Government & Politics

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.

Swearengin says Fresno overcoming challenges

Despite contract conflicts and still short staffing levels, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin shared a year of accomplishments at the State of the City luncheon today.

Poll: Valley view of president slipping

A new Field Poll showed that a slim majority of Californians approve of the job that President Barack Obama is doing, an opinion not shared in the Central Valley.

Fresno names new public utilities director

Thomas C. Esqueda has been named the City of Fresno's new Director of Public Utilities, effective June 16.

Cal Chamber rates Valley legislators

Several local legislators received high marks from the California Chamber of Commerce for their stance against several "job killing" bills.

Swearengin shares business friendly progress

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin was joined by members of the new Business Friendly Fresno Task Force today to share about the group's progress in making development faster and easier in the city.

Castro, Patel appointed to Tulare County Fair Board

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two area business owners, Gary Castro; president of KRC Safety Co. Inc. in Visalia, and Henry Patel; owner of four Subway franchises in Tulare, to fill vacancies on the 24th District Agricultural Association, Tulare County Fair Board of Directors.