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5 Simple Rules for Running the State’s Fifth Largest City


5 Simple Rules for Running the State’s Fifth Largest City

We need an intervention with our Bluetooth-wearing, incessant tweeting natives of City Hall.

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William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review once wrote: “Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.”

When I look and listen to our local elected officials recently I have a feeling most of them would respond with: “You can buy ten Hyundais for ten dollars?”

Usually when someone goes on a perceived “get off my lawn” rant, it’s usually about the generation younger than them. In this particular case, it’s not. It’s my generation and older who are currently in charge of laws for our municipalities.

  1. All Fresno City and County elected officials need to attend a mandatory social media awareness class. Stop liking your own post. Stop retweeting your own post. Use proper grammar. Only being able to use 140 characters on Twitter is not an excuse to type like you’ve had seven rounds of Picon Punch from Shepherd’s Inn.
  2. Take the bluetooth out of your ear. Unless you’re driving or auditioning for Star Trek, enough already. The last thing the public needs to think is that you’re a schizophrenic walking the halls of the chambers.
  3. Stop telling us how important the people of the city/county are before you vote. No kidding we are. That’s why you are there. Just once I’d love for one council member to say “This would probably help my constituents, but since Council member XYZ is the author, I’m voting against it.”
  4. Always dress well. Thousands of students will see you while on a City Hall tour or in public. I’m tired of seeing electeds dress as if they are selling vacuum cleaners door to door. You are held to a higher standard.
  5. Be sincere. I don’t have to like you or your opinion, but I have to believe you not only care about the issue on the table, but that your opinion come from some sort of thought process. Just like fourth period Algebra, you need to show your work.

For example, while I was in the green room at KSEE 24 awaiting to tape Sunday Morning Matters, host Evan Onstot, a not-to-be named liberal organizer, and yours truly were discussing the Fresno Unified Board of Trustees President’s current self-imposed media issues.

During the discussion, the Alt-Left warrior said “What do you think about Brooke Ashjian? You must be friends with him.” My response was “Why would we be friends? Because we both dress well?” I could hear Evan flinch, but the progressive spokesperson didn’t disagree.

In conclusion of this week’s rant, what have we learned?

That I’m petty and shallow in regards to elected baby boomers use of electronic devices and clothes bought from big box stores? Possibly.

That I’m two articles into my tenure and I have yet to discuss cannabis, homelessness, and crime? True.

But just know, if you are still trying to figure out the comparison between a German composer from Bonn and a South Korean sedan, you’ll be hearing from me soon.

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Jim Verros

Jim Verros is the Editor-At-Large of CVObserver and senior partner of Olympic Property Services. He is a frequent contributor to KSEE24 and KMJ.



  1. Joe

    September 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Uh, who’s going to tell him about the grammar mistake in his article lecturing others about grammar?

  2. Grammar Po Po

    September 2, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Learn how to spell/edit your own stuff before you call out others…

    “Sheppard”? Really?? Its “Shepherd”.


    The grammar police

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