Weekly Issues

Pacific Ethanol plant lands sweet new neighbor

It’s better times for California’s ethanol producers, with investment dollars flowing into technology to make production plants more efficient and diverse in the feedstocks they accept.

Leticia Juarez-sisson

profile-juarezEducation: Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from California State University, Fresno: (2003) & Masters in Strategic Communications from National University (2013)

Age: 35

Family: Jimmy Sisson (Husband for seven years) Brien White (Son), Ryan Sisson (Step-son), expecting a baby girl in October. 

Madera County tourism funding bolstered by tax renewal

Beginning in January, the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst will kick off another ten years as one of several organizations in the Central Valley promoting tourism with funds generated by local lodges.

DiCicco’s owners file for Ch. 13 bankruptcy protection

Gregory and Heather Vitucci, owners of two DiCicco’s restaurants, recently filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection, according to court documents.
Gregory Vitucci is the son of Frank Vitucci, one of the original “Four Sons of Italy” who founded the restaurant in 1956. Gregory operates the DiCicco’s location in Fresno at First and Shaw avenues and the Sanger location with his wife Heather, according to the DiCicco’s website.

Dairies see better milk price, higher feed costs

Lofty milk prices have helped to stabilize the Valley dairy industry, but high feed costs continue to cut into profits.
“Milk prices are at or near record levels,” said Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen in Modesto. “Global demand has driven the price.”

Tulare County firm builds solution for odd-shaped produce

The difficulties commercial packinghouses have had in sorting odd-shaped fruits and vegetables may be a thing of the past.
Exeter-based Exeter Engineering has developed a high-tech produce-sorting machine called the “Sidewinder” that can handle oblong and irregular-shaped fruits and vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions and avocados.

Tulare hospital to pay $7.9M in construction settlement

Tulare Regional Medical Center will pay Fresno’s Harris Construction $7.9 million to settle a lawsuit over the construction of its new 5-story tower.

Flindt Andersen

flindtFounder & Executive Director
P.A.I.N. - Prescription Abusers In Need

What we do:    We do several things. We provide recovery services for individuals and families who are in the throngs of addiction. We spend hours walking families through the recovery process, meeting with them individually and with entire families. Once the family/addict comes to us, we are with them throughout the entire process. We are with the addict and their families for as long as they need us. We actually drive people to the treatment centers. We search out the best recovery programs for the person. We are very particular on where we send someone. Most treatment centers make a lot of promises about “curing” someone’s addiction. The fact is, there is no cure and the addiction never goes away. How do you change, for example a 15 year addiction in 30 days? There is so much more to recovery than just getting clean. We believe in patient treatment is the place to clean off of drugs, but once a person leaves treatment, the real work then begins. We then provide counseling and psychological services for both the individual and their families.

Obamacare rules put 600 Visalia jobs at risk

Visalia city officials traveled to Washington last week to urge lawmakers to support special legislation that could save about 700 jobs at the Visalia Cigna call center.
Visalia City Manager Mike Olmos, Councilman Bob Link and county Supervisor Steve Worthley and others bent the ears of Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to support a waiver of rules under the Affordable Care Act.

AB 69 aimed at impending gas sticker shock

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) was in town last week warning business leaders about impending sticker shock at gas pumps next year.
Perea's Assembly Bill 69, which would delay the fuel industry's inclusion into the state's cap-and-trade program until 2018, took top billing along with the water bond during his first appearance as part of the Fresno Chamber's Eggs & Issues breakfasts.