Government & Politics

New Fresno library branch opens Aug. 20

The Fresno County Public Libary's new branch opens Aug. 20 at Teague Elementary School in northwest Fresno.

Money allocated for fighting fires to run out 


(AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer's round of fires.

Perea warns biz owners of volatility at the pumps

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) was in town Friday morning warning business leaders about impending sticker shock at gas pumps next year.

Kashkari lives homeless for a week in Fresno

A screengrab from Neel Kashkari's video of him living homeless for a week in Fresno.(AP) — California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn.

Foundation promotes Fresno's general plan

From left, Dora Westerlund, Arthur Moye and Tim Rios promote Fresno's 2035 General Plan as part of the Foundation for Fresno's Future.Fresno's 2035 General Plan was the first order of business for the new Foundation for Fresno's Future during a press conference this morning promoting the city's blueprint for the next 20 years.

De León talks bullet train, Prop. 39 in Fresno

Roosevelt High Principal Bryan Wells talks to State Sen. Kevin de León about energy efficiency plans on campus.Weeks after upsetting Central Valley residents by referring to the region as the middle of nowhere, state Senate President Pro Tem-elect Kevin de León got an education about Fresno during a visit to Roosevelt High to promote Prop. 39.

Tulare County board approves labor agreements

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved labor agreements with the Tulare County District Attorney Investigators Association and the Tulare County Professional Firefighters Association.

Fresno general plan calls for infill

Fresno is expected to grow by an additional 50 square miles by 2035.The City of Fresno released its draft General Plan this week, making way for 9,500 additional parcels and more infill development to handle an estimated 771,000 residents by the year 2035.

Valley communities get park grants

Several San Joaquin Valley communities are getting an infusion of cash to create or improve parks, with Fresno getting the lion's share of $1.48 million.

Fresno Co. tax roll increases

Paul DictosFresno County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos reported the tax roll for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, showing an increase of 5.78 percent over the year before.