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Mayor Doesn't Mention Water

We'd like to think that the industry that is most important to the region would deserve a comment at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.

Jan 25, 2016

It's no secret that Fresno's Mayor has not been the champion for water that we hoped she'd be.  As the Mayor of the biggest city in the man-made drought section of California we'd like to think that the industry that is most important to the region would deserve a comment at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.

We provide a link to her comments below.  She does mention that we are the food capital of the world, but doesn't mention the attack on farming when it comes to water.  She credits the Obama Administration for all kinds of help in turning Fresno around like the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative that helped develop a growth plan; she mentions the importance of high-speed rail and how we've broken ground in Fresno;  she mentions the federal partnership that will help revitalize the Fulton Mall and new transit lines; but, no mention of water problems that have been the top story the region and the farming community for the past four years of drought.

We would think that the most important industry in the Central Valley and the topic of most concern to all Californians, the drought and water policy, deserved some kind of comment.  

We have long maintained that if Mayors and City Councilpeople and other local officials all over the Valley don't get involved in trying to solve the biggest problem we have, it probably isn't going to be solved.  

We hope the next Mayor of Fresno sees a place for their voice in the batlle to get the water problem solved.  It might not help their relationship with the Governor or Obama, but it would certainly help the people of the San Joaquin Valley and all the citizens of Fresno.  


Swearengin Speaks at White House Press Conference

White House

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin spoke in the White House press room this morning, touting her work in partnership with the Obama Administration to improve Fresno's economy.

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