By Leonard Adame
The Fresno Housing Authority Board of Directors prevented the Community Alliance newspaper from recording their meeting (which is supposed to be open to the public and covered under the Brown Act). We want to know: Why the lack of transparency?
Why did the Fresno Housing Authority at its Board Meeting on Jan. 22, 2014, prevent a Community Alliance representative from recording the meeting?
I was at this meeting when Preston Prince, director of the Fresno Housing Authority (FHA), asked Community Alliance representative Simone Whalen-Rhodes to not record the event. Board member Rev. Rueben Scott concurred …[Read the details]
A FAX BRT bus: Shiny, new, and dead on arrival?
By Sarah Sharpe
On Jan. 30, after a long and contentious public hearing, in the wee hours of the morning just after midnight, the Fresno City Council voted to halt progress on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for the future of Fresno. The proposal, which would significantly improve the most-used bus routes in town along the Blackstone and Ventura/Kings Canyon corridors, has been in the works for more than seven years. The proposed project includes new, longer, more comfortable and accessible buses, raised bus stops …[Read the details]
By Vic Bedoian
“It is still the duty of the State and of the court, its instrument, quite as much to protect the innocent as to punish the guilty. Honest administration of justice is the end sought.” —Clara Shortridge Foltz, 1897
This year California marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first public defender’s office in Los Angeles. It was the brainchild of Clara Foltz, a successful defense attorney, who announced her vision in a speech to the Congress of Jurisprudence and Law Reform at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. But in the intervening century her vision …[Read the details]
By Mike Rhodes
In May 2011, when a Fresno police officer shot Angelo Fernandez in the back, it grabbed my attention. Even in a city where numerous young men (mostly Latinos and African-Americans) are shot down on our streets by the police, this shooting stood out as particularly disturbing. Angelo was unarmed, he was running toward an open field, was shot down in broad daylight, and there were a dozen witnesses around.
I talked to three witnesses, each viewing the shooting from a different angle, and their stories all agreed about how this shooting took place. …[Read the details]
By Stan Santos
Photo by Stephen Bissell
President Obama Comes to Fresno
On Feb. 14, President Barack Obama arrived at the Fresno Airport aboard Air Force One accompanied by Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno). Hundreds of Fresno residents waited enthusiastically for a glimpse of their nation’s leader from the Chestnut Avenue side of the airport. The President’s jet landed and taxied to within a few hundred yards of the fence, then turned and stopped on the tarmac.
Rather than greet the public, the President’s entourage boarded a waiting helicopter that would take them to a series of press events …[Read the details]