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Take 2: SCCCD Says Downtown G Sign Is Coming Down This Weekend

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The rusting G sign on State Center's headquarters in downtown Fresno is now scheduled to come down Saturday, Feb. 3. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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State Center Community College District is taking a second crack at removing the iconic G sign atop its downtown headquarters.

Efforts to remove the sign last month had to be halted when the sign’s unexpected weight proved an obstacle.

“The sign weighed more than initial estimates (4,500-6,500 pounds), tipping the scales at 11,000+ pounds,” the district said in a news release. “After the crane was adjusted to accommodate the weight, there was some element in the post’s infrastructure that prevented the sign from being lifted from the post, despite numerous attempts. Since that time, contractors have further examined the sign and its post to remedy the unseen obstacles.”

The sign is being removed because it is rusting and could pose a hazard to passers-by in downtown Fresno. It’s a remnant of the building’s former life as the Guarantee Savings and Loan Association building.

Roadways and sidewalks on Fresno and Fulton streets adjacent to the building will be closed for the project, which is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue through mid-morning.

The northeast corner of Fresno and Fulton will contain a safe viewing area for Saturday’s sign removal. (State Center Community College District)

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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