Fresno chamber restarts dormant effort to grade supervisors' performance

Posted by John Ellis on January 10, 2014 

Fresno County Supervisor Judy Case

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There was a time when the Fresno Chamber of Commerce weighed in on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. It studied member votes and rated them. It weighed in annually on the proposed county budget.

But then the chamber got away from that, and time passed.

Now, the chamber is getting back in the game. It has just put out a new scorecard on the supervisors and their votes supporting business.

“We tried to increase our oversight of the supervisors this past year, and that is something we will continue to work on,” said Ruth Evans, the chamber’s vice chairwoman of governmental affairs.

It looks like the chamber is easing into it. For last year, supervisors were only rated on three votes: a cooperation task force between Fresno city and county, an incentive program that would expedite the land-use and the building permit process for “strategic industries” looking to start up or relocate in the county, and supporting a private group known as Creating Prosperity, whose goal is to develop jobs and wealth throughout the city.

And the results?

Supervisors Judy Case and Andreas Borgeas got 100%, which means they voted the chamber’s way on each of the three issues. And Supervisors Phil Larson, Henry R. Perea and Debbie Poochigian each got 66%.

Larson, Perea and Poochigian were all dinged for not supporting the cooperation task force. In addition, both Poochigian and Perea abstained from voting on the strategic industries incentive program.

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