The Fresno Chamber of Commerce has released its report card of elected officials for 2019.
Written by David Castellon
Fresno City Council members Paul Caprioglio, Mike Karbassi and Luis Chavez received the top grades for their votes on business-related issues in the 2019 Legislative Report Card issued by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.
The three councilmen scored 100%, the highest scores among their fellow council members, as well as state legislators representing Fresno.
“The annual Report Cards grade local and state elected officials on their votes on critical issues that the Fresno chamber has taken a position on during the calendar year. The Fresno City Council scored favorably and showed a commitment to growing the local economy and creating jobs,” states a press release from the chamber.
As for the other Fresno City Council members, Esmeralda Soria, Miguel Arias and Garry Bredefeld each received 75% scores.
Councilmember Nelson Esparza was given a 50% score.
Karbassi’s score is based on votes taken after he assumed office in August, taking the council seat Steve Brandau vacated after being elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.
The other council members’ scores reflect votes over the full year.
“The Fresno Chamber of Commerce appreciates the scores of our city council members,” chamber President and CEO Nathan Ahle said in a written statement. “By and large, these scores reflect a willingness to take into consideration the needs of the local business community when making decisions.
“The makeup of the current council has resulted in fewer scoreable items this year, primarily because the council members have been able to collaborate to develop compromises and positions on the fly. We applaud their willingness to work together and move policy forward.”
As for the state politicians, the chamber gave them high marks for voting in support of business-related issues beneficial to the city, with state Sen. Andreas Borgeas, R-Fresno, and Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno tying with 94% scores, followed by state senators Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger, also tying with scores of 76%.
Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, earned a 65% percent score.
No scores were issued for any of the Fresno County supervisors.
The elected officials who scored higher than 70 percent each will be honored with a Fresno Chamber award for their voting record at a reception on Jan. 30.