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  • Bikini with your coffee? In Clovis, a move to get barista beauties to cover up (video)

    04/08/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 85 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | April 4, 2014 | Marc Benjamin
    "It isn't the coffee that's too hot, but the nearly bare baristas of Bottom's Up, a Clovis drive-through coffee shop that has trouble brewing with some neighbors who oppose the business."
  • Obama to stress climate change in Fresno

    02/14/2014 9:41:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/14/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    White House science adviser John Holdren, a Stanford-trained physicist who taught at UC Berkeley and has studied the effects of environmental change for much of his career, says President Obama will address climate change in his visit to Fresno on Friday. “You can certainly expect that the president will talk about the connection between the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts and climate change,” Holdren said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. Although droughts are common in the West, California’s current episode is among the strongest of the past 500 years, according to paleo-climate records, and the worst since...
  • FReep Oppty: Obama to visit Fresno, Firebaugh and Los Banos, Friday, Feb 14, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

    02/13/2014 10:12:11 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    collegian.csufresno.edu ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | By Collegian Staff
    Obama’s schedule for Fresno trip released: Excerpt: President Barack Obama’s trip to the Fresno area on Friday will not be open to the public, according to the White House. Obama will arrive in Air Force One at Fresno Yosemite International Airport at 2:30 p.m., traveling from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Taking Marine One, the presidential helicopter, Obama will fly to the San Luis Water Facility in Firebaugh to tour a local farm at 4:15 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Obama will deliver remarks at a private residence in Los Banos. At 5:35 p.m., he will depart Fresno from Fresno Yosemite...
  • Obama to visit Fresno to discuss drought response

    02/09/2014 2:35:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2-8-14 | Kathleen Hennessey
    WASHINGTON--President Obama will travel to Fresno next week to highlight federal efforts aimed at helping farmers and others hit by a severe drought. A White House official said Obama will visit the Central Valley city Feb. 14. The White House already had announced Obama's plans to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs that day. Obama’s visit comes as interest on Capitol Hill in taking action to alleviate California’s water crisis grows. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Wednesday dubbed a response to the drought, but the measure faces a White House veto threat....
  • President Obama plans Feb. 14 visit to Fresno to discuss drought

    02/08/2014 1:12:03 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | February 7, 2014 | By John Ellis
    The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will come to Fresno on Feb. 14 to discuss the drought and federal efforts to deal with it. A White House official said further details about the president's trip to the central San Joaquin Valley will be made public in the coming days. The trip will mark Obama's first visit to the Fresno area. The only other time he visited the region was in October 2012 when he traveled to the United Farm Workers headquarters at Keene in Kern County to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. The drought has...
  • CA:Update: Burglary Suspect Shot Dead(fake police)

    10/31/2013 12:14:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    kmjnow.com ^ | 28 October, 2013 | NA
    The Fresno County Sheriff's Office continues to investigative a home invasion robbery that left a suspect dead. Authorities say two armed men posing as law enforcement officers forced their way into a home in Orange Cove Sunday night and exchanged fire with the homeowner.
  • Gunman Who Took Hostages at Louisiana Bank Posted Chilling Facebook Messages

    10/05/2013 11:57:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | n/a
    "Gunman who took hostages at Louisiana bank posted chilling Facebook messages" SNIPPET: "The gunman who took three hostages at a Louisiana bank Tuesday -- killing one of them before being shot and killed by police -- recently posted chilling messages on Facebook, including a cartoon strip about hostages.   In a post on Sunday, 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed displays a cartoon strip that focuses on an apparent hostage situation." SNIPPET: "Ahmed's final post, made Tuesday just hours before the hostage standoff began, is of a photo of a man with a sword attacking a tank.Under the photo is a quote...
  • Pro-America, we will not forget, we will not submit rally, Fresno Sept 11, 2013

