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It really is time to cool off, don't you think?

First, here's the brand new Chinatown Take-Out menu - best food in town!
Then, here's what we have going this month.
  • Happy Halloween!
  • Chinatown PBID
  • Free PPE
  • Voter Drop Boxes Security Alert
  • Chinatown Community Engagement
  • Census
  • Vote! Vote! Vote!
  • And the random and occasionally useful Food for Thought

Find Vote Centers and Official Drop Boxes here

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce, in a partnership with Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the City of Fresno, announced today that they will distribute one million free masks and 50,000 individual hand sanitizer bottles for Fresno business.

Starting on Oct. 12, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be available weekdays between 10a - 2p at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, 2331 Fresno St. in Downtown Fresno. They Businesses must be legally operating in Fresno County, and have fewer than 100 employees.

Chinatown Community Engagement

Paulina Rodriguez Ruiz recently joined out staff to get out into Chinatown and connect with businesses. If she stops by, enjoy your chat! If you want to reach her, here are contact points.

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.

A letter was mailed to all property owners to confirm your contact information. Be sure we have your email address!

Join one of the workshops on Zoom so you can ask questions and be part of the discussion/formation process.

Here's a copy of the flyer.

For more information, contact Jan Minami at 559.859.1763 or <>

Coming later this fall . . .


                                                             . . . the mystery continues

2020 Census

Deadline October 31. This only happens every ten years. Make your voice is heard!

Complete your census here.
Time to VOTE

If you're not registered, you can take care of that
AND vote at a Vote Center open Oct 31.


All voters should have received their ballots in the mail. Complete your ballot and be sure to sign your ballot envelope. Options for returning ballots:
  • Mail in
    • Postage is prepaid so drop the envelope in the mail
    • Must be postmarked by November 3
  • Drop boxes
    • See Security Alert above
    • Find locations HERE
    • Use these locations by 8 pm on November 3

  • Vote Centers are open Oct 31 through Nov 3
  • Services provided
    • Voting assistance
    • Replacement ballot
    • Vote on an accessible tablet
    • Language assistance
    • Register to vote
    • Vote in person
  • Election Office is currently open for in-person voting assistance

Looking for a go-to website for voter information? League of Women Voters has your answer:
The Attack on Voting
Gimme Props
And from another perspective

 Writers History Forgot
Poetry for the next generation
Environmental Racism
Covid's Stunning Unequal Death Toll
Addressing Latino Issues
A Nickle for a COVID test?
Fresno's Digital Divide

So many Chinatowns

Your Home Office
Avoiding Interruptions
Efficient Home Office

Better Cities and Neighborhoods
Street Murals
Cooler Cities
American Dream = Urban Planning Nightmare

Towns that stand the test of time

This and That
Big Fresno Fair (it's the food, right?)
Fresno County Transportation Needs Survey

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY from Alice Walker:
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY from Jimmy Carter:
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. -Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, Nobel laureate (b. 1 Oct 1924)
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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