West Hills Lemoore opens food kiosk for evening students

Culinary arts faculty Christian Raia, right, and Amy Babb, attend the annual President’s BBQ  at West Hills College Lemoore.
Culinary arts faculty Christian Raia, right, and Amy Babb, attend the annual President’s BBQ at West Hills College Lemoore.

The student-run Eagle Express mobile food service kiosk opens Monday at the West Hills College campus in Lemoore, giving evening students a place to grab a bite after the snack bar closes for the day.

The Eagle Express will be open 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Nov. 30.

Typical menu items include quesadillas, sandwiches, soup and salads, and healthy food and gourmet options. The menu will vary each week as culinary students try out different styles.

“We have three or four stainless steel tables, canopy and cooking equipment that make up the production side of things, and we have four or five circular bar-type tables where students can stand and eat their food,” said James Preston, dean of educational services.

The kiosk is a tent that will be set up and taken down each day. Students may recognize it from the five-week soft opening in April and May.

Culinary and restaurant management students handle food service; business and accounting students do cost analysis, inventory, marketing and accounting; and entrepreneurship and computer information students will get a chance to hone their skills as well.

The Eagle Express is open to the community, and the college has free parking. A grand opening is set for Sept. 9.

PROMOTION: A significant promotion has occurred at the Tulare County Superior Court administration office.

Michelle Martinez, chief financial officer since January, has been named assistant court executive officer, effective Sept. 20.

She will report to longtime Court Executive Officer LaRayne Cleek, who has no immediate plans to retire. But because Cleek has been at the courts for 42-plus years, the promotion of Martinez into the No. 2 spot is viewed as succession planning.

Martinez has more than 14 years experience in public sector finance, most recently at Cal Fire, where she developed and maintained a budget of more than $20 million. She has a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Maryland, and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University.

She is a Valley native who returned to the area after her husband, Fred, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. They have four grown children.

“We are very pleased by what she has accomplished since joining the court and we look forward to her continued contributions in this new role,” Presiding Judge Gary Paden said.

FARMERSVILLE: The Farmersville City Council has hired a new city manager.

John Jansons, who has 15 years experience in local government, fills a vacancy created when previous city manager Renee Miller retired. Police Chief Mario Krstic had been serving as interim city manager.

Before Farmersville, Jansons worked for Hemet for five years. He has a bachelor of arts from the University of California at Davis.

SENIOR GAMES: Those who wish to participate in the first Visalia Senior Games can now sign up online at www.visaliaseniorgames.com.

“Spots are filling up fast,” said recreation supervisor Allison Lambert.

The games begin Oct. 21 for athletes ages “50 and better.” They will compete in 11 age divisions for men and women in each event. Competitions includes tennis, bowling, table tennis, pickleball, horseshoes, archery, golf, softball and a 5K and 10K road race.

Members of the public who want to volunteer or get involved in planning should email recreation@visalia.city or call Jeannie Greenwood at (559) 713-4365.

Lewis Griswold covers news of the South Valley for The Fresno Bee: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold