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Delano City Council

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

If you look closely at local governments in the San Joaquin Valley, you’ll find a handful of city council members in their early twenties. One even ran and won as a 19-year-old. In the studio this week, moderator Kathleen Schock spoke with three of these local city councilmembers: Jewel Hurtado of Kingsburg, Bryan Osorio of Delano, and Esmeralda Hurtado of Sanger. 

Listen to the panel interview above about why the three chose to run at such a young age and the challenges they face now that they are in office.

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

The Delano City Council passed a resolution Monday night to become a sanctuary city. It's the second city in the San Joaquin Valley to do so following Livingston. 


The resolution says the city will not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and any other immigration authority, which is consistent with the California Values Act, or SB-54, the state law that prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE.


Valerie Gorospe

On a recent Wednesday at about noon, Aldo’s Mexican Restaurant in Delano was empty. There wasn’t any chatter or the sounds of sizzling carne asada on the stove, just the song Mejor Recuerda by Julión Álvarez playing in the background.  


“During the lunch hour, we used to always be busy, running back and forth, back and forth,” said waitress Araceli Mendez in Spanish. “That’s why you now can see the difference. It’s been empty for almost a month.”