Alexan Balekian, KSEE24 News

Alexan Balekian

KSEE24 News

Fresno, CA, United States

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Past articles by Alexan:

EXCLUSIVE: Fresno Co. Supv. Quintero fires back at former staffer in heated race, confident he has the backing of his district, ‘I’ve done my work’

In a rare sit down interview, Fresno county supervisor Sal Quintero joins Alexan Balekian to discuss the heated supervisor race where his former chief of staff Luis Chavez is running against him. Quintero defends his absence during the COVID pandemic and takes partial blame for the foster care fallout from 2021. → Read More

Panel: Jerry vs. Joe! Fresno mayor challenges Joe Rogan, but did he win the argument over homelessness in Fresno?

The Sunday Morning Matters panel with Fresno county supervisor Nathan Magsig and congressional candidate for district 5 Mike Barkley discuss the war of words over Fresno’s homeless crisis between podcaster Joe Rogan and Fresno mayor Jerry Dyer. The panel also talks about the legal battle over a campaign fund ordinance and whether a judge will rule in favor of city councilmembers or the county. → Read More

PANEL: Did politics ultimately play a role in the murder of Selma officer Carrasco?

The Sunday Morning Matters panel with former GOP congresswoman Connie Conway and California delegate for the democratic party Abigail Solis discuss the emotional services of Selma officer Carrasco and if politics played a role in his murder. → Read More

PANEL: New twist in assembly speakership between Arambula and Rivas and should politicians 75 and up be given mental competency test?

The Sunday Morning Matters panel with former GOP congresswoman Connie Conway and California delegate for the democratic party Abigail Solis weigh in on the on-going saga for assembly speaker between Valley lawmaker Dr. Joaquin Arambula and his colleague Robert Rivas. They also talked about Presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s call for mental competency tests for politicians […] → Read More

PANEL: City vs. County! Will two Fresno city council members unseat two current county supervisors in 2024?

The Sunday Morning Matters panel with Ray Appleton and David Rowell offer their takeaways from the State of the Union and the two contentious local races that pits Fresno city against Fresno county. → Read More

Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East: Fresno’s Hon. Consul of Armenia set to take medical mission to assist earthquake victims in March

Many Valley Armenian and Syrian families are being impacted directly by the massive earthquake that blasted Turkey and Syria that has killed more than 21-thousand people. Fresno’s Honorary Consul of Armenia, Berj Apkarian spoke with Stefani Booroojian about his own family in Aleppo and a call for more immediate aid by the U.S. Apkarian has […] → Read More

PANEL: GOP Lawmakers or Lack of Mental Health Services? What’s to blame for the epidemic of mass shootings?

More gun control and legislation or more focus on mental health? The Sunday Morning Matters panel with former North Valley assemblyman Adam Gray and Fresno county supervisor Nathan Magsig weigh in on Governor Newsom’s outrage towards Congress and why this continues to happen in a state with the strictest gun laws in the nation. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Fresno mayor tabbed to chair Biden’s new national task force on homelessness, ‘It’s much needed and will be very active’

Fresh off his first visit to the White House for the U.S. conference of mayors, Fresno mayor Jerry Dyer makes an exclusive announcement with Alexan Balekian on Sunday Morning Matters. Dyer says he has accepted a request to chair President Biden’s national task force on homelessness. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Fresno Mission CEO says politics has crippled the fight against homelessness, ‘The California system is completely broken’

Later this year the City Center on Dakota is expected to partially open its services for homeless families. The CEO of the Fresno Rescue Mission, Matthew Dildine joins Alexan Balekian in an exclusive look inside of the center and why he believes the California system in battling homelessness needs to completely bulldozed. → Read More

PANEL: Should vacant hospitals be converted into regional homeless shelters that provide wrap-around services?

The Sunday Morning Matters panel with Adam Gray and Nathan Magsig weigh in on the homeless crisis that continues to plague the state and the Central Valley. How should it be solved? → Read More

Fresno Co. Farm Bureau CEO calls on state lawmakers to fix water storage infrastructure

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – While most of us are rained out, Central Valley farmers are dancing for joy after close to eight inches of rain poured into Fresno alone. During the last rain season, we received around four inches. But is it climate change or a lack of infrastructure when it comes water storage – […] → Read More

PANEL: Did Mother Nature become the best political endorsement for Measure C

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – This week’s Sunday Morning Matters panel features Clovis City Councilmember Diane Pearce and Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi. The two spoke about water storage and whether the recent rains will help make water storage a political priority. → Read More

New Fresno Unified trustee Wittrup eyes new school bond measure: ‘Our facilities are dilapidated, shameful’

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – From school psychologist to winning a seat on the school board for the third largest district in the state – what comes next for the Bullard-area trustee? Susan Wittrup ousted Terry Slatic in November’s election. The newly elected Fresno Unified School Board trustee spoke to Alexan Balekian on Sunday Morning Matters about her hopes for Fresno Unified School District. → Read More

Supervisor Poythress says Madera Community Hospital will never fully reopen, says Bonta ‘overplayed his hand’

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Madera Community Hospital shut all its clinics this week and all patients have been transferred and a job fair was held for those employees now out of work. Madera residents must now travel nearly 30 miles to Fresno to receive health care and Central Valley lawmakers are scrambling to fix the […] → Read More

PANEL: Should Fresno convert Selland Arena into a homeless shelter?

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – In a bid to solve the homeless crisis in Fresno, should the solution be to turn Downtown Fresno’s Selland Arena into a homeless shelter? Governor Newsom’s ultimate plan to end homelessness back when he was the mayor of San Francisco has fallen significantly short. The governor says ending the homeless crisis […] → Read More

PANEL: Battle for the Gavel! Has the chaos over the Speaker’s gavel weakened Rep. McCarthy’s political power in the party?

The Sunday Morning Matters panel with former congressional candidate Adam Gray and political commentator Michael Der Manouel Jr. talk about the battle over the gavel and what this means for Valley congressman Kevin McCarthy moving forward. → Read More

Sunday Morning Matters: Year in Review 2022

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – As 2022 comes to an end, Sunday Morning Matters takes a look back on the year’s political news. A year filled with political controversy and investigation, even allegations of extortion and courtroom drama. The year also featured a heated Fresno City Council with disagreements over the Tower Theatre, councilmember pay raises […] → Read More

PANEL: Was Esparza’s attempted extortion trial a waste of taxpayer dollars, did it stain Smittcamp’s reputation?

One of the most explosive local political stores of year ends with the council president, Nelson Esparza being exonerated of an attempted extortion charge after the prosecutor with the district attorney’s office agrees to a dismissal. The Sunday Morning Matters panel with Garry Bredefeld and Lourin Hubbard discuss if it was a waste of taxpayer […] → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Soria introduces bill on first day of work in assembly, questions Smittcamp’s office over Esparza case

Newly sworn-in assembly member Esmeralda Soria joins Alexan Balekian on Sunday Morning Matters to discuss her first piece of legislation introduced on the assembly floor, Newsom’s call for a special session and politically charged case involving council president Nelson Esparza. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Former Asm. Gray calls 13th congressional race outcome, ‘A virtual tie’ and ‘A reflection of our country’

Longtime politician, former assemblyman Adam Gray joins Alexan Balekian on Sunday Morning Matters as he breaks his silence for the first time since conceding the race against John Duarte in the 13th congressional district. → Read More