Has Lee Brand already locked up the Mayor’s race?May 3, 2015
City Councilman Lee Brand just might have intentionally (or unintentionally) shut down one of the most interesting Valley races in 2016: Fresno’s mayoral race. His bid, in earnest, started when The Fresno Bee‘s George Hostetter announced in 2012 that...
Dems in disarray, still looking for half-decent Valadao challengerMay 2, 2015
Apparently, recruiting a guy who lost an open Fresno County Supervisor seat by 25 points isn’t exactly top-tier material to challenge Rep. David Valadao. Or so says a local Democratic leader. Fresno County Young Democrats chair Matt...
Barbara Boxer is just as clueless about the drought as you thoughtMay 2, 2015
Sen. Barbara Boxer’s relationship with the public is generally pretty heated or downright embarassing. That tenuous relationship even extends to visits with fellow California officials. Tony Boren, executive director of the Fresno Council of Governments, wrote in The...
Staggering number of Fresno lawns still being watered like golf coursesMay 2, 2015
After Gov. Jerry Brown let the hammer down with his water use restrictions a few weeks ago, you’d like to believe that Californians – especially in communities hardest hit by the drought. But you’d still...
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After seeing Valley hospital grades, you might want to get a second opinionMay 2, 2015
The latest grades are in for Valley hospitals and that’s bad news for most hospital administrators. Three of seven Valley hospitals had below-average safety grades in the latest Hospital Safety Score release, provided by the...
Nelson Esparza’s bid for City Council: an enigma wrapped in a proxy warNovember 17, 2017
Campaign 2018 could turn Nelson Esparza into Fresno’s newest political hero. Or it could end up adding his name to the city’s long list of political nincompoops. Esparza wants to succeed Clint Olivier as the...
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Steady progress on parks yields Roeding plans, new PARCS directorNovember 14, 2017
“Steady progress” is the name of the game these days at Fresno’s Parks Department. Bur for how long? For example, Parks is planning a major upgrade to the southeast corner of Roeding Park. This area...
Ventura Broadcasting cancels Malos show “Connect with Me”November 9, 2017
It looks like John Malos’ public affairs TV show “Connect with Me” is gone for good. “It’s not on a hiatus,” Malos told me by phone on Wednesday. “It’s cancelled.” Malos said the bosses told...
Bulldogs steamroll New Mexico, 38-0, with dazzling offenseOctober 14, 2017
Behind Marcus McMariyon's arm (and even legs), Fresno State continued its roll through Mountain West play staying unbeaten in the conference.
Jim Verros on a Fresno Unified strike: “It’s going to change the conversation”September 25, 2017
A teacher's strike will shakeup the summer storyline of Brooke Ashjian's comments and put the focus back on bread-and-butter issues.
Jim Verros on DACA changes: “Absolutely this is a ploy” by both partiesSeptember 10, 2017
Jim Verros talked with CBS47 This Morning to discuss changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.