Political notebook: Fresno Council Member Clint Olivier plans run for 2nd term

The Fresno BeeSeptember 6, 2013 

Fresno Council Member Clint Olivier

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Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier made it official Wednesday — he will seek a second term serving District 7, which covers the central part of the city.

The decision was never in doubt. A few months ago, Olivier already was sparring with public employee unions over his second term. The unions were feeling good after defeating Measure G, Fresno's residential trash privatization proposal, which Oliver supported.

"Hit me with your best shot," he said at the time.

Olivier, 38, made his announcement in front of Babcock Lawnmowers on Blackstone Avenue.

He was backed by more than three dozen people holding campaign signs with the slogan "Good News for Fresno."

Olivier said in an interview that he has been walking precincts for three weeks, and "the response has been very encouraging."

He also pointed out that members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1027 — Fresno's bus drivers — and the city's firefighters' union came to the campaign kickoff to show their support.

It is, Olivier said, "indicative of a major split in labor." He said it also shows he isn't anti-labor.

Other unions still are looking for an opponent for Olivier. They feel he has not championed their causes and has opposed some labor issues after telling unions he was supportive.

— John Ellis

Table Mountain leads effort to stop casinos

Table Mountain Rancheria is leading the fundraising effort backing a referendum to stop off-reservation Indian gaming in California.

In the first month after the formation of an organization to get a measure on the ballot to stop gaming that is not on Indian lands, more than $700,000 was raised.

Table Mountain has contributed $350,000, according to California Secretary of State expenditure records through Aug. 31. To get on the 2014 election ballot the referendum requires more than 504,760 signatures by Oct. 1.

The referendum's proponent is Cheryl Schmit, director of Northern California-based Stand Up For California, a group that opposes gaming that is not on tribal land.

The money was donated to Keep Vegas-Style Casinos Out of Neighborhoods, a project of Stand Up For California.

The fight is focused against the North Fork Mono Rancheria Indians, whose off-reservation casino project was approved earlier this year by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, as well as the Oroville-based Enterprise Maidu tribe, which is awaiting state approval for a casino near Marysville.

The other major donor for the referendum is Brigade Capital Management, which has given $261,100, the Secretary of State's office said. Brigade Management is the major investor in the restructured Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino bonds.

Another $76,440 was donated from two more financial firms. Club One Casino in downtown Fresno also contributed $15,000, state records show.

— Marc Benjamin


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