Thumbs up to Erna Kubin-Clanin and her staff at Erna’s Elderberry House, the Valley’s premier Five-Diamond restaurant, for hosting a fund-raising brunch Aug. 13 to benefit the victims of the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County. About 80,000 acres burned in the fire and dozens of homes and structures were lost.
A five-course meal will be served and there will be auction items. Reservations, at $68 a person can be made at (559) 683-6860, www.chateausureau.com. Bronze, silver, and gold member tables, for up to six guests, will also be available. Prices for those tables range from $650 to $1,000. Auction bids and donations will be accepted from folks unable to attend. Proceeds will be placed into an account at Yosemite Bank, according to Kubin-Clanin, and go directly to those who have lost their homes.
Thumbs down to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ sloppy efforts to punish four cities for “not cooperating” with federal immigration agents by giving them access to detention facilities. The cities had requested help to combat drug trafficking and gang crime. Two are in California. The cities are bewildered, according to interviews. In San Bernardino, for example, jails are run by the county not the city. Same with Stockton.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones made it clear in an interview Thursday with the Stockton Record newspaper that in terms of correctional facilities, all it operates is a small, temporary holding cell for suspects before they are transferred to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp. Once the transfer is made, the suspect becomes the responsibility of the county Sheriff’s Office. Jones said Sheriff Steve Moore does not run a “sanctuary jail” and referred further comment on its operations to Moore.
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Thumbs up to Fresno based nonprofit Alliance for Medical Outreach & Relief for its first local community health project. The group plans to build a facility in Mendota that will serve as an extended hours primary care health center and hub for comprehensive wraparound social and youth services. The three-building complex will serve farm laborers, their families and others in the surrounding rural communities of west Fresno County.
A fund-raising event for the project began this week, with a giveaway of four tickets to see “Hamilton” the musical at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 21. Raffle tickets, at $50 each, are available by calling 559-440-8330, visiting the AMOR office at 1396 W. Herndon Ave. Ste. 105, or by mailing in the form found on the AMOR website www.AMORelief.org. The drawing is Sept. 29. The winner will get four tickets located in orchestra center in area A.
Thumbs up to Fresno County Clerk Brandi Orth and her staff for adding a quick and efficient online search tool for finding Fictitious Business Names in Fresno County. This site can identify business owner names, business addresses and whether a fictitious business name is active or inactive. The search feature can be found at https://fbnlookup.co.fresno.ca.us/ and questions can be directed to the County Clerk’s office at 559-600-2575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thumbs up to East Fresno Rotary members for filling 230 backpacks with school supplies for children at the Boys & Girls Clubs and Marjaree Mason Center Wednesday. Over the past 15 years, this chapter has purchased more than 3,000 backpacks and supplies for local children.
Thumbs up to New York Life Central California for its part in granting little Eli a wish to go to the Daytona NASCAR race. Eli, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, has spent years in and out of hospitals due to the left side of his heart being critically underdeveloped. Agent Ryan Kizirian was inspired to apply for the company’s Community Impact Grant after his nephew, Chase, was granted a wish several years ago. Make-A-Wish was awarded the $10,000 grant last fall and made the arrangements.