2009 Press Releases



11/25/09  City Seeks Applicants for Downtown Neighborhoods Committee
Applications are being accepted for a new citizen’s committee to provide input on neighborhood planning issues in the downtown area. The committee will assist with the creation of a Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan, encompassing the Lowell and Jefferson neighborhoods, among others, in southeast and southwest Fresno. These neighborhoods represent the “first ring” of residential property around downtown Fresno. >more 
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11/23/09  Revised Rules for Bars, Restaurants and Taverns Generate Interest from Local Establishments
While new City of Fresno rules pertaining to the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs go into effect today, local patrons will see no immediate change in hours at their favorite establishment. The revised ordinance requires any business owner who wishes to operate under the new rules to apply for an updated Conditional Use Permit. Several businesses have inquired about the application process for an updated CUP but no approvals have yet been granted. >more 
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11/23/09  Winter Watering Schedule Begins December 1
The City of Fresno’s winter watering schedule will go into effect for all city water customers beginning December 1. The schedule permits outside watering on the following days and times: ODD Numbered Addresses: (Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) SATURDAYS ONLY EVEN Numbered Addresses:(Addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8)SUNDAYS ONLY No watering is permitted between 6 a.m. and 7 p >more 
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11/20/09  Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices and Services
City offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The delivery of various City services on Thanksgiving and the following day may be affected by the holiday schedule as well. Please see the list below for details. >more 
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11/19/09  Mayor Swearengin Announces Budget Reductions to Immediately Address Short-Term Challenges, Long-term Structural Imbalance
Citing the need to immediately address short-term budget challenges as well as long-term structural imbalances, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today presented to City Council a mid-year budget revision calling for a total of $27.8 million in reductions over the next 18 months. She also cautioned that an additional $4 million to $9 million in cuts may be required in fiscal year 2011 to balance the fiscal year 2012 budget. >more 
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11/09/09  Veterans Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices and Services
City offices will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11. The delivery of some City services on Veteran’s Day may be affected by the holiday as well. Please see the list below for details. >more 
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11/09/09  City Council Approves Rates for Residential Water Meter Program
The Fresno City Council on Thursday night established the City’s first residential water meter rate structure. The decision came at the conclusion of a well-attended public hearing and authorized water meter rates which will go into effect in 2010. The rate structure will transition over the next three years and will ultimately replace the City’s current “flat rate” charge for residential water use. >more 
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11/04/09  City of Fresno Selects Eddie J. Aubrey As First Director of the Office of Independent Review
Joined by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and community members, City Manager Andy Souza today announced the appointment of Eddie J. Aubrey of Federal Way, Wash., who has 29 years of public service experience as a former police officer, deputy prosecuting attorney and judge, as the City of Fresno’s first director of the Office of Independent Review. >more 
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11/04/09  Mayor Swearengin Praises Governor, Legislature for Action on Comprehensive Water Package
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after the state Legislature passed a comprehensive water package that includes an $11 billion bond measure: “This is an historic step that is profoundly important to the future of Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley and the entire state of California. Our region and our state simply could not succeed if we didn’t address our water infrastructure challenges. This action should serve as a real turning point in making sure that we have water to meet our needs, both now and in the future. “Our Valley legislators deserve our strong praise for continuing to push this complex and contentious issue forward >more 
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11/02/09  Various Northeast Fresno Streets Closed Sunday for Two-Cities Marathon Event
A number of streets in northeast Fresno will be closed on Sunday, November 8 along the route of the Eye-Q Two-Cities Marathon. The course starts at 7 a.m. on Friant Road near Audubon Drive and runs along surrounding neighborhoods and into Clovis before returning to the finish line in Woodward Park >more 
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