Policy Initiatives

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Zero Fare Clean Air Act

One of my first policies included passing the Zero Fair Clean Air Act which suspended bus fares city-wide. With the majority of our bus riders making less than $20,000 a year and many struggling financially due to COVID-19, I want to ensure our most vulnerable residents have greater access to: vaccination sites, healthcare facilities, school, and their jobs.

With the support of our community, we made Fresno the largest city with a bus fare suspension from March 1st through August 31st. Beginning September 1st, the City of Fresno reduced the previous $1.25 bus fares for all riders:

Adults$1.00
Seniors$0.50
Children 12 & UnderFREE
Veterans and Active MilitaryFREE
Fresno State StudentsFREE

Lawn-to-Garden Rebate Program

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Interested in saving big money on your monthly City of Fresno water bill? We have just the program for you. A $1.00 per square foot rebate is available for the removal of existing lawns when replaced with water-efficient landscapes up to $1,500. Micro drip irrigation rebates are also available for up to $500. My staff is here to walk you through the entire process, beginning to end. Interested in learning more? Visit the link below or call our office using the number provided.

Call (559) 621-7846 for additional information or apply online

100 Days, 100 Trees Initiative

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(Thursday, April 22nd, 2021) The 100 Days, 100 Trees initiative included planting 100 trees in District 4 throughout Councilmember Maxwell’s first 100 days in office. The 100th tree was planted on Earth Day at Robinson Park in District 4

Eviction Protection Program

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Under Fresno’s eviction protection program, residents who are facing an unlawful eviction may be eligible to receive a City-sponsored attorney or legal services to assist them in the judicial process at no cost to them. This program was designed to help safeguard Fresno’s most vulnerable tenants from potentially unlawful evictions as we anticipate a wave of evictions across the nation.

My belief is that the best way to combat homelessness is to ensure folks never end up on the streets in the first place.

Parking Enforcement at
El Dorado Park

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In June, I was proud to remove the parking restrictions put in place prior to my time in office, along with all related parking fines from the El Dorado Park neighborhood. It was time to correct the burden placed on the many families of El Dorado park while continuing to maintain the cleanliness and integrity of the neighborhood.

Exclusive Negotiation
Agreements (or ENA’s)

In May, I successfully created legislation that ended the city’s old practice of cutting deals with big developers that granted them exclusive property rights, also known as Exclusive Negotiation Agreements (or ENAs). ENAs were agreements that gave certain private developers an exclusive ability to negotiate for the purchase of city-owned property for development purposes. In the past, ENAs caused significant development delays and raised eyebrows about “sweetheart deals” with favorite developers. The removal of ENAs will ensure that the sale of city-owned properties goes through a fair and competitive process, as well as add accountability to ensure development projects are completed in a timely manner.

City Council Public Accessibility Act

In September, I was proud to unanimously pass the City Council Public Accessibility Act making the Fresno City Council the largest elected body in the state to commit to a permanent virtual participation option. The Public Accessibility Act will ensure that all future City Council meetings will have an in-person, internet, and call-in option allowing people across Fresno to have the right to participate in government, despite their primary language or ability to be physically at City Hall. The ‘Council Public Accessibility Act’ will ensure that more Fresnans than ever before are able to shape the future of our City.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policy

In October, I led a smoke-free multi-unit housing ordinance across the City of Fresno. This ordinance will take into effect January 1st of 2022 and will prioritize the health and well-being of our children and most vulnerable families by preventing smoking or vaping in apartment buildings and most condominiums with shared walls and ventilation systems. Too many children in our community are developing respiratory issues for reasons outside of their control. I am proud to have championed that common-sense policy that places our children’s and families’ health first.