2010 News Releases



04/30/10  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Arizona Immigration Law
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement regarding the Arizona immigration law: "It’s unfortunate that the federal government’s inaction on this issue has produced the current situation. Arizona’s actions are born from frustration over the federal government’s refusal to address this issue. The federal government must step in to strengthen the border, enforce its laws that already exist, and straighten out its broken immigration system. “While tempers are flaring on both sides of this issue, it’s important to remember that this law has no practical impact on the City of Fresno and our residents >more 
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04/28/10  Fresno Officials Announce Availability of Funds for First-Time Homebuyers
The City of Fresno today announced that it will start accepting homebuyer loan packages from participating lenders for its First-Time Homebuyer Program beginning May 3, 2010.The First-Time Homebuyer Program will provide no-interest loans of up to $50,000 to eligible low-income families to assist them in purchasing their first home. Loans will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are depleted. >more 
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04/22/10  Water-Wise Plant Exchange Set for May 8
Local residents can learn how to save water in their gardens and landscapes by taking part in the annual Water-Wise Plant Exchange on May 8 at the Fresno State Horticultural Greenhouses. Water-wise plants will be available for free to residents and home gardeners are encouraged to donate drought-resistant plants, cuttings or seeds from their gardens to support the effort. With the City’s upcoming transition to residential water metering on the horizon, the public is being encouraged to incorporate more water-wise plants and water-efficient irrigation techniques in landscapes and gardens. >more 
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04/21/10  Fresno To Host BMX All American Nationals Competition At Woodward Park This Weekend
BMX athletes from across the country and around the world will converge on Fresno this weekend as the National Bicycle League (NBL) Elite All American Nationals will take place at the City of Fresno bike complex at Woodward Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This weekend’s race is a national qualifying event for NBL professionals and amateurs who compete all year in the point standings race. More than 400 riders are expected to participate in both amateur and pro classes. >more 
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04/19/10  Take the 20-Gallon Challenge and Help Save Our Water
As Fresno begins the transition to residential water meters, the 20 Gallon Challenge presents a perfect opportunity to rethink the way water is used in our community. Below are a few suggested ways to meet the 20-Gallon Challenge: • Fix leaky faucets and save 15-20 gallons per day, per leak.• Fix leaky toilets and save 30-500 gallons of water daily. >more 
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04/14/10  Fresno Readies Downtown for New Season of Grizzlies Baseball and Other Events
Mayor Ashley Swearengin said today that the City is ready for the large influx of visitors to downtown Fresno that will accompany the start of the 2010 Grizzlies home baseball season at Chukchansi Park. “Over the next several months, we’ll be welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors to the downtown area for baseball and other events,” Mayor Swearengin said. “At the City of Fresno, we’re committed to providing visitors from throughout the area with an enjoyable experience that keeps them coming back again and again. >more 
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04/13/10  Mayor Swearengin Announces Volunteer Initiative With Goal of 1 Million Hours of Service By April 2011
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the launch of Serve Fresno, an initiative aimed at strengthening the City of Fresno through volunteering and service. As part of the initiative, Mayor Swearengin called for city residents to participate in one million hours of service by April 2011. “Now more than ever, we need each and every resident of Fresno to step up and help strengthen our community through volunteering and service,” Mayor Swearengin said. “While government, we can’t reach out full potential and become the great city that we’re destined to be without the active participation of all of our residents >more 
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04/08/10  City of Fresno Schedules Waste Tire Amnesty Day
The City of Fresno Code Enforcement Division, using grant funding available from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, will be holding a Waste Tire Amnesty Day event allowing City of Fresno citizens to part with their unwanted waste tires. Participants must be City of Fresno residents, and each resident is limited to nine tires. No tractor, diesel or business-generated tires will be permitted. >more 
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04/01/10  HOLIDAY HOURS FOR CITY OF FRESNO REGIONAL PARKS
In preparation for the large number of visitors anticipated at Fresno’s regional parks for the Easter holiday, the City of Fresno Department of Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services (PARCS) will maintain extended hours of operation for Roeding, Woodward and the Regional Sports Complex this coming Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. The entrances to each regional park will be opened and staffed beginning at 5 a.m. >more 
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03/25/10  EARTH HOUR 2010:  CITY OF FRESNO PLANS FOR ‘LIGHTS OUT’
In support of the international Earth Hour 2010 effort, the City of Fresno will be ‘fading to black’ this Saturday for the second year in a row. With the exception of lights that are necessary for safety, City Hall, employee work stations and the historic water tower will go dark on Saturday night, March 27. Fresno will join communities across the country and internationally by turning off lights to support sustainability and a healthier planet. >more 
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