Month: May 2018

Letter from Sacramento

May 27, 2018 STEP AWAY FROM THE INCINERATOR Disasters—whether natural or human-caused—tend to spur action. They also draw out the opportunists. We saw this during the ten-year drought when mountains of stressed trees were overtaken by opportunistic bark beetles. Today, the U.S. Forest Service…

Clint Olivier: Diesel Denial

By Kevin Hall Lame duck Fresno City Councilman Clint Olivier, now in his final year in office and approaching the end of his political career, is disingenuous when he acts as if public health concerns about diesel exhaust are a desperate, last minute attempt…

20 Years of Documented Diesel Damage to Fresno Children Ignored by City

By Kevin Hall Our kids are the canaries in Fresno’s coal-mine-like atmosphere of microscopic pieces of soot and gases. The more deleterious impacts to their sensitive, developing systems play out over their shortened lifetimes. One in four suffer acute impacts from asthma, about which…

City Council allows Gap Inc. to dump diesel on Fresno students

By Kevin Hall “The lower we go, the stronger our negotiating position becomes.”                        Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, April 4, 2018 With the latest in a string of negative declarations of environmental impacts for…

Why I said ‘no’ to Nelson Esparza

By Kevin Hall I was first introduced to Nelson Esparza while he was briefly employed at a local nonprofit, so I agreed to get together and talk politics when he called a few months later. Over a quart-sized ice tea at Irene’s in the…