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Jun 7, 2019 Two Fresno City Councilmembers made an atypical move at a press conference today by throwing in their support for a clean water drinking fund—as long as it doesn’t involve a tax. At Gaston Middle School in South Fresno, community members and advocates met to urge lawmakers to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, a pot of money the legislature is considering creating in order to provide drinking water cleanup in disadvantaged communities. Councilmembers Miguel Arias and Esmeralda Soria attended the conference, though they didn’t speak, and Arias said in an interview later that a drinking water fund should be a non-partisan issue. “We absolutely support it, because it would give us a source to be able to replenish our drinking wells over the next few years,” he said. Last year, however, when an earlier Senate Bill proposed a statewide water tax as a funding source, the City of Fresno opposed the fund . But this year, a non-tax option has been put forward, which the City

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