City Council

District 1

Councilmember 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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Current Affairs

February 28, 2022 – “Nominate a District 1 Woman of the Year by 3/2/22!”

January 20, 2022 –  We want to hear from you!”

January 17, 2022 – “Happy MLK Day!” 

January 7, 2022 – “Measure P Survey”

January 1, 2022 – “Happy New Year!”  

December 23, 2021 – “Happy Holidays!”  

December 8, 2021 – “State Awards $8.5M for Milburn and Dakota Park!”

December 7, 2021 – “9th Annual Holiday Toy Drive!”  

November 24th, 2021 – Happy Thanksgiving!

October 27th, 2021 – District 1 Fall Festival!

October 1, 2021 –Young Councilmember Program

September 15, 2021 – Latino Heritage Month

September 11, 2021 – Remembering September 11, 2001

September 8, 2021 – Happy Labor Day 2021!

August 25, 2021 – Echo and Weldon Crosswalk Repainting!

August 17, 2021 –The Link at Blackstone!

August 16, 2021 – Fresno High and Fresno City College Neighborhood

July 27, 2021 – Olive and Wishon Crosswalk Repainting!

July 27, 2021 – Olive Avenue Street Reopening!

July 26, 2021 – District 1 Employment Opportunities

July 19, 2021 – July 21, 2021 Community Meeting

July 9, 2021 – July 13, 2021 Community Meeting

July 2, 2021 – Happy Fourth of July!

June 18, 2021 –City Council Approved Free Swim Lesson Program

June 10, 2021 –Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

May 30, 2021 – Memorial DAY 2021!

May 18, 2021 – Join me for Coffee & Conversation!

May 9, 2021 – Happy Mother’s Day!

April 29, 2021 – IMPORTANT: We need your input!

April 22, 2021 – Join us this Saturday!

April 13, 2021 – Join us in making a difference in District 1!

April 2, 2021 – April News in District 1!

March 30, 2021 – Fresno COVID-19 Updates!

March 12, 2021 – Free Food Distributions in March!

February 23, 2021 – Free Grocery Food Distributions!

February 12, 2021 – Happy President’s Day Weekend!

February 8, 2021 – Nominate a 2021 Woman of the Year!

February 3, 2021 – District 1 Updates!

January 15, 2020 – Shaw and Ashlan Construction Notice!

December 24, 2020 – Wishing you a Safe & Happy Holiday Season!

December 21, 2020 – Check out our District 1 Newsletter, Happy Holidays!

December 4, 2020 – Free Tamale Kit, Groceries, Flu Shots, and COVID Testing!

November 26, 2020 – Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2020 – Free Tamale Kit, Groceries, Flu Shots, and COVID Testing!

November 19, 2020 – Free Turkey, Groceries, Flu Shots, and COVID testing

November 11, 2020 – Happy Veterans Day!

November 10, 2020 – Fresno Non-Profit Relief Grants!

November 6, 2020 – Fresno Arts & Culture Relief Grants!

November 5, 2020 – Free Grocery Distribution!

October 30, 2020 – This Year’s Budget Highlights!

October 21, 2020 – Learn how your business can expand!

October 16, 2020 – FREE Groceries, COVID-19 Testing, and Flu Shots tomorrow!

October 13, 2020 – We need your participation!

October 9, 2020 – Join us tomorrow at our Community Health Event!

October 8, 2020 – Share your transportation needs now!

October 6, 2020 – District 1 Community Health Events!

September 30, 2020 – District 1 Community Health Day!

September 28, 2020 – FREE Grocery Food Distributions Near You!

September 22, 2020 – Deadline today, apply now!

September 15, 2020 – Build A Park Activity!

September 11, 2020 – Support for Fresno Small Businesses!

September 8, 2020 –   Join us tomorrow night!

September 7, 2020 – Happy Labor Day!

September 4, 2020 – COVID-19 Testing: REGISTER NOW!

September 1, 2020 – Labor Day COVID-19 Testing Event!

August 28, 2020 – Important Council Meeting Updates!

August 25, 2020 – Youth Job Opportunities!

August 18, 2020  – Help us design a new Fresno Park!

August 13, 2020 – Council To Consider $10 Million In COVID Funding At Special Meeting

August 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates in District 1! 

July 30, 2020 – Get Tested for COVID-19 this weekend!

July 28, 2020 – COVID-19 Testing at Lion’s Park this Weekend!

July 23, 2020 – NO COST COVID-19 Testing Tomorrow!

July 21, 2020 – Schedule Your NO COST COVID-19 Testing Now!

July 16, 2020 – NO COST COVID-19 TESTING!

July 14, 2020 – Cornelia Avenue Paving Project!

