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Fres-Know: In your face, Fresno

OH SNAP: “Dunk of the year” last night at Save Mart Center. Against the ‘Dogs. [CBS Sports]

HOWEVER: Fresno State football an “early” top 20 for 2013. [USA Today]

GRRRRRR: Fresno fourth unhappiest city for workers. We’re pissed. [Career Bliss]

BALLIN’: Warren Buffet affiliate buys local real estate company. [The Bee]

NEWS: Man jumps to his death from California Hotel. [The Bee]

HEAD’S UP: Gonna be a cold weekend. Bundle up. [The Bee]

RYAN BEATTY FAME WATCH: Here he is performing for Billboard. [Billboard]

SPORTS: Tyler Bray — Kingsburgian and Tennessee QB —  declares for NFL draft. [The Bee]

WATNEY WATCH: Ex-KMPHer Heidi Watney debuted Wednesday on MLB Network. [MLB]

RADIO SCENE: New programming at Soft Rock 98.9 and KMJ. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: “The Grizzlies are ready for their close-up.” [MiLB]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: The Cured Ham on Iron Bird Cafe’s closure. [The Cured Ham]

Fres-Know: Where sea lions and naked dudes are tolerated


LOOK AT THAT: First sea lion at new Chaffee Zoo attraction. [The Bee]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno 14th most tolerant city. Really?!? [The Atlantic Cities]

LOOK AT THIS: The new official visitor’s guide for Fresno/Clovis. [FCCVB]

WTF VISALIA: Naked man in street trying to talk to aliens. [KMPH]

CRAIGSLIST AD OF THE WEEK: Seeking experanced caergiver. [Craigslist]

ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: Dude who hates Dog House Grill. [Yelp]

CLOSING: Clovis’ QN4U BBQ House, effective Sunday. [Biz Blog]

GOOD READ: Thoughts on the Fresno indie music scene. [Dead in 60 Years]

GOOD READ II: Profile on Fresno-based tech reporter. [Frebby Awards]

GOOD READ III: Crash victim leaves legacy of kindness. [The Bee]

GO TO THIS: Fresno Grizzlies farmgrown farmers market. [Grizzlies]

YUM: A look at the ice cream from Fresno State’s dairy. [The Bee]

WHAT’S GOING THERE? Yen Ching restaurant razed on Shaw. [Biz Blog]

IT CAME FROM MADERA: New web app for crowd-funding gifts. [WishBooklet]

ENTER: The $10,000 Rock at the Top battle of the bands. [Chukchansi]

VOTE: In Big Fresno Fair’s Local Performer Contest. [BFF]

Fres-Know: We’re hot — in more ways than one

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SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is third most romantic city for singles 50+. [WBIR]

GET YOUR FAN: Record temperatures a possibility this week. [The Bee]

REALLY? Website ranks Fresno seventh for “ideal” climate. [Camelot Climate]

MUGSHOT OF THE DAY: Suspected arsonist in Oakhurst. [KMPH]

CONGRATS: Local food blogger Pinch My Salt makes top 50 list. [Cision]

CHECK IT: Chris Colfer reads from his new children’s book. [EW]

OTHERWORLDLY: Fox News covers Fresno’s part in “UFO Triangle.” [Fox News]

MUSINGS FROM L.A.: Columnist visits Fresno, leaves some jabs. [Daily News]

RESPONSE: From The Business Journal’s Gabriel Dillard [TBJ]

WOOT: Local musician Niilo Smeds gets some GOOD press. [Fresno Famous]

LISTEN: Mega podcast combines three local podcasts. [The Fresnan]

BOO: Fire torches historic downtown Hanford building. [The Bee]

REVIEWED: The new Good Times Cafe in Clovis. [Fresno Bites]

HAPPENING: A Tweetup with the ladies of The Full Moxie. [TFM]

GET TO WORK: Third installment of local film challenge is coming. [The Germ]

