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NEW – West Fresno COVID-19 Testing Site!

NEW – West Fresno COVID-19 Testing Site!

NEW Southwest Fresno FREE COVID-19 Testing Site
NUEVO Sitio de Prueba de COVID-19 GRATUITO en el Suroeste de Fresno

Dear District Three Resident, 

I’m happy to announce that thanks to the $10 Million in Federal CARES Act Dollars for COVID-19 contact tracing and testing set aside by the Council, our District will finally have it’s own permanent COVID-19 testing site located in Southwest Fresno.

The West Fresno Regional Center is expected to begin testing early NEXT WEEK, however, you may NOW begin to schedule appointments online. Tests are by-appointment-only and can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or by visiting There will be a capacity of 140 tests per day!

This has been long overdue in our Southern potion of Fresno. We know that this site will provide access to testing in an area that has been underserved, an area with known disparities, barriers to transportation, and higher number of cases of COVID-19. The Fresno County Department of Public Health will also conduct contact tracing to individuals who test positive to help contain a community spread. This is a great news for our district!

In Community,

Estimado Residente del Distrito Tres,

Me complace anunciar que, gracias a los $10 millones de dólares de la Ley Federal CARES que aprobo el consejo para el rastreo de contactos y las pruebas de COVID-19, nuestro Distrito finalmente tendrá su propio sitio permanente de pruebas de COVID-19 ubicado en el suroeste de Fresno.

Se espera que el Centro Regional de West Fresno comience las pruebas a principios de la PRÓXIMA SEMANA, sin embargo, AHORA puede comenzar a programar citas en línea. Las pruebas son solo con cita previa y se pueden hacer llamando al 1-888-634-1123 o visitando ¡Habrá una capacidad de 140 pruebas por día!

Esto ha estado atrasado en nuestra poción sureña de Fresno. Sabemos que este sitio proporcionará acceso a las pruebas en un área que ha sido desatendida, un área con disparidades conocidas, barreras para el transporte y un mayor número de casos de COVID-19. El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Fresno también llevará a cabo el seguimiento de contactos a personas que resulten positivas para contener la mayor cantidad posible de propagación comunitaria. Esto es un gran logro para nuestra comunidad.


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Watch, Share + Fight White Supremacy

Watch, Share + Fight White Supremacy


The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has launched a bold and unprecedented campaign to punch back against white supremacy and the voter suppression efforts that are undermining our democracy and disenfranchising voters across the country.
Will you join our fight by watching this powerful new video AND sharing it on social media? Sharing this video message will help us combat the lies that are being spread by Trump, his administration, and his allies.
Over the course of the last several weeks, we’ve seen intensified calls for ending institutionalized racism and systemic discrimination in all its forms — including in elections.
In California, we’ve been working for years to make elections more accessible and more secure. The covid-19 pandemic has made those efforts more critical than ever. And many Secretaries of State across the country have also responded by pushing for expanded vote-by-mail and more opportunities for safe, in-person early-voting to shorten lines and reduce crowds on Election Day. 
But while we’ve been working to make voting more accessible, Trump and his cronies are doing the opposite, spreading lies about voter fraud and suing states that are trying to increase access to vote-by-mail. It’s galling. It’s offensive. But it’s nothing new.
Voter suppression is rooted in white supremacy and we’ve seen far too much of it throughout our nation’s history. By blocking access to the ballot and undermining confidence in the electoral process, Trump is working to stifle participation by voters of color. And he is pairing his not-so-subtle efforts with dangerous language at his rallies that is anti-Asian and hostile towards Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State is pushing back by calling Trump out, defending the right to vote for all eligible citizens, and proactively building a more inclusive democracy — but we can’t do it without you.
WATCH this powerful new video and then SHARE IT on Facebook, on Twitter, or forward this email to your network to help spread the word: white supremacy has no place in our elections or our country.
In solidarity,
Alex Padilla 
California Secretary of State


City of Fresno Approves 2020/21 Budget!

City of Fresno Approves 2020/21 Budget!

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Dear Resident, 

TODAY we passed an amended Continued Budget Resolution for FY20-21!

During the last few months we heard the community loud and clear about improving the way we serve our local community when it comes to addressing the homeless population and investing in our neighborhoods and youth to improve safety.


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Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (559) 621-7817 or via email at


Esmeralda Soria
Fresno City Councilmember
District 1 

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DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

June 24, 2020


Anchored in Milwaukee, 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America”

Convention will engage and unite more Americans than ever before
Delegates will conduct official party business without risking public health

MILWAUKEE, WI—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans. The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers. Convention planners said that host city Milwaukee would anchor the events for the week, and that programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country.

