Thumbs Up, Thumbs down

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

FresnoJune 6, 2014 

Thumbs up to Mathias "Matty" Matoian for his $500,000 gift to Fresno State. The donation will fund scholarships for promising business students and supplement the Charles Matoian Endowment Scholarships for nursing students. Four business students will be named Matoian Scholars this fall. At least one additional student will be selected per year in succeeding years. Matoian is chairman of the board at OK Produce.

Thumbs up to the Fresno division of Lennar Homes for its 30-year support of Break the Barriers, a Fresno-based nonprofit that provides inclusive programs and education for people of all abilities. Lennar's recent golf tournament raised more than $13,000 for Break the Barriers' solar energy fund.

Thumbs up to Clovis police officer Jesus Santillan for receiving a California Hero Award at Mothers Against Drunk Driving's 16th annual statewide Law Enforcement and Community Recognition event May 31 in Sacramento. Santillan arrested 80 suspected drunken drivers during his graveyard shift in 2013, accounting for 21% of the department's DUI arrests.

Thumbs down to the Fresno Unified School Board of Trustees for making students, parents and teachers wait four hours to talk about the district's budget at the May 28 board meeting. "If (the board) wants to have engagement, they need to provide the time," said Luis Santana, executive director of the Reading and Beyond nonprofit. We concur with Santana.

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