Government & Politics

Fresno council approves general plan

The Fresno City Council approved the city's 2035 General Plan update last night, spelling out goals and guidelines for growth in the next 20 years.

Population data shows most Valley counties on growth track

California's population grew by 335,000 in the last year.All Central Valley counties, with the exception of one, saw rising population rates in the last year, according to new data from the state Department of Finance.

House plans to take up another drought relief bill 

(AP) — House Republicans are using the final days of the current Congress to push through another drought relief bill for California's farm belt and other water users to the south.

Housing authority gets $121K to help homeless vets

The Fresno Housing Authority is set to receive $121,000 from the U.S. departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs to assist homeless veterans in securing permanent housing.

Perea named to agriculture committee

Henry T. PereaAssemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) was named chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

Valley legislators take aim at gas prices

State Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) and Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) introduced a set of bills this week aimed at stopping the state's cap-and-trade regulation for fuel producers.

Local leaders decry drought inaction

Javier Guzman, member of the Water for Land Committee, speaks out against the recent decision to delay drought-relief legislation until 2015.The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation held a press conference today denouncing the delay in drought legislation until 2015. 

President of Nagorno Karabakh Republic visiting Fresno

President H.E. Bako SahakyanFresno will play host today to H.E. Bako Sahakyan, president of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, in his first visit to the San Joaquin Valley.

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.