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Janz Casts His Vote, Warns About 'Rejected' Ballots
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 29, 2020

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Give Andrew Janz credit. He answered the question of whether you can vote one-handed with a baby on your shoulder.
The Fresno mayoral candidate appeared at the voting center at the Central California Blood Center this week with his wife, Heather, and newborn, Wilhelmina.

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Janz was able to fill out the ovals and keep a clean shirt while voting. But he did need his wife to take over when he placed the ballot into the sleeve for the counting machine.
The Fresno County prosecutor also noted that thousands of ballots have been “rejected” by the county clerk because signatures did not match.

Orth Clarifies Signature Matching Process


“After a computerized review and two layers of human eyes taking a look at the signatures, there are cases where a good comparison cannot be made between the two documents.”Clerk Brandi Orth
County clerk Brandi Orth said Janz’s statements weren’t quite accurate but didn’t elaborate on how many rejections have taken place. She talked about the systems in place for voter accuracy, and how to fix mistakes:
“All signatures on vote-by-mail ballot envelopes are compared to the voter’s signature on their voter registration card.  After a computerized review and two layers of human eyes taking a look at the signatures, there are cases where a good comparison cannot be made between the two documents.  These ballot envelopes remain ‘in review,’ ” Orth said.
The clerk will send affected voters a letter.
“The voter has a period of time in which to ‘cure’ their signature — meaning sign the letter and return it to us.  The voter has until two days before we certify the election to return the letters, in this case, I believe we told the voters until March 28.  We again compare the signatures,” Orth said.
The other front-running candidate for Fresno mayor, Jerry Dyer, plans to vote Monday at the county elections office. Will he bring his granddaughter Charlotte to match Janz’s voting-with-baby photo op?

With Two New Appointments, ALRB at Full Strength

Gov. Gavin Newsom has replenished the state board in charge of farmer-labor relations.
Last week, Newsom appointed two new members to the board, while reappointing one sitting member.
Isadore Hall, whose 2017 appointment created much controversy, is back for a second term.
Newsom’s new appointments were Victoria Hassid, as ALRB chair, and Cinthia Flores.
Hassid of San Francisco served as the chief deputy director at the state Department of Industrial Relations. Flores, a Los Angeles native, had been a staff attorney for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
Last year, Newsom appointed Barry Broad and Ralph Lightstone.
Even though the board members receive six-figure salaries, the ALRB barely met in 2018 and 2019 because of a lack of quorum. The next meeting is scheduled for March 12 in Sacramento.
All members are Democrats, and none are from the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Catalano, Payne Exchange Transportation Ideas

An interesting exchange occurred at the monthly Fresno Housing Authority board meeting this week between member Cary Catalano and State Center Community College District Trustee Eric Payne.
During public comment, Payne asked that the board be “mindful” about public transit accessibility needs when it holds meetings out metro Fresno. Payne suggested rideshare programs.
Catalano defended FHA holding meetings in rural areas such as Huron and Mendota.
“It’s nearly impossible for Huron residents to get here, so that’s why we want to go there. We haven’t been good stewards of them by not going out to them,” Catalano said.
He also asked Payne if his board provided similar transportation when SCCCD holds meetings away from its main Fresno location.
Catalano said he would love to look at a model the district used. Payne agreed.

Fresno Promotes Gaffery to Deputy City Manager

Thomas Gaffery
With 10 months to go in his term, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand elevated Thomas Gaffery to deputy city manager.
In a news release, the city said Gaffery will continue to run the parking division while adding customer service, the 311 call-in system, and the FresGO ap.
“I’m excited to have Thomas join our team as deputy city manager where we can combine his success in upgrading our parking services with his passion for exceptional customer service and his strong organizational abilities,” said Fresno City Manager Wilma Quan 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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