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Despite Lack of City Funding, A Father’s Quest To Lower Gun Violence In Fresno Gets Results

At about 10 a.m. Aaron Foster heads to Ivy and Lorena streets in southwest Fresno. In his pickup truck, he goes around neighborhoods in this area every day, or what he calls “hitting the loop.” “This is just the hood, we call it the block,” he said. “Every neighborhood got a block. This is the southwest Fresno that no one sees. The poverty is obvious.” He does this to “sustain the peace” and to prevent shootings from happening. “The devil don’t take no days off and we can’t either,” the anti...

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Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

At about 10 a.m. Aaron Foster heads to Ivy and Lorena streets in southwest Fresno. In his pickup truck, he goes around neighborhoods in this area every day, or what he calls “hitting the loop.”

 

“This is just the hood, we call it the block,” he said. “Every neighborhood got a block. This is the southwest Fresno that no one sees. The poverty is obvious.”

 

He does this to “sustain the peace” and to prevent shootings from happening.  

 

Bakersfield Sikh Women's Association

It can be a challenge for anyone dealing with family violence or substance abuse to access the resources they need, but imagine what it’s like for new immigrants to the United States. Advocates in Kern County are working to address these issues specifically in the Sikh community by providing a new resource hotline in both English and Punjabi.

Craig Luther

While the impeachment inquiry carried on in Washington, pockets of people took to the streets across the country on Thursday to support President Trump. One anti-impeachment rally took place in Bakersfield.

Courtesy of Vijay Gupta

 

Vijay Gupta played with the LA Philharmonic for 11 years joining it at the age of 19. That was before winning a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a genius grant. And he’s the founder of Street Symphony, an organization that performs free concerts for LA’s homeless community and in county jails.  Next Thursday, Gupta will perform and speak at the Fresno Arts Council’s 34th annual Horizon Awards at the Tower Theater. Today he joins us by phone from Los Angeles.   

 

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Police in Kings County are tracking down the suspects believed to have been involved in stealing $50,000 worth of inventory from a Lemoore factory.

The goods are cheese: Mozzarella, to be exact, stolen from Leprino foods, one of the world’s largest mozzarella producers. “Their cheese is usually in the forms of 6-pound loafs, blocks, or also shredded cheese that comes in bags,” says Lemoore Detective Osvaldo Maldonado.

 

 

On this week's Valley Edition: Two violent incidents shook the Sikh community in Bakersfield this year; now a women’s group is running a resource hotline in English and Punjabi.

And one father in Fresno who lost two children to gun violence has a strategy for fighting it in his own neighborhood. Is it working? We follow him to find out.

Fresno Police Department

Following a ceremony Wednesday at City Hall, the City of Fresno has a new chief of police.

After 18 years as chief, Jerry Dyer passed the baton to Andy Hall, a 40-year-veteran of the force who’d been deputy chief since 2016.

Singing Hall’s praises for nearly 10 minutes, Dyer credited Hall with making Fresno’s streets safer by increasing the number of officers working in the traffic bureau. "There are hundreds of families that did not have to bury a loved one as the result of your efforts," Dyer said addressing Hall. "So thank you for that.”

Tulare County Symphony

The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra opens their 2019-2020 season with a live performance of the film “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19. The orchestra will perform the score live alongside a screening of the film. FM89’s David Aus spoke with music director Bruce Kiesling about composer John Williams, the importance of film music, and how a symphony prepares for this kind of performance.

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has been stretching the boundaries of the instrument’s capabilities for a couple of decades now. A mid-2000’s YouTube video of him went viral and brought him to worldwide recognition. He is currently winding up a US tour, working his way down the West coast, before heading to Japan for a month of tour dates. His latest album, The Greatest Day, was released in late 2018 to critical acclaim. His trio are performing Sunday October 20th at the Tower Theatre in Fresno.

Kaiser Permanente Fresno

The San Joaquin Valley’s largest city will soon be home to a new nursing program.

Through a program offered by Samuel Merritt University in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Fresno, registered nurses will be able to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing. Although the private health sciences university is located in Oakland, students would be based entirely in Fresno. Each cohort of 24 nurses would continue working while taking part-time classes at a university building at Cedar and Herndon.

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