2011 Press Releases



11/09/11  City Crews Complete Cleanup of Encampments Near Monterey Street Bridge
Fresno, CA – The City of Fresno today announced the cleanup of the encampments near the Monterey Street Bridge is completed and that work will continue to find housing for the former residents of those encampments. In conjunction with the completion of the cleanup, the top federal official in charge of addressing homelessness today commended the City and its partners for working to provide a long-term solution for homeless individuals. “I applaud the City and its partners for focusing on the housing-first approach to addressing this issue and getting the public, private and nonprofit sectors aligned to provide services and housing to the men and women living in the encampments,” said Barbara Poppe, executive director of the U.S >more 
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11/07/11  This Week at City Hall - Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Parade: Special attraction, worldwide attention   Billed as the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi, this year’s Fresno Veterans Day parade will have a special attraction:  the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.   The 60-foot fir will be traveling through Fresno on its approximately eight-day tour from Stanislaus National Forest to Washington, D >more 
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11/01/11  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Release Of High-Speed Rail Authority’s Business Plan
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement on the California-High Speed Rail Authority’s release of its new and updated business plan: "One of the strengths of this Business Plan is the clear path it lays between beginning construction in the Central Valley next year and achieving a full high-speed rail system that spans the state, expanding our transportation options in a way that's safe, fast, clean and affordable. “Starting construction in the Central Valley makes good sense economically, environmentally and practically. It allows us to stretch every public dollar we have the fullest, and it allows the greatest flexibility as the project moves toward connecting major population centers. “I look forward to reviewing the business plan and determining the path forward for adding high-speed rail to our mix of transportation options in California >more 
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11/01/11  This Week at City Hall - Homeless Camp Cleanup Continues
Marathon will impact northeast Fresno traffic   A number of streets in northeast Fresno will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 6, along the route of the Two Cities Marathon and Half-Marathon.  The course starts at 7 a.m >more 
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10/24/11  This Week at City Hall - Food Expo Success Story
A Food Expo success story will celebrate its grand opening   The Fresno Food Expo is one of the key elements in the City’s economic development strategy to grow and support locally owned businesses.  This week, we will be celebrating one of the Food Expo’s many success stories – P*DE*Q.   On Wednesday, P*DE*Q, which first publicly launched at the inaugural Food Expo earlier this year, will open P*DE*Q Corner, a new retail storefront and manufacturing headquarters across from Fresno High School.   Originally sold to cafes and other food service vendors wholesale, P*DE*Q has widened its scope to sell retail packages directly to consumers >more 
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10/17/11  This Week at City Hall - 'Let Us Choose Action'
‘Let us choose action’   Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Friday called for decisive action on determining the future of the Fulton Mall, saying the City cannot be successful and economically vibrant without a revitalized downtown.   Mayor Swearengin announced the release of the draft Fulton Mall Specific Plan, which defines a vision for a Downtown core that is focused on a revitalized Fulton Mall and utilizes best practices in managing parking and transportation, water supply, historic resources, and other assets. The Plan works in tandem with the form-based Downtown Development Code, a new zoning code for Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, to ensure a higher quality of new building design over time.   The first public meeting on the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan will be held Tuesday from 3 to 5 p >more 
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10/14/11  Mayor Swearengin: Preferred Alternative Will Spur Revitalization of Fulton Mall, Downtown
Fresno, CA – Calling the Fulton Mall “the linchpin to successful revitalization,” Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said her administration’s preferred alternative for the Mall will provide both economic and cultural benefits to the City. In announcing the release of the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, Mayor Swearengin announced her support for an alternative with these major elements: The introduction of a two-way street through the Fulton Mall and restoring selected original Mall design elements in their original Mall contests (“vignettes”) in a manner that provides improved retail visibility and some on-street parking. Fulton Street could be closed to traffic for special events or on weekends as desired. >more 
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10/13/11  City of Fresno submits comments to the California High Speed Rail Authority for the Merced to Fresno and Fresno to Bakersfield DEIR/EIS.
City’s comments for the Merced to Fresno High Speed Train DEIR/EIS City’s comments for the Fresno to Bakersfield High Speed Train DEIR/EIS Mayor’s comment letter regarding both projects >more 
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10/10/11   This Week at City Hall - Choosing a future for Fulton Mall
Choosing a future for Fulton Mall   The future of Downtown Fresno and the Fulton Mall has been the topic of robust citizen engagement and detailed study by leading experts for more than a year.  All of that planning and preparation will ultimately lead to action in 2012.   The City will take an important step in choosing the future for Downtown and the Fulton Mall this week with the release of the draft Fulton Corridor Specific Plan. >more 
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10/04/11  Mayor Swearengin, Fresno First Steps Home Announce Major Grant to Assist Homeless
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today joined members of the Fresno First Steps Home board of directors in announcing a $250,000 grant to the Fresno Housing Authority to provide housing assistance and wrap around case management services to homeless individuals in the City of Fresno. The grant is the largest awarded by Fresno First Steps Home, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and ending the cycle of homelessness. Fresno First Steps Home focuses on a “housing-first’ model that is aimed at connecting participants with an umbrella of services, including substance abuse and mental-health programs, healthcare, benefits acquisition and medical treatment. “This funding is a critical part of our efforts to bring a variety of resources and approaches to the table to meet the challenge of addressing homelessness in our city,” said Mayor Swearengin, who serves on the Fresno First Steps Home board of directors >more 
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