As a Fresno resident, Rep. Jim Costa cast a Measure G ballot.
But Costa — a Democrat who represents around half of the city in Congress — refuses to say how he voted, or whether he supports or opposes the proposal to outsource Fresno’s residential trash pickup.
Costa does say he was approached by both the pro- and anti-Measure G sides, who sought his backing. But he says he doesn’t want to get immersed in city politics, especially a battle as pitched as Measure G.
He added that when he first looked at Measure G, he felt it had merit, but the more he studied the issue, he came the conclusion that it was a local issue and he is an elected official at the federal level, and not at the city level.
Costa’s unwillingness to publicly declare a position on Measure G is directly opposite of the congressman who represents the other half of the city — Tulare Republican Devin Nunes.
Nunes not only supported Measure G, he also cut a radio ad for KMJ (AM 580) urging voters to approve the city initiative.