    09/05/2013 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 55 replies
    Fresno Chapter | Sept 5, 2013
    <p>Join us for a "Pro America, we will not forget, we will not submit rally" on September 11, 2013.</p> <p>Dinner afterwards, place to be determined.</p> <p>We will not forget the dastardly attacks on America by the evil Islamic fascists, nor will we forget the cowardly response and failure to support our troops by the godless American/socialist left, and we will not submit to the wannabe dictator B. Hussein Obama who is trying to "fundamentally transform America" from a free nation to a socialist state, nor will we consent to his attempts to involve America in the general civil wars ongoing in the Middle East. Obama's demonstrated selfish purpose there is to install the Muslim Brotherhood in power in all Middle Eastern countries and to hell with Israel or our other allies in the region. If you support the constitution, support freedom, support our troops, support our allies and oppose going to war for al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, please rally with us if you can!!</p>
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Major multi-agency gang sweep hits streets in the Fresno area

    08/25/2013 11:12:55 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    KFSN ^ | 08/24/13 | Mariana Jacob
    About 50 federal, state and local law enforcement officers are cracking down on gang members throughout the Fresno area. They say they are seeing an increase of guns in the hands of criminals on Fresno streets.
  • Fresno's reputation for financial problems rubs off on county

    04/22/2013 12:32:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 6 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | April 21, 2013 | By Kurtis Alexander
    Fresno's shaky finances are not only hurting the city's reputation in U.S. capital markets. They're hurting Fresno County's, too, according to some financial experts. Analysts say while Fresno County has maintained a credit-worthy balance sheet, overcoming such hurdles as recession, soaring pension costs and slow economic growth, the county can't shake its association with the famously broke city when it comes to getting financing. The shared name -- and investor confusion about who is who -- cast a shadow over at least two county debt sales last year, analysts say. And future county sales, such as a planned short-term debt...
  • Calif. court: Motorist can’t use hand-held map

    04/08/2013 7:07:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2013 5:57 PM EDT | Paul Elias
    Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess. He was startled when he looked up and saw a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer ordering him to pull over. He showed the officer that he was looking at a map and not texting or talking. “Pull over,” Spriggs recalled the officer as saying. “It’s in your hand.” A little more than a year later, Spriggs is at the heart of a...
  • Fresno: Sheriff Margaret Mims addresses gun control

    01/18/2013 3:23:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    abclocal.go.com KFSN-TV ABC 30 ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | By Stephanie Stone
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno County's top law enforcer says she's standing with sheriff's across the country- many of whom are coming forward, saying they won't enforce federal gun laws. This comes on the heels of President Obama's new gun violence prevention proposal. 23 executive orders are aimed at gun control. Sheriff Margaret Mims says there's been a steady increase in concealed carry licenses, ever since the President's re-election in November. In order to handle the demand, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office will now feature online applications on it's website. However, local gun dealers can't keep up with the demand....
  • Forbes lists Bridgeport as fourth-dirtiest city in U.S. ( Conn )

    12/12/2012 6:45:33 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ct post ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tom Cleary
    Citing blighted buildings, polluted property and poor air quality, Forbes Magazine named Bridgeport as the fourth "dirtiest city" in America. But look at the bright side Bridgeport residents: Your city is cleaner than Fresno, Calif.; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Philadelphia. "Green" Mayor Bill Finch, who has frequently touted the BGreen2020 sustainability initiative to improve the quality of life in Bridgeport, was among many from the city to take offense to the ranking. ... The image of Bridgeport put forth by Forbes was similar to its portrayal on FOX's animated comedy show "Family Guy" two years ago, casting the Park City as...
  • Breaking 2 dead, 8 wounded after shooting rampage at California chicken plant

    11/06/2012 10:09:38 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/6/12 | Fox News
  • Islamic Center Offers Camel Rides Oct. 27

    10/25/2012 6:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Ron Orozco
    Want to take a ride on a real camel in northeast Fresno to get an experience of the Middle East? The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno is offering camel rides -- and more -- at its first bazaar, which will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the center, 2111 E. Nees Ave. The center is making arrangements to bring the camel from the Los Angeles area. Huda Munjy, chairwoman of the bazaar and a board member at the center, says the camel rides are to provide the community with an experience they can enjoy and remember for...
  • Armed mother saves 2 year-old from kidnapper

