2009 Press Releases



06/18/09  Mayor Swearengin Commends Police For Approving Contracts to Help Address Budget Issues, Protect Front-Line Services
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised the Fresno Police Officers Association and its management unit for approving agreements that will help the City address its budget challenges while preserving front-line police resources. Both agreements call for the bargaining units to forgo scheduled salary increases in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. As a result of the actions, the City would be able to save sworn officer positions that were at risk because of economic conditions. “I applaud both bargaining units for showing real leadership on this issue,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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06/17/09  Fresno Area Express Encourages Residents to “Dump the Pump
As America’s economic challenges continue, Fresno Area Express (FAX) has joined with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the fourth annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 18th. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2009 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and improve our quality of life. “America is facing a number of significant economic challenges right now,” said Ken Hamm, Director of Transportation. “People that use public transportation are helping to answer those challenges for themselves and for their country >more 
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06/11/09  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Running Horse
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement on activities related to the Running Horse development: "While the City is not directly involved in the transaction announced today, we are encouraged to see the continued interest in private sector development of projects benefitting Southwest Fresno. We look forward to hearing more from the company about their plans." ### >more 
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06/08/09  Mayor Swearengin, Police Officials Announce Tentative Agreement
Joined by city officials and representatives of the Fresno Police Officers Association (FPOA), Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Police Chief Jerry Dyer today announced a tentative agreement between the City and FPOA that will preserve front-line police resources and continue to protect public safety. As part of the tentative agreement, FPOA members will forego the scheduled 2 percent salary increases in the 2009-2010 fiscal year to help the City address its budget challenges. In addition, FPOA also agreed to freeze holiday time pay downs. >more 
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05/22/09  City Offers Assistance to Northwest Residents Affected by Contamination of Private Water System
The state Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a notice to Herndon Water Company today warning of possible contamination in its water system. The water company’s customers have been advised to boil water from the system before drinking or using it in food preparation.The privately owned Herndon Water Company serves approximately 70 homes in Herndon Town in northwest Fresno, near Highway 99. >more 
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05/19/09  City to Continue Cooling Centers for 2009
Sunday’s unseasonable hot weather provided the City of Fresno with an early test of its Emergency Cooling Center activation plan. 2009 will mark the fourth year in which the City will provide an opportunity for residents to get a respite from extreme heat. The City activates cooling centers around Fresno when the morning National Weather Service forecast indicates a high temperature of 105 degrees or more. >more 
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05/18/09  Mayor Swearengin Unveils Proposed Budget That Protects Essential Services, Moves City Forward
Saying that “the challenges we face require us to make tough decisions,” Mayor Ashley Swearengin today unveiled a proposed fiscal year 2010 budget that protects critical services and continues to move the City forward during challenging economic times. The $226.6 million general fund budget takes into account a 7. >more 
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05/13/09  City Manager Announces Members of Advisory Panel for Office of Independent Review
City Manager Andy Souza today announced the appointment of three public members to an advisory panel to help select an independent reviewer to provide City policymakers and the public with an objective, third-party analysis of internal affairs investigations conducted by the Fresno Police Department. The three public members will join Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Council President Cynthia Sterling, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, a representative of the Fresno Police Officers Association and the City Manager on the advisory panel. Mayor Swearengin’s proposal to create an Office of Independent Review, passed by City Council in March, called for the advisory panel to help with the selection process. >more 
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05/08/09  Ride Your Bike on the Fulton Mall
May is Bicycle Awareness Month and the City of Fresno is encouraging the use of bicycles downtown by installing bike racks on the Fulton Mall. The Public Works Department Traffic Engineering and Street Maintenance Divisions have installed a dozen racks on the mall from Tuolumne to Inyo. Additional racks will be placed in front of and behind City Hall so City employees will be able to commute to work on their bikes. >more 
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05/07/09  City Seeks Members for New Downtown Planning Committee
Applications are now being accepted for a new citizen’s committee to help guide the future development of downtown Fresno. The 21-member committee will assist with the creation of the city’s Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, encompassing a variety of unique project areas including the Cultural Arts District, Central Business District, South Stadium area and Chinatown. The Fulton Corridor Specific Plan will be the community's vision for its own future. >more 
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