Mary Gutierrez is the communications director for SEIU California.

Fresno Farmers and Business Owners Get It: Get California Working

The giant tractor parked in front of Senator Tom Berryhill’s Fresno office said it all.

That’s where the statewide Stand up for California tour stopped on Thursday, where local farmers, a yoga studio owner, a financial analyst and small business owners asked the Senator to get California working again by supporting a fair and balanced state budget that includes maintaing existing revenues.

Local farmer Emin Dhaliwal called on Berryhill to break through political lines. “Valley farmers know that the prosperity of our business is closely tied to the prosperity of our community, our ability to fund police for safe communities, and our investment in our children’s education,” Dhaliwal said. “That’s why it is imperative that California straighten out its current budget mess and protect core functions like education and public safety.”