2008 Press Releases



06/17/08  Kid’s Camp – Where It’s Cool To Conserve Water
The City of Fresno Water Division will host the third annual Kid’s Camp on Friday, June 20, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m >more 
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06/17/08  Third Annual National Dump The Pump To Be Held On June 19th
Take Public Transportation to Save Money and Save the Planet With high gas prices on everyone’s mind, the City of Fresno, Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express (FAX) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the third annual national Dump the Pump Day on June 19. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2008 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline, and help reduce greenhouse gases. “Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices,” said Ken Hamm, Director of Transportation. “If gas prices are too high for you, then “dump the pump” and take a bus on June 19 >more 
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06/06/08  Statement Regarding Settlement in Kincaid Case
With regard to the suit filed against the City of Fresno by Kincaid, et al. representing the homeless class, a preliminary settlement agreement has been reached. The City of Fresno Attorney James Sanchez is releasing the following statement: “The City of Fresno has reached a settlement in the Kincaid v. >more 
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06/05/08  Mayor Autry Responds to Water Crisis Proclamation
In swift response to Governor Schwarzenegger’s proclamation yesterday of a statewide drought, the City of Fresno will be implementing Stage I of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan immediately. Mayor Autry urged the public, “To ensure the City of Fresno will have a reliable water supply now and into the future we must take action and answer the Governor’s call for conservation. Since he has taken office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken swift decisive action whenever our state has been faced with a crisis. >more 
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05/28/08  Fresno’s Park Voted Best Family-Friendly Park & Recreation Area In The Central Valley
The City of Fresno Department of Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) is excited to announce that Woodward Park has again been designated the Central Valley’s #1 family friendly park & recreation area! This distinction, awarded to Woodward Park for the third consecutive year, was announced in the June issue of the Central California Parent Magazine which hit newsstands today. More than 90,000 readers judged Woodward Park the best! In addition, Fresno PARCS is pleased to note that Roeding Park has climbed in public ratings as well, this year ranking 3rd in the Central Valley. “Over three years ago, Mayor Autry and the Fresno City Council gave Fresno PARCS an objective to make our parks more green, clean and safe and this poll tells me that the community has recognized and enjoys the changes that have made,” said PARCS Director Randall Cooper. “Roeding has new restrooms, better lighting, a dog park, perimeter fencing and police cameras; Woodward now has a Bike Complex, a Mountain Bike Park, shaded tot lots and a beautifully renovated Rotary Amphitheater >more 
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05/20/08  Water Awareness Month Celebrated With Planting Of Drought Resistant Trees at Gettysburg Park
To recognize Water Awareness Month, the City of Fresno Water Division collaborated with the City of Clovis, Tree Fresno, and the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee to host a tree planting ceremony today with dozens of Gettysburg Elementary students at Gettysburg Park in Clovis. About 17 years ago, 60 trees were planted at Gettysburg Park to commemorate Harry Armstrong’s 60th birthday. Most have grown into beautiful shade trees enjoyed by generations of children and adults. >more 
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05/16/08  Fresno Becomes a Global Green Leader With Hybrid Trash Truck
The City of Fresno debuted and demonstrated the world’s first operational compressed natural gas (CNG) powered plug-in hybrid refuse truck Thursday, May 15th at a news conference held at Woodward Park. This trash truck is unique in that it is the first in the world to combine a natural gas engine with a rechargeable electric hybrid drive system. The truck boasts several economic and environmental benefits: an estimated 40% improvement in fuel economy with the use of a hybrid electric drive system; the capability of operating in all-electric mode for over 10 miles; and a 90% reduction in smog-forming emissions. “This unique truck only furthers the growing acknowledgment that the City of Fresno is becoming a leader for utilizing cutting edge technology for green initiatives,” says Joseph Oldham, Fleet Acquisition Supervisor for the City of Fresno >more 
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05/15/08  STATEMENT FROM MAYOR AUTRY REGARDING CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RULING
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05/14/08  Home Entry Scam Alert
The hardworking employees with the City of Fresno would like to alert homeowners that a home entry scam has been reported in the past week. Construction Management division was notified that at least two homeowners have been burglarized by two men posing as construction workers. The men, dressed in orange work shirts similar to those worn by City department employees, claim to be repairing broken water lines in the neighborhood. >more 
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05/14/08  Fresno Mayor Alan Autry Opposes Proposition 98 on California’s June 2008 Ballot
Mayor Concerned about Measure’s Negative Impacts on Water Development, Agricultural Industry and Local Land-Use Planning Fresno Mayor Alan Autry today announced that he opposes Proposition 98 on California’s June ballot. Yesterday, the Fresno City Council voted unanimously to oppose the same constitutional amendment initiative. Mayor Autry issued the following statement: “Proposition 98 goes far beyond responsible eminent domain reform and contains poorly-drafted provisions that will negatively impact our region’s water supply, our agricultural industry, and on our ability as a city to promote responsible land-use planning. “I have reviewed analyses by organizations I respect like the Western Growers Association and the Association of California Water Agencies and am seriously concerned that Proposition 98 would throw up significant roadblocks that hinder water infrastructure projects we need to sustain our region and our economy >more 
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