Fresno City Council Curbs Median Solicitations

February 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Fresno City Council is curbing any kind of solicitations in the middle of the street. Thursday, homeless advocates complained that the new law would keep a lot of people asking for donations from getting any money.

"You guys are trying to bring in investors and all of that. Investors come here and see the homeless and say we don't want to build here, so you're trying to push them all out," said one homeless advocate.

"There's only one intention and that is to deal with people's safety. There's no discrimination here," said Fresno City Councilman Larry Westerlund.

Children's Hospital complained about a similar ordinance two years ago because hundreds of thousands of dollars in median solicitations are raised on Kids Day.

The new ordinance allows median solicitations for people who get permits. The measure passed six to one Thursday and it's up for final approval next week.