2012 Press Releases



04/17/12  Local Bites Will Feature Indian Cuisine in April
FRESNO – Mayor Swearengin will be dining at Taj of India, 4368 West Shaw, on Wednesday, April 18, as part of the Local Bites initiative. Residents are encouraged to join Mayor Swearengin and Taste Fresno starting at 6 p.m. to enjoy one of Fresno’s best Indian restaurants >more 
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04/16/12  This Week at City Hall - Mayor Swearengin Launches Learn2Earn
Adult Education Initiative To Help City Address Economic Challenges   Did you know that even with our area’s double-digit unemployment, a 2010 Fresno Regional Workforce Board study found that there are almost 6,000 jobs available because companies can’t find qualified workers?   That’s because the Fresno area suffers from a “skills gap” – the skills of our workers don’t match the skills required for the jobs that are open.  To close that gap, Mayor Swearengin on Monday launched the Learn2Earn adult education initiative, a public awareness campaign aimed at removing the obstacles for Fresno adults looking to obtain more education or gain additional skills for the changing workplace.   “For many adults who want to return to school or get more job training, working their way through the maze of available adult education and training resources can be a daunting and frustrating task,” Mayor Swearengin said. >more 
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04/16/12  Mayor Swearengin Launches Learn2Earn Initiative To Help Provide An Education ‘On Ramp’ for Adults
Calling adult education and job training the “path to prosperity” for Fresno, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today launched the Learn2Earn initiative, a public awareness campaign aimed at removing the obstacles for Fresno adults looking to obtain more education or gain additional skills for the changing workplace. By providing an “education on-ramp” for Fresno residents who are unemployed or lack basic education or job training, Learn2Earn will address the “skills” gap in Fresno by promoting basic education and job training among Fresno’s workforce to meet the needs of area employers, Mayor Swearengin said. “For many adults who want to return to school or get more job training, working their way through the maze of available adult education and training resources can be a daunting and frustrating task,” Mayor Swearengin said. “This initiative provides a simple way to get through that maze >more 
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04/11/12  Fresno’s Architectural Heritage: The CAL Connection
FRESNO – The U.C. Berkeley influence on the architectural landscape of Fresno is the focus of a one-night forum at Fulton 55, 55 N. >more 
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04/10/12  City of Fresno To Conduct Public Review of Fiscal Position
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Mark Scott today announced that the City will conduct a public review of its fiscal position at the Fresno Convention Center’s New Exhibit Hall on Thursday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. The review will be held in Rooms 2009-2012 at the New Exhibit Hall. >more 
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04/09/12  This Week at City Hall - A New Fire Chief
A New Fire Chief for Fresno   Great news for the City’s public safety efforts – J. Robert Brown Jr., a public safety veteran with more than of 30 years of experience in fire and emergency management, has been named Fire Chief for the City of Fresno. >more 
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04/05/12  J. Robert Brown Jr. Selected as City of Fresno Fire Chief
FRESNO – City Manager Mark Scott today announced that J. Robert Brown Jr. of Stafford, Virginia, a public safety veteran with more than of 30 years of experience in fire and emergency management, has been named Fire Chief for the City of Fresno. >more 
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04/04/12  Holiday Hours Set for City of Fresno Regional Parks
FRESNO -- In preparation for the large number of visitors anticipated at Fresno’s regional parks for the Easter holiday, the City of Fresno Department of Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services (PARCS) will maintain extended hours of operation for Roeding and Woodward parks and the Regional Sports Complex on Sunday, April 8, 2012. The entrances to each regional park will be opened and staffed beginning at 6 a.m. >more 
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03/30/12  Mayor Swearengin:  Passage of Fiscal Sustainability Policy Is ‘Critical Step’ in Helping City Address Budget Challenges
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised the Fresno City Council for passing the Fiscal Sustainability Policy, which details a comprehensive series of actions required to meet both short-term cash flow challenges and address long-term structural budget issues. “The Fiscal Sustainability Policy provides a clear direction to return the City to fiscal health over the next 10 years, and Council’s approval is a critical step that recognizes the severe financial challenges we’re facing and the difficult, yet necessary steps we need to take to address them. “This Policy recognizes that our employees and labor organizations must be a part of any long-term fiscal solution. >more 
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03/28/12  City of Fresno Issues Statement on SPCA Decision
FRESNO – City of Fresno Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd today issued the following statement related to the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ announcement that it intends to terminate its contract with the City: “We regret the SPCA’s decision, as we believe there is common ground to be found between the City, the SPCA, and the other community stakeholders. Over the next few weeks, we will be considering all our options to replace the services currently contracted to the SPCA and will bring forward recommendations to the public and to the City Council in the next few months.” ### >more 
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