Conflict and Contradiction for Fresno’s Nuclear Ambitions
Fresnans looking for some cozy holiday movie watching might consider curling up with two classic California films from the 1970s—The China Syndrome and Chinatown. Both are stunningly relevant now that Fresno Nuclear Energy’s plans for bringing atomic power to the San Joaquin Valley have taken an unexpected turn.
At the outset, the proposed nuclear project was going to generate electric power to help reduce greenhouse gases and meet growing electric demand. To some in the community, this immediately brought to mind the inherent safety dangers of nuclear power, which first garnered national …[Read the details]
Silence is betrayal! – A GREEN Outlook By Richard Gomez
Green Party Gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells is expected to be in Fresno on October 1st and 2nd. To help or for more information call me at 559-269-3828 or firstname.lastname@example.org or her Web site at www.laurawells.org.
President Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told progressive activists to shut the hell up and get to the back of the bus. That’s after you translate what he said to simple English. Gibbs said, “progressives will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated …[Read the details]
Almost two years ago, 13 Hmong families began to hear that they no longer would have access to the city-owned lot where they had been gardening for more than 10 years. What followed was outrage as local community members became aware of the situation, then organizing as they and the Hmong families began to find their voice, and finally action that took them to City Hall, the City Manager’s Office and the city’s parks department.
Negotiations, first about when the lot would be vacated (there were crops to be harvested and seeds to be collected) and then about where …[Read the details]
By: Mike Rhodes Video Surveillance Increases with no Accountability
Who is watching the people who are watching you? Answer: Nobody.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced on April 14 that the city has placed an additional 10 video surveillance cameras in downtown Fresno. That increases the number of cameras in this community to 100, with 97 of them south of Shaw Avenue. She says more cameras are on the way.
This spying of residents in the poorer sections of the city is being done in violation of the policy manual approved by the Fresno City Council and …[Read the details]
By: Jessica Mast
Words from a friend’s grandfather can be disheartening but somehow utterly hilarious at the same time: “What is the big deal with Earth Day? The earth has been around for millions of years.” My first response to this scalding Facebook status sound bite was alarm, taken aback by how irreverent this old man could be about the home we share. But soon after the initial shock, I could not help but laugh at the honesty and hidden wisdom behind this question.
Perhaps this grandpa’s question is a prophetic one for us who …[Read the details]