Why it matters?

This was the final public hearing on Measure P allocations. The commissioners will make its final recommendations to the Fresno City Council for how to allocate millions in funds collected through a 3/8-cent sales tax.

Documented by Alejandra Obregon

What happened: At its Dec. 19 meeting, the Fresno Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission heard requests from the public for more funding of community centers, warming centers and student field trips.

Brandi, a local homeless advocate, asked the commissioners if it’s possible to request more funding for the city’s warming centers, which only open when the temperature is forecast to drop below 35 degrees. She said that it would be ideal if the centers could open throughout winter and if they also provided food.

Another public commenter, Dr. Carolina S. said she was thankful for the art council and that she was able to take her first grade class on a field trip to Arte Americas recently. She stressed the importance of school-based events for students and requested that they be considered when evaluating funding opportunities.

Up next: The Fresno Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission will meet next on Jan. 9, 2023.

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