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Could Calwa Become Part of Fresno? Talks Are Underway



The historic "rocket ship" and all of Calwa Park could be annexed into the city of Fresno. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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The community of Calwa could officially become part of the city of Fresno, says Mayor Jerry Dyer.

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“It would not be a financial benefit to us,” Dyer told the Government Affairs Council of the Fresno Chamber on Wednesday. “We would absorb it.”

While talks of annexing Calwa  — with a population of about 2,000 in the vicinity of Cedar and Jensen avenues  — is not new, the recent Measure C discussions renewed the efforts. Dyer presented a plan last week that reformulated the spending equation for the proposed $6.8 billion sales tax extension for transportation projects.

Approximately $187 million will be taken away from unincorporated portions of Fresno County and spent in the cities instead. Dyer said the annexation of cities would eventually even out the money the county is losing out on.

When land is annexed into a city like Fresno, the city and county split the tax revenue. At one point, it was a 50/50 share. Then, it was 38%/62% in favor of the county. The tax sharing agreement expired two years ago.

Dyer agreed to return to the 38/62 split with the updated Measure C plan. He says he has been talking with city councilman Luis Chavez and Fresno County Supervisor Sal Quintero about the annexation.

Above: Mayor Jerry Dyer talks about Measure C with the Government Affairs Council. (GV Wire/David Taub). Below, a map of Calwa. (GV Wire/Paul Marshall)

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Still No Marijuana Spending Committee

Now that the first two retail marijuana shops have opened in Fresno, the city is finally collected sales tax — 10% of sales.

Voters passed Measure A in 2018, which is supposed to establish a nine-member committee to recommend how to spend the money. Ten percent of the tax collected goes to a separate Community Benefit Fund.

As of today, no one has been nominated to serve on the board. The mayor has two selections, and each councilmember has one. Measure A did not specify a timetable for establishing the committee.

Up to 21 retail cannabis licenses will be granted — only one license remains unissued.

The city also faced seven lawsuits from applicants that did not make the cut. The city has prevailed in two of them so far. The remaining litigation is in various stages of the court process.

Council Working During Its Break

Even though the Fresno City Council had no scheduled meetings since it passed the budget on June 30, it had two closed session meetings this week.

On Tuesday, the city council met to discuss the bus drivers’ contract. Thursday, the board met to discuss the Tower Theatre purchase.

As of Thursday, escrow has not closed on the city’s $6 million purchase of the theater.

Neither meeting produced an announcement of a result. The next regularly scheduled meeting is July 21.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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