Government & Politics

Poll: Swearengin leads controller race

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has taken an early lead in her race for California controller, a Field Poll showed.

Report: Earned income tax credit high in Valley

The Earned Income Tax Credit for low income families was higher in the Valley than most counties in the U.S., according to a map compiled by Washington D.C. nonprofit the Brookings Institution.

City of Fresno hires new communication director

Mike Standriff has been named the City of Fresno's top spokesperson. Photo via Calbuzz.comThe City of Fresno has hired a new communication director, replacing Michael Lukens who left in December for a Fresno State teaching position.

Tulare County: Register phones for emergency alerts

Tulare County's Office of Emergency Services is encouraging residents to register online for an emergency alert system that will be tested April 8.

Fresno City Hall clears way for outdoor dining

Fresno’s Tower District is expected to benefit from a change to Fresno’s policy on outdoor dining, making it easier for restaurants to offer the service.A recently approved amendment to Fresno’s municipal code allows various food and drink servers to create outdoor dining areas within street easements and rights of ways without having to apply for a site plan or special permit.

Fresno County OKs $73K in fines for pot growers

(AP) — Two Fresno County residents who grew marijuana at their homes have been fined a total of $73,000 under the county's new pot cultivation ban.

SBA to hold contractor workshop

Small Business Administration plans workshop.
The Small Business Administration will hold a free workshop on how to compete effectively for federal, state and High Speed Rail Authority contracting opportunities from 9 a.m. to noon April 17 at the Small Business Administration building, 801 R St., Suite 201, second floor, in Fresno.

Visalia chamber to hold candidates' forum

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce along with the Downtown Visalians will hold a public forum to introduce candidates for district attorney, sheriff and state Assembly to chamber members and business professionals from 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. April 8 at the Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave.

Report: $28.6M for Fresno under tax credit proposal

Up to $28.6 million could be available to Fresno-area workers under proposals that could expand eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Sanger partners up for job-training program

The City of Sanger has partnered with local agencies, manufacturers and food processors to develop a training program to help train future production workers.