Sidewalks in Fresno – serious perils for pedestrians

Accessible Public Rights-of-Way (Fresno, CA)
An obstacle such as a utility pole or fire hydrant placed in the middle of the sidewalk leaving no room for wheelchair users, is considered a peril for pedestrians.   This can also lead to serious injury to persons who are blind or partially sighted.

As you can see by the photographs below, this is a big problem here in Fresno, CA.  What makes this even worse is the fact that there are no records for who or why these poles were relocated, let alone, in such a manner.  Because as this is carried out, records are altered to make it appear that things have always been this way.  Regardless that PG&E’s office personnel stand behind altered records, old timers know the truth.
Palm Ave., in-between Olive and the next main street, McKinley Ave. (4 blks.)





McKinley Ave., in-between Fruit and Palm:  Notice the poles are not even aligned – going from sidewalk to mow strip – connected to masts that did not exist prior to all the homes being altered without permits / inspections.





This is being done as streets are widened in order to secretly replace the city’s water system for upcoming water diversion.  Wilbert Swieso is one of the ringleaders who conspires with Public Works in this operation – I personally saw their group altering and reconnecting.  After trying to swindle me of $2,000 to reconnect the wires/cables on the pole THEY relocated, they panicked when I mentioned PG&E – they reconnected all of it, which then resulted in an additional $900+/- to my bill that month.  See this link for more unauthorized relocating / reconnecting of utility poles throughout Fresno. Click ===>  Fresno: Felony Altering of Utility Poles

Sidewalks should be safe and accessible.  In one state, where a similar problem took place with fire hydrants, the sidewalks were extended out into the street.  Unfortunately, bicyclists using the bicycle lane now have to contend with an abrupt narrowing of the bike lane next to every obstruction in the sidewalk.




Some of Fresno’s pedestrian pathways are largely out of compliance with the federal law aimed at ending discrimination against people with disabilities, endangering vulnerable residents and leaving the city open to lawsuits.

Narrow, buckled sidewalks that are blocked by utility poles and fire hydrants are compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  For more information, click here ===>  http://www.disabilityaccessinfo.ca.gov/lawsregs.htm
Utility poles are not the only things that have been secretly altered.  Remember when the lines from utility poles were attached directly to the walls of connecting structures?  Now look – masts everywhere.  Because structures are no longer standing as they were when originally built either.  It appears that at least 1 structure from each side of every block has been removed as others shifted down in a “ripple effect” which allowed for such major street widening.  Cutting off front lawns and extending back yards to compensate – hence, the narrow alleys, where more relocation of utility poles have taken place.  Can you imagine the large garbage bins and city trucks driving through such narrow alleys at this point?  It would be impossible.

Imagine no record for any of this.  A very slow, cautious and calculating 50+/- yr cover-up entailing massive building, safety, heath, environmental code violations.  With disclosure laws kicked aside, structures throughout Fresno continue being sold as “original” to unsuspecting buyers.  This is why there are no older records of Fresno.

For information pertaining to help, filing complaints or lawsuits ===>  http://www.disabilityaccessinfo.ca.gov/lawsregs.htm


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As illegal altering of the city water system continues, citywide compliance issues pertaining to overhead and underground utilities are not being dealt with – endangering every resident in the city.
Wheelchair users, blind, etc. are being discriminated against.

Part II – CLICK BELOW:

===> Fresno Pedestrians in Peril: “Sidewalks Must Be Accessible, Says 9th Circuit”

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  1. very nicely done marla

  2. Thanks, Scotty. I appreciate your note.
    (And by the way – love your photography!)

  3. Elias Gutierrez, a 60-year-old activist for this very topic, was killed when he was struck by a car as he was traveling in his power wheelchair next to the curb on Palm Avenue near Cornell.

    CLICK HERE ===> Mean Streets (Sept. 2001)

    CLICK HERE ===> Disabled activist killed on Fresno street

    “An amazing number of wheelchair pedestrians told the meeting that they, too had been involved in accidents, or nearly missed being hit. Over and over we heard, ‘We need sidewalks! We need ramps! We need time to get across streets!'”

  4. “For a mere 130 feet of frontage between two subdivisions, eastbound Nees narrows from two lanes to one. The sidewalk, curb and parking lane vanish.
    Utility poles stand where pavement should be. A thick wood barrier, painted white with bright red reflectors, alerts drivers to the obstruction.”

    WHERE ARE THE PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS FOR ALL THIS?!? OR IS THE FAKE WORK CREW BEHIND THIS AS WELL?

    CLICK HERE ===> Feeble developer fees create jumbled roads (Sept 18, 2005)

  5. Various articles/lawsuits – click below:

    Sept. 10, 2008 Julia Epstein (San Francisco)
    Federal Lawsuit Charges Burger King with Violations of Disability Law

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    Jul 1, 2008 Annie Gentile (Sacramento)
    Disabled residents sue over sidewalks

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    May 7, 2008 Vic Lee (Berkeley)

    Disabled Residents Sue Caltrans

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    July 24, 2007 Lisa Pampuch (Gilroy)

    Gilroy’s Buckling Sidewalks an ADA Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

  6. FOR HELP IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA …….

    Disability Rights California
    567 W Shaw Ave
    Fresno, CA 93704

    (559) 476-2000

  7. Great job on this website Marla! One day, your story will be told & those guilty of MURDER among other crimes involved here will be held accountable. I support you in your efforts for the TRUTH…something our government and society knows little about.
    This is Kevin Curtis and I approve this message.

  8. Marla I returned to this page to show my wife what you have posted… While I think some stuff you put out there is a little hard to believe, this on the other hand is very well done and we both agree that the whole thing stinks…

    I thought it was federal law to have handicap access to public walkways and Easy curbs for safety of wheelchair bound handicaps… I am handicap, not in a wheel chair now but maybe I will soon… So I appreciate your looking out for us….

  9. Hi, Scotty – YES, it is Federal Law! Didn’t you click on Part II of this blog – check it out!! The City has opened themselves up for massive lawsuits with these violations. They refuse to acknowledge me about this. And that, if you have not noticed by now, only results in me screaming LOUDER! {{ smile }}
    After seeing more wheel chair users in the street, I contacted some outside agencies. After 1 responded, I wrote another blog. Click here ===> Urgent for Fresno’s Disabled / Wheel Chair Users
    Scotty, I have an agency interested in looking into this – they requested I provide them with names, dates and locations. I need help in spreading this news so I can provide them with this information.
    You don’t need to thank me for anything Scotty. Although I admit that my initial motive was using this evidence as proof behind the water-line issue I have been carrying on about, I am enraged to see this kind of callous abuse toward disabled people. Turning my back on something like this is not something I can / will do – I want to help.

  10. Thank you, Kevin. Your support means a lot to me.

  11. Great site…..checkout what PG&E and the telecommunications corporations are up to at this website and its links.

  12. Last comment in ref. to emfsafetynetwork.org


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