After nearly 14 years of protests, dozens of meetings with various officials, extensive research and lots of prayer, hundreds of concerned citizens and dedicated families finally convinced the Fresno City Council to pass breakthrough legislation that will begin to hold slumlords accountable for their unhealthy and dangerous properties. This historic vote to approve the Rental Housing Improvement Act happened in February. It’s now time for the vote to turn into action.
In order to build powerful relationships with the next Governor and demonstrate the power and unique concerns of the Central Valley, local families shared their stories and talked about local concerns with gubernatorial candidates Antonio Villaraigosa and Delaine Eastin in a series of “encounters” in rural Orosi and southwest Fresno.
The efforts of leaders across Faith in the Valley in listening to their communities and congregations and researching issues helped inform the questions and topics discussed with the candidates.
They heard about immigration, bail reform, air pollution, water quality and youth opportunities, and they shared their commitments to partner with local efforts.
We extend a special thank you to the community leaders, clergy and partner organizations who helped shared this experience. The efforts will continue through non-partisan questionnaires, a forum after the primaries and continued conversations after the election.
Read more about the gubernatorial candidates forum at the Fresno Bee.