Fresno County District Lawyer Lisa A. Smittcamp speaks for the duration of a press conference in a murder investigation.

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An attorney for the nonprofit that operates Granite Park mentioned he will refer claims regarding Fresno County District Lawyer Lisa Smittcamp to the condition Lawyer General’s Place of work for investigation.

Lawyer Kevin Minor, who signifies the nonprofit Central Valley Local community Sporting activities Basis run by regional developer Terance Frazier, designed the announcement in a information release 1 day soon after Smittcamp’s workplace issued a lengthy information launch regarding several investigations into Fresno Metropolis Councilmembers.

Smittcamp on Tuesday announced she would not file costs in opposition to city councilmembers for violating the Brown Act, the open up meeting legislation for public officers. She also mentioned her business office investigated town councilmembers for their purchases of PPE but declined to go after charges in that investigation, as very well. Smittcamp also verified awareness of a federal investigation into the operations of Granite Park.

Minimal referred to as Smittcamp’s information launch a “shameful show of political cronyism” and questioned why she selected to disseminate information about a federal investigation when the FBI’s coverage is to not confirm investigations.

“Ms. Smittcamp has demonstrated time and once again her willingness to use her general public office environment to go after baseless allegations towards individuals on the other aspect of the political line,” Tiny reported.

In a assertion to The Bee, Smittcamp referred to as Little’s allegations “imaginative,” and reported it is the district attorney’s obligation to notify the public on her office’s choices on no matter whether to prosecute. Smittcamp welcomed any investigation by the state legal professional general’s business.

“Finally, based on the reviews attributed to Mr. Small and his shoppers in quite a few regional media stories, it would behoove Mr. Tiny and his consumers to educate by themselves on the variances in between federal, point out, and local prosecutions, and the guidelines of ethics for legal professionals and prosecutors,” Smittcamp stated.

She did not expressly deny any of Little’s allegations.

Small also alleged Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and his administration have been actively undermining a settlement settlement amongst Frazier and the metropolis in get to cause a default on Granite Park.

Dyer, in a statement to The Bee, denied the allegation.

“To be quite distinct, the allegation that I have requested the district lawyer to intervene on the Granite Park make a difference is absolutely phony,” Dyer said. “I have not built any request for the district attorney’s office to look into or intervene on issues regarding Granite Park.”

Currently, the town owns Granite Park but Frazier operates it by the nonprofit, which has invested thousands of bucks into updating the park. In 2019, the city unveiled an audit into CVCSF’s finances and outlined many accounting irregularities. Frazier has taken care of the audit was inaccurate.

Considering the fact that then, city officers reported the nonprofit was in compliance with the lease and agreed Frazier ought to get more revenue to work the park, inspite of a handful of loud objections from political detractors.

Frazier sued the city for discrimination, alleging his contracts were being addressed otherwise than other developers for the reason that he is Black. The lawful case continues to be ongoing.

Smittcamp introduced the Brown Act investigation final calendar year the working day the town council was set to vote on a settlement arrangement with Frazier.

Smittcamp in her Tuesday information launch advised the town amend its constitution so the metropolis lawyer is employed by the mayor’s administration and accepted by the metropolis council. At this time, the city lawyer is hired and fired by the council. Smittcamp stated a change to the city constitution would resolve any opportunity conflicts.

Very little stated that recommendation from Smittcamp was yet another try to centralize political electric power with her pal Mayor Dyer.

“The arrangement Ms. Smittcamp proposes is unprecedented in any metropolis government in California,” Little stated. “It is also astounding and hypocritical that Ms. Smittcamp raises the specter of a conflict of desire specified her possess transparent motives.”

This story was originally released March 2, 2022 2:59 PM.

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Brianna Calix covers Fresno Metropolis Corridor for The Bee, where she operates to maintain community officers accountable and shine a gentle on problems that deeply influence residents’ lives. She earlier labored for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sun-Star, and attained her bachelor’s degree from Fresno Condition.