Weekly Issues

SPCA sniffs victory in Rachael Ray challenge

Linda Van Kirk, executive director of the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said something remarkable happened between June and August of this year.
No animals were euthanized at its facility just north of Highway 180 on Hughes Avenue.
Not one.

Fresno to host first martial arts hall of fame event

Local martial arts expert David Johnson wants to put Fresno on the map when he inducts renowned leaders in hand-to-hand combat into the area’s first martial arts hall of fame Oct. 12.
The black tie event, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn near Fresno Yosemite International Airport, will see around 15 becoming the first of an elite group of martial arts experts and others who have worked tirelessly to promote the art of self-defense throughout the world.

Devin S. Nugent

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 2.10.23 PMChief Executive Officer

HealthCare California

What we do:  Medicare certified home health agency providing skilled nursing and therapy services to homebound patients

Education:  B.S., Business Administration
Option: Finance
Fresno State

Age:  44

Family:  Wife, Nikki
Children; Kinsley (2), Presley (1) and Ryker (1)

How did you come to position with HealthCare California?
After graduating from Fresno State, I took a job with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Sacramento as a loan officer in its disaster loan program. From there, I landed a job at Oracle Corporation in the Bay Area managing all of the company’s real estate lease compliance for 100-plus offices throughout the United States. After two years, I was offered a similar position with Longs Drug Stores at its corporate headquarters just across the Bay in Walnut Creek. I was with Longs for 10 years where my responsibilities grew to directing the group that managed over 500 Longs stores and other properties. My group was responsible for all real estate lease compliance and financial payments totaling over $100 million a year.  

Sanger livestock genetics bank truly a global effort

A United Nations sponsored animal genetic research facility could open in Fresno County within the next two years. The non-profit conservation facility will house livestock breeds from more than 100 nations, bring world-class scientists to the area and offer training opportunities to local veterinarian students.

Genelle Taylor Kumpe

Kumpe-ProfileExecutive Director

Marjaree Mason Center

What we do: Marjaree Mason Center is Fresno County’s only dedicated provider of domestic violence shelter and support services, including education for victims and youth.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from California State University, Fresno

Age: 41

Family: Husband Matt, son Aiden and daughter Ava

Community college program preps courses for drought displaced

Several community colleges in the Central Valley are busy developing training courses as part of a new state program imparting skills to workers displaced by California’s ongoing drought.
The program began with $1 million in federal disaster aid the state Legislature provided to the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency in March to help rural communities hit hardest by the drought.

Three years later, Warner Co. wraps up bankruptcy

Three years after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Warner Company’s case has finally closed. Court records show the final trustee report was filed earlier this month.
The 144-year-old Fresno jewelry store filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 20, 2011 but the case dragged on for several years, Michelle Meister said. Meister is an assistant trustee in the trustee office assigned the case.

Creating Prosperity group rails against Fresno general plan

A group of Fresno business leaders are unhappy with the city’s handling of General Plan 2035 and say city officials have not given the community an adequate opportunity to review the information.
In addition, the group said the city has failed to release the new development code, making it impossible for developers or community members to anticipate the full effects of the general plan.

Animal genetics group in Valley to discuss new HQ

Representatives from several global animal research initiatives will be in Fresno County early next week to discuss plans for making the Sanger river bottom the site of a new headquarters.

Jim Perez


Bluff Pointe Golf Course

What we do:
Bluff Pointe Golf Course and Learning Center is one of the best and friendliest places in the Central Valley to practice and play golf. We have built a 9-hole course and a short game practice facility for all to learn, with a great coaching staff in place to help.