February 13, 2024 - Leadership Meeting
Steps involved for annexation1. When the Planning Commission considers and accepts the SEDA Plan after the EIR comments are addressed, then they will recommend the Plan to the Fresno City Council. (This is when large numbers of people in opposition to the Plan need to show up at the Planning Commission meeting at City Hall for this presentation).2. The City Council votes on the SEDA Project - basically a vote of political influence. (Once again, this is when large numbers of people in opposition to the Plan need to show up at City Hall.)3. If the City Council approves the SEDA Plan, the County Board of Supervisors and the City have to come to agreement in all contested areas (such as a Tax Sharing Agreement) before it goes to LAFCO.4. LAFCO makes the final decision. (The vote is a counted vote - not political as registered voters in the annexation area can vote for or against it.)
Rebuttal letter in reply to Developer, Michael Prandini, President of the Building Association ---A rebuttal letter was written in opposition to the article published on Feb. 2, 2024, written by Developer Michael Prandini, President of the Building Association. The letter is posted on our Social Media. We highly recommend your taking time out to read it.
Since there is not much we can do until the Fresno City Planning Commission considers the SEDA Plan and then presents it to the Fresno City Council for approval, we will not be meeting weekly. We will be communicating with you with updates after each meeting. So watch for our emails as we update information as well as post the times when we will need to meet at City Hall for the Planning Commission meeting as well as the City Council meeting.
February 6, 2024 - Leadership Meeting
A letter of rebuttal will be posted to counter the article written by Michael Prandini on 2/2/24 on behalf of the developers urging the Mayor and City Council to move forward in a prompt manner adopting the SEDA plan and working out financial details later.
Six of our members will be meeting with LAFCO this week in order to get information and ideas on how we can move forward. We strongly feel the SEDA project is not on "hold" according to our understanding of the word "hold". We also feel there is a lot going on "behind the scenes" that we are not aware of. In fact, one article by Gregory Weaver states the city's planning staff is working on a so-called "refresh" of the 2014 general plan.
We will be making appointments to meet with Nathan Magsig and the Buddy Mendez of the County Board of Supervisors again.
January 30, 2024 - Leadership Meeting
One of our members has been trying to contact the Fresno Planning Staff to verify this as well as to have some of our questions answered concerning the status of the EIR. We are also interested in knowing what it means that the project is being "shelved" and if response to the EIR comments are continued if the project is on hold. To date, the City has not responded to phone calls or emails. We will continue to try to connect.
Our current plan is to try to connect with LAFCO and Supervisor Nathan Magsig to obtain information concerning the future of SEDA.
We would like to add a note of importance from the group. Our goal is to have better communication with our members at large to keep them informed of our efforts. We do want to emphasize that we will do our best to try to get the information to you as soon as we can after our meetings. However, we would like to stress that this group has been operating as a volunteer group for over 1 1/2 years. All the work done is on a volunteer basis so the group is doing the best they can with the personal time available for them. So please be patient if we have some "lag" time on occasion. Thanking you in advance.
January 16, 2024 - General Meeting
- Recap of the meeting with Mayor Dyer: the Mayor stated that he intends to get the EIR passed, despite the state's projections for minimal growth in the area. SEPO efforts will go unchanged. The leadership has sent a follow up letter to the Mayor outlining our unchanged concerns, the need for more clarity and request for a follow up meeting. The letter and Closing Statements from the meeting can be accessed on our News Page.
- Recap of community meeting hosted by the Clergy Coalition: SEPO is united in opposition with this community group but we have different reasons for opposing the plan. The group shares our interest in informing the general public on what the city is not disclosing and appearing before the city council to rally in opposition. The presenter reviewed the economic impact of SEDA (and gave it an F grade), related water and air quality issues, population growth and infill. She projected the cost for SEDA to be between $2 and $3 billion as opposed to the city's former estimate of $1 billion.
- SEPO members expressed a lack of informative communication and the need for more updates from the leadership group. Future SEPO meeting highlights will be posted on the SEPO website on the About Us page. An overview and highlights will also be emailed directly to the members at large after each meeting.
- The SEPO leadership group will be meeting less regularly as we have not received any new information about the city's next steps.