Former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio headlines a Fresno County Republican Party fundraiser this Friday evening.

Already, prominent GOP politicians said they won’t attend for philosophical purposes like Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Councilman Garry Bredefeld, the Fresno Bee reported.

Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims says she can’t attend because she will be busy at the Caruthers Fair (she did say she could go when the Arpaio event was originally scheduled for a week prior).

Another prominent local Republican, Fresno Councilman Steve Brandau, tells GV Wire he is still undecided about his attendance.

Perhaps a smart politician could use this excuse: Friday night is also the first night of Yom Kippur, the holiest observance on the Jewish calendar. That has already prevented one party patron from buying a table.

Rowell Building Lease for DA’s Office on Tuesday Agenda

Some items of note from Tuesday’s Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting:

The District Attorney’s Office may be getting some new digs to lay down law and order. The supervisors will vote to lease (with an option to purchase) 73,210 square feet at 2100 Tulare Street (east corner of Tulare & Van Ness), also known as the Rowell Building.

The lease is for 10 years (with an option for an additional 10 years) from River Park Properties III (Lance-Kashian & Company) for a shade over $15 million. The rent schedule starts at $120,064.40 a month for the first five years. Eventually, in years 16-20 (assuming the optional lease is extended), rent increases to $159,780.83 a month.

The city of Reedley wants to expand by 120 acres (in the areas north of South Ave. and Frankwood and a zone near Manning and Zumwalt). This would be the first step to annex county land to the city.

Is This Really Libertarianism?

Fresno Council President Clint Olivier’s libertarian outlook is well known. Thus, it is not surprising he supported unfettered access to legal marijuana during the recent slew of debates before his board. But, one tweet may show some inconsistency with such a political viewpoint:

“There are already dispensaries open for business in #Fresno. No calls for police service. Let’s tax them.”

Yes, a Republican libertarian calling for taxes. Given the social medium, it’s hard to determine the snark factor.

Huerta Again Eyes Valdado’s Seat

Emilio Huerta lost by 13% in the 2016 election for Congress to Republican incumbent David Valadao for the seat that represents Hanford and the surrounding area. Huerta will try his luck again in 2018. He is in Fresno for a fundraiser Wednesday (Sept. 27) night, starting at 5 p.m. at the Mezcal Lounge (1310 Van Ness Ave., Fresno).

By the way, his mother Dolores Huerta is in Fresno on Monday to raise funds for her foundation (at Marie Callendar’s at 1781 E. Shaw).

Fancy Food Got Willie Brown’s Attention

Former state Assembly Speaker, San Francisco mayor and media personality Willie Brown wrote in his weekly San Francisco Chronicle column about attending a fundraiser for Fresno Congressman Jim Costa in Oakhurst this past week. In true Willie Brown style, he wrote more about the fancy meal than the politics.

“Once we landed, I headed to the Chateau du Sureau, a little-known but highly prized restaurant, for a fundraiser for Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. The four-course meal started with corn soup and ended with apple strudel, which figures, because founder Erna Kubin-Clanin hails from Vienna.”

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