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Is Mayor Brand Free to Lead, a Lame Duck, or Both?

Last year produced the election that knocked City Hall off of its right-leaning political axis, propelled it sharply left, and made "patience" a word for a bygone era. Deliberative, consensus-building Mayor Lee Brand saw the handwriting on the wall and decided not to seek a second term. His thinking? By taking...

Fresno City Council to Vote on 23% Raises in Lame Duck Session

Oliver Baines hopes to give two of his colleagues and two incoming councilmen a parting gift — a 23% raise. Baines is headed into the last month of his council tenure. He is termed out, with his service concluding Jan. 8, 2019. “It’s long overdue. I’ve had the privilege and...