Fresno – Following a meeting earlier last month, Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) and members of the Valley Delegation requested Governor Gavin Newsom allocate additional resources for Caltrans to clean up highways in the greater Fresno area.
The City of Fresno, Caltrans District Six officials, state representatives and California Highway Patrol met in August to address the growing number of homeless encampments and debris on highways in the Fresno Metropolitan Area.
A letter delivered earlier today has bipartisan backing from Senators Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) and Assembly Members Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals).
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Magsig, Fresno City Council President Paul Caprioglio and Clovis Mayor Drew Bessinger also signed on in support.
“For years the residents of the Central Valley have seen dramatic increases in the amount of waste and homeless encampments littered along highways in this metropolitan area,” the letter states. “In a recent meeting between the City of Fresno and Caltrans District Six officials, Caltrans expressed their dire need for more resources and staff to effectively maintain local highways. Approximately twenty workers maintain more than 1,100 acres of landscape in our region with as little as ten percent of the District’s budget utilized for the entire Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area.”
This is the first step in working with state officials to secure additional resources.