    08/29/2012 1:48:48 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 18 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Pierce
    “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.” - G. K. Chesterton --IMAGE HERE-- Yesterday morning a Fresno California woman came face-to-face with every mother’s worst nightmare. Just after 8:30 in the morning, a man wearing a ski-mask invaded her home while she and her child were inside. But the horror doesn’t end there. The man was there with a goal. He wanted her 2 year-old daughter. This story is eerily similar to a 2003 kidnapping in San Jose California which I wrote about...
  • Politics Blog: Obama explains why he hasn’t been to Fresno — and what about water issues? (VIDEO)

    06/12/2012 7:19:59 PM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Jun 12, 2012 at 7:15 am | Posted By: Joe Garofoli
    <p>For a while, we’ve been wondering why President Obama doesn’t do any public events while he flies through the Bay Area to swoop up campaign cash. If you think that’s tough, he has NEVER visited Fresno during his campaign nor his presidency. And Monday night, in an interview with ABC 30 in Fresno, Obama was asked, essentially, “What’s up with that?”</p>
  • California Teachers Declare Independence from State and National Teachers Unions

    06/06/2012 8:04:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    In a bold move for teacher independence in Fresno, California, a group of local teachers, led by veteran educator Mike Cerrillo, recently voted to disaffiliate from the California Teacher Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA) in favor of local representation. The newly formed Washington Unified Faculty Association (WUFA) will now bargain independently and rely on the non-union Association of American Educators for nonbargaining member benefits and services such as liability insurance and legal counsel. The process to sever ties with the CTA/ NEA was lengthy and often dramatic for this tight-knit group of hardworking teachers. In the diverse...
  • Man arrested on suspicion he cooked, ate cats

    02/17/2012 4:43:04 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 104 replies
    GJSentinel.com ^ | 2/17/12 | AP
    FRESNO, Calif. — It was the sound of a wailing cat that first caught the neighbor’s attention. When she looked toward the sound she told authorities that she saw her next-door neighbor cutting off the crying feline’s head with a knife. The call she subsequently made to deputies started a bizarre animal cruelty investigation that has focused attention from around the country on a working-class neighborhood in a Bakersfield suburb where a man allegedly was fileting cats and cooking them on his backyard barbecue. “I’ve been getting calls on this from around the country,” Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt...
  • Pope gives new bishop to Catholics in Fresno diocese

    12/01/2011 2:15:57 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | December 1, 2011 | Marianne Medlin
    Bishop Armando X. Ochoa Fresno, Calif., Dec 1, 2011 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of El Paso, Texas was named today as the new bishop of Fresno, Calif. by Pope Benedict XVI.“I am humbled and deeply honored that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, would offer me this new challenge at my age,” said Bishop Ochoa, who will fill a position left vacant by the death of Bishop John Steinbock in December 2010. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň, the Vatican's recently appointed representative to the U.S., made the announcement in Washington D.C. on Dec. 1.Bishop Ochoa...
  • Fresno Pacific Athlete is Held in Naked Rampage

    11/09/2011 9:06:22 AM PST · by Tigerized · 16 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 11/08/2011 | Marc Benjamin
    <p>A Fresno Pacific University basketball player went on a naked rampage Monday night near campus after being told that he had been kicked off the team, Fresno police said Tuesday.</p> <p>Leonard Tyrell Young, 21, ran naked through a convenience store parking lot, tried to steal a police car, beat a police officer and police dog and withstood three Taser strikes before finally being subdued, police said.</p>
  • Armed Fresno County: Dramatic Increase in Concealed Weapons

    08/19/2011 10:12:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    abclocal.go.com/kfsn/ ^ | 19 Aug 2011 | Corin Hoggard
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno County is getting armed as the number of concealed weapons permits is rising drastically. "I hear it's the number one issue of importance to people in Fresno County -- to be able to legally carry a concealed weapon," said Sheriff Margaret Mims. The numbers show the increase has been dramatic. Last year, the Mims's office issued about 1500 concealed weapons permits. Through July of this year, the number was already about 1900. That puts the county on pace to issue more than 3000 permits in 2011. Fresno County is now second in the state in...
  • IHOP shooter found not guilty on all counts(CA)