DO THIS: Find the sights and sounds of Fresno for NPR. [Fresno Famous]

SOMETHING TO TRY: Beginning swing dance classes. [Fresno Swing Dance]

Fres-Know: Sorry, it’s one of our pre-existing conditions


LOCAL REACTION: To today’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. [The Bee]

CHIME IN: What’s your take on today’s ruling? [Opinion Talk]

BLOGGINGS: Decision is business as usual. [Business Journal]

EEK: Fresno 99th out of 100 in economic recovery. [The Bee]

NEWS: Pro soccer match sets attendance record at The Chuk. [The Bee]

SPORTS: Fresno Grizzlies players make Triple A all-star team. [The Bee]

CROWDSOURCING: A list of Fresno fireworks stands. [Nerd Family Things]

KICKSTART: A local guy’s Burning Man project. [Kickstarter]

HELP: Local businesses like get $250K. [Mission Small Business]

GET FAMILIAR: With Joe Taylor, playing Fresno this weekend. [Fresno Famous]

REVIEWED: Doughnuts2Go in the Tower District. [Good Bad Fresno]

SAVE THE DATE: For Visalia’s first craft beer fest. [Visalia Beer Fest]

[photo: Associated Press, totally ‘shopped — poorly too]

Sorry, ladies of Fresno, you’re not good enough for Men’s Health


Men’s Health is back with another list that Fresno is near the bottom of: “Where America’s eligible women live.” Fresno ranked No. 97 out of 100, receiving an F grade, and beating out only Toledo (98), Bakersfield (99) and Las Vegas (100).

Washington D.C., because you’re wondering, ranked No. 1. Full results are on Men’s Health’s site under the headline “Where the babes are.” Makes it sounds super scientific, huh?

Per a press release from the mag:

To determine this ranking, Men’s Health examined data on the ratio of single women to single men, the percentage of college-educated women, the percentage of gainfully employed single women (all from the Census) and the number who work out (Experian Simmons).

Hmmm. I wonder what the ladies of upstart local blog The Full Moxie think about these findings.

Fres-Know: Fresher than a batch of homemade Christmas cookies

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NEWS: Local activist Robin McGehee invited to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal [The Bee]

GOOD READ: Last-minute generosity saves Christmas for local needy [The Bee]

BLOGGINGS: 2010 Fresno blogosphere awards [Daily Dues]

WATCH THIS: “On the Scene” at opening night for “Tron Legacy” [Dumb Drum]

BLOGGINGS: Mayor Ashley Swearengin shares her Xmas food tradition [Taste Fresno]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno = worst city of business [The Business Journal]

ON THE LIST: Fresno State’s Pedro Ramirez named a top role model [Huffington Post]

RECOMMENDED: Sunday night jazz at Tokyo Garden [Fresno Famous]

SECONDS: More on Claim Jumper’s closing [News Blog]

WATCH THIS: I Heart Fresno talks to local MLB player Jason Donald [I Heart Fresno]

YAY FRESNO: Semi-local band Stone Foxes opening for Black Keys [AZ Central]

STYLIN: Yay. “Famous People” is coming back to life. [Fresno Famous]

KEEP VOTING: Fresno is still No. 1 … but we need to finish strong [Fighting Hunger]

[photo: Associated Press]

Fres-Know: High speed and jam packed

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NEWS: Fresno OK’d for first leg of High Speed Rail [The Bee]

YAY FRESNO: S.F. blog lauds Fresno’s expanding bike network [SF Streets]

SURVEY SAYS: Least brainy: Merced, Visalia, Bako, Modesto … not us. [Huff Post]

RUMOR ALERT: Are Police Chief Jerry Dyer’s days numbered in Fresno? [Opinion Talk]

BLOGGINGS: Mike Scott went to the Best of Party so you didn’t have to. [CBS 47]

NEWS: These Fresno folks are really in the holiday spirit [ABC 30]

DRINK THIS: The 12 Days of Christmas cocktails [Fashionably Bombed]

