Thumbs down to Fresno attorney Charles Magill for piling irrelevant information into a court motion seeking a new trial for convicted rapist Spencer Scarber. We agree with Fresno County Superior Court Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr., who said that information such as the fact that Scarber's father intended to run for sheriff against Margaret Mims in 2014 was designed to distract the court from "the defendant's guilt."
Thumbs up to Fresno-area employees and retires of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. They contributed $430,000 to the company's annual Campaign for the Community. In all, PG&E workers and retirees throughout the state raised more than $6.5 million this year to support nonprofits and schools in communities where they live and work. Since 2000, PG&E employees and retirees have raised more than $55 million through the campaign. These monies are in addition to the $23 million that PG&E donates annually throughout its service area.
Thumbs down to Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown responded to bipartisan lawmaker requests for drought and state of emergency declarations by appointing a drought task force. Good grief, governor, just poke your head out the window and look at the obvious. There's scant snow in the Sierra, rivers and creeks are running low, many reservoirs are bone dry and some farmers are facing a record-low 5% irrigation allotment. Quit stalling and start taking action.
Thumbs up to Kaiser Permanente for its Thriving Schools Initiative, which promotes good health and physical fitness in students. The health-care organization awarded a $23,000 one-year grant to Clovis Unified's Temperance-Kutner and Fancher Creek elementary schools as part of the effort. The funds will be used for balls, tricycles, scooters, jump ropes, pull-up bars and fitness and dance DVDs. In all, Kaiser Permanente will award 14 grants in Northern California through the Thriving Schools Initiative.