2009 Press Releases



10/07/09  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement Urging Legislature to Pass Comprehensive Water Package
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement urging the Legislature to pass a comprehensive water package: "I applaud Gov. Schwarzenegger for rightly keeping attention focused on dealing with our water crisis. The Fresno area and the entire San Joaquin Valley have dealt firsthand with the devastating effects of this crisis, but this is an issue that truly has a significant impact on our entire state. "We can no longer afford to put off taking action on this issue -- solving this crisis should be the top priority in Sacramento >more 
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10/01/09  Council Approves City Controller Hiring
The Fresno City council today approved the selection of Joe Gray to the position of City Controller. Gray, who currently serves as Finance Director for the City of Cincinnati, has over 21 years of experience in the public sector, primarily in budgeting and municipal finance. City Manager Andy Souza announced Gray’s selection last week following a nationwide recruitment. >more 
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09/28/09  Survey Shows City’s Proposed Water Rates Among Lowest in the Nation
Fresno ’s proposed water rates under its upcoming residential metering program will be among the lowest in the nation, according a survey conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Results from the study show Fresno’s proposed water rates are below the median rates for other similar sized cities by as much as 52%. In addition, the survey shows that Fresno’s monthly wastewater/sewer charges are comparatively low, by as much as 72% below the median residential sewer rates and 67% below the median commercial and industrial sewer rates for other cities. >more 
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09/25/09  Appointments to Downtown Citizens Committee Announced
The City of Fresno today announced the members of a new community advisory committee, established to help guide future downtown development. The 21-member committee will assist with the creation of the City’s Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, encompassing a variety of unique project areas including the Cultural Arts District, Central Business District, South Stadium zone and Chinatown. The committee includes a variety of downtown residents, business and property owners and others with expertise in real estate, planning, and community development. >more 
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09/22/09  City Personnel Department Receives ‘Award of Excellence’ at International HR Conference
The City of Fresno Personnel Services Department was honored last week with an Award of Excellence from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IMPA-HR). The award recognizes the quality, accomplishments, and contributions of agency personnel programs over a three year period. The presentation was made at the IMPA-HR Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.Fresno was selected, in part, for its prudent fiscal management during recent budget challenges, which have crippled many public agencies >more 
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09/18/09  Notice of Proposed Single Family Residential Metered Water Rates in Mailboxes Today
More than 114,000 notices regarding proposed residential metered water rates were sent to all property owners who currently receive water services from the City of Fresno today. The mailing includes details about the new water meter rate structure and also includes a water conservation page which provides several tips on conserving water. The idea is to prepare residents for their conversion to meters which includes free services from the City’s Water Conservation Division, including leak detection surveys and drought tolerant landscape information. >more 
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09/17/09  City Council Approves Major Step in Providing Water Infrastructure to Downtown Fresno
The Fresno City Council took a significant step today in the process to acquire land in for the construction of a three million gallon water storage tank to increase water supply capacity in the downtown area. The Council accepted an environmental report as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, allowing the City to continue with the planned purchase of a 3.6 acres property currently owned by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). >more 
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09/16/09  City Debuts Online Mapping Tool Offering Interactive Views of Fresno
The City of Fresno introduced a new interactive mapping tool on its website today, providing continuously updated property and land use information to residents, business interests, community organizations, and public agencies. The tool allows users to obtain detailed property information, map the location of nearby facilities such as parks, schools and fire stations, and even view aerial photos dating back to 1992. Points of interest, including historical places, golf courses, museums, and libraries can also be quickly located. >more 
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09/11/09  Mayor Swearengin Issues Proclamation Recognizing ‘Day of Service and Remembrance’
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today commemorated September 11 by issuing a proclamation recognizing local volunteers who give generously of their time to meet a variety of critical needs across our community. Mayor Swearengin will present the proclamation to Cathy Caples, executive director of HandsOn Central California, and Pete Weber, chairman of the Fresno Citizens Corps, at an event at Eaton Plaza tonight beginning at 5:30. In proclaiming September 11, 2009 to be “Day of Service and Remembrance,” Mayor Swearengin urged citizens to commit to community service today and on an ongoing basis. “Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States from all 50 states as well as others who live in 170 different countries already observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks each year by personally engaging in service, good needs and other charitable acts,” Mayor Swearengin’s proclamation reads >more 
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09/10/09  California Mayors Join Maria Shriver in Opening Doors to Employment for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
First Lady Maria Shriver today announced that Mayors throughout California, inspired by her WE Include program, have joined her efforts by committing to provide work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. The announcement comes the week of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle, a bike ride, chaired by Shriver, which raises millions of dollars for programs supporting people with developmental disabilities. WE Include represents the commitment of both the First Lady and the Governor to open the door to opportunities that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling, purpose-filled and inclusive lives. >more 
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