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Council Vice President Esmeralda Soria

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Esmeralda Soria

I am honored to serve as your Councilmember and look forward to staying connected. I pride myself in being accessible and I am dedicated to addressing your concerns. District 1 includes Tower District, Fresno High, neighborhoods near Lions Park and west of Highway 99. Our district is diverse but many of the needs are the same. I am committed to finding strategies to ensure that our neighborhoods are safer, prioritize the repair of aging infrastructure, create job opportunities, help connect our neighborhoods through bike lanes and trails, and engage our youth. Please use our website as a resource. I invite you to attend any of the Thursday City Council meetings or visit my office at City Hall. My team is here to serve you!

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Biography

Councilmember Esmeralda Soria was elected to represent Council District 1 in the City of Fresno on November 4th of 2014 and sworn in on January 6th of 2015.

Esmeralda was born and raised in Tulare County by Mexican immigrant farmworkers. Education and always giving back to the community were two values both of her parents instilled in her.

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, she was offered a fellowship in Sacramento at our State Capitol where she worked for two years on issues of public safety, education, and women’s health. Esmeralda then decided to continue her education, earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis. During her time in law school, Esmeralda was offered an internship at The White House and devoted countless hours to pro bono work in economically disadvantaged communities.

Esmeralda’s passion has always been to give back to the community that shaped who she is today. After law school, she became the Sustainable Rural Communities Project Director for California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation where she continued to work on issues impacting the Central Valley, including the City of Fresno. Esmeralda’s advocacy work in front of city councils and county boards of supervisors provided her a key understanding of how local government works. She learned how to build coalitions and work together with government to ensure working families were benefitting from their budgetary and policy decisions. She was instrumental in ensuring that our communities had equal access to Safe Routes to School Program (AB 561) and Unmet Needs Transportation funding. In 2012, she was recognized for her vision, leadership and zealous advocacy for the community.

Her continued commitment to public service brought her to work as District Director to Senator Michael J. Rubio and later as a Policy Advisor to Assemblymember Henry T. Perea. As District Director, Esmeralda built partnerships with community leaders to address unemployment rates in the Central Valley, workforce development, and education among others. She also worked with community leaders to ensure that Fresno received its fair share of public safety dollars to keep criminals off our street and ensure our neighborhoods are safer. Esmeralda also brought local government agencies together to fight against the elimination of redevelopment funds, which the City of Fresno relied on. She has championed water quality and affordability issues and helped secure safe drinking water emergency funding for disadvantaged communities throughout the Central Valley.

Esmeralda has served on boards of Hands On Central California, Fresno Barrios Unidos and UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic Council. She has also taught at San Joaquin College of Law. In 2014, Esmeralda was named a 40 under 40 in the Central Valley by Business Street Online.

Today, she continues to serve the community as a Fresno EOC Commissioner and professor at Fresno City College.

Esmeralda believes we must work together to move the City of Fresno forward and make it a great place to raise our families. She is committed to work hard to make our city a safer and stronger community for everyone.

Staff
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Terry Cox Chief of Staff

Terry Cox
Chief of Staff

Terry Cox serves as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, District 1. Terry oversees the day to day operations of District 1 and management of the staff. Her responsibilities include scheduling, overseeing the district budget, and meeting with key stakeholders, community leaders and various organizations of behalf of Councilmember Soria. Terry also assists and advises Councilmember Soria on city related issues. She has also previously served as Chief of Staff for 7 years to Councilmember Ronquillo and served on the Council budget committee.

Prior to joining the District 1 team, Terry was a contract employee for PG&E’s 70 mile Central Valley Power Connect Transmission Line Project, coordinating the outreach to the public and elected officials of Madera, Fresno and Kings County. Terry was also responsible for scheduling and organization of Community meetings held in eight cities within in the three Counties.

Terry also brings 8 years of budget and project management experience with the City of Fresno’s Redevelopment Agency now known as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno. As a Project Manager/Management Analyst III, Terry was responsible for analyzing and proposing an annual budget plan for Agency projects as well as assisting with the preparation and presentation of the budget. Her daily responsibilities included project management and proposal to the City Council multiple multi-million dollar public/private development and public works projects over the years.

Terry currently serves as President of the Central Unified Board of Trustees. She was elected to the office of Trustee in 2000. She was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The district’s current student enrollment is over 15,000 students and employs over 1,400 support staff. The district boundaries cover 88 square miles and lies within District 1 boundaries.

In 2011, Terry was elected to the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization serving Fresno County. In January 2015, she was re-elected to serve until 2018. The county committee on school district organization has a major role in the review and approval of proposals to change school district organization in the county. Their recommendations and findings are provided to the Fresno County Office of Education and the State Board of Education.

Terry has served by appointment of the City of Fresno Council as a committee member on the West Area Citizens Committee (1995-2008) and the District 1 Citizens Implementation Committee (2008-2015). As a committee member she was advisory to the City Councilmember and City of Fresno Planning Commission on projects within the West Area and District 1.

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Gilbert Felix Council Assistant

Gilbert Felix
Community Liaison

Gilbert Felix serves as the liaison between residents of District 1 and Councilmember Soria. He is focused on constituent services and community outreach and engagement. Previously Gilbert served as Field Representative for Assemblymember Rudy Salas where he focused on constituent services, corrections, education, environmental issues, immigration, labor, and youth outreach. He is an alum of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals Downtown Academy and also serves on the Board of Directors for Fresno Barrios Unidos.

Gilbert is a Central Valley native and holds a B.A. in political science from California State University, Fresno. Please contact him at (559) 621-7814 or Gilbert.Felix@fresno.gov.

