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05/26/16  PARCS Life and Environmental Science Program at Highway City Wins Grant from The Walt Disney Company and the National Recreation and Park Association
FRESNO, CA -- The Fresno Life and Environmental Science (LES) Program at Highway City has been selected as a winner of the national Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN. Community members voted for the winning project throughout Earth Month in April. Parks Build Community helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. >more 
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05/26/16  City of Fresno Splash Parks to Open This Weekend
FRESNO, CA -- The City of Fresno splash parks will officially open for the season on Saturday, May 28. The parks will be open daily through mid-October from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p >more 
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05/24/16  Mayor Swearengin Announces FY2017 City Budget
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin, along with City Manager Bruce Rudd, today announced the proposed City of Fresno budget for Fiscal Year 2017 during a press conference at City Hall. The $1.1 billion budget puts an emphasis on continuing the City’s long-term financial stability, while increasing public safety staffing, focusing on core services like public infrastructure, parks, planning and code enforcement, and aligns City resources in a manner that encourages neighborhood revitalization and economic development. >more 
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05/19/16  Update on Report of an Adult-Oriented Business Opening on Shaw Ave.
FRESNO, CA -- A zoning inquiry was received and responded to in December 2015 from a Ms. Emily O'Reilly which provided information pursuant to the Development Code in effect at that time. However, the City adopted a new Development Code which became effective January 3, 2016 which places additional requirements on certain uses. >more 
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05/18/16  Statement on Report of an Adult-Oriented Business Opening on Shaw Ave.
FRESNO, CA -- After hearing news reports that an adult oriented business was planning to take over the former Silver Dollar Hofbrau on 311 East Shaw Avenue, City staff looked into our records. The new owners have not submitted any plans to the City for tenant improvements, nor has there been any zone clearance issued by Planning for the use. There have also been no permits issued for construction or demolition on that property. >more 
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05/17/16  Fresno on Path to Becoming an Advanced Energy Community
FRESNO, CA -- As part of its Electric Program Investment Charge program, the California Energy Commission today (May 17) awarded the Local Government Commission (LGC) and its project partners $1.5 million to create an integratedclean-energy market in the Fresno community. The two-year project will result in greater electricity reliability for the community and lower costs for ratepayers by identifying high-leverage energy efficiency, clean transportation and renewable-energy opportunities; matching projects with funding mechanisms; and tracking resource savings to spur further investment in clean-energy projects such as solar panels, water and energy-friendly landscaping, and electric-vehicle charging stations. >more 
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05/04/16  Arambula and Swearengin Make Strong Case for Fresno
Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D – Fresno) and Mayor Ashley Swearengin (R – Fresno) testified before the California State Assembly Budget Committee today to encourage increased investment of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds in Fresno, which has the highest concentration of disadvantaged communities in the state.“More than two thirds of the neighborhoods in Fresno are at poverty or extreme poverty levels, and changing those conditions will take deliberate action and a strong public-private partnership,” said Mayor Swearengin. “We need a catalyst for further investment that will help struggling cities overcome obstacles and bring new life to our most vulnerable communities >more 
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04/26/16  The Beat Goes On: City Celebrates Fresno’s History and Musical Heritage, May 1-7
FRESNO -- Mayor Ashley Swearengin has proclaimed May 1 – 7 “Historic Preservation Week” as part of the celebratory activities around the United States during the National Trust’s Historic Preservation Month. Fresno’s theme this year is “The Beat Goes On: A Celebration of Fresno’s Architectural and Musical Heritage.” Several local organizations and venues are participating with the City of Fresno in the week-long series of events including Artes Americas, the Crest Theater, the Fresno Historical Society, Fresno State Women’s Studies Program, The Meux Home Museum, Peeves Public House, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Warnor’s Center for the Performing Arts, the Well Community Church and homeowners in the Wilson Island Historic District. >more 
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04/25/16  Vote for Your Favorite Fresno Park
FRESNO, CA – This month, the National Recreation and Park Association, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN are collaborating to revitalize parks across the U.S. including a park right here in Fresno. >more 
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04/25/16  Mayor Announces $200,000 HOME Grant for Habitat For Humanity to Build New Homes for Families
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Fresno County to award a grant in the amount of $200,000 in HOME funds to construct infill homes for two local families. Two deserving families, Malee Srisaard, Ba Xiong and their six children, and Yang Vue, her two children, and her brother, were on hand when the surprise announcement was made at one of the properties.The City is providing $200,000 in HOME CHDO funds at 2% interest, with the interest converting to zero percent upon conveyance of the loan portions to the homebuyers. >more 
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