2012 Press Releases



08/17/12  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on President Welty's Retirement Announcement
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after the announcement that Fresno State President John D. Welty will retire at the end of the academic year: “John Welty has been an incredible leader, not just at Fresno State, but throughout the community and region. He has put the university on the map as an institution that is committed to excellence and to making the San Joaquin Valley a better place. >more 
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08/06/12  This Week at City Hall - Transforming Older Neighborhoods
Federal Program Will Provide More Momentum In Efforts to Transform Older Neighborhoods   Fresno was one of only four cities nationwide to be selected through a competitive process for the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) which will provide a critical boost to the City’s effort to transform older neighborhoods.  Other cities are Flint, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Thirty cities were considered to participate in the program.   In making the announcement, federal officials said Fresno and the other communities demonstrated a high need as well as “the drive, citizen engagement, and commitment to success necessary to develop capacity around the essential elements of healthy neighborhoods >more 
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08/02/12  Mayor Swearengin: Federal Program Will Provide More Momentum For Efforts to Transform Older Neighborhoods
Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said Fresno’s selection to participate in the federal Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) will provide a critical boost to the City’s efforts to transform older neighborhoods. Fresno was one of only four cities nationwide to be selected through a competitive process for the BNCP. Other cities are Flint, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. >more 
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08/01/12  This Week at City Hall - Fulton Mall Design Grant
Federal Grant to Help Fulton Mall Design   The City of Fresno this week was awarded a $1 million federal grant to complete the design work of the three Fulton Mall options that are still under consideration.   The grant will be dedicated to the preconstruction engineering phase (including site analysis, precise design and engineering drawings) of the Fulton Mall project.  The grant funds will not be used for any actual physical construction on the Mall.   Mayor Swearengin said the grant does not lock the City into a decision about the Fulton Mall’s future >more 
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07/25/12  Mayor Swearengin Formally Invites Conan O’Brien, Bobblehead to Visit Fresno
Fresno, CA – After Conan O’Brien last night offered a budget solution involving bringing the Conan O’Brien Bobblehead to Fresno, Mayor Ashley Swearengin today formally invited the talk show host and the Bobblehead to Fresno. Here is the text of the Mayor’s letter: Dear Mr. O’Brien: On behalf of the 500,000-plus residents of Fresno, I want to thank you for proposing your awe-inspiring “Conan Plan” to help the city address our financial challenges. >more 
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07/25/12  City Plans Bike Through (Ag) History September 29
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno has announced plans for this year’s “Bike Through History,” scheduled for Saturday, Sept, 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. >more 
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07/24/12  FAX Manchester Transit CenterReopens For Business
Fresno, CA – City of Fresno Transportation Director Ken Hamm is pleased to announce that the FAX Manchester Transit Center located at 3590 N. Blackstone Avenue in Fresno has reopened for business.Staff is available to assist with a range of full services, including pass, token, and taxi scrip sales; I.D >more 
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07/19/12  Fresno Awarded $2.4 Million to Improve Downtown Connectivity
FRESNO: Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Congressman Jim Costa today announced that the Federal Transit Administration has selected Fresno to receive a $2.45 million Bus Livability Grant aimed at improving the connection between downtown Fresno and the City’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.The grant will fund the design and construction of a prominent, attractive, and accessible downtown stop at the center of the 13 >more 
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07/16/12  This Week at City Hall - Progress on Streetlight Project
City Making Progress on Streetlight Project   As many of you know, the theft of copper wire from street lights has been one of the most persistent problems facing the City in the past several months.  To address issues related to streetlights, the City has been taking a two-pronged approach – implementing theft-deterrent measures wire theft as well as repairing broken streetlights.   City crews have essentially completed the theft deterrent portion of the project and are now transitioning their focus back into