July 8, 2020 – Virtual Community Meeting Tonight!

July 6, 2020 – Join us for a virtual community meeting!

July 4, 2020 – Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2020 – Give us your input on Palm Avenue Protected Bikeway!

July 2, 2020 – Do you need housing assistance due to COVID-19?

June 26, 2020 – Have you been counted?

June 21, 2020 – Happy Father’s Day

June 19, 2020 – Freedom Day!

June 18, 2020 – IMPORTANT Fresno City Council Actions!

June 17, 2020 – We want to hear from you!

June 15, 2020 – Tune in: Budget Hearings continue this week!

June 12, 2020 – LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!

June 11, 2020 – APPLY FOR A SMALL BUSINESS GRANT NOW!

June 8, 2020 – City of Fresno Budget Hearings Begin Tomorrow!

April 22, 2020 – Funding Approved for Blackstone & McKinley Railroad Separation Project!

April 17, 2020 – Street Maintenance Near You!

April 10, 2020 – Latest COVID-19 News!

April 9, 2020 – COVID-19 Medi-Cal Coverage for ALL!

April 9, 2020 – Protect All Workers!

April 7, 2020 – Was your business impacted by COVID-19?

April 1, 2020 – Have you been counted?

March 31, 2020 – Cesar Chavez Day

March 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Announcements & Resources!

March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Newsom Issues Mandatory Stay At Home Order

March 19, 2020 – COVID-19: Rent Deferral, Eviction Moratorium, and Foreclosures

March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020 – City of Fresno Declares State of Emergency

March 13, 2020 – COVID-19 District 1 Update

March 11, 2020 – Have you noticed the Highway Clean-Up?

March 6, 2020 – Exciting things are happening…

February 24, 2020 – REMINDER: Groundbreaking Ceremony

February 21, 2020 – Groundbreaking Ceremony

February 14, 2020 – Deadline Extension to Nominate a 2020 Woman of the Year

February 7 2020 – REMINDER: Nominate a 2020 Woman of the Year!

February 6, 2020 – Women’s Empowerment Summit in Fresno!

January 31, 2020 – Announcing the Tower District Beautification Plan

January 29, 2020 – Nominate a 2020 Woman of the Year!

January 24, 2020 – We have great news!

Biography

Esmeralda was born and raised in Tulare County by Mexican immigrant parents who believed in the American Dream for their children. She found her passion for law and community work at a young age; she attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, focusing on immigration law. In 2015, her passion for community work and social justice drove her to run and obtain the title of Councilmember for District One in Fresno.

Growing up in the Central Valley, Soria takes pride in serving the community and advocating for her constituents. As an active member of her community, she was able to distinguish the needs of her diverse constituency. As a Councilmember, she has focused on affordable housing, creating jobs, and providing Fresno youth opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Her accomplishments include:

  • Secured $38 million dollars from the state for an affordable catalytic housing development. The Link located on Blackstone and McKinley, includes 88 housing units, a health clinic, and the City of Fresno’s first Senior Center.
  • Full restoration of Quigley Park and funded new parks to the Dakota/Milburn and Echo/Weldon areas.
  • Reestablished the City of Fresno Youth Commission; this program encourages youth to have a voice in shaping and developing social, economic, recreational, and educational programs that serve youth.
  • Negotiated a $115 million-dollar Project Labor Agreement to fund FAT Forward, an airport expansion for the City of Fresno.
  • Motioned for a new Regional Fire Training Center in the City of Fresno that would be funded by the American Recovery Fund. The State of California awarded $25 million dollars for the project to serve as a central hub for fire training in the state.

 

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Councilmember Soria to his Transition Team and his Homeless Taskforce. Soria has advocated for the Central Valley’s needs as a member of Newsom’s transition team. Her work on the Homeless Taskforce also enabled the state’s homeless population in finding a place to call home, as well as advocated policies to reduce the likelihood of people becoming homeless.

Most recently, Councilmember Soria was elected to serve as the President of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus. As President, she looks forward to ensuring that Latino families are shaping policy that will affect our communities.

Over the past seven years, Soria has made a tremendous impact on District One, we hope to see her legacy of uplifting and community work continue.