    07/21/2011 6:52:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Appeal-Democrat ^ | 20 July, 2011 | Rob Young
    Sutter County jurors on Wednesday found a Fresno man not guilty on all counts in the March shooting of Obadiah Samuel Mitchell at the Yuba City IHOP restaurant. Jessie Hipolito Pena, 44, was charged with attempting to murder Mitchell after confronting him inside the restaurant for using profanity. Jurors could have found Pena guilty of the lesser charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter but also rejected that option. The jury forewoman declined comment as she left the courtroom, but another member of the panel, Ashley Yetter of Yuba City, said jurors felt evidence was insufficient to indicate whether Pena acted in...
  • Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California (Poll at link)

    07/01/2011 12:07:58 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 89 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 7/1/11 | CBS Los Angeles
    Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California Link to Article and Poll New state would have no term limits, part-time legislature July 1, 2011 10:24 AM RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Is the state of California about to go “South”? Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone apparently thinks so, after proposing that the county lead a campaign for as many as 13 Southern California counties to secede from the state. Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new...
  • $200,000 Lifeguards to Receive Millions in Retirement

    05/08/2011 6:15:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2011 | David Spady
    Public outrage over lavish government employee compensation and pensions is becoming more heated as new revelations about excesses seem to crop up every week. The latest: Newport Beach, California, where some lifeguards have compensation packages that exceed $200,000 and where these "civil servants" can retire with lucrative government pensions at age 50. Newport Beach has two groups of lifeguards. Seasonal tower lifeguards cover Newport’s seven miles of beach during the busy summer months. Part-time seasonal guards make $16 to $22 per hour with no benefits. They are the young people who man the towers and do the lion’s share of...
  • Former major leaguer Gus Zernial dies at 87

    01/22/2011 10:59:41 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | January 20, 2011 | Marek Warszawski
    Gus Zernial, the former major league slugger who settled in Clovis after his 11-year career ended and became a sports broadcaster and one of the Fresno Grizzlies' biggest advocates, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 87.
  • Gov. Brown axes Fresno office (Surprise, surprise)

    01/07/2011 7:19:12 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 22 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Posted at 03:07 PM on Friday, Jan. 07, 2011 | attributed to SacBee
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced this afternoon that he is closing three field offices, including Fresno's, and will not have a cabinet secretary or deputy cabinet secretaries. Brown ... is reducing his press and communications staff and closing field offices in San Diego, Fresno and Riverside.
  • Fresno, Zimbabwe (Walmart Charity Competition For $1M)

    12/29/2010 1:58:59 PM PST · by PERKY2004 · 22 replies · 9+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 28, 2010 | IBD Editors
    Environmentalism: Fresno, Calif., stands as the de facto capital of California's mighty Central Valley, the breadbasket of America. So why is that city preoccupied with winning a $1 million prize to stave off hunger? Local newspapers and Fresno County officials are trying to rally Facebook users to vote for Fresno in a corporate contest sponsored by Wal-Mart for $1 million in charity food donations for the hungry. Fresno, a city of 505,000, has taken the national lead because 24.1% of Fresno's families are going hungry. Civic spirit is good, but something big is wrong here. Fresno is the agricultural capital...
  • 'Double-dipping' probe targets Air National Guard pilots in Fresno

    12/19/2010 8:19:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/19/2010 | Charles Piller
    They called it "dozing for dollars." Pilots with the California Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno had a lucrative arrangement: After their normal day jobs flying F-16 Fighting Falcon warplanes, they often grabbed shifts on alert at full pay. Alert duty is akin to what firefighters do at the station house, waiting for an alarm to sound. Pilots must be available to "scramble" – intercept enemy air attacks, or intervene in another emergency.
  • California high school mourns 8 war deaths

