On Tuesday, October 13, Zocalo Public Square presented the panel discussion “Can Fresno Win the War on Poverty?”
Fresno has a serious problem when it comes to poverty. A recent study, called “Architecture of Segregation,” produced by the Centurion Foundation, lists the cities with the highest concentrations of poverty by race and Fresno is in the top 10 of black, Latino and white poverty pockets. Fresno is the only California city to appear on the lists.
Also, Fresno was placed 7th on the “33 Poorest Cities” list created by California-based online research group, FindTheBest.com, using ACS data —the Five-Year American Community Survey of the Census Bureau.
The first thing to notice from the panel was that the stand point of view of the four panelist was very much alike: Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Fresno Bridge Academy founder Pete Weber —also a Mayor Swearengin’s consultant—, Edit LLC president Irma Olguin, and Poverello House executive director Cruz Avila.