A workplace shooting in Fresno results in three dead and two injured coworkers, Californians vote for Proposition 30, coupons for a Fresno restaurant that shares the same name as a City Council candidate cause a stir when a stack of them turns up at one polling place, and a Fresno Assembly member will practice medicine in the Caribbean.
Here are the top stories of the past week, along with selected comments posted by readers at fresnobee.com.
What happened: Two workers at a Fresno meat-processing plant were killed and two others were injured Tuesday morning when a co-worker pulled out a .357 Magnum derringer and methodically targeted them. Lawrence Jones then fatally shot himself.
What it means: Fresno detectives are trying to learn why Jones, who had a long criminal history, walked past some employees to shoot others, and also how he obtained the gun.
What readers said:
"We all want to give people a chance, but some people probably would not knowingly want to work with someone with a violent past. I think the families of the deceased may have a case here, because the owner knew he had a violent past."
"He apparently had a history of drug abuse, based on what recent articles are saying. If he'd been taking meth, he may have developed paranoid delusions and targeted them for no logical reason at all. That's a well-documented side-effect of meth addiction."
"Condolences to the families and friends who were killed today and strength to those injured and their families and friends who will be supporting them. People who work in those plants are hard working, regardless of their backgrounds. They are not pleasant places to work but they were all there working, not expecting to go through this terrorizing experience."
Money for schools
What happened: Californians approved Proposition 30, which will provide funds for K-12 and higher education through a quarter-cent sales tax and taxing the income of the state's wealthiest citizens. It wasn't assured of passage -- California voters hadn't passed a statewide tax increase since 2004, and Prop. 30 struggled to get past a gantlet of competing statewide tax measures and an opposition campaign.
What it means: School districts such as Fresno Unified will have additional money to devote to early childhood education and other needs.
What readers said:
"Republicans stretched the 'no tax under any circumstances' rubber band too far, and now it has snapped on them."
"People in our state are so damn ignorant. We were already one of the highest taxed states and now we will be the top taxed one. Companies will relocate, high earners will flee and tax revenues will drop. Guess what, our education system will still suck. When people graduate from college, they will need to leave the state to find work. Good job folks!"
"Yeah, those high-tax areas like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles sure are on the down and out. I mean, they're basically irrelevant at this point, right? What with all those companies and rich people leaving in droves?"
Hungry to vote
What happened: Voters at Precinct 209 in northwest Fresno late Tuesday afternoon got more than a ballot receipt after casting their vote. They also got a coupon for Di Cicco's restaurants. Polling stations are to be non-commercial. And Pat Di Cicco of the Di Cicco Restaurant family was on the ballot, running for the Fresno City Council District 2 seat against Steve Brandau. It's illegal to campaign within 100 feet of a polling station.
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