AP STORY: High speed rail or boondoggle

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

Here I am, grilling High-Speed Rail Authority Board Chair Dan Richard after a press conference about the details of a new proposal for California’s bullet train. Michael Rossi, a member of the rail authority’s board and a senior adviser on jobs and business for California Gov. Jerry Brown, looks on. (Photo by Michael Chen.) Read the daily story on the revised …

AP STORY: Deportation case highlights immigration, child welfare maze

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

I spent the past few weeks researching the story of U.S. citizen children caught in the foster care system after their immigrant parents are detained or deported. We focused on the story of one father whose parental rights to care for his three sons could be terminated – not because of abuse or neglect, but simply due to his immigration …

AP STORY: Levee make-overs lead to more development, higher flood risk

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Here’s an accountability story I worked on for several weeks. At the end of December, the state of California released a little-noticed document, the long-awaited flood control plan for the state’s Central Valley. The plan called for major financial investments to fix the state’s levees and other infrastructure, and mentioned that about $3 billion in voter-approved bonds was already spent …

AP STORY: Meth boom in California’s Central Valley, nation

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This is a sad story my colleague and I worked on this past week, on the heels of the horrible murder-suicide that I covered in Fresno, which was meth-related. Please read our story here or here — I wish we could do a follow up on meth rehab programs, because it seems there are few of them around.

AP PHOTOS: Woodlake botanical gardens, portraits

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

Here are a few portraits of the students involved in creating the amazing Woodlake, Calif. botanical gardens — a 14 acre farm of unique collector varieties of fruit trees, vegetables and flowers that also doubles as a gang prevention program. It’s one of the most beautiful, mesmerizing places in the region thanks to these teens and children and to a …

AP STORY: Supervisors take plea deal in farmworker death

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The criminal case over the heat-related death of teen farmworker Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez has come to an end. The result did not amount to much. In an emotionally charged courtroom, the farm supervisors who authorities say did not provide shade or water to the pregnant 17-year old took a plea deal. They didn’t get any jail time. Read about …

AP STORY: A teen farmworker’s life and death

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES, Uncategorized

The death of 17-year-old pregnant farmworker Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez has become a symbol of a system gone wrong, outraging the farmworker community and leading to the first ever criminal case over a farmworker’s heat-related death in the country. The teen died of heat stroke after working for nine hours in 100-degree heat pruning grapes. Read about the criminal case …