appointment of Karen Buhr as the Interim Executive Director of the San
Joaquin River Conservancy. Requested the meeting be adjourned in
memory of Harold "H." Spees, former Director of Housing and Homeless
Services, for the City of Fresno.
Councilmember Arias Reports and Comments. Discussed the growing
popularity of cricket and a pending meeting with staff to discuss a cricket
court at Southwest Regional Park and JSK Park. Acknowledged staff for
excellent handling of the recent sewer break, which included housing, and
relocating impacted residents. Discussed medical services available to the
unhoused at the Poverello House, Radio Park, Salvation Army, City Hall,
and Fulton Mall in coordination with the movement of the mobile restrooms
and showers. Acknowledged staff for getting the downtown fountain with
sculpture working and requested the peeling paint be addressed.
Announced the Butterfly Garden and the Kingdom of Asia Exhibit at the
Fresno Chaffee Zoo were expected to be open on June 3, 2023, and would
result in nearby traffic delays. Requested action be taken to address the
non-operations electric vehicle charging stations at Roeding Park.
Councilmember Chavez Reports and Comments. Acknowledged staff for
attending a recent Southeast Fresno community meeting about regional
parks. Acknowledged the request to adjourn in memory of Harold "H."
Spees and requested the meeting also be adjourned in the memory of
Manuel Nunez, Trustee for the Fresno Unified School District Board.
Condolences were expressed.
Councilmember Esparza Reports and Comments. Hosted a "Save Money
Workshop" at the Fresno Center in Southeast Fresno and helped 17 families
learn more about utility discount rates, debt relief, and electronic vehicle
rebates. Acknowledged staff for hosting a successful tire amnesty event
which collected 1,000 tires. Announced an upcoming "Play Streets" event in
District 7 on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Huntington Boulevard between First
and Third Street, and thanked the partners making it possible. Announced
Every Neighborhood Partnership would be hosting a "Land Use Boot Camp"
to empower local residents and builders.
Vice President Perea Reports and Comments. Announced District 1 was
sponsoring animal adoptions during the Fresno Animal Center open house
on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Reported the second annual Pleasant Street
Block Party was scheduled for May 20, 2023, and would include free food,
resources, prizes, and a food box giveaway by Central California Food
Bank. Announced a town hall meeting, focused on the historical Fresno High
Community, on May 15, 2023, at the Big Red Church. Wished everyone a