This Week at City Hall 5/16/11

It’s budget time – again!

Here is an indication of the extraordinary economic times that we live in: The City of Fresno has historically prepared and adopted one budget per year. However, from fiscal year 2009 through the adoption of the fiscal year 2012 budget, the City will have gone through the development of seven major annual, mid-year and year-end budget plans in an effort to respond quickly to changing economic trends.

Beginning with mid-year cuts in 2009 and including reductions in the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, the City of Fresno has had to address a nearly $100 million budget shortfall. The reductions we’ve made have been difficult and painful, but we’ve laid a solid foundation for the City’s fiscal health for years to come.

This week, Mayor Swearengin will be presenting her proposed fiscal year 2012 budget. Please check the City’s website at www.fresno.govstarting on Tuesday for complete information on the budget presentation.

Thank you to Copper River Tennis-a-thon Participants

A special thank you to the Copper River Country Club, director of tennis Coby Roberts, event sponsor Mercedes-Benz and participants in a tennis marathon on the weekend of May 6-9.

The event, which included 50 straight hours of tennis from noon Friday until Sunday afternoon, raised an incredible $40,000 for the Fresno First Steps Home initiative, our comprehensive effort to address homelessness in our community.

We’ve seen incredible support for the Fresno First Steps Home initiative over the past year. It’s easy to donate – you can donate as little as a buck of month to the cause. You also can make a $10 donation by texting HOME to 85944 . You will receive a confirmation request and the charge will automatically appear on your next phone statement. Anyone wishing to make a monthly donation should visit

A Busy Week at City Hall

While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:

  • Welcoming Olam International, a global leader in the supply chain management of agricultural products and food ingredients, to its West Coast headquarters in northeast Fresno. That will mean about 80 new jobs for our area, and it’s also another indication that Fresno is definitely the place to be for ag-related businesses.
  • Speaking about the importance of revitalizing downtown Fresno at the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals’ Downtown Academy.
  • Meeting with officials from the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues of mutual interest.
  • Meeting with a group of Spanish-speaking pastors to talk about issues of interest in the community.
  • Discussing public, educational and government programming in the Fresno-Clovis area with Comcast officials.
  • Meeting with City residents as part of the Mayor’s Open Door Day program, which provides citizens with the opportunity to meet directly with Mayor Swearengin to share ideas or concerns. High-speed rail is one of the topics of this week’s Open Door Day meetings.
  • Participating in internal meetings related to high-speed rail.
  • Joining other members of the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno to interview candidates for the organization’s president/CEO.
  • Continuing to prepare for the State of the City address on June 1. More information and registration is available at the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce’s website here.
  • Welcoming the California/Hawaii Elks Association members and guests to Fresno for their convention. Fresno Elks Lodge #439 has been the host lodge for the convention every two to four years for more than 30 years.

‘Go Green and Clean’ at Lions Park

Each Saturday, volunteers are hard at work in our “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program. Volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.

On Saturday, volunteers are needed to work at Lions Park, 4650 N. Marks.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno. Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.

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