State Attorney General intervenes in lawsuit between City of Fresno and South-Central Residents

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State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is intervening in a lawsuit between residents of the South-Central Neighbors United community group vs. The City of Fresno.

Earlier this year Caglia Environmental, a trash and recycling company, got the green light from the city to build a facility on the 110 acre lot near Amazon and Ulta on Central and Cedar Avenues.

It would be a 24/7 operation, with an average of more than 6,000 trucks and cars commuting daily.

Residents who live nearby are upset.

“I feel very bad because we have a house across the street,” said Catalina Macias, longtime resident. “They didn’t ask permission, they didn’t even talk to us, they didn’t have any meeting or anything. They just did it. So we’re concerned.”

Macias along with other residents sued the city for approving the project.

The Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability is representing them.

“They didn’t properly assess the environmental impacts on the community whatsoever. So we want to make sure that is done,” said Grecia Elenes, policy advocate.

In a statement from Richard Caglia, spokesperson for his family’s business, he wrote: “This development will provide jobs and economic opportunities that this lawsuit claims that it will harm and holds our neighbors hostage from improving their lives and off of welfare and back to work. I believe that the interest groups involved, and the unusual intervention of the attorney generals office also wants the same thing so I hold hope of working on an amicable solution together.”

The city of Fresno also released a statement that reads: “While we don’t normally discuss ongoing legal issues as a policy, we feel that in this instance, a response is necessary for the public interest. We are aware of the Attorney General’s interest in this litigation and are actively working with the community on a solution,” said Mark Standriff, spokesperson.

Still, Macias is upset that the project is moving forward, and is glad the state attorney general is intervening in the case.

“With all the trucks that will pass by here, and the dust, and the environmental stuff, hopefully they do something about it because we are very upset,” said Macias.

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