City Council

District 6

Councilmember Garry Bredefeld

Garry Bredefeld

Councilmember Garry Bredefeld

Welcome to the Fresno City Council, District 6 website.  It is a tremendous honor and privilege to once again serve the residents of District 6.  District 6 is located in the Northeastern part of the city and is home to the largest regional park in the Central Valley.  Woodward Park is comprised of 300 acres and features a multi-use amphitheater, the Shinzen Japanese Garden, the Art of Life Healing Garden, fenced dog park, equestrian trail, children’s playgrounds, as well as five miles of multi-purpose trails that wrap around a lake and three small ponds.

The district is also home to River Park shopping center which is utilized by people throughout the entire Central Valley.  From new restaurants and businesses, fitness centers, and many shopping areas, Fresno’s Sixth District provides numerous amenities that rivals larger cities.  There are many cultural, artistic, and leisure opportunities that enrich quality of life and contribute to a vibrant community. The area is also home to top notch education from K-12 in both the Fresno and Clovis Unified School Districts and an outstanding community college.

While there is so much to be proud of regarding our community, we will continue to ensure the public’s safety.  Increasing the staffing levels of our police and firefighters and ensuring they have all available resources needed to serve our city at the highest level will always remain my top priority.  We will work at mitigating our homelessness problem and ensuring the business and economic climate continues to improve throughout the city.  These are just some of the issues our office will continue to work on.

Please contact our office anytime to share any concerns you might have.  My staff and I will be holding district meetings throughout the year in order to also address any concerns and to apprise you of issues/events that are occurring in the city and our district.  We will notify you of these meetings through this website, social media and by mail.

Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and look forward to moving our city forward in bold and positive ways.

Garry Bredefeld
Council Member
District 6

Phone: (559) 621-8000
Fax: (559) 457-1245

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About Garry
After graduating from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a Bachelor’s Degree and then obtaining his Master’s Degree from Yeshiva University in New York, Garry came to Fresno in 1982 to attend graduate school. In 1983, he met and married his wife Susan, who has lived in Fresno since she was a teenager. In 1985, he obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno. Wanting to serve his country, he became a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and served for three years as a clinical psychologist. He and Susan then returned to Fresno in 1988 where Garry, a self-employed professional, maintains a private practice. In 1992, he also began working at the Fresno Veterans Hospital and continues to provide psychological services to veterans. Susan recently retired as a primary teacher with the Fresno Unified School District.

Susan and Garry raised their three children in Fresno. The focus and incredible joy in both of their lives has always been their family. Their daughter now makes children’s animated movies for a major film studio while their two sons graduated from law school this year.

Community Leader
In the mid to late 1990’s, Garry and Susan like so many other people were alarmed by the high crime rates, unemployment and the overall negative direction Fresno was headed. In order to help make the city safer, Garry ran for and was elected in 1997 to the Fresno City Council. Because of his efforts and the efforts of other Council Members and the Mayor, tremendous positive strides were made in Fresno. The city became safer as hundreds of police officers were hired, greater emphasis was placed on traffic enforcement, Fresno became an All-America City, graffiti was significantly reduced throughout the city, and parks and green space were increased. Garry’s strong and principled leadership mitigated the long history of poor planning and urban sprawl. He worked tirelessly to enhance the downtown area by supporting the new Exhibit Hall, Federal Courthouse, expansion of the Regional Medical Center and building of the downtown baseball stadium. With Garry’s newly elected position, he will continue with his history of listening to all sides of an issue and then always making a principled decision on what is best for the people of District 6 and Fresno.

Garry proudly served in the United States Navy from 1985-1988. He was a Lieutenant and was stationed for one year at The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which is considered one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical centers. He was then transferred to the Naval Medical Clinic in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he worked with both Marines and Naval personnel. With tremendous pride, Garry continues to serve veterans from all military branches as a psychologist at the Fresno Veterans Hospital.


Nicole DeMera
Chief of Staff

Nicole DeMera has worked in City Hall for over a decade. She served as Council Assistant and Chief of Staff for Councilmember Larry Westerlund focusing heavily on community outreach for residents and businesses in Council District Four.

After Councilman Westerlund’s term was up Nicole became the Public Information Officer and Special Events Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department.  About 8 months later she was recruited by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s office to handle constituent services, City Hall special events and projects.  Nicole also served as Interim Film Commissioner.  During her time Nicole notably worked on the Miss California Pageant Welcome Events, the High Speed Rail Groundbreaking with Governor Brown, the Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown Gubernatorial Debate, along with numerous movies and forums.  Nicole was one of the PARCS employees tasked with organizing the City of Fresno’s Youth Leadership Conference, personally bringing in Oakland Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr to speak and motivate Fresno’s youth.

Nicole has volunteered her time as a board member of the El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation in bringing public and private resources together to strive to create a better neighborhood in the El Dorado Park Community.  She helped build the Kaboom Playground in El Dorado Park with community members and PG&E.  She has completed the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training, Eagle Eye Terrorism training and the Citizens Police Academy.

In December 2016 Nicole was recognized as a “40 Under 40” Honoree.  The 40 Under 40 recognizes outstanding business professionals in the private and public sectors of Central California who have demonstrated a strong work ethic who have yet to reach the age of 40.

Nicole spends her time outside of the office with her twins Ashton and Isabella.

Daniel Gai
Council Assistant

Daniel Gai assists Councilmember Garry Bredefeld with constituent issues.

City Legislation Authored by Councilman Brand
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

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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)
Important Information
Online Service Request
District 6 Online Service Request

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Location/Description of Problem

Contact Councilmember Garry Bredefeld's Office
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