This Week at City Hall  5/31/2011

Mayor’s State of the City address will highlight the week

Mayor Swearengin will share her vision for the City of Fresno at the annual State of the City event at the New Exhibit Hall of the Fresno Convention Center on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As everyone knows, the City of Fresno is facing one of the most challenging times in our history. At last year’s event, Mayor Swearengin said that the strength of our city is measured by how we respond to those challenges and how well we overcome the resistance that’s before us. We have responded – and will continue to respond – in that way that Fresnans do: With extraordinary strength and courage in the face of adversity.

In spite of difficult economic conditions, we have continued to make progress on important goals for the future of our city. During her State of the City address, Mayor Swearengin will talk about some of the people and programs that have greatly contributed to moving our city forward over the past year.

In addition, she will introduce important new initiatives that will help us build on the progress that we’ve made.

If you can’t make it to the event, the Mayor’s speech will be streamed live on the City’s website at

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:

  • Speaking about high-speed rail from the San Joaquin Valley perspective during a panel titled, “The Importance of High Speed Rail for California,” at the California-Spain High Speed Rail Conference in San Francisco on Friday;
  • Meeting with representatives from the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board to work on a new adult education initiative;
  • Receiving a first-hand view of Operation Ceasefire, our comprehensive effort to address gang violence in Fresno. The initiative takes the full force of the law and swift, sure and severe consequences for violence and couples it with a complete response from community organizations and family members who promise support if the gang member chooses to walk away from violence.
  • Meeting with the Mayor’s Citizens Advisory Panel, which provides direct and sustained communications between citizens and the Mayor’s Office. The panel is working to enhance citizen participation in civil affairs through the development of programs such as the Fresno Citizens Academy and regular Mayor’s Town Hall meetings.

‘Go Green and Clean’ at Nielsen Park on June 4

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 4, volunteers are needed to work at Nielsen Park, 1730 South Fruit.

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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