A recent study conducted by the non-partisan California Budget and Policy Center, examined what it costs to support a family in California. According to the report, Kern County, considered the second most inexpensive place to live in California, is not as affordable as previously thought.
An affordable housing development for local farmworkers and their families in Woodland recently received the World Habitat Award, one of only two awards United Nations-Habitat gives annually.
Even with record rainfall recently in California, the ground beneath the Friant-Kern Canal continues to sink—a result of groundwater depletion from years of drought. This phenomenon, called land subsidence, is a significant problem for drought-affected areas like the San Joaquin Valley, and it has caused problems for farmers and others who rely on water from the canal for irrigation.