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06/13/13  City of Fresno Issues Statement Related to Fire Chief
FRESNO – City of Fresno officials today issued the following statement: "City Manager Mark Scott will be addressing the situation involving Fire Chief Rob Brown. There will be no further comment on this personnel matter." # # # >more 
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06/12/13  Mayor Swearengin Presents Plan To Address $2.85 Million Shortfall in FY 2014 Budget
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today presented a plan to address a $2.85 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2013-14 that offers two options: reducing the police force by 25 officers through attrition or a layoff plan that would impact 49 civilian positions. “This proposal presents a stark but clear choice for the City Council,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Unfortunately, our options are not good >more 
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06/07/13  Shepherd Avenue To Be Closed Between Perrin and Millbrook Beginning Monday for Sugar Pine Trial Underpass Project
FRESNO – City of Fresno officials today announced that Shepherd Avenue will be closed between Perrin and Millbrook avenues for more than two months for construction of the Sugar Pine Trail underpass project beginning on Monday, June 10. The portion of Shepherd Avenue between Perrin and Millbrook will be closed beginning Monday at 9 a.m. and will be closed 24 hours a day until Tuesday, Aug >more 
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06/06/13  City of Fresno to Host the US/China Business & Culture Association Trade Mission
FRESNO- On June 7, the US-China Business & Culture Association will bring 20 business leaders from the Shanghai region to the City of Fresno to meet with City officials to learn about the many food and water related business and investment opportunities that the Fresno region has to offer. The delegation and special guests, along with domestic and international media, will start their visit with a tour of the Water, Energy & Technology Center beginning at 1 p.m. >more 
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06/06/13  Cooling Centers in Fresno Open Friday Through Sunday
FRESNO – The City of Fresno will open its Cooling Centers on Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, because of temperatures forecast to reach at least 105 degrees. The centers will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. >more 
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05/29/13  Mayor Swearengin Presents FY 2014 Budget Calling for Maintaining Current Service and Staffing Levels, Assumes Measure G Passes
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today presented a proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget that calls for maintaining current service and staffing levels along with reductions in personnel expenses among employees with open labor contracts.“This proposal offers a prudent balance between continued reductions in expenditures and modest revenue growth,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Assuming all elements of the proposed budget are implemented, Fiscal Year 2014 will be a turning point toward fiscal sustainability for the City of Fresno. >more 
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05/29/13  Jennifer Clark Named New Director of City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management Department
FRESNO – Jennifer Clark, the community development director for the City of Independence, Missouri, has been selected as the director of the City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management Department. “Jennifer Clark has a broad range of experience in managing community development functions that match Fresno’s challenges,” Scott said. “She has a great sense for customer service, urban planning philosophy, neighborhood revitalization, and staff development. >more 
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05/16/13  Mayor Swearengin Honors President Welty, Community Medical Centers With Special Recognition at State of the City
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today honored Fresno State President John Welty and Community Medical Centers with special recognition for their contributions to the community during the annual State of the City event. President Welty received the Key to the City Award in recognition of his commitment to education and improving the prosperity of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley. Community Medical Centers received the CHAMPION (Companies Helping Advance Meaningful Progress in Our Neighborhoods) Award, which was started by Mayor Swearengin to honor companies that go above and beyond in working to improve the City. >more 
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05/13/13  This Week at City Hall - IBM Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap
Mayor Swearengin: IBM Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap  The City of Fresno was one of 34 cities worldwide selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013, as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet. During three weeks in April and May, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on key challenges identified by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and her senior leadership team, namely, 1) revitalization of the Downtown Fulton Mall area; 2) leveraging broadband to expand economic growth and 3) better use of data. Mayor Ashley Swearengin said a series of recommendations by a six-member team of IBM experts funded by an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant provides a solid roadmap for the City in its economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts. >more 
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05/10/13  Mayor Swearengin: IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap for Fresno
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a series of recommendations by a six-member team of IBM experts funded by an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant provides a solid roadmap for the City in its economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts. The City of Fresno was one of 34 cities worldwide selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013, as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet. During three weeks in April and May, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on key challenges identified by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and her senior leadership team, namely, 1) revitalization of the Downtown Fulton Mall area; 2) leveraging broadband to expand economic growth downtown and 3) better use of data. “I appreciate the incredible work on the IBM team over the past three weeks as they engaged a wide range of individuals, groups and organizations that are committed to improving the City of Fresno,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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