    12/10/2010 6:15:52 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 49 replies
    AP via Google ^ | December 10, 2010
    CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) — It has become a never-ending heartache within the hallways of Buchanan High School: news that another former student has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. Eight former students have been killed in the two wars, including a Marine sergeant who will be laid to rest Saturday after dying Dec. 2 of a head wound in Afghanistan. The community in the heart of California's farm country has become all-too-familiar with the rituals of grief that have followed each death — tearful remembrances, flag-draped coffins, candlelight vigils. The school even built a memorial garden where the names of the...
  • Fresno-Area High School Wrestler Faces Trial Over ‘Butt Drag’ Move

    FRESNO (AP) — The trial has been pushed back for a Central California high school wrestler charged with the sexual battery of an opponent during a practice match. Defense lawyer Stephen Quade told the Fresno Bee that his 17-year-old client is now scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 13 in juvenile court. The trial had been set to start Thursday.
  • Court upholds Calif. air regulator's pollution fee (9th Circus says cough it up, home builders)

    12/07/2010 4:50:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AP on Breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/10 | Garance Burke - ap
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that air quality regulators in California's smog-laden San Joaquin Valley have the right to charge home builders a fee to control their pollution emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the local air district's rule requiring developers to reduce emissions from new housing projects by building features like bicycle lanes and energy-efficient cooling systems. If they don't do enough to preserve air quality, they must pay fees that have averaged about $500 per house. The valley, stretching 240 miles from Stockton...
  • Fresno State student body president acknowledges he is an illegal immigrant, refuses to step down

    11/17/2010 2:00:40 PM PST · by kingattax · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 17, 2010
    Pedro Ramirez, Fresno State's student body president, is an undocumented immigrant serving in the position without pay. Ramirez, 23, attends school on scholarships and pays in-state tuition. California is one of 10 states that permit undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition -- a position that was upheld by the state Supreme Court this week. After his election last June, he told the administration he would serve without pay -- a $9,000 stipend -- because he could not lie on employment papers. On Tuesday, an anonymous tip to the college newspaper forced Ramirez to go public.
  • Justice Department Honors Fresno Citizen at National AMBER Alert Symposium

    11/17/2010 8:57:24 PM PST · by Nachum
    breitbart ^ | 11/17/10 | PRNewswire-USNewswire
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presented Victor Perez with the AMBER Alert Citizen Award at the National AMBER Alert Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. Victor Perez, of Fresno, CA, responded to an AMBER Alert for an 8-year-old girl who was abducted in a truck from her Fresno home. When Perez saw the truck, he drove his own vehicle in front of it, stopping the driver. The perpetrator pushed the child out of his truck and sped away. The California Highway Patrol...
  • California's Central Valley To Be First Section Of High Speed Rail System

    11/08/2010 9:20:18 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 64 replies · 1+ views
    FODHS ^ | November 8, 2010 | G King
    California's Central Valley To Be First Section Of California's High Speed Rail System The first section will be Merced-to-Fresno or Fresno-to-Bakersfield The bill for the first section will be $4.3 Billion (with "B") and will be a dollar for dollar match with state funds. Trains will travel at speeds of 220 miles per hour, meaning you will get from Merced to Fresno or Fresno to Bakersfield really faaaaast! The trip from Merced to Fresno by car takes 59 minutes. With the new high speed rail system you will be able to make the trip in about 15 minutes - once...
  • Fresno Co. puts wrong ballot language for Prop. 23

    10/29/2010 6:13:30 PM PDT · by keat · 11 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 12:27 PM on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 | Staff
    FRESNO, Calif. -- Elections officials in Fresno County say hundreds of thousands of voters are getting ballots that incorrectly describe the ballot measure that would suspend the state's greenhouse gas emissions law. The county's 380,000 voters are being issued ballots that characterize Proposition 23 as requiring "major polluters" to report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A Sacramento judge threw out that wording earlier this year, and ordered the language to be changed from "major polluters" to "major sources of emissions."
  • Republican Leads by 10 Points in California District that is 67% Hispanic: Canary in a coal mine

