De­spite web­site, Men­dota good

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

So a web­site, 24/7 Wall St., posted that of all the cities in the United States, Men­dota (Fresno County) is the worst place to live, visit or end up at for any rea­son. It also listed our neigh­bor Fire­baugh, as well as sev­eral other small com­mu­ni­ties in our re­gion.

Even Tucker Carl­son of Fox News fea­tured a seg­ment to use the 24/7 piece to bol­ster the Fox agenda, you know, build the wall or else the en­tire U.S. will end up like Men­dota.

Lo­cally all news sources and so­cial me­dia picked up the story. City lead­ers strongly dis­agreed.

Men­dota is one of 15 cities in Fresno County. We are ground zero for agri­cul­ture. We are an over­whelm­ingly pow­er­ful com­mu­nity of the hard­est­work­ing peo­ple any­where. The city of Men­dota is thriv­ing like never be­fore, we have a strong po­lice force and crime is down. Many new homes are be­ing built, new na­tional chain busi­nesses are lo­cat­ing here.

Yes, we did have a highly pub­li­cized law en­force­ment bust that con­trib­uted to the 24/7 opin­ion. We are a com­mu­nity of color, a mi­nor­ity-dom­i­nant pop­u­la­tion. We de­serve the ben­e­fit of the doubt from 14 county neigh­bors. It’s not the way 24/7 Wall St. por­trays us here.

We are a good, strong, com­pas­sion­ate, in­te­gral com­mu­nity. Don’t be so gullible; for all we know, 24/7 is ac­tu­ally pro-Rus­sian, push­ing a pro-Trump, anti-His­panic agenda.

– Joseph R. Riofrio, Men­dota

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