FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin released the following statement on the Anti-Slum Enforcement Team and Landlord Tenant Ombudsman resolution proposed by Councilmembers Steve Brandau and Clint Olivier:
“Councilmembers Brandau, Olivier and I have been working for the last week to find common ground on the proposed Anti-Slum Enforcement Team and Landlord Tenant Ombudsman resolution. From the beginning, we were in agreement that more needs to be done to address substandard housing in our city. The problems are too great for too many to not continue to use every tool necessary to reverse the condition of substandard housing in Fresno.
“The councilmembers were willing to accept input from the Administration and make some key changes to their proposed resolution – namely, requiring full inspections of every unit on egregious properties. With that and other changes, I’m supporting this resolution today.
“I see the adoption of this resolution as one more step forward for the City of Fresno and appreciate Councilmembers Brandau and Olivier for working so diligently on this resolution. I also believe strongly that further, comprehensive actions will be required to truly address the issue of substandard housing and will work with my colleagues on the council and community stakeholders to propose additional measures before the end of the year.”