Efforts underway to clean Calwa’s alleys, install street lights

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Efforts are underway to help the Calwa community. 

Alleyways are being paved and for the first time, lighting is being installed.

“Long overdue,” said Cecelia MacDade who has called Calwa home for 50+ years.

She says the alleys are hotspots for crime.

“Stripping cars, drug deals, homeless that have set up encampments,” MacDade explained.

Not only that, they’re eyesores too.

“Dirt, potholes and weeds,” said Steve White, Director of Fresno County Public Works.

The county has stepped in to try and make a change.

“I was raised in this neighborhood in Calwa,” said Sal Quintero, Fresno County Supervisor. “As cities grow, the older neighborhoods get neglected.”

But some much needed TLC is reversing the neglect in the alleys from Church to Jensen. 

“Clearing of the alleys, and the liking, getting all the trash and debris out of them,” White continued.

Over 95 tons were removed last summer as part of an overall mission to improve the unincorporated area.

Paving the once dirt paths with tire grindings is also in full motion.  

“So far, 6 sections and I have 5 more sections left,” said John McCormick, Fresno County Road Department Supervisor.

PG&E has donated and installed around 40 lights to illuminate the previously dark alleys.

MacDade is hopeful all the efforts are long-lasting. 

“It’ll make people take pride in their area,” she concluded.

Besides clearing the alleys of all the trash, a brand new pool is also in the works for the Calwa Community Center. 

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