This Week at City Hall - A Short, Busy and Somber Week Ahead
A short, busy and somber week ahead
The Labor Day holiday means this will be a short week at City Hall, but it will be a busy one.  The week will end on a somber note as we gather to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11 at a number of events through the city and area.
On Thursday, the Swearengin administration will be presenting a budget update to City Council that will recommend a series of actions to help the City respond to our continuing economic challenges.    The administration will be asking Council to vote on the recommendations at its Sept. 15 meeting. 
The week’s highlights also include some major 9/11 events in our area, including:
  • Pelco/Schneider Electric will hold a ceremony at The California Memorial in Clovis on Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 8:38 a.m.  The ceremony will feature local police, fire and military  personnel.
  • A picnic and remembrance ceremony complete with an F-16 flyover will be held at Todd Beamer Park, East Plymouth Way near N. Maple, on Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.  The speakers will include Chief Anthony Whitaker of the Port Authority Police of New York.
  • HandsOn Central California, which has proven to be a valued community partner, will hold the Human Race on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at Sierra Vista Mall Community Park.  Registration will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and the race will start at 9:11 a.m.    The Human Race is the Valley’s newest collaborative community fundraiser and will consist of a 2-mile walk and the United We Serve Volunteer, Safety & Preparedness Fair.
It’s difficult to believe that it’s been 10 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Let’s all make sure we take time all year round – not just this week – to remember the sacrifices of those who serve and thank the heroes among us.
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Recognizing Wal-Mart’s significant contribution to Fresno First Steps home at a public event on Wednesday.  Fresno First Steps Home is our comprehensive effort to prevent and end homelessness.  Anyone wishing to donate to the initiative has two easy options:  make a $10 donation by texting HOME to 85944 or make a monthly donation by visiting
  • Participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sea Lion Cove exhibit at  Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo.
  • Touring the recent expansion at Bussetto Foods, a local sausage/meat manufacturing company that was one of the more popular attractions at the first Fresno Food Expo in the spring;
  • Speaking to two organizations:  the East Fresno Rotary Club and the Christian Business Men’s Connection;
  • Kicking off the United Mitochrondial Disease Foundation’s Energy for Life walkathon at Woodward Park;

Participating in a number of meetings this week:
  • Discussing economic development issues with Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson;
  • Continuing to work with the Charter Review Committee in its review of the City Charter;
  • Engaging education officials on Learn 2 Earn, an adult education initiative;
  • Meeting with businesses on the H Street corridor about high-speed rail;
  • Discussing the Youth Leadership Institute to discuss the Building Healthy Communities S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Students United to Create a Climate of Engagement, Support and Safety) program with members of the Youth Leadership Institute.
Make plans for the next Local Bites
On Tuesday, September 27, Mayor Swearengin will be celebrating our locally owned restaurants at Wassabi, 1085 East Herndon Avenue.  Please join us at this dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy.If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to  
Reminder:  Upcoming event to support Fresno-Muenster Sister Cities program
On Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., a special event to benefit the Fresno-Muenster (Germany) Sister Cities program will be held at the Elbow Room. 
Seating is limited to the first 100 people.
Sister Cities of Fresno is a 501(c)3 all volunteer nonprofit organization.  Checks for the event can be made out to "Sister Cities International of Fresno," or simply "SCIF," and mailed to 1690 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711 or paid online at: Your contribution is tax deductible.  
More information of the Fresno-Muenster program is available from Lisa Parker-Murray, Fresno-Muenster Committee board chairperson, at
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Pilibos Soccer Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Pilibos Soccer Park, 4945 E. Lane (near Chestnut and Ventura) on Saturday, Sept. 10.
In the 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.
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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