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NEWS RELEASE: Residents Invited to Submit Applications by May 14 to Serve on the Advisory Redistricting Commission

NEWS RELEASE: Residents Invited to Submit Applications by May 14 to Serve on the Advisory Redistricting Commission


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Date: April 28, 2021
Contact: Yussel Zalapa
(559) 600-1710

Residents Invited to Submit Applications by May 14 to Serve on the Advisory Redistricting Commission

COUNTY OF FRESNO, CA (April 28, 2021) – County of Fresno residents interested in serving on the County’s Advisory Redistricting Commission are invited to submit their applications prior to the upcoming application deadline of Friday, May 14, 2021.
Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. This year, the County formed an 11-person Advisory Commission to recommend boundary changes for supervisorial districts to the Board for possible modification and adoption.
“This Advisory Redistricting Commission will play an important role in representing our diverse community during the process of redrawing our district lines,” said Steve Brandau, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “The 2020 Census data will show how our population has changed since 2010, and it’s important that our district boundaries be evaluated and adjusted if needed to account for those changes.”
Members of the Fresno County community are invited to participate in the decennial redistricting process to make sure district lines respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements. 
Each commissioner selected to serve the County of Fresno must be a resident of the County. Residents with family relationships with those who have been elected to, appointed to or a candidate for an elective office may not serve on the Commission. To see a full list of commissioner qualifications, please read the County’s resolution adopting an Advisory Redistricting Commission.
With the redistricting process moving forward, the County has launched a dedicated redistricting webpage, which will include details on future public hearings, mapping opportunities, FAQs and more.
For more information about the County of Fresno, visit or follow the County’s  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube to keep up with the latest redistricting news.
Fecha: April 28, 2021
Contacto: Yussel Zalapa
(559) 600-1710

Se Invita a los Residentes a Presentar Solicitudes Antes del 14 de Mayo Para Formar Parte de la Comisión Consultiva de Redistribución de Distritos

CONDADO DE FRESNO, CA (28 de Abril de 2021) – Los residentes del Condado de Fresno interesados en servir en la Comisión Consultiva de Redistribución de Distritos del Condado están invitados a presentar sus solicitudes antes de la próxima fecha límite de solicitud del viernes, 14 de mayo de 2021. 
Cada 10 años, los gobiernos locales utilizan nuevos datos del Censo para volver a dibujar sus líneas de distrito para reflejar cómo han cambiado las poblaciones locales. Este año, el Condado formó una Comisión Consultiva de 11 personas para recomendar cambios de límites para los distritos del Consejo de Supervisión para su posible modificación y adopción.
“Esta Comisión Consultiva de Redistribución desempeñará un papel importante en la representación de nuestra diversa comunidad durante el proceso de volver a dibujar nuestras líneas de distrito”, dijo Steve Brandau, el Presidente del Consejo de Supervisores. “Los datos del Censo de 2020 mostrarán cómo nuestra población ha cambiado desde 2010, y es importante que nuestros límites distritales sean evaluados y ajustados si es necesario para tener en cuenta esos cambios”.
Miembros de la comunidad del Condado de Fresno son invitados a participar en el proceso decenal de redistribución para asegurarse de que las líneas de distrito respeten los barrios, la historia y los elementos geográficos. Los residentes con relaciones familiares con aquellos que han sido elegidos, nombrados o candidatos para un cargo electivo no pueden servir en la Comisión. Para ver una lista completa de las calificaciones del comisionado, por favor lea la resolución del Condado que adopta una Comisión Consultiva de Redistribución de Distritos.
Con el proceso de redistribución avanzando, el Condado ha lanzado una página web dedicada a la redistribución, que incluirá detalles sobre futuras audiencias públicas, oportunidades de mapeo, preguntas frecuentes y más.
Para más información sobre el Condado de Fresno, visite o siga elFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, y Youtube del Condado para mantenerse al día con las últimas actualizaciones.
Say his name: Daunte Wright

Say his name: Daunte Wright

The California Democratic Party is committed to ending racism and violence perpetrated against Black people.

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This is a call to action — it is incumbent upon all of us to fight against the deep-seated prejudice, discrimination, and structural racism that has long plagued our country.

Daunte Wright should be alive today. No well meaning thoughts, hopeful prayers or profound tweets will bring him back. But in the face of this unspeakable tragedy, we can and must honor his memory by standing up, speaking out, and taking action.

