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Donald Trump will be making his first trip to California as president, but is not scheduled to visit the Valley.

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David Taub
According to a Los Angeles Times/Washington Post report, Trump will visit the California-Mexico border to inspect prototypes for the proposed border wall. He is also scheduled to appear at a Los Angeles fundraiser.
The White House has not set a date.

Berg Exits FUSD Trustee Race

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Former Central Unified Superintendent Mike Berg (photo: Randy Reed)

Mike Berg says he is “suspending” his campaign for a seat on the Fresno Unified school board.
The former superintendent at Central Unified says he is too busy serving as an interim educational leader in other districts. He served as Parlier’s interim superintendent. Berg says he is also considering another post, but would not reveal where, except that it would not be back at Central.
Berg previously announced he was seeking the District 7 Fresno Unified trustee seat currently held by Brooke Ashjian. The election is in November.

Quintero, Bliatout Cleared by Watchdog

Bobby Bliatout and Fresno County Supervisor Sal Quintero (photo:

The Fair Political Practices Commission has confirmed it received a complaint about 22nd Congressional District hopeful Bobby Bliatout. As GV Wire reported on Feb. 1, Fresno County Supervisor Sal Quintero allegedly wrote an endorsement for Bliatout on county letterhead.
An FPPC spokesman said the agency rejected the complaint because it did not allege any violations of the law.

Politicos Crowd Grizzlies Event

Maybe it was the free food from taco trucks that drew many local politicians to the Fresno Grizzlies news conference on Tuesday (Feb. 27). The team introduced its new ownership group in front of hundreds of employees, fans and politicians.
Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno County Supervisor (and former city councilman) Sal Quintero earned speaking roles. Others spotted milling around the concourse: council members Esmeralda Soria, Oliver Baines, Garry Bredefeld and Paul Caprioglio; supervisors Brian Pacheco, Nathan Magsig and Buddy Mendes.
Also on hand: city council hopeful and SCCCD trustee Miguel Arias.

A Mickey Mouse Gift for Firefighters

The Fresno City Council will vote on accepting a gift of 618 Disneyland tickets (for each city firefighter, plus one) at its Thursday meeting (Mar. 1). The donation is being made by the theme park in recognition of firefighters for their efforts combatting recent California wildfires.
The total value is $103,206 ($167 per ticket).

Money Keeps Flowing to Lobbyist Firms

The city’s Dept. of Public Utilities is so happy with its water lobbyist in Sacramento, it is asking the council to extend the firm’s contract through June 2019.
The contract with Gualco Group will remain at $5,000 a month. The total compensation for the life of the contract will be $170,000.
Gualco’s lobbying is in addition to the $15,000 per month the city pays Campbell Strategy and Advocacy for its work.

Agenda Grab Bag

Council will vote on an appeal by developer George Beal to allow his Johnny Quik store at Van Ness & Belmont to sell beer and wine…purchase 85 body-worn cameras for the police department, underwritten by a $172,500 federal grant…purchase $500,000 of playground equipment from GameTime (no indication which parks may benefit)…and, establish a Youth Jobs Task Force.

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