All posts tagged "city of fresno"
City of Fresno has thousands of dollars in unclaimed property at controller’s office
Last week, CalNewsroom.com first reported that GOP controller candidate Ashley Swearengin has unclaimed property at the state controller’s office. “We’re not talking substantial issues here,” Tim Clark, Swearengin’s campaign consultant, told the Fresno Bee. “$16 in unclaimed property —...
- Posted October 23, 2014
Brulte’s Fables: Ashley Swearengin stings California Republicans
Ashley Swearengin, like the scorpion that stung the frog, can’t seem to help herself. This weekend, the divisive mayor of Fresno added California Republicans to the long list of people she can’t get along with — turning...
- Posted September 21, 2014
Union foe Chuck Reed endorses Ashley Swearengin for state controller
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, one of the state’s leading opponents of labor unions, has crossed party lines to endorse Ashley Swearengin for state controller. The pro-business Democrat said he’s worked closely with his Fresno counterpart on issues...
- Posted July 30, 2014
Fresno water rate referendum headed for ballot
Fresno residents will have the final say on the city’s controversial plan to double water rates in the coming years. On Tuesday, election officials certified that the petition drive spearheaded by former Fresno County Supervisor Doug Vagim...
- Posted July 11, 2014
Fresno taxpayers submit signatures for water rate referendum
A group of Fresno taxpayers, who’ve been thwarted at every turn by city leaders, has submitted thousands of signatures to qualify a water rate referendum for the November ballot. On Tuesday morning, the group Citizens of Lower Water Bills...
- Posted June 26, 2014
State Controller 2014: Yee, Perez expected to face Swearengin in November
Three established California politicians — each from a different region of the state — are asking voters to give them control of the state’s checkbook. Two Democrats, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John...
- Posted May 25, 2014
City of Fresno spent “more than we expected” on water rate lawsuits
The City of Fresno says that the $232,000 it’s spent to fight a water rate referendum is “more than we expected.” “These costs have become more than we expected because a court has yet to rule on the primary...
- Posted May 22, 2014
Exclusive: Fresno spends $232,000 in taxpayer funds on water rate lawsuits
Nearly a quarter million dollars in taxpayer funds has been spent by the City of Fresno in its ongoing lawsuits to keep a water rate referendum off the ballot, a CalNewsroom.com investigation has revealed. As of May 6, the city has spent $232,254.28 to sue a...
- Posted May 21, 2014
Appeals Court Orders Fresno to Issue Ballot Title for Water Rate Petition
A panel of three appellate justices unanimously ordered the city of Fresno to issue a ballot title and summary to a taxpayer group seeking to overturn the city’s controversial new water rate hike. In a Thursday ruling, the 5th...
- Posted January 17, 2014
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Raises Water Rates, Then Sues Taxpayers
Fresno residents could see their water rates double, and in the process, all Californians could see their petition powers diminished, if a state appellate court doesn’t act quickly on a lawsuit to stop strong-arm tactics by the city of...
- Posted January 14, 2014