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Fresno Mayor Lee Brand is hitting the reset button on how to distribute $12 million in SB 1 gas tax funds to repair local city roads.
Four council members, whose districts’ encompass south and central Fresno, vociferously objected to Brand’s original plan. Esmeralda Soria, Miguel Arias, Luis Chavez, and Nelson Esparza felt their dilapidated streets, lack of sidewalks, and history of neglect warranted a larger share of the spending.

Following their comments, councilmen Steve Brandau and Garry Bredefeld, representing north Fresno districts, objected to their colleagues’ objections. The called it “class warfare.”
After all the back-and-forth arguing, Brand pulled the vote from Thursday’s city council agenda.

How Brand Set Priorities

How did the city set its list of 50-plus projects in the first place? The answer can be found in this memo, written by public works director Scott Mozier.
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Brand says he will bring an updated plan to the council April 11.

What Does Caprioglio Think?

Every councilmember spoke about the plan publicly except for east-central representative Paul Caprioglio.
“I’m the strong silent type. I”m a below the radar guy,” he said about the debate.
He added he is optimistic the council and mayor will find a resolution.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email