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How Nunes 'Magazine' Got Quote From Clovis Unified Trustee
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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October 9, 2018

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A campaign mailer from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) created plenty of buzz locally and nationally.
Residents in the district recently received a 40-page magazine. The mailer featured Nunes’ point of view on what he calls negative coverage from The Fresno Bee and also Nunes’ attacks on his opponent, Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz.

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One “article” describes how a California Public Records Act request for his wife’s emails abused the process. Nunes’ wife works as a public schools teacher in Tulare County. The act allows anyone — whether a resident,  journalist or political campaign — to receive a tangible (i.e. written form) record from a public agency, such as emails from a school teacher.
One quote from a Clovis Unified school member criticizing the PRA caught my attention, given that I’ve used the PRA tool many times — including filing requests with school districts.
Nunes’ campaign reached out to a Valley school board member for a quote, asking him how he felt about district resources being used for political or personal agendas.
“Our community demands that our children are educated and it is the responsibility of the school district to make that happen. Our limited
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and valuable resources are wasted when political or personal agendas generate frivolous requests and attorney costs. We must not tolerate this type of behavior,” Clovis Unified school board member Steven Fogg was quoted.
Fogg (whose first name was misspelled as “Stephen” in the mailer) supports Nunes.
He tells GV Wire that while he supports the act and transparency, abuse frustrates him.
“Why does the school district have to fund a public records act request for his wife? What is the purpose against his wife and the school district? It’s his wife, leave her alone,” Fogg said.
He continued, “If it is for political reasons to smear somebody through their spouse, is that what public records for? You have every right to do it, but I don’t think that’s the purpose. Every dollar you spend to provide that information, you’re taking out of the classroom. Maybe we should sacrifice our kids’ education to provide this information for somebody.”
While the Nunes mailer complained about PRA requests, his campaign uses them as well. For example, members of the Nunes’ team filed a PRA with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office seeking Janz’s timecard. In broadcast ads, Nunes accused Janz of campaigning and tweeting on the people’s time.
District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said that Janz’s campaign efforts were all done off the taxpayers’ clock, and Janz denied campaigning on county time.
Transparency in government must be exactly that — transparent. If it isn’t already in most employee handbooks, it should be common sense for any government employee or elected leader. If you don’t want the public to read what’s in your emails (or text, or other official writings), don’t write it down.

County Purchasing Land for Sheriff Substation

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors will vote to purchase land in southeast Fresno for a new sheriff’s substation at its meeting Tuesday (Oct. 9).
Fancher Creek Properties, LLC, a division of developers Lance-Kashian & Company, own the land, at the southwest corner of Harvey and Armstrong avenues. The county will buy the land for $2.5 million.
The county plans to spend another $420,000 on project management costs.

Orantes Drops Out of Race

Technically, her name will still on the ballot, but Theresa Orantes is no longer eligible in the Area 5 trustee race for State Center Community College District.
She told GV Wire that housing issues forced her to move from inside the district to Clovis, where she is staying with a friend.
Fresno County elections clerk Brandi Orth said it is too late to remove Orantes’ name, as early voting started today (Oct. 8).
Orantes is running against Daren Miller and Annalisa Perea in the area that includes much of south and west Fresno. The current trustee, Miguel Arias, opted to run for Fresno City Council instead of re-election.
Taking a parting shot, Orantes said that she isn’t endorsing in the race.
“I don’t believe in either of two candidates. One is a corporate Democrat (Perea) and the other lost the race already in his bid for city council (Miller). I’m not sure what he is doing jumping from race to race. It looks like desperation,” Orantes said.

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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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