With California Gov. Jerry Brown leading the way, a ceremony Tuesday in downtown Fresno marked the start of construction on the high-speed rail project, more than six years after voters approved a $9.9 billion bond act that will help fund the system. Brown and other dignitaries signed pieces of ceremonial rails, signifying that the project is underway.
The Madera and Merced county farm bureaus allege that the California High-Speed Rail Authority is falling short of its responsibilities under a legal settlement stemming from the organizations’ lawsuits over the Merced-Fresno portion of the bullet-train route.
Starting Jan. 1, California residents who can’t prove they are in United States legally will be allowed to obtain driver’s licenses under Assembly Bill 60, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year.
Representatives of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife met with a few dozen members of farm and neighborhood watches from Stanislaus and Merced counties Wednesday night to separate mountain lion myth from mountain lion reality.
A Navy SEAL Challenge Day was held Tuesday afternoon at Downey High School. A few members of the military group gave about 65 students from several area high schools a taste of the training SEALS undergo at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego County. The students also heard about the annual Navy SEAL Trident Challenge at Coronado, a daylong event that has drawn teams made up of students from high schools in and near Stanislaus County. The SEALs – the name stands for sea, air, land – were established in 1962 to carry out unconventional, clandestine missions in small groups. For more on the SEALs, go to www.sealswcc.com or www.navy.com.
A new loan program helps with energy and water conservation projects at homes and businesses in seven cities in and near Stanislaus County. The program was detailed Tuesday at a news conference in Modesto.