Brianna Calix, The Fresno Bee

Brianna Calix

The Fresno Bee

Fresno, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brianna:

Fresno mayor axes funding for these controversial items in city budget

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced Monday he’s vetoing funding proposals for the controversial Advance Peace program and an immigrant affairs committee, among other items, in an effort to ensure the budget is balanced. → Read More

This beloved wooden ‘Indian man’ was stolen. Store owners plead for his return

A wooden “Indian man” outside of Circle C Market in Centerville, California is well-known to customers and generations of passersbys. The dummy went missing in June, and the owners are pleading for the thieves return it. → Read More

Man living in travel trailer dies in fire

A man died early Tuesday morning after a travel trailer in the backyard of a Visalia, California, home caught fire. The coroner’s office hasn’t released his name since his family living in Mexico hasn’t been notified. → Read More

This abandoned historic building in downtown Fresno soon will be home for 79 families

Construction to renovate and restore Hotel Fresno will begin in July 2019 to transform the historic, dilapidated building into apartments for 79 families and further revitalize downtown Fresno, California. → Read More

Need a marijuana conviction removed? Help is being offered Saturday in Fresno

Fresno residents with minor drug-related criminal records have the chance to begin the process to expunge or reduce their convictions through a clinic hosted by the public defender’s Clean Slate program. → Read More

Fresno annual budget passes, but mayor hints he will drop veto hammer

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand has 10 days to veto items in the 2019-20 city budget totaling nearly $1.2 billion to ensure it’s balanced after the Fresno City Council voted 5-1 on Thursday to pass it. → Read More

Residents forge ahead to fix Fresno parks despite city’s cash-strapped situation. Here’s how

Fresno neighbors are building new parks in the California city despite the Measure P sales tax failure in the November 2018 election. Funding comes from Proposition 68 and community development corporations. → Read More

‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ is coming back to Fresno area – this time to Clovis

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” TV show reboot is coming to Clovis, California, in July, 10 years after it filmed in Fresno. “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the HGTV program. → Read More

Ex-Fresno deputy chief wants his federal drug conviction thrown out. Judges make ruling

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision filed last week upheld former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster’s federal drug convictions. He’s serving a four-year prison term in Colorado. → Read More

Are taxpayers stuck with $4 million bill? It’s Fresno’s ‘worst’ deal, city leaders say

The Fresno City Council approved a one-year contract with the Central California SPCA for more than $4 million — but city officials made it clear they’d choose another animal control vendor if one was available. → Read More

Fresno County Hall of Records on lockdown as police catch kidnapping suspect

The Fresno County Hall of Records in downtown Fresno is locked down after police took a kidnapping suspect into custody nearby. The suspect was driving the victim to a Wells Fargo ATM when police stopped them. → Read More

‘It’s not paying folks to not shoot someone.’ Gun violence plan divides Fresno council

The Fresno City Council on a split vote Thursday moved closer toward funding the controversial Advance Peace program geared toward reducing gun violence. The meeting included a heated debate with Police Chief Jerry Dyer. → Read More

California man gets maximum sentence for fatally stabbing transgender woman

The man convicted of fatally stabbing a transgender woman in the throat in Fresno, California, in 2015 was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Richard Joseph Lopez avoided life in prison by pleading no contest. → Read More

‘Tower rapist’ attacked 8 women decades ago. Is he about to get out of prison early?

A serial Fresno rapist, dubbed the Tower District rapist in the early ‘90s, who is in Avenal State Prison is up for parole. One victim plans to spread the word to other victims and attend his parole hearing. → Read More

Police rescue 15 dogs from abandoned home covered in feces, trash. Dead cats found

A Kingsburg woman was arrested Monday after police found 15 abandoned dogs without food or water inside a home so soiled with animal waste it poses a health hazard. Police also found several dead cats. → Read More

This Valley Congressman has made his pick for president in 2020

Rep. Jim Costa, (D-Fresno) on Monday announced he is endorsing California Sen. Kamala Harris in her bid for president, pointing to her plan to protect Dreamers. Harris is fourth among Democrats in the race. → Read More

Audit finds Fresno officers taught classes on city time. Could police funding get cut?

A Fresno, California city audit found that Police Department officers taught academy classes at Fresno City College on city time and with invalid work permits. Will the audit affect the police department budget? → Read More

Mayor urges groups to ‘Keep Fresno Beautiful’ through new initiative tackling trash

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand is launching a new initiative called “Keep Fresno Beautiful” that will use public-private partnerships to create programs with the goal of cleaning up litter, trash and illegal dumping. → Read More

Grizzlies’ Ocasio-Cortez video controversy won’t die. Councilman furious over apology

Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld this week criticized two colleagues for spending taxpayer money on a trip to Washington, D.C. to apologize to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day — and he doesn’t believe their explanation. → Read More

‘Somebody’s going to get killed.’ Can Fresno find money for program that cuts gun violence?

Community advocates are calling on the Fresno City Council to allocate $300,000 for Advance Peace, a program geared toward reducing gun violence, which they say will save lives and taxpayer money. → Read More