Fresno leaders say they have been working on new safety plan since Downtown Fresno shooting

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A mass shooting in Virginia with a politician among the injured is a hard reminder for some people in office of a scary reality. (KFSN)

A mass shooting in Virginia with a politician among the injured is a hard reminder for some people in office of a scary reality.

"Part of that element of public service is taking a risk. As I said, sadly I have had threats on my life over the years and if somebody wanted to do something there's really not a lot that I can do," said Rep. Jim Costa, (D) Fresno.

Costa is not the only public official taking a critical look at security. Fresno County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas said he has been advocating for safety reform for years. But the recent shooting rampage by a self-admitted killer in Downtown Fresno.

"(It) brought to light the need to make certain that our emergency messaging system is integrated in such a way that everyone on their cell is notified that there is a problem."

In a recent joint meeting between the board members, City Council, and the mayor Borgeas said the text message alert system for all local officials and staff was heavily discussed.

At the Hall of Records Borgeas said they have added armed personnel to their board meetings and gated the parking lot below the hall of records.

"The super majority of all the people that interact with elected's or in civic affairs are good people, but you also have to be mindful that you have to prepare for eventualities and that's what we're trying to do."

A City Council representative said they are also discussing upgrades to city hall security but nothing is definite yet.

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