FBI Arrests TJ Cox for Fraud and Money Laundering

According to the Business Journal, “Former Central Valley Congressman T.J. Cox was booked Tuesday morning into Fresno County Jail on 28 federal counts — arrested by the FBI on allegations including money laundering, wire and campaign contribution fraud.” A 28-count indictment was unsealed today in the Eastern District of California charging a former member of […]

Stafford’s Chocolates named Outstanding Business of the Year

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with the Rob Taylor and Stafford’s Chocolates for several years and nominated them for the Small Business Development Center Outstanding Business Award which they deservingly won. Larry Stafford opened Stafford’s Chocolates in Porterville, California, in 1987. Larry quickly became obsessed with creating old-school chocolate confections. During the […]

Drama continues at Tulare Cemetery: infighting, litigation, and Aguilar’s second censure

Tulare Public Cemetery District Trustee Alberto Aguilar has received his second censure from his fellow trustees in a little more than 12 months. The July 28 meeting where Aguilar was censured was punctuated by accusations from Trustee Steve Presant that Aguilar “staged” a vandalized grave site — and the meeting was interrupted six times by […]

Hanford’s Public Works Director resigns; experienced planner oversees community development

Major leadership changes occurred recently in two of the city’s most important departments. Long-time public works director and engineer John Doyel resigned effective August 26. Workload and the lack of staffing in the department played a role in his resignation, the Visalia-Hanford-Lemoore Future has learned. Doyel is on vacation and could not be reached for […]