Debacle in the hills: Why Fresno County officials ignored water warnings, and why taxpayers are paying the price
A high-end housing development in the foothills above Fresno that never should have been approved based on unreliable groundwater is now getting a $4.2 million taxpayer bailout to bring in surface water that may, or may not, materialize.
The Fresno Planning Commission approved the project over objections to wait until negotiations between the developer and community groups had finalized. It still needs approval from the Fresno City Council.
The problem stems from high inflows of water into Millerton Lake from the recent storms, according to a Fresno County representative.
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…
The doors to four community centers will be kept open 24/7 until Jan. 15, as Fresno is expected to receive record-high precipitation levels due to a barrage of atmospheric rivers pummeling California. On Monday, Fresno city officials announced that its four warming centers will be turned into storm relief centers, so that any member of…
Valley Air Board approves ozone standard, accepts $6.1M for zero-emission commercial landscaping equipment
Valley Air Board approves ozone standard and accepts $6.1M for commercial landscaping equipment to wrap up a year fraught with resignations and mounting pressure for more oversight.
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