From the Editor

From the Editor

Change Needed at Board of Supervisors

Eduardo Stanley

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors continues to run the county as if it’s their domain, with an unapologetic arrogance and a backward ideology. Their intention to impose their will on more than a million residents without respect for others’ opinions or even the most basic common sense makes you wonder about their mental capacity to carry out the task of governing.

Take, for example, their obsession with the name change of Yokuts Valley. This change is a done deal in which the federal government got involved. But, more important, the S— Valley name was questioned for years by Native Americans who felt offended by it. The supervisors ignored that and paid no attention to arguments to revoke the name in an incredible expression of arrogance and contempt for others’ opinions.

When the name change happened, the supervisors acted like spoiled, neurotic kids. They immediately reinstalled the old sign with the S— Valley name and sued the state; after all, they don’t pay the attorneys with their money but rather with ours. As expected, the suit was tossed out.

Now, the supervisors are presenting voters with a measure to reinstall the old name, an act that will not go anywhere even if the measure is approved by voters.

If the supervisors know that they will not prevail, why do this? Why spend taxpayer money for a lost cause? They like to act “macho” and are grappling with their old, backward ideology without understanding that life is changing, and not necessarily in a direction they want.

The supervisors also want to implement censorship of books at the public library—copying what is happening in other states where Republicans and other twisted people control local governments. Of course, they aim to censor books with content that includes racial, gender and/or class references and criticism.

In short, they don’t want young people to read anything that could lead them to think and question history and the status quo.

These supervisors are not in power to govern all residents or to make the county a better place for everyone but rather to perpetuate their ideology and vision of a backward life.

Nevertheless, they can’t stop the movement of history. Sooner or later, things will change and intelligent people will one day govern Fresno County. This will not happen magically. We need to help history along and get involved in the process of dumping these old, negative, senseless supervisors.

Till next month.


  • Eduardo Stanley

    Eduardo Stanley is the editor of the Community Alliance newspaper, a freelance journalist for several Latino media outlets and a Spanish-language radio show host at KFCF in Fresno. He is also a photographer. To learn more about his work, visit

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