2009 Press Releases



09/10/09  Day of Service and Remembrance Event Set for Friday
The City of Fresno will commemorate September 11th with a “Day of Service and Remembrance” event at Eaton Plaza on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Ashley Swearengin will issue a proclamation recognizing local volunteers who give generously of their time to meet a variety of critical needs across our community. >more 
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08/28/09  Randy Bruegman Named 2009 Fire Chief of the Year
Fresno Fire Chief Randy Bruegman has been honored for his career-long dedication and leadership in fire and emergency service by being named 2009 “Fire Chief of the Year”. The award was made in a presentation at the annual International Association of Fire Chief’s Fire-Rescue International Conference in Dallas, Texas. Fire Chief Magazine Editor Janet Wilmoth was joined by Pierce Manufacturing President Wilson Jones to announce the 14th annual Career Fire Chief of the Year award before a large crowd of chief officers representing fire departments from throughout the nation. >more 
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08/24/09  Mayor Swearengin Announces Hiring of Barrett Sports Group to Consider Long-Range Solutions to Grizzlies Lease
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the City of Fresno has hired Barrett Sports Group, a sports management consulting firm with expertise on a wide variety of sports industry issues, to develop and evaluate potential long-range solutions to the City’s lease arrangement with the Fresno Baseball Club, owners of the Fresno Grizzlies. “Barrett Sports Group has helped a broad range of public and private sector groups analyze and find solutions to complex financial issues,” Mayor Swearengin said. “We look forward to working with them on the City’s lease arrangement with the Fresno Grizzlies to assure that the team will continue to operate in downtown Fresno for many years to come while protecting the interests of Fresno taxpayers. >more 
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08/21/09  CITY OF FRESNO TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST COMMUNITY GARDEN
The City of Fresno, in partnership with Fresno Metro Ministries, would like to invite the media and public to join Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Council Member Mike Dages and PARCS Director Randy Cooper at Al Radka Neighborhood Park on Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 10:00am as the City launches its first community garden. The Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department (PARCS) recently completed construction of 90 garden plots at Al Radka Neighborhood Park in Southeast Fresno. PARCS designed and developed the 10’x20’ garden plots with ADA accessible pathways, installed water access to each plot, created an area for composting and added a storage shed for gardeners to share. >more 
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08/18/09  City Allocated Grant Funds for Herndon Town Water Project
Today, the City of Fresno was notified by the California Department of Public Health that a request for funds to modernize water infrastructure in the Herndon Town community has been approved. The City has been awarded a grant for $825,000 for Herndon Town work, which will provide clean and safe drinking water for residents of the small Northwest Fresno community Herndon Town, which was annexed into the City of Fresno in 1988, is served by a small, privately owned water company. Its pre-World War II water system is inadequate and unable to consistently provide reasonable water pressure to approximately eighty households in the community. >more 
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08/13/09  Mayor Swearengin Hosts Community Town Hall Meeting
The Mayor’s Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is pleased to announce the second in a series of town hall meetings with Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno residents on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Retired Teachers’ Educational Center in Central Fresno. >more 
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08/11/09  City of Fresno Surpasses 500 Twitter Followers
More than 500 Twitter users are now “following” the City of Fresno on the fast-growing social networking platform. The City reached the milestone after just over a month of use. The City uses its Twitter feed to update the public daily on local issues, road closures, special events and other information. “Twitter is an important part of the City’s public outreach effort, so I’m excited to see so many citizens linking up with us in this way,” said Randy Reed, Director of Communications >more 
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08/10/09  City of Fresno Joins Lawsuit Challenging Water Supply Allocations, Federal Biological Opinion
As a result of recent water allocation reductions which have severely impacted the City of Fresno and the region, the City today joined in a federal lawsuit challenging the state and federal water allocations that impact the San Joaquin Valley. The City joins a number of water user groups, including farmers and water districts throughout the region, in challenging the water allocations. The lawsuits also challenge the underlying rationale supporting the allocations such as the recent U.S >more 
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08/05/09  HUD Deputy Secretary Visits Lowell, Praises City’s Efforts
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today thanked U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims for visiting Fresno to discuss ways to revitalize the City and region. “I want to express my appreciation to Deputy Secretary Sims for taking the time to get a first-hand look at Fresno,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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08/03/09  Mayor Swearengin, Chief Dyer Announce Cash for Guns Event Set for Saturday at Fresno Fairgrounds
Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Police Chief Jerry Dyer today announced that they will join forces with Valley Crime Stoppers to create a one-day Cash for Guns event at the Fresno County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p >more 
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