Connect with us


Is Steyer Town Hall in Fresno a Clue to Presidential Run?



Photo of billionaire liberal political activist Tom Steyer
Share with friends

There are a few signs someone is running for president at this point in the game.  Release a book and go on a signing tour. See Kamala Harris.
Another is holding town halls throughout the country. See Tom Steyer. He is bringing his 5 Rights tour to Fresno on Thursday night (Dec. 13).

Photo of GV Wire's David Taub
Politics 101
David Taub
The billionaire, top Democratic donor, and general Donald Trump agitator will focus on the right to clean air and clean water while in the Valley, 5:30 p.m. at the Falls Event Center (4105 W. Figarden Drive). The event is open to the public.
Steyer will hold a roundtable discussion with the likes of UFW legend Dolores Huerta, and local activist Veronica Garibay of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. That will be followed by a town hall.
By his own account, Steyer spent $120 million in the 2018 campaign, supporting progressive candidates. He also advocates for Trump’s impeachment.
This is the second of five U.S. stops for Steyer. He spoke last week in South Carolina.

Fresno City Council Happenings

In the final scheduled 2018 meeting for the Fresno City Council, in addition to voting on cannabis regulations, it will vote on:
— Two items related to homelessness: Allocating $420,000 for the HERO (Homeless Engagement Resource Outreach) team, and ordering an audit of the city’s homeless services.
— Spending $586,000 on software to synchronize the traffic lights on Herndon Avenue between Golden State and Willow. Earlier this year, the council spent $1 million for infrastructure to make the synchronization happen.
— Approving water and sewer services in unincorporated northwest Fresno for the proposed Fresno Humane Animal Services building. However, that project is on hold after neighbors filed a lawsuit.
— Approving a deal with Pepsi for exclusive rights at the convention center. It’s on the agenda again, but it’s been pulled off more times than Lucy pulled a football from Charlie Brown.
— Declaring the results of the Nov. 6 election. The city clerk pulled this item last week and returned it to include that Measure P (the sales tax initiative for parks) failed. Measure P received 52% of the vote but needed two-thirds to pass. Litigation in San Francisco could change the threshold to a simple majority, but that case may be years from being decided.
— Amending the council rules for two minor things: Change the agenda order for approving the minutes and taking up the consent calendar, and limit proclamations to no more than four per meeting. There are four proclamations at this meeting, plus the Pet of the Month.

Supervisorial Race

Kevin Hall is a last minute entrant into the vacant Fresno County supervisor seat vacated by Andreas Borgeas. However, Fresno County election officials said he did not qualify to run, based on the number of verified signatures.
He is listed as an air quality consultant, and his Twitter feed contains many posts about Valley air issues.
The deadline was at 5 p.m. today (Dec. 12).
The three other candidates who took out papers to run for the vacant Fresno County supervisor seat have qualified for the ballot.
Voters will choose among Steve Brandau, Steve Hosey, and Nasreen Johnson on March 5 to serve the remainder of Andreas Borgeas’ term. Borgeas left office when he won election as a state senator.
Brandau is a Fresno city councilman, Hosey is a businessman and former Major League Baseball player, and Johnson is the marketing and communications director for the Fresno EOC.
If no candidate receives a majority, the top two candidates meet in a June 4 runoff.

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