Dear West Fresno residents and friends of West Fresno,
Please join other community residents of West Fresno on October 30th, 6 to 8 PM at Orange Center Elementary School (3530 S. Cherry Ave, in the cafeteria) for the launch of the Jobs and Justice Campaign, which calls upon the large corporations coming into West Fresno to BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.
Orange Center Elementary is at ground zero of Fresno’s new corporate development, directly adjacent to the Ulta Beauty truck ports and close by the soon-to-be-built Amazon Fulfillment Center and the proposed two-million-square-foot Caglia Industrial Park. Children and residents will be subjected to traffic and exhaust from thousands of semi-trucks using the roads in front of and nearby the school. [Read about it here: http://www.cvobserver.com/land-use/caglia-joins-blitz-on-sw-fresno-reverse-triangle-industrial-park/]
The City of Fresno is allowing these developments without new CEQA-mandated analyses, using instead negative mitigating declarations on years-old environmental impact reports. They have also offered these companies decades of tax breaks to come to Fresno with their promise to hire only a very small percentage of jobs locally.
We are asking these companies to return the favor to the community by improving their hiring policies and by giving back to the city by making improvements in nearby neighborhoods — in other words, by being good corporate neighbors.
The purpose of this launch is to lay out the research and vision of what we have gathered so far, and to create opportunities for our community to take action that creates jobs for those who need them most and promotes a cleaner environment in West Fresno. We believe there is still an opportunity to impact these projects to better serve the community.
Please see the attached flyer, and forward this message to other concerned residents of West Fresno. We hope to see you there.
Call Thomas Weiler at (559) 549-4605 for more information.