This Week at City Hall - Fresno CIO Recognized By White House
City’s Technology Director Receives National Award
Congratulations to Carolyn Hogg, the City’s chief information officer, who is in Washington, D.C., this week to receive the White House’s “Champions of Change” award.
The White House had this to say about Carolyn:
“Recognizing that a city is only as good as the regional surrounding it led her to partner with agencies outside of City Hall to maximize public funds.  Today, Carolyn and her team of partners such as the San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium, the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Strong Cities/Strong Communities federal team are working together to bring wireless broadband to the rural area, which will be used for smarter farming, distance learning, tele-health, and sharing of open data and common applications used among all municipalities throughout the region.”
City Manager Mark Scott added, “We are very proud of Carolyn’s leadership and innovation.  Not only does she strengthen opportunities and services for Fresno residents, but she also serves as a national example of the hard work and success that comes with innovators of government services.”
City Plans Bike Through (Ag) History September 29
The City of Fresno’s bi-annual “Bike Through History” will take on an “ag” theme this year at the event on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 9 a.m. The event will feature a 16-mile round-trip guided ride out along Kearney Boulevard to an optional picnic lunch at Kearney Mansion.
The ride will begin at the 1894 Old Fresno Water Tower, 2444 Fresno St., and will detour through Chinatown and out historic Kearney Boulevard to Kearney Park.  Stops along the way include the Art Deco-style Kearney Boulevard Gateway, the 1936-7 WPA Chandler Air Terminal, the c1910 Koligian Ranch and Tankhouse and the 1903 Kearney Mansion.  At each stop, volunteer docents will provide brief overviews of the history of the site.
Participants are encouraged to dress in “tweeds” if they so desire.  Tweed rides celebrate the golden age of bicycling in England and participants dress in the period of the 1920s.
A news release with more information on the event is available here.
Latest Round of General Plan Workshops to Begin This Week
The Planning Commission and General Plan Citizens Committee will begin a series of workshops to cover each chapter of the preliminary General Plan on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  All workshops will be held in Council Chambers from 6 to approximately 8:30 p.m.
The workshops will explain the purpose, proposed maps, tables, and policies, and seek public input before draft documents are finalized next spring and available for formal comment period. This is a real opportunity for the community to both understand and make suggestions about the how draft General Plan proposes to implement Alternative ‘A’.
This week’s topic will be the Urban Form, Land Use & Design and SEGA draft chapters.
The remaining workshops will be held:
  • Oct. 17 – Mobility & Transportation and Parks, Open Space, Trails draft chapters.
  • Nov.14 – Healthy Communities and the Historic & Cultural draft chapters.
  • Dec. 12 – Resource Conservation and Public Utilities draft chapters.
  • Jan. 16 – Economic Development, Fiscal Sustainability, Implementation, and Noise & Safety draft chapters.
  • Feb. 13 – Wrap-up workshop.                                        
Applicants Sought for San Joaquin River Conservancy Board
The City is now accepting applications to serve on the board of directors of the San Joaquin River Conservancy, which provides leadership and acquires, preserves, manages and promotes access to lands within the flood plain on both sides of the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to Highway 99.
People interested in serving on the board should fill out an application for appointment to a board or commission on the City’s website.  The application is available here.
More information on the San Joaquin Conservancy is available here.
Three nominees will be selected, and their applications will be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will make the appointments.
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Speaking at a number of events:
  • The initial meeting of the latest Fresno Citizens Academy, a free eight-week program that allows Fresno residents to learn about their government directly from top policymakers and decision makers at City  Hall.
  • The quarterly meeting of Bank on Fresno.
  • The monthly Big Brothers, Big Sisters luncheon focusing on youth in the community.
  • A reception observing Tree Fresno’s return to Fresno State.
  • Meeting with representatives from the Irvine Foundation;
  • Participating in a meeting of the Fresno Council of Governments;
  • Attending the inauguration of Pete C. Menjares, Ph.D., as president of Fresno Pacific University.
This Week’s Events
  • Historic Preservation Commission, City Hall Room 2165, Monday, Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.
  • Housing and Community Development Commission, City Hall Room 2165, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, Council Chambers, Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.
 ‘Go Green and Clean’ at Holmes Park
The “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort will be held at Holmes Park, 212 S. First St., on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
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