2011 Press Releases



02/15/11  Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance to Host Inaugural Best Locally Owned Businesses (BLOB) Awards
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today encouraged members of the public to vote for their favorite locally owned and independent businesses in 26 different categories beginning today. Winners will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, April 1, at the Downtown Club in Fresno. The event will begin at 5 p.m >more 
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02/11/11  Two City of Fresno Officials Resign
City Manager Mark Scott today announced the resignations of two high-ranking City of Fresno officials.Scott said Rene Ramirez, director of the Public Utilities Department, and Randy Reed, the City’s deputy city manager and communications director, recently submitted their resignations. Their resignations are effective at the close of business today. >more 
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02/09/11  Veterans Benefit from Improvements to Hospital Bus Stops  
Improvements to three bus stops near the Veterans Administration hospital have made travel safer and more convenient for those receiving care at the facility. VA hospital administrators worked together with the City of Fresno on the recent installation of wider sidewalks, larger passenger shelters, new benches, and new security lighting at bus stops located on Clinton Avenue and on Fresno Street, which serve the hospital.“Veterans who use Fresno Area Express (FAX) to get to and from their appointments at the VA hospital will benefit a great deal from these improvements,” said Ken Hamm, FAX Director. “We are very proud to have partnered with the VA to provide these enhanced passenger amenities >more 
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02/01/11  Local Groups Step Forward to “Adopt” Neighborhood Parks
Joined by representatives from nearly twenty community groups, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today launched a new volunteer program to preserve, beautify and maintain parks throughout Fresno. The City’s Adopt-A-Park program encourages local organizations, businesses, schools and other groups to support neighborhood parks with twice-monthly projects at their adopted sites. A total of 65 facilities are in need of adoption, but Mayor Swearengin announced that 18 parks have been claimed by such groups as the Fresno Adult School, Roosevelt Youth Soccer, The Well Community Church, McLane High School, St. >more 
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01/31/11  Mayor Swearengin Applauds Program To Invest in Entrepreneurship
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded the Obama Administration’s efforts to invest in American entrepreneurs through the “Startup America Initiative” announced today by the President.“Public-private partnerships that can utilize existing authority to leverage funds for meaningful job creation and growth are absolutely essential,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Small business innovation is a strength in Fresno, supported in large part by one of the most successful university-led entrepreneurship programs in the country – the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno – as well as our business incubators. >more 
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01/27/11  Mayor Swearengin: ‘Deep and Painful Cuts’ Needed After Council Rejects Commercial Solid Waste Proposal
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said she will begin to implement “deep and painful cuts” as a result of Fresno City Council’s failure to pass a proposal to franchise the City’s commercial solid waste operations.“I’m disappointed in the majority of the council’s decision on this issue,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I believe it is irresponsible and doesn’t help us confront the serious budget issues that we face. >more 
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01/25/11  Mayor Swearengin: ‘We Are Rebuilding Our Downtown’
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today provided an update of the City of Fresno’s downtown revitalization efforts to more than 500 attendees at the second annual State of Downtown breakfast. A video of Mayor Swearengin’s speech is available on the City’s website at http://www.fresno.gov/News/Feeds/SpecialEvents >more 
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01/13/11  Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices and Services  
City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 17. The delivery of some City services on January 17 may be affected by the holiday as well. >more 
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01/10/11  New Fireworks Rules in Effect for 2011  
Dozens more non-profit organizations will be allowed to sell Safe and Sane fireworks under new rules adopted by the City of Fresno. Applications for fireworks booth permits are now available and must be submitted through approved fireworks vendors by February 16. To qualify for a permit in the City of Fresno, North Central Fire Protection District (NCFPD) or the Fig Garden Fire Protection District (FGFPD), organizations are required to meet qualifications established by the Fresno Fire Department. >more 
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01/07/11  Mayor Swearengin Sends Letter to Gov. Brown on Plan to Close Fresno Field Office
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today sent the following letter to Gov. Jerry Brown in response to the Governor’s reported proposal to close the Fresno field office:January 7, 2011 The Honorable Jerry BrownGovernorState Capitol, Suite 1173Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Brown: I learned this afternoon through a media alert of your intent to close your Fresno office and would like to respectfully provide you with input on your decision. First of all, having developed and implemented five budget reduction plans for the City of Fresno over the last 22 months to accommodate an approximate 20% decline in the City’s general fund revenues, I am extremely sympathetic to the drastic and immediate actions you must take to address California’s dire financial situation. >more 
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