Measure G Defeated, Mayor Announces Budget, Layoff Plans
Fresno’s Measure G officially went down in defeat today. With around 600 votes left to count, updated numbers from the Fresno County Elections Office show that the controversial residential trash outsourcing measure now trails by of 801 votes.
The move is a defeat for Mayor Ashley Swearengin and ends her effort to sell off the service to a private contractor in order to generate additional money for the crash strapped city’s general fund.
The move comes on the same day that the mayor announced her budget plans, which attempts to fill a nearly $3 million budget gap through either 25 fewer police officer positions through attrition, or with the layoffs of 49 civilian positions throughout various city hall departments.