 

Boards/Committees
Civicwell/ Local Government Commission, Boardmember
Fresno State College of Social Sciences Dean’s Council, Member

League of CA Cities
Governance Task Force Committee, Boardmember
League of CA Cities, Board of Directors
The Latino Caucus of the League of California Cities, President

City Council Committees
CDBG Sub-Committee
iDEFER Committee
COVID Program Subcommittee
Fresno Council of Governments
Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA)
Fresno EIFD Public Financing Authority
Fresno Joint Powers Financing Authority, Boardmember
Measure P Sub-Committee
The Local Mobile Food Vendor Association Committee
Transportation Sub-Committee

Sister City
Sister City Ambassador to Chateauroux, France

Previous Boards Served
Governor Appointment:
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Homeless Taskforce
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Transition Team
League of CA Cities:
South San Joaquin Valley Division
Transportation, Communication, and Public Works Committee, Chair
City Council:
Budget Sub-Committee
Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee
Census/Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee
City & County Ad Hoc Committee
Code Enforcement Sub-Committee
COVID-19 Plan Committee
Fresno Revitalization Corporation, Chair
Homeless (HEAP Funding Plan) Sub-Committee
Litigation Exposure Reduction Ad Hoc Committee
Parks & Public Safety Sub-Committee
Special Events Ad Hoc Committee
Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno, Chair
RDA Transition Sub-Committee
Other Boards:
Access Plus Capital
Association for the Beautification of Highway 99
CA Latino Economic Institute, Boardmember
Fresno Area Workforce Investment Corporation Board
Fresno Innovative Charter Schools, Dailey Elementary School, Board of Trustee
Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board Executive Committee

Staff
Celida Garcia Lopez

Celida Garcia Lopez
Council Assistant

Celida Garcia Lopez assists with constituency services, community events and oversees Councilmember Soria’s Young Councilmember Program.

Tanea Waller
Council Assistant

Tanea Waller assists with constituency services, community events and oversees Councilmember Soria’s Young Councilmember Program.

Mayra Campa
Council Assistant

Mayra currently serves as a Council Assistant assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.

Ciana Torres

Ciana Torres
Council Aide

Ciana currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.

Jamie Bernal

Jamie Bernal
Council Aide

Jamie currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research, and special projects.

Jamila Lui
Council Aide

After serving as a Kenneth L. Maddy Institute Legislative Intern, Jamila is now currently serving as Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.

Contact us at:
(559) 621-7817
District1@fresno.gov

Events and Proclamations

Proclamations, Certificates, and Resolutions

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2021

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Events

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Public Improvement 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.

  • Shaw Avenue Street Overlay: Blythe to Brawley Avenue ($352,600)
  • Shields Avenue Street Overlay: Blackstone to Palm Avenue ($846,500)
  • Clinton Avenue Street Overlay: Blackstone to Maroa Avenue ($635,200)
  • Van Ness Blvd. Repaving: Clinton to Shields Ave. Northbound ($150,000)
  • Fairmont at Polk Ave: Neighborhood Street Reconstruction ($142,000)
  • Highway City: Polk Avenue from Shaw to Gettysburg Avenue Engineering Study ($126,000)
  • Cornelia and Ashlan Area: Tree Trimming ($30,000)
  • Normal Street: Echo to Wishon Concrete Repair ($40,000)

Total improvements $ 2,322,300

Get Involved With District 1

Tower District Design Review Committee

  • Get involved with the development and review of the Tower District design plans.
  • Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 5:00 pm in City Hall Room 2165.
  • Accepting applications for current open positions.
  • Staff: Phillip Siegrist, Planner III (559) 621-8061

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, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in City Hall Room 2165
  • 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 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in City Hall Room 2120
  • Accepting applications for current open positions.
  • Staff: Jose Valenzuela, Planner III (559) 621-8070
Boards and Commissions Application
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

FresGo - Report an Issue

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)
Certificate, Proclamation, and Letter Requests

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:

District 1 Cert/Proc/Letter Request
District 1 News

Newsletters

In The News

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Press Releases/Media Advisories

2021

August 27, 2021 – Councilmember Esmeralda Soria and Fresno Arts Council to Host Echo and Weldon Avenues Crosswalk Repainting
July 31, 2021 – Councilmember Soria, Councilmember Arias and City of Fresno to Host Olive Avenue Street Reopening Beautification Celebration
July 28, 2021 – Councilmember Soria, Councilmember Arias, and Fresno Arts Council to Host Olive and Wishon Avenues Crosswalk Repainting
July 27, 2021 – Councilmember Soria, Councilmember Arias, and Fresno Arts Council to Host Olive and Wishon Avenues Crosswalk Repainting
July 21, 2021- Councilmember Soria to Host Community Meeting About A Proposed City Park On Echo Ave and Weldon Ave
June 17, 2021 – City of Fresno Approves Resolution to Sponsor Free Swim Lessons for Children
June 10, 2021 – City of Fresno to Hold First Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
May 17, 2021- Councilmember Soria & Councilmember Arias to Kick-off Phase II & III of the Tower Beautification Project
April 23, 2021 – Councilmember Soria To Kick Off Emerson Avenue Median Island Beautification And Celebrate National Great American Clean-Up Day At Lions Park
April 12, 2021 – Councilmember Soria Denounces Hate at Tower District Peaceful Protest
March 16, 2021 – Councilmember Soria To Host Free Grocery Food Distribution At Heaton Elementary School
March 15, 2021 – Councilmembers Call for an Independent Investigation on Proud Boys Association
March 15, 2021 – Councilmember Esmeralda Soria Celebrates Women’s History Month Recognizing Extraordinary Local Women
March 9, 2021 – Fresno City Councilmember and Educator, Esmeralda Soria to get COVID-19 Vaccine
February 16, 2021- Councilmember Soria to Host Free Grocery Food Distribution at Heaton Elementary School
February 10, 2021 – Palm Avenue Protected Bikeway Community Meeting
January 28, 2021- Fresno City Council Approves Resolution Supporting NFL and Central Valley Legend Tom Flores be Inducted into the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame
January 26, 2021 – Councilmember Soria and District 1 Team Host Free Grocery Food Distribution At Steinbeck Elementary School

