2009 Press Releases



05/04/09  Downtown Revitalization is Focus of Fresno Bee Podcast with City's Craig Scharton
Strategies for improving Fresno's Downtown area was the topic for discussion today on the Fresno Bee's Podcast with Jim Boren and Bill McEwen. Fresno Downtown and Community Revitalization Director Craig Scharton discusses options for the Fulton Mall and the variety of steps the City is taking to improve our central core. Listen here. >more 
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05/01/09  PUBLIC SAFETY A PRIORITY – CITY SHARES HELPFUL INFORMATION
The City of Fresno would like to notify the public and media that the Department of Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services (PARCS) will be posting the attached basic health tips at each of its community and neighborhood centers in Fresno, in an effort to reach uninformed pockets of residents in the community. Additional copies of the information will be available in English, Spanish and Hmong at each site. PARCS would also like to remind patrons to take advantage of free computer access at one of the many AT&T Fresno Connect computer labs located throughout Fresno. >more 
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04/27/09  Fresno Celebrates “Tree City USA” Award with Local Arbor Day Planting
Students from Manchester Gate Elementary School helped the City of Fresno expand its urban forest on Friday morning by planting four trees near their campus. The Arbor Day planting was accompanied by the posting of new signs in the community heralding Fresno’s recent designation as a “Tree City USA.” Fresno City Council member Blong Xiong was on hand to assist as the students positioned the trees, filled and packed the surrounding soil, and watered them thoroughly. “It’s wonderful to see the next generation already making contributions like this to the betterment of our community,” Xiong said >more 
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04/24/09  City of Fresno Increases Water Conservation Measures in Response to Governor’s “State of Emergency”
With the State of California entering its 3rd straight year of drought and water shortage, the City of Fresno has taken action to be good stewards of this precious resource. Today, the Fresno City Council voted unanimously to support a 20% voluntary reduction in water use city-wide. Last month,Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a California “Drought State of Emergency” and encouraged urban areas within the state to take this conservation step. >more 
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04/16/09  Mayor Swearengin Releases 100-Day Progress Report
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today released a report outlining her administration’s accomplishments in the first 100 days in office.Mayor Swearengin said the actions taken in the first 100 days have laid a solid foundation for the challenging work that lies ahead in the coming years for the City.“There is no question that these are difficult times. >more 
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03/31/09  Mayor Swearengin Praises Council for Passing Small Business Preference Ordinance
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded Fresno City Council for passing her proposal to provide local small businesses with additional contract opportunities related to city purchasing. Mayor Swearengin proposed the ordinance to support local small businesses as part of her priority issues in her first 100 days in office. “The best way to create and retain jobs in Fresno is to focus on supporting the businesses that are already here,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our city’s economy, and this ordinance will provide a level playing field for our local small businesses as they compete for contract opportunities with the City >more 
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03/26/09  Mayor Swearengin to Launch ‘Open Door Day’ Program
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the launch of the Mayor’s Open Door Day program, an opportunity for citizens to meet directly with the Mayor to discuss issues or concerns. The first Open Door Day will be held at Fresno City Hall today from 1 to 4 p.m. “The Open Door Day program is an important part of my commitment to making City Hall as open and accessible as possible to the public,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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03/23/09  Mayor, Council Members, Homebuilders Praise Local Economic Stimulus Effort
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today joined City Council members and representatives of the local home building community to praise a local economic stimulus effort that will help preserve and create jobs in the residential construction industry. The stimulus initiative, presented to the City Council last week, calls for a moratorium on impact fee increases or potential new impact fees (except the Regional Transportation Mitigation Fee) for lots with building permits pulled before Dec. 31, 2009. >more 
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03/20/09  Independent Police Auditor Gets Nod of Approval From Long-Time Opponent
Former City Council member Jerry Duncan, who previously opposed the establishment of an Independent Police Auditor in Fresno, has come out in favor of the proposal being put forward by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Police Chief Jerry Dyer. Duncan, who opposed an IPA during two terms on the City Council, said the current proposal “provides solutions to the specific concerns that I have.” Specifically, Duncan said the proposal “draws a very clear line to ensure our police officers do not feel they have someone looking over their shoulder. >more 
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03/18/09  Mayor Swearengin Applauds Fresno Chamber for Endorsement of Independent Police Auditor
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce for its endorsement of the establishment of an Independent Police Auditor for the City of Fresno. “I appreciate the fact that the Chamber took the time to look closely at this issue, debate its merits and ultimately offer its support for the independent police auditor,” Mayor Swearengin said. “The Chamber has joined a growing number of important community groups that are stepping up and showing leadership on this important issue. >more 
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