2012 Press Releases



09/27/12  City of Fresno:  CCSPCA Will Continue to Provide Full Animal Control Services Beyond Oct. 1
FRESNO – City Manager Mark Scott today said the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA) will continue to provide full animal control services for the City beyond Oct. 1 while the two sides continue to discuss a constructive transition of the services. CCSPCA had previously notified the City that it would discontinue those services on Oct. 1 >more 
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09/24/12  This Week at City Hall - Fresno CIO Recognized By White House
City’s Technology Director Receives National Award  Congratulations to Carolyn Hogg, the City’s chief information officer, who is in Washington, D.C., this week to receive the White House’s “Champions of Change” award. >more 
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09/21/12  City of Fresno Airports Director Russ Widmar Resigns
FRESNO – City Manager Mark Scott today announced that Director of Aviation Russ Widmar has resigned, effective September 30. Widmar has served as the City of Fresno’s Director of Aviation since April 2004.Scott said the City will conduct a national search to replace Widmar, who has relocated from the Fresno area. >more 
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09/21/12  City of Fresno CIO Honored as White House Champion of Change
FRESNO – The White House, today, announced 13 “Champions of Change” who have committed themselves to creating a more open and innovative government through entrepreneurship. The City of Fresno is proudly represented among the champions by Chief Information Officer Carolyn Hogg. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions are recognized by the White House for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities. >more 
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09/20/12  City Officials, CCSPCA Hold ‘Productive’ MeetingOn Animal Services Issue; Will Meet Again Next Week
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Mark Scott today said the City held “a productive meeting” with Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA) officials to discuss the future of animal services in Fresno. Discussions will continue next week.Mayor Swearengin said the City has asked CCSPCA to consider a six-month extension to provide animal services and that CCSPCA officials were open to considering the request. >more 
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09/20/12  City Plans Bike Through (Ag) History September 29
FRESNO – The City of Fresno’s bi-annual “Bike Through History” will take on an “ag” theme this year at the event on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 9 a.m. >more 
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09/05/12  Fresno Awarded $95,000 Federal Grant to Support Expansion of Food Manufacturing Industry
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the City of Fresno has been awarded a $95,000 federal grant to help expand the Fresno region’s food manufacturing industry.The grant will allow the city to assess the land and infrastructure needed for a “shovel-ready” industrial food manufacturing district for companies looking to expand and/or relocate in Fresno.The grant was awarded through the U.S >more 
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09/04/12  Rick Rasmussen Selected as Director of Office of Independent Review
FRESNO – City Manager Mark Scott today announced that Rick Rasmussen, currently the administrator of Salt Lake City’s Civilian Review Board, has been selected as the director of the City of Fresno’s Office of Independent Review. Rasmussen started work with the City of Fresno on Tuesday, Sept. 4. >more 
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09/04/12  This Week at City Hall - Grant to Study Food Manufacturing
City of Fresno Receives Grant to Study Expansion of Food Manufacturing Industry  The City of Fresno has been awarded a $95,000 federal grant to help expand the Fresno region’s food manufacturing industry. The grant will be used for a feasibility study that will assist in maximizing the use of areas in south Fresno for industrial development, specifically looking at ways the City can create a sustainable, shovel-ready food manufacturing district for companies looking to expand and/or relocate in Fresno. The grant was awarded through the U.S >more 
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08/27/12  This Week at City Hall - Momentum For Downtown Investment
Fee Waiver Keeps Momentum Going to Downtown Investment, Development   Downtown Fresno development efforts received a boost when Fresno City Council last week approved a $700,000 fee waiver program aimed at keeping the momentum going on new downtown housing. The Council's approval will allow qualifying downtown housing projects to receive assistance of between $2,700 and $4,800 per unit that would otherwise be due in the form of "impact fees" for parks and other City amenities. The funding is provided by the Transit-Oriented Development program of Fresno County Measure C. >more 
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