EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

FresnoMay 2, 2014 

Thumbs down to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez for not cancelling the annual Speaker's Cup fundraiser for Assembly Democrats. The event, which teed off Friday at Pebble Beach, charges donors $30,000 to $65,000 for lodging, dinner, gifts and a chance to golf with lawmakers. Considering the scandals that have led to the suspension of three Democrats in the state Senate, Pérez's decision to go ahead with the event demonstrates poor judgment.

Thumbs up to Clovis North High School and Granite Ridge Intermediate School students for breaking the Guinness Book of World Records mark for leapfrogging. More than 1,700 students participated, and they raised $2,014.14 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Thumbs up to Edison Computech Middle School students for building the fastest lithium-ion battery-powered model car at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The Computech hot rod traveled 20 meters in 6.05 seconds. The victory earned $500 for the school's science department. Computech also won the competition last year. You can see video of the team at www.edisoncomputech.com/public.

Thumbs up to members of the Fresno and Clovis city councils, along with Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd and Clovis City Manager Rob Woolley, for meeting to discuss issues of mutual interest Tuesday. Political cooperation is essential to moving our region forward.


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