2010 News Releases



06/02/10  FYI Earns “Outstanding Airport” Recognition
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) has been awarded the Outstanding Western-Pacific Airport by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the significant contributions that have improved or enhanced safety within the Western-Pacific Region during the 2009 fiscal year.The award is being presented to a representative of Fresno Yosemite International today during the 6th Annual FAA Airports Division Conference in Los Angeles, California. Below are the FAA criteria for the award recipient: Outstanding performance in the administration of grants and/or performance/completion of projects under the Airports Improvement Program. >more 
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05/28/10  Memorial Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices and Services
City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31. The delivery of some City services on Memorial Day may be affected by the holiday as well. Please see the list below for details. >more 
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05/27/10  Mayor Swearengin Announces Community-Wide Initiative to End Cycle of Homelessness in Fresno
Saying that every City resident can be a part of ending and preventing homelessness in Fresno, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the launch of Fresno First Steps Home, a comprehensive, community-wide initiative to address homelessness in our community. Mayor Swearengin set a goal of raising $1 million a year in private donations to be used for Fresno First Steps Home, a City-sponsored nonprofit that will raise funds through individual donations, local businesses and grants. In turn, the funds raised will be granted to area nonprofits and public service providers who are working to implement Fresno’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. >more 
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05/27/10  Mayor's State Of City Address To Be Webcast Live Today
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today will deliver her annual state of the city address to a sold out audience of more than 900 people at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center exhibit hall in downtown Fresno. Beginning at noon, the event will be streamed live on the City’s video page - http://www.fresno.gov/video >more 
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05/27/10  Travelers Benefit From A New, Expanded Security Screening Checkpoint At Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Fresno Yosemite International Airport announces the completion of the terminal modernization and improvement work with the opening of the new security screening checkpoint. The screening area has been expanded from 576 square feet to over 5,000 square feet to help minimize passenger congestion during peak travel times and accommodate future passenger growth. Additional improvements include: • Additional seating for post screening convenience • New LCD flight message and safety monitors• Expanded entrance and exits to and from security and boarding gate areas• Three central offices for Transportation Security Administration personnel The opening of the security checkpoint marks the completion of a 3-year, $17. >more 
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05/19/10  Mayor Swearengin Hails Benefits of Bringing Veterans Home to Fresno
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a new $158 million veterans home in Fresno will bring significant economic benefits to the City as well as providing high-level care for deserving veterans. Mayor Swearengin joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and government and veterans officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the veterans home in southwest Fresno. >more 
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05/07/10  Railroad Quiet Zone Completed in Downtown Fresno
Officials from the City of Fresno and the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center today celebrated the completion of the Railroad Quiet Zone project, an effort to silence train horns in the downtown area. The $1.2 million project will silence the train horns along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad from Ventura Street to Hammond Ave. >more 
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05/06/10  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Selection of New CEO for High Speed Rail Authority 
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement on the selection of Roelof van Ark, president of Alstom Transportation Inc., as the new CEO of the California High Speed Rail Authority: "Roelof van Ark’s experience is a good fit for moving high-speed rail from the planning phase into the construction and implementation phases. Mehdi Morshed provided the vision for the project, and now Mr. van Ark brings the skills and ability to take the project to the next level >more 
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05/06/10  City Helps Homeowners Cut Utility Costs
As the hot summer months approach and electricity rates continue to climb, hundreds of Fresno residents have already taken steps to cut the cost of cooling their homes. They have taken advantage of a free home energy use survey from the City of Fresno that identifies leaky air conditioning ducts and other common problems that tax their home cooling system and drain their wallets of cash. The home energy assessments are offered free of charge through the City’s Sustainability Division. >more 
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05/03/10  Mayor Swearengin Declares Fiscal Emergency, Delivers Plan to Deal with Budget Shortfall
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today declared a fiscal emergency for the City of Fresno and released a proposed fiscal year 2011 budget that offers a three-pronged plan to address the City’s Fresno’s $30.6 million revenue shortfall. Mayor Swearengin said the fiscal emergency declaration, which will be presented to City Council Thursday for approval, is necessary to allow the City to use its emergency reserves to help meet the daunting budget challenges by paying for one-time expenses related to budget cuts. >more 
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