City Council

District 3

Councilmember Miguel Arias

Miguel Arias
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2600 FRESNO STREET • FRESNO CA   93721
(559)  621-8000  •   DISTRICT3@FRESNO.GOV

Welcome to District 3. It is with deep gratitude and pride that I serve the Southwest, Tower District, Downtown, Chinatown, South Fresno, and our Central Unified communities. As always, I want to keep you fully informed and engage you in building safer, vibrant neighborhoods that allow our City to thrive. As your Councilmember, I will continue to fight to reinvest in our neighborhoods, seek fairness in representation and investment, and ensure government transparency and strong fiscal management. My staff and I are here to serve you. We welcome you to call, email, or visit our District 3 Office.

Sincerely,

Miguel Arias
Councilmember, District 3

Please enjoy this second volume of our District 3 Annual Report to get updated on everything we have accomplished these past years and our Rebuild District 3 Plan.

Maxie L. Parks Community Center Update

District Map
Biography

Fresno City Councilmember President Miguel Arias represents District 3, including the Tower, West Fresno, Central and Downtown neighborhoods. He is a native of Mendota, a rural agricultural community in western Fresno County where he and his family labored in the fields as farmworkers. After graduating from Mendota High School, Mr. Arias attended California State University, Fresno where he studied Criminology and Chicano Latino Studies.  While at CSU Fresno, he accepted a position with the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked as a district representative and legislative assistant to Congressman Calvin Dooley in both the Fresno and Washington D.C. offices.  During his time in Washington D.C., Mr. Arias established an immigration education program and staffed the bipartisan House Taskforce on Immigration Reform.

In 2005, upon completing his tenure in Washington D.C. with Congressman Dooley, Mr. Arias returned to his hometown in the Central Valley. Shortly after his arrival in 2006, he was appointed and subsequently elected as a trustee of the Mendota Unified School District.  As trustee, he assisted the leadership team in improving student achievement and facilities including the construction of a new middle school and the establishment of the Westside Institute of Technology, a vocational training enter for residents in rural western Fresno County. Additionally, he served as a State delegate to the California Democratic Party and acting president for the Mendota-Firebaugh Rotary Club.

While living in Mendota, Mr. Arias assumed the position of Rural Resource Development Specialist with Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) – one of the largest Community Action Agencies in the United States.  In this role, Mr. Arias led EOC’s efforts of creating and implementing economic development projects utilizing fallowed agricultural land.

Mr. Arias subsequently, accepted the role as Chief of Staff to Fresno City Council Member Blong Xiong. During which he initiated and implemented local, state, and federal initiatives related to the district and city. His duties also included participation in the city budget deliberations, economic development projects, and direct communications with elected officials, advocacy groups, lobbyists, and constituents on behalf of the City.

Mr. Arias has served in various senior roles within Fresno Unified School District including; Chief Information Officer, Executive Director of the Office of Constituent Services and Community and Family Services. Fresno Unified School District is the fourth largest school district in the State of California and the largest employer in the San Joaquin Valley.

Most recently, Mr. Arias served on the State Center Community College Board of Trustees from November of 2014, to November of 2018, representing Area 5. Council President Arias currently lives in Downtown with his family.

Boards/Committees

Cannabis Committee
Community Developments Block Grant Committee
Census/Redistricting Committee
Finance & Audit Committee
Fresno County Zoo Authority
Fresno EIFD Public Financing Authority
Homeless (HEAP Funding Plan) Committee
COVID Program Committee
League of California Cities – Revenue and Taxation Committee
San Joaquin Valley Special City Selection Committee
Street2Home Fresno County Board
Committee on Transportation
Measure P Committee
Project Labor Agreement Committee

