This Week at City Hall - 6/13/2011 "A Tasty Way to Help the Local Economy"

Local Bites: A tasty way to help the local economy

If you’re looking for a fun, easy and tasty way to help our local economy, then our new “Local Bites” initiative is just what you’re looking for.

The “Local Bites” initiative is a “dine local” campaign developed in partnership with the foodies over at Taste Fresno. Here’s the idea: In this day and age, most of us are eating out at least a couple of times a month, right? On one of those occasions, make sure that you dine at a locally owned restaurant – that’s all there is to it!

Starting on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Swearengin will head to the original DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant in the Lowell neighborhood on Blackstone Avenue for the first Local Bite Night. She also will be going to Limon in July, Javier’s in southeast Fresno in August and Wassabi in September.

All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!

Of course, you don’t have to join Mayor Swearengin at the restaurant she’ll be dining at. Just choose a locally owned restaurant once a month and you’ll be making a positive impact on our local economy. If every Fresno consumer shifted just 10% of their spending to local businesses for one year over 2,000 new jobs would be created in Fresno, and over $200 million in increased economic activity would be generated.

For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to

A busy schedule for Mayor Swearengin at U.S. Conference of Mayors

Mayor Swearengin will participate in a number of noteworthy activities at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Baltimore starting Thursday and running through the following Monday.

Some of her activities include:

  • Meeting with the director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to discuss funding opportunities for the Fresno Police Department.

  • Meeting with a group of national foundations to pursue potential partnerships with Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley in efforts at sustainable urbanism and smart growth.

  • Chairing a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Environment Committee.

  • Joining with other mayors to lead resolutions about homelessness, adult education and high-speed rail that will be considered at the meeting.

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:

  • On Monday, Mayor Swearengin, Council President Brand, and local business leaders will hold a press conference to update the public on the FY 2012 budget negotiations.

  • Participating in a workshop about the new form-based codes for downtown Fresno at City Hall Monday at 5 p.m. The new code is designed to guide investments large and small with a goal of reversing long-running trends of disinvestment and foster healthy, mixed-income neighborhoods over time. The draft is available for public comment at

  • Meeting with the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno’s Marketing and Business Development Committee and also participating in interviews for the organization’s president and chief executive officer.

  • Working with the executive committee of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley to plan the Partnership’s quarterly meeting on July 11 in Lemoore.

  • Continuing to work on issues related to high-speed rail, particularly development of a station in downtown Fresno.

Need a pothole fixed?
If you notice any new potholes from recent rainstorms, please remember that the City of Fresno needs your help to fix them. To report the location of a pothole, please call 621-CITY or go online at to the “I WANT TO – REPORT” section, where you can report items from water waste and graffiti to potholes and missed garbage pick-up.

‘Go Green and Clean’ at Regional Sports Complex
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, June 18, volunteers are needed to work at the Regional Sports Complex, 1707 W. Jensen.

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.

Follow Mayor Swearengin, City of Fresno on Twitter
For up-to-date information on happenings related to the City of Fresno, follow Mayor Swearengin on Twitter @MayorSwearengin or the City of Fresno @CityofFresno.