The Fresno City Council approved a new general plan last night that for the first time attempts to but the brakes on suburban sprawl.
Over the next two decades, the plan calls for about half of the city's future growth to take place within the existing city limits and the rest in new growth areas like west of Highway 99 and in Southeast Fresno.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin called the council's 5-2 vote historic, and a new direction for the city.
The California Supreme Court appears poised to leave intact the right of local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Ben Adler has more on the court’s oral arguments today in a case involving a dispensary and the city of Riverside.
Here’s the core question for the justices in this case: Do state laws that allow the use of medical marijuana trump the long-standing powers of local governments to make their own land use and zoning decisions? Many justices appeared skeptical. Here’s Justice Joyce Kennard pressing the attorney representing the dispensary: