2010 News Releases



12/17/10  City of Fresno Receives State Grant To Fund Strategies Aimed to Reducing Gang Violence
Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Chief Jerry Dyer today announced that the City of Fresno has received a state grant that will fund several strategies and programs aimed at getting people out of gangs. The $369,000 CalGRIP grant, awarded by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) in partnership with the Governors’ Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, will go primarily toward funding the department’s Fresno Ceasefire strategy, which targets the most active, influential, and dangerous gang members in Fresno. These gang members are required to come to a “call-out” where they are given two choices: leave the gangs or face the full force of the local, state and even federal criminal justice system. “It is critical that we continue to engage the community – parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, volunteers, neighbors – in working with law enforcement to take gangs apart in our community and replace them with appropriate, life-giving opportunities and relationships,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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12/16/10  City Prepared for Predicted Storms
City of Fresno staff are actively monitoring the approaching series of storms and preparing for possible impacts. The National Weather Service is forecasting storms beginning Friday and continuing through Wednesday, which could cumulatively produce 1-3 inches of rainfall in the San Joaquin Valley. The City’s Streets Maintenance Division is on standby to clear debris from roads and storm drains. >more 
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12/15/10  Winners of the 81st City of Fresno Christmas Parade
Five entries from Saturday’s Fresno Christmas parade were named as division winners today by a panel of local judges. The winners were chosen from among the 65 entries taking part in the parade this year. The weather was perfect for the estimated 5,000 attendees that watched Grand Marshal Ashley Swearengin lead hundreds of parade participants through the 1.25 mile downtown route >more 
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12/14/10  Fresno Citizens Academy Seeks Applicants
Applications are now being accepted for the next Fresno Citizens Academy, a free, eight-week program offering an in depth look at the inner workings of Fresno City government. The Fresno Citizens Academy will be held on consecutive Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. – 8 p >more 
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12/10/10  Awards Laud Historic Preservation Projects
Seven historic preservation projects will be honored by the Fresno City Council next week as outstanding examples of local restoration and rehabilitation efforts. Six of the projects are located in the downtown area, reflecting continued investment in the City’s central core. Mayor Ashley Swearengin will present the 2010 Historic Preservation Awards on Thursday at 10:30 a.m >more 
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12/10/10  Council Adopts Mayor’s Proposal To Franchise City’s Commercial Solid Waste Operations
Fresno City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Ashley Swearengin to franchise its commercial solid waste operations to private companies. Council approved a resolution declaring its intention to award franchises to Allied Waste and Mid Valley Disposal in preparation for holding a public hearing and a final vote to award the franchises on Jan. 6, 2011. “This is a safe and usual approach for cities to process commercial solid waste,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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12/09/10  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Compromise to Extend Tax Cuts and Unemployment Insurance
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today offered her support for President Obama’s compromise agreement with Congressional leaders to extend unemployment insurance, tax cuts for working families, and other business incentives to promote job creation and economic growth. In a statement, the Mayor said, “I would like to commend President Obama for his leadership in working toward bridging the partisan divide on a tax cut agreement to ensure that hard-working families and businesses are not saddled with additional tax burdens. This move toward a bipartisan compromise is an encouraging step forward and in the best interest of the country. >more 
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12/09/10  Public Hearing Set for Fresno Area Express Fare Increase Proposal
The Fresno City Council will consider a proposal next week to increase Fresno Area Express (FAX) fares for the first time in 10 years. The Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on December 16 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the changes, which are being recommended by FAX to offset increased transit operating costs and declining revenues >more 
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12/09/10  Christmas Parade Steps Off Saturday Morning
Mayor Ashley Swearengin will serve as Grand Marshal for the 81st Annual Fresno Christmas Parade on Saturday morning, leading more than 65 organizations, bands, clubs and individual entries through the streets of downtown Fresno. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of Chukchansi stadium and will follow a one-mile route to City Hall, which is adorned again this year with a decorated 71 foot Christmas tree >more 
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12/07/10  Inaugural Fresno Food Expo Aims to Create Connections and Increase Business for the Valley’s Food Industry 
The City of Fresno in partnership with the Fresno Food Expo Advisory Committee, MJR Creative Group, Cohen Communications and David Nalchajian, Inc. officially launched the inaugural Fresno Food Expo today, which will take place on Friday, March 11, 2011 at The Grand in Downtown Fresno. The Fresno Food Expo will be an exclusive event that will offer an opportunity for the Central San Joaquin Valley’s finest food growers, manufacturers, processors, producers, brewers and winemakers to exhibit their products to national and local retail buyers, restaurants and chefs. >more 
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