Government & Politics

Around Tulare: Veteran staffers step down

The City of Tulare is losing two veteran department heads.

State: $140M slated for Valley jails

Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties have been tentatively approved by the state for nearly $140 million to help construct new correctional facilities.

PG&E property taxes to help Valley counties

Pacific Gas & Electric company will give $2 million more in property taxes to California counties this week as it pays the first of two installments for the 2013-2014 tax year.

Marijuana opinion reaches new high

A new Field Poll showed Central Valley residents mostly in favor of legalizing marijuana, about the same as the state opinion.

Swearengin responds to water plan critics

Fresno Mayor Ashley SwearenginFresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin appeared with public utility officials at the city's northeast water treatment facility today to defend a plan that would increase water rates to make some long overdue system improvements.

Swearengin's biz friendly task force to air suggestions

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin's Business Friendly Fresno Task Force will provide an update on its work next week and announce recommendations on how to make the city more business friendly.

New tax credit program to seek input in Fresno

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) will hold a public workshop in Fresno Dec. 9 as it gathers input for draft regulations on its new California Competes Tax Credit Program.

Fresno County raising fees for vital records

Fresno County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos announced that fees for certain vital records will be going up in the New Year.

Fresno's Wiemiller resigns for Lompoc job

PatrickPatrick Wiemiller, director of the City of Fresno's utilities and public works departments, announced he has accepted a position as administrator for the City of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.

Swearengin announces downtown parking changes

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announces changes to downtown parking outside the newly-opened 80/20 Nutrition Bar.Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced a few changes in the downtown parking situation, but none bigger than the announcement the city is accepting bids for new management of downtown parking.