This Week at City Hall - Homeless Camp Cleanup Continues
Marathon will impact northeast Fresno traffic
A number of streets in northeast Fresno will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 6, along the route of the Two Cities Marathon and Half-Marathon.  The course starts at 7 a.m. on Friant Road near Aubudon and runs along surrounding neighborhoods into Clovis before returning to the finish line in Woodward Park.
Here is the Two Cities road closure schedule:
  • Aubudon between Del Mar and Friant Road (open westbound at Glenn Ave.) -- closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friant Road, Aubudon to Willow -- closed 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Shepherd Avenue, eastbound from Friant to Chestnut -- closed 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Shepherd Avenue, eastbound from Chestnut to Willow -- closed 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Shephard Avenue, westbound from William to Friant -- closed 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Teague at Willow Ave. -- closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Alluvial Avenue between Peach and Clovis -- closed 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Old Town Clovis -- closed 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • There will be no vehicle access to Woodward Park.
Alternate routes:  Willow Avenue, Nees Avenue and Herndon avenues will be open at all times.
Homeless encampment cleanup to continue
City of Fresno officials and their partners will continue to work to clean up homeless encampments and provide transitional housing and wrap around services to homeless individuals this week.  Work will take place near the Monterey Street bridge area beginning Tuesday.
Gregory Barfield, the City’s homeless prevention and policy manager, said partner agencies are working with homeless individuals to collect documentation to connect them with available housing and appropriate services. 
The cleanup efforts are being done in preparation for the demolition of the Monterey Street bridge in late 2011 or early 2012 and also for construction of Renaissance at Santa Clara, a 70-unit complex to house homeless individuals.
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:
  • Attending The Process Expo, a worldwide trade show for leaders in the food and beverage industry, and meeting with several potential participants in the 2012 Fresno Food Expo;
  • Attending the funeral for Jack Kelley, a true pioneer in our police department and our community whose contributions will be remembered for years to come;
  • Attending the Diwali Gala coordinated by the Central California Society of India. 
Start planning for the next Local Bites Night
On Tuesday, Nov. 8,  Mayor Swearengin will be celebrating our locally owned restaurants at Richard’s Prime Rib & Seafood, 1609 E. Belmont Ave., 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 Logan Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Logan Park, 5450 N. Santa Fe, on Saturday, Nov. 5.
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:
  • Fulton Corridor Specific Plan public meeting, Fresno City Council chambers, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m.;
  • General Plan – Urban Form Part 2 public meeting, Pinedale Elementary, 7171 N. Sugarpine, Pinedale, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m.
  • Planning Commission meeting, City Hall Council chambers, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, City Hall Council chambers, Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.
  • Tower District Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Friday, Nov. 4, 4-5 p.m.
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