The Fresno City Council opposed plans to hike entry fees at popular national parks during its meeting Thursday, Nov. 3.
By a 5-0 vote, the council voiced its opposition to a federal plan that would increase fees to enter popular national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon. Under a Trump administration proposal, fees would go up from $30 per car to $70 during the peak spring and summer seasons.
Most members expressed concern that the increased rates would price out Valley residents.
Councilmen Clint Olivier and Paul Caprioglio were absent from the dais at the time and did not vote.
You can comment pro or con about the fee increases at this National Park Service link. The comment period ends Nov. 23.
Commercial Trash Rates Will Rise
The council approved an increase in commercial trash rates in the city. In the eight years of the contract with Allied Waste and Mid-Valley Disposal, this is the fourth increase. They will go up 2.9% and 2.97% respectively. That means an increase of about $0.28-$0.31 cents a month.
The increased passed on a 5-0 vote.
Mayor Brand Supports 25 Cap and Trade Projects
The city council heard an update on $70 million of cap and trade funds coming to the city. The 25 projects include funding for a new Fresno City College campus in west Fresno, green space, and mixed-income housing.
The final application must be submitted to the state by Nov. 30.
Mayor Lee Brand addressed the council, giving it his full support. The centerpiece, Brand said, is a new Fresno City College campus in southwest Fresno. The council is expected to vote on the spending plan in February.
Caprioglio indicated his support for the plan, adding that he hoped similar projects can be done in his District 4.
Clovis City Council Will Vote on Hotel
The Clovis City Council is slated on Monday (Nov. 13) to vote on allowing a 111-room hotel. The proposed four-story Home2 Suites by Hilton is located at the southeast corner of Clovis and Santa Ana avenues. City staff recommends approval.
The council will also hear about a 16-acre project on Shaw Avenue between DeWolf and Leonard avenues. A gas station and three commercial buildings are proposed there.