Category Archives: Local Political News

Bredefeld: Fresno Should Regulate and Tax Airbnb

Bredefeld: Fresno Should Regulate and Tax Airbnb

FRESNO (KMJ) – Fresno could regulate Airbnb’s and make them pay taxes, if a new law is adopted by the Fresno City Council. “We’ve had some problems in our district and other district,” Garry Bredefeld said. Fresno District Six Councilman Garry Bredefeld says Airbnb’s have become such a problem, they need to be regulated, so…MORE

Chevron Ordered to Provide More Info Re: Kern County Leaks

Chevron Ordered to Provide More Info Re: Kern County Leaks

FRESNO (KMJ) – Regulators are ordering Chevron to provide more information about recent and ongoing oil leaks in Kern County. The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources is saying that the material Chevron has turned over regarding the leaks is unsatisfactory, according to the Bakersfield Californian. The agency is demanding records, maps, diagrams…MORE

Legislature Redefines What It Means to be an Independent Contractor

Legislature Redefines What It Means to be an Independent Contractor

FRESNO (KMJ) – The law that would forever change the way millions of Californians work is waiting for the governor’s signature. State lawmakers have passed a bill that would give wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy jobs like Uber and Lyft, by changing the definition of what it means to be…MORE

Permanent Daylight Saving Time in California on Hold

Permanent Daylight Saving Time in California on Hold

FRESNO (KMJ) – The rituals of springing forward and falling back won’t be going away anytime soon. San Jose Democrat Assemblyman Kansen Chu announced that he is making a two-year bill out of AB 7, which would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in California. Chu introduced AB 7 after the successful passage of Proposition 7…MORE

College Athletes Could Earn Endorsement Cash if New Law Approved

College Athletes Could Earn Endorsement Cash if New Law Approved

FRESNO (KMJ) – The State of California is getting closer to letting college athletes make money. The state Assembly has passed legislation to allow college athletes to get paid for endorsements, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA. The bill would let college athletes hire agents and be paid for the use of their…MORE

Amid Protests, Newsom Signs Controversial Vaccination Bill

Amid Protests, Newsom Signs Controversial Vaccination Bill

FRESNO (KMJ) – The state legislature approved changes to the school vaccine bill sought by Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 276 was a controversial bill aiming to crack down on medical exemptions for vaccines. Lawmakers passed the companion bill Monday despite protesters’ efforts to disrupt the proceedings. The follow-up legislation gives school children grace periods that…MORE

Nunes Drops One Lawsuit; Files Another

Nunes Drops One Lawsuit; Files Another

FRESNO (KMJ) – Fresno Republican Congressman Devin Nunes is making some moves in the courtroom. Wednesday Nunes filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Virginia against opposition research group Fusion GPS and the left-wing Campaign for Accountability, saying the two groups attempted to intimidate and harass him because of his investigation into the Fusion GPS…MORE

Janz Cries Foul Over County Proposal to Reform Employee Time Off

Janz Cries Foul Over County Proposal to Reform Employee Time Off

FRESNO (KMJ) – A candidate for Fresno mayor is crying foul over a county proposal to force political candidates to take unpaid leave. Andrew Janz says he may take legal action if the Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopts a rule change that would amend Fresno County’s policies for employee leave while that employee is…MORE

David Valadao Officially Announces Candidacy for Congress

David Valadao Officially Announces Candidacy for Congress

FRESNO (KMJ) – A former congressman has made it official, he’s running to win his old job back. Former 21st District Representative David Valadao has officially announced his candidacy for congress. The Valley Republican will run against Democrat Congressman TJ Cox, the man who ousted him in 2018. Cox won that election by the thinnest…MORE

Deputy Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall Named to Succeed Dyer

Deputy Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall Named to Succeed Dyer

FRESNO (KMJ) – Mayor Lee Brand announced, on an interim basis, Deputy Police Chief Andy Hall will succeed outgoing chief Jerry Dyer when he retires in October. The 58 year-old Hall is a graduate of Hoover High School, and he’s been with Fresno PD since he was an 18 year-old cadet. Choking back tears, Hall…MORE