Fresno County supervisors cancel meeting amid Larson health woes

The Fresno BeeDecember 16, 2013 

Phil Larson

Fresno County supervisors on Monday announced a special meeting for Tuesday, then just as quickly canceled it after Supervisor Phil Larson had a health issue similar to one that sent him to the hospital in August.

The meeting agenda was sent out by supervisors' Clerk Bernice Seidel at 10 a.m. Monday. Its cancellation came about 45 minutes later. The agenda was short: a presentation on mandatory sewer-connection notices sent by the city of Fresno to some residents in unincorporated county areas.

Supervisor Andreas Borgeas said supervisors also were due to have a closed session to look at ways to keep the county's salaries competitive in an effort to retain its most talented employees as well as the sewer-connection public meeting.

But, he said, when Larson's health became an issue, it was decided to call both off.

"Its fate was sealed with Phil," Borgeas said of the meeting.

Supervisor's Chair Henry R. Perea said in a text message that the meeting was canceled because Larson wanted to participate in the sewer-connection discussion.

County officials wouldn't discuss Larson's health, other than to say it was similar to August, when he reported feeling a little lightheaded during a lunch break at the supervisors meeting. That afternoon Larson was taken by ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was held for a couple of days.

County officials said Tuesday's meeting will be rescheduled and new notices will be mailed to affected property owners.

The reporter can be reached at jellis@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6320.

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