For a lot of us — it starts at home and in our communities. Now is the time for positive change through collective action, and we will be undeterred by the efforts of those who will try to distract and divide us.

We can and will continue to have tough conversations at the kitchen table, support Black artists and creatives, and financially contribute to groups doing necessary work on the ground like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and Color of Change, to name just a few.

George Floyd’s girlfriend once taught Daunte Wright in school — the tangled web of pain caused by the systemic failures of our justice system is inexcusable. Until traffic stops are no longer execution sites for Black and Brown people in America, we have fallen woefully short of our highest collective calling — to ensure “liberty and justice for all.”

The California Democratic Party is committed to ending the racism and violence perpetrated against Black people each and every day, creating culture change, tackling systemic racism, and lifting the voices of underserved communities across California through CADEM’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion program.

As long as they cannot breathe, we cannot and will not rest.

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Support for Fresno Small Businesses!

Support for Fresno Small Businesses!

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Dear resident, 

The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation launched the City of Fresno Save our Small Businesses Grant Program. This program offers grants of $5,000 – $10,000 to small businesses in the City of Fresno.

Business Eligibility:

  • Be physically located and operating in the City of Fresno
  • Have a valid tax certificate prior to March 4, 2020
  • Not have received a previous City or County grant
  • Demonstrate at least 10% loss of income

You can access the grant information and online application at this link: or call (559) 222-8705 

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Applications will be accepted now thru September 22, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at (559) 621-7817 or via email at

We are here to serve you!


Esmeralda Soria
Fresno City Councilmember
District 1 

Querido residente,

La Fundación Hispana del Área de Fresno lanzó el Programa de becas Save our Small Business de la ciudad de Fresno. Este programa ofrece apoyo economico de $5,000 a $10,000 a pequeñas empresas en la ciudad de Fresno.


  • Estar ubicado físicamente y operando en la Ciudad de Fresno
  • Tener un certificado de impuestos válido, antes del 4 de marzo de 2020
  • No haber recibido apoyo economico de la ciudad o el condado
  • Demostrar al menos un 10% de pérdida de ingresos.

Puede acceder a la información de las becas y la solicitud en línea en este enlace: o llame al (559) 222-8705

Las solicitudes se aceptarán desde ahora hasta el 22 de septiembre de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m.

No dude en comunicarse con nuestra oficina si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud al (559) 621-7817 o por correo electrónico a

¡Estamos aquí para servirle!


Esmeralda Soria
Concejal de la Ciudad de Fresno
Distrito 1 

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What I’ve Been Working On For You

What I’ve Been Working On For You

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Dear Friend,

Sadly, in so much of the west, including California, devastating fires continue to impact communities and our way of life. In the middle of fire season, records are being set for acres burned and poor air quality. That’s why as your Member of Congress, I have been working over the last month on legislation and fire disaster relief through FEMA to provide financial support to those areas that have been devastated by these wildfires. 

There is some good news to report this week from our district work week, including helping schools get the necessary waivers they need to supply nutritious meals to students through the school lunch program. I’m also working to support our local transportation services. Here are the highlights: 

Wildfire efforts and resources


As the Creek Fire continues to threaten lives and property in Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno counties, I’ve been involved in efforts to ensure both firefighters and affected communities have the resources they need to stay safe and ultimately recover from these devastating losses.

In addition to supporting robust funding for wildfire management and suppression in the Fiscal Year 2021 and 2020  Appropriations bills, I recently cosponsored the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act and the Increase the Federal Disaster Cost Share Act, to strengthen our capacity to implement effective wildfire mitigation projects and increase Federal disaster support. I’ve also sent several letters to support farmworker safety, respond to firefighter emergency needs, secure IRS assistance for those affected, and urge the Administration to declare a major disaster in California due to wildfires. 

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Feeding our students


Free school meal programs are critical to ensuring students continue to have access to nutritious daily meals, especially during a pandemic. I’m pleased to report an extension of waivers to make free school meals available through the end of the year. I’ve been working hard to secure these meals for our Valley students, most recently leading a bipartisan letter to Secretary Perdue pushing for this change. Over the past few months, I’ve signed on to three additional letters supporting school meal waiver extensions. 

Supporting local transportation services


The transportation industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, resulting in thousands of furloughed workers, declines in revenue and reduction of services. I recently cosponsored the bipartisan Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act, which would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding to motorcoach operators and other transportation industries, including the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS), which supports our local schools. 

