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Dear Santa: A Fresno wish list for Christmas
According to NORAD's Santa Tracker, there's still a bit of time before the big guy heads out on his holiday run. So, if you've proscratinated like me, you'd best send off your gift list ASAP (granted you've been a good boy or girl). As is Famous tradition, we asked our contributors (and other Famous friends) what they would like to see Santa bring to town this year.
We've emailed the big guy the link.
Michael Banti (ghost-story collector and operator of weirdfresno.com): What I wish for Santa to bring to Fresno this year is for Fresno to actually get behind ALL of its sports teams, be it college football, basketball, baseball or hockey. We are lucky to have a plethora of college sports, a Triple A baseball team and a hockey team. Yet Fresno is the capital of bandwagoners it seems and only supports its teams when they succeed and ridicule them when they fail.
John Esquivel (promoter and house-party thrower with Religious Appeal): I would like to see Santa give some people a little motivation. I would like to see people create their own fun rather than expect to have it set right in front of them. How about less 'fattest/drunkest city in America'and more 'Hey! There is this cool thing called the Swede Fest/Love The Captive/Rogue Festival in Fresno.' That would be pretty sweet. Oh! And how about a little celebration for our quirkiness? Whenever I say 'only in Fresno,' it's usually a good thing. Also, I'd like to see more local bands in 2012. I guess I want a lot from Santa. He's going to hate me when he sees this list.
Mike Seay (the most interesting Fresnan in Fresno): A bike to every Fresnan that doesn't have one. And then $40 to be given to them only after they ride it to work or the store for a couple days. That way, more Fresnans might be friendlier to bikers because they'd get what it's like having to truly share the road with cars. Also they might not bitch about bike lanes as much.
Ray Arthur (Fresno Film commissioner and friend to many a celebrity): I would like to see Santa bring Fresno a big bundle of self-respect and positive attitude, so that we can occasionally laugh at ourselves when the joke’s on us, once in awhile turn the joke around (I’m talking to you Stockton, Bakersfield, Reno, El Centro, and Cleveland … oh yeah, Cleveland!), and move forward.
Jefferson Beavers (freelance writer, California-report contributor and Fresno-music lover): I would like to see Santa bring Fresno for x-mas this year a big bagful of money to save the Fulton Mall and renovate it, one square block at a time. The big stipulation: Throw out the mayor's plan to restore vehicle traffic and pursue big-box stores, and instead respect and build upon the vibrant communities of people that already thrive on the mall. Santa wouldn't want a bunch of bland gentrification, now would he?