2009 Press Releases



12/18/09  Most City Offices to Close from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Weekend
City of Fresno offices, other than those providing essential services to the public, will be closed from December 24 through January 3 to accommodate employee furloughs enacted last month as part of the City’s budget reduction plan. The City will continue to provide police, fire, utilities and sanitation services during the office closure period. The City’s airports and transit system will continue to operate and City parks will remain open as well. >more 
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12/11/09  Mayor Seeks Citizens Academy Applicants
Mayor Ashley Swearengin is seeking applicants for the next Fresno Citizens Academy program. The free, eight-week program is designed to provide the public with a first-hand look at city government functions and to promote civic participation. Fresno Citizens Academy sessions are held on consecutive Tuesday nights from 6pm – 8pm starting January 12, 2010. >more 
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12/10/09  City Christmas Parade Honor National Champion Sunbirds Volleyball Team on Saturday - Eaton Plaza Festival Cancelled Due to Unstable Conditions
Although unstable weather has forced the cancellation of Christmas in the Park, a two-day festival scheduled for this weekend in downtown Fresno, the City’s 80th Annual Christmas Parade will continue as planned on Saturday. This week, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin conferred the role of Parade Grand Marshal to the national champion Fresno Pacific Sunbirds women’s volleyball team. The Sunbirds won their third consecutive national championship last week in Sioux City, Iowa. >more 
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12/09/09  City Recognizes Local Business Specializing in Grocery Products Reflecting Fresno’s Diverse Culture
Ohanyan’s Bastirma and Soujouk Manufacturing Company and International Deli will be recognized for its business achievements during Thursday’s Fresno City Council meeting. The locally owned company distributes its unique Armenian meat product to fine delicatessens and specialty grocery stores across the United States. The recognition is part of the City’s Prime Time for Business program, sponsored by the Downtown and Community Revitalization Department. >more 
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12/09/09  Fresno City Manager Souza Announces Resignation
Fresno City Manager Andrew T. Souza today announced that he is resigning his position after more than five years, effective in January. A 24-year City employee who has previously served as City Controller and Assistant City Manager, Souza said he has decided to pursue other opportunities. “It has been a privilege to work for the City of Fresno for the past 24 years, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with Mayor Swearengin over the past year,” Souza said >more 
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12/08/09  Mayor Swearengin Urges Assembly to Pass Race to the Top Reform Package
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today urged the state Assembly to take prompt action to pass legislation calling for education reform and innovation that would make California competitive for federal Race to the Top funding. In a letter to Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley, Mayor Swearengin wrote that passing legislation that Gov. Schwarzenegger could sign would help provide schools with the resources needed to greatly improve academic achievement. “It is vital that the state legislature move quickly and responsibly … to enact reform that will enable participating school districts to partner with the state is accessing $500 million or more in (Race to the Top) grant money,” Mayor Swearengin wrote >more 
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12/07/09  FREEZE ALERT Avoid Bursting - 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. Water Pipes and Hoses Remove hoses from outside faucets >more 
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12/04/09  City Proposes Term Sheet That Outlines Long-Term Solution to Fresno Grizzlies’ Lease Arrangement
A sports management expert hired by the City of Fresno today proposed to City Council a term sheet that will provide the basis for a long-term solution to the city’s stadium lease arrangement with the Fresno Baseball Club. Dan Barrett of Barrett Sports Group, who was hired by the city to analyze the complex lease issue and develop solutions, said the elements of the term sheet carefully balance the interests of the City and the Fresno Baseball Club, owners of the Fresno Grizzlies. “We need a long-term solution here that protects the public's asset and provides an opportunity for the team to succeed,” Barrett said. “That's what this deal is intended to do >more 
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12/03/09  Revised Winter Watering Schedule
The City of Fresno’s winter watering schedule has been revised to allow all customers to water any time on their scheduled watering day. This change has been made to allow for daylight watering in the winter months and still allows the City to be conservation minded because water evaporation is not an issue during the colder months. Mayor Swearengin commended the Water Division for taking the lead in responding to concerns in the community and providing residents with an option for daylight watering. >more 
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11/30/09  Council Takes Action on Mid Year Budget Reductions 
Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s plan to address a potential $27.8 million budget shortfall over the next 18 months moved forward tonight following a lengthy City Council meeting. The Council’s actions allow the administration to proceed with plans to reduce the City’s workforce, implement furloughs and take other measures to trim expenses throughout the organization. >more 
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