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Orange Cove secures $2M for police station

ORANGE COVE – The city of Orange Cove has received state funding to help with the construction of a new police department headquarters, as the city has outgrown its current location.

District 31 Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula secured $2 million in state general funds for the new police station during the budgeting process this summer. Arambula presented a ceremonial check to the Orange Cove City Council at its meeting on Dec. 13, and said that the funding should become available in the first quarter of 2024.

Fresno’s Radio Bilingüe gets funding to improve national broadcast operations

FRESNO, Calif. – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula presented a $2 million check to Spanish radio news station Radio Bilingüe to expand its Fresno headquarters.

Arambula, who represents District 31, secured the grant from the State General Funds in this year’s state budget. At a press conference, he called it “an investment.”

Water Safety Bill named after Edison High School Senior who drowned

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno Unified School District leaders and family and friends of Neng Thao, an 18-year-old who died by drowning in 2017, gathered on Friday to celebrate the signing of bill AB 1445, the Neng Thao Drowning Prevention Bill. 

Thao drowned and was found in the San Joaquin River. He was submerged in 10 feet of water after being swept away by the fast current of the river, First Responders said.

California explores private insurance for immigrants lacking legal status. But is it affordable?

A doctor found cysts in Lilia Becerril’s right breast five years ago, but the 51-year-old lacks health insurance. She said she can’t afford the imaging to find out if they’re cancerous.

Becerril earns about $52,000 a year at a nonprofit in California’s Central Valley, putting her and her husband, Armando, at more than double the limit to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for people with low incomes and disabilities. Private insurance would cost $1,230 a month in premiums, money needed for their mortgage.

Meet the Valley Leaders Who Will Impact You Most in 2023

Coming off the November elections, there’s no better time than now to rank the Valley leaders who can make your life better — or worse — in 2023.

Here in reverse order is a baker’s dozen of elected and non-elected leaders who wield power.

Fresno State receives $4M in state funding for new mobile health units

The year was 2015 and the Fresno State mobile health unit was rolling into its very first location in Parlier, California – a small town southeast of Fresno with a population of just over 14,000. Parlier would be the first of hundreds of stops the mobile health unit would make in its first seven years, benefiting thousands of residents in rural and underserved communities along the way. 

Looking for a new job? This California program will pay women to work in construction

State and local officials are doubling down on efforts to support women in California’s central San Joaquin Valley that want to pursue careers in the construction trades.

On Wednesday, California Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, a Democrat who represents the Fresno area in California’s 31st district, presented a $3 million check to the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board to support its ValleyBuild construction training programs.