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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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June 22, 2020

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Insiders at both Fresno City Hall and the Fresno County Hall of Records say Fresno City Manager Wilma Quan could be moving just a few blocks.

Multiple sources at both houses of government say Quan is in consideration for an assistant county administrative officer position.

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One person with knowledge of the situation, speaking on the record but not for attribution because it is a personnel issue, said that Quan moving to the county is “not out of the realm of possibility.”

Quan, through city spokesman Mark Standriff, said, “We don’t comment on gossip.”

Joining the County?

Fresno County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau has two assistants, Jeannie Figueroa and Deborah Paolinelli (the CAO is the county equivalent to a city manager). Figueroa officially retired but has stayed around to help the county through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Board of Supervisors say Rousseau told them he plans to retire by the end of 2021.

If Quan made such a move, she would take a pay cut. According to Transparent California, the assistant CAO received $150,000 in base pay. Quan makes more than $243,000 as a city manager. Rousseau earns more than $247,000.

Quan has served as Mayor Lee Brand’s city manager since July 2017, when she took over for Bruce Rudd, who retired. She’s worked with the city since 2009 in various roles, including assistant city manager and in the planning department.

NRCC Betting Big on Valadao

The National Republican Congressional Committee believes Hanford dairyman David Valadao can retake California House District 21, which he held for six years before losing in 2018 to TJ Cox (D-Fresno).

Politico reported last week that the NRCC is spending nearly $3 million on TV ads in the Fresno market ($1.78 million) and Bakersfield ($1.16).

“Voters of California’s 21st Congressional District deserve better than corrupt tax cheat TJ Cox who not only evades his taxes, but gets sued for discriminating against the handicapped,” said NRCC spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair.

Cox upended Valadao by 862 votes two years ago, riding a Democratic Blue Wave. In that campaign, he tied Valadao to President Donald Trump, a seemingly successful strategy.

Cox is undeterred.

“David Valadao clearly didn’t learn his lesson the first time around that doing Donald Trump’s bidding and voting to take away health care from 60,000 of your own constituents will get you kicked out of office. For years Valadao betrayed Central Valley families. There isn’t enough money in the world to save him from that fact this time around,” said Amanda Sands, Cox’s campaign manager.

California’s VBM Law Allows Ballots to Arrive 17 Days After the Vote

All registered California voters will receive a ballot by mail.

Even though Gov. Gavin Newsom’s attempt to make this law by executive order was successfully challenged in the courts, the Legislature then passed the same thing.

Fresno County already sends ballots to all registered voters as a Voters’ Choice Act county, having done so the first time for the March primary.

One aspect of the law also changes how long the election clerk can accept mailed-in ballots, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The law, AB 860, changed it from three days to 17 days.

According to the legislative analysis of the bill, the change was made “to protect against the potential that COVID-related issues or budgetary issues affecting the United States Postal Service could delay the return of completed vote by mail ballots.”

The Election Integrity Project opposed AB 860, although it says it supports the goal of convenient and safe elections.

Regarding the 17-day rule, EIP told the Assembly elections committee there was no evidence that COVID-19 would slow down the postal service.

“While it does not contribute in any way to the voters’ ability to protect health and life while voting, it very definitely extends a windfall opportunity for ballot manipulation and fraud. It also delays election results in close contests, which is a betrayal of the voters’ trust in our system,” Ruth Weiss, EIP California’s vice president told the committee.

Fresno County elections clerk Brandi Orth said that only two ballots came in after the three-day deadline in March and thus weren’t counted.

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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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