Appreciation to ‘Serve’ volunteers

I would like to thank all volunteers helping to better and beautify this community. This past couple of weeks, the city of Reedley has had the privilege of working with the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church and Immanuel Schools in volunteers efforts to do just that.

In a yearly event dubbed “Serve the Community” students, faculty and city staff have worked together on projects throughout town. These projects included planting flowers and trees at the Sports Park, Pioneer Park and the Rails to Trails Parkway; cleanup at city parks and facilities; painting benches at Pioneer Park and even helping to wash fire trucks at the Reedley Fire Department.

It made efforts that much more inspiring that we were host to these events during National Volunteer Week as well as schedule tree planting on Earth Day. To all volunteers that help this community we thank you for your time, effort and hard work. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. You have truly been, and continue to be, a blessing to this city.

With sincere gratitude.

Chris Tamez

Roads and Grounds

Supervisor, city of Reedley


Church thanks help

for Plant Give & Take

The Reedley First United Methodist Church would like to thank all who participated in our Plant Give & Take on April 1.

Thanks to all who donated plants, the Fresno County Master Gardeners who worked at the event, the local businesses that displayed our fliers, The Reedley Exponent for publicity and those of you who just came and took plants. Hope to see you next spring!

Bill Beal



Gerawan employee critical of headline

I was shocked to read the Exponent headline on April 20 that a “judge” determined Gerawan Farming “broke labor laws.” I’ve worked at Gerawan for 30 years, with the last 14 years in the human resources area. During that entire time, I don’t know of even one instance where my employer “broke labor laws.”

I know firsthand that the company puts fairness and employee rights above all else. Fact: Gerawan has a history of paying the industry’s highest wages, being hyper-compliant with labor laws, and has a safety record that is recognized by many professionals as the industry’s best. We are proud of what we have accomplished here.

For the Exponent to report that a “judge” said Gerawan broke labor laws, is an insult to those of us who work at Gerawan. It was not a real judge. He is a paid worker of the ALRB, which is trying to force the employees into the dying union to revive both the union and the ALRB. The last two weeks I’ve had to explain to friends, family, and neighbors that the Exponent article was wrong. I should not have to do that.

For all the good Gerawan has done for the employees, community, and the industry, it’s sad that the Exponent chose to tarnish the employer and employees this way.

Jaime Mendoza


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