2020

July 24, 2020 – No Cost COVID-19 Testing at Sikh Institute Fresno
July 23, 2020 – Tower Beautification Project begins this Thursday with a Neighborhood Clean Up
July 8, 2020 – Palm Avenue Protected Bikeway
June 29, 2020 – City of Fresno Housing Retention Grants
April 23, 2020 – City of Fresno Ovation for Frontline Workers
April 22, 2020 – Relief Fund To Assist Fresno Families Impacted by COVID-19
February 26, 2020 – Blackstone-McKinley Transit-Oriented Development Groundbreaking

2019

September 17, 2019 – Fresno to Support DACA Recipients in Legal Brief to Supreme Court
May 15, 2019 – Council Approval for Grant for Quigley Park
March 21, 2019 – Women of the Year
February 8, 2019 – Central Valley’s First Axe Throwing Venue
January 16, 2019 – League of CA Cities. Transportation Communication and Public Works Committee

2018

July 8, 2018 – Fresno City Council President Soria Heads to Harvard
June 21, 2018 – Council President Soria Rallies Up Support For 2 Bike Offices In The Tower District
June 13, 2018 – Council President Soria Holds Press Conference Celebrating Fresno in becoming Top City in Solar Capacity Installed Per Resident
May 25, 2018 – Council President Esmeralda Soria hosts the 2018 Future of Work Meetup in Fresno
March 1, 2018 – Council President Soria Sponsors City of Fresno Youth Jobs Taskforce
January 27, 2018 – Quigley Park Tree Planting With Council President Soria and Tree Fresno

Residential and Business Energy Program Resources

“Power the Tower” a partnership between Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, California State University Fresno, City of Fresno and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has accumulated data and identify strategies to help Tower District business owners explore affordable, clean renewable energy technology. Our vision is to transform the Tower District into a leading business corridor powered by smart, connected, clean energy technologies and serve as a model for economic growth in Fresno and beyond.

View these three handouts to explore available no cost and low-cost resources that will help you become more energy efficient, start saving money on your energy bills, and help reduce pollution in our community! There is detailed information for both business owners and residents.

Energy Toolkit – General Information
Energy Toolkit – Residential Information
Energy Toolkit – Business Information

Fresno Youth Commission

Who We Are and What We Do

The purpose of the Youth Commission is to bring Fresno’s young people to the decision-making table on issues impactful to youth within the jurisdiction of the city. The Youth Commission will serve as a space where young people can work to create positive change in our community. Young people will have a voice in shaping and developing social, economic, recreational, and educational programs that serve youth.

The City of Fresno Youth Commission will be comprised of 16 individuals, eight voting members and eight alternate, non-voting members. Two members will be appointed from each of Fresno’s seven city council districts and two will be appointed at-large by the Mayor. Appointments are for a two-year term. Procedures are in place to ensure that the members of the Youth Commission are representative and inclusive of the rich diversity of the City of Fresno, including but not limited to:

  • Ethnically and culturally diverse youth
  • Youth with health disparities
  • Youth who are out of school
  • Youth who are unemployed
  • Youth who are homeless
  • Youth who are LGBTQIA

Youth Commissioners will be trained and supported by Youth Leadership Institute and the City of Fresno. Each year, Youth Commissioners benefit from youth leadership training and prioritize those issues that most impact youth and/or that have little or no youth input or representation.

City of Fresno Youth Commission Ordinance
City of Fresno Youth Commission Application

Young Councilmember Program

Young Councilmember Program

For the past five years, Councilmember Soria has offered the Young Councilmember Program (YCP) to District 1 high school students. The YCP has brought together young people to become part of a team developing leadership skills and building civic engagement in youth. The program educates and challenges participants in their understanding of community issues as they learn how to use their voices to create change. Most importantly, our students get a unique insight into how local government functions and how to prepare for a professional career in public or community service.

