Iran nuclear agreement shows U.S. leadership

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
Sept. 8, 2015

America has always been a beacon of hope, a shining city on the hill. We stand for justice, peace, opportunity and respect for human dignity.

Growing up in Iran, I can attest to the affection everyday Iranians have toward America. The hearts and minds of teachers, family and friends, bus drivers, physicians and entrepreneurs are aligned with the values of Americans. That is why so many Iranians, including my family, immigrate to the United States.
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Bourdain Brought Us Closer. Honor Him By Doing the Same.

By Darius Assemi Special to GV Wire
June 8, 2018

In our news meeting this morning, we held a moment of silence for Anthony Bourdain and then talked about his gift for bringing people together.
His death Friday by suicide affected me greatly, and I’d like to share with you why.
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Fresno’s most interesting newsmaker of 2014 was Darius Assemi

By The Fresno Bee Editorial Board
Dec. 31, 2014

Regardless of whether you respect, fear, admire or loathe him, there is no denying that Darius Assemi is trying to bend and build Fresno into his vision of what a big city should be.
Assemi was seemingly everywhere in 2014.
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There’s a Better Way to Make Fresno Sparkle. Vote ‘No’ on P.

By Darius Assemi Special to GV Wire
October 23, 2018

Here’s something I believe people on both sides of the parks tax debate can agree on: We’ve got miles to go to make Fresno a vibrant, safe, and prosperous city for all.
For decades, our elected leaders have struggled to make ends meet while facing annual budget challenges in which there are no good options.
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No on P: With crime this bad, now is not the time for a parks tax

By Darius Assemi Special to The Fresno Bee
October 5, 2018

This is the reality of life in Fresno, and it doesn’t matter where you live.
Every time you park your car, you wonder if a window will be smashed and everything inside will be stolen. This has happened to me twice in the last year.
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Will our next mayor's vision be alligned with Fresno's needs?

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
May 19, 2016

Our city has become handicapped in many ways, and we are falling behind our neighbors. In May of 2015, Gallup named Fresno out of the 100 largest cities nationwide the city where people are least likely to feel safe. The Brookings Institute ranked Fresno 93rd out of 100 major cities nationwide in prosperity growth from 2009 through 2014.

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Voters Reject Nationalism. Now Let’s Do Immigration Reform.

By Darius Assemi Special to GV Wire
November 21, 2018

Whenever there is an aggressive change in direction away from the principles America was founded upon, our country has a way of coming together to restore them.
As it has in the past, this process of renewal played out on election night.
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Congress, Can You Hear Us? Please Pass Immigration Reform Now.

By Darius Assemi Special to GV Wire
February 7, 2018

Would it surprise you to learn that illegal immigrants have the potential to ruin our country – if they leave?
In fact, mass deportation would abruptly collapse our agriculture, construction and hospitality industries leading to a downward spiral of our economy.
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Investment in Fresno PD Will Protect Citizens, Boost Economy

By Darius Assemi Special to GV Wire
August 31, 2018

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand made good this week on his promises to hire a full-time independent police auditor who resides in Fresno and to appoint a Citizens Public Safety Advisory Board.

It is my fervent hope that John Gliatta, a former FBI agent and Fresno County Sheriff’s Office crime analyst, teams with the advisory board to bring more transparency to the Fresno Police Department and strengthen the bond between citizens and officers.​
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Muslim immigrant: Don’t let terrorists define American values​

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
Jan. 24, 2016

The events in Paris and San Bernardino were outrageous. There is no way to predict when or where the next atrocity will occur. My first reaction was to bomb the Islamic State into oblivion, cut off their money supply and destroy their leadership. I sounded like some of our Republican presidential candidates who serve up promises of instant gratification to a frustrated electorate.

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These Fixes Will Make America Prosperous For All

By Darius Assemi Special to GV Wire
September 10, 2018

If President Donald Trump doesn’t soon resolve the international trade war he started with tariffs, America’s booming economy will be derailed.
And what a shame that would be.
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Here’s how to fix California’s roads, bridges and highways

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
Aug. 13, 2015

The facts are sobering: Deteriorating roads cost Californians $44 billion a year in repairs, accidents, time and fuel – tantamount to a hidden tax. California’s state highway maintenance funding has an annual shortfall of $5.7 billion and deferred repair costs exceeding $57 billion. A recent example of the dangers of deferred maintenance is the I-10 Bridge collapse July 19, after heavy rainfall. Thankfully no one was hurt – this time. We cannot wait for lives to be lost before we act.

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Illegal immigrants will ruin America. But only if we boot them out.

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
April 28, 2017

Would it surprise you to learn that illegal immigrants have the potential to ruin our country – if they leave?
In fact, mass deportation would abruptly collapse our agriculture, construction and hospitality industries leading to a downward spiral of our economy.
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Fresno needs realistic plan for revitalization

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
Feb. 26, 2014

I love Fresno. This community has been instrumental in the success of my family and my company, and for that, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for its revival.
Fresno has rich cultural diversity, a booming agriculture industry, excellent school districts, affordable homes, and one-of-a-kind access to the Sierra and the sea, all of which make it a special place.
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What have you done to assist Aleppo refugees?

By Darius Assemi Special to The Bee
January 1, 2017

As a Muslim immigrant from Iran of almost 40 years living in this beautiful country, I believe when we face our maker in the next life, we will be asked: What did you do for your brothers and sisters who were suffering in other parts of the world?
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