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Endorsements Take Courage, Too

When Esmeralda Soria ran unsuccessfully for Congress four years ago, the folks at Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, heartily endorsed her as part of a slate of progressives, a California [...] Continue Reading

Fresno Oppression, Cruelty Ignored

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Photos splashed across the Internet of smiling [...] Continue Reading

Smoggies Return in January

Fresno’s premier awards ceremony for worst quotes and votes by local polluters and those who serve them—The Smoggies—is returning for a third straight year. Renowned for its sarcasm, lack of trigger [...] Continue Reading

Bitcoining Climate Change

I don’t envy Gov. Gavin Newsom. He has a young daughter counting on him to address climate change and safeguard her future. The burden of such a responsibility, so close to the heart, must weigh as [...] Continue Reading

Death and Injustice in Fresno

There is an unequal justice system in Fresno. One for the police and the rich. Another for the poor and working class. For the unhoused of Fresno, there is often no justice. Some recent examples of [...] Continue Reading

The Rite of Fresno: Composing a Rezone

Fans of the composer Igor Stravinsky might find his modernist work The Rite of Spring a suitable soundtrack for the story of Peter Stravinski the developer, particularly its “Sacrificial Dance” [...] Continue Reading

“Down There” in West Fresno

A recent comment from a Fresno City Council member rang an old, all too familiar bell. When District 1 representative Annalisa Perea referred to West Fresno as “down there” in an interview with [...] Continue Reading

Climate Boomers, Doomers and Zoomers

Most people’s first reaction to the threat of climate change is the technofix. Raised to place our faith in market forces, we almost instinctively turn to technological solutions. A primary tenet is [...] Continue Reading

Climate-Proofing Our Communities

“There is no later. This is later.”—The Road, Cormac McCarthy, RIP (1933–2023) The road to preparing communities for climate shocks is narrow and short. It has been mostly destroyed by market-based [...] Continue Reading

Measure C Rhymed 2022 with 2002

Shakespeare wrote in 1610, “What’s past is prologue.” Mark Twain observed 250 years later, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Both adages apply to last November’s failed effort to [...] Continue Reading

Last Chance CSU Fresno

In a fall football classic more suited to a Netflix season finale than Election Day, Fresno State pigskin boosters fumbled their Measure E sales tax proposal and took a classic fall in November. But [...] Continue Reading