Welcome to the Fresno Council District 3 webpage—connecting the community to City Hall. My goal is to maintain open communications with the residents of District 3 to respond to your concerns and ideas, to be your voice in City Hall. Together we can be a strong voice for positive change.
Councilmember Oliver L. Baines III
Council District 3 is the Heart of Fresno; a healthy and safe district makes for a better Fresno. I want to end the tale of two cities, separated by lack of understanding and negative misnomers.
As your elected representative, I’m determined to listen and implement your ideas and solutions to improve our community. I’m truly honored to represent you and will work diligently to improve our infrastructure, create job opportunities, create safer neighborhoods and most importantly focus on our youth bringing new opportunities for their success and ultimately our City’s success.
Oliver L. Baines III
Councilmember, District 3
Items of Interest
Councilmember Oliver L. Baines, III joined the Fresno City Council as the District Three representative in January 2011. Prior to his election to the City Council he was an officer with the Fresno Police Department for 11 years, assigned to the Problem Oriented Policing (P.O.P.) unit in the Southwest District. As an officer, Oliver has distinguished himself in the department and with his peers.
As part of his community policing philosophy, Oliver believed in holding individuals accountable for their actions if they continue to create public nuisances or disrupt our neighborhoods. Something he has taken to City Hall as a councilmember.
Oliver is compassionate for the community where he lives and works, and now serves as the district representative on the City Council. He has helped integrate parolees back into society by working with organizations such as the “Gentleman’s Club,” and by mentoring youth. As part of his commitment to combating juvenile crime, Oliver has organized basketball tournaments in low-income neighborhoods.
Because of his work Oliver has received several official honors, including a commendation and a peer commendation from the Fresno Police Department. Oliver was named Officer of the Year for the Southwest Policing District in 2008, and he has also been awarded two medals for saving lives.
Aside from his work as a public servant, Oliver co-owns AOP Embroidery, a custom embroidery business that provides services for various organizations, schools and the general community with his wife LaShawn. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Fresno Career Development Institute, a non-profit focused on job training and education.
Despite his busy schedule, Oliver is committed to community service. From 2006 to 2010 he served as chair of “Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life“, an organization formed through a federal ‘Weed & Seed’ grant. This group helps residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods to organize themselves and to clear their streets of gangs and violence. The main outreach method is a community block party that can draw up to 1,000 people. Currently, the group hosts more than 20 such block parties each year between April and October.
Oliver helped foster “Santa’s Village” in its beginning years, an event developed so children from some of the poorest areas of Fresno could meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa’s Village hosts more than 3,000 families annually from all over Fresno County, and provides children the opportunity to be photographed with Santa, a gingerbread house, food, clothing, gifts for children, and access to vendors.
Oliver has lived in Fresno for more than 20 years, Oliver and his wife have been married for more than 10 years. Their daughter Ashley, who lives in Fresno with her daughter, is a graduate of Edison High School, and currently attends California State University, Fresno.
Chief of Staff
Tyler Ward has served as the District Three Council Assistant since June 2016. She assists with constituent services, attends community outreaches, directly oversees all office interns helping to allow them to better understand how city government operates as well as providing input from programs in Fresno for young adults and other clerical office skills.
Tyler Ward was born and raised in Fresno, California. Tyler grew up in a single parent home with four other sibling and is a graduate of Clovis West High School and graduated in 2013 after spending most of her early education in the Central Unified School District. Currently attending Fresno City College, working on her AA Degree to in order to transfer and obtain a Bachelors and later her Master’s Degree in Sociology. She one day plans to become an Academic Counselor to help students create and achieve their goals in order for them to excel. Tyler is also a loving mother to a handsome young man, is family oriented, a woman of faith and is passionate about serving and giving back to the community.
Joel Melgar is originally from Los Angeles and is currently an undergraduate student at California State University, Fresno. He is interested in government and law and hopes to soon attend law school. Since his childhood, Joel has admired political figures for their service towards the public. Consequentially, he views government as an essential piece in ensuring domestic welfare. He recently joined the team as a Council Assistant to Councilmember Oliver Baines of District Three. He assists with constituent concerns, attends community outreaches and provides help with office duties. Furthermore, he hopes to one day have the opportunity to serve the public through government. Today, he is excited to be part of the team representing District Three and is enthusiastic about what the future may hold.
