‘STOP’ ordinance shutdown by Fresno City Council, giving money to panhandlers is OK

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An ordinance proposed by a Fresno City Council member to fine those who give money and/or food to panhandlers was voted on, and rejected Thursday night.

After a more than three-hour meeting, including dozens who spoke in public comment, the vote had two council members in support, and three in opposition, while one member abstained from the vote.

Yes votes:

  • Paul Caprioglio
  • Steve Brandau

No votes:

  • Esmerelda Soria
  • Miguel Arias
  • Garry Bredefeld

Abstained votes:

  • Luis Chavez

The ordinance proposed a $75 fine to be given to those who gave money and/or food to panhandlers within the city of Fresno.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer spoke at length during the public comment session, where he said he would vote “no” if he were a council member. 

He said if the ordinance were to pass, he wouldn’t ask his officers to strictly enforce it, rather he’d ask officers to give offenders a warning.

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