2010 News Releases



08/10/10  City Introduces Monthly Utility Billing for Residents
City of Fresno utility customers will soon begin receiving utility bills on a monthly basis, thanks to a modernization of the City’s billing system which will improve efficiency and enhance customer service. The new process replaces the City’s every-other-month billing practice that has been in effect for many years. During the transition, delivery of some bi-monthly statements was briefly delayed during July. >more 
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08/03/10  Salaries for Top City of Fresno Officials Now Available Online
In response to news reports of unconscionable compensation practices in the small city of Bell, California, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today directed that salaries for all top City of Fresno officials be made available online in an easily accessible format. Mayor Swearengin said salaries for the following positions are now available on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/CityClerk : Mayor, City Council members, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Police Chief and the City’s 14 department directors >more 
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07/28/10  Mayor Swearengin Announces Support for Pension Reform Efforts
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced her support for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts on comprehensive statewide pension reform. “California’s pension system is putting a tremendous strain on the state budget and simply cannot be sustained over the long term,” Mayor Swearengin said. “The City of Fresno and communities throughout the state are feeling the impact of California’s budget crunch every day >more 
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07/21/10  Non-Profit Operation of 3 City Recreation Centers Scheduled for Council Consideration Thursday
Agreements allowing community-based organizations to operate three neighborhood centers in the City of Fresno will be considered by Fresno City Council at its July 22 meeting. The agreements are the result of Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s proposal to work with the non-profit community to avoid closure of community centers in Fresno neighborhoods. The city’s adopted fiscal year 2011 budget calls for 10 of the City’s 17 neighborhood centers to shut their doors on Oct. 1, 2010, unless partners can be found to operate them >more 
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07/20/10  Business Tax Division Sets New Office Hours
Customer service hours for the City of Fresno Business Tax division will change beginning August 2. The division’s public counter and telephone support lines will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p >more 
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07/19/10  Mayor Swearengin, Corporate Supporters Announce $221,000 in Funding for Fresno Homelessness Initiative
Joined by corporate supporters at the site of the former H Street homeless encampment, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced a major funding boost for Fresno First Steps Home, the City’s comprehensive, community-wide initiative to address homelessness. Mayor Swearengin said four corporate supporters have contributed $221,000 toward the initiative, toward the Mayor’s goal of raising $1 million a year in private donations for Fresno First Steps Home. Kaiser Permanente Fresno and Saint Agnes Medical Center each contributed $83,000 this year to the initiative while Pacific Gas & Electric Company donated $50,000 and Union Pacific Railroad $5,000. >more 
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07/15/10  Cooling Centers Open:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday
The forecast of intense heat over the next few days has triggered operation of the City of Fresno Cooling Centers. Now in its fifth year, the City has refined its cooling center process and will provide free swimming, bus transportation and extended hours at four community centers all summer when temperatures reach 105 or higher. The City’s Cooling Centers are being supported by a continued partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric who provided $21,000 this year. When the National Weather Service (NWS), forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter, the City will activate four Cooling Centers strategically located throughout the City >more 
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07/15/10  Two Shaded Play Areas Now Open for Fresno Kids
Just in time for the summer heat wave, Fresno PARCS cut ribbons on two brand new shaded tot lots in the downtown area. The first is naturally shaded by its location under Highway 180 and the second is situated at the Kearney Triangle in West Fresno and features shade canopies and beautiful shade trees. The much needed facilities will serve the Lowell-Jefferson area of downtown and the West Fresno community. >more 
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07/13/10  Traffic Officers to Patrol Friant Road Construction Zone
During the week of July 12-16, the Fresno Police Department traffic officers will be conducting an ongoing operation in the Friant Road area to ensure safety for motorists, pedestrians and work crews during construction activity. The City of Fresno has contracted A. Teichert & Son, Inc. to complete a major rehabilitation project on Southbound Friant Road from Shepherd Avenue to State Route 41 >more 
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07/01/10  Park Entry Fees Held at $3 through Holiday Weekend;  annual passes offered
The City of Fresno will defer a scheduled increase in fees for vehicles entering Woodward Park, Roeding Park and the Regional Sports Complex until July 6, allowing families to save a few dollars over the long Independence Day weekend. The vehicle entry fee will remain at $3 through Monday. In April, the City Council approved a new master fee schedule, which included an increase in the vehicle entry fee to $5. >more 
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