at the corner of Blackstone and Shaw in Fresno. Afterwards, the group will retire for dinner, refreshments and good fellowship at a nearby restaurant (time and place to be announced). Our tailgate pot-luck picnic will be at Woodward Park on Saturday, September 8th. We've reserved the "Gazebo" area for the...
  • Fresno's 5th Annual Rally and Tailgate and FR's 10th Anniversary! Photo Update!

    09/06/2006 2:58:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 203 replies · 5,431+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter ^ | September 6, 2006 | Jim Robinson
    Announcing the Fresno/Central Valley Chapter's 5th Annual Rally and Tailgate Picnic (and FR's 10th Anniversary Celebration) Sept 8th and 9th, 2006 The Fresno/Central Valley Chapter cordially invites all FReepers and Lurkers in good standing to attend our 5th Annual Free Republic Rally and Tailgate Picnic (and FR's 10th Anniversary celebration) to be held on September 8th and 9th, 2006. Our rally will begin at 5:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm Friday night, at the corner of Blackstone and Shaw in Fresno. Afterwards, the group will retire for dinner, refreshments and good fellowship at a nearby restaurant (time and place...
  • Environmental group sues EPA over Central Valley dust rule

    04/13/2006 9:34:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 340+ views
    An environmental group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday claiming a new regulation over air pollution in the Central Valley is too lax. Earthjustice is challenging the rule over particulate matter with a lawsuit filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In particulate matter pollution, tiny specks of dust and dirt can linger in the air and become lodged in people's lungs, causing numerous health problems, such as asthma. Agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the nation's most polluted air basins, is one of the leading causes of particulate matter in the region. The...
  • The Valley's Not So Civil War [Libs vs Conservatives in Fresno/Central Valley]

    02/05/2006 2:22:23 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies · 1,554+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2006 | Mark Arax
    Ever since the twin towers came crashing down and the cloud of jihad fogged the land, the crop dusters swooping low over the San Joaquin Valley had taken on a new menace. Even here, tucked away in the farm fields of middle California, fear had settled into the ground. Harvest to harvest, one year to the next, we watched tens of thousands of illegal migrants stream into our vineyards. Not a single suicide bomber was among them. Still, we could never be certain whether it was our vigilance or just dumb luck that kept us safe. ~~ snip ~~ One...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger Fires Flood Control Panel

    09/28/2005 8:57:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 598+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/27/05 | Nancy Vogel
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday fired all six members of the state Reclamation Board, an agency that oversees flood control along California's two biggest rivers and had recently become more aggressive about slowing development on flood plains. The Republican governor replaced the members — who serve indefinite terms at the governor's pleasure — with seven of his own appointees, most with ties to agriculture and the engineering profession. One board seat had been vacant since spring. Five of the fired members had been appointed by Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, and one had first been appointed by Gov....
  • Folksy grandma battles gay marriage

    04/10/2005 11:42:03 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 17 replies · 733+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, April 11, 2005 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Folksy grandma battles gay marriage As religious right musters in Central Valley, Jody Hutchens emerges as an unlikely leader Jody Hutchens acknowledges she is an unlikely lobbyist against same-sex marriage. The 62-year-old grandmother is a former beauty salon owner who never went to college, wears her hair in a bouffant and is prone to malaprops -- like when she referred to Assemblyman Mark Leno, the sponsor of California's same-sex marriage bill, as "Jay Leno." Yet her real-folk charm plays well in the Central Valley, where Hutchens is the face of the Traditional Values Coalition, the Anaheim-based Christian lobbying organization that...
  • Legislator Introduces Bill to Castrate Some Sex Offenders

    02/17/2005 2:50:39 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 31 replies · 715+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 17, 2005
    Drug-induced castration should be among the punishments for sex offenders who victimize children, a state legislator said Thursday. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, proposed allowing judges to require pedophiles to take sex-drive-suppressing drugs as part of their sentences in cases where the crime was extremely cruel, the victim was physically injured or the perpetrator had previous offenses. Emmer also would let pedophiles volunteer for physical castration on the operating table. ``We can't assume that we can keep building bigger and bigger buildings'' to house sex offenders, said the first-term legislator, who said he was prompted to write the bill after hearing...
  • Assembly race slugfest