Staff
Dolores Barajas

Dolores Barajas
Chief of Staff

(559) 621-7834
dolores.barajas@fresno.gov

Ariana Martinez-Lott

Ariana Martinez-Lott
Council Assistant

(559) 621-7835
Ariana.Martinez-Lott@fresno.gov

Gabriela Olea
Council Assistant

(559) 621-7833
Gabriela.Olea@fresno.gov

Jorge Fernandez
Council Assistant

(559) 621-7836
Jorge.Fernandez@fresno.gov

Jordan Jackson

(559) 621-7832

Brian Velasco

(559) 621-7832

Kimberly Tapscott-Munson
Community Engagement Consultant

(559) 243-6007
Kimberly.Tapscott-Munson@fresno.gov

Upcoming Events

New Park Design Meeting

We need your input for the design of the new Park at MLK Magnet Core coming to southwest Fresno! Spanish and Hmong interpretation services will be provided.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 6:00 P.M.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92253289001

You can also provide comments and learn more about the park at: https://www.transformfresno.com/…/park-at-mlk-magnet-core/

District 3 in the News

April 26, 2019
The iconic Hotel Fresno is getting a makeover
https://abc30.com/hotel-fresno-comeback-makeover-back/5271772/

May 1, 2019
Fresno City Council Votes to Curb Liquor Licenses
https://thebusinessjournal.com/fresno-city-council-votes-to-curb-liquor-licenses/

May 16, 2019 
Fresno’s notorious Motel Drive to be cleaned up
https://abc30.com/fresno-motel-drive-highway-99-cheap-places-to-live-city-council/5304267/

September 22, 2019 
New Ordinance will penalize Fresno landlords with unsafe homes for renters
https://abc30.com/fresno-city-council-landlords-slumlords-housing-standards/5560119/

July 14, 2020
Hidden Cameras help tackle illegal dumping in Fresno’s Chinatown
https://kmph.com/news/local/hidden-cameras-help-tackle-illegal-dumping-in-fresnos-chinatown

July 14, 2020
Fresno Small Business Grant winners Announced
https://thebusinessjournal.com/fresno-small-business-grant-winners-announced

July 17, 2020
$1 Million Initiative to reduce West Fresno Health Disparities
https://thebusinessjournal.com/1m-initiative-to-reduce-west-fresno-health-disparities/

August 17, 2020
Latino Valley Leaders call for farm work COVID-19 aid
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/business/agriculture/article244950682.html

September 3, 2020
$4 Million Tower District Apartments coming next year
https://thebusinessjournal.com/4m-tower-district-apartments-coming-next-year/

September 22, 2020
Fresno to receive over $7.6 million to convert motels into homeless housing
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article245926305.html

October 7, 2020
City Council President and Fresno Mayor hold Armenian Ceremony at City Hall
https://kmph.com/news/local/armenian-ceremony-held-at-fresno-city-hall

October 29, 2020
Council President Miguel Arias holds summit addressing violence in Southwest Fresno
https://www.fresnobee.com/fresnoland/article246809817.html

October 27, 2020
Hidden Cameras help tackle illegal dumping in Fresno’s Chinatown
https://kmph.com/news/local/hidden-cameras-help-tackle-illegal-dumping-in-fresnos-chinatown

December 15, 2020
Fresno Organizations win “Save our Nonprofits” Grant Money
https://thebusinessjournal.com/these-fresno-organizations-win-save-our-nonprofits-grant-money

December 23, 2020
Fresno Artists, Museums receive Arts Grants from City
https://thebusinessjournal.com/fresno-artists-museums-receive-arts-grants-from-city/

February 17, 2021
Fresno’s homeless motels are restoring a troubled area of town
https://kmph.com/news/local/fresnos-homeless-motels-are-restoring-a-troubled-area-of-town

March 2, 2021
Drive-Thru Food giveaways in District 3, Fresno
https://kmph.com/news/local/drive-thru-food-distributions-in-fresno

March 11, 2021
Amazon & City, developers strike deal to develop industrial triangle
https://sjvsun.com/news/fresno/bring-on-amazon-city-developers-strike-deal-to-develop-industrial-triangle/

