New training center coming to west Fresno

Congressman Jim Costa was joined by Chancellor of State Center Community College District Dr. Carole Goldsmith, EDC president and CEO Lee Ann Eager, Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias and Chuck Riojas of the State Building and Construction Trades Council to announce $1.9 million in funding was secured for a new training center at Fresno City College’s west Fresno campus, which continues to progress toward completion on Monday.

This means new training, assistance and better jobs ahead for the local community of southwest Fresno that has been underserved for so many years. A ground-breaking ceremony followed by construction for the facility is expected soon.

Construction progresses on the West Fresno Campus of Fresno City College on the southeast corner of Church and Walnut avenues in south west Fresno on Monday, April 18, 2022. The Fresno Economic Development Corporation is receiving $1.9 million to construct a 60,00-square-foot training center on the campus to assist women, minorities, veterans, ex-offenders, at-risk and disconnected young adults and other underrepresented individuals as part of $11 million for local projects secured by Congressman Jim Costa through the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding package.
Construction progresses on the West Fresno Campus of Fresno City College on the southeast corner of Church and Walnut avenues in south west Fresno on Monday, April 18, 2022. The Fresno Economic Development Corporation is receiving $1.9 million to construct a 60,00-square-foot training center on the campus to assist women, minorities, veterans, ex-offenders, at-risk and disconnected young adults and other underrepresented individuals as part of $11 million for local projects secured by Congressman Jim Costa through the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding package.
Congressman Jim Costa holds a press conference to announce the construction of a 60,00-square-foot training center on the West Fresno Campus of Fresno City College to assist women, minorities, veterans, ex-offenders, at-risk and disconnected young adults and other underrepresented individuals as part of $11 million for local projects he secured through the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding package.
Congressman Jim Costa holds a press conference to announce the construction of a 60,00-square-foot training center on the West Fresno Campus of Fresno City College to assist women, minorities, veterans, ex-offenders, at-risk and disconnected young adults and other underrepresented individuals as part of $11 million for local projects he secured through the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding package.

Fresno Secret Suppers event at the Painted Table

These are photos I made back in September of 2021 of a Fresno Secret Suppers event held at the Painted Table in Fresno.

The theme of this event was “South in Yo Mouth” which featured a massive tasty meal with southern tastes. Wish I could have stayed to eat!

The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth
The Painted Table Fresno Supper Club South in Yo Mouth

Fresno leaders meet with trailer park residents

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and other city leaders met with residents of the Trails End Mobile Home Park in Fresno to provide information about how the park will be managed in the upcoming days and weeks.

Residents had hoped that the city would somehow block the sale of the trailer park to Harmony Communities but Mayor Dyer said that the city did not have the legal jurisdiction to stand in the way of the sale.

These are the images from that meeting:

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer meets with Trails End Mobile Home Park resident Heidi Phipps and her family at the park on Friday, March 25, 2022. Dyer and Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld spoke to residents to discuss concerns about the possible sale of the park to Harmony Communities on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Trails End Mobile Home Park residents listen to Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld during a meeting at the park on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer, right, and Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld speak to each other after arriving at the Trails End Mobile Home Park in Fresno to speak to residents on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Trails End Mobile Home Park resident Patricia Shawn holds up signs protesting the possible sale of the park to Harmony Communities, as Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld arrive to speak to residents on Friday, March 25, 2022.
California Rural Legal Assistance attorney Mariah Thompson provides input from residents of the Trails End Mobile Home Park during a meeting by Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld at the park on Friday, March 25, 2022.

Fresno State moves on in Basketball Classic

The Fresno State men’s basketball team defeated Youngstown State to advance to the semifinals in the 2022 Basketball Classic to be held on Monday, March 28, 2022 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.

These images are from the quarterfinal match on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Fresno State’s Leo Colimerio, right, collides with Youngstown’s Tevin Olison while going for a loose ball during their quarterfinal game in the 2022 Basketball Classic tournament at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Fresno State’s Leo Colimerio is congratulated by teammates Braxton Meah, left, and Jordan Campbell, right, after picking up a foul against Youngstown State during their quarterfinal game in the 2022 Basketball Classic tournament at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Fresno State’s Braxton Meah dunks the ball on a lob against Youngstown during their quarterfinal game in the 2022 Basketball Classic tournament at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Fresno State’s Orlando Robinson, center, tries to find an opening to the hoop against Youngstown during their quarterfinal game in the 2022 Basketball Classic tournament at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Fresno State’s Destin Whitaker, right, fires off a three-point shot while defended by Youngstown State’s Dwayne Cohill during their quarterfinal game in the 2022 Basketball Classic tournament at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Fresno State’s Braxton Meah goes for a dunk against Youngstown State during their quarterfinal game in the 2022 Basketball Classic tournament at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Mobile home residents forced to leave

Last Christmas, residents of the El Portal Mobile Home Park near Yosemite were asked to leave there homes with only a few weeks notice and zero compensation even though they owned their homes.

The land the homes were on, however, belong to the National Park Service, which residents were paying rent to for years.

The park service claimed that the power lines connected to the homes were outdated and potentially dangerous so instead of repairing them, residents were told the mobile home park was being shut down.

Carmen Kohlruss and I were there to document the last day residents could stay before the power was shut off.

Longtime El Portal Trailer Park residents Neal and Nancy Dawson take a moment in their front room to take in the panoramic views of the surrounding canyon hills before moving out for good on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Lifelong El Portal Trailer Park resident Luke Harbin sits in the front yard of his mother’s mobile home before getting ready to move out for good on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Terri Nishimura stands in her kitchen while packing up belongings to move out of the El Portal Trailer Park near Yosemite National Park on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Mobile homes line a quiet street in the El Portal Trailer Park near Yosemite National Park on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Residents are being forced to move by the National Park Service, which owns the land the homes are on.
Neal Dawson pushes his living room chair into the back of his pickup truck while packing up to move out of the home he and his wife Nancy have lived in for years in the El Portal Trailer Park on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
A road closed sign sits at the entrance to the El Portal Trailer Park near Yosemite National Park on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Residents are being force to leave by the National Park Service which owns the land.

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