2012 Press Releases



03/27/12  This Week at City Hall - A Big Victory for Fresno
A Big Victory for Fresno   The City of Fresno received great news Friday when Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined Congressmen Jim Costa and Devin Nunes and Maj. Gen. David S. >more 
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03/27/12  Mayor Swearengin: Federal Grant To Provide Permanent Housing, Support for 50 Homeless Veterans Is ‘Great News’
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a $275,518 federal grant to the Fresno Housing Authority to provide permanent housing and other supportive services for 50 homeless veterans is “great news” for the City in its ongoing effort to implement the City and Fresno County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.The U.S. >more 
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03/23/12  Mayor Swearengin Praises Coordinated Effort In Protecting 144th Fighter Wing From Budget Cuts
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised a coordinated effort involving the San Joaquin Valley’s congressional delegation, Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and the California National Guard for protecting the 144th Fighter Wing from federal budget cuts.“The 144th Fighter Wing has been an important part of the Fresno community and the state of California for more than 50 years,” said Mayor Swearengin, who met with National Guard officials in Washington, D.C >more 
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03/22/12  Graduation Set for Fresno Best Job Readiness Program At Edison
Edison High School, in partnership with the City of Fresno PARCS Department is preparing to graduate a 5th cohort of students for the school year. The graduation will be held in the Library of the Edison High School campus on Friday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. >more 
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03/19/12  Mayor Swearengin, Business, Government Leaders Tout Economic Development Potential of PG&E Rate Proposal
FRESNO – Joined by local business and government leaders from Fresno, Kings and Madera counties, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) proposal for an enhanced economic development rate would provide significant benefits for the region.“This proposed rate provides a real opportunity for Fresno and our entire region to see new jobs, more economic activity, more tax revenue and more skills in the local market,” Mayor Swearengin said. “For Fresno, the rate would be a powerful incentive. >more 
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03/19/12  This Week at City Hall - Fiscal Sustainability, Electric Rates, New Online Project 
A Busy Week Ahead – Fiscal Sustainability, Electric Rates, New Online Project   Issues as varied as the City’s financial situation, a new tool to showcase Fresno’s diversity and creativity, and a proposal to create energy savings for businesses will take center stage in the City of Fresno this week.   Enhanced economic development rate --On Monday, Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be joined by business and local government leaders from Fresno, Kings and Madera counties at an event in support of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s proposal for an enhanced economic development rate that would provide significant benefits for the region.   PG&E earlier this month asked state regulators for the right to offer a competitive electric rate to attract employers to California and convince other employers already in the state to maintain or expand their operations rather than leave.   The rate would provide businesses with a 35 percent discount on their electric bill if they expand, locate or remain in a high unemployment area within PG&E’s service territory >more 
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03/13/12  This Week at City Hall - Facing Our Fiscal Challenges
Facing Our Fiscal Challenges   Despite a series of difficult cuts to address $100 million in budget shortfalls since 2009, the City of Fresno remains in several financial distress that requires immediate action.  As a result, Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Mark Scott on March 12 outlined a Fiscal Sustainability Policy that details a comprehensive series of actions required to meet both short-term cash flow challenges and address long-term structural budget issues.   Mayor Swearengin said the City’s fiscal sustainability requires funding core services first, eliminating all negative fund balances, and restoring at least minimal emergency and maintenance/replacement reserves within 10 years. >more 
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03/12/12  Swearengin Administration Proposes Fiscal Sustainability Policy To Address Short- and Long-Term Budget Challenges
FRESNO – Saying that the City of Fresno is in severe financial distress that requires immediate action, Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Mark Scott today outlined a Fiscal Sustainability Policy that details a comprehensive series of actions required to meet both short-term cash flow challenges and address long-term structural budget issues. Mayor Swearengin said the City’s fiscal sustainability requires funding core services first, eliminating all negative fund balances, and restoring at least minimal emergency and maintenance/replacement reserves within 10 years. The proposed policy is intended as a framework seeking to accomplish four outcomes: Setting a course to restore the City’s overall financial health and credit rating; Achieving spending and minimum financial reserve targets; Adopting employment compensation policy changes to be negotiated as employee contracts are opened for negotiations; and Directing immediate actions seeking to match expenditures to revenues and identifying options for savings in employee compensation and other costs. >more 
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03/05/12  This Week at City Hall - Fresno Food Expo Spotlights Food Capital of the World
Fresno Food Expo Will Spotlight Food Capital of the World   Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley will show why we’re the undisputed food capital of the world at the second annual Fresno Food Expo at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center on Thursday.   The Food Expo is based on a simple premise:  If we can introduce our local food companies to food buyers from across the nation and, in some cases, across the world, they would have the opportunity to make sales that will help them grow their businesses.  That is an economic development strategy that makes sense for our region.   We’ve seen numerous success stories from last year’s Food Expo, from the opening of a new store for a local food manufacturer to an increase in sales by 30 percent for another company >more 
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03/01/12  Exhibitors Announced for Second Annual Fresno Food Expo
Fresno, CA – Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno Food Expo Advisory Committee members gathered at a press conference on Thursday, March 1, to announce the final list of exhibitors that will be featured at this year’s Fresno Food Expo, which will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Fresno Convention Center. The Fresno Food Expo will feature 83 of the eight-county San Joaquin Valley’s finest food growers, manufacturers, processors, producers, brewers and winemakers who will exhibit their products to local, national and international retail buyers, school districts, foodservice and chefs to purchase local quality products. The community also will have the opportunity to discover the San Joaquin Valley’s top food producers during the public portion of the expo. >more 
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