This Week at City Hall - Office of Independent Review Report Now Online
12/12/2011
Office of Independent Review report, other information now online
 
The City of Fresno on Monday released two documents related to the 2010 Annual Report from the Office of Independent Review (OIR).  The documents are available at www.fresno.gov/oirreport
 
The documents are:
  • The unedited annual report written by former Independent Reviewer Eddie Aubrey.  The 74-page report is a neutral, third-party review of police policies, procedures, and internal investigations.  It includes more than 50 recommendations related to those issues.
     
  • A memorandum written by City Manager Mark Scott that highlights key aspects of Mr. Aubrey’s report, addresses future steps being taken by the City to enact key recommendations, discusses the role of the City Manager related to the Independent Reviewer position, and acknowledges legitimate criticism over the time involved in releasing the report.
City Manager Scott also wrote an opinion piece about the delay in releasing the report for the Fresno Bee that appeared in Monday’s edition.   The opinion piece is available here.
 
Tree-lighting ceremony video now available on City website
 
Video of the City’s tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday is now available on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/video/press/TreeLighting2011.asx
 
Congratulations and a major “thank you” to everyone involved in the WinterFest activities and the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno’s Christmas parade.  Saturday was a huge success and an exciting time for Downtown Fresno.
 
Make your plans for the next Local Bites at Santa Fe Basque
 
The first Local Bites of the new year will be held at Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
 
The Local Bites initiative is a “dine local” campaign developed in partnership with the foodies over at Taste Fresno to encourage Fresno residents to support locally owned restaurants.

Please feel free to join Mayor Swearengin at the 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 www.TasteFresno.com/localbites. For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to www.FresnoLocalBiz.com..  
 
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 drawing to announce the two winners of $25 gift cards to all 29 participating retailers in the “Shop Fresno’s Finest” campaign.  The campaign offered discounted gift cards from Nov. 18 to Dec. 11 to encourage Fresno residents to shop local during the holiday season.  The campaign was presented by the City of Fresno and the Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance;
     
  •  Meeting in Fresno with Federal Transit Administration Region 9 Administrator Leslie Rogers and Federal Highway Administration officials to discuss transportation issues such as high-speed rail and Bus Rapid Transit in the City;
     
  • Conducting internal meetings on high-speed rail and the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative;
     
  • Providing testimony about California’s high-speed rail project at a Congressional hearing;
     
  • Meeting with the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno to consider branding proposals;
     
  • Joining representatives of KaBOOM!, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, Wesley United Methodist Church and PG&E in a ceremony marking the beginning of construction of a playground at El Dorado Park.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Einstein Park
 
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Einstein Park, 3655 E. Dakota, on Saturday, Dec. 17.
 
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.
 
NOTE: There will be no “Go Clean and Green” events on Saturday, Dec. 24, or Saturday, Dec. 31.
 
This Week’s Meetings
 
Here are other city-related meetings in the next two weeks:
  • District 6 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Monday, Dec. 12, 4-5 p.m.
     
  • Historic Preservation Commission, City Hall Conference Room A (2165N), Monday, Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
     
  • District 2 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Monday, Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
     
  • District 4 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3054S, Monday, Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
     
  • City Council meeting, Council Chambers, Thursday, Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m.
Follow Mayor Swearengin, City of Fresno on Twitter
 
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