Council President Miguel Arias
Welcome to the Fresno Council District 3 webpage.
It is with extreme gratitude and pride that I serve the constituents of district three.
As your council member, I will seek to speak for the voiceless in our communities and work on behalf of ALL residents.
My staff and I are here to serve you. We welcome you to visit our office and attend council meetings. I hope you will join me in making District 3 and the City of Fresno a better place.
Items of Interest
Fresno City Council 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.
Central Valley Latino Giving Circle
Fresno State Alumni Association
Esperanza Foster Family Agency, Chair
Fresno RDA Successor Agency, Vice Chair
Fresno County Zoo Authority
Environmental Quality Policy Committee, California League of Cities
City Council Committees
Homeless Committee, Vice Chair
CDBG Committee, Chair
Transportation Committee, Chair
School Liaison Committee
Transform Fresno, Outreach & Oversight Committee, Chair
Fresno City Council District 3 Internship Program
Council Vice President Miguel Arias values education and believes that students bring new ideas, energy, and 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 Dolores.Barajas-Weller@fresno.gov
- Complete the Councilmember Miguel Arias’ Internship Application.
- Provide proof of enrollment, including the number of semester units completed and most recent grade point average.
- Include a letter of interest.
- Submit 2 References (cannot be a relative).
Code Violations (559) 621-8400
- Car Parked On Lawn
- InOp In Driveway (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
- InOp In Yard
- Car Over Unpaved Surface
- Boat Stored In Driveway
- Trailer Stored In Driveway
- Trailer Stored In Yard
- Boat Stored In Yard
- Tall Weeds, 6″ Tall
- Dry, Tall Weeds
- Vacant Unsecured House
- Trash In Yard
- Trash In Driveway
- Trash At Gutter
- Junk And Appliances In Driveway
- Junk And Appliances In Yard
- Canopy In Driveway
- Basketball Hoop On Sidewalk
- Parked Car On Sidewalk
- Trash And Junk In Alley
- Weeds, Dry, Tall In Alley
- Auto Repair On Property
- A Fence Taller Than 6 Feet Or Shorter Than 3 Feet
- Mobil Home In Driveway
- Mobil Home In Yard
- Yard Sale Signs on Trees, in Medians, or on Poles
Police Violations (559) 621-8000
- InOp Parked In Street (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
- Boat Stored In Street
- Trailer Stored In Street
- Basketball Hoop In Street
- Mobile Home Parked In Street W/Power Hooked Up
Public Works (559) 621-8650
- Sign Replacement/Repair
- Sidewalk, Curb, Gutter Repairs
- Tree Removal/Replacement And Trimming
- Street Lights
- Traffic Lights
- Standing Water
Community Sanitation Graffiti Reporting Form On-Line
- Graffiti Reporting (fences, trees, parks, building and signs)