2009 Press Releases



03/17/09  ‘Prime Time for Business’ Initiative to Feature Local Success Stories at City Council Meetings
The City of Fresno is inviting locally-owned businesses to share their stories of success with City Council and the public as it launches “Prime Time for Business” on March 31. The initiative offers businesses the opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation during each Fresno City Council meeting, showcasing their products and services, as well as their reasons for choosing Fresno for their base of operation. The effort is a collaboration among the Mayor’s office, City Council and Department of Downtown and Community Revitalization. “These locally-owned and locally-headquartered businesses are the real strength of our local economy,” said Mayor Ashley Swearengin >more 
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03/17/09  Independent Police Auditor Endorsed by Local Building Industry
Citing the importance of “preserving the high quality of public safety in our community,” local building industry leaders have endorsed the establishment of an Independent Police Auditor (IPA) for the City of Fresno. In a letter to Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Board of Directors of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Fresno/Madera Counties said the IPA will provide greater transparency for the Fresno Police Department and will provide “additional assurances for our community that proper policies and procedures are being followed.” The letter was signed by BIA Chairman John Bonadelle and Vice Chairman Darius Assemi. >more 
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03/12/09  Mayor Swearengin Applauds Initiative to Educate Taxpayers About Earned Income Tax Credit
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded a partnership to educate eligible taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit program and provide free tax preparation and filing services. Mayor Swearengin joined representatives of the Wal-Mart Foundation, United Way of Fresno County and One Economy to announce her support for the initiative, which will provide low- to moderate-income residents with assistance in claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. “In these tough economic times, it’s more important than ever to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to access the resources that are available to us,” Mayor Swearengin said. “That’s why this joint effort is so important >more 
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03/11/09  Mayor Swearengin Releases Proposal for Independent Police Auditor
Mayor Ashley Swearengin released her full proposal for the establishment of an Independent Police Auditor for the City of Fresno. >>Read>>Frequently Asked Questions>>Video >more 
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03/10/09  Mayor Swearengin Welcomes California’s First Lady to Fresno for WE Connect Event
Mayor Ashley Swearengin will join California’s First Lady, Maria Shriver, today at Manchester Center in Fresno for a popular “one stop” event designed to help low-income residents access resources to help them become more financially secure.First Lady Maria Shriver will visit Fresno on behalf of the WE Connect program, a pioneering public/private partnership which provides assistance with programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Through EITC, working families earning less than $56,000 per year can obtain refunds of up to $4,800, even if they owe no tax.Mayor Swearengin has made it a priority to encourage eligible residents to file for the EITC, since more than $26 million in refunds went unclaimed last year in Fresno alone >more 
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03/06/09  Mayor Swearengin Introduces Community Advisory Panel
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the first meeting of the Mayor’s Community Advisory Panel will be held in Room 4017 of Fresno City Hall on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. “The Community Advisory Panel is an important component of my commitment to making City Hall as open and accessible to citizen input as possible,” Mayor Swearengin said. “It’s important for the city to have a strong system in place to strengthen communication between the city and the public we serve >more 
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02/26/09  Small Business Development Day Offers Help to Entrepreneurs
City of Fresno Event Shows Local Businesses How to Outsell, Outlast, and Survive in Today’s Challenging Economy Small businesses across the country are struggling in today’s rocky economy. While some will fail, others will ultimately emerge as survivors. Coming out on top requires quick thinking, strong alliances, and the ability to prevail in challenging conditions. >more 
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02/26/09  Mayor Swearengin to Throw Out First Pitch at Fresno State Women’s Softball Home Opener
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Fresno State women’s softball team’s home opener tonight at Bulldog Diamond. The Fresno State softball team will play Utah Valley in a game beginning at 6 p.m. >more 
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02/26/09  Fresno City Officials Attending Gang Prevention Meeting
Representatives from the City of Fresno will join leaders from 12 other California cities to discuss gang prevention efforts during a meeting in Santa Rosa today and tomorrow. City attendees at the California Cities Gang Prevention Network’s two-day session are Kyle Loreto, chief of staff to Councilmember Blong Xiong; Deputy Chief Keith Foster and Lt. Jose Garza of the Fresno Police Department; and Maggie Navarro, coordinator of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative. >more 
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02/25/09  Mayor Swearengin Praises Motorcycle Officer Rudy Ruiz, Extends Wishes for Full and Speedy Recovery
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised Fresno Police Department Officer Rudy Ruiz and extended her well wishes and hope for his “full and speedy recovery.” Officer Ruiz was injured Tuesday during the search for a suspect who fled from police. “Each and every day, our police officers face unpredictable situations, ones in which they often find themselves in harm’s way,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Even the most normal days – and I say normal knowing full well that there probably is no such thing for police officers -- are potentially dangerous ones for our officers as they protect our city’s residents >more 
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