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Past articles by John:

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A San Diego State University-affiliated research laboratory sent out an email with a link to a new study it had conducted. An expletive came in a response from a California Department of Education employee. He then hung up on a caller who sought an explanation. → Read More

Donald Trump lands in Fresno, heads to Tulare looking for cash and talking water

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump visits the central San Joaquin Valley today to raise money for his campaign and share his views on water. → Read More

Fresno city spokesman hits mayoral candidate in epic Twitter rant

In the tweet that started it all, Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff said he had “held my tongue long enough.” → Read More

California agriculture sees failed crop of presidential hopefuls

Central San Joaquin Valley agriculture doesn’t like what it sees in Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, especially on immigration. Farmers prefer Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but say they can foresee the possibility of backing Democrat Hillary Clinton because she favors comprehensive immigration reform. → Read More

Valley Democrats frustrated with national party leaders running local campaigns

Several prominent Democrats from across the central and southern stretches of the San Joaquin Valley are frustrated with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, saying the organization is more a hindrance than a help in winning local elections. → Read More

Sell a golf course? Lease a Japanese restaurant? Fresno looking at creative ways to raise cash

Like any big city, Fresno is high on needs and short on cash. → Read More

In historic vote, Fresno council agrees to reopen Fulton Mall to vehicles

The Fresno City Council on Thursday paved the way for the end of an era, voting 6-1 to award a construction contract to tear up the Fulton Mall and return traffic to the pedestrian thoroughfare for the first time since 1964. → Read More

Olsen weighs options after reaching Assembly term limit

A year from now, Modesto Republican Kristin Olsen will reach her state Assembly term limit, and it was assumed she’d run for the state Senate seat now held by fellow Republican Tom Berryhill in 2018, when he reaches his term limit. → Read More

Fresno County Democrats rife with internal dissension

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee is an organization in turmoil. → Read More

Bystander wrestles man to ground after robbery attempt

A 31-year-old Fresno gang member was arrested Thursday after a bystander wrestled him to the ground during an armed robbery attempt at the Dollar Tree store just east of downtown, police say. → Read More

Fresno City Council approves development code

The Fresno City Council on Thursday night approved an updated set of rules and regulations that will guide how the city will grow, look and feel over the coming years, if not decades. → Read More

Fresno council eliminates bonuses paid to top city officials

The Fresno City Council voted Thursday to eliminate bonuses paid to top city employees in the wake of a controversy between the council and Mayor Ashley Swearengin. → Read More

Community activist H. Spees says he’ll run for Fresno mayor

For what seemed like a brief moment a little more than a decade ago, community activist H. Spees stepped into the political arena as a possible Fresno mayoral candidate. Then, almost as quickly, he retreated and instead became senior pastor at Northwest Church. → Read More

Fresno council wants to shine light on bonuses to top city officials

The Fresno City Council is poised to put significant teeth into the city’s 5-year-old Transparency Act less than a week after news broke that Mayor Ashley Swearengin gave bonuses and deferred compensation packages totaling $300,000 to some of her top lieutenants. → Read More

Swearengin apologizes for ‘dropping the ball’ on publicizing staff bonuses

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Friday issued a written statement apologizing for not being more forthcoming about bonuses and deferred compensation totaling $300,000 that her administration awarded to key staff members over the past few years. → Read More

Swearengin hands out bonuses to Fresno Police Chief Dyer, top staffers

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has handed out more than $200,000 in performance bonuses to key staff members the past few years, raising universal outrage among City Council members who say they were unaware of the cash payouts. → Read More

Connie Perez drops out of 21st Congressional District race

Tulare County native Connie Perez, who less than a month ago jumped into the 21st Congressional District race with a slick campaign video and the apparent support of national Democrats who are looking for ways to oust incumbent Republican David Valadao, abruptly ended her campaign Tuesday. → Read More

In new scales of presidential political donors, Valley doesn’t measure up

During the summer, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Nisei Farmers League President Manuel Cunha both said they were working on bringing in Republican Jeb Bush for a Fresno-area fundraiser. → Read More

Fresno legal titan Lowell Carruth remembered for his 1-2 punch: Nice and competitive

Lowell Carruth’s professional life, it seems, is the stuff of legend. → Read More

Fresno auditor: Police shooting investigations take too long

Fresno’s police auditor says the department is taking too long to complete internal reviews of officer-involved shootings. → Read More