EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

FresnoFebruary 28, 2014 

Thumbs up to Bryn Elise Cloud. She worked for six months on a garden memorial in Minkler honoring Reedley police officer Javier Bejar and Fresno County sheriff's deputy Joel Wahlenmaier, who were killed in a 2010 shootout in Minkler. The memorial was dedicated on Tuesday. Cloud, 17, built the memorial for her Girl Scout Gold Project. She is a member of Sanger Troop 497.

Thumbs up to Borga Steel Buildings and Components and chief executive officer Ron Heskett. The Fowler company donated a steel building valued at $4,500 to the Selma Little League after the league had $8,000 in equipment stolen. The youth baseball group can now securely store its maintenance equipment and game gear.

Thumbs up to this year's African-American Heritage Awards winners. Honored in a ceremony on Tuesday: Erica Alexander, for working toward a healthier community; John and Sarah Ford, for their volunteer efforts; Anne Lopez Gaston, for community advocacy; State Center Chancellor Deborah Blue, for leadership in education; and Khyri Brown, for youth activism.

Thumbs up to Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and 22 Fresno education, banking, health care, business and agriculture leaders who have formed the Presidents' Council. The mayor says the group will tackle "the long-term challenges of our city: unemployment, a deteriorating city center, educational attainment and access to health care."

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