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Joined by his wife, Diane, and granddaughter Trinity, Mayor Jerry Dyer addresses the crowd on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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Mayor Jerry Dyer told an audience at Chukchansi Park that Fresno can become a vibrant, prosperous city for all “but only if we work together as One Fresno can we make that happen.”

In his State of the City address on Thursday evening, the mayor highlighted his accomplishments after 17 months in office and continued to strike the “One Fresno” chord synonymous with his administration.

In a half-hour speech on the first-base side of the baseball stadium — mostly in the shade — Dyer talked about successes in reducing homelessness and cleaning the city of trash and crime. He also shared his outlook on housing and economic development.

Homeless Plan a Success: Dyer

Dyer highlighted his Project Off-Ramp initiative, in which homeless people are moved from highway embankments into temporary shelters.

“We will make sure this is a new norm for the city of Fresno,” Dyer said. He wants to extend that plan to canal banks, parks, neighborhoods, and business districts.

On Tuesday, the state told city officials that Fresno would receive $13.4 million to convert the Parkway Inn between Olive and Belmont avenues near Highway 99 into 62 units of transitional housing for homeless people.

In addition to enabling the city to buy the motel, the funding will provide supportive services such as employment readiness, educational support, and behavioral health services.

Good and Bad News on Housing

Recently, Dyer was criticized for touting a Los Angeles Times story calling Fresno the nation’s hottest housing market because of the city’s soaring rents and home prices. He incorporated that critique in his remarks Thursday.

“Well, that is good news for some, which shows people want to live in Fresno. The bad news is, housing costs are pricing Fresno residents out of the market,” Dyer said.

The mayor recently unveiled a One Fresno Housing Strategy to provide “a roadmap as we pursue innovative ways to expedite housing for all income levels in our city.”

Other Highlights

  • Touted his “Beautify Fresno” volunteer trash pickup initiative. “It is like Extreme Makeover, but the neighborhood edition,” Dyer said.
  • Dyer will add another graffiti cleanup team and support Councilman Tyler Maxwell’s tree planting initiative.
  • Crime is down, both shootings (26%) and murders (33%) compared to this time last year. He expects the police department to be at full strength within 14 months.
  • Support Downtown Fresno with a trolley running from the Brewery District to Campus Point near Fresno State “to expose more young adults to our downtown.” It could be up and running toward the end of 2023.
  • Dyer expressed optimism about a tax revenue-sharing agreement with Fresno County that would allow the city to annex more land. “With that in place and environmental impact studies near completion, Fresno will be poised to once again attract large-scale manufacturers without negatively impacting neighborhoods.”

Dyer Beer and Joke of the Night

The State of the City event, hosted by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, moved to the evening after a breakfast speech last year.

Full Circle Brewery took advantage by brewing a special El Jefe lager, with a cartoon image of Dyer on the can. The beer received positive reviews from attendees. It was described as a light crisp beer. El Jefe is Spanish for “the boss” or “the chief.”

Food vendors were hand, and Grumpy Burger Lady’s received rave reviews for its gourmet hamburger selection.

Fresno City Councilman Tyler Maxwell introduced Dyer. He joked about the age disparity.

Maxwell said it was unusual for a 30-year-old to introduce the mayor, especially someone “80-years old.”

Full Circle Brewery provided the El Jefe lager in honor of Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. (GV Wire/David Taub)

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