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Do Fresno Councilmembers Deserve 23% Raise?

Do Fresno City Councilmembers deserve a 23% raise? That question is up for debate at the next meeting Dec. 14. According to the agenda, Councilman Oliver Baines is sponsoring the ordinance that would raise council salaries from $65,000 to $80,000. The counc...

High Times & High Stakes of California’s Legal Weed

Opinion by Joe Mathews California’s 2018 transition to legal marijuana contains a mind-bending paradox: Ending prohibitions on marijuana is going to require an awful lot of aggressive law enforcement. On Jan. 1, California will not merely be...

Bumper Sticker Solutions Sound Good But Rarely Work

Opinion By Bill McEwen I feel Steve Brandau's pain. The Fresno city councilman has sticker shock over the cost of a proposed Blackstone Avenue affordable housing project. Upon doing the math, Brandau announced to the world that the per-unit cost ...