May 23, 2023 — Lindsay City Council

Documented by Esteban Solis Loya

What happened: At Tuesday’s Lindsay City Council meeting, Mayor Hipolito Angel Cerros presented a proclamation in honor of Pride Month to Lindsay Unified School District LGBTQ Club officers and said the city will soon have a pride flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.

The proclamation states that, “the City of Lindsay recognizes the importance of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and wishes to affirm its commitment to ensuring that all people, but especially those most vulnerable, are empowered to live their life freely and authentically.”

The decision comes just after the Fresno County supervisors moved forward a new flag ordinance that stipulates that only the U.S. flag and the California state flag may be flown at county facilities. The ordinance was introduced by Supervisor Steve Brandau following a ceremonial raising of a rainbow pride flag at Fresno City Hall in June 2021 and a subsequent rally against pride events in 2022.

Clovis City Council member Diane Pearce recently drew the ire of fellow council members after pushing a public flag debate when a policy administered by the city manager was already in place.

And also: The council approved a watering schedule phase change from one day per week to two days per week, approval of two water feasibility studies and the formation of a City Water Ad-Hoc Committee.

The studies include a Well 11 Feasibility Study and an overall Water Feasibility Study that evaluates water supply, quality, storage and demand.

The ad-hoc committee will be composed of six members: two from the City Council, three from community groups and one from the Lindsay Unified School District. They will be tasked with reviewing and implementing the study findings.

Up next: The Lindsay City Council will meet again in June. The meetings are open to the public at City Hall and available to live stream and to provide public comments via Zoom.

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