2012 Press Releases



11/26/12  City of Fresno, California Energy Commission OfficialsTout Success of Home Energy Tune-Up ProgramHomeowners Urged to Sign Up for Free Assessments
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller today touted the success of the Home Energy Tune-Up Program and encouraged homeowners in Fresno and Madera counties to sign up for free home energy assessments. CEC provided initial funding of $2.9 million for the program, which has provided free home energy assessments to more than 2,500 homes. >more 
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11/19/12  Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices, Services
FRESNO -- City offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. The delivery of various City services on Thanksgiving and the following day may be affected by the holiday schedule as well. >more 
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11/14/12  Mayor Swearengin Announces City of Fresno Wins IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that IBM has selected the City of Fresno to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant to provide the City with access to IBM’s top experts to work on economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts.Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities challenge is a three-year, 100-city, $50-million competitive grant program. The program, which is IBM’s single-largest philanthropic initiative, assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city’s leadership. >more 
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11/08/12  This Week at City Hall - Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Parade Will Take Place in Downtown Fresno Sunday  Fresno’s Veterans Day parade, considered the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi, will be held in downtown Fresno on Sunday, Nov. 11. Opening ceremonies will be held in front of Fresno City Hall at 11 a.m >more 
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11/06/12  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Shooting at Valley Protein
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement on the shooting at Valley Protein in central Fresno: “Today, our City has experienced a tragic event with the workplace shooting at Valley Protein. This was a senseless, violent act that affects our entire community. Please join me in praying for the victims and their families, friends, and co-workers. >more 
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11/01/12  Marathon Will Impact Northeast Fresno Traffic Routes
FRESNO -- A number of streets in northeast Fresno will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 4, along the route of the Two Cities Marathon and Half. The course starts at 7 a.m >more 
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10/25/12  Mayor Swearengin, City Council:  California PUCShould Act Promptly on PG&E Rate Proposal
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno City Council today urged the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to act promptly on a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) proposal for an enhanced economic development rate that would provide significant benefits for the region.City Council today passed a resolution advanced by Councilmember Larry Westerlund expressing support for the enhanced economic development rate and urging its approval and implementation.“I want to thank Councilmember Westerlund and the entire City Council for making this strong statement about the urgent need for the CPUC to act as quickly as possible on the PG&E proposal,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Energy costs play a critical role in business location decisions >more 
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10/24/12  This Week at City Hall - Poet Laureate Selection Committee
City Members Seeking Members for Poet Laureate Selection Committee  The City of Fresno is seeking seven members to serve on a committee to select Fresno’s first Poet Laureate.  City Council last week approved a resolution advanced by Mayor Swearengin establishing the honorary position of Fresno Poet Laureate. Members of the selection committee are expected to have expertise in literary arts, education or media and be a current resident of Fresno or work in the City. >more 
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10/22/12  The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Announces Fresno, California as Partner City for Any Given Child Program Creates a Long-Range Arts Education Plan for Students Grades K-8
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) —The John F. >more 
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10/18/12  Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Program Awards Six Local Residents
FRESNO -- Six local residents will be awarded the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Award for conserving our Valley’s natural resources with drought tolerant landscapes at an event at the Clovis Botanical Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 10 a.m.The 2012 winners are: Steve and Pat Austin Allen and Diane Barnes Doug and Elizabeth Drynan Brad Polzin Romy Smit Danny and Renn Takao The Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Awards program is open to residential gardeners within the Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area >more 
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