This Week at City Hall - Citizens Academy Is Under Way
Citizens Academy gets underway
The Citizens Academy is one of the best ways for Fresno residents to learn about their government, giving participants the opportunity to hear directly from top policymakers and decision makers at City  Hall.
The next session of the free, eight-week program begins at City Hall Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Over the course of the program, participants will hear about a wide range of topics, such as how the annual budget is developed, how public safety resources are deployed, and what the City does to promote and support the local economy.
Here is the schedule for the program:
  • Week 1 – Mayor Ashley Swearengin will present an overview of her strategic plan and vision and City Manager Mark Scott will discuss city governance.  The Fresno Historical Society also will present a history of the city.
  • Week 2 –  Budget presentation by Assistant City Manager Renena Smith and presentations by City Clerk Rebecca Klisch and Council President Lee Brand.
  • Week 3 – Presentations by FAX Director Ken Hamm and Airports Director Russ Widmar.
  • Week 4 – Presentation by Patrick Wiemiller, director of the Public Works and Public Utilities departments.
  • Week 5 - -Presentations by Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Fire Chief Joel Aranez.
  • Week 6 – Presentations on Development and Resource Management by City Manager Mark Scott and downtown and community revitalization by Craig Scharton.
  • Week 7 – Presentations by Assistant City Manager and interim PARCS Director Bruce Rudd on parks and recreation activities and Greg Barfield on homelessness prevention and policy
  • Week  8 – Information about boards, commissions and civic involvement and a review of by Mayor Swearengin and City Manager Scott.
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 representatives from a number of federal agencies regarding the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiatives;
  • Meeting with representatives from the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues of mutual interest;
  • Working with the executive committee of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley’s executive committee to plan the Partnership’s annual summit in Bakersfield on Oct. 7;
  • Conducting an internal meeting on high-speed rail issues;
  • Speaking at Habitat for Humanity’s annual breakfast.
Make plans for the next Local Bites
On Tuesday, September 27, Mayor Swearengin will be celebrating our locally owned restaurants at Wassabi, 1085 East Herndon Avenue.  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 Roeding Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Roeding Park, 3202 E. Gettysburg, on Saturday, Sept. 17.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffitiremoval 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.
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