Step inside the Fresno City Council Chambers and you’ll likely find residents making public comments, rallying around issues of housing and health. In some cases, these residents are persuading council members to change their minds about projects and policies. One possible reason for the boost in civic engagement? Social justice groups. Brianna Calix covers Fresno City Hall for the Fresno Bee, and one of her latest stories digs into how these groups have spent the last decade speaking out alongside residents on issues spanning from air quality and health to homelessness.
Listen to the interview above to hear Calix break down her reporting, and the trends she's noticed covering City Hall.