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Mayor Brand’s Team Apologizes to Council About Federal Fire Grant

June 16, 2020

At the end of Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Doni’s presentation to the city council on Monday, council president Miguel Arias apologized.

What was the apology for?

The arguing that ensured [sic] after the council learned Fresno Mayor Lee Brand’s administration never filed for an important federal grant. The grant would have provided more than $6 million over five years for Donis’ understaffed department.

The mayor’s team told the council that concerns over the city’s finances during COVID-19 and the possibility of declining the grant influenced their decision not to apply.

City manager Wilma Quan and chief of staff Tim Orman apologized for not telling councilmembers of their decision.

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