Thumbs down to Fresno Unified School District Trustees Luis Chavez, Valerie Davis, Christopher De La Cerda, Cal Johnson, Carol Mills and Janet Ryan for approving a $646 million budget that includes just $500,000 for career technical education. Students and city business leaders have spoken loudly that the district should invest more in "vocational" education.
Thumbs up to the Me-n-Ed's Do-Nation Foundation, which is donating $22,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, $11,250 to Catholic Charities and $11,250 to Poverello House. The grants were made possible by customer donations at Me-n-Ed's restaurants and matching foundation contributions. Over the past year, the foundation has focused on education, hunger, homelessness and poverty.
Thumbs up to the Cinco de Mayo Charity Golf Tournament, which held its 50th anniversary event at Copper River Country Club. Since 2009, event organizers have donated profits to The First Tee of Fresno youth golf program. This year's event raised $35,000, lifting the total since 2009 to $86,000. First Tee benefits youth with character building and life skills through the game of golf.
Thumbs up to Community Medical Foundation and Eye-Q Vision Care for holding a free eye clinic for children in the Kern County community of Lost Hills. The children received eye exams and follow up at no cost for those in need of additional care.