Government & Politics

Fresno council approves water rate vote

The Fresno City Council voted unanimously yesterday to begin a process of allowing water customers to vote on proposed rate increases to fund infrastructure improvements.

Costa retains congressional seat

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) has won a sixth term in Congress.(AP) — Democratic Rep. Jim Costa of Fresno narrowly avoided one of the biggest upsets of the midterm elections, edging out his Republican challenger Wednesday in a contest that neither of the two parties expected to be so close.

Speaker taps Nunes to head House Intel panel

(AP) — House Speaker John Boehner has chosen six-term Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare to serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Council to weigh in on $21M Hotel Fresno project

The Fresno City Council will weigh the fate of the Hotel Fresno building this Thursday.The Fresno City Council is scheduled to weigh in Thursday on a $21 million plan to rehabilitate the dilapidated Hotel Fresno into a 70-unit residential building.

Democrat Yee wins controller race

(AP) — Democrat Betty Yee defeated Republican Ashley Swearengin in the race to become California’s chief fiscal officer.

Fresno County's food stamp program lauded for accuracy

Fresno County will receive special recognition Tuesday for having the lowest error rate in the state for payments under the CalFresh food assistance program.

Fitch upgrades Fresno's credit rating

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced that bond rating agency Fitch Ratings revised the city's credit rating outlook from negative to stable.

Local leaders defend judicial candidate Rachel Hill

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Robert OliverFresno County Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver joined several other judges, local leaders and business leaders today in support of judicial candidate Rachel Hill in response to recent negative campaigning in the race.

Perea to host Ebola symposium in Fresno Oct. 28

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) is hosting an Ebola symposium in Fresno next week with information about the virus's outbreak and emergency response.

Report: Wing tore off in deadly air tanker crash

(AP) — A California firefighting aircraft that crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park last week, killing the pilot, might have struck a tree as it approached a wildfire, tearing off a wing, federal investigators said Wednesday.