Five years ago, top City Hall officials gathered in front of the southwest Fresno home of Andrew and Alice Guardado and portrayed the couple as the perfect example of why the city desperately needed No Neighborhood Left Behind.
At a news conference unveiling the proposed $45 million project, with the Guardados standing next to them, city officials said the couple's life would be much improved with curbs, gutters and sidewalks in their neighborhood.
No Neighborhood Left Behind is essentially done, and the Guardados still don't have their curbs, gutters and sidewalks. City Hall forgot about them.
"I feel betrayed," says Alice Guardado, 54.
Adds Andrew Guardado, also 54: "They used us."
The landscape is littered with the real estate remains of Gottschalks, Mervyns and other retailers, but don't assume other department stores will fill those empty storefronts. The next occupant could be a church, a call center or even a government agency. After all, those buildings have attributes that non-retailers also like: Good visibility, ample parking and easy access. Folks at Celebration Church know this, which is why the congregation has leased the 105,700-square-foot former Levitz building on West Shaw Avenue. via fresnobeehive.com
Valley health care comes down to personal needs While emotions can boil over at health-care reform town-hall meetings patients at doctors' offices in Fresno have a calmer view: They agree that the system must change. But few know details of the complex plans that inspired fierce political debate. Instead, they're focused on their own health problems. via www.fresnobee.com