The Sun’s occasional series informing on the Valley’s critical issues, public officials, and policy initiatives.
How a water war on the Kings River could alter the Valley as we know it
A push to move Kings River water into Kern County – and possibly sold elsewhere – has united farmers, social justice advocates, and government.
January 25, 2021
Meet the water baron you (likely) haven’t heard of
Uneasy about the slow plan to siphon Valley water for Southern California, farmers and water managers are worrying about a large land owner in the region.
Risk and Ruin: The Measure P battle for money, the ballot box, and the courthouse
To win with Measure P, parks advocates sought the deep pockets of Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer and planned ahead for a post-election courthouse brawl.
Drawing a line in the sandbox: How parks advocates plotted around Brand
While the groundwork Measure P was pitched as "Parks for All," advocates first pursued a parks tax by adding supporters and "neutralizing" opponents.
Green for green: How Fresno’s failed parks tax came to be
The battle over Fresno's parks didn't come out of thin air. The Sun gives an inside look at how Measure P made it to – and failed on – the 2018 ballot.