Weekly Issues

Century-old Springville Inn closes it doors

Financial pressures took a toll on the century-old Springville Inn on the way to Sequoia National Park as the owners filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing on March 5 lists the business with $1,47,336 in assets and $1,135,210 in liabilities, owing money to nearly 100 debtors.
Although the Springville Inn has been closed for just about a month, the property has been up for sale since the beginning of the year with an asking price of $950,000.

Council vote opens way for Fresno outdoor dining

A recently approved amendment to Fresno’s municipal code allows various food and drink servers to create outdoor dining areas within street easements and rights of ways without having to apply for a site plan or special permit.
Instead, an over-the-counter application and approval will speed the process.
The amended code sets forth a standardized plan for food, drink and dessert providers to serve their specialties in an outdoor dining area within certain parameters.

Sam Ramirez

Sam RamirezGeneral Manager,
Holiday Inn Fresno Airport

What we do:
 Provide lodging and catering services to guests from all over

Education:
 Some college business and hospitality courses

Age:
 32

Family:
5-year-old son Nathan

How did you come to your position at the Holiday Inn Airport?
I’ve been very fortunate to have had some great opportunities in hospitality and when I moved back to the Valley, I made a point to expand my knowledge with opportunities that would prepare me for a job like this. When I started here over 3 years ago, the hotel was going through major changes and challenges. There were really great people here and I could see all the potential they had. That’s what really attracted me to this job, the challenge of it.

FAX bus app first for Fresno startup

A new mobile application development startup plans to release a free app for Fresno Area Express bus riders next month.
Fresno’s ScholarDev Apps debut application is Fresno Transit Free, available April 3. It offers FAX riders information including schedule, route planning and other information. It will be available on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform.

New school boosts Southwest Fresno image

After struggling from decades of neglect Southwest Fresno is transforming with the new Gaston Middle School and a modern overhaul of nearby Edison High.
Around 850 seventh and eighth graders and some 65 faculty members and staff will grace the halls of Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School when construction work wraps up in August.

Franchisors have sights set on Fresno area

Several national companies have their eyes on Fresno for expansion. All they need is a handful of willing entrepreneurs to set up shop.
National Franchise Day on March 4 recognized the nearly one million franchised businesses operating in the United States, from restaurants, hotels and gas stations to car dealers, retail stores and repair services.

Apartment rehab spruces up Fresno’s ‘Sin City’

Rehabilitation of the San Ramon Apartments signals a big step forward in Fresno’s goal of transforming the El Dorado Park neighborhood — often referred to as Sin City — into a vibrant and safe community.
Zumwalt Construction Inc. has finished upgrading the San Ramon Apartments within El Dorado Park near Bulldog Stadium. Apartment renters at San Ramon that had been moved out during construction are scheduled to move back in on March 22.

Water contractors hope for a wet spring

The National Weather Service has published a map showing the likelihood of wet weather in California from March 24-30. Other sources say it looks good for early April too.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. forecaster John Lindsey confirms the opinion for Central California, saying “The long-range models suggest a return to wet and unsettled weather by the middle of next week. At this time, rain may develop by March 25.”

Holly Carter

hollycarterOwner
Carter & Co. Communications

What we do: Carter & Co. Communications is a strategic communications firm that provides services such as brand development, community outreach, crisis communications, reputation management, lobbying, and campaign management. What separates us from typical branding agencies is our ability to tell the clients story in a way that puts them front and center in the eyes and minds of their target audience using a variety of non-traditional tactics. Our clients range from manufacturers, engineering firms, high end transportation companies, environmental contractors, service companies, physicians, restaurants, and developers. We also manage political campaigns for both initiatives and candidates.  Our business model allows for us to provide services to multinational corporations as well as locally owned small businesses.

Banks: Water at top of list in making loans

California’s $45 billion agriculture industry — supplier of half the nation’s fruits and vegetables — faces significant burdens because of the drought.
Farmers are clearing orchards, rationing water and rethinking their long-term business strategy. Making matters worse, growers on both the east and west sides of the Valley expect a zero water allocation for this year, according to initial estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources.