Editorial: “No Party Preference” Voters have options

By Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters

Voters will receive party ballots for the March 2020 Presidential Primary Election. if you are a registered to a specific political party, your ballot will include that party’s Presidential race and Central Committee race.

However, if you are one of the more than 112,000 “No Party Preference” (NPP) – sometimes called “non-partisan” or “decline to state” – your Primary election ballot will not include any Presidential candidates. NPP voters will not be voting for President unless you choose to crossover or re-register. NPP voters will receive a postcard in the mail to request a crossover ballot. Continue reading “Editorial: “No Party Preference” Voters have options”

Fresno County Holiday Office Closures

The County of Fresno wishes you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

In observance of the upcoming holidays, please note that Fresno County offices will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • Thanksgiving – November 28-29
  • Christmas – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The following County offices will observe additional closures or modified hours as noted below from now through the end of the year: Continue reading “Fresno County Holiday Office Closures”

Homeless Services Forum


Join community leaders for an informative panel discussion about the challenges of homelessness in Fresno County. Hear from representatives of the County of Fresno Department of Behavioral Health, Fresno County Dept of Public Health, Fresno County Dept of Social Services, City of Fresno, Fresno Madera Continuum of Care, Fresno Housing Authority and others about homeless services and funding, shared priorities in addressing the homelessness crisis in our communities, and the ongoing collaborative efforts across multiple organizations to find solutions to this complex issue.

The Homeless Services Forum is FREE to attend and open to the public.

For more info, contact Sonia de la Rosa of the Fresno County Administrative Office at sdelarosa@fresnocountyca.gov or 559-600-1221.

Fresno County’s 2019-20 Secured Property Tax Bill Due by Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Fresno County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, Oscar J. Garcia, CPA, reminds all taxpayers that the first installment of the 2019-20 Fresno County Secured Property Tax Bill will be considered delinquent, if not paid by 5:00 PM on December 10, 2019.

A ten-percent penalty will be added to all payments received in the office after 5:00 PM or postmarked by the United States Postal Service after December 10, 2019. Continue reading “Fresno County’s 2019-20 Secured Property Tax Bill Due by Tuesday, December 10, 2019”

Adoption Day 2019

November is National Adoption Month and this week we are proud to celebrate families! It’s Adoption Day 2019 in Fresno County and we are overjoyed to see 50 children realize their dream of a permanent home with their forever families as their adoptions are finalized. This week, 30 families close the chapter on the adoption process and begin a new journey forward with children they can call their own. Continue reading “Adoption Day 2019”

Fresno County Department of Social Services warns of EBT Scam


The Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently been made aware of a new scam offering a government issued iPhone in exchange for personal information.

The website Offer-Up is being used to fraudulently request electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card holders to provide photos of their ID, Social Security Number, date of birth, and EBT card (including the case number) in order to receive a free government cellphone. Continue reading “Fresno County Department of Social Services warns of EBT Scam”

Homelessness in Fresno County

Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig
By District 5 Supervisor, Chairman of Fresno County Board of Supervisors, Nathan Magsig

The issue of homelessness in Fresno County is not new, having been a part of our community since our foundation more than a century ago. However, an issue once seen as a blight or nuisance limited to specific pockets of our County has followed in the steps of our state and much of the country, exploding into a legitimate crisis and threatening to grow exponentially unless meaningful, immediate action is taken.

Today, respected nonprofits and faith-based groups throughout our communities – including Fresno Rescue Mission, Poverello House, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, Breaking the Chains, and others – are providing direct support and resources for individuals and families affected by the homelessness crisis. Continue reading “Homelessness in Fresno County”