HANFORD — The burning San Joaquin Valley question right now is this: Is Gov. Jerry Brown going to proclaim a drought emergency?

Brown made an appearance in Fresno Monday, where he got an earful from Westlands Water District and Latino Water Coalition officials. Historically low reservoirs, a looming 0 percent water allocation for Westlands and little rain in sight is tightening the screws on Brown to act decisively.

Brown will see the issue up close and personal Thursday. Hundreds of San Joaquin Valley residents, organized by the coalition, the Nisei Farmers League, the NAACP and other groups, are expected to descend on the Capitol steps to demand an emergency declaration, a water bond and funding for clean drinking water projects in the Valley.

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