This Week at City Hall - Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Parade: Special attraction, worldwide attention
Billed as the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi, this year’s Fresno Veterans Day parade will have a special attraction:  the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
The 60-foot fir will be traveling through Fresno on its approximately eight-day tour from Stanislaus National Forest to Washington, D.C.
According to parade organizer William Dietzel, the Christmas tree will travel on a semi-truck, resting on a custom-built trailer that supports the branches and prevents damage.  A second semi-truck will transport the 7,000 handmade ornaments and the 110 smaller trees that will be put in the offices of California’s congressional delegation and other federal buildings through the Washington, D.C., area.
The Christmas tree will be visiting Children’s Hospital Central California immediately after the parade.
The parade will give Fresno national and worldwide attention.  It willbe broadcast on The Pentagon Channel, which is available on base to more than 1.3 million service members who live and work on more than 368 military bases, camps and installations in the U.S.  It also is available to service members and their families serving overseas in 178 countries.  The parade also will be televised live locally on KSEE 24.
Fresno Street will be closed to traffic between R and G streets and Tulare Street will be closed between R and H streets.  The streets on the route will start closing at 6 a.m. and should reopen by 3 p.m.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
It’s 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  
Brookings Institution:  Mayor Swearengin part of ‘Pragmatic Caucus’
Mayor Swearengin recently received national recognition in a column written for by Bruce Katz, director of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, and Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.
In an introduction to the article on the Brookings Institution’s website, Katz notes that a new generation of American leadership is emerging from our states, cities and metropolitan regions.
“A cadre of mayors, governors, academics and business people from around the country—form America’s Pragmatic Caucus. In sharp contrast to Beltway polarization, these bipartisan pioneers—like Michael Nutter in Philadelphia or Ashley Swearengin in Fresno, and the governors of Colorado and Michigan in between—are acting decisively to grow jobs in the near term and retool their metropolitan economies for the long-haul,” Katz wrote.
Katz’s introduction is available here.   The Katz/Rodin essay is available here.
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:
  • Meeting with the governing committee of Learn2Earn, our adult education initiative;
  • Speaking at the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Eggs and Issues” breakfast and also speaking at the Salvation Army’s holiday luncheon;
  • Attending the opening of the Iron Bird Massage Studio in downtown Fresno.
Want to share your musical talents with traveling public during holiday season?
The City’s Airports Department is looking for musicians who want to share their musical talents with the traveling public at Fresno Yosemite International Airport during the upcoming holiday season.
FYI will be hosting An Airport Christmas… non-stop adventure, which will feature11  designer Christmas trees that will be decorated by volunteer decorators, designers and artisans throughout the month of December.  The trees will represent each of the non-stop destinations from FYI as well a tree representing the military. 
Musicians interested in playing at the airport as part of the holiday events should call (559) 621-4522 for details.
No ‘Go Green and Clean’ event this weekend
There will be no “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program this weekend because of Veterans Day.
The program will resume at Lafayette Park, 1516 E. Princeton, on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.
This Week’s Meetings
Here are other city-related meetings this week:
  • District 3 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 2060, Monday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Fulton Corridor Specific Plan public meeting, City Hall Council Chambers, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.
  • General Plan: Healthy Community public meeting, Hinton Community Center, 2385 S. Fairview Ave., Thursday, Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m.
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