Michael “Bud” Green addresses the Fresno City Council last month during its last meeting of the year. The Fresno Chamber of Commerce has given the council members high marks, overall, for voting on matters affecting business, commerce and other issues in line with the Chamber’s position.

published on January 9, 2018 - 9:16 AM
Written by David Castellon

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is giving top marks to city council members Paul Caprioglio and Luis Chavez, as well as to state Sen. Andy Vidak, in its 2017 Legislative Report card.

Fresno officials and state lawmakers are graded on how they voted on issues that the chamber took positions on in 2017.

“These issues affect the local and regional business community, along with the economy,” according to a press release issued by the Chamber, which took positions last year on more issues than it had in any prior year.

“The Fresno City Council scored favorably and showed a commitment to growing the local economy and creating jobs,” with Chavez and Caprioglio topping the group, each on a 91-percent voting record.

Councilmembers Oliver Baines, Clint Olivier and Esmeralda Soria each followed with an 82-percent record, while members Steve Brandau and Garry Bredefeld each cast votes in line with the Chamber’s interests 73 percent of the time.

Among the state lawmakers representing districts that include Fresno County, Vidak, R-Hanford, topped the list at 95 percent; followed by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, at 86 percent and state senators Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, each at 82 percent.

Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula, the only Democrat among the state representatives, earned the lowest score, with a voting record lining up with the Chamber’s positions just 50 percent of the time last year.

Elected officials scoring above 70 percent — which is everyone but Arambula — will be honored with a Fresno Chamber award for their voting record at a reception on Jan. 18.

“The Fresno Chamber will continue to monitor issues at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and at the federal level in order to score the business-related issues that these elected officials vote on,” the release states.

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