Government & Politics

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.

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.