- Economic Development and Business Support
- Internal Neighborhood Investment & Community Revitalization
- Youth Program and Education:
- Every child able to read at the third grade reading level, by the end of their third grade year.
- Every child completes his/her education through high school ready for higher education or the workplace.
- Job Readiness/Creation
- Building Community Leaders
- Operational Effectiveness
- Development of a Specific Plan for West Fresno
- Development of a Neighborhood Targeted Hire Plan for the City of Fresno
- Authored Legislation to reform and provide oversight of Payday Lenders in the City of Fresno, which was supported by the City Council
- Authored Immigration Reform Resolution supporting immediate Congressional action
- Responded to constituent requests for pothole repairs
- Responded to request for graffiti removal
- Held Job Fair for more than 1,000 persons with 200 people hired through the effort
- Supported the General Plan-A
- Became a member of the FUSD Graduation Taskforce
- Supported the “No on G” campaign
- Supported permanent housing for the homeless
- Responded to requests for streetlight repairs (including those due to copper wire theft)
- Created the G.O.A.L. Awards, a local scholarship program. This program has awarded $30,000 in local scholarships.
Southwest (West of State Route 99/South of Highway 180)
- Successfully obtained $750,000 to develop the Southwest Fresno Specific Planning Grant, including an Environmental Impact Report
- Supported the Downtown Neighborhoods Plan
- Supported the completion of the Veterans Home
- Worked towards street improvements for Almy and Roy Avenues (estimated completion in 2015)
- Responded to calls for illegal dumping clean-up
- Worked to ensure that community pools remained open and free swim lessons were offered on hot summer days
- Committed to the development of the retail space now open on Jensen Avenue between Elm Avenue and Freeway 41
- Focused on the California Avenue Corridor, which consists of North Avenue, Freeway 41, and the southern industrial area of Northpointe, where FedEx now has its ground operation.
- Worked to ensure the removal and cleanup of oleanders along Weber Avenue
Northwest (West of State 99/North of 180)
- Sought State grants for planning the area west of State Route 99
- Worked to ensure installation of traffic signals at McKinley and Marks Avenues, and McKinley and Hughes Avenues
- Attended meetings held by Jane Addams Elementary School parents
- Supported completion of the Tower Streetscape project
- Supported the rehabilitation of the Ted C. Wills Community Center
- Supported infill housing projects
- Supported alley closures
- Dealt with vacant homes Code Enforcement cases
- Worked on possible Property-Based Improvement District with Tower District Merchants
- Supported increased police patrols, leading to a dedicated “Tower 1” Unit Thursdays through Sundays for the 2014-2015 Budget Year
- Secured adding Bike Officers in the Tower District (with former Councilmember Blong Xiong)
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)
Chair of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno
Chair of the Governing Board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Board District
Council Sub-committee on Code Enforcement
Fresno County Zoo Authority; Mayor’s Alternate
Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board
Fresno Works (Fresno County High Speed Rail)
Graduation Task Force–Fresno Unified School District
Council Sub-committee on Transportation
- City Council votes to improve better access to information for public meetings (June 9, 2015)
- Fresno City Council Unanimously Votes to Create Fresno Youth Council (June 4, 2015)
- Council President Oliver Baines and Councilmember Esmeralda Soria seek to establish Fresno Youth Commission at June 4th Council Meeting (June 4, 2015)
- President of the City Council Oliver L. Baines, III to host Second My Brother’s Keeper Fresno Convening Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30pm (February 25, 2015)
- West Fresno Health Insurance Enrollment Fair January 31 (January 27, 2015)
- Mr. Baines goes to Washington (January 23, 2015)
- Council Presidential Address (January 9, 2015)
- Swearing-in of the newly-elected Councilmember Esmeralda Soria and re-elected Councilmembers Oliver L. Baines, III, Sal Quintero, and Clinton J. Olivier on January 8, 2015 (January 6, 2015)