2012 Press Releases



03/01/12  Mayor Swearengin: PG&E Rate Reduction Proposal Would Provide Economic Boost
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) proposal to offer a targeted rate reduction to promote economic development would provide an economic boost to Fresno and surrounding communities. PG&E today asked state regulators for the right to offer a competitive electric rate to attract employers to California and convince other employers in the state to maintain or expand their operations rather than leave. “By expanding our local businesses and attracting employers back to hard-hit communities in California, PG&E’s program will help jump-start an economic recovery that generates the jobs and growth we need for healthier communities,” said Mayor Swearengin, who approached PG&E several months ago to consider an economic development rate. “This program provides hope not only to Fresno, but to communities throughout Northern and Southern California that need help revitalizing their economic base >more 
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02/27/12   This Week at City Hall - Local Companies are Focus of Fresno Food Expo
Local Companies are Focus of Fresno Food Expo   Did you know that Jim Maxey of Fresno-based Certified Meat Products was one of the first suppliers to the McDonald’s hamburger chain that built its first franchised operation in Fresno?  Or thattwo Fresno sisters started The Brownie Baker in the city in 1979 using a favorite family recipe for truly gourmet brownies and now distributes their products throughout central California?   Those companies are among the approximately 85 exhibitors that will be providing a diverse offering of food products for about 250 buyers expected to attend the second annual Fresno Food Expo next month.  While the offerings are diverse, the companies all have one thing in common:  They are located in the San Joaquin Valley, the region for fresh, quality food.   The Food Expo will be held at the Fresno Convention Center, 848 M Street, on Thursday, March 8. >more 
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02/14/12  Charter Review Commission Releases Report
Fresno, CA – The nine-member City of Fresno Charter Review Commission has released a report containing its recommendations on more than 50 items it considered during a six-month-plus study of the City’s Charter. The report includes the Commission’s recommendations on 23 Council-suggested charter revisions and more than 30 other policy suggestions that were offered during the course of its deliberations. The Commission, formed by a City Council vote in November 2010, met at least every month from July 26, 2010, to February 7, 2012, to consider the issues. >more 
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02/07/12  This Week at City Hall - A Big Week to Support Local Business
A Big Week to Support Local Business   A number of special events will be held this week to support our local businesses.   Local Bites   Mayor Ashley Swearengin will participate in the next Local Bites event at The Lime Lite, 1054 W. Shaw, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, starting at 5:30 p >more 
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02/03/12  City, Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance Launch Local Business Hero Campaign
FRESNO – The Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA), supported by the City of Fresno, will launch the Local Business Hero Campaign at an event at the Elbow Room on Monday, Feb. 6, beginning at 5:30. The event will feature Sieg Fischer, President and CEO of the Valley Yellow Pages. >more 
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01/31/12  Mayor Swearengin: ‘Face It and Fix It’ Only Option To Address Issues in City’s Urban Core
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said Fresno must “move past the land of status quo” and face and fix the problems in the City’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Speaking to a capacity crowd in the Fresno Ballroom at the State of Downtown Breakfast, Mayor Swearengin said, “We have two choices: We either choose to face the problems of our inner city and fix them, or we choose to ignore them and pretend they will go away on their own. I believe we’ve ignored and pretended for long enough, and the results speak for themselves. “We have been in the land of indecision and neglect and lack of investment long enough >more 
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01/30/12  This Week at City Hall - State of Downtown Will Be Streamed Live
Mayor Swearengin’s State of Downtown address to be streamed live   Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s address at the annual State of Downtown Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 31, will be streamed live on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/video >more 
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01/23/12  This Week at City Hall - Participants Sought for Fresno Citizens Academy
Participants sought for Fresno Citizens Academy   Participants are now being sought for the upcoming session of the Mayor’s Fresno Citizens Academy, an initiative that allows Fresno residents to learn more about their government by hearing directly from top policymakers and decision makers at City Hall.    The next session of the free, eight-week program begins at City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and ends on Tuesday, April 10. >more 
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01/17/12  This Week at City Hall - Tickets Available for State of Downtown Breakfast
Tickets still available for State of Downtown Breakfast   2012 promises to be an exciting year for downtown Fresno as all of the planning and preparation that has been done over the past couple of years will ultimately lead to action.   If you want to hear the latest news about downtown and what lies ahead, you can’t miss the 2012 State of the Downtown Breakfast featuring Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Tuesday, Jan. 31. >more 
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01/10/12  This Week at City Hall - Second Annual Food Expo Tickets On Sale
Fresno Food Expo General Public Tickets Now on Sale   The public will be able to taste products from more than 100 of the San Joaquin Valley’s finest food and beverage exhibitors at the bigger, better Fresno Food Expo in March.   Tickets for the public portion of the second annual Fresno Food Expo are now on sale at www.fresnofoodexpo.comand at the Fresno Convention & Visitors Bureau box office at 700 M Street >more 
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