This Week at City Hall - Choosing a future for Fulton Mall
Choosing a future for Fulton Mall
The future of Downtown Fresno and the Fulton Mall has been the topic of robust citizen engagement and detailed study by leading experts for more than a year.  All of that planning and preparation will ultimately lead to action in 2012.
The City will take an important step in choosing the future for Downtown and the Fulton Mall this week with the release of the draft Fulton Corridor Specific Plan.  The Plan, along with the accompanying form-based Downtown Development Code, is intended to provide predictable and clear regulations, reduce development costs, and alleviate uncertainty, making good projects easier to build Downtown.
A key outcome of the Plan will be settling, once and for all, the future of the Fulton Mall, along with the authority for achieving that future.   The Plan will outline three alternatives that will be studied as part of a year-long environmental review process.
In conjunction with the release of the Plan, Mayor Swearengin will be announcing the administration’s preferred alternative for the future of Fulton Mall.
The City of Fresno will hold a series of public meetings to unveil the draft Plan and receive additional public input.   The meetings will be conducted by a committee appointed by the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee (FCSPCAC), a group appointed by the Mayor and City Council. It is anticipated that the FCSPCAC will make the recommendation to initiate the formal plan adoption process at one of these meetings. 
Here is the schedule for the meetings:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
All meetings will be held at City Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno St.
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:
  • Participating in a panel discussion titled “Cities of the 21st Century:  Innovative Approaches to Urban Challenges” as part of the Milken Institute’s State of the State conference.  Other panelists are Tim Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG; Ken Lombard, President, Capri Urban Fund; and Miguel Pulido, Mayor, City of Santa Ana;
  • Conducting internal meetings on the city’s economic development strategy;
  • Joining more than 1,000 city residents at the Convention Center for a public meeting about neighborhood revitalization;
  • Participating in a meeting of the Fresno County Transit Authority’s board of directors;
  • Participating in a meeting of the Citizens Advisory Panel, a group of residents who provide direct and sustained communications between the community and the Mayor.
Make plans for the next Local Bites
On Tuesday, October 18,  Mayor Swearengin will be celebrating our locally owned restaurants at Piazza del Pane, 799 West Palmdon Drive (southeast corner of Palm and Herndon), starting at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us at this dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy.If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to  
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Holmes Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Holmes Park, 212 S. First, on Saturday, Oct. 15.
In the 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.
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.
This Week’s Meetings
Here are other city-related meetings this week:
  • Disability Advisory Commission, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m., Fresno City Council chambers.
  • Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan public meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., Edison  High School, 540 E. California.
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.