2008 Press Releases



12/31/08  Mayor-elect Swearengin Announces Additional Staff Appointments
Mayor-elect Ashley Swearengin today announced appointments to her executive staff, and the City Manager’s office announced new appointments to the Communications Office (formerly the Public Affairs Office). While job titles and duties have been modified in some cases to clarify roles and improve organizational effectiveness, no additional staff positions have been added to the City of Fresno budget. “I believe we have assembled an outstanding team of professionals who will be able to hit the ground at full stride in January,” said Mayor-elect Swearengin. “Each one of these talented individuals brings impressive skills to their roles, and each of them is fully committed to moving Fresno into the ranks of California’s top-tier cities >more 
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12/30/08  Mayor-elect Swearengin Unveils Downtown and Economic Development Team; Updates Department Structure and Focus
Mayor-elect Ashley Swearengin will hold a news conference at 10am this morning to announce the restructuring of the City of Fresno Economic Development Department, naming Craig Scharton to the top post of Downtown and Community Revitalization Director. Scharton will oversee a department more sharply focused on strengthening Fresno’s economy through an emphasis on downtown revitalization, improving urban neighborhoods and supporting locally-owned businesses. Scharton is a former Fresno city council member who currently serves as chief executive of the Central Valley Business Incubator, where he has raised $6 million in investment capital for locally-based businesses. >more 
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12/29/08  Mayor Autry Seeks Stronger Economic Stimulus Package
Saying that the City Council’s actions of did not go far enough in stimulating our local building economy, Fresno Mayor Alan Autry has announced he is vetoing two City Council resolutions, one which offered exemptions for some subdivisions from new or increased impact fees, and the other which would freeze all impact fees at their current level for two full years. Mayor Autry stated that he has met with building industry representatives to discuss these matters, and stated that while he is in complete agreement with the goal of providing an economic stimulus that will immediately put people back to work, the actions taken by the City Council fall short of reaching this goal. Additionally, there has been no fiscal analysis of the short and long-term costs of these resolutions to the taxpaying people of Fresno. >more 
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12/23/08  City of Fresno Selected for 2009 California Association of Enterprise Zones Annual Conference
Each year, the California Association of Enterprise Zones (CAEZ), holds its Annual Conference in a different Enterprise Zone community in the State. The conference is an opportunity for Enterprise Zone Managers, CPA's, and consultants to learn about and discuss legislation and changes at the state level, share best practices for marketing and managing their zones, and network with their peers. It also allows the host community a chance to showcase all that their city and Enterprise Zone have to offer. >more 
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12/11/08  Protect Water Pipes During Freezing Temperatures
When the weather drops to freezing temperatures, water in exposed pipes expands. If the water expands too much, the pipe can burst. Here are some practical measures homeowners can take to safeguard against frozen water pipes and prevent costly plumbing damage. >more 
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12/10/08  CITY PREPARES WARMING CENTER
To support and shelter our City’s homeless population during this winter’s extreme cold, the City of Fresno will once again be providing temporary overnight shelter at the Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor. When temperatures are predicted to fall to 36 degrees or below, the shelter will be open from 7:00pm until 7:00am. >more 
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12/04/08  Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Tomorrow!!
The 3rd annual City of Fresno metropolitan Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place tomorrow evening beginning at 6pm in front of City Hall. The massive tree was donated by Southern California Edison from a mature stand near Shaver Lake, and trucked down Highway 168 by City employees. After a week and a half of delicate work, the 61 foot white fir and surrounding City Hall façade are now adorned with 14,000 light bulbs and 2,500 colorful decorations. >more 
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12/03/08  City Of Fresno Announces Annual Historic Preservation Awards
The City’s 2008 Historic Preservation Awards were announced today by Mayor Alan Autry. Individuals or groups who have demonstrated excellence in the restoration of a historic building, leadership in preservation planning or neighborhood revitalization, or an outstanding in-fill project will be honored in a ceremony at the City Council meeting at 10 am on Tuesday, December 16th. Nominations for the awards were submitted by City staff and members of the public to a committee consisting of Karana Hattersley-Drayton (Historic Preservation Project Manager), Dr. >more 
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12/01/08  The City Of Fresno Invites You To Take A Free Festive Ride Down Christmas Tree Lane On A FAX Holly Jolly Trolley
The City of Fresno Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express (FAX) is excited to offer its 5th Annual Holly Jolly Trolley service to the community on Wednesday, December 3; Thursday, December 4; and Friday, December 5, 2008. Holly Jolly Trolleys will depart from Manchester Transit Center (MTC) each evening for the ride down Christmas Tree Lane beginning at 6:00 p.m. through 8:30 p >more 
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11/26/08  Fax Will Launch The Holiday Spirit With Free Rides On Its Annual Decorated Holiday Bus
Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express (FAX) is excited to announce the arrival of its annual FAX Holiday Bus to the streets of our wonderful city. The tradition began 26 years ago, and since that time, free bus rides on the Holiday Bus have been delighting children and adults alike with the joy and good will of the holiday season. This year, the Holiday Bus will begin serving the community on Friday, November 28, 2008, and will continue through Wednesday, December 31, 2008. >more 
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