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
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.
Those major announcements include:
  • Alorica, a global leader in customer contact management solutions, will expand their operations in Fresno and create an additional 200 jobs.  A news release with additional information is available here.
  • The City has launched a new website,, to promote the food process industry in the Fresno area.  The website features the slogan, “Fresno is your connection to the freshest ideas in food.” It is a user-friendly site where site locators, CEOs, entrepreneurs and anyone involved in the food processing industry can look to find all the information they need about doing business in Fresno.  A news release with additional information is available here.
  • The Fresno Police Department has implemented a new Career Burglar Apprehension Team to focus on reducing the commercial and residential burglary rate in the City.  A news release with additional information is available here.
  • Retired City of Fresno employee Shur Vangyi and Cargill received special recognition.  Vangyi received the Key to the City Award in recognition of his lifetime of courage, commitment to public service and dedication to helping others. Cargill received the first CHAMPION (Companies Helping Advance Meaningful Progress in Our Neighborhoods) Award, which was started by Mayor Swearengin to honor companies that go above and beyond in working to improve neighborhoods.  A news release with additional information is available here.
It’s Local Bites Week!
On Tuesday, June 5, Local Bites will be held at Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro, 805 E. Olive, starting at 6 p.m.  Local Bites is a partnership between the City of Fresno and Taste Fresno to encourage Fresno residents to support locally owned restaurants.
Please feel free to join Mayor Swearengin at the dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy. If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to
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:
  • Participating in a number of meetings, including:
    • The board of directors of California Partnership of the San Joaquin Valley, a public-private effort to address economic, environmental and social issues in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley;
    • The board of directors of Learn2Earn, the adult education initiative;
    • The board of directors of the Downtown Fresno Partnership.
  • Conducting internal meetings on high-speed rail;
  • Meeting with representatives of the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter to discuss emergency preparedness issues;
  • Providing the keynote address at the 2012 Orange County City Infrastructure Conference.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Chandler Park  
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Chandler Park, 1225 S. Crystal, on Saturday, June 9, from 8 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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