Fresno State president Castro appoints transition team

[BRIEFS]VALLERadio Bilingüe will broadcast a town hall meeting on immigration reform and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday (July 1) from Fresno City Hall.The bilingual forum is open to the public and will provide a space for immigrant families and those living in the shadows to be heard as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on immigration reform and the House of Representatives begins debates on immigration-oriented bills.Congressional representatives of the four districts in the San Joaquín Valley have been invited to the forum to listen to testimonies ranging from family members separated by deportation, to young students whose lives are in limbo, as well as opinions from law enforcement officials and leaders of the agricultural industry.

The forum, which will be in Spanish and English, will be hosted by Radio Bilingüe’s Alma Martínez and Samuel Orozco.

The broadcast can be heard on 91.5 KSJV FM in Fresno, 88.7 KMPO FM in Modesto, and, 90.1 KTQX in Bakersfield.The program will also be available online via webcast and podcast on

Castro names transition team

FRESNO — Dr. Joseph I. Castro, who will become president of California State University, Fresno on Aug. 1, has named a 43-member transition team to provide counsel through his first six months.

“I value input from all constituents as I begin this momentous journey,” said Castro, a native of Hanford.California State University Trustees Hugo Morales and Dr. Peter Mehas will co-chair the team.

The advisory committee includes:

Dr. Katherine Flores, professor and director of Latino Center for Medical Education and Research, UCSF Fresno.Sandra Flores, senior program officer, Fresno Regional Foundation.Dr. Alvaro González, lead economist, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.Dr. Luz González, dean, College of Social Sciences, Fresno State.Sara Martínez, 2008 Fresno State alumna and Bulldog Pride Scholarship recipient.Moses Menchaca of Patterson, 2013-14 president, Fresno State Associated Students.Arthur Montejano of Atwater, 2012-13 president, Fresno State Associated Students.Kim Ruiz Beck, chairwoman, Ruiz Foods, Dinuba.El canal Univisión 19 invita a la comunidad a que se una a su campaña anual del Día de Donar Sangre el cual se llevará a cabo el viernes (28 de junio) en tres localidades:Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. en Sacramento de las 6 a.m. a las 7 p.m.Delta Blood Bank, 2888 W. March L., en Stockton de las 9 a.m. a las 7 p.m.3 Amigos Auto Center, 301 Mitchell Rd. en Modesto, de las 6 a.m. a las 7 p.m.Detalles:

NATIONLatino origin groupsWASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly two-thirds (64.6 percent) of U.S. Latinos, or 33.5 million, trace their family origins to México, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.The second largest Latino origin group are Puerto Ricans, who make up 5 million, or 9.5 percent of the total Latino population.Next are Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Spaniards, Hondurans, Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Argentineans.Mexican origin Latinos have always been the largest Latino origin group in the U.S. Among the 155,000 Hispanics living in the U.S. in 1860, 81 percent were of Mexican origin — a historic high.

STATEGrower forced to paySACRAMENTO — Monterey County grower George Amaral has been required to immediately employ three workers and stay at least 50 feet away from United Farm Workers organizers after a reported assault on a UFW organizer and the firing of three workers who came to the organizer’s aid.The temporary restraining order from Monterey County Superior Court came at the request of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, which investigated the June 14 event.“As a state agency, it is our job to make sure that farmworkers can exercise their rights, free of intimidation, coercion, or retaliation,” said ALRB general counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillén. “We hope that this decision will send a message to all farmworkers, employers, and unions that the ALRB will take swift action to enforce the law and deter future violations.”

Bonilla named chairSACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, has appointed Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, to replace Rich Gordeon as chair of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.Gordon, D-Menlo Park, was named chair of the Assembly Rules Committee.The appointments take effect July 3.

Brown appointmentsSACRAMENTO — Among the people appointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquín Valley by Gov. Brown are:Mónica Blanco-Etheridge, of Fresno, a senior associate at the Fresno-based Ríos Company. She was the executive director at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California in 2012-13.Dorothy Leland, of Merced, chancellor at UC Merced since 2011. She was president of Georgia College and State University from 2004 to 2011. Leland served in multiple positions at Florida Atlantic University from 1995 to 2004.Luisa Medina, 59, of Fresno, is the development director at Central California Legal Services Inc. She has served on the partnership since 2007.

Max Rodríguez, 73, of Madera, has served on the Madera County Board of Supervisors since 2005. He was an agent at Farmer’s Insurance from 1985 to 2008.The positions, which provide no compensation, do not require state Senate confirmation.

FRESNO COUNTYInternship for FSU studentFRESNO — Fresno State University graduate student Nickolas Vela is among more than 200 college students selected for paid summer internships by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program. The program places students at internships at federal agencies, field offices, corporations and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. and other locations nationwide.Vela is interning in the computer and network systems division for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Va. He helps maintain a Web portal that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration on a new wave of technology called cyber-physical systems, in which physical processes are tightly intertwined with networked computing.

