Community Health, Youth Voices
South Fresno residents are engaged in an ongoing campaign to balance the number of public green spaces between the north and south sections of the city, the latter consisting of areas of highly concentrated poverty. So when the city of Fresno announced a $5.8 million plan to renovate city parks, the campaign posted bus advertisements depicting the disparity in parks; but Mayor Ashley Swearengin rejected them as ‘political’ and in violation of city codes for bus ads. “The city of Fresno doesn’t seem to want to let its people know how much of the budget is going to which part of the community. By censoring the ads, the city is making people think they don’t really care about the south side of Fresno.” Youth reporters challenge the Mayor’s decision in an editorial posted on The Know and published by We’Ced.