This Week at City Hall
08/15/2011
Foodie Alert:  Restaurant Week, Local Bites Highlight the Week
 
The upcoming week – in fact, the remainder of August – will be a special time for Fresno foodies.
 
Beginning today and running through Aug. 31, 25 Fresno restaurants – all locally owned -- will offer special pre-fixe menus as part of Restaurant Week.  The meals will be priced as low as $7 to as high as only $33.

Restaurant Week is being coordinated by the Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA),a group of local business owners who are coordinating an ongoing community outreach and marketing campaign to educate the community about why it is important to support our locally owned and independent businesses.  FRIBA grew out of the work of Mayor Swearengin’s Independent Retailers and Restaurants affinity group.

A full list of participating restaurants and their menus is available on the FRIBA website at www.friba.org.

In addition, Mayor Swearengin will be celebrating our locally owned restaurants at a Local Bites Night at Javier’s in southwest Fresno on Tuesday, Aug. 16, beginning 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 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.  
 
Help out our efforts to end homelessness
 
A very special thank you goes out to Univision Radio, which will be conducting a special radiothon on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to benefit Fresno First Steps Home, our comprehensive effort to prevent and end the cycle of homelessness.
 
Two locations will be set up for residents to donate to Fresno First Steps Home:
  • KLLE 107.9 will be located by Yogurtland in Riverpark.
     
  • KRDA 107.5 and KOND 92.1 will both be located at the Manchester Mall.
 
A donation of any amount would be appreciated, although organizers are suggesting at least a $12 donation to emphasize the “Buck a Month” pledge backed by Mayor Swearengin.
 
If you can’t make it to those locations, it’s still easy to donate.  You also can make a $10 donation by texting HOME to 85944. You will receive a confirmation request and the charge will automatically appear on your next phone statement.   Anyone wishing to make a monthly donation should visit www.FresnoFirstStepsHome.org.
 
Fresno First Steps Home focuses on a “housing-first” model that is aimed at connecting participants with an umbrella of services, including substance abuse and mental-health programs, healthcare, benefits acquisition and medical treatment.
 
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:
  • Conducting an internal work session focusing on downtown and community revitalization efforts, with a focus on the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan and the Downtown Neighborhoods Communities Plan;
     
  • Meeting with state officials about the implementation of AB 109, which will move inmates from state prisons to local facilities;
     
  • Meeting with leaders of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County to discuss issues of mutual interest;
     
  • Meeting with new UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland to further strengthen the City’s relationship with the university;
     
  • Conducting internal meetings on the high-speed rail project;
     
  • Participating in a meeting of the Fresno County Transportation Authority;
     
  • Honoring Hurculano Tucay, an emergency management technician who rescued the driver of a burning vehicle while returning home from duty, with a proclamation at City Council’s meeting on Thursday; 
     
  • Touring the Crest Theater in downtown Fresno.
 
Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting Set for Council District 7
 
Mayor Swearengin will hold her sixth town hall meeting with Fresno residents on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 364 East Barstow Ave.
 
Mayor Swearengin will make brief introductory remarks before opening the floor to hear directly from residents about any ideas or concerns they have.  Additionally, stations will be set up throughout the room for residents to learn more about areas of interest, such as public safety, home energy audits, potholes, graffiti, local business initiatives, neighborhood clean-up, adopt-a-park and much more. 
 
Councilmember Clint Olivier, who represents the council district in which the town hall will be held, also will participate in the event.
 
The town hall is coordinated by the Mayor’s Community Advisory Panel, which was created to enhance citizen participation in civil affairs through the development of programs such as the Fresno Citizens Academy, town hall meetings and other outreach efforts.
 
 ‘Go Green and Clean’ at Victoria West
 
Each Saturday, volunteers are hard at work in our “Go Green and Clean” park beautification 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.
 
On Saturday, August 20, volunteers are needed to work at Victoria West Park, 3861 W. Clinton.
 
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.
 
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.