Homes, jobs summitFRESNO — The Fresno Housing Alliance and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals will host a homes and jobs summit Saturday (June 29) at the Fresno fairgrounds.Classes will be offered to individuals who have been threatened with foreclosure. Interpreters in Spanish and Hmong will be available.Details: José Luis Barraza at (559) 761-5230, Gene Gonzales at (559) 351-9144 or Mirna García at (559) 429-5478.

Mosquito warning

FRESNO — The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, has been detected in Fresno County by the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District. The same type of mosquito was also recently found in Madera.This mosquito is not native to California and is an efficient carrier of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. No illnesses associated with this mosquito have been reported so far. Aedes aegypti is a small, dark mosquito with white markings and banded legs. It may be active around dusk and dawn but bites most often during the day and often bites indoors.

“The public’s help is needed to eradicate this mosquito population before it can become established in our community”, states Steve Mulligan, Manager of the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District. “Residents who experience mosquito bites during the day are asked to contact the District.”Details: (800) 821-1577.

STANISLAUS COUNTYDay of Play at the Stanislaus County LibraryThe Stanislaus County Library has a day of play scheduled this summer at each one of its branches. During the program, children can participate in sports, games, crafts, and other activities that encourage them to not only be physically active, but to also engage their minds through reading.

This is the schedule:Patterson Library, June 29 at 12 p.m.Keyes Library, July 8 at 3 p.m.Hughson Library, July 11 at 1 p.m.Riverbank Library, July 20 at 12 p.m.Oakdale Library, July 27 at 10:30 a.m.Waterford Library, Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m.Turlock Library, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Farmer’s MarketTURLOCK — The city’s Farmer’s Market will be open Friday (June 7) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Broadway St.This season it will run through Oct. 25th.Details: (209) 225-8177,

Backpacks donations soughtMODESTO — The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County is seeking backpack donations for schoolchildren through July 29. Backpack donation drop-off locations:

Modesto City Schools district office, 426 Locust St.King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S. Martin Luther King DriveFamilia Juárez Restaurant, 617 Paradise Road

Boy Scouts of America, 4031 Technology DriveHealth Net, 1940 Crows Landing Road, Suite 10The collected backpacks will be given away on two dates: 6 p.m. July 31 at the King-Kennedy Memorial Center, and 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Ceres Drive-In Flea Market, 1651 E. Whitmore Ave.Details: Maggie Mejía at (209) 303-2664, Jorge Pérez at (209) 595-9654, Rosalinda Vierra at (209) 988-4901, Tony Madrigal at (209) 579-4776 or Joseph Sánchez at (209) 534-1211.

Noches de diversión familiarMODESTO — El Centro Apostólico Jubilee y las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Modesto invitan a la comunidad a participar en las noches de diversión familiar cada viernes del mes de julio de las 6:30 p.m. a las 8:30 p.m. en las instalaciones del centro, 821 Lassen Ave.Habrá comida, juegos, recursos comunitarios, resbaladera de agua, rifas, entretenimiento y mochilas para niños. Todo completamente gratis.

El programa de cada viernes es el siguiente:5 de julio: Seguridad de la comunidad. Venga y conozca al Alguacil del Condado de Stanislaus Adam Christianson; al Jefe de la Policía de Modesto Galen Carroll; y, una demostración de caninos.12 de julio: Presentación sobre la fuerza de nuestra comunidad.19 de julio: Noche de salud y bienestar físico. Donación de sangre patrocinado por la compañía Blood Source.26 de julio: Día del niño. Juegos y otras atracciones.Detalles: Jorge Pérez al (209) 595-9654.

Cine en el centro de solucionesMODESTO — Cada viernes el Centro de Soluciones Comunitarias de Health Net, 1940 Crows Landing Road, Puerta 10, estará transmitiendo una película gratuita a la 1:30 p.m. Sólo lleve sus almohadas, cobijas, familiares y amigos y el centro proporcionará los bocadillos. Los niños deben ser acompañados por un adulto.Detalles: (209) 556-1403.Manos a la obra

MODESTO — Cada lunes a la 1:30 p.m. el Centro de Soluciones Comunitarias de Health Net, 1940 Crows Landing Road, Puerta 10, estará ofreciendo una sesión abierta de manualidades creativas para niños y padres.Detalles: (209) 556-1403.

SACRAMENTO COUNTYWest Nile virusSACRAMENTO — The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito &Vector Control District announced today that further evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties as 14 new mosquito samples and 4 birds have tested positive for the disease.The birds and mosquito samples have been collected from widespread areas in Sacramento County.“While we have not seen as much West Nile virus activity this year in comparison to 2012, with the summer season upon us, this will likely change” said district manager, David Brown District Manager. Yolo County is also starting to see West Nile virus activity and to date 5 mosquito samples and 2 dead birds have tested positive.