Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to the North Fresno Rotary Club and the Fresno-Madera County Music Educators Association. They are staging the inaugural Rotary Jazz Festival for middle school and high school musicians May 11 in Shaghoian Hall at Clovis North High School. "This Rotary effort is to give our community's talented (young) musicians a chance to perform in amazing Shaghoian Hall," says co-chair Paul M. Gibson.

Thumbs down to Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills. Blumenfield is chairman of an Assembly budget subcommittee that deep-sixed a constitutional amendment by Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto. The amendment required that legislation be in print for 72 hours before a vote is taken. Be assured that Blumenfield took his marching orders from Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, a leader of the Capitol's shameful "Secrecy Lobby."

Thumbs up to the Fresno Unified Women's Alliance for organizing a drive to provide 250 girls in need with free prom dresses. The alliance connects mentors with at-risk students. The dresses will be given away today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1350 M Street in downtown Fresno.

Thumbs up to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for donating $450,000 toward a new water energy center at Fresno State. The grant will enable the university to showcase new technologies and management practices to the San Joaquin Valley's farming community.