    10/26/2010 11:31:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 26, 2010 | John McCormack
    A new SurveyUSA poll shows Democrat Jim Costa trailing Republican Andy Vidak by 10 points, 42% to 52%. Obama won the Fresno-based district with 60% of the vote in 2008, and Cook Political Report has the race rated "Leans Democrat." An interesting fact from Cook (subscription required): "This district is now 67 percent Hispanic, but it also has a serious cultural conservative streak. Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban passed statewide [in 2008], garnered 72 percent of the vote here." The provision to fund abortion coverage in Obamacare is probably hurting Costa in this district--SurveyUSA reports that 56% of likely...
  • Citizen comes to kidnapped girl's rescue in Fresno - Telecast of suspect's truck leads to arrest

    10/06/2010 8:49:09 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/6/2010
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An eight-year-old girl was playing with a friend in the driveway of the apartment complex where she lived with her family earlier this week. Molestation suspect 24-year-old Gregorio Gonzalez lured the older girl with the promise of gifts -- and then forced her into an older rust-colored Chevrolet pickup truck with white stripes.The girl's mother and a neighbor pursued the girl and her abductor in a vehicle chase, but quickly lost them.Authorities issued an Amber Alert, which quickly escalated to a statewide bulletin about a small girl last seen wearing a purple "Winnie the...
  • Amber Alert issued for 8-year-old Fresno girl (prayers requested)(Prayers answered!)

    10/05/2010 8:13:37 AM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    Mercury News (AP) ^ | 10/5/2010 | (none)
    FRESNO -- Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for an 8-year-old Fresno girl who was apparently abducted from her front yard while playing with a friend. The California Highway Patrol says Elisa Cardenas was taken around 8:30 p.m. Monday... ...She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light purple Winnie the Pooh sweat shirt. Fresno police say the suspect is described as a male around 6-feet tall and in his 20s with a shaved head. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jean shorts and driving an older model, reddish brown Ford two-door pickup truck. The vehicle...
  • Whitman comments that Fresno 'looks like Detroit' (Meg Whitman - CA)

    09/22/2010 9:53:00 PM PDT · by Drago · 26 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 09-22-2010 | John Ellis
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on Tuesday told the San Jose Mercury News editorial board that "Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful." According to the Mercury News website, Whitman was commenting on Fresno's economic state and the effect of recession on the region, and the former eBay CEO's campaign said as much in a statement released this morning. "It was clear in the interview that Meg was talking about the economic duress in Fresno and the awful pain that results from record high unemployment," Whitman spokesman Andrea Jones Rivera said in an e-mail. "Meg knows that Fresno cannot be left...
  • 6 dead in Highway 99 bus crash in Fresno

    07/22/2010 8:01:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 7/22/10 | Jim Guy
    Six people are dead and four are in critical condition after an early morning crash of a Greyhound bus Thursday on northbound Highway 99 at McKinley Avenue in Fresno. Two of those dead were men and four were women. The four women were bus passengers and one of the men was the bus driver. The crash occurred just after 2 a.m. California Highway Patrol officer Axel Reyes said the collision was triggered when a Chevrolet Trailblazer overturned in the highway's fast lane and was struck by the bus. The bus, carrying 48 people, then hit a Honda CRV. All three...
  • Mac Foster, former boxer from Fresno, dies

    07/20/2010 9:27:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | July 19, 2010 | Jeff Davis
    Big Mac "The Knife" Foster of Fresno, the son of Mississippi sharecroppers, rose to No. 1 heavyweight contender in 1970 when Americans still ruled boxing and Fresno was a hotbed for the sport. The 6-foot-2 Vietnam veteran with a devastating left hook at one point won 24 straight bouts by knockout and punched it out with Muhammad Ali for 15 rounds in a non-title setback in Tokyo in 1972. On Monday, Mr. Foster died from congestive heart failure. He was 68.
  • AM Alert: Palinpalooza

