South Valley reds

“Voters doubled down on their conservative values even as the rest of California crept further to the left.”

–A Bakersfield writer assessing the south-Valley election. His conclusion: “We’re still as conservative as they come.”

And that affects us. It pulls regional leaders such as Dianne Feinstein to the right on state water policy (the Peripheral Tunnels, for instance). It hampers progressive efforts such as environmentalism and high-speed rail. It sends martinets such as Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, back to Congress where he tries to undermine legislation beneficial to the north Valley, such as the San Joaquin river restoration.

The writer also mentions, “ This region has some of the lowest educational attainment levels in the nation.”

It is what it is. 


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