Government & Politics

Mayor of Fresno won't seek US Senate seat

(AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said.

Group unveils No More Slumlords campaign

A local advocacy group is launching a video campaign it hopes will go viral and raise awareness about Fresno's ongoing slumlord problem. 

Fresno’s new parking vendor shifts into high gear

Sai Moua, a former Ace employee now working for SP+, said he is excited about the transition for the City of Fresno’s downtown lots. “We’re hearing really good things about SP.”SP+ is now in the driver’s seat at 14 downtown Fresno parking facilities.

Mayor promotes water plan before key council vote

Councilman Steve Brandau speaks at Thursday's press conference while the mayor and Council member Paul Caprioglio look on.At a Thursday morning press conference in the shadow of the old Fresno Water Tower, Mayor Ashley Swearengin thanked state officials for agreeing to give the city a low-interest $195 million loan that will help fund a $429 million upgrade to the city’s aging water system.

Fresno selected for program to boost exports

Mayor Ashley Swearengin is joined by county and economic development leaders as she talks about the Fresno region's participation in the Brookings Institution Global Cities Initiative. City and regional leaders gathered today to announce the selection of Fresno as part of the Global Cities Initiative by the Brookings Institution as well as a $300,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase. 

State awards $29K to Kings County for cleanup

The California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle) has awarded nearly $29,000 to Kings County for the cleanup of an illegal dumpsite.

Olivier, Vidak top Fresno chamber report card

The Greater Fresno Area Chamber has released its 2014 report card of local elected officials and their business-related votes.

'Captain Scotty' retiring as Madera fair CEO

Scott Sample will retire this spring from his position as Madera District Fair's CEO — a job he's held for nearly 20 years.

Vidak introduces bill to streamline water bond projects

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) has introduced a bill that would streamline the environmental review process for water projects funded by the 2014 water bond.

Perea introduces forgiven mortgage tax relief

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), has introduced a bill that would extend tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt for some homeowners.