“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we are committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state at our convention this August. This will be a convention for all Americans who wish to join our mission to win the battle for the soul of this nation and build a fairer, more united country for us all.”

Convention planners are also developing new ways to organize and engage online with more voters than ever before during this critical election year. Later this week, convention organizers will launch the first of a series of engagement campaigns that will allow Americans across the country to share their ideas and add their voice to convention programming.

Anchored every night in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020. The overall production of the convention’s program—including the satellite broadcasts—will be led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Kirshner has served as the Executive Producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.

At the convention, Democrats will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. Through multiple formats and mediums, it will also celebrate the promise of America by featuring the people and their stories that represent the strength and collective humanity of our nation and demonstrate that Vice President Biden is the leader the country needs right now—with the experience, steady hand, and compassion to lead us out of the crisis of the last four years, and strengthen our nation for all Americans.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

Additional updates unveiled by the Democratic National Convention Committee today include:

·  Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers are announcing today that they have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings set for the last week of July.  

·  Announcing our Convention Chair—U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.

·  Developing robust health protocols—In addition to continued collaboration with local, state, and federal public health officials, the DNCC is bringing on nationally-renowned epidemiologists and infectious disease experts Dr. W. Ian Lipkin and Dr. Larry Brilliant, who will help advise on efforts to protect the health and safety of convention staff, attendees, and the people of Wisconsin. Dr. Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is an expert in diagnostic testing and collaborated with the WHO on coronavirus outbreak control for SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Dr. Brilliant, a former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.

·  Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee. Specifics regarding delegation representation on the convention floor will be provided after public health officials complete their assessment of the trajectory and impact of the coronavirus pandemic and determine how many people can safely gather in person later this summer.

·  Eliminating official auxiliary events—Previous conventions have included several large-scale events attended by thousands of people, such as a welcome reception for media and delegates as well as an event for volunteers. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a convention that poses no unnecessary risk to public health, convention organizers will no longer proceed with hosting these in-person parties.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention. 

As convention planners continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and its impact across the nation, they will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city. More details will be made publicly available as the convention’s plans are further finalized.

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Susie Shannon

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Find Out How to Make a COVID-19 Testing Appointment Near You

Find Out How to Make a COVID-19 Testing Appointment Near You

News from Representative Costa

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Dear Friend,

Everyday I am in the district listening to constituents and community leaders on the impacts of the pandemic. As we update you on my work to support a safe reopening, there was also significant news this week in our fight to help Dreamers, protect our farmworkers, and address police reform. Here are some highlights: 

Fighting for our Dreamers


The Supreme Court ruled the Trump Administration’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. This is big win for our Dreamers! But the fight is not over. We must work to pass comprehensive immigration reform  to ensure a legal process for those who want to stay and continue to contribute to our country in meaningful ways.These young people should not have to live in fear of being ripped away from their families and for many, the only home they have ever known. 

COVID-19 Testing Near You

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We all play a part in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus. One of the ways we can help protect one another is by getting tested. Testing appointments are available at locations in Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties. Last week I scheduled an appointment on a drive-thru testing site in Fresno and am pleased to say I tested negative. It was easy! If you have concerns, I urge you to get tested. 

Find a testing center near you:

Protecting Valley agriculture


We need to do more to protect the dedicated individuals who work our farms to feed America.  I’ve been active on this issue, leading 129 of my colleagues in urging Congressional Leadership to provide critical protections for this essential workforce in future legislation. Earlier this year, I introduced a COVID-19 agriculture framework, to provide relief for producers and farm workers alike. And last fall, I partnered with a bipartisan delegation to introduce the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Farmers want to do the right thing for their employees who help put food on America’s dinner tables every night. 

Hometown Heroes — Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area is helping low-income families and individuals in Fresno and Madera counties meet their most basic needs. Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization team has been focused on providing over 100 households per week with free essential deliveries containing:

  • Essential household cleaning supplies
  • Emergency food supplies
  • An exterior home inspection for potential future Habitat support after the state of emergency has expired.

During these difficult times, it’s important we all work to help one another. Thank you Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno for doing your part! 

To learn more visit their website or call 559-237-4102. 

Addressing racial divisions and observing “Juneteenth”


Over the past few weeks we have been faced with the stark realities of persisting racism in our nation. While protests across the country have once again exposed our nation’s scars, they also represent something uniquely American — that people from all different walks of life can unify around an issue and effect change.

This week, I cosponsored the Justice in Policing Act to increase transparency, and create change that safeguards every American’s right to safety and justice. 

