EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

FresnoApril 11, 2014 

Thumbs down to Fresno County District Attorney Elizabeth Egan for implying during a debate Thursday that her campaign opponent, Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp, is soft on crime because she wants to see more funding for the Public Defender's Office. It is well documented that the huge caseloads of Fresno's public defenders have created bottlenecks in our courts.

Thumbs up to North Fresno Rotary for buying uniforms for the Pinedale Elementary Soccer Club. With the help of Big 5 Sporting Goods, the Rotarians also provided 50 soccer balls. The balls will be used by the soccer club's six teams and Pinedale Elementary School's physical education and exercise classes.

Thumbs up to the corporate office, employees and customers of Johnny Quik Food Stores. Together they raised $10,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Central California. This is an annual effort for Johnny Quik, a longtime supporter of UCP Central California.

Thumbs up to James Beauchamp of Break the Barriers, James Wong of Creative Therapeutics Physical Therapy, and Senior Awareness and Fall Education (SAFE) founding board members Daniel Shydler, Brent Smither, Margaret Jackson, Robert Riddick and Walter Ramirez. They were honored as Community Heroes by Fresno State's College of Health and Human Services for meeting the needs of children and families in Central California.


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