Vote by Mail


Americans can take additional steps to make sure their vote will count:

  • Request your ballot
  • Read all instructions
  • Sign your ballot
  • Seal your ballot
  • Mail it back or drop it off
  • …and do it early!

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Campus honors


The Valley is home to some of the best universities in the country. I’m happy to report that my Alma Mater, Fresno State, ranked 7th in Money Magazine’s list of “Most Transformative Colleges.”  Fresno State also ranked 40th as the “Best Public College” and 19th for “Best Colleges Where More Than Half of Applicants Get In.” 

Money Magazine also named UC Merced one of the country’s top 100 schools, and Washington Monthly ranked the university at no. 19 nationally for creating social mobility for our students. 

Go Bulldogs! Go Bobcats!

Bringing home federal dollars


One of my top priorities is ensuring your tax dollars come back to the district. I’m pleased to report that Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) received over $1 million in federal grant funding for noise mitigation measures for nearby residences. I participated in the groundbreaking event recently for the new Fresno Airport terminal. 

Castle Airport in Atwater also received $1.8 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to rehabilitate its runway.


Local COVID-19 Cases



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We’ve compiled all the resources you need in one convenient location on our website.  

If you need specific help from our district office, please submit a request and a member of our staff will contact you. 

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Hemos concentrada toda la información sobre COVID-19 que necesita en un lugar conveniente. Visita mi sitio web.



As wildfires continue to rage across our state, farmer’s fields are being affected. If you’ve been impacted by wildfires, there are federal resources that can help. The Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) provides assistance to producers for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) also provides support for producers who have experienced livestock deaths as a result of adverse weather conditions.

Contact your local county USDA Farm Service Agency office to determine your eligibility and which program would best serve your needs.

Learn more about USDA’s disaster assistance programs. 


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is currently accepting Fiscal Year 2021 applications for WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants.

DEADLINE: September 17, 2020




At the end of the year some individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN) will expire. Taxpayers with expiring ITINs must renew their ID number with the IRS before the end of the year.

Expiring ITINs.

How to renew your ITIN.


Organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funding to assist with keeping and receiving organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), a farm bill program I advocated for.

Learn more and apply. 




Thank you to those of you that have already responded to the 2020 Census.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, now is the perfect time! Make sure you count and help shape our future! IT’S VERY IMPORTANT!


Respond now!

Stay strong and we will get through this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance.



Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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New report details housing solutions

New report details housing solutions


California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA

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September 10, 2020 (PR 20:49)


Contact: Mark DeSio, (916) 926-1167

Innovating Solutions to the Community College Housing Conundrum

State Treasurer Ma and the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing draw on community college affordable housing round-tables

Sacramento – The State Treasurer’s Office today announced the release of a report by the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) summarizing key insights from a recent series of round-tables on housing for under-served students on community college campuses.

Earlier this year, the State Treasurer’s Office and SCANPH, along with the California School Finance Authority (CSFA),  and the Mayor’s Housing Office for the City of Los Angeles, held two round-tables to begin the development of a comprehensive strategy for housing economically vulnerable community college students.

The round-tables addressed current community college student housing successes, the value of housing on community college campuses for students, particularly those most vulnerable, and future plans.

The SCANPH report includes insights from round-table participants and stakeholders on: COVID-19 impacts; financing strategies; best practices; legal implications; and best student outcomes. The report can be found at the following link:

The round-table and report continue ongoing efforts by Treasurer Ma and the State Treasurer’s Office to seek out innovative strategies leveraging state resources to help California’s under-served; a priority for Treasurer Ma since first taking office, and all the more so as we continue to experience the social and economic fallout from the COVID 19 health crisis.

As part of those efforts, CSFA will bring their first student housing project to their Board this month. Both the round-table and the subsequent report are efforts to ensure this proposed project will be the first of many to come. To date, only 11 of 115 California Community Colleges are offering student housing.

Treasurer Ma will lead a panel on student housing, “Actionable Steps to Build and Finance Affordable Housing on Community College Land”, on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. at SCANPH virtual Annual Conference (

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state’s history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. The State Treasurer’s Office was created in the California Constitution in 1849. It provides financing for schools, roads, housing, recycling and waste management, hospitals, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of residents. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in transactions within a typical year. She provides transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts, as well as for the state’s surplus funds. Treasurer Ma oversees an investment portfolio of about $113.5 billion, more than $31.6 billion of which are local government funds. She serves as agent of sale for all State bonds, and is trustee on outstanding debt of $94 billion.

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