Monthly sessions are held at Fresno City Hall. Young Councilmembers will provide their own transportation to and from City Hall. Some sessions require additional transportation for a field trip, which is arranged and provided for by the Councilmember’s office for all participants.

Saturday sessions begin promptly at 9:00 AM and last approximately 3-4 hours, this may vary due to the field trip location site. At each Saturday session, a specific topic of discussion is the focal point where we incorporate a guest speaker or a field trip centered on the topic.

This program is of no cost to participants or their families. All we ask is that participants attend all sessions and actively participate in the program. All materials, meals, and field trip transportation is provided. The Young Councilmember Program is open to all high school students who live in or attend school in the City of Fresno- Council District One.

Those interested must fill out an application to be considered. A class of 15 students will be selected for the program. Please contact our office if you have any questions at (559) 621-7814.

How to Apply:

Return the following items:

  1. Young Councilmember Application
  2. Personal statement

Email: Tanea.Waller@fresno.gov (application packet must be sent in PDF)

Download the Young Councilmember Program Flyer

Agriculture Tour- Fresno County Farm Bureau

Agriculture Tour- Fresno County Farm Bureau

Facebook and Google Tour

Facebook and Google Tour

Internships

District 1 Internships

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.

  • Year-Round Intern: This position provides a year-round internship to a full-time student at an accredited high school, college, or university. Proof of enrollment must be submitted. This position requires 20-25 hours of work per week and includes a stipend pay. During a semester or vacation breaks, Council Interns can work more hours than they are normally scheduled to work if available.
  • Summer Intern: This position provides students an internship throughout the summer semester/vacation break. The minimum number of hours a Council Intern should be available to work is 20-25 hours per week.

How to Apply:
Return the following items

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

Email: District1@fresno.gov (application packet must be sent in PDF)
Mail: Attn: District 1 — 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721

Where Are They Now: District 1 Interns

Claudia Salinas
2015 District 1 Intern

Claudia has been with the California Innocence Project (CIP) since 2019. She graduated from California State University, Fresno and earned her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. While in law school, Claudia was awarded the “Janeen Kerper Scholarship for Criminal Defense Advocacy” and was inducted into the Pro Bono Honors Society at the Gold Level for over 200 hours of service at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office and at CIP.
Before joining the Project, she worked as a 911 Communications Dispatcher and then went onto become a District Representative for California State Senator before starting law school.
Claudia is now one of CIP’s Staff Attorney Fellows  where she supports and assists in supervising our current clinical students and volunteer legal interns. She is responsible for overseeing the CIP’s initial review of innocence claims arising from convictions occurring within Southern California. In addition to overseeing the intake process, Claudia engages in legal writing, case preparation, and litigation alongside CIP’s Staff Attorneys.

Ariel D. Preciado
2015 District 1 Intern

Since her time at District 1, Ariel graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with Bachelor’s Degree of Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethinic Studies. She is now Senior Office Administrator at Seer, a Biotechnology Research Company.

Cynthia Escota
2015 Summer Youth Intern

Since Cynthia’s Internship with District 1, she has graduated from California State University of Fresno on May 19th, 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Criminology with the option in Forensic Behavioral Sciences. She is currently in the Master’s program in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at California State University, Fresno. She interned at Hoover High School and Bullard Talent as an intern counselor as part of the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential Program.

Jose Verduzco
2015-2016 Summer Youth Intern

Jose obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fresno State and completed his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) in 2020 from Fresno State. Jose is a proud member of the Ivanhoe Lion’s Club and enjoys serving others and improving the quality of life in the Central Valley. Jose is currently working at District 5 as a Council Assistant.

Tyler Munoz
2015 Maddy Institute Intern

Tyler has been with the Usnited States Olympic Committee since 2019, via different positions, Tyler has been working with various sports in the Olympic movement to help guide and build their athlete development models and pathway. He is also the Manager of e-Learning & Education at USA Football, with the goal to design and develop training strategyes and tactics. He graudated from California State University, Fresno with Bachleor of Science Political Sciene and minor in Coaching Education in 2016,  Master of Arts in Sport Psychology (Sport Coaching) in 2018.

Jasmine Mejia
2016 Summer Youth Intern

Since Jasmine’s time with District 1, she has been working in a non-profit organization at the Bay Area. In the meantime, she has built experiences in customer service, including establishing relationships with strategic parners, busincesses and organizations. Jasmine is currently an E-Commerce Manager at Waterfield Designs.In May of 2017, Jasmine graduated with a B.A. in International Relations. She is planning on going back to school to get a certificate in Business Management.

Marisol Contreras
2016 District 1 Intern

Marisol started a career with the State of California working in the Department of Rehabilitation. In 2016, she graduated with her Bachelors in Sociology from California State University of Fresno. Marisol plans to return to school to receive a master’s in Public Administration. Marisol is also happily raising her children and enjoys spending time with her family.

Leslie Hille
2016 District 1 Intern

Since Leslie’s time here, he has moved to Paris, France for a study abroad program. Upon discovering he was accepted to intern with the United States Department of State he prolonged his studies. In February of 2017, he began working at a language academy teaching English in Paris until October of 2017. Leslie then interned at the United States Consulate Post in Rennes, France from October 2017-January 2018. Leslie is finishing his undergraduate degree in Political Science and French. In September, he began his Master’s in International Development or Euro-American Relations in Paris.

Kevin Balbuena
2016 District 1 Intern

Since Kevin’s time with District 1, he has worked with The Central Valley Latino Mayors and Politicians Coalition. He has started his own record label and signed 4 new talents. He is currently the CEO for El Viejon Records where he manages regional Mexican music group, Nueva Ruta. Kevin attended school for a Bachelor’s in Political Science.

Clifford Williams
2017 Maddy Institute Intern
2018 Summer Youth Intern

Clifford Williams was a services aide with our office and primarily worked with constituent services. Clifford was a former Maddy Intern and volunteered over 150 hours prior to his position as a services aide. He attended California State University, Fresno, and majored in Political Science and Economics. Professionally, he intends to become a small business owner and pursue a career in electoral politics.

Daisy Benavidez
2017 Boys and Girls Club

Since her time with District One, Daisy has worked at Target as a beauty team member and as a call center representative. She is currently taking a gap period but plans to resume school shortly. Daisy will finish her degree with a major in liberal and Islamic studies as well as holistic medicine. Daisy has also moved to Ontario, Canada, and gotten married.

David Paredes
2017 Maddy Institute Intern
2018 Summer Youth Intern

After completing his internship for District 1, David was hired by District 3 as a services aide. David received a degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Fresno State. David has been working in the community as an activist and has helped out on a City Council campaign.

Jorge Lopez
2017 Maddy Institute Intern
2018 Summer Youth Intern

Jorge is currently in his last semester of my Computer Engineering studies with hope to graduate with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Computer Engineering by the Fall of 2022. His focus includes robotics, machine learning, and embedded software development.

Zoe Miller
2017 & 2020 Summer Youth Intern

Zoe is currently in her last semester here at UC Berkeley and will be graduating a year earlier than expected with a B.S. in Society and Environment. This summer, she will be enrolling in Fresno State, where she plans on getting an elementary school teaching credential and a Master’s degree in special education. Her end goal is to be working as an elementary level special education teacher in Fresno Unified School District, and if all goes well she should be able to within the next two years! Although politics isn’t her dream job, the District  1 intership was an extremely valuable experience for her, and she is greatful for the oppourtunity and experience that she was offered.

Alexandria Sanchez
2017 Distrcit 1 Intern

Alexandria returned to the US from her development work internationally to continue her passion for community service. During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the local Habitat For Humanity. After her service, she began her Masters of Public Health at George Washington University with a focus is Global Public Health. She also continued her professional development as a Development Manager for the American Cancer Society and currently manages 3 local events, stretching from Los Banos to Delano.

Audrey Lansman
2017 Summer Youth Intern
2018 District 1 Intern

Audrey is currently the Operations Director for a local business they recently opened called College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. She is actively engaging in the local community and aims to make it better one move at a time. She has a 5 month old daughter named Eleanor- she is her greatest accomplishment.

Cesilia Acevedo
2017 District 1 Intern

Cesilia graduated from CSU, Fresno with a bachelors in Sociology. After graduating from Fresno State, she worked for the Dolores Huerta Foundation as a Youth Organizer and Youth Program Manager for 3 years. During her time there, Cesilia worked with youth members from Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties in the program with the goal of empowering and providing them tools to become leaders in their communities. After her time with DHF, Cesilia accepted a Programs Manager position with Jobs For the Future, a national nonprofit that drives change in the American workforce and education systems to achieve economic advancement for all.

Richard Kohls
2018 Boys and Girls Club

Richard McCoy
2018 Boys and Girls Club

Richard is currently a Sales Development Representative (SDR) at Deepgram. Deepgram is a start up. He lives in San Francisco. I graduated from University of San Francisco in May 2021 with BA in HIstory and a minor in Latin American Studies

Eliza Guzman
2018 Summer Youth Intern

Eliza currently works as a Nurse’s Assistant at a retirement community. She graduated high school in 2019 and she received scholarships that allowed her to continue pursuing an education in public health. Eliza’s senior year was memorable because of the positions she held in multiple clubs, including president and treasurer. In fall 2019, she began attending the Leon S. Peters Honors Program and the Future Nursing Program at Fresno City College to major in nursing.

Jaskaran Singh
2018 Maddy Institute Intern

Jassi Singh graduated from Fresno State during the 2020 pandemic with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies Certificate. Mr. Singh received a 4.0 GPA and graduated as an honors program student. He received the Doumanian Ethics Scholar Award in advancing ethical issues for his thesis on the 1984 Sikh Genocide. He is currently a Case Administrator at the American Arbitration Association. Jassi plans to pursue a master’s degree shortly.

Natalie Mott
2018 District 1 Intern
2019 Summer Youth Intern

Since her internship at District 1, Natalie has worked at an elementary school in Central Unified, which she returned to last fall. She completed her Associate’s degree at the end of her internship and is currently pursuing a degree in liberal studies at Fresno Pacific University. Natalie also plans to get her teaching credentials and go on to teach elementary school students.

Michael Rabara

2018 District 1 Intern

Since the internship, Michael has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Chapel of the Light Funeral Home which serves over 1,200 families a year in the valley. He has been actively  involved within the community and recently got elected as the District Governor Designate of Rotary District 5230 which covers over 50 clubs from Fresno, Monterey, Kings and Tulare counties. He will serve as Governor during the years 24′-25′. Michael was also the Chairman of City of Fresno District 5 Implementation Committee in which he still continues to serve as a member.

Tarry Tuy

2018 Boys and Girls Club

Conner McKnight
2019 Summer Youth Intern
2016 Councilmember for a Day

Since Conner’s time with District 1, he has worked at a Fresno business, Better Flooring, and in Memphis, Tennessee helping former Tennessee Senator, Lee Harris, run for Mayor. Conner is a senior at Rhodes College working towards a degree in Political Science.

Jaskeet Raika
2019 D1 Intern

Jaskeet began her journey at District 1 as an intern, eventually working her way up as a Council-Aide while attending CSUF to obtain her B.S. in Business Admin-Computer Information Systems. Following her graduation, Jaskeet joined local grassroots non-profit, Jakara Movement, and currently serves as the Fresno County Community Organizer, primarily working with Punjabi-Sikh youth all across California.

Nicolas Stacy-Alcantara
2019 Summer Youth Intern

Nico is a senior at Bullard High School, where he takes part in the Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial teams. After high school, Nico wishes to attend a 4-year university and major in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. After which he hopes to attend law school and eventually work at the DOJ, Civil Rights Division.

Pawan Brar
2019 Summer Youth Intern

Pawan Brar was a District 1 Services Aide during the summer of 2019. She graduated in 2020 from Santa Clara University with a BSC in Finance and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Since then, she has gone on to work for the Marjaree Mason Center as a Prevention and Education Specialist.

Anastasia Bates
2019
Summer Youth Intern

Anastasia will begin her second year of college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in the fall. She will major in Political Science. Anastasia also plans to continue her education in graduate school.

Jazmin Gallardo
2019 Maddy Institute Intern

Since 2020, I graduated from Fresno State in the Spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Geography. After graduation, I began interning full-time with Fresno Housing and received a certificate as a Tax Credit Specialist. As of February 2022, I am now working full-time as Asset Management Coordinator for Fresno Housing.

Italia Benitez
2020
District 1 Intern
Since finishing her internship with District 1, Italia has graduated from California State University, Fresno receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish, as well as a legal studies certificate. During her time at CSU, Fresno she was the Secretary for the Political Science Honor Association, as well as a Real Estate Agent. Since graduating she has re-focused on her career in Real Estate.

Candi Zarate
2021
District 1 Intern

Since finishing her internship with District 1, Candi has worked with Wonderful Giving. She is currently a senior at UCLA, double majoring in English and Education Social Transformation.

Brian Santos
2021
District 1 Intern

I had the amazing pleasure to intern for Esmeralda Soria as a Council Aide.  I had the opportunity to gather a deeper knowledge and understanding of local government through my experience in the Fresno City Council. The skills that I was able to acquire helped be prepare for my future. Currently, I am an Eligibility Worker though the Kings County Human Services Agency. My career focuses on serving the community in a personal level. In addition, assisting Kings County residents for any services that they are looking for and to inform of any additional services and programs they may be interested in. Through the agency I was given the opportunity to join my agency intake policy group that review state policies and interpret into a workflow for other Eligibility Workers to utilize. My immediate goal are to return back to Fresno State and obtain my Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Renna Hickey
2022
District 1 Intern

Since Renna’s time on the D1 team, she is perusing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Renna continues devoting her time in the politic field and is currently a member of Fresno County Young Dems. She plans to continue serving her community and peruse her career in democratic campaign work.

Maia DeMoss
2022
District 1 Intern

Maia moved to Sacramento to work for a consulting agency as an organizer for a local race.

Where Are They Now: Environmental Defense Fund Fellows

Katie Altobello
2016 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow

Since Katie’s time with District 1 she moved back to San Diego and started working as a Zero Waste Professional Assistant with the City of Oceanside’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department. During this time, she also worked as a Data Consultant for Certain Solar and as an assistant coach for Canyon Crest Academy’s Varsity Girls Basketball Team. Katie is currently working at her dream job as an Environmental Specialist for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the independent agency that manages the day-to-day operations of San Diego International Airport – one of the greenest airports in the world.

In 2016, Katie graduated from Columbia University’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program. As an undergraduate, she graduated magma cum laude from Loyal Marymount University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies and Archaeology.

Meghan Kelly
2018 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow

Since leaving D1, Meghan has been working for the County of San Diego’s Sustainability Planning Division. She is a Land Use and Environmental Planning Manager who coordinates the implementation of the County’s Climate Action Plan. Meghan developed the methodology for and and manages the collection of greenhouse gas reduction metrics to demonstrate progress towards mitigating climate change impacts in San Diego county. She completed a dual Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy and an MBA in Sustainability before joining Coucilmember Soria’s office in 2018. Meghan spends her free time growing her backyard garden, taking her young daughter on hikes, and spending time at the beach with her family.

Cheryl Lee
2019 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow

Cheryl Lee is a dual de­gree MEM/​MBA can­di­date at Duke Uni­ver­sity. Be­fore grad­u­ate school, Cheryl worked as a field en­gi­neer in the oil and gas in­dus­try where she be­came more pas­sion­ate about en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity within the en­ergy in­dus­try. Cheryl en­joys stargaz­ing as well as hik­ing with her dogs. While with our office, Cheryl worked on “Power the Tower,” a collaborative effort to transform the historical Tower District into a clean energy hub. “Power the Tower” enlisted EDF Climate Corps Fellow Cheryl Lee to develop strategies to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy options, and electric vehicle infrastructure among residents. Cheryl helped the City of Fresno progress its clean energy initiative by recommending energy-efficient outdoor lighting, connecting residences and businesses to energy efficiency resources, and developing an electric vehicle infrastructure.

District 1 Employment Opportunities

COUNCIL ASSISTANT

A Council Assistant provides staff support for the Councilmember in her duties of providing constituent services and making our city a safe and strong community for everyone.

Council Assistants provide critical constituency services to District One residents. Assistants will also provide social media and communications support to the Councilmember. Job duties include organizing citizen participation, activities while collecting, and compiling data, conducting surveys, and prepares reports on assigned activities.

Council Assistants will work with city departments and other outside agencies to secure services for the 72,000 District One residents. A Council Assistant should possess strong writing and communication skills necessary for drafting speeches, press releases, legislation, etc. Council Assistants will manage multiple projects in a fast-paced office.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COUNCIL ASSISTANT

  1. Previous office experience is required. Preferably in government services.
  2. Possession of a valid California Driver’s License may be required at time of appointment.
  3. Must submit a personal letter expressing their interest in becoming a Council Assistant.
  4. Applicant must submit a resume with the application.
  5. Applicant must provide 1 professional and 1 personal reference.
  6. Applicant must submit all requested documents via email below to Chief of Staff, Terry Cox.

HOW TO APPLY: Return the following items —
Email: Terry.Cox@fresno.gov
For questions, please feel free to contact my Chief of Staff at (559) 621-7810.

District 1 Council Assistant Application

COUNCIL AIDE

Council Aides provide valuable work experience directly related to an office and field setting. Council Aide assists with community outreach, constituency services, events, research, and special projects.

A Council Aide will receive hands-on experience in the field of municipal operations.

A Council Aide should be available to work between 20 to 25 hours per week.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COUNCIL AIDE

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicant must submit a personal letter expressing their interest in becoming a Council Aide.
  3. Applicant must submit a resume with the application.
  4. Applicant must provide 1 professional and 1 personal reference.
  5. Applicant must submit all requested documents via email below to Chief of Staff, Terry Cox

HOW TO APPLY: Return the following items —
Email: Terry.Cox@fresno.gov

For questions, please feel free to contact my Chief of Staff at (559) 621-7810.

District 1 Council Aide Application

Online Service Request
District 1 Online Service Request

Requestor's Information

Location/Description of Problem

Contact Councilmember Esmeralda Soria's Office
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