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Melissa Flores Moreno

Four days after making history with PUSD’s first ever Pride Event, #MonacheGSA does it again! Tonight, after FOUR HOURS, a lot of stalling, and a dramatic City Council vote, #MonacheGSA officers — Skye Hunter, OfieJane Castillo, and Rocio Alcantar — witnessed the approval and signing of a City Proclamation recognizing October 11th as #NationalComingOutDay in Porterville! Thank you, Skye and OfieJane, for staying for the 4 hours to hold our city leaders accountable and for forcing them to look you in the eyes as they cast their votes. I know that your presence in the Chambers is the reason the Proclamation passed! Thank you, Councilman Daniel Peñaloza, for sponsoring the Proclamation — your leadership gives me hope for the future of Porterville! Thank you to Vice Mayor Monte Reyes for your passionate defense of our cause on the dais. Thank you to Council Member Virginia Gurrola for being the deciding vote in our favor… despite your concerns. Finally, and most importantly, thank you to Brock Neeley, John Coffee, and all the fierce and relentless warriors who started this fight in 2008 (before that, really) and who never gave up — you all ran most of this marathon, and we will never forget that!

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Excerpts from 10/15/2019 City Council Meeting

Ricardo "Rico" Franco, John Coffee, Senator Melissa Hurtado, Brock Neeley at the California State Capital after the swearing in of the newly elected Senators. Dec 3, 2018

Wesley D. Cox
May 24, 1929 – March 18, 2021

Wesley D. Cox, age 91, a speech pathologist and resident of Porterville, California passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Private services to be held at a later date.

Myers Funeral Service & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Charter Member of the Tulare County Stonewall Democrats

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