Clovis News

Local news briefs: Mental health forum in Fresno

The Fresno County Mental Health Board is inviting people to attend a consumer and family mini-forum at 2:30 p.m. today at the Blue Sky Wellness Center, 1617 E. Saginaw Ave.

The advisory board will devote an hour at its monthly meeting to receive public comments about the county mental-health system.

Details: (559) 253-9180.

Smart planning effort meets at university

Fresno State today will host the kickoff of a "smart planning" effort that will improve housing, regional transportation and commerce in 14 Valley cities.

Community leaders and planners and university officials will gather from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Smittcamp Alumni House to launch the Smart Valley Places initiative, a consortium of the cities, which include Fresno, Clovis, Hanford, Madera, Porterville, Tulare and Visalia.

A $4 million federal grant was awarded to the consortium to fund projects that promote smart growth.