2011 Press Releases



12/20/11  This Week at City Hall - City Prepares for Holiday Closures
City prepares for holiday closures of administrative offices   City of Fresno offices other than those providing essential services to the public will be closed from Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, to accommodate employee furloughs. >more 
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12/15/11  Mayor Swearengin Testifies At Congressional Hearing On California High-Speed Rail Project
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today provided the following testimony before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: Testimony of The Honorable Ashley SwearenginMayor of Fresno Before the Transportation and Infrastructure CommitteeU.S >more 
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12/12/11  This Week at City Hall - Office of Independent Review Report Now Online
Office of Independent Review report, other information now online   The City of Fresno on Monday released two documents related to the 2010 Annual Report from the Office of Independent Review (OIR).  The documents are available at www.fresno.gov/oirreport >more 
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12/12/11  Office of Independent Review Annual Report Documents Now Available On City’s Website
Fresno, CA – Two documents related to the 2010 Annual Report of the Office of Independent Review are now available on the City of Fresno’s website at www.fresno.gov/oirreport. >more 
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12/09/11  City Manager Releases Open Letter to Public On Office of Independent Review Report
Fresno, CA – City Manager Mark Scott today released the following open letter to the public about the 2010 annual report of the Office of Independent Review: “I am looking forward to Monday's release of the OIR's Annual Report for 2010. I regret my failure to get this report published earlier, but I am eager to clear the record on what has transpired. “Regrettably, my delay in releasing the report has led to speculation that the report includes information that would embarrass the Police Department. >more 
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12/06/11  This Week at City Hall - WinterFest Highlights a Busy Week
WinterFest to highlight a busy week of holiday events   Interested in seeing the tree-lighting ceremony at City Hall and a downtown parade?  Having breakfast with Mayor Swearengin to support local business?  Or touring some of Fresno’s best downtown attractions?  Then this is the week for you!   The highlight of the week will be WinterFest, a grand holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 10, that will feature the annual City tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. >more 
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11/28/11  This Week at City Hall - Planning For WinterFest
Planning in full swing for WinterFest in Downtown Fresno   Planning for an exciting and festive holiday celebration in Downtown Fresno on Saturday, Dec. 10, will be in full swing this week.   The City of Fresno and multiple partners have united for the inaugural WinterFest, a grand holiday celebration that will feature the annual City Hall tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m >more 
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11/17/11  Mayor Swearengin Kicks Off First ‘Shop Fresno’s Finest’ Campaign; Encourages Shopping Local this Holiday Season
FRESNO – Mayor Swearengin today announced that 30 locally owned retailers will be offering discounted gift cards through Dec. 11 to encourage Fresno residents to shop local this holiday season. The “Shop Fresno’s Finest” campaign, sponsored by the City of Fresno and the Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA), will launch on Friday, Nov. 18 >more 
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11/16/11  Mayor Swearengin to Present Recycling Awards
The City of Fresno will present the seventh annual Mayor’s Business Recycling Awards to seven winners during the Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 a.m. >more 
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11/15/11   This Week at City Hall - Remarkable Stories from Encampment Cleanup
Some remarkable personal stories from cleanup of encampments   The recent cleanup of encampments near the areas near Monterey Street Bridge and Santa Clara and F streets have impacted individuals in some remarkable ways.   While the process of the cleanup has received most of the attention, here are some moving examples of people who have seen positive changes in their lives because of the work of the City of Fresno and our numerous partner agencies. (We’ve changed the names to protect their privacy): Charles had been homeless for about five months. >more 
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