Weekly Issues

Go-karts near green flag at Sierra Vista Mall

Competitive juices will flow when indoor go-kart racing takes off this spring inside the old Gottschalks building at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis.
The store, vacant since July 2009, will have a very different look with go-karts zipping along a meandering racetrack. The Clovis City Council last year approved the project and construction of the racecourse is nearly complete.

Deanne Edwards

General Manager
Holiday Inn Fresno Downtown Convention Center

What we do:
Full Service hotel with 197 guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of banquet space, restaurant and bar
 
Family:
Married 27 years this month to Doug Edwards. Daughters: Alex Edwards and Morgan Edwards

Farmers decry environmental protections during drought

City and county officials, farmers and water district officials meeting in Tulare recently blamed restrictive environmental regulations for the crisis that lead to a zero initial water allocation for farmers announced by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Feb. 21.

Tulare County pulls out of EDC

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 this week to pull out of the Tulare County Economic Development Corp. The independent agency whose goal it is to increase economic activity in the county has now lost the support of the county itself. Tulare County has supported the countywide economic development agency for some 31 years.

Fresno law firm wins class-action suit

With a vast majority of civil lawsuits settling before ever seeing a courtroom, Ameriguard Security Services of Fresno had to put its foot down.
In a case featured in publications of both the San Diego and Fresno County bar associations, the security systems and staffing firm won its years-long wage fight last August against employees seeking $4.2 million in penalties for untimely compensation.

Downtown Fresno housing project expected to fill up fast

An $11 Million, four-story building under construction at Inyo Street and Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno will soon give a stylish new look to the site of the former Droge building that stood for 91 years until demolished in 2013.
It will also bring needed workforce housing to a downtown area that is expected to provide more public and private jobs as the city’s revitalization plan progresses. Fresno currently has about 35,000 workers in the downtown area. And the Inyo-Van Ness housing project is in the heart of downtown.
The new building will feature three stories with 45 apartment units and common space on the first floor. It includes six studio units, 30 one-bedroom units, eight two-bedroom units and one manager’s unit.
It will also feature 3,000 square feet of commercial space.

Ron Heskett

CEO
Borga Steel Buildings

What we do:
Borga is the largest independent metal building and component manufacturer in California. With over 90,000 Sq. Ft. of manufacturing space, Borga provides a number of different building package solutions for the commercial, agricultural, governmental, and personal use.  We also sell metal building components and engineering services.  

Fresno Grizzlies find a new radio home

The Fresno Grizzlies have struck a three-year media agreement with One Putt Broadcasting in Fresno to broadcast all 144 regular season games.
That makes KYNO 1430 AM the Grizzlies' new flagship radio station.
The new agreement follows the expiration of a three-year agreement with Wilks Broadcast Group that made KJZN 105.5 FM the radio home of the Grizzlies triple-A baseball team starting in 2011.

Ag takes to magazine advertising to spread health message

Although the Internet and mobile devices are commanding more attention in ad campaigns, magazine advertising continues to be a strong tool in boosting brand recognition and reminding consumers of the health benefits of San Joaquin Valley farm products.

Work on Madera’s 6,578-home Gateway Village starts in July

Initial grading is slated to begin in July for the long-planned 6,578-home Gateway Village development in Madera, a project that faced multiple delays after developer Castle & Cooke acquired it in 1990.
New developer Gateway Village Development LLC purchased the 2,062-acre master-planned community site in 2010 and is ready to get rolling. Now in possession of a tentative map for the project, the developer sees growth ahead for the area and surging demand for master-planned communities.
Gateway Village Development had the advantage of taking on a project that already had plans and approvals in place.