Whenever there is an aggressive change in direction away from the principles America was founded upon, our country has a way of coming together to restore them. As it has in the past, this process of renewal played out on election night....

Here’s something I believe people on both sides of the parks tax debate can agree on: We’ve got miles to…

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand made good this week on his promises to hire a full-time independent police auditor who resides in Fresno and to appoint a Citizens Public Safety Advisory Board. It is my fervent hope that John Gliatta, a former FBI agent and Fresno County Sheriff’s Office crime analyst, teams with the advisory board to bring more transparency to the Fresno Police Department and strengthen the bond between citizens and officers.​
In our news meeting this morning, we held a moment of silence for Anthony Bourdain and then talked about his gift for bringing people together. His death Friday by suicide affected me greatly, and I’d like to share with you why.
Would it surprise you to learn that illegal immigrants have the potential to ruin our country – if they leave? In fact, mass deportation would abruptly collapse our agriculture, construction and hospitality industries leading to a downward spiral of our economy.
Would it surprise you to learn that illegal immigrants have the potential to ruin our country – if they leave? In fact, mass deportation would abruptly collapse our agriculture, construction and hospitality industries leading to a downward spiral of our economy.
As a Muslim immigrant from Iran of almost 40 years living in this beautiful country, I believe when we face our maker in the next life, we will be asked: What did you do for your brothers and sisters who were suffering in other parts of the world?
Our city has become handicapped in many ways, and we are falling behind our neighbors. In May of 2015, Gallup named Fresno out of the 100 largest cities nationwide the city where people are least likely to feel safe. The Brookings Institute ranked Fresno 93rd out of 100 major cities nationwide in prosperity growth from 2009 through 2014.
The events in Paris and San Bernardino were outrageous. There is no way to predict when or where the next atrocity will occur. My first reaction was to bomb the Islamic State into oblivion, cut off their money supply and destroy their leadership. I sounded like some of our Republican presidential candidates who serve up promises of instant gratification to a frustrated electorate.
America has always been a beacon of hope, a shining city on the hill. We stand for justice, peace, opportunity and respect for human dignity. Growing up in Iran, I can attest to the affection everyday Iranians have toward America. The hearts and minds of teachers, family and friends, bus drivers, physicians and entrepreneurs are aligned with the values of Americans. That is why so many Iranians, including my family, immigrate to the United States.
The facts are sobering: Deteriorating roads cost Californians $44 billion a year in repairs, accidents, time and fuel – tantamount to a hidden tax. California’s state highway maintenance funding has an annual shortfall of $5.7 billion and deferred repair costs exceeding $57 billion. A recent example of the dangers of deferred maintenance is the I-10 Bridge collapse July 19, after heavy rainfall. Thankfully no one was hurt – this time. We cannot wait for lives to be lost before we act.
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