2011 Press Releases



06/28/11  Proper Fireworks Disposal Bulletin 
With the Fourth of July celebrations underway, the City of Fresno’s Solid Waste Management Division would like to remind all residents of the proper disposal of their discharged fireworks. Although discharged fireworks are primarily made of cardboard and some plastic, they also include chemical residue which contaminates the cardboard. After fireworks are completely cooled by water and ready for disposal, they should be placed in the gray garbage cart, not the blue recycling cart. >more 
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06/28/11  Mayor Swearengin Praises Chief Dyer’s Extraordinary Record of Accomplishment
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer for his “incredible leadership” of the department and his “extraordinary record of accomplishment” over the past 10 years as chief. Chief Dyer today announced that he will retire from the department, effective June 30. He will remain as interim chief until a successor is selected. “The City of Fresno owes Chief Dyer our deepest thanks for his lifetime of service to our community,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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06/28/11  This Week at City Hall - A Big Step Forward for Fresno
Unanimous budget approval is a positive sign for Fresno The City of Fresno’s financial situation experienced a turning point with the adoption of the fiscal year 2012 budget by City Council on Friday. We have worked diligently over the last 30 months to cut expenses, live within our means, and begin to put the City back on firm financial ground. This budget addresses the remaining $18. >more 
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06/21/11  City Manager Issues Statement on Grand Jury Report
City Manager Mark Scott today issued the following statement on the release of the Fresno County Grand Jury report related to the City of Fresno’s Office of Independent Review: “We have received the report and will respond as requested. We appreciate the Grand Jury’s recommendations and the spirit with which they have been offered. On first review, we do not agree with all of the Grand Jury’s recommendations, but after this first year with the program, we accept that we have improvements to make. >more 
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06/20/11  This Week at City Hall - Important Budget Decisions
A week for budget decisions This week will be dominated by action related to the fiscal year 2012 budget. The City Council has meetings scheduled every day this week to discuss the proposed budget, with final action expected on Friday. The City’s fiscal year 2012 starts on July 1, 2011, and runs through June 30, 2012. >more 
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06/17/11  City of Fresno Recognized for Energy Audit-Retrofit Program
The City of Fresno received honorable mention for its robust residential energy audit and retrofit program as part of the national 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart. >more 
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06/13/11  Mayor Swearengin: Council Majority Now Supports Commercial Solid Waste Franchise
Mayor Calls on City Employees to Accept Wage Concessions Calling it an “important development” in helping the City address its budget challenges, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a proposal to establish a commercial solid waste franchise likely will move forward since, based on previous council votes, a majority of Fresno City Council now appears to support creation of the franchise. Mayor Swearengin proposed the commercial solid waste franchise to help address a potential $18.5 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2012 budget, which begins July 1. >more 
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06/13/11  This Week at City Hall - 6/13/2011 "A Tasty Way to Help the Local Economy"
Local Bites: A tasty way to help the local economy If you’re looking for a fun, easy and tasty way to help our local economy, then our new “Local Bites” initiative is just what you’re looking for. The “Local Bites” initiative is a “dine local” campaign developed in partnership with the foodies over at Taste Fresno. Here’s the idea: In this day and age, most of us are eating out at least a couple of times a month, right? On one of those occasions, make sure that you dine at a locally owned restaurant – that’s all there is to it! Starting on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m >more 
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06/09/11  Mayor Swearengin, City Council Commend Inspirational Roosevelt High Rugby Team
Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno City Council members today proclaimed “Roosevelt High School Rugby Team Day” to honor the inspirational efforts of the team. Each team member also had today declared his “day” in Fresno. “The efforts of Roosevelt High’s rugby team speak volumes for the rest of the community,” Mayor Swearengin said at a City Hall ceremony honoring the team. “They have faced and conquered obstacles, both on and off the field >more 
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06/09/11  City of Fresno Waste Tire Amnesty Day Events
The City of Fresno Code Enforcement Division, with grant funding available from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, will be holding two Waste Tire Amnesty Day events on Saturday allowing City residents to part with their unwanted waste tires. Only City of Fresno residents may participate in the events, and each resident is limited to nine tires. The City will NOT accept tractor or diesel tires or business-generated tires. >more 
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