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Les Kimber

Les Kimber

Fresno – Local icon, legend, and long-time publisher of the California Advocate Lesly Howard Kimber passed away this weekend on January 10th. Affectionately known as “Les” to many, he was surrounded by family and close friends when he passed. Kimber was 80 years old.

Kimber was also known for being the first African-American elected to city council from West Fresno. He was also the co-founder of the California Advocate, Fresno’s only African-American media outlet, and the founder of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration in Fresno. Details of his celebration service will be released in the coming days.
The family of Les Kimber wishes to thank the community for their continued support and prayers, and asks for privacy during this time of grief.

Ask DMV (January 2015 Edition)

Q:   I just paid my registration online, but forgot to change my address.  Can I go back online to make the correction so I can receive my registration tags at my new address?

A:    Unfortunately, it is too late.  When you pay for your registration tags online, our system immediately updates your information and your tags are mailed to you in approximately three days.   Changing your address takes our system a little longer to update.  If you do not receive your new registration tags within 30 days, please apply for duplicate registration tags.


Q:  I heard that select DMV offices will be open on Saturday beginning in January 2015. Which offices will be open and which types of transactions will be handled?

A:   Beginning January 3, 2015, the DMV began offering Saturday hours at 60 select offices statewide from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where customer representatives will process ONLY driver license transactions for individuals who have scheduled an appointment.

The DMV has also opened four temporary driver license processing centers in Granada Hills, San Jose, Stanton, and Lompoc where individuals with or without an appointment can receive assistance with driver license transactions only.

For a list of offices open Saturday: http://dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/fo/fotocds


Q:  When will the Legacy license plate be issued?

A:  There is a lot of excitement building for our new Legacy license plate and you will soon be seeing them on vehicles driving down our roads and highways.  It’s estimated that production will begin within nine to 12 months.

Legislation introduced the California Legacy License Plate program which offers vehicle owners the opportunity to purchase replicas of California license plates similar to those issued in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.   View them at www.dmv.ca.gov.


Q:  What happens if applicants, under AB60, cannot provide the primary identification documents necessary to verify their identity and residency to obtain an original driver license?

A:   AB 60 applicants may provide additional documentation to verify their identity and residency through the Secondary Review process. An appointment will be scheduled to meet with our specially trained staff in order to review the additional documentation which must be original or certified. The interview may last as long as one hour.

The following documentation may be considered during this appointment: school documents, marriage license or divorce decree, expired foreign passports, foreign driver license, income tax return, and other DMV approved documents. For a full list of DMV approved documents visit ab60.dmv.ca.gov .

If an applicant cannot provide the necessary documentation to verify identity and residency, the AB60 driver license application will not be completed.  Individuals can appeal the decision through the DMV Driver Safety Appeal process.

Statement on White House Plan to Make Two Years of College as Universal as High School

By The Institute for College Access & Success

“The White House plan announced today elevates the universal need for some post-secondary education in today’s economy and the need to make college affordability a national priority.  The White House plan differs significantly from Tennessee’s and other “free community college” plans and addresses many, but not all, of those plans’ limitations.

“In particular, low-income students could benefit from the White House proposal because it is not a “last-dollar” scholarship like the Tennessee Promise, which only helps students who don’t already get enough aid to cover tuition. This is a critically important distinction because, given the relatively low income of community college students and the relatively low tuition charges at community colleges, last-dollar scholarships rarely benefit community college students with the greatest need and rather benefit those with the least need.  Instead, the White House plan provides greatly needed additional federal funding to states that make key reforms, including not charging tuition or fees at community colleges. The proposal is aimed squarely at stopping state divestment from public colleges, which is crucial to making college more affordable.

“Still, making community college tuition free for all students regardless of their income neither  focuses resources on the students who need aid the most, nor addresses the bulk of the costs of attending community college since tuition charges comprise only one-fifth of the cost of attendance. Consider California community colleges, which have the lowest tuition in the nation plus waivers for low-income students; application rates for federal aid are notoriously low, part-time enrollment rates are sky high, and too many students still can’t afford to stay in school and graduate.

“This Administration has rightly made college affordability a top priority, from increasing need-based Pell Grants to making student loan payments more manageable, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress to increase college access and success for students who need help the most.”

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