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Marisol Contreras Service Aid

Marisol Contreras
Service Aid

Marisol Contreras is the newest staff member for Council District One. Marisol is our Services Aide dedicated to constituent services, community outreach, and special projects. She is a Los Angeles native but grew up in the Fresno area. Marisol is a recent graduate of California State University, Fresno with a B.A. in Sociology. She stays busy outside of City Hall as a wife and mother of two young children.

District Projects

Look for these upcoming Public Works improvement projects in District 1:

Maintaining and renewing infrastructure in our community supports neighborhood revitalization, economic development, public safety, sustainability and air quality. Councilmember Soria is happy to announce the following projects have been confirmed in District 1.

Traffic signal improvement installation at Weber and Shields Ave, Brawley and Shields, McKinley and Palm, Grantland and Shaw. Phase 1 work will also begin on a left turn traffic signal at Palm and Clinton.
Capital Improvement cost $2,566,600

Traffic light synchronization on West Avenue (Herndon to McKinley), Shields Avenue (West to Chestnut), and McKinley Avenue ( Hwy 99 to Clovis Ave).
Capital improvement cost $2,523,900

Neighborhood street repaving near
Ashlan and West Avenue
Capital Improvement cost $425,000

Total improvements $ 5,515,500

Code Violation Guide

Code Violations (559) 621-8400

  1. Car Parked On Lawn
  2. InOp In Driveway (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
  3. InOp In Yard
  4. Car Over Unpaved Surface
  5. Boat Stored In Driveway
  6. Trailer Stored In Driveway
  7. Trailer Stored In Yard
  8. Boat Stored In Yard
  9. Tall Weeds, 6″ Tall
  10. Dry, Tall Weeds
  11. Vacant Unsecured House
  12. Trash In Yard
  13. Trash In Driveway
  14. Trash At Gutter
  15. Junk And Appliances In Driveway
  16. Junk And Appliances In Yard
  17. Canopy In Driveway
  18. Basketball Hoop On Sidewalk
  19. Parked Car On Sidewalk
  20. Trash And Junk In Alley
  21. Weeds, Dry, Tall In Alley
  22. Auto Repair On Property
  23. A Fence Taller Than 6 Feet Or Shorter Than 3 Feet
  24. Mobil Home In Driveway
  25. Mobil Home In Yard
  26. Yard Sale Signs on Trees, in Medians, or on Poles

Report Code Violations with FresGo

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Police Violations (559) 621-8000

  1. InOp Parked In Street (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
  2. Boat Stored In Street
  3. Trailer Stored In Street
  4. Basketball Hoop In Street
  5. Mobile Home Parked In Street W/Power Hooked Up

Public Works (559) 621-8650

  1. Sign Replacement/Repair
  2. Sidewalk, Curb, Gutter Repairs
  3. Tree Removal/Replacement And Trimming
  4. Street Lights
  5. Traffic Lights
  6. Standing Water

Community Sanitation Graffiti Reporting Form On-Line

  1. Graffiti Reporting (fences, trees, parks, building and signs)
Boards, Commissions, Appointments

Tower District Design Review Committee

  • Get involved with the development and review of the Tower District design plans.
  • Meets first and third Fridays of the month at 3:30PM in City Hall Room 3078.
  • Accepting applications for current open positions.
  • Staff: Lauren Filice, Planning and Development Dept. (559) 621-8070.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

  • Advise and recommend policies for the planning, development and maintenance of pedestrian and bikeway systems for safe and enjoyable travel.
  • Meets fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:30PM-7:30PM in City Hall Room 4017.
  • Accepting applications for future open positions; no current vacancies.
  • Staff: Jill Gormley, Traffic Engineering Division (559) 621-8800.

Council District One Plan Implementation Committee

  • Evaluate and make recommendations on land use applications for new and additions to buildings, and/or land use proposals in the District.
  • Meets first and third Tuesday of the month at 4:00PM in City Hall Room 3054
  • Accepting applications for current open positions.
  • Staff: Christopher Preciado, Development and Resource Management Dept. (559)621-8068.
Boards and Commissions Application
Certificate, Proclamation, Letter

Our office welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals and events throughout District One with an official proclamation or certificate of recognition. These documents may be issued in honor of civic events, to recognize achievements, or to commemorate important dates in the life of an individual or organization.

To make a request for a proclamation or certificate, please contact the District One office at least 30 days prior to issuance.

To request a letter of support please contact our office at least 2 weeks prior to the date of issuance.

We request the following information via email District1@fresno.gov:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Organization
  • Event or individual to be recognized
  • Date of event or recognition
  • Brief background of event or person being recognized
Internship Program

Fresno City Council District 1 Internship Program
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria values education and believes that students bring new ideas, new energy and new skills to the workforce. Internships provide valuable work experience directly related to the student’s academic field of study. Participants will be given high-level work experience that may prepare them for permanent positions in the workforce.

How to Apply:
Return the following items –

  1. Complete the Councilmember Esmeralda Soria’s Council Internship Application.
  2. Provide proof of enrollment, including number of semester units completed and grade point average.
  3. Include a letter of interest.
  4. Submit 2 References (cannot be a relative).

Email: Gilbert.Felix@fresno.gov (application packet must be sent in PDF)

Mail: Attn: Gilbert Felix — 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721

Online Service Request

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*Type of Request
Cars on lawnCity Tree ProblemsDrug SalesExcessive SpeedingIn-Operable VehicleJunk / DebrisPolice PresenceStreet RepairSidewalk RepairTraffic SignsDumped Tires Vehicles for SaleWater IssuesWeedsOther (describe in box below)

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