2009 Press Releases



02/19/09  Date, Location Changed for Community Forum on Independent Police Auditor
The date and location for a forum to allow community members to provide input on developing an independent police auditor proposal have been changed because of a religious holiday on the original date. The Mayor’s Community Forum will be held at Fresno City Council Chamber, 2600 Fresno St., on Tuesday, February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m >more 
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02/19/09  Mayor Swearengin to Participate in White House Meeting with President Obama, Vice President Biden
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will join more than 60 mayors from across the country at a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, Feb. 20. The mayors also will meet with Attorney General Eric H. >more 
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02/19/09  Fresno Named Top in the Nation for Recycling
The City of Fresno, Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Solid Waste Division was named as the Nation’s leader in recycling by the “Men’s Health Magazine” recycling survey. The survey which ranked 100 cities in the United States gave Fresno the #1 ranking for its Residential Recycling Program. The study, based on community participation also rated cities for reuse of recycled materials, convenience and quality of the program. >more 
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02/18/09  Mayor Swearengin Announces Community Forum for Input on Independent Police Auditor Issue
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that a forum to allow community members to provide input on developing an independent police auditor proposal will be held at Sunnyside High School, 1019 S. Peach Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p >more 
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02/11/09  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Police Use of Force
Mayor Ashley Swearengin issued a statement today from Washington, DC expressing her deep concern over allegations that police officers used excessive force in the arrest of a man in north Fresno on Monday. Portions of the arrest were captured on video by an amateur photographer and turned over to a local television station. The videotape shows an officer striking the man, identified as Glen Beaty, in the face several times while trying to restrain him on the ground. "I am deeply concerned about what I see in the video,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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02/10/09  City Implements $8.8 Million Spending Reduction Plan; Avoids Layoff of Permanent Staff
The City of Fresno today announced that it will reduce general fund spending by $8.8 million through the remainder of this fiscal year to meet economic challenges resulting from the battered economy. The action is the result of an intensive budget review process aimed at helping prepare the City for worsening conditions in the 2009-2010 budget year, which begins July 1. >more 
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02/09/09  SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE (PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY)
RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION The City of Fresno Solid Waste Division will provide regular residential waste collection service on Monday, February 16, 2009. Our once-a-week collection of residential trash, recyclables and green waste will remain on its original service schedule, uninterrupted by the Holiday. COMMERCIAL COLLECTIONThe City of Fresno Solid Waste Division will provide regular commercial waste collection service on Monday, February 16, 2009. >more 
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02/06/09  DCR Director Announces New Local Business Initiatives Manager
Downtown and Community Revitalization (DCR) Department Director Craig Scharton today announced that Amy Huerta, government affairs director for the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, has been named local business initiatives manager in the reorganized department. “Amy has the right combination of knowledge of the business community, a passion for working with our local businesses, and the willingness to tackle the tough issues that we’re facing,” Scharton said. “She is a strong addition to the Downtown and Community Revitalization Department’s team. >more 
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02/06/09  Mayor Swearengin to Join Fresno County Officials In 'One Voice' Trip to Washington, D.C.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will join more than 40 other Fresno County elected officials and private representatives on the seventh annual Fresno COG One Voice trip to Washington, D.C., next week. >more 
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02/04/09  DCR Director Announces Sheridan to Stay at CVBI
Downtown and Community Revitalization (DCR) Department Director Craig Scharton today announced that Travis Sheridan, who had been scheduled to serve as local business initiatives manger in the department, has decided to remain as director of member services at the Central Valley Business Incubator. “Travis is a talented person who has helped numerous local businesses on a variety of topics through his work with the Central Valley Business Incubator,” Scharton said. “He has decided to remain there to continue the important work that he is doing. >more 
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