    06/25/2010 7:57:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 6/25/10 | Torey Van Oot
    Has Sarah Palin's California visit caused a stir in the Golden State? You betcha! The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee will take the stage tonight at a fundraiser at California State University, Stanislaus. The university was dogged with questions over how much former Alaska governor is being paid to speak at the gala. Officials said that because the event is being put on by a nonprofit foundation associated with the university, the speaking contract is not subject to disclosure under the state public records laws. The push to release the payment details (and the push-back from the university) involved Dumpster...
  • Amid controversy, Calif. campus readies for Palin

    06/25/2010 7:43:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/25/10 | GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Writer
    Fresno, Calif. (AP) -- A struggling public university in California's farm country is preparing to receive Sarah Palin amid fanfare, protests and months of legal wrangling over the former Alaska governor's appearance.
  • 2 Fresno-Area Residents Indicted for Producing Fraudulent Identity Documents

    06/14/2010 2:46:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 437+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | June 11, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: 2 Fresno-area residents indicted for producing fraudulent identity documents FRESNO, Calif. - Two Fresno-area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing and selling counterfeit immigration and identity documents as a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Maria Ines Rangel-Lemus, 55, of Strathmore, Calif., and Cesar Perez Sanchez, 38, of Earlimart, Calif., are named in a multiple count indictment charging them with conspiracy, possession, transfer, production, and sale of fraudulent United States immigration and Social Security identification documents. The two, who face a maximum sentence...
  • Water Sanity For Central California

    05/20/2010 5:26:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 449+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Law: A federal judge has struck a blow for California's water-deprived Central Valley, ruling that draconian federal water cutbacks violate human rights because — surprise! — people also belong in the ecosystem. Next time a concept like, say "death panels" from the federal government seems far-fetched, consider the ordeal California's Central Valley has endured for the past two years. Based on a judicial ruling, some of the most prized and productive agricultural land in the country was turned into a wasteland after its water was shut off. The ruling was derived from an 800-page "biological opinion" put out by regulators...
  • Judge sides with farmers in [California] delta pumping lawsuit

    05/19/2010 10:27:11 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies · 1,059+ views
    Bloomberg Business Week ^ | May 18, 2010 | Terence Chea
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of Central Valley farmers and urban water agencies seeking to loosen restrictions on pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a major source of irrigation and drinking water for much of California. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno said the federal government did not properly develop a management plan that restricted water exports to protect endangered salmon, steelhead and other fish. The judge scheduled a hearing Wednesday to determine how much water can be exported without harming threatened fish that migrate through the delta to the Pacific Ocean. Groups representing San Joaquin Valley...
  • Fresno:Mayor Swearengin Declares Fiscal Emergency, Delivers Plan to Deal with Budget Shortfall

    05/04/2010 8:44:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 528+ views
    City of Fresno ^ | 05/03/10
    Mayor Swearengin Declares Fiscal Emergency, Delivers Plan to Deal with Budget Shortfall 05/03/2010Mayor Ashley Swearengin today declared a fiscal emergency for the City of Fresno and released a proposed fiscal year 2011 budget that offers a three-pronged plan to address the City’s Fresno’s $30.6 million revenue shortfall. Mayor Swearengin said the fiscal emergency declaration, which will be presented to City Council Thursday for approval, is necessary to allow the City to use its emergency reserves to help meet the daunting budget challenges by paying for one-time expenses related to budget cuts. The proposed $213.2 million general fund budget takes...
  • After Tea Party Report (Fresno)

    04/11/2010 9:31:09 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 59 replies · 2,400+ views
    Channel 47 TV, Fresno ^ | April 10, 2010 | Tony Botti
    Frustrated with our government, 4,000 people joined together at Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno to say enough is enough. "The biggest problem by far is the federal government is too powerful in our lives. They're bossing us around, telling us what we can and can't do. This country was never setup to be like that," said Steve Brandau of the Central Valley Tea Party. "I'm just disgusted with what's happening to our country. Overspending, overtaxing, it's becoming a socialist country," said Saundra Hawkins. Republican Steve Poizner, who is running for governor, believes he's on the same page as everyone who...