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Fresno Mayor Dyer Is the Man in Japan
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 2 weeks ago on
March 26, 2024

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer is in Japan learning about high-speed rail and downtown revitalization. The delegation also includes three city councilmembers. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer is leading a city delegation in Japan this week to learn more about downtowns and high-speed rail.

City councilmembers Nelson Esparza, Tyler Maxwell, and Luis Chavez are joining the mayor this week.

“(The delegation) are in Tokyo for a fact-finding mission where they will be learning how Japan has developed and redeveloped its downtowns around its high-speed railways. The contingent’s interaction with international experts on this topic is critical to learning how to successfully integrate an HSR station into a downtown area. The knowledge gained from this trip will be used to help ensure that HSR infrastructure is implemented seamlessly in Downtown Fresno – giving the residents of Fresno the downtown they deserve,” city spokesperson Sontaya Rose said.

Dyer even mixed in a visit with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel.

“With high speed rail (downtown/Chinatown) station, city core revitalization and the $200 million plus investment occurring in our city (downtown) of infrastructure, we hope to learn best practices from the country that has perfected their multimodal transportation system and rarely if ever has trains late for arrival or departure,” Chavez said.

He also seeks to learn about neighborhood planning in a downtown/train station area, calling Tokyo “a model we hope to replicate in our city’s core and downtown region in the near future.”

Last year, Dyer led a delegation to Münster, Germany, touring businesses there and learning about housing plans. Chavez and Councilmember Mike Karbassi also made that trip.

 

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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