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Fresno taxpayers submit signatures for water rate referendum

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June 25, 2014 By John Hrabe. A group of Fresno taxpayers, who've been thwarted at every turn by city leaders, is expected today to submit thousands of signatures to qualify a water rate referendum for the November ballot. This morning, shortly after 10:30 a.m., the group Citizens of Lower Water Bills — Yes on Measure W will turn in thousands of signed petitions — nearly four weeks before the deadline —...

Controller’s race headed to recount ‘crap shoot’

Jimmy Camp
June 25, 2014 By John Hrabe. The day after an election, if a race remains too close to call, every Republican's first call is to Jimmy Camp, the best GOP ground organizer in the state. He's pictured at right. While the rest of us nurse our election night hangovers, the partner with GoCo Consulting is usually on his way to a registrar of voters office to monitor ballot counting for a race that remains undec...

GOP wants water conveyance in bond

Delta proposal, usbr.gov image
June 24, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Will Gov. Jerry Brown's Twin Tunnels project for the California Delta still make it into the $11 billion water bond projected for the November election? It's still possible. The bond has been postponed twice already because legislators didn't think it would pass muster with voters in 2010 and 2012. But the ongoing state drought gives it more urgency this year. The new w...

New suit filed against high-speed rail

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June 24, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. On June 23, the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund filed a new lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project. TRANSDEF supports the project, but not the current planning. In a statement explaining the suit, TRANSDEF challenged “the Governor's fallback funding scheme for high-speed rail.” In that system, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature last week ag...
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