Thumbs up to Able Advocates and Sweet Nectar Society teaming up to provide 8-year-old Payton Tumbiolo, with a Littlescoot scooter to help her get around. Payton was born with dewarfism, a medical condition that makes it difficult to walk. Her mother, Amanda Tumbiolo, told Emily Cameron of The Clovis Independent that Payton saw the scooter at the Little People of America convention two years ago in San Diego, and ever since, she has wanted one.
She filed an application for the $3,000 scooter with Able Advocates, which assists children with special needs. Sweet Nectar Society helps out with photography skills to help raise awareness of the children’s needs. Payton was most appreciative. “I feel loved,” she said.
Thumbs down to Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson for misrepresenting state legislation intended by its authors to clarify how to award so-called “leaseback” construction contracts. Fresno Unified’s award of a no-bid contract to Harris Construction to build Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School is the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In a debate Wednesday on Measure X , which asks Fresno Unified voters to approve $225 million in bonds, Hanson said, “There is no funny business going on. There’s been much made out of the investigation and so on and so forth. We have not heard word one since we turned over every document (the FBI) asked for well over a year ago,” Hanson said. “Legislation, as we understand, is right now sitting on the governor’s desk … which will codify how Fresno Unified was doing their lease-leasebacks.”
The legislation that Hanson referred to, Assembly Bill 2316, forbids the leaseback model that Fresno Unified most often used before being receiving a federal subpoena Aug. 24, 2015. The bill states that it “would require an instrument created pursuant to these provisions to be awarded based on a competitive solicitation process to the proposer providing the best value, as defined, to the school district.”
Fact; There was no compettive bid process for selecting the general contractor for the Gaston build and for many other Fresno Unified leaseback construction conracts. And on the $35 million Bullard High renovation, the district chose Harris Construction rather than the lowest bidder.
Thumbs up to Clovis Police Department Cpl. Curtis Shurtliff, for saving a life of a 5-year-old boy named Gabriel, who nearly drowned at Dinkey Creek last month. He was honored with a standing ovation by the Clovis City Council recently for performing CPR for 30 minutes on the child, even praying with the boy’s mother. It was a dramatic rescue. After praying with the child’s mother, he felt a pulse. Shurtliff told ABC 30, “It’s a nice gesture getting recognized. But. I have to tell you... when you come down to the end of it, there was only one person to really recognize, and that was God.”
Thumbs up to Jeromy Rivinus for his 9/11 workout gear. An aspiring first responder whose dream is to work for the Fresno Fire Department, Rivinus wanted to do something special to honor the firefighters lost in the tragedy. He researched their names and assignments, printed out and laminated photos of all 343 New York Fire Department firefighters killed in the Twin Towers rescue. Assembling them on a chain necklace, he wore it along with a 20-pound weight vest on Sunday at Warrior Fitness. Gym owner Paul Watson designed the workout around numbers of significance during 9/11. For example 23 pullups, NYPD officers lives lost; 93 pushups, Flight 93; 37 shoulder push presses, Port Authority officers lives lost; 110 lunges, stories in the World Trade Center and so on. A great gesture for Rivinus and the other energetic exercisers who took on the challenge.
Thumbs up to the foster families who are taking in the neglected dogs rescued from an Noah’s Friends Animal Sanctuary in Orange Cove. However, even more foster homes are needed. The Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have an orientation and training session Satruday 9-10 a.m. at the SPCA Education Center for people who would like to become foster parents. The address is 103 S. Hughes Ave. Fresno, CA 93706. Visit the foster care webpage at http://ccspca.com/programs-and-services/foster-care- program/. Donations for the dogs’ care also are being accepted online at ccspca.com or in person..