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Organizers Say Fresno Women's March is Nonpartisan. Is it?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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January 18, 2018

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Organizers for the Women’s’ March Fresno unveiled its list of scheduled speakers before Saturday’s noon march, which starts at Fresno Street and Nees Avenue.
The 18 scheduled speakers included Dolores Huerta, a legend in the labor movement as co-founder of the United Farm Workers; LGBT activist Robin Johnston McGehee; and Pat Brown, Central Valley leader of Hillary for America. A full list can be found here.
The theme is “Hear Our Vote.”
“People need to get to the polls if they want to make a difference,” says parade organizer Kim Slavan.
Slavan says the event is non-partisan, despite the apparent leanings of those on the speaker list. Slavan says any point of view is welcome.
“No Republicans or conservatives reached out to us. We are not allowing anyone to use this march as a political platform,” Slavan told GV Wire. She said she did not reach out to any Republicans or conservatives herself, either.
Linda Dubbels, president of the Fresno County and City Republican Women Federated, agrees no one asked them to participate.
“Nobody reached out to us. I don’t know any of our members that are participating,” she tells GV Wire.
UPDATE [1:15 p.m.]: Martha Kistler, who is involved with both the Fresno County Republican Party and the Republican women’s group, says Slavan did reach out to invite her. But, Kistler says Slavan did not necessarily know about her GOP affiliations. Kistler says she often attends Democratic events as well.
But, it may not matter anyway, Kistler said she’s not going.
“What would it accomplish?” she asked.

Whelan Debuting With Support

Brian Whelan will announce his candidacy for Fresno City Council with some top-level support.
Scheduled to be at his news conference today are Mayor Lee Brand and current councilman Clint Olivier.
Whelan joins the District 7 race to replace Olivier, who is in his second and final term.
The attorney‘s prior political experience came in 2012 when he challenged Jim Costa for U.S. Congress and lost, 58%-42%.
Other candidates include Fresno County Board of Education trustee Nelson Esparza, and healthcare advocate Veva Islas.

Brandau Protest

Someone left an effigy of Fresno councilman Steve Brandau in his parking spot at City Hall on Tuesday morning. Brandau posted an image on his Twitter account, showing the cut-out of the councilman’s face underneath a blanket and shoes.


Brandau took heat from homeless advocates after his homeless camping ban passed last year.
One advocate didn’t appreciate Brandau’s cavalier reaction. Ashley Werner with the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, tweeted “@stevebrandau does our whole city a disservice by treating homelessness – and this city’(s) lack of affordable housing – as a joke.”

Hunsucker Reappointed

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the re-appointment of Linda Mae Balakian Hunsucker to the Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors. The Democrat has served on the board since 2014.

Fresno State University

Fresno State is picky about how its school is branded. It even has a page on the school’s website about correct and incorrect terms to use. California State University, Fresno or just Fresno State is okay. Any other variation is not.
Timothy White is the chancellor of the California State University system and a Fresno State graduate. But, even the usage guidelines didn’t prevent him from using the forbidden “Fresno State University” term in a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed he wrote about DACA.

High-Speed Rail, High Cost

The LA Times reported a revised cost estimate for High-Speed Rail, at an increase of $2.8 billion. The Times writes:
“[I]ncreases were mainly driven by problems including higher costs for land acquisition, issues in relocating utility systems, the need for safety barriers where the bullet trains would operate near freight lines and demands by stakeholders for the mitigation of myriad issues.”
The board also hired a new chief executive, Brian Kelly, formerly the state transportation director.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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