Historically, when we reject division, come together and believe in one another, we can ensure this country works for everyone. As we recognize the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth  — the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States — I invite you to reflect on the importance of this moment.

Staying Safe

We are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in California, including the Valley. Please take these health guidelines from our county health leaders seriously:



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Locally-sourced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)



Madera County Department of Public Health has hand sanitizer available for distribution to non-profits, government agencies, healthcare providers, and small businesses. Make a request. 

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is also putting CARES Act funding to use to help Valley manufactures create personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face shields, masks, gowns, plexiglass dividers and hand sanitizer. 

Here is a list of local businesses where you can find these products. This is an opportunity to not only have good safety practices, but to support local businesses. Buy local!

  • Image Masters – Masks
  • Country Plastics – Ear Savers
  • Blue Dolphin – Pi Shop – Face Shields
  • Snowflake Designs – Masks
  • CTEC High School – Face Shields
  • Precision Plastics – Face Shields
  • Dumont Printing – Face Shields
  • First Fold Tie Dye – Cloth Masks
  • Uppitees Fashions and Designs – Cloth Masks
  • Total Concept Enterprises – Clear Plastic Space Dividers
  • Whole Earth Laboratories – Cloth Masks
  • Monster City Studios – Face Shields
  • Riley’s Brewery – Madera – Hand Sanitizer
  • Corbin Cash Distillery – Atwater – Hand Sanitizer
  • 411 Broadway Ales & Spirits – Hand Sanitizer
  • CA Manufacturing Network (CMTC) – PPE
  • Whole Earth Laboratories – Commercial Strength Cleaning Solutions
  • KLSD – Cloth Masks


We’ve compiled all the resources you need in one convenient location on our website.  

If you need specific help from our district office, please submit a request and a member of our staff will contact you. 

Recursos en Español 

Hemos concentrada toda la información sobre COVID-19 que necesita en un lugar conveniente. Visita mi sitio web.


To better respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hiring full-time temporary Program Technicians. These technicians will provide valuable support for FSA programs at the field level. 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, email your resume to



Thank you to those of you that have already responded to the 2020 Census.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, now is the perfect time! Make sure you count and help shape your future!

Respond now!


If someone you know is unable or should not go to the grocery store, TakeCare has set up a grocery relief program, where you can get help and volunteer. 




The COVID-19 crisis has left millions of Americans unemployed. OnwardCA, built by Bitwise Industries in Fresno, is a great resource to help you find relief, training and jobs.

Stay strong and we will get through this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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Now is the Time to Act. The People are Demanding it.

Now is the Time to Act. The People are Demanding it.

A message from Senator Kamala D. Harris


Now is the Time to Act. The People are Demanding it.

Watch Senator Harris unveil her Justice in Policing Act.



People from every age, race, gender, and religion have been coming together for weeks to speak out against police brutality toward Black Americans. They are marching for justice. And this movement gives me hope that change is coming.

The United States Senate has a duty to be fully aware of our country’s history of systemic racism, and a responsibility to take swift and serious action toward achieving America’s founding ideal of Equal Justice Under Law.

It’s time for us to realize — this is not just a moment, but a movement. We can begin to meet the demands of this movement by passing my Justice in Policing Act

Some of what my Justice in Policing Act will do: 

  • Ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases
  • Establish a national use of force standard
  • End qualified immunity for police
  • Expand pattern and practice investigations
  • Establish a National Police Misconduct Registry

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others must be met with decisive action, and the Justice in Policing Act is the beginning of establishing national standards and accountability for police departments. 

We’ve seen enough death. We’ve had enough commissions. We’ve had enough studies. We’ve convened enough leaders. We’ve had enough conversations. Now is the time to act. The people are demanding it.

Take care, 
Kamala D. Harris 
United States Senator 

Calling for the Passage of the 
Justice in Policing Act:

Watch Senator Harris discuss her Justice in Policing Act at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.

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-U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris

On Tuesday, Senator Harris called for the passage of the Justice in Policing Act during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police use of force. Last week, Senator Harris and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Justice in Policing Act, comprehensive legislation to address the national police brutality crisis. Senator Harris laid out the key provisions of the legislation, including implementing a national use of force standard and expanding independent investigations into police misconduct. In her remarks, she addressed America’s history of systemic racism and called on her colleagues to fulfill their elected duty to take serious action on police reform.

Sen. Harris Statement on Trump Executive Order on Policing:


Senator Harris on Tuesday released a statement after President Donald Trump announced a new Executive Order on policing. To read her full statement click here

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