The City of Fresno began inspecting a series of blighted, vacant commercial buildings on Monday as part of an ordinance the city council passed in June.
The first is the former Gottschalks building on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno. On the outside, most windows are smashed out and boarded up.
City councilmember Miguel Arias heads inside with inspectors. They’re all using cell phones as flashlights.
“This is the kind of stuff we gotta look at, the gas line is off completely,” Arias says, pointing toward the ceiling.