Local Communities Not Waiting For Congress

Jul 25, 2017

As Congress battles it out over healthcare reform, local Community Health Centers are quietly making progress in California, improving families' health by helping them afford nutritious food and trying to prevent illness instead of treating it. Ben Purper from KVCR has the story. 

Schwarzenegger And Others Remember Dave Cogdill

Jul 25, 2017

Former CA Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill died over the weekend. He's being remembered with bipartisan praise for his role on a crucial budget deal that helped end the largest deficit in the state's history. Ben Adler from Capital Public Radio reports from Sacramento.

California vs Feds on Self Driving Cars

Jul 25, 2017

Congress is advancing a proposal to preempt some California regulations on self-driving cars. Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter has the story.

KQED's Penny Nelson hosted the California Report this morning (Monday). She introduced this story from John Sepulvado about Riverside County and claims around last year's primary election. 

Brown Defends GOP Assemblyman Chad Mayes on Cap-and Trade Vote

Jul 24, 2017

Governor Jerry Brown is coming to the defense of an embattled Republican legislative leader who played a crucial role in passing California's Cap-and-trade deal last week. KVCR's Rick Dulock delivers this story from Capital Public Radio News.

The California labor market slumped last month. The state lost 1,400 jobs in June and the unemployment rate froze at 4.7 percent. This is the first time in eight months that the jobless rate hasn't dropped. The civilian labor force dropped by about 20 thousand last month. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler shared this story with stations across California.


California's wildfire season is off to an intense start thanks to thick grasslands left behind after the year's heavy rainfall.  While the rains may be the cause of bigger grass fires this year, they may help prevent our state's alpine forests from burning as badly. Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling investigates.

A UC Riverside entomologist and his research team have been awarded the largest-ever grant to a UCR researcher.  The federal grant will be used to study how manipulating mosquito genes could neutralize their ability to spread disease.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Local officials in Beaumont are preparing a public information campaign designed to convince Beaumont Library District taxpayers to approve a future library expansion bond.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Comic-Con 2017 is taking place at the San Diego Convention Center through the weekend.  Over the years, the number of people who attend Comic-Con each year has gone up from a few hundred a few decades ago, to some 130,000 people this year.  NPR Morning Edition co-host David Greene talked with NPR's resident Comic-Con expert, Arts Editor Nina Gregory, who's at the event.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield - the 2nd-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives - recently said California hasn't built a single major water storage project since the 1970s.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the claim by the Republican House Majority Leader.

legends of doo wop

This week Lillian Vasquez finds out about Junior University's 2017 presentation of Peter Pan. Also, a conversation with PBS Star and now talent show host, Ethan Bortnick and his dad about the upcoming show and how local students can get involved. And David Fleming chats with Carla Cooke, the daughter of Sam Cooke, about her life and her participation in the upcoming Legends of Doo Wop Concert in Upland.

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The owner of a lottery Powerball ticket worth nearly a half-billion dollars that was purchased at an Inland Empire convenience store has finally come forward to claim his winnings.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

In the face of fierce opposition from local residents, California state regulators have decided the natural gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon north of Los Angeles is safe enough to resume operations.  Operations at the facility have been shut down since a leak at the facility nearly two years ago released massive amounts of methane into the air, prompting evacuations from homes in the nearby community of Porter Ranch.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is holding steadfast to his vow not to turn information from California's voter rolls over to President Trump's commission looking into voter fraud.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Housing advocates are cheering a deal reached between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers to work on an affordable housing plan.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

Assembly Republican Caucus

This week's vote extending California's signature effort to fight climate change - the cap-and-trade- agreement - showcased a deep split among legislative Republicans.  Most fought hard against the deal, but a few GOPs proved crucial to its passage, including Inland Empire GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes.  That vote now has some of Mayes' colleagues asking him to give up his leadership position.  More from Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.


The San Bernardino mayor's race is still well more than a year away, but already three significant candidates have announced they'll run.  The latest to say he'll enter the race is local entrepreneur and civic leader Mike Gallo.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Frontier Airlines will begin service this year to and from Ontario International Airport.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Criticism is coming in from workers rights groups regarding the Trump Administration's announcement this week that it will allow an additional 15,000 foreign workers to get visas.  KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

Last year, the voters of California gave the state well more than a year to prepare for the legal sale and distribution of marijuana for recreational use.  That was 8 months ago.  With less than 6 months left, it appears the state -- and especially local governments -- are running behind the schedule dictated by Proposition 64, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana in California.  More from Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric.

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The huge, nationally-famous fantasy and pop culture convention known as Comic-Con begins this evening (Wednesday) and goes on through the weekend in San Diego.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue their discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the Inland Empire economy compared to the Southern California coastal communities, in the pursuit of regional growth, more higher-paying jobs, and a better quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing focuses on the dynamics of wages in the IE.

A bi-partisan supermajority of the California Legislature voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program yesterday (Monday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on how the deal got done.

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin will today unveil the county's new media and public information campaign designed to discourage the production of marijuana-based "honey oil" throughout Riverside County.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California lawmakers today will take up an extension of the state's cap-and-trade program -- a vote Governor Jerry Brown has called the "most important" of their lives.  It's a complicated program, but a relatively simple concept, which Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

The City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments will host a public safety-oriented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy for local high school students this summer.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Even though the Inland Empire is still amid the steamy summer of 2017, it's time for some people to start thinking about the holidays... yes, as in the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year holidays.  The City of Riverside is reminding anyone who wants to be a merchant, vendor, or other commercial participant in the Mission Inn Festival of Lights celebration has some summer deadlines.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Riverside Metropolitan Museum will undergo a 3-year remodel;

- Santa's Village expands and goes year-round with a new environmental mission;

- Upland Fire Department to be dissolved and absorbed by San Bernardino County Fire Department, and;

- The 10 Freeway through the IE will get new express toll lanes.


Firefighters quickly contained two brush fires that broke out yesterday (Thursday) in southwest Riverside County, one in Winchester near Temecula, and another west of Perris.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.