According to the Fresno Bee, what should be a routine approval from the City Council this week has become a “battle”.
I’m talking about one of the three projects I highlighted earlier this week, the restoration of Hotel Fresno.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Council President Lee Brand are headed for a fight over the fate of the nearly century-old Hotel Fresno building.
She wants to spend taxpayer money on what she calls a risk-free project that will spark downtown.
He thinks she is pushing taxpayers into a disaster.
Swearengin’s administration on Thursday will ask the City Council to approve a loan of nearly $860,000 in City Hall-controlled federal housing money to help jump-start the rehabilitation of the Hotel Fresno.