Ed Note: On May 1, 2019, the Fresno City Council held a special meeting to discuss and vote on the Responsible Neighborhood Market Ordinance (RNMO). Fresno has become one of the most liquor store saturated cities in the nation, and the ordinance is set to change that by putting a cap on the alcohol retailer licenses the city gives out and putting restrictions around the liquor stores being built near parks or schools. If any new store wants to sell beer, wine or liquor, it will have to purchase an existing license from stores in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. The ordinance was sponsored by Councilmembers Miguel Arias, Nelson Esparza and Luis Chavez, who worked alongside Youth Leadership Institute’s Friday Night Live youth to put this ordinance forward. The young people of YLI have been working on passing an ordinance similar to this for 7 years, and after 7 years, all their hard work has come to fruition as the ordinance unanimously passed 6-0.