2009 Press Releases



08/03/09  FAX Partners with Google to Offer Free Online Transit Trip Planning
Fresno Area Express (FAX) announced today that it has partnered with Google Transit to provide an online trip planning tool through Transit in Google Maps. This free trip planning tool combines the latest FAX data with Google Maps. It integrates transit stop, route, schedule, and fare information to make trip planning quick and easy for transit novices and seasoned travelers alike. "As part of Google's commitment to develop useful public-private partnerships, we are pleased to welcome FAX to Google Transit >more 
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07/30/09  City Names Development Director after Nationwide Search
Following a nation-wide search, City Manager Andy Souza today named John Dugan to the post of Planning and Development Director for the City of Fresno. Mr. Dugan holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Kennedy School of Government. >more 
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07/28/09  Mayor Swearengin Welcomes California’s First Lady to Fresno for WE Connect Event
Mayor Ashley Swearengin will join California’s First Lady, Maria Shriver,today at Manchester Center in Fresno for a popular “one stop” event designed to help low-income residents access resources to help them become more financially secure. First Lady Maria Shriver will visit Fresno on behalf of the WE Connect program, a pioneering public/private partnership which provides assistance with programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Through EITC, working families earning less than $56,000 per year can obtain refunds of up to $4,800, even if they owe no tax. >more 
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07/28/09  Rail Quiet Zone in Downtown Fresno Will Silence Train Horns
A Quiet Zone Project is now underway downtown to silence train horns along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor from Ventura Street to Olive Avenue. The project has been in development since 2006 and is on track to be completed ahead of schedule in the spring of 2010. The accelerated schedule is being made possible through generous assistance from Fresno Community Regional Medical Center for $245,000 and an interest free loan of $600,000 made to the City of Fresno. >more 
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07/24/09  Mayor Swearengin Commends State Assembly for Rejecting Gas Tax Grab
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after the state Assembly passed a budget that does not include the taking of gas tax revenues from local governments: “It’s a tremendous relief to the City of Fresno and communities throughout California that the state Assembly has exercised sound judgment in rejecting the unconstitutional gas tax grab. “Officials from cities and counties from up and down our state have consistently made the case that this gas tax grab would have had a devastating impact on local governments that already have made hard choices to balance their budgets. “Local governments will be part of the budget solution through borrowing under the principles of Prop 1A. >more 
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07/16/09  City and Partner Agencies Complete Scheduled Closure of H Street Encampments
An operation to close a large homeless encampment in downtown Fresno was successfully completed this morning. City officials, working in cooperation with various local agencies, have provided housing and other supportive services to 133 individuals from the encampment. “This collaborative effort marks an important step forward in our community’s approach to dealing with homelessness,” said Mayor Ashley Swearengin. “By providing services and support to those who formerly lived in the encampment, I believe we’re helping to put an end to the cycle of chronic homelessness >more 
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07/14/09  The Fresno City Council today approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Museum.
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07/09/09  Mayor Swearengin, Met Officials Announce Terms of Agreement
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today joined City Council President Cynthia Sterling and representatives of the Fresno Metropolitan Museum to announce the terms of an agreement outlined in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will allow the Met to continue operating at its current location while protecting the interests of Fresno taxpayers. The terms of the agreement were presented to the Met’s board of trustees at a special meeting this morning, and a motion to accept the conceptual MOU was passed. The Fresno City Council will consider the agreement at a special meeting Tuesday. “This agreement will protect the interests of the City while giving the Met the opportunity to continue to operate and serve people from Fresno and throughout the region,” said Mayor Swearengin >more 
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06/26/09  CITY OF FRESNO COOLING CENTERS ACTIVE THIS WEEKEND
This weekend’s hot temperatures will trigger operation of the first City of Fresno Cooling Centers for 2009. Now in its fourth year, the City has refined its cooling center process and will provide free swimming, bus transportation and extended hours at six community centers all summer when temperatures reach 105 or higher. The City’s Cooling Centers are being supported this year by a $15,000 donation from PG&E. >more 
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06/19/09  Mayor Swearengin Praises Gov. Schwarzenegger On Executive Order to Deal with Impacts of Drought
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order that will provide temporary assistance for Fresno County residents who are impacted by the drought. The Governor also requested a federal disaster declaration from President Obama for Fresno County. “Gov >more 
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