In her official proclamation, Mayor Ashley Swearingen cited the following reasons for declaring April 22, 2011, Earth Day in the City of Fresno:
• Earth Day, begun as an annual event on April 22, 1970, focused public attention on pollution and environmental concerns and made the hitherto esoteric term “ecology” a household word; and
• many national organizations are celebrating it with outreach programs showcasing the positive contributions that environmental science makes to improve the health of our planet and its citizens; and
• many Earth Day community-sponsored events promoting environmental awareness and education are held to communicate with …[Read the details]
The Community Alliance newspaper is expanding―printing more pages in color and adding a Spanish-language page―and going through some significant design changes.
Over the last three months, we have increased our circulation from 10,000 to 13,000 copies a month. This is largely a result of expanding into southeast Fresno with 20 additional newsstands. We have also started distribution of the newspaper in Visalia and Merced.
Kris McNew has done a great job on the design and layout of the newspaper since July 2005, but he is moving on to new adventures. Tim Savage, who is our Webmaster, and Mauro Carrera, …[Read the details]
God’s Minister of Justice: Jerry Dyer
Why am I not surprised that Fresno’s governing police department is commanded by a believer and slave to Christian superstition? This [Police] Chief calls himself God’s minister of justice and justifies his title and authority based on passages in an archaic book of myths. These passages are supposedly inspired by a supreme authority above the clouds, outside of time and space, that has never been proven to exist. The Chief believes evil disobedience began with nested Eve and Satan’s cozy “sharashka”; is the Chief cuckoo?
Perhaps laid off Public Information Officer [Jeff] Cardinale …[Read the details]
Fresno Police Chief Accused of Racism
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer
A lawsuit, filed in Fresno Superior Court in February, says that Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer’s ringtone for Cynthia Sterling, an African-American former City Council member, is a slave song: “Mammy’s little baby loves short’nin’ bread.” The lawsuit also alleges that Dyer mimics stereotypical slave dialect, making comments including “Yessa massa, I is yo pet” and “Um hum, I’m the mayor’s boy, I’m the mayor’s boy, yes’um, I’m the mayor’s boy.”
Dyer is alleged to have repeatedly made derogatory and racial comments and/or actions …[Read the details]
Three local organizations have sued Fresno County to challenge the Board of Supervisors’ approval of the Friant Ranch project. The Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters of Fresno and Revive the San Joaquin filed suit on March 7 in Fresno County Superior Court. The landowner, the Bigelow-Silkwood family, and the developer, Bigelow Silkwood Friant Ranch LP, were also named as defendants. Two separate lawsuits were filed earlier against Fresno County on March 4 by the City of Fresno and the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.
The proposed Friant Ranch project would develop 940 acres of agricultural …[Read the details]