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Raise on the Table for Fresno City Attorney Janz. How Big Will It Be?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 21, 2024

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Fresno City Attorney Andrew Janz could get a raise.

Mayor Dyer hires a new Latino liaison.

Gov. Newsom appoints Clovis doctor to state board.


The Fresno City Council wants to give its attorney a raise after 14-plus months on the job.

Andrew Janz started as the city attorney in December 2022. His contract called for a base salary of $240,000. A proposal from City Council President Annalisa Perea and Councilmember Tyler Maxwell would bump Janz’s salary by $15,000. The item is on Thursday’s city council agenda.

“It’s evidence that the council trusts in my ability to provide legal advice to the city in an effective and collaborative manner, working with the administration,” Janz told Politics 101.

Janz would not say if he asked for the raise, but says he isn’t going anywhere.

“I’m not threatening to go anywhere. I’m happy where I’m at. I wake up every day, come to work, and try to do what’s in the best interests for the city,” Janz said.

In his time in office, Janz has worked with the state Attorney General’s office to crack down on illegal pot shops. He also announced a recent campaign to go after employers stealing their workers wages.

Transparency has been a mixed bag with Janz. He has communicated with the media more than his predecessor Douglas Sloan. However, the city council continues to make decisions in closed session — away from public scrutiny and perhaps afoul of open meeting laws — under Janz’s watch without reporting results publicly.

Neither Perea nor Maxwell responded to messages for comment.

New Liaison in Dyer’s OCA

Nicolas Madrigal

Mayor Jerry Dyer added to his Office of Community Affairs team.

Nicolas Madrigal will serve as the liaison for the Latino community.

“My objective is to become the voice of the Latino community within the City (La Voz Del Pueblo) to voice their concerns and make the Latino community feel part of our city. I hope that our Latino Fresno Community truly believes that our city leaders work every day towards creating a better community,” Madrigal said in a city news release.

Dyer started the OCA in 2021, as a way to connect to minority groups in the city. There are also liaisons for the Asian/Pacific Islander, BIPOC, Indian, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Madrigal, 35, comes from a background in radio sales, where he worked for several groups — most recently at Cumulus Media. He is also a licensed Realtor and serves as vice president for the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Madrigal replaces Alma Martinez, who left last year to become executive director for the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative.

Governor Appoints Clovis Doctor to State Medical Board

Dr. Hemant Dhingra (Kaweah Health)

Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Clovis doctor Hemant Dhingra to the Medical Board of California.

Dhingra, a nephrologist (kidneys), has been chief of medical staff at Saint Agnes Medical Center since 2023. He also has been president of the Nephrology Group.

The 15-member state medical board licenses and disciplines doctors.

Dhingra, 55, is a registered Democrat. The position pays $100 per diem.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
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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