Ezra Romero http://kvpr.org en Valley Consumers Help Drive Local Farm to Fork Culture, Economy http://kvpr.org/post/valley-consumers-help-drive-local-farm-fork-culture-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>It’s not just farmers who are taking part in this new trend that is reshaping agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley. It’s also consumers. From pop-up “farm to fork” meals to acclaimed local chefs perusing the goods at a rapidly increasing number of local farmers markets, our relationships, our food and those who grow it are changing. And even in an area where fast food and chain restaurants are king, eating local is proving to be more than just a trend for many Valley residents.&nbsp;</p><p>---</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:38:55 +0000 Ezra David Romero 20308 at http://kvpr.org Valley Consumers Help Drive Local Farm to Fork Culture, Economy Developer Plans Apartments, Retail in Downtown Fresno’s Former J.C. Penney Building http://kvpr.org/post/developer-plans-apartments-retail-downtown-fresno-s-former-jc-penney-building <p></p><p>A diamond in the rough. That’s what Los Angeles developer Shay Maghame sees in the 90-year old former J.C. Penney building on downtown Fresno’s Fulton Mall.</p><p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined Maghame at a press conference today, announcing plans for apartments and retail in the long vacant building, which overlooks Chukchansi Park.</p><p>“We stand ready to make sure this is a good business experience for you,” Swearengin says. “We know we are on the right track and your investment proves it.”</p><p>Maghame calls the building “The Diamanti.”</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:58:47 +0000 Ezra David Romero 20094 at http://kvpr.org Developer Plans Apartments, Retail in Downtown Fresno’s Former J.C. Penney Building Immigration Rights Advocates Begin March To Bakersfield http://kvpr.org/post/immigration-rights-advocates-begin-march-bakersfield <p></p><p>A group of marchers is en route from Sacramento to Bakersfield in an effort to garner support for immigration reform. The 21 day Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship began August 12 in Sacramento, and is expected to end September 2, after making stops in Merced, Fresno and other Valley cities.</p><p>Cal State Bakersfield Professor Dr. Gonzalo Santos is among the 11 marchers making the 285-mile trek.&nbsp;He says the nation’s immigration laws need revamping.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:48:53 +0000 Ezra David Romero 19948 at http://kvpr.org Immigration Rights Advocates Begin March To Bakersfield Big Ice Cream: Valley Factories Lead Nation in Frozen Delights http://kvpr.org/post/big-ice-cream-valley-factories-lead-nation-frozen-delights <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Consumers nationwide love big ice cream names like </span>Dreyer’s<span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"> and </span>Haagen-Dazs<span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">. But do they know that the milk in these ice creams flow from San Joaquin Valley cows? Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:14:48 +0000 Ezra David Romero 16578 at http://kvpr.org Big Ice Cream: Valley Factories Lead Nation in Frozen Delights CartHop: Fresno's Moveable Feast http://kvpr.org/post/carthop-fresnos-moveable-feast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The food truck, once known for dreaded boring prepackaged sandwiches or carne </span>asada<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tacos, has taken a turn for the better. The trucks have gone gourmet.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They no longer do boring. In fact, many food trucks across the nation have created infusions of local produce with a unique and somewhat international flare.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:55:23 +0000 Ezra David Romero 10696 at http://kvpr.org CartHop: Fresno's Moveable Feast In Fresno, School Officials Weigh Football, Student Needs http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-school-officials-weigh-football-student-needs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The way Fresno high school football coaches run offseason training this spring and summer will be different than in any training season prior. The reason: offseason tackling has become a major no, no.</span></p><p>In an attempt to decrease the number of football related injuries among Valley youngsters, mainly concussions, the Fresno Unified School District enacted a new policy last week to ban full contact during the offseason.</p><p>So what does this mean for Valley football players?</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:24:15 +0000 Ezra David Romero 10028 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, School Officials Weigh Football, Student Needs On Valley Edition: Fresno FAX, Trash, Kettleman City Health; Flu; Janka http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-fax-trash-kettleman-city-health-flu-janka <p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:44:51 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 9723 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno FAX, Trash, Kettleman City Health; Flu; Janka Fresno Home Trash Service Supporters, Opponents Wait For Outsourcing Decision http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-home-trash-service-supporters-opponents-wait-outsourcing-decision <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The waiting game has just begun for both sides in the battle over the outsourcing of Fresno’s residential trash service.</span></p><p>For the past month opponents of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s plan to outsource the city’s home trash service have hustled to collect signatures in order to meet a January 18 deadline to put the decision in the hands of voters.</p><p>More than 50 people escorted around 35,000 signatures in seven sealed white boxes into the City Clerk’s Office on Friday.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:42:50 +0000 Ezra David Romero 9725 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Home Trash Service Supporters, Opponents Wait For Outsourcing Decision