2009 Press Releases



02/03/09  Budget Update
Fresno City Manager Andy Souza today provided a budget update to the City Council which included a preview of contingency plans under consideration for reducing current year expenditures by approximately 4 percent. In contrast to many cities and counties across California, Souza stated that the City of Fresno will finish the current fiscal year with a surplus, based on current projections. The reductions are being implemented to offset anticipated revenue shortfalls for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1. >more 
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02/03/09  Fresno Parking Violation Fees to Increase to Comply with State Law
Fees for parking citations in the City of Fresno will increase by $3 to comply with a state law requiring the fee hikes to help finance new construction and renovation of court facilities throughout the state. The $3 increase, which will impact 59 separate parking violations in the city, resulted from SB 1407, passed by the state Legislature last year. The legislation provides $5 billion in lease-revenue bonds to finance the court construction and renovation projects.The fee increase will affect such violations as overtime parking at metered spots; overtime parking in 24-minute, one-hour and two-hour parking zones; use of the street for storage of vehicles; parking in fire lanes; and parking in a number of restricted zones such as intersections, crosswalks, bike lanes, and sidewalks >more 
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01/27/09  Mayor Swearengin Applauds Council Vote in Support of Restructuring City’s Economic Development Efforts
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded City Council for its overwhelming vote in support of restructuring the city’s economic development efforts to more sharply focus on strengthening the local economy through revitalizing downtown, improving neighborhoods and supporting locally-owned businesses. Council today agreed to change the name of the City’s former Economic Development Department to the Downtown and Community Revitalization Department to reflect the new emphasis. “I appreciate City Council’s interest in and support of the mission and priorities of our new department,” said Mayor Swearengin. “We will continue to partner closely with outside agencies to make sure that our overall economy improves, but our new department reflects the city’s responsibility to use our resources to focus on revitalizing downtown, improving our neighborhoods, and helping our local businesses grow and succeed >more 
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01/27/09  City of Fresno Joins County and Others to Conduct Homeless Count
On Wednesday, volunteers will fan out across Fresno County to conduct a bi-annual “Point in Time Street Count and Survey” of homeless families and individuals. The survey will provide local government officials with a clearer picture of the number of homeless persons living within the county, and the conditions they face. By counting individuals who were homeless the previous night, the survey will provide critical data on local homeless populations at a single “point in time. >more 
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01/26/09  Fresno Ranks #1 in State for Recycling Achievements
Today, the City of Fresno, Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Solid Waste Division announced a significant milestone in its ongoing recycling efforts. Fresno has ranked highest in the state among larger cities by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) for diverting 71% of its solid waste away from landfills and into the City’s recycling programs. The CIWMB is the state agency that promotes a “Zero Waste” California in partnership with local government, industry and the public. >more 
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01/22/09  City, Local Agencies Launch Effort to Pump $26 Million into Local Economy
As officials in Washington continue their work on an economic stimulus plan, local agencies gathered at Fresno City Hall today to announce a joint effort to help area residents tap into more than $26 million in unclaimed money from the federal government. The groups came together to encourage eligible low- to moderate-income workers across the city to participate in the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. Just by filing a basic tax return, qualified families in Fresno could receive federal refund checks of up to $4,800. >more 
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01/13/09  Mayor Awaits Attorney General Opinion on Operation: Monitor
Mayor Ashley Swearengin has asked the City Council to postpone, until the next council meeting, consideration of an ordinance to track sex offenders in the city using GPS monitors. The City is awaiting confirmation from the California Attorney General’s office on a key component of Jessica’s Law, which requires paroled felony sex offenders to be monitored electronically for life. "Our proposal is getting close attention in Sacramento because it closes a critical gap in the law,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I'm pleased that the Attorney General's Office has agreed to weigh in on this, although unfortunately, not in time for Tuesday's meeting >more 
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01/05/09  City Clarifies Homeless Encampment Cleanup Activity
On Wednesday, January 7, the City of Fresno will begin the process of removing garbage that has accumulated in several locations south of the downtown area. It is important to note that NO INDIVIDUALS OR PERSONAL PROPERTY WILL BE REMOVED. The City, however, is faced with a tremendous health and safety issue with the recent population growth in those encampments-- in the area of Santa Clara between E and G Streets, and G Street and the Freeway 99 overpass. >more 
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