Despite website, Mendota good
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