Fresno City Council members Esmeralda Soria and Miguel Arias present some Grizzlies gear to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Image via Soria's Twitter account

published on June 5, 2019 - 1:56 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno City Council Members Miguel Arias And Esmeralda Soria met with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a Washington D.C. trip Wednesday.

Arias and Soria met with several members of Congress to discuss the need for the successful passage of the Dream Act (DACA) and the lack of clean drinking water in many Central Valley communities.

The council members also met with Congressional Appropriations Committee members in regard to funding priorities for the City of Fresno.

They also had the opportunity to discuss these matters with Ocasio-Cortez and to apologize for the Fresno Grizzlies’ Memorial Day tribute video shown in the stadium that likened Ocasio-Cortez to “enemies of freedom,” comparing her to late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Because of the controversial video, the Grizzlies lost the sponsorship of Heineken International, which owns Tecate and Dos Equis. Raisin company Sun-Maid also terminated its sponsorship.

The Fresno Grizzlies sent out a public apology and attributed the mistake on an employee who hadn’t watched the video all the way through.

The council members invited the congresswoman to join other national leaders in visiting Fresno to hear from residents about the need for clean water, health care and jobs.

Rep. TJ Cox helped in arranging the meetings.

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