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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.

Aaron J Garabedian

What we do: The Garabedian Group offers a unique approach to tax preparation, planning, and compliance services that are based on an expert understanding of tax law and regulations. Though the complexity of tax laws can make it challenging to develop a plan that will minimize your tax liability, TGG’s team can create a comprehensive tax planning strategy that will allow you to work toward your personal and professional financial goals. We actively prepare local, state, and federal tax returns for corporations, partnerships, individuals, estates, and other fiduciary entities.

Air district program grants $7.2M for technology projects

Local innovations are showing promise in alleviating the Central Valley’s air problem since being bolstered with funding from the Technology Advancement Program.
Launched by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in 2010, the program relies on locally generated funds and support from the Environmental Protection Agency to reimburse projects or inventions that focus on renewable energy, waste treatment or minimizing pollution from vehicles and other mobile sources.

Water officials stress importance of surface supply, storage

Drought and slashed water allocations are taking its toll on Valley farmers.
At the same time, the groundwater table continues to fall. Water agencies would like to see the proposed Temperance Flat Dam built on the San Joaquin River to hold more water, especially in wet years.

Rail advocates stree jobs, economic development

High-speed rail in California remains a highly charged subject of contention by opponents who see it as a costly boondoggle that slices up valued farmland.
And although initial building demolition for the project has begun, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors is reconsidering its support of high-speed rail, which it has supported for the past seven years. The board is scheduled to reconsider the matter July 29.
Supporters of the project believe it could sharply reduce Fresno’s unemployment rate while providing new employers and jobs for years to come. In addition, they point out that Fresno could become the high-speed rail capital of the United States.

Pitman Family Farms continues poultry expansion

Following two large property purchases last year in Kings County, Pitman Family Farms of Sanger is moving its growth northward with the expansion of its poultry farms in Madera County.
Earlier this month, the Madera County Planning Commission approved two conditional use permits for new buildings at its ranches in Madera and Chowchilla, said Robert Mansfield, lead planner with Madera County.
With the approval, the company, known for its pasture-raised chickens, turkeys and ducks, will add three new poultry barn structures totaling 75,000 square feet at its ranch at Road 20 1/2 and Avenue 18 west of Madera.

Five carriers vying for Visalia’s municipal airport

The federal Department of Transportation announced late last month that Merced’s city-owned airport would lose its flight subsidy under the Essential Air Service program this fall after falling short on the threshold of serving at least 10 passengers per day.
Under a 2012 Federal Aviation Administration requirement, airports within 175 driving miles of a large- or medium-hub airport must average at least 10 enplanements a day to qualify for the program (Alaska and Hawaii are excluded). In California, El Centro also lost eligibility

Sustainability a key word with new Fresno buildings

Sustainability is a key word for major Fresno area developers like Ginder Development Corp., which plans new offices and retail centers that conserve water and energy while using renewable materials that are environmentally friendly.