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Romney leads hopefuls in Valley fundraising
FRESNO - Republican Mitt Romney has raised more campaign contributions in the San Joaquin Valley than any other presidential hopeful, according to the most recent campaign filings.
Romney has raised $108,200 compared to $60,100 by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and $34,225 by Arizona Sen. John McCain, both fellow Republicans.
Democratic candidates raised far less in the valley, which tends to favor Republicans in presidential races. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton raised $1,000 in Fresno. She has raised $250,000 in San Francisco since April 1.
Meanwhile, officials in Fresno are calling on the presidential candidates to come to the city for more than fund-raisers. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to invite White House hopefuls before the state's Feb. 5 presidential primary to address local concerns at a town hall meeting.
Fresno Bee outsourcing some work to India
FRESNO - The Fresno Bee will send some advertising production work to India, cutting seven of 31 jobs in its advertising design department, the newspaper has announced.
Express KCS, which has offices in San Jose, London and near New Delhi, India's capital, will take over the work. Most of the newspaper's advertising services will not be affected, Ken Hatfield, the newspaper's vice president of communications and public affairs, said Tuesday. Hatfield said the job cuts will begin in September.
Hatfield said customers will continue to work with sales, marketing and design employees in Fresno.
The Bee is the only McClatchy newspaper using Express KCS's services.
Traffic death toll higher than initially reported
SACRAMENTO - The head of the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday that he wants to eliminate delays in reporting traffic fatalities after the agency reported that its initial figure on the number of deaths in 2006 was off by 290.
The CHP said there were 4,197 traffic fatalities in the state last year, down 2.5 percent from 2005.
Preliminary figures issued in March indicated a 9.2 percent drop. But Brown said after that was issued, the agency began to get reports of additional deaths from local law enforcement agencies and some CHP offices.
"Thirty reports came from our own shop. That's totally unacceptable," he said.
He blamed the reporting delays on "lack of attention to detail" and perhaps a lack of knowledge about requirements that law enforcement agencies report traffic accidents they investigate to CHP headquarters each month.
He said the CHP was working with local law enforcement to improve the timeliness of the reports, which are used in developing traffic safety plans.
9-1-1 call failed to stop attack that killed man
SACRAMENTO - Sheriff's deputies were warned about an increasingly angry confrontation between two groups that led to the death of a 26-year-old Fijian immigrant, but the officers could not find the site, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.
Wolfgang Chargin of Folsom called 911 on July 1 to report that trouble was brewing between a group of Russian-speaking people and a group of Fijian and East Indian immigrants in a picnic area at Lake Natoma near Folsom.
The call came in to the California Highway Patrol and was transferred to the Sacramento County Sheriff's dispatcher about three hours before the fatal confrontation. Satender Singh was punched and hit his head when he fell. He died a few days later after being taken off life support.
Two patrol cars were dispatched to Lake Natoma, but officers couldn't find the area described by the caller. They left after 20 minutes to respond to other calls.
Chief: Tahoe fire shows need for land planning
SACRAMENTO - The wind-driven inferno that swept through a South Lake Tahoe subdivision last month and destroyed more than 250 homes is evidence that state fire officials must become more involved in local planning decisions, California's top fire official said Wednesday.
As more and more homes are built in or near forests, the danger from fires and the cost of fighting them increases, said Ruben Grijalva, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Such concerns too often are mere afterthoughts when local governments decide where housing developments should be located and how they should be protected, Grijalva said during a legislative hearing about the state's disaster preparations.
The department will start moving beyond its traditional firefighting role to work more closely with local communities on how to prevent destructive wildfires, he said.