    11/01/2004 3:13:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/1/4 | Jim Sanders
    Mud flies as 15th District turns into political donnybrook Assemblyman Guy Houston dubs his challenger the "Queen of Smear." Elaine Shaw counters that he cheats seniors out of their retirement funds. He says she wants to make it easy to raise taxes. She blasts him as a right-wing extremist kowtowing to special interests. Welcome to the 15th Assembly District campaign, where so much mud has been slung that one of Houston's fliers shows a clod striking the lawmaker's chin. Mailboxes from Livermore to Elk Grove have been flooded with advertisements by the two candidates or by independent groups supporting them....
  • The Third Annual Fresno Tailgate and Rally Report - September 10 and 11, 2004

    09/12/2004 10:44:41 PM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 235 replies · 3,993+ views
    Fresno/Central Valley Chapter ^ | September 11, 2004 | Mama_Bear and JustAmy
    The 3rd Annual FreeRepublicRally and Tailgate Picnic ReportFresno, California, September 10th and 11th, 2004 Click HERE for the September 10th rally thread. JustAmy reports...."Everyone agreed that our September 11, 2004 Rally and Tailgate Picnic was a huge success. There were at least 50 in attendance. FReepers and their families present were: Jim Robinson, Sheila and Chris John Robinson Tami and Nicky Mtngrl@vrwc Notpoliticallycorewrecked FriendAnn Diamondhead and Carol Saundra Duffy Lager Java GuyLavenderTame Tiffany and Sage JustAmy, Leonard, Ron, Marissa and Michael Enterprise Patriciaruth and Randy Jkphoto Mama_Bear DiverDave and LindaStuart Weil and Andy Maccabee AJB and FelixAwestruck, Nicolle and...
  • CA: Possible extension of $1 billion loan (from 1930s) to farmers questioned (Valley Farmers Alert)

    08/26/2004 4:06:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 418+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/26/04 | AP - FResno
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An environmental group is accusing California farmers of not paying back a $1 billion interest-free loan used in the 1930s to build a large irrigation project that supports much of California's farm industry. The Natural Resources Defense Council, a congressman and others are also attacking contract renewals for the Central Valley Project, whose 20 reservoirs deliver river water to more than 3 million acres of farmland, including those in west San Joaquin Valley. The Bush Administration is attempting to push the deal through quietly and swiftly, according to the group, while millions of taxpayers' dollars used...
  • Chris Hansen from Modesto will be the Guest Speaker at Central Valley Right to Life Meeting Tonight

    06/23/2004 10:39:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies · 569+ views
    Christian Author & Political Activist to Share His Abortion Survivor Story and Discuss the Terri Schiavo Case Chris Hansen from Modesto will be the Guest Speaker at Central Valley Right to Life (CVRTL) meeting this Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m., at Carrows Restaurant meeting room, Blackstone near Ashlan, 4280 N. Blackstone Ave. in Fresno. Chris will be sharing his personal abortion survivor story. When Chris’ mother was pregnant with him, Chris’ father tried his best to force her to have an abortion. Chris says, "My blindness doesn’t slow me down much and through Christian love I have been able...
  • Central Valley crucial to fate of bond measure (Prop 57)

    02/28/2004 8:07:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 193+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/28/04 | Lynda Gledhill - SF Chronicle
    <p>Lodi, San Joaquin County -- If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger succeeds in persuading voters to approve his $15 billion deficit bond, then the victory may well hinge on how it plays in Central Valley towns like Lodi, a community that traces its fiscal conservatism back to the frugal German farmers who settled the area.</p>
  • DUMP GRAY DAVIS! Recall Rally in Sacramento on 2/22!

    02/18/2003 11:22:59 AM PST · by MarCarl · 15 replies · 396+ views
    Recall Gray Davis Campaign ^ | 2/18/2003 | MarCarl
    Recall Gray Davis Rally Where: Sacramento, CA. State Capitol. North side steps.When: Saturday, Feb. 22ndTime: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon RSVP At: Rally@RecallGrayDavis.com Friends: Thanks to you, we’ve made history with the Recall Gray Davis campaign! In one week we have signed up tens of thousands of Californians to volunteer, contribute or both at the official Recall Gray Davis campaign website: http:// www.RecallGrayDavis.com The pundits in the media first scoffed at our efforts. They greatly offended me with the victim’s mentality of ‘you get what you deserve’ for having narrowly re-elected Gray Davis. This is a poor excuse to...