Thumbs down to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for its uneven handling of appeals by property owners on whose land medical marijuana plants were found. The board fined George Finley $29,900 even though his lawyer said the people who grew the marijuana were squatters and admitted to owning the plants. In addition, Finley had a stroke last year and has been in the hospital and nursing homes. However, the agriculture-friendly supervisors did summon compassion for PAR Citrus Holding LLC of Reedley on whose property 316 marijuana plants were discovered. The company was fined nothing.
Thumbs up to Darrell and Diana Copeland for funding scholarships for Fresno State athletes and mass communications majors in honor of their son, the late Darrell Copeland III. Thus far, they have donated $65,000 in proceeds from an annual softball tournament and holiday boutique. The fourth annual boutique is today, starting at 9 a.m. in the Gettysburg Elementary School cafeteria, 2100 Gettysburg Ave. in Clovis. There will be an assortment of lap quilts, table runners, baked goods and other hand-made items priced $1 to $175.
Thumbs up to University High School for being one of three California schools and 340 nationwide receiving National Blue Ribbon School status for 2014. The independent charter school was cited for academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups in English and math. University High, which opened in 2000, will receive its blue ribbon during ceremonies Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.