OR DRINK THIS: It’s not December anymore — it’s Decembeer. [Taste Fresno]

BLOGGINGS: Daily Dues has revived its 31 Bloggers of Fresno series. [Daily Dues]

EFF YEAH, FRESNO! Oh, it’s not our Fresno? *sad* [F*ckYeahFresno]

COMING SOON: A new local nightlife site? We’re interested. [559AfterDark]

YUMMY GIFTS: This Foodie Gift Guide has ideas from near and far. [Taste Fresno]

BLOGGINGS: How the fat cats fly at FAT. [The Fresnan]

PARTY TIME: Picture Fresno is having a holiday party on Dec. 7 [Picture Fresno]

UPCOMING: State of Downtown breakfast is Jan. 25. [Downtown Association]

Fres-Know: Fun, dirty and pissed off

LEADING OFF: Fun (the band) made up a song about Fresno recently. [YouTube]

GOOD READ: You following The Bee’s immigration series? You should be. [In Denial]

PISSED: In response, some are calling for a Boycott of The Bee. [Facebook]

SEMI-RELATED: Fresno State’s ASI prez admits he’s undocumented [The Collegian]

DID THEY JUST SAY FRESNO? That story is quickly going national. [Huffington Post]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is one of “dirtiest cities.” Duh. Poor air quality. [Yahoo!]

VOTE: Fresno Bully Rescue needs some love in this Pepsi contest. [Refresh Project]

NOMNOM: Cotton Candy-tinis? We’ll take four. [Fashionably Bombed]

WATCH THIS: Picture Fresno goes “behind the lens.” [Picture Fresno]

GO TO THIS: California Cougar Convention in Fresno this weekend. [Fresno Famous]

Fresno not as ‘dumb’ as last year


The Daily Beast is back with its list of the smartest cities. You remember the list, right? You know, the one that ranked Fresno the dumbest city. It really stirred people up.

This year, Fresno jumped up from the bottom, passing San Antonio and Las Vegas (so now we’re only ranked 3rd from the worst). Here are the results for Fresno:

#53, Fresno, Calif.

Daily Beast IQ Score: 43.29

2009 rank: 55

Metropolitan area population: 1,344,935

Bachelor’s degrees: 11%

Graduate degrees: 6%

Year-to-date adult nonfiction booksales: 626,000

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Vote now for Fresno Mag’s ‘Best of Fresno’


Voting for this year’s Fresno Magazine “Best of Fresno” awards has begun, and you can now vote online. I know The Beehive community has proven itself no fan of the “Best of Fresno” awards.

But there’s no snark or trash-talking here — I genuinely want you all to go vote. If we don’t, the same ol’ winners we complain about each year will probably just win again.

There are two separate ballots, so be sure to fill out both. Deadline to vote is May 31.

It’s worth noting: Fresno Mag added a “Best Blog” category this year.

We can safely say this survey is stupid …


It’s no secret that I think most of these city-ranking lists have as much credibility as T-Pain’s singing career — but I think we’ve found the best example yet that they are total b.s., which is some Web site owned by AOL, recently put out its “America’s Safest City Neighborhoods” list. Basically, they took the top 50 cities in the country (we’re No. 36 on that list, btw) and then did some number-crunching to determine the safest neighborhood in that city. They explain:

Using exclusive neighborhood crime data developed by Dr. Schiller at, and based on FBI data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, we found incredibly safe neighborhoods in every major American city. Some big cities offer neighborhoods that are among the safest of any place in the nation. Here we reveal for the first time the safest neighborhood in each of America’s 50 biggest cities

By now, you’re probably wondering — what did they pick for Fresno? Champlain & Perrin? The Tower District? Nope and nope. This survey’s result is far more absurd …

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So Fresno’s the drunkest city — who cares?


As you might have already heard, Fresno has topped another silly survey. This time we’ve been proclaimed “America’s Drunkest City,” an improvement from when we were No. 8 on the same list in 2007.

