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Stanislaus County Fair safe from proposed budget cuts

Stanislaus County Fair safe from proposed budget cuts

TURLOCK - Gov. Jerry Brown’s department of finance has recommended that all $32 million of all the California county fairs funding be eliminated.

The proposed elimination of funding will reduce the income stream and job creation by an estimated 30 percent, resulting in a net loss to the state. This puts 29 California fairs at risk of closure.

However, the Stanislaus County Fair is not one of the 29 fairs at risk and will continue operating its fairgrounds as well as the Fair’s 10-day run event.

"This will have an impact on the Stanislaus County Fair, but our Fair has worked for many years to be a stable and fiscally established business," said Chris Borovansky, chief executive officer for the Stanislaus County Fair.

Oakdale mayor holds city budget forum

Oakdale mayor holds city budget forum

OAKDALE - Newly-elected mayor Pat Paul held a public forum Monday evening at the Oakdale Community Center, to discuss the city's budget and improvements within the city. Though numerous topics were touched on, the outstanding issues were 1) city management, 2) tourism and new businesses, 3) volunteers and 4) making Oakdale a destination city.

About 40 residents  and volunteers showed up to give their input, ideas and voice their concerns to the mayor and councilmembers. After breaking out into sub-groups to highlight specific ways the city could improve its revenue, the group gathered together to hash out common issues.

"If we're the 'cowboy capitol' what are we going to do to capitalize on that title," said Paul.

Are Facebook Promotions Getting an Update?

Looks like new Facebook Promotions guidelines may soon be released.


According to AllFacebook, an email sent out by Facebook sales representatives outlines the new rules.  In contrast to the old guidelines where promotions needed to be explicitly approved, promotions will no longer need prior written approval from Facebook. Basically, in regards to promotions, sweepstakes and contests on Facebook:



  • They no longer require prior written Facebook approval to administer a promotion on Facebook.

  • They no longer require a minimum media spend investment to support the promotion.

The Un-Retweeted Masses

If you’re a Twitter user who is discouraged by the lack of retweet and reply action happening… you’re not alone.


According to Sysomos, a maker of social media analysis tools who looked at 1.2 billion tweets over a two-month period, 71% of all tweets produce no reaction in the form of replies or retweets. In fact, most replies and retweets happen in the first hour after a tweet has been published — 96.9% of replies and 92.4% of retweets happen within those first 60 minutes. There’s only a 5.97% chance for getting a retweet in or after the third hour, and just a 2.22% likelihood you’ll garner a reply in that time.


Sysomos’ findings also show that retweets are an especially rare commodity: only 6% of all tweets produce a retweet. And, even if you’re lucky enough to get a response, 85% of tweets only get one.