There’s Hope for Fresno

To Address Poverty, the City is Nurturing Entrepreneurs, Counseling Families, and Learning to Take Pride in Itself

In 2005, the Brookings Institution released a depressing statistic about Fresno: The landlocked Californian city, about 200 miles southeast of San Francisco in the state’s Central Valley, had the highest concentration of poverty of any city in America.

This stat was referenced frequently in a Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation event held at Frank’s Place in downtown Fresno. Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd, four panelists—Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Fresno Bridge Academy founder Pete Weber, Poverello House executive director Cruz Avila, and Edit LLC president Irma Olguin—acknowledged that today, 10 years after …

Fresno Taught Me to Write and Dream

In California's Central Valley, Heat, Exhaust, and Tule Fog Breed Killer Poems

Every once in a while, I remember that I was born on the other side of the world, and it makes sense that I love looking up at the stars. …

Parks are a Public Health Issue

In Cities Like Fresno, CA, the Lack of Green Space Threatens Residents' Well-Being

Every year, the Trust for Public Land analyzes the 75 largest U.S. cities and gives them a score based on how well they are meeting the need for parks. This …

Clinica la Familia Executive Director Margarita Rocha

In Her Next Life, She’d Be an Artist

Margarita Rocha is executive director of Clinica la Familia, a Fresno nonprofit that serves low-income families. Before participating in a panel on the Affordable Care Act in Fresno, she shared …

Fresno County Department of Social Services’ Deborah Martinez

A Workaholic With a Love of Spice (and Christina Aguilera)

Deborah Martinez is deputy director of the Fresno County department of social services. Before participating in a panel on the Affordable Care Act in Fresno, she talked about what she’d …

Clinica Sierra Vista’s Kevin Hamilton

A Perpetual Sightseer, Even Close to Home

Kevin Hamilton is the deputy chief of programs at the San Joaquin Valley’s Clinica Sierra Vista—the second-largest community health center in the country. Before participating in a panel on how …