Talking Trash Part I: Fresno Mayor blames homeless for littered streets

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If you are driving down McKinley in Fresno you will see a lot of trash along the canal. Some say this is a bad first impression of Fresno. Especially for those flying into the Fresno Airport. 

Jesus Rodriguez is an employee at Ceviches & Beer. They are located on Chestnut and Mckinley. Rodriguez said every morning before they open he has to clean up other people’s trash. 

“They leave the trash over here by the drive through so I take it to the trash can,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said because of the constant trash in his parking lot it prevents customers from coming inside and eating. 

“It affects the business because there is trash around the restaurant and we have been here for two months,” said Rodriguez. “So, most of the people come and they see like trash outside.”

A little further down on the corner of Millbrook and McKinley trash piles are still present. 

Mysti Dailey with Trinity Development Center said they are constantly picking up trash near their center.

“We have had a major problem with trash in the area especially due to the homeless issue that we have had along the embankment of the canal,” said Dailey.

Dailey said although there is trash outside her business, the city of Fresno has made an effort to clean it up more frequently. 

“The city has been doing a lot to improve that,” said Dailey. “So, on a weekly basis they have a team that starts at the end of McKinley and works there way down McKinley.”

Fresno Mayor Lee brand said he is working to tackle the trash problem. However, he said he needs to tackle the homeless problem in Fresno first. 

“Most of the trash cumulation is from homelessness and homeless encampments,” said Brand. 

Brand said in August the first meeting to beautify Fresno will take place. At the meeting Brand said he will have a better idea of how to keep Fresno trash free. 

“So we need to mobilize a lot of elements both for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based to get everybody out in full force,” said Brand. 

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