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COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE LEADING THE

CHARGE TO CLEAN UP FRESNO'S

TOWER DISTRICT.

COUNCIL MEMBERS ANNOUNCED

EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE AREA LAST

FRIDAY THEY SAY THAT THE PROJECT

WILL BE DONE IN THREE PHASES.

PHASE ONE IS EXPECTED TO KICKOFF

IN MARCH, IT FOCUSES EXCLUSIVELY

ON OLIVE AVENUE, CLEANING UP THE

TRASH.

JOINING US NOW TO LET US KNOW

HOW THIS IS GOING TO BE WORK AND

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THE FEATURE

WE WELCOME THE CITY COUNCIL

PRESIDENT AND MEMBER.

WELCOME BOTH OF YOU, HOW ARE

YOU?

GOOD THANKS FOR HAVING US.

DESIREE: WHY DO YOU GUYS

THINK THIS PLAN IS IMPORTANT?

PEOPLE REMIND ME THAT

DOWNTOWN FRESNO IS THE HEART OF

CITY AND THE TOWER DISTRICT IS

THE SOUL OF THE CITY.

IT HAS HOSTED A LOT OF PARADES

AND ACTIVITIES, IT CELEBRATES

INCLUSIVE TO AND DIVERSETO.

EVERYONE HAS THAT ONE FAMILY

MEMBER WHO HOSTS ALL PARTIES BUT

AFTER THE PARTY THERE IS CLEANUP

TO DO, WE FELT THIS WAS AT RIGHT

TIME TO FOCUS ON THE TOWER

DISTRICT, MAKE SURE THE

SIDEWALKS ARE POWER WASHED,

TRASH CANS.

DESIREE: LET'S TALK ABOUT

THESE PHASES.

OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, I

HAVE BEEN ON THE COUNCIL FOR

FIVE YEAR, I STARTED WORKING ON

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT, THE LAST

PHASE IS A STREET SCAPE.

THAT IS WHAT GAVE US THE ENERGY

TO BUILD ON WHAT WE'VE DONE.

WE BROUGHT BACK THE POLICE

STATION BACK TO THE

NEIGHBORHOOD, AGAIN TRYING TO HE

INVEST, WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING

THE INFRASTRUCTURE UP GRADES

THIS WALL, WE ARE ALSO DOING AN

UNG

UP GRADE TO THE TRASH CANS.

THERE IS A LOT OF TRASH THAT

COMES THROUGH THE TOWER

DISTRICT, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE

THERE ARE ENOUGH RECEPTACLES.

IT IS A WIN/WIN FOR ALL THE

COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND

NEIGHBORHOOD INDUSTRIES ARE WHO

ARE GOING TO BE PARTNERING WITH

US AND GIVING PEOPLE THESE JOB

OPPORTUNITIES WHO MAY NOT BE

ELIGIBLE FOR A BETTER PAYING

JOB.

I'M HAPPY TO BE WORKING WITH MY

COLLEAGUE TO REPRESENTS THE

SOUTHERN PORTION OF THIS AREA.

DESIREE: CAN YOU TALK TO ME

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FIRST

PHASE?

PICKING UP THE GARBAGE,

PRESSURE WALKING THE SIDEWALKS.

THE STREETS AND RESIDENTIAL

HOUSES ARE ALSO IMPACTED, WE ARE

GOING TO GO DEEPER INTO THE

NEIGHBORHOODS MAKING SURE THE

IS PICKED UP.

THE WHOLE GENERAL AREA WILL BE

CLEANED UP ON A ROUTINE BASIS.

USING LOCAL RESIDENTS AND LOCAL

BUSINESSES NOT ONLY SAVES THE

CITY MONEY BUT INSURES THERE IS

LOCAL BUY IN,.

DESIREE: HOW DO YOU PLAN ON

MAKING THIS HAPPEN?

THE EASY PART IS WE GOT

TOGETHER AND SAID WE NEED TO DO

THAT, WE ARE BOTH PUTTING MONEY

FROM OUR DISTRICT BUDGETS IN THE

PARTNERSHIP, WE ARE PARTNERING

WITH THE LOCAL BUSINESS NEIGHBOR

INDUSTRY.

GETTING FOLKS BACK ON THEIR FEET

THAT'S THE EASY WAY, THE LONG

TERM PLAN HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS

FOR YEARS.

ALL THE LIGHTING IN THE AREA

WILL CONVERT TO LED, ADDITIONAL

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING, AS WE

ENTERTAIN PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE

THE AREA, THE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN

ALSO EXPERIENCE A BETTER QUALITY

NEIGHBORHOOD.

DESIREE: WHAT IS THAT LONG

TERM GOAL?

WHAT WE ALL WANT IT ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT, WE ALSO WANT TO BE

ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES TO THE

COMMUNITY.

THE LOCAL COMMUNITY RELIES ON

THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE SEND

MESSAGE TO FUTURE BUSINESS

OWNERS THEY WANT TO BE IN THE

TOWER BECAUSE IT IS THE PLACE TO

BE.

DESIREE: FOR THOSE THAT ARE

WATCHING, I WANT TO HELP CLEAN

UP, CAN THEY VOLUNTEER?

THE CITY OF FRESNO HAS A

CLEAN FRESNO INITIATIVE, ONCE A

MONTH ALL PARTS OF THE CITY HAVE

A CHANCE TO VOLUNTEER, YOU CAN

SHOW UP AND PICK UP TRASH WITH

LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THIS ALLOWS US THAT IRRESPECTIVE

OF THE AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEERS, WE

HAVE -- DOWNTOWN HAS AN INITIAL

RESOURCE ALLOCATION, THE CANS

ARE EMPTIED EVERY DAY.

WE ARE GOING TO SAY THIS IS AN

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, THEN WE

HAVE TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO

ENSURE THAT THAT DOESN'T BECOME

A DETERIORATING FACTOR.

DESIREE: IF THEY WANT TO GET

INFORMATION WHERE DO THEY GO

THEY CAN CALL THE DISTRICT

OFFICES.

DESIREE: DO YOU WANT TO SAY

SOMETHING?

THAT'S IT.

DESIREE: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR BEING HERE, WE APPRECIATE

THAT INFORMATION.

The Description of Tower District Beautification