Of course, this has inspired the typical responses** we expect every time the survey-come-lately mentions Fresno: All the local news broadcasts were promo-ing it last night. Some Fresnans were using this latest survey to validate their ill will toward ol’ Ash Tree city. Some were celebrating it. And others realized it’s all a bunch of b.s.

Here’s the thing: This magazine only makes these lists so that all the news stations, newspapers and blogs will mention its name. (Notice that I haven’t here). If that’s not enough, here are three reasons why this study is totally watered down:

  1. One of the main factors was DUI arrests. As anybody here knows, Fresno PD is out in full force trying to nab DUI offenders. In fact, we’ve been profiled by USA Today as a model for the rest of the country. Really, it sounds like Fresno won the title of “City with the most DUI checkpoints.”

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Fres-Know: We’re also Fresh and Easy


It’s all the local news and stuff from the blogosphere that you need to Fres-Know.

SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN: Finally, Fresno’s Fresh & Easy markets have opened their doors, including the long-awaited downtown store. Head over to Fresno Famous for a review, to Central Valley Moms for a video and to the News Blog for a rundown of its green practices. [Fresno Famous/Central Valley Moms/News Blog]

FRESNOTAGOODIDEA: This is Conlan sets out to mock the campaign to change Fresno’s name, but ends up making a really good point — and does quite well with the mockery stuff too. [This is Conlan]

TALENT LOCAL: The Fresno Blogosphere has produced yet another great new series profiling the best of Fresno. This one is Travis Sheridan’s Talent Local segment, in which he celebrates skilled professionals — designers, photographers, lawyers, etc. — in Fresno. Definitely worth checking out. [Travis Sheridan]

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This year’s ‘Best of Fresno’ list — let the debate begin


As you might remember, I’m no fan of Fresno Magazine’s annual “Best of Fresno” list — not its results anyway. They’re usually laughable at best and depressing at worst.

Knowing that this year’s “Best of Fresno” party is Tuesday (go here for details, and cue jokes about the party being in Clovis) I knew it was only a matter of time before I came across the list. And only a few more minutes until I shook my head at it.

The entire list is below. I actually don’t think it’s as bad as years past. You guys can go at it in the comments about what doesn’t deserve to be there and what got snubbed. But I’ll offer up a few thoughts:

BALLOT-STUFFING? Is it just me, or do you think that Cool Hand Luke’s and Tahoe Joe’s were doing some ballot-stuffing?

LATE-NIGHT WINNERS & LOSERS: I’m happy to see Livingstone’s break into the pack. But I scold you, Fresno, for still making Taco Bell No. 1.

WEB WOES: for best local Web site, huh? Talk about deja vu. Also interesting is that CBS47′s site was No. 2. I’m sure that has nothing to do with links to 47′s site on the Fresno Mag site, right?

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Is Fresno really that dumb?

The Contra Costa Times came to Fresno this week, on a mission to find intelligent life in Fresno. They were doing their own little inquiry into Fresno’s most recent accomplishment as the country’s unsmartest city (see what I did there?). They talked to me (cue joke about not finding intelligent life) and a few other much more intelligent than me. You can read their story here, and check out a video version below.

Also: I recorded an episode of KFSR’s The Pulse this afternoon that also talks about The Daily Beast’s list. Travis Sheridan was on with me. It’ll air at noon on Saturday on 90.7 FM. Oh, and if you missed my column on this topic, you should definitely give it a read.

PREVIOUSLY: Fresno: The dumbest city in America?

Fresno: The dumbest city in America?


Well, Fresno, I’m not sure what kind of silver lining we’re going to put on this one. I’ll just give you the bad news straight up.

The Daily Beast measured the intelligence of America’s 55 largest cities … and Fresno finished dead last.

The study looked at factors such as how many college graduates we have, how our educational institutions measure up and how many non-fiction books we read.

You can read all about the process on their site. Of Fresno, they wrote:

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