More Days, More Ways: New Voting System in 2020

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By Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters

The Voters Choice Act is an exciting new model for elections administration. California Senate Bill 450 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2016, which authorizes counties to send every voter a mail ballot and provide ballot drop-off locations and Vote Centers throughout the County. In 2018, five counties successfully initiated the new law: Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo.

For the upcoming 2020 election, 10 other counties will launch the modernized voting practice under the Voters Choice Act: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Orange, Santa Clara, Tuolumne – and Fresno! The Fresno County Board of Supervisors approved the new model in March 2019, which will first be implemented for the upcoming Presidential Primary in March 2020. Continue reading “More Days, More Ways: New Voting System in 2020”

Annual State of the County Luncheon recognizes County accomplishments and celebrates exemplary work of employees

ProgramWith a look to the future of Fresno County and gratitude for the many employees who go above and beyond to meet the needs of our communities, Fresno County District 5 Supervisor and Board Chairman, Nathan Magsig, delivered the keynote address at today’s 2019 State of the County Luncheon, hosted by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “Annual State of the County Luncheon recognizes County accomplishments and celebrates exemplary work of employees”

Fresno County approves sale of UMC Campus

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The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has approved the sale of 33 acres on the old University Medical Center campus at Cedar Avenue and Kings Canyon Road to Fresno-based Construction Management Group (CMG). CMG plans to renovate the facility, which has gone unused as a hospital for 12 years, with about 800 housing units, about 40% of which will be dedicated to affordable housing. Continue reading “Fresno County approves sale of UMC Campus”

State and County agencies join to advise Fresno area utility customers of steps to avoid fraud when going solar

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This week, approximately 300,000 electric utility customers in Fresno County are receiving a bulletin in the mail with specific steps to take before installing a solar photovoltaic system on their home.

The bulletin comes from the Solar Consumer Protection Government Taskforce, made up of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Contractors State License Board (CSLB), Department of Business Oversight (DBO), and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office (Fresno DA). The agencies have been working together to address fraudulent activity in the solar industry and ensure customers are aware of resources available to them before going solar. Continue reading “State and County agencies join to advise Fresno area utility customers of steps to avoid fraud when going solar”

Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopts Recommended County Budget for Fiscal Year 2019/20

budgetThe Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted today to adopt the County’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2019/2020. The budget was presented to the Board by County Administrative Officer, Jean Rousseau, during the annual budget hearing.

The adopted budget totals $3.67 billion across all funds, which marks an 11.1% ($366.98 million) increase over the previous year’s budget. Continue reading “Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopts Recommended County Budget for Fiscal Year 2019/20”

Fresno County adopts Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Risk Assessment Tool

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The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has formally adopted a Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Suicide Risk Assessment Tool, helping to provide a uniform approach and framework for addressing and preventing suicide in Fresno County.

“Suicide is a preventable tragedy that requires collaboration and meaningful action if we ever hope to reach those who are suffering and bring an end to these painful events,” says Fresno County District 5 Supervisor, Nathan Magsig. “I am encouraged that we have so many dedicated partners in our community working together to make a significant difference here in our own backyard, and lead others across the state to do the same.” Continue reading “Fresno County adopts Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Risk Assessment Tool”

September is National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month, an annual opportunity for families and communities to help raise awareness and take steps to be better prepared for emergencies. During National Preparedness Month and throughout the year, the Fresno County Office of Emergency Services (OES) encourages all Fresno County residents to take a proactive approach in personal preparedness.

NPM2National Preparedness Month is recognized every September and is part of FEMA’s Ready Campaign. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared”, and offers a weekly focus and resources on different elements of preparedness including financial preparedness, making a family emergency plan, youth preparedness, and community involvement.

Throughout the month check out Ready.gov for some great information about National Preparedness Month and how you can help you, your family and your community get better prepared for an emergency. Continue reading “September is National Preparedness Month”