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In Light Of Tragedy

In Light Of TragedyBy Zoyer Zachary Zyndel More and more people are finding out about the tragic murder of a transgender woman in Fresno, near the Blackstone and Shields area. A community is outraged not only by the horrific nature that the victim was stabbed in the neck, but also because so many [Read the details]

The Grand Deception: Drought and Air Quality

The Grand Deception: Drought and Air QualityBy Tom Frantz The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (air district), and the local Air Board that controls it, has a problem. The No. 1 air quality issue in the San Joaquin Valley is the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) experienced by residents each winter. It devastates [Read the details]

Fresno Police Introduce New Surveillance Technology

Fresno Police Introduce New Surveillance TechnologyBy Vic Bedoian On July 7, the Fresno Police Department unveiled a high-technology information center that incorporates video surveillance and intelligence-gathering software to help officers better evaluate a crime or public safety situation before arriving on the scene. Law enforcement officials say it will help police officers make more informed [Read the details]

Shutting Down the Board of State and Community Corrections

Shutting Down the Board of State and Community CorrectionsBy Quentin Savage On June 26, 2015, members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget gathered to disrupt Phase One of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) assembly in Sacramento. The following is excerpted from research compiled by Tash Nguyen of the Santa Cruz prison abolitionist group, Sin [Read the details]

To Serve and Protect

To Serve and ProtectBy Hannah Brandt On Feb. 23, 2014, 18-year-old Joseph Ma was running with a couple of his buddies. One of them might have had a gun. The former special education student from West Fresno Middle School was fleeing a BMW pulled over for a traffic violation. He was being chased [Read the details]

In Light Of Tragedy

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By Zoyer Zachary Zyndel

More and more people are finding out about the tragic murder of a transgender woman in Fresno, near the Blackstone and Shields area. A community is outraged not only by the horrific nature that the victim was stabbed in the neck, but also because so many passerbys saw the victim on the floor after she was stabbed in the neck and did absolutely nothing. The senseless murder was caught on tape and even was played on the news in hopes someone who knows something will come forward to police. Since …[Read the details]

The Grand Deception: Drought and Air Quality

A sign in front of the California State Capitol building reads “Taking steps to conserve water during the drought.” Image by Kevin Cortopassi via
Flickr Creative Commons.

By Tom Frantz

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (air district), and the local Air Board that controls it, has a problem. The No. 1 air quality issue in the San Joaquin Valley is the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) experienced by residents each winter. It devastates the health of thousands of Valley residents, and the past two winters have been the worst on record for this type of pollution. The federal deadlines for demonstrating compliance with Clean Air Act health standards for PM2.5 have passed. The cleanup plans approved by …[Read the details]

Fresno Police Introduce New Surveillance Technology

Inside the Real Time Crime Center

By Vic Bedoian

On July 7, the Fresno Police Department unveiled a high-technology information center that incorporates video surveillance and intelligence-gathering software to help officers better evaluate a crime or public safety situation before arriving on the scene. Law enforcement officials say it will help police officers make more informed decisions when dealing with potentially violent circumstances or public emergencies. Civil libertarians, however, are raising concerns about the potential for misuse and overreach that such technology permits.

In a windowless room on the second floor of Fresno’s police headquarters, two officers sit at …[Read the details]

Shutting Down the Board of State and Community Corrections

June 26, organizers and activists up and down California disrupted Phase
One of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) assembly in
Sacramento. Image by Quentin Savage.

By Quentin Savage

On June 26, 2015, members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget gathered to disrupt Phase One of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) assembly in Sacramento. The following is excerpted from research compiled by Tash Nguyen of the Santa Cruz prison abolitionist group, Sin Barras. The BSCC was established in July 2012, replacing the Corrections Standards Authority, which had the responsibility of developing and maintaining state standards for local jails, juvenile detention facilities and training local corrections staff. In addition to these duties, the BSCC is tasked with …[Read the details]

To Serve and Protect

stop police brutality

By Hannah Brandt

On Feb. 23, 2014, 18-year-old Joseph Ma was running with a couple of his buddies. One of them might have had a gun. The former special education student from West Fresno Middle School was fleeing a BMW pulled over for a traffic violation. He was being chased by a police officer who fired shots into his back or, as his autopsy reads, “homicide, perforation of lungs, due to gunshot wound to left side of back sustained when shot by law enforcement.”

According to police, Ma made “an aggressive move” before …[Read the details]