2011 Press Releases



10/03/11  This Week at City Hall - Great News For Downtown Fresno
Great news for Downtown Fresno!   This week begins with some real momentum in our efforts to bring life back to downtown Fresno and the surrounding neighborhoods.   Late Friday, the City announced that escrow closed in the purchase of one of Fresno’s iconic buildings, the landmark Pacific Southwest Building (formerly the Security Bank Building).  The 315-foot-tall building is believed to be the tallest between San Francisco and Los Angeles and was the most expensive building built anywhere in California in the 1920s.   The building was purchased out of foreclosure by Sevak Kachadurian and his brother and partner, Serko, who bring 20 years of development experience to Fresno >more 
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09/29/11  Mayor Swearengin Praises Facilities in Downtown Fresno for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said an unprecedented expansion of facilities for small businesses and entrepreneurs in downtown Fresno indicates that life continues to come back to the city’s urban core. “These projects are a clear indication that people want a presence in downtown, whether it’s their first office or an expansion office,” Mayor Swearengin said after touring the former Mexican Consulate building in downtown Fresno. “These facilities will be the birthplace of dozens and dozens of entrepreneurial ventures that mean a lot not just to Downtown Fresno, but to the economy of Fresno overall. >more 
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09/26/11  This Week at City Hall - Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization
Busy, exciting times ahead for our downtown, neighborhood revitalization efforts   These are exciting times for our efforts to revitalize Downtown Fresno and its surrounding neighborhoods.    Last Friday, we took a monumental step in those efforts with the release of the draft Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan, which lays out the vision for fundamentally changing the condition of more than 7,000 acres in the middle of our city.   The draft plan is available at www.fresnodowntownplans >more 
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09/26/11  Join Mayor Swearengin at Wassabi for Local Bites Night
On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Mayor Swearengin will be dining at Wassabi, 1085 E. Herndon, for Local Bites night. Residents are encouraged to join Mayor Swearengin at Wassabi starting at 5:30 p.m >more 
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09/23/11  Fresno City Council Adopts New District Map
The Fresno City Council's ‘district redetermination procedures’ are automatically initiated after the publication of each federal census, as required by the City of Fresno’s Charter and Municipal Code. The Council District boundaries are proposed by City Administration, are developed using the Census’ population, and are based on the following criteria: 1) conform to State and Federal Law, 2) maintain the Districts’ populations as nearly equal as may be, 3) reflect census tract lines, streets, highways, railroad rights of way, waterways, or other natural or artificial barriers, 4) promote contiguity and compactness, and 5) as reasonably possible, locate “communities of interest” within the same district. The City Council adopted these new boundaries on August 25, 2011 and they become effective on September 25, 2011. >more 
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09/20/11  This Week at City Hall - Economic Development and the General Plan Update
Economic development focus of General Plan meeting   The City of Fresno is holding a series of community workshops as part of our overall General Plan and Development Code update.  This week’s workshop will focus on economic development, with an emphasis on the current components of Fresno’s economy and trends affecting it, as well as policy implications and opportunities for economic development in the City.   The meeting will be held at Fresno High School, 1839 N. >more 
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09/13/11  This Week at City Hall - Citizens Academy Is Under Way
Citizens Academy gets underway   The Citizens Academy is one of the best ways for Fresno residents to learn about their government, giving participants the opportunity to hear directly from top policymakers and decision makers at City  Hall.   The next session of the free, eight-week program begins at City Hall Tuesday at 6 p.m. >more 
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09/06/11   This Week at City Hall - A Short, Busy and Somber Week Ahead
A short, busy and somber week ahead   The Labor Day holiday means this will be a short week at City Hall, but it will be a busy one.  The week will end on a somber note as we gather to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11 at a number of events through the city and area.   On Thursday, the Swearengin administration will be presenting a budget update to City Council that will recommend a series of actions to help the City respond to our continuing economic challenges.    The administration will be asking Council to vote on the recommendations at its Sept >more 
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08/31/11  Mayor Swearengin, Berkeley Mayor Bates Place Friendly Wager on Cal-Fresno State Football Game
Losing Mayor Will Wear Opponent’s Jersey for a Day Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates today agreed to a friendly wager on the 2011 college football season opening game between Fresno State and the University of California at Berkeley in the TicketCity Battle by the Bay Saturday at Candlestick Park. Mayors Swearengin and Bates agreed that the losing team’s mayor will wear the opponent’s jersey for a full day. “The citizens of Berkeley can expect to be seeing red at City Hall – at least for a day -- after Fresno State defeats Cal on Saturday,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I’m sure Mayor Bates will look great in Bulldog red and white >more 
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08/31/11  Mayor Swearengin, San Francisco Mayor Lee Make Friendly Wager on Cal-Fresno State Football Game
Mayors Agree to Wager Best Foods & Drinks of Their Cities Mayor Ashley Swearengin and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee today agreed to a friendly wager on the 2011 college football season opening game between the University of California at Berkeley Golden Bears and the Fresno State Bulldogs in the TicketCity Battle by the Bay Saturday at Candlestick Park. Mayors Lee and Swearengin will both attend the game and participate in the on-the-field coin toss. >more 
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