2011 Press Releases



04/15/11  City of Fresno Seeks Community Partnerships for the Operation of Rec Centers
Fresno, CA – The City of Fresno is working to find new and creative ways to continue providing high quality recreational programs for our community’s youth. As a part of that effort, the City is now expanding its process for partnering with community based organizations (CBOs) to contract the operations of our remaining community and recreation centers, with the exception of the Dickey Youth Development Center. The City of Fresno delivers youth activities and supervised recreation opportunities at 17 centers across Fresno and has recently partnered with various CBOs who are successfully operating seven of those centers. >more 
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04/07/11  Echo Street Project Melds Historic Preservation, Neighborhood Revitalization and Affordable Housing
Fresno, CA – The City of Fresno and Marko Construction Group invite the public and the press to the dedication of the newly-restored John B. Marshall Homes, two working-class cottages in the Lowell neighborhood. The event will be held at 164 and 166 North Echo Avenue on Monday, May 2, from 11:30 a.m >more 
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04/06/11  City of Fresno and the State Office of Historic Preservation to Hold Workshop April 29th
The City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management Department, in collaboration with the California State Office of Historic Preservation and the City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a workshop/training session on historic preservation on Friday, April 29. The session will be held in Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p >more 
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04/05/11  City of Fresno Announces Reduction of 160 Management, Supervisory, Administrative Support Positions
FRESNO – City Manager Mark Scott today announced the further reduction of 160 management, supervisory and administrative support positions as the city addresses its continuing budget challenges. The move will result in a total of 97 layoffs and numerous other impacted employees. The layoffs announced today, which will take effect April 30, are focused on non-field personnel in order to minimize their impact on services delivered to the public, Scott said. >more 
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03/30/11  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Google Fiber
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement about Google’s selection of Kansas City, Kansas, as the location for its ultra high-speed fiber Internet project. “Google’s decision is very disappointing for us, but I’m proud of the way Fresnans rallied around the City’s application and supported our effort. We extend sincere congratulations to Kansas City and look forward to learning from their experience in deploying a Google fiber network. >more 
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03/22/11  Is Your Landscape Central Valley Friendly?
Residential landscapes that strive to protect and conserve our Valley’s natural resources are being recognized and rewarded by the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Award Program. This new residential landscape program is open to residential gardeners within the Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area. The goal of the program is to recognize residential landscapes as a community model, encouraging others to protect and conserve our water and other natural resources. >more 
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03/03/11  Mayor Swearengin Congratulates Chief Dyer For Receiving Cal Chiefs Highest Award
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today congratulated Police Chief Jerry Dyer for receiving the California Police Chiefs Association’s most prestigious honor, the Joe Molloy Award. “Chief Dyer has established himself as a statewide leader in issues that are important to the law enforcement community,” Mayor Swearengin said. “His passion for and commitment to public safety are well known to Fresno residents. >more 
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02/18/11  Presidents’ Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices and Services
City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 21. The delivery of some City services on February 21 may be affected by the holiday as well. Please see the list below for details. >more 
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02/17/11  Mayors Reed, Swearengin, and Villaraigosa: We Welcome Additional High-Speed Rail Funding
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today issued the following statement related to federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project: “As Mayors representing three regions soon to be linked by a true high-speed rail corridor, we support the build-out of the California high-speed rail system. While some states find themselves in a position to decline federal funding for this, we welcome additional funding to build our high-speed rail system, create more jobs, and connect the various regions of our beautiful state.” ### >more 
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02/17/11  Mayor Swearengin Praises Council Vote In Support of Enterprise Zones
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised Fresno City Council for passing a resolution opposing Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to end Enterprise Zone tax incentives.“Now is not the time to dismantle a tool that has proven to be instrumental in job creation and economic revitalization in some of the state’s hardest hit areas,” Mayor Swearengin said. “In the City of Fresno, we widely market and utilize the Enterprise Zone program as a vital tool in our limited arsenal of incentives that can be used, and it is making an impact >more 
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