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What’s Next for Lee Brand, Who Quietly Made Fresno a Better City?

Lee Brand soon will exit politics and the Fresno mayoral chair as a man of his word, hoping that residents all over the city prosper, and riding the high of bringing Southwest Airlines here. Freed from the grind of leading California's fifth-largest city amid the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Granite Park Lawsuit Accuses Fresno of Racism, Retaliation

Terance Frazier, the Fresno developer who has had a long-running disagreement with the city over Granite Park, filed a federal lawsuit Friday night. In the suit, Frazier claims the city of Fresno — which owns the facility — failed to live up to its obligations when he leased the Granite...

COVID-19 Kills Parks-Safety Sales Tax Effort, Brand Says

Mayor Lee Brand says there is no chance that a successor to Measure P — the 2018 sales tax measure for parks currently ruled to have failed — will be on the November ballot. "You're going to see nothing on the November ballot. The COVID crisis and the consequence, which is...

Right Man at the Right Time for Fresno Police Reform

Fresno is fortunate to have Oliver Baines heading its police reform commission. He has the temperament, brainpower, and experience to lead a group with divergent personalities (and expectations) in a successful effort. Most important: He knows what's at stake because he's lived it. "I think this is something that we're...

Police Aren’t Defunded as Fresno Approves $1.3 Billion Budget

The Fresno City Council adopted a budget on Tuesday, continuing last year's $1.3 billion spending plan for another three months. "For an elected official, this is the year from hell, but we've all done a remarkable job and all the pressure of working together," Fresno Mayor Lee Brand said. The...

Advance Peace Is Approved, but Arias and Hall Remain at Odds

Even though the Fresno City Council approved funding for Advance Peace, perhaps council president Miguel Arias and police chief Andrew Hall didn't get the message Thursday. They continued their public sniping at each other during the debate. Also in Politics 101: Arias, Hall snipe at each other over police metrics....

Mayor Brand’s Team Apologizes to Council About Federal Fire Grant

At the end of Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Doni's presentation to the city council on Monday, council president Miguel Arias apologized. What was the apology for? The arguing that ensured after the council learned Fresno Mayor Lee Brand's administration never filed for an important federal grant. The grant would have...

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