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  • I. smiley G. Calderon

    I. smiley G. Calderon is a Gen X Southern California Chicano now living in the Central Valley. A lifelong educator who spent a career in academia, he believes in building individual and collective human capital through the accessible application of education. Contact him at

Hate Is in the Air

In mid-October, two young Latino males enjoying a Friday night together in the Tower District in Fresno were brutally assaulted by a man who apparently did not like the fact that they were holding [...] Continue Reading

Remembering Pride

Under a scorching sun on June 10, during LGBTQ Pride Month, the city of Fresno held its second annual LGBTQ+ Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in front of City Hall. The turnout was good, and many city and [...] Continue Reading

Local Housing Market on Fire

If you’ve been on the hunt for a house recently, you know about this. It’s a hunt. And it’s troubling. But, you’re not alone. For several reasons, the real estate housing market in the United [...] Continue Reading

Smoke-Free Fresno

The City of Fresno is leading the way in 2022 in reducing harmful secondhand smoke for its residents living in multifamily housing units. Effective Jan. 1, the Smoke-Free Ordinance prohibits [...] Continue Reading

Literally Living in the System

By I. smiley G. Calderon By now, all of Fresno County and the entire nation have heard about the unbelievable and unthinkable temporary housing conditions that Fresno County’s Department of Social [...] Continue Reading