April 7, 2021
Fresno announces its first large solar farm
https://kmph.com/news/local/fresno-announces-its-first-solar-farm

May 25, 2021
New proposal would help Fresno’s blighted and vacant commercial buildings
https://abc30.com/blighted-buildings-neighborhoods-fresno-valley/10693577/

June 9, 2021
Councilmember Arias proposes plan to revitalize downtown neighborhoods
https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/councilmember-arias-proposes-plan-to-revitalize-downtown-neighborhoods/

June 10, 2021
Arias pushes infrastructure improvements for South Tower neighborhood
https://thebusinessjournal.com/arias-pushes-infrastructure-improvements-for-south-tower-neighborhood/

June 11, 2021
Pride Flag raising ceremony held at Fresno City Hall
https://kmph.com/news/local/pride-flag-raising-ceremony-held-at-fresno-city-hall

August 31, 2021
City of Fresno works to revitalize downtown by tackling vacant buildings, businesses not up to code
https://abc30.com/fresno-buildings-building-revitalize-business-vacant-ordinance/10991340/

September 30, 2021
Revised Plan aims at protecting at Fresno’s Historic Buildings
https://abc30.com/building-destruction-fresno-business-preservation-buildings/11066677/

October 8, 2021
‘Defining issue of our time’. California housing crisis tour makes stop of Fresno
https://www.fresnobee.com/fresnoland/article254817007.html

October 12, 2021
Fresno Nonprofit aiming to help immigrant entrepreneurs
https://abc30.com/entrepreneurship-fresno-immigrants/11118335/

October 26, 2021
Fresno City Leaders to look into possibility of installing speed humps
https://abc30.com/fresno-speed-humps-new/11170519/

 

Internship Program

Fresno City Council District 3 Internship Program

Councilmember Miguel Arias values education and believes that students bring new ideas, enthusiasm, 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 will prepare them for permanent positions in the workforce.

How to Apply:

E-mail the following items as a PDF packet to Gabriela.Olea@fresno.gov

  1. Complete the Councilmember Miguel Arias’ Internship Application.
  2. Include a letter of interest.
  3. Submit 2 references (cannot be a relative).
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)
Online Service Request
District 3 Online Service Request

Requestor's Information

Location/Description of Problem

Contact Councilmember Miguel Arias's Office
Contact District 3
Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Qualifying Renters and Landlords Are Now Eligible For 100% Of Rent and Utilities Owed

Please apply online, or by phone at (559) 621-6801. We offer language support in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Punjabi.

The City of Fresno’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available to City of Fresno residents that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are unable to pay their full amount of rent and utilities from April 1, 2020. The City of Fresno along with six community-benefit organizations (CBOs) will be responsible to provide relief to both landlords and tenants.

For more information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, visit:  https://www.fresno.gov/mayor/erap/

Proclamation And Certificate Request

Our office welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals and events throughout District 3 with an official proclamation or certificate of recognition. A proclamation or certificate 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 3 office at least two weeks prior to issuance.

We request the following information:

First Name                  Last Name

Email                          Phone Number

Organization               Date of Event

Description of Event

Background Information to be Included

Community Investments/Improvements

District 3 Community Investments

Investment in Parks in Southwest, Downtown, Central, and Belmont area of Fresno (2020-21)

  • New SW Fresno Park by the West Fresno Campus – $5.5 Million
  • Maxie Parks Community Center Clean-Up – $500,000
  • Ted C. Willis Park Improvements – $389,800
  • Mary Ella Brown & Frank H. Ball Community Center Renovations – $350,000
  • Hinton Center Restroom & Field Lighting – $250,000
  • California/Tupman Pocket Park Playground & Fencing – $225,655
  • Dickey Park Playground Renovations – $150,000
  • Fink-White Splash Park – $150,000
  • Jaswant SIngh Khalra Park & Playground and Shade Structure – $300,000
  • Re-Seeding of Jaswant Khalra Park (Previously Victoria Park) – $70,000
  • Roeding Park – Digital Self Serve Parking Pay Booth Upgrades

Afterschool Programs
Dickey, Fink-White, Frank H. Ball, Holmes Playground, Maxie L. Parks, and Ted C. Willis Community Center(s) – $666,800

Senior Meals Program
Mary Ella Brown & Ted C. Willis Community Center – $174,400\

Small Businesses in District 3

  • SOSB Grants Awarded to District 3 Businesses: 643 total jobs impacted – $855,000
  • Outdoor Dining Grants for Tower/Downtown Businesses – $305,000
  • Facade Improvements for the Kings Canyon Corridor, Chinatown & Tower District Businesses – $100,000

District 3 Community Investments

Downtown

  • Hotel Fresno – $32 Million
  • South Van Ness Industrial Road Reconstruction Project – $4.4 Million
  • Mariposa Plaza – $3.9 Million
  • Wireless Parking Meters -$2 Million
  • CDBG Funding to Restore the Historic Armenia Town – $1 Millions
  • Restaurant Parklets – $125,000
  • 22 Upgraded Traffic Signal Lights in Downtown & Chinatown

Southwest Fresno

  • Fresno City College West Fresno Campus – $70 Million
  • West Fresno Park – $9 Million
  • Health Clinic – $6 Million
  • Tree Trimming in SW Fresno – $150,000
  • Uptown Housing Project
  • 295 Trees planted in SW Fresno along Arthur Ave. through TCC funds
  • 35 trees planted at Tupman Park, Kearney Triangle Park, and Chandler Park in SW Fresno

Central Fresno

  • Road Improvements, West of HWY 99 & North of HWY 180 – $2.7 Million
  • Jaswant Singh Khalra Park Playground & Shade Structure – $300,000
  • Re-seeding of Jaswant Singh Khalra Park (Previously Victoria Park) – $70,000

Chinatown

  • The Monarch Housing Project on F Street – $19 Million
  • Clean-up & Sanitation of Chinatown – $143,000

Tower District

  • Tower District Beautification, Street Maintenance, and Tree Trimming – $1.8 Million
  • Outdoor Dining Grants for Tower Businesses – $180,000
  • Neighborhood Tree Trimming – $150,000
  • Decorative lighting and Trash Cans

Spring Concrete by Street Maintenance Division

  • Vine-Lee-Calwa-MLK-Neighborhood (Curb Ramps, Sidewalk Repair)
  • MLK – Jensen to North Ave. Curb ramp installation
  • Clinton – Brawley to Sonora Ave. sidewalk repair
  • Palm and Franklin Ave. concrete repair
  • Amador and B St. – Curb and Gutter installation upcoming, alley reconstruction

Spring Paving by Street Maintenance Division

  • Vine – Lee – Calwa – MLK – Neighborhoods
  • Second cul-de-sac South of Jensen

Slurry Seal in Late Summer

  • West Ave., Kearney to Eden
  • Weldon/Clinton/Hanover/Brawley Neighborhood
  • Olive-Palm-Fulton-Belmont (No Broadway, Wilson, Roosevelt Neighborhood
  • Olive-Fulton-Belmont-San Pablo (No Fulton, Van Ness, San Pablo) Neighborhood
  • Olive-San Pablo-180-Blackstone Neighborhood
  • O St. – SR 41 to Tuolumne
  • Kearney – Fresno to Thorne
  • Kearney – Thorne to West

COVID-19 Relief

$52.8+ Million total in Relief for

  • Prevention, Testing & Contact Tracing
  • Housing Retention Grants
  • Assistance to Save our Small Businesses
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Outdoor Dining Grants for Small Businesses
  • Grocery Assistance for Seniors
  • Savings Arts & Culture
  • Supporting our Community Benefit Organizations