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September seems hopeful, but we are not out of the woods, not only with the coronovirus, but the fires.

To help you with September, here are our topics today . . .
  • Grants for Chinatown businesses
    • Outdoor dining grants
    • Small business grants
  • China Alley
  • Chinatown PBID
  • Chinatown Outreach
  • Fire-tracking resources
  • Fresno's first virtual groundbreaking - The Monarch in Chinatown
  • TCC wins planning awards
  • Census
  • Fresno Police Reform
  • Vote! Vote! Vote!
  • And the random and occasionally useful Food for Thought
Business Grants

Outdoor Dining Grants

To offer outdoor dining in Fresno, you need a temporary use permit. At the same time you apply for that, you can also apply for grant funds. Application and instructions.

We are happy to help you apply. The files are attached - contact Jan at <>, 559.859.1763, for assistance.

Small Business Grants

The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation is collaborating with the City of Fresno to provide another round of Small Business Grants ($2,000,000) in disadvantaged/under-served neighborhoods that have been impacted by COVID-19. They are also managing Small Business grants for businesses outside the City of Fresno through Fresno County.

Applications and eligibility criteria for each grant program is currently available on the FAHF website.
Or go here for the City of Fresno grants (deadline: Tuesday, September 22). And go here for the Fresno County grants (deadline: Tuesday,  September 29).

Assistance is available by calling 559.222.8705 for English, Spanish, Hmong and Punjabi.
Details    City of Fresno        English     Spanish
                County of Fresno   English     Spanish

Thanks to Sandra Vidrio and the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation for making sure Chinatown businesses are aware of these grants.

Want to know more?

Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions for this Chinatown project that is currently in the design phase.

Fresno Commission for Police Reform

Here's the website with their details.

And here's a survey (closes soon!) for community input


Here are  resources for tracking

  1. Cal Fire site (click Creek Fire)
  2. New York Times (all west coast fires)
  3. An air quality app call IQAir, AirVisual

Big welcome to Paulina Rodriguez Ruiz

Thanks to the Kresge grant we received recently, we have added Paulina to our staff to connect with Chinatown businesses and to further introduce Chinatown to the Fresno region.

Many of you may be hearing from her very soon. More details about our outreach plans as they develop.

Attention property owners!

A property-based business improvement district (PBID) is created to energize a business area like Chinatown. Property owners form an Owners’ Association that will:

  • Give them the leadership role
  • Create a recognizable identity
  • Improve the customer experience
  • Assure economic sustainability

Relying on a self-imposed and self-governed assessment, the group works with their local government to create a public-private partnership that is a catalyst for revitalization.

In September, a letter will be mailed to all property owners in the Chinatown district to talk about a Chinatown PBID (property-based business improvement district) and confirm property characteristics of all Chinatown parcels.

Would you like to join the PBID Steering Committee? For more information, contact Jan Minami at 559.859.1763 or <> or Morgan Doizaki at 559.351.0410 or <>


American Planning Association awards Fresno's Transform Fresno

If you were involved in developing and selecting the projects for TCC (Transformative Climate Communities), you are the reason the City of Fresno received these reward.

The Transform Fresno Inclusive Community Engagement Process and Plan was honored with the Central Section 2020 Award of Excellence and Achievement in Planning and the California Chapter 2020 Award of Merit in the Public Outreach category. The Public Outreach award honors an individual, project, or program that uses information and education about the value of planning to create greater awareness among citizens or specific segments of the public and celebrates how planning improves a community’s quality of life.

       According to Fresno’s mayor, Lee Brand, “This process was the most collaborative and transparent that the City of Fresno has
       ever attempted and these awards speak to the diligence of the residents who spent countless hours identifying and analyzing
       projects that will ultimately transform our most vulnerable communities.”

Of particular interest to the APA was the City’s approach of conducting several “pop-up” workshops in various locations and at various times, rather than conducting one larger public meeting or workshop, and the approach of creating a procurement process that enabled local organizations to participate in the implementation of the plan, in order to increase the capacity of the local “civic infrastructure.”

Coming later this fall . . .


                                                                                 in Chinatown

Did you miss the first virtual groundbreaking in Fresno? Take a look at this CMAC link


Everyone! The US census is supposed to be a count of everyone in our country. Please be sure you're included.

Complete your census here.
Register to vote NOW

Unless you're already registered, in which case, thank you!

A few Voter Workshops still available

 Signs of the times
An app to expose racist symbols
Paper notes for a virtual meeting???

Stronger City Councils
Idea for Chinatown streetlights
Suggestion for Fresno leaders

If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world. -Claude Pepper, senator and representative (8 Sep 1900-1989) 

And another from almost 300 years ago:

"The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments...."    Adam Smith (1723-1790
Community Meetings in 2020
All meetings were held at 912 F Street from 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Community Meetings are not currently being held.

BUT . . . we will figure out how we can get everyone together. Stay tuned!

Next possible meeting:
Tuesday, November 10

Have questions? Ask us!

Our office at 912 F Street is temporarily closed.
Contact: Jan Minami, Executive Director, 559.859.1763,
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