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October 14, 2021 Fresno City Council meeting! Among the items include:Bus Fare reduction;Possible Farmers’ Market conversion;First step in sale of Spiral Garage; Compassionate Medicinal Cannabis Use Act;Two WORSKHOPS:Airport as well as Code Enforcement/ASET;Non-minor league
baseball game events at Grizzlies Stadium. @fresnoland #Fresno Watch live at 9:00 AM
Some select Consent Calendar Items:1-G Approve Title VI Fare Equity Analysis for the Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express (FAX) New Fare Structure. The Department of Transportation/FAX provides transit service for the city of Fresno. FAX is implementing a fare change,
reducing the cost of a base fare from $1.25 to $1.00. Passes and reduced fares for seniors 65 and older, disabled, and Medicare cardholders are also being decreased on both fixed route service and Handy Ride, FAX’s paratransit service. In addition, children under 12 and veterans
/military with proper ID will ride for free. FAX is also considering removing restrictions from its transfer policy. The purpose of the Title VI analysis is to evaluate how the fare changes impact low-income and minority populations and identify strategies to avoid, minimize, or
mitigate any disproportionate burdens, disparate impacts, or any potentially negative outcomes. The Title VI analysis found that the fare reductions and potential transfer policy change had no disparate impact or disproportionate burden on the fixed route or Handy Ride service.
1-J Approve the reappointment of Susan Coulter to the Disability Advisory Commission. Approve the appointment of Angie Nguyen and Richard Ginder Jr. to the Ant-Displacement Task Force. Approve the appointment of Esther Cuevas to the Housing Authority of the City of Fresno.
1-K Declaring property located on the northeast corner of Fulton and Inyo Streets at 801 Van Ness Avenue and 830 Fulton Street, Fresno, Ca , commonly referred to as the Gottschalks Annex and Spiral Garage, to be surplus and directing staff to comply with the Surplus Land Act
Staff has determined the property to be surplus based on the following facts: the retail space has been vacant for years and the property is not necessary for the City of Fresno’s (City) use. As such, the property must be declared surplus in order to proceed with the additional
Surplus Land Act requirements and potential disposition.
1-L Actions pertaining to the 2019 Supporting Victims of Gang Violence grant program:
1. Authorize and approve Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between the City of Fresno through the PARCS Department and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with
Care Fresno, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (FEOC) Hospital Based Violence of Intervention Program (HBVIP) and Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (FEOC)Tattoo Removal Program (TRP) changing the lead agency from the Fresno Police Department to the City of Fresno
through the PARCS Department.
2. Authorize the PARCS Director or designee to enter into the MOUs and sign all related documents on behalf of the City.
1-M Actions pertaining to the 2020 California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant program.
1. Returning CalVIP MOUs to Council for review and approval:
a. California State University Fresno Foundation for grant program evaluation
b. Care Fresno for
structured learning site services
c. Centro La Familia for education and awareness services
d. Fresno Barrios Unidos for gang street outreach
e. Fresno Economic Opportunities Commissions (FEOC) for tattoo removal treatment services (TRP)
f. Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (FEOC) for expansion of Hospital Based Violence Intervention (HBVIP) direct service
g. Fresno Resiliency Center for group, family or individual counseling
h. Urban Peace Institute for a coordinated community based strategy
for reducing violence
2. Council will authorize PARCS Director or designee to enter into MOUs with authority to sign all related documents on behalf of the City
1-S Approve an agreement with TAM+CZ Architects, Inc., of Fresno, CA in the amount of $80,000 for Consultant Services to evaluate property located at 735 H Street for conversion to a Farmer’s Market, retail/commercial or other use (Council District 3)
The City owned property, located at 735 H Street, currently has a warehouse building that was constructed in the 1950’s. Staff has been directed to evaluate the property to be converted into a Farmer’s Market, retail/commercial or other use. The consultant evaluation will investi
-gate the site and warehouse building to identify items that would significantly impact the development of the site as a Farmer’s Market, retail/commercial or other use. Staff recommends approval of an agreement with TAM+CZ Architects, Inc., for Consultant Services.
1-V RESOLUTION – Confirming emergency conditions continue to directly impact the ability of legislative bodies to meet safely in person, and authorizing remote teleconference meetings of City legislative bodies for 30 days,pursuant to Brown Act provisions (SubjectMayor's Veto).
1-X BILL B-43 (Intro. 9/30/2021) (For Adoption) – Adding Article 20 to Chapter 10 of the Fresno Municipal Code, prohibiting smoking in and around multiunit rental properties (Subject to Mayor’s Veto).
Sponsors: Council Vice President Esparza, Councilmember Maxwell
1-Y BILL - (For introduction) Adding section 10-1119 to the Fresno Municipal Code, titled the “Compassionate Medicinal Cannabis Use Act,” protecting the rights of medicinal cannabis users in the City of Fresno.
1-Z *Approve the reappointment of Evelyn R. Gamble to the Fresno Youth Commission.
Meeting begins 9:03. All present. Invocation by Fred Ogle.1-K ,1-C pulled with no return date.1-J Esther Cuevas portion removed.1-G Bus Fare ,1-L ,1-Y,1-I pulled for discussion. NO vote on 1-V,1-X by Bredefeld.
Proclamation for "Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi Day"
Sponsors: Councilmember Karbassi.Karbassi said his father came to US on a scholarship. Councilmember as a 15 year old saw a photo of the King at his relative's house.Shahbanou reached out to him. (she is here live from Paris ).
After going to Paris for an education. She then became Queen of Iran. Cultural artifacts exchanged between France and Iran due to her help.Councilmember Karbassi's father speaks as well."The queen was always helping the regular person. Have a happy birthday!"
(Queen's audio is not working). Assemblymember Olivia Blanco says Queen was dedicated to eduction and furthering women's empowerment. Queen:thanks the Assemblymember. Audio recording of Queen being played thanking Mayor, Council. Happy to see second generations such as Mike
Karbassi being successful in Fresno.Darkness will prevail in Iran and it will return to a free country". @MayorJerryDyer "We have a strong Persian community in Fresno and count them among my friends"Chavez:Wishes her a happy birthday. A strong diversity in Fresno.Soria:Glad to
women in power like the Queen and Assemblymember Blanca Rubia.Karbassi: We will flying the Queen's flag beginning tomorrow.Karbassi:you make me very proud.
"Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month"sponsored by @D7Esparza He welcomes those from Central Valley Safe Sleep Coalition. Have baby sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS."#1 infant death in local black babies. We recognize we are a piece of the solution but we need entire community
Dr. curry:Appropriate on a day we honor the Queen who has done a lot for women we are speaking on an issue that effects women's infants. Next:We are the foot soldiers on this. Just because our own infants survived despite not sleeping on their backs why take a chance ?
Proclamation for "Code Enforcement Appreciation Week":Chavez:They are the Go to Department. Code Enforcement had a tough year with Pandemic. We may be giving them even more responsibility in next year along with a raise.Karbassi:This is helps us greatly with our constituents
issues and this provides service. Esparza:Two years ago this Council made a great decision in putting the Code Enforcement under City Attorney. Maxwell:tough year as Code Enforcement had to deal with hostile people. Arias:as someone who has to use Code Enforcement more than
anyone else due to my 80,000 constituents (all the Downtown Workers included). A War Vet had a house next to him burn three times. Code Enforcement got the home repaired and vet can sleep soundly.Code Enforcement Head:staff had to be innovated by remotely inspecting apartment
units, we have taken on Mobile Homes, homeless encampments, EV usage, We won't tolerate slumlords, fraud charges, along with PD investigate illegal cannabis dispensaries. Mayor:We all want to serve our community.Thank you Code Enforcement.
Proclamation for "City Attorney’s Office, Code Enforcement School Area Team - Recipient of the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers 2021 Innovative Program of the Year Award”Soria:Neighborhoods have been appreciative for what Code has done uplifting them.After
2008 Recession really decimated Code Enforcement and 110 square miles to cover.Chavez:code is the "sweet carrot" to help plus Mayor's clean up blitzes helps a lot. Staff:School Area Team helps give a personal connection to neighborhoods.
council Reports:Soria:Echo Weldon Park October 19th Community meeting. Also Annual Fall Festival October 30 at Inspiration Park. Also Tree damage and curb damage from wind. Parkway and Fairmount repavement leads to A Sihk Temple. Homeless Encampments attention for Mayor.Growing
substantially and are surrounded by homes.HART team needs to be on board, available housing etc all need to be on board. FID (Fresno Irrigation District )were also told they need to wait. Mayor's Freeway Clean Up is good but other challenges too. What is a realistic timeline?
Mayor: Two clean ups in Esparza's district. H Spees says Dakota/Palm is next in line. Unfortunately the demand is great. By end of the year. I will get back with more specific timeline but hard to tell with housing availability. Spees:We had some success by getting people off
freeways.It will be a long term. Chavez:we are getting outside of the Brown Act with this. Mayor:there will be a Workshop coming up on this. Soria:we haven't gotten clear information to tell our constituents. People complain when some moved from freeway and end up in
their neighborhood instead. Bredefeld:FID will monitor ? Mayor:Yes. FID had to do back and forth with FID's board. Day to Day beds are available. We need to have x-number of beds available before we can clean up an encampment. Bredefeld:glad to hear FID is on board. Karbassi:
Picnic for PD and their families. Staff Ryan Howett is getting married this weekend. Beautify Fresno at Lawless Elementary @BeautifyFresno @MarkStandriff
Arias:Governor approved parklets and outdoor drinking with CUP. Soria:I am working on legislation to make that permanent.
Arias:Parks Committee being set up to discuss District 3 parks.Also homeless encampments in his district. We have Federal money available for housing.
We have cleared some areas 5 times but never placed iron fencing to prevent it from coming back.We need permanent solutions. We can't wait until motel rooms become available. When Mayor's teams are available I have a long list. Mayor:We don't put a specific date as to when we
will clean an encampment as if we do 10 more people show up prior. Arias:I don't want to be in the business of renting motel rooms from private owners when we need permanent housing. Mayor:We didn't have a plan 9 months ago. We now have a plan. It is a good plan!
@Maxwell4Fresno We have a Councilperson of the Day for District 4. We will also have a full size flag made. Isabell is our winner. Next:Vinland Park Halloween Contest with pumpkin give away. Also a number of Trunk or Treat events. Got a tour of new Animal Shelter. Saturday 10 am
Council redistricting meeting at Hoover High. Fresno City College will be next followed by here at City Hall. Bredefeld:$800,000 raised by Granville's Hope. Hoping for $1 M next year. Esparza:Housing Summit with @drarambula559 Big Fresno Fair Grand opening. Fair will be open
through Sunday. I also got my flu shot yesterday one of the non-controversial vaccines. County Public Health website has a list of all the flu availability. I got a flu shot before it was cool he jokes. Saturday Ramona St event is back. The two best teams in baseball play tonight
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Sponsors: Office of Mayor & City Manager
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