2009 Press Releases



10/28/09  City of Fresno Highlights Valley Decorating Company Recognized Through PrimeTime for Business Series
Valley Decorating will be recognized by the Fresno City Council on Thursday as its latest “PrimeTime for Business” selection. Valley Decorating is a locally owned company which, despite being a hidden gem in the downtown community, has become the life of the party across the United States. Each month, the City’s Department of Downtown and Community Revitalization invites selected local companies to appear before the City Council to share background on their business. >more 
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10/28/09  City of Fresno Launches Program to Help Residents Save Money on Prescription Drug Purchases
City of Fresno officials today unveiled a program that will provide prescription drug discount cards to city residents to help them save up to 20 percent on prescriptions that are not covered by insurance. The City is making the free prescription drug discount cards available to Fresno residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The card has no enrollment or membership fees, and there are no claim forms to fill out and no limit to the number of times residents can use the card. >more 
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10/27/09  Celebrity Chef to Promote WIC Program at Farmers Market
Celebrity Chef Garrett Henderson will conduct a live “healthy cooking” demonstration at the Fulton Mall Farmers Market on Wednesday, October 28 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m >more 
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10/26/09  Applicants Sought for Disability Advisory Commission
The City of Fresno is seeking applications to fill a vacancy on its Disability Advisory Commission (DAC). The DAC addresses issues affecting persons with disabilities and advises the Mayor, City Council, City Boards, Commissions, Committees, and staff on public policy matters. It also facilitates citizen input and serves as an information resource to people with disabilities. Applicants must be residents of the City of Fresno or executive staff members representing (non-City) governmental or nonprofit agencies serving people with disabilities in the City of Fresno >more 
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10/23/09  City Adopts Ordinance to Streamline Regulations For Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs
The Fresno City Council today unanimously approved new rules pertaining to the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The revised ordinance creates more uniform standards for these establishments and sets more stringent public notification requirements than current regulations call for. The new rules were drafted after months of meetings and discussions with restaurateurs, night club operators, event promoters, residents, police officials and other stakeholders. >more 
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10/22/09  Mayor Swearengin: Swift Adjustments are Necessary to Address Potential $27.8 Shortfall in 2010-11 Budget
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said that while the City of Fresno’s current fiscal year budget remains in balance, the city must make swift adjustments to address a potential $27.8 million shortfall in next year’s budget. “There is little, if any, good news in our budget situation,” Mayor Swearengin said in a quarterly budget presentation to Fresno City Council. “Like most other cities in California, we are continuing to experience a significant decline in revenue >more 
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10/15/09  Proposal Aims to Make Restaurant and Nightclub Regulations More Consistent
A proposal to simplify the rules pertaining to the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs was presented to the Fresno City Council today. The proposal would create a set of uniform definitions and standards and establish more stringent public notification requirements than current regulations call for. The new rules were drafted after months of meetings and discussions with restaurateurs, night club operators, event promoters, residents, police officials and other stakeholders. >more 
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10/12/09  City Asks Residents to Report Clogged Storm Drains
As the first strong storm of the season approaches, City officials are asking the public to report clogged storm drains to help reduce the possibility of flooding. Residents can call 621-CITY to report storm-related problems. The City of Fresno has work crews on stand-by 24 hours a day to clear storm drains and to address other weather-related issues. >more 
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10/09/09  Court Issues Temporary Injunction against Marijuana Dispensaries in the City of Fresno
Judge Alan Simpson of the Fresno County Superior Court today issued a Temporary Restraining Order halting the operation of nine marijuana dispensaries operating within the City of Fresno. The order effectively shuts down the operation of these dispensaries because they do not comply with the Fresno Municipal Code. In 2007, the Fresno City Council approved an ordinance regulating the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries and cooperatives within the city. >more 
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10/08/09  City and Partners Celebrate Grand Opening of Affordable Housing Project in Southeast Fresno
Residents will join City leaders, development partners and other officials on Friday at 11:00 a.m., to celebrate the grand opening of Tanager Springs, Fresno’s newest affordable housing development, located in southeast Fresno. >more 
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