2012 Press Releases



07/12/12  Private Donation Will Fund Pinedale Pool
An anonymous donor has come forward with a generous donation that will provide enough funds to open the learner pool at the Pinedale Community Center for the rest of the summer. The donation, $7,200, will cover the cost to operate the pool for six weeks. Following the end of the 2009 swim season, the Pinedale pool had remained empty. “The City of Fresno is tremendously grateful for this generous donation because it will have a significant impact on residents of the Pinedale area,” said Mayor Swearengin >more 
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07/06/12  Mayor Swearengin: Approval of High-Speed Rail Legislation Is ‘Historic Day for Fresno’
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after the California Senate passed legislation authorizing funding for the state's high-speed rail project:“This is an historic day for Fresno. A lack of transportation infrastructure has always been one of Fresno's greatest challenges to overcoming our biggest gaps, and high-speed rail closes that gap.“With high-speed rail, the rest of California can easily access Fresno, and Fresno can easily access the other major urban areas of the state. >more 
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07/03/12  This Week at City Hall - Public Input on Residential Solid Waste Proposal
Public Input Sought on Residential Solid Waste Proposal   The City of Fresno is seeking public input on a proposal to evaluate the creation of a residential solid waste franchise fee through a survey on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/solidwaste. >more 
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07/02/12  City Manager: ‘Time is Now’ To Stop Costly Contract Extensions with City Bargaining Units
Fresno, CA – Expressing disappointment in the Fresno Police Officers Association’s rejection of the City’s concession proposal, City Manager Mark Scott today said “the time is now” to say no to costly contract extensions in order to bring employee compensation packages in line with current and future economic realities.“We simply can no longer afford to extend employee compensation packages that were agreed to when economic times were considerably better than they are today,” City Manager Scott said at a City Hall news conference, where he was joined by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and several City Council members. “Given the severe financial challenges that we’re facing, the reality is our employee compensation programs need to cost us less. >more 
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06/29/12  City of Fresno Seeks Expertise to Chart High-Speed RailStation Area Development
FRESNO -- The City of Fresno today solicited consultants to prepare a Master Plan for the downtown High Speed Rail Station Area that will enable Fresno to maximize the local economic benefits from the High Speed Rail system.The Request for Proposals, now available for download at www.fresno.gov/hsr, seeks to create a station area financing plan, business attraction and support strategy, transportation plan, and other components within the new Station Area Master Plan >more 
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06/29/12  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Adoption of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2013 budget:“I applaud the Council’s adoption of the FY 13 budget. We have a good plan for the year and can move forward with implementing that plan.” Mayor Swearengin will have 10 business days to take action on the budget. # # # >more 
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06/28/12  Public Input Sought on City of Fresno Residential Solid Waste Franchise Proposal
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno is seeking public input on a proposal to evaluate the creation of a residential solid waste franchise fee through a survey on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/solidwaste. >more 
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06/21/12  Kid’s Camp – Where It’s Cool to Conserve Water
FRESNO, CA – Over 100 local kids are ready to dive into water conservation in a big way this week at a city-sponsored Kid’s Camp at Woodward Park. The seventh annual half-day camp is free for all eight and nine year old City of Fresno kids and will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p >more 
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06/05/12  This Week at City Hall - State of the City Available Online
State of the City Information Available on City Website   A new section with complete information on last week’s State of the City event is now available on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/2012StateoftheCity.   The section includes a video of Mayor Swearengin’s speech, a brochure including highlights from City departments over the past year, and news releases on a number of important announcements made by the Mayor during the speech >more 
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06/01/12  Mayor Swearengin Announces ‘Jobs Win’ for Fresno
FRESNO – Calling it a “jobs win” for Fresno, Mayor Ashley Swearengin said that Chino-based Alorica, a global leader in customer contact management solutions, will expand their operations in Fresno and create an additional 200 jobs.“Alorica’s decision to expand here is a real jobs win for Fresno,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Alorica has made a solid investment in Fresno’s future and a commitment to our community that will have a positive impact on our economy. >more 
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