Weekly Issues

Reopening of The Downtown Club set for Oct. 7

Under new ownership, The Downtown Club in Fresno aims to open for lunch on Oct. 7 and is reaching out to all its former members with a special offer.
The historic private club located in downtown Fresno announced it would close in February. However a new group of owners, headed by Selma restaurateur Nick Sarid, purchased the building and announced it will re-open the club under the same name.

Industries face min. wage hike

Even though he said it would likely hurt the economy and his industry, veteran Fresno restaurateur Dave Fansler isn’t losing too much sleep over the state’s upcoming minimum wage increase.
For one, he said it will definitely have an inflationary impact on the Fresno restaurants he owns — Yosemite Ranch, Pismo’s Coastal Grill and the soon-to-open Westwoods BBQ & Spice Company.

From squares to circles

Growers experiment with Midwest-style pivot irrigation

Common to the Midwest and Texas — but fairly new to the Central Valley — overhead center pivot irrigation systems are being tried here on a variety of crops including cotton, wheat and alfalfa hay.
They have also shown some success on onions and corn.

Clovis ACE Hardware closes doors

After serving local customers for more than 20 years, Clovis ACE Hardware shuttered its doors just months after the opening of a Wal-Mart supercenter across the street.

The store, located at 295 N. Clovis Ave., opened in 1993 and closed on Monday due to a number of factors, including the opening of the new Wal-Mart on Herndon Avenue in March.

Storeowner Norm Bishop also said congestion caused by construction along Herndon Avenue made the store less accessible. He also cited the increasingly competitive nature of the retail industry.

Matthew Rosenfeld

Vice President & General Manager

KSEE-NBC 24 / KGPE-CBS 47

What we do:  Our television stations are known and recognized for an extraordinary commitment to serving viewers and businesses throughout the Central Valley. We deliver hyper local news and information through newscasts, innovative local programming as well as on our digital platforms including our websites, apps and mobile. CBS47 and KSEE24 broadcast  many of the valley’s most watched entertainment programs such as CBS’s CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Bing Bang Theory as well as NBC’s Sunday Night NFL, America’s Got Talent, The Voice and The Olympic Games to name just a few.

Michael Sigala

Michael Sigala

Co-Owner

Sigala Inc.

What we do: 

Urban and regional planning, real estate economics and community development consulting for public, private and non-profit sector clients in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region  For example, we might help a city or developer determine feasible development options for senior housing, or serve as project manager for a planning effort across multiple jurisdictions.  

Industry cluster pushes clean-energy education for students

Coming together for the last several years to swap information and business advice, the San Joaquin Valley’s industry clusters are beginning to take a more active role in the region’s workforce development, starting with a helping hand to students interested in clean energy.

Since its inception, the Clean Energy Cluster, administered by Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), has brought together more than 100 businesses to talk about solar power, biofuel, energy efficiency and other eco-minded commercial innovations.  

Planner: ‘Sustainability’ key word of Fresno’s future

Fresno is working toward becoming a greener, more sustainable city while finding ways to grow without breaking the bank.

It is a difficult challenge in tough economic times with limited funding sources for city improvement projects. Also, redevelopment project money is no longer available from the state.

So the city is more dependent on grants, utility company support and voter-approved measures for funding construction projects and energy-saving retrofits.

Around Town: Press Box, Milano partner on new Fresno eatery

Fresno-area restaurateur families the Ferdinandis and Millers will join forces to open a second Press Box Sports Grill in north Clovis on Oct. 1.

The 2,800 square-foot diner is located at 1785 Herndon Ave. in what was previously Pane Pronto, an eatery owned by the Ferdinandis' Milano Restaurants International.

Around the Valley: Hanford eyes safety tax

The Hanford City Council will hold a special meeting Oct. 29 to discuss implementing a sales tax measure to support public safety. Other Valley towns, including Visalia, have approved a similar addition to the sales tax by way of a vote. The city is preparing to welcome Costco to town — a huge sales tax generator expected to draw shoppers from out of town.