Government & Politics

Judge clears Visalia to start wastewater project

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Hicks rejected arguments by a spurned second-place bidder over construction of an expansion of the Visalia’s wastewater treatment plant in a ruling dated Jan. 2.

Report: Fresno Co. has most handgun carry licenses in state

Fresno County had 6,277 civilian licenses to carry a handgun on Dec. 13, 2013 — the most in the state.A new report on licenses issued for carrying a handgun in public reveals that more Fresno County residents are packing than in any other county in the state.

Sanger efforts bear fruit, save money, draw business

Credit rating company Standard & Poor’s recently awarded a strong A+ rating to a $4.1-million, 30-year bond to install a water meter and leak detection system throughout the city.

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.