A tall task: EPA raises the bar for troubled Valley air regulators

On Friday, the country’s top air regulator proposed to strengthen federal rules for one of the Valley’s most dangerous and common air pollutants: PM2.5 particles.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal would require drastic pollution cuts from local air regulators – the Valley air district and the California Air Resources Board.  San Joaquin Valley residents…

City Council rezones 25% of 92.5 acres of disputed land to industrial, asks city planner to find solution for the rest

When the Fresno City Council began its hearing on the application by developers to rezone 92.5-acre, 15-parcel site in southwest Fresno from the current Neighborhood Mixed Use zoning to Light Industrial Use, the potential outcomes seemed straightforward. The council had four options: to approve, to reject, to table, or to  approve with modifications. The council…

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