Lauck’s Bakery is one of the last original businesses to leave Fresno’s historic Tower Dist. Another great loss. One by one, well-known and well-established businesses have folded – not all of them willingly.
Back in the 50s, the Tower Dist. was thriving – the quality, unique architecture, neon lights, and of course the Tower Theater made it an area well-known to all. Located near downtown, Fresno, which was also thriving.The decline of downtown coincided with the strip mall that was built in the 60s. Various buildings were demolished, remaining businesses suddenly began failing. Before the next business stepped in, there were lots of so-called “repairs and renovations” that went on. A pattern that continued until finally, people no longer went downtown. Homeless people began to occupy the empty buildings. Many of the beautiful historic structures have since been torn down due to decay and negect. Attempts have been made to revitalize the area, but none have been successful. Or so the story goes.Here in the Tower Dist., I have seen a lot of similarities take place. Not only the end of long-time businesses and neglect of the area, but more. Destruction and/or major altering of every structure, one by one. Yet there is no record for what is taking place. Instead of a strip-mall used as an excuse to carry it out in the Tower Dist., fires and/or annihilation of property/business owners seem to be the method. My research shows a pattern of fraudulent/forged legal documents that coincide with these alterations and/or end of various businesses. In some cases, the owner is never seen again. (More suspected homicide.)
I was born and raised in the area, my family owned property in the Tower Dist. After many decades, we lost our 2 store-front properties – the City of Fresno set us up for annihilation and illegal takeovers of our properties. It was an accident I got away before they finished me off – my family members and neighbors were not so “lucky.” The water scam continued, and just as done with all the other structures down Olive Ave., records were altered to match the new layouts, as though nothing had taken place. Including widening Olive Ave., despite countless witnesses, our officials deny it was ever widened! Using altered records as “proof.”
Our properties were in the middle of all the others that were torn apart and rebuilt, as Olive Ave. was widened (1 block at a time.) Yet there is no record for any of it. Look at historic aerial views – they have been altered to match the updated layouts as though nothing changed! Parcel maps have been altered as well. Old books have been reprinted; directories, etc. Old (new) maps are sold on ebay – so much effort has gone into altering the evidence of these changes (and massive code violations.) You can easily see it for yourself – look at these buildings. None of them are original. Look closer – no previous layers of paint inside or out. Crooked walls/seams. Property lines changed. Older, well-established lawns no longer remain, they were excavated when the underground infrastructures were replaced / relocated – lawns replaced with rolled turf. Utility poles relocated / reconnected. No record for any of this.
To even question the City of Fresno about what they are doing results in great anger – in my case more so, because they were caught in action. Name-calling, Restraining order, perjury, threatening me if I contacted or pled for help again – followed by death threats that have never ended.
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE – fire after fire. Reconstruction. Changes in property lines. Do you remember ……
1. Remember the bar near the SW corner of Palm + Olive that burned down in the 60s?
2. The original Lucky Boy Hamburger that burned down on the south side of Olive in the 60/70s?
3. The bar on the NW corner of Olive and Fruit that burned down in the 70s?
4. First home south of Olive, on Adoline, burned down in the 70s?
5. Traffic School, Olive, near Fruit burned/rebuilt 70s
6. Turpins Furniture, Fulton off Olive burned 70/80s
7. Jackie’s Costumes, north side of Olive burned, prior to relocating to south side of Olive 70/80s
8. Dead end at San Pablo + Olive, burned in the 70/80s
9. Perkos Restaurant, on the north side of Olive, just south of Wishon burned down in the 80s.
10. Tire shop on NW corner of Blackstone + Olive burned before new tire shop re-opened (80/90s)
11. The thrift store on the NE corner of Palm + Olive that burned down in the 80/90s?
12. The 2 homes across the street (NE corner Olive + Ferger) burned; both lots are now parking for the furniture store
13. NW corner of Safford + Olive burned down prior to the martial arts occupying the building – 90s?
14. The Landmark – formerly Carnation restaurant, SW corner of Broadway + Olive burned in the 90s
15. 2 blks east of tire shop, on south side of Olive, upholstery shop burned down (90s)
17. Tiny’s Olive Branch, Olive, next to Roeding Park – burned down (80?)
18. The old Herb Bauer’s building, Olive, between Tiny’s & Roeding Park – burned down (80?)
Sadly, what I have described here is a mere 1 1/2-mi. stretch. Beneath all of it, the underground infrastructures have been replaced / relocated. Water system allegedly being redirected for upcoming development i.e., gambling communities, casinos, race tracks, golf courses, and high-speed rail.
Former employee for the City of Fresno is the ringleader – conspiring with various city personnel, including risk analyst who lies about the cause behind sewage back spills leaving a trail of horrific illnesses, diseases, respiratory, amputations, deaths and takeovers. Next chapter – the affects of raw sewage. (Fresno – the only city in the entire nation to react to the MRSA outbreak by increasing benefits for themselves – while refusing reports of what is contributing to the nightmare!)