Weekly Issues

Heald College gets a little more time

Fresno’s Heald College is still dealing with the fallout from a 2013 lawsuit against its parent company Corinthian colleges when the California Attorney General’s office alleged the company violated consumer protection laws and misrepresented job placement rates to students and investors.

UEI college takes new Manchester Mall campus

At a time when many private career colleges are facing increased scrutiny, Fresno’s United Educational Institute (UEI) is continuing to raise its profile within the community.
The school recently moved to a new, larger campus inside Manchester Mall and has set a goal of increasing student enrollment from 600 to 800 before 2016. Administrators say the college is also looking to add more certificate programs to its current offerings and has been working hard to help meet job market demand.

Fresno’s historic Patterson building ‘chilling’ out

Downtown Fresno’s historic T.W. Patterson building is pretty cool — and it’s about to get even cooler.
The owner of the iconic downtown landmark is set to install a new state-of-the-art chiller and cooling tower as part of a $600,000 upgrade to the building’s air conditioning system.
Built in 1922 — and named in honor of one of Fresno’s early developers, Thomas Wallace Patterson — the eight-story-tall office building was actually one of the first in the U.S. to offer air conditioning.

$9M Fresno project to double distributor’s size

A $9 million expansion is underway at the D&H warehouse and distributing center in southeast Fresno.
When completed later this year, the new addition will double the size of the company’s Fresno facility.

Ag industry ripe for tech disruption

As California struggles with its fifth consecutive year of drought, technology innovators say the agricultural industry is ripe for disruption.
Introducing new technology to the traditional farming process has been a goal of many Silicon Valley companies for years, but only recently have innovators met and worked closely with Central Valley farmers.

Amy R. Tobin


Hinds Hospice

What we do: We provide hospice and bereavement services for those with terminal illnesses for all ages and for those who love them.  

Education: Bachelor’s in Science in nursing (1977) and Master’s in human resource and organization development (1987), both from University of San Francisco.  

Age: 60

Family: married to Richard Tobin for 37 years, four children: Matt, Tara, Laura, and Andrew.

Nonprofit facilitates governance discussion in Fresno

A slew of local community leaders gathered in Fresno last week to have a frank discussion on what is working and not working in California governance.
The forum was hosted by California Forward, which was formed in 2008 with a vision from the bipartisan Leadership Council on ways to break government gridlock, strengthen fiscal management and facilitate relationships between state and local government.

Community leaders concerned with rise of heroin abuse

Local health care professionals, government officials and community groups have recently expressed concern over the growing problem of heroin abuse in the Central Valley.
During a recent speech to the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp spoke about the growing prevalence of heroin abuse within the community.

State’s cotton crop smallest in 100 years

Cotton is no longer king — at least among farmers in the Central Valley.
This spring, California cotton farmers are planting just 175,000 acres of the commodity once referred to as “white gold.”
This year’s crop will be the smallest in more than a century. The last time the state produced such a thin cotton crop was 1910.

Leadership Fresno dives into ‘water-wise’ class project

In a sign of these drought-stricken times, members of the current Leadership Fresno class have chosen an apt challenge for their class project: creating a xeriscaped “demonstration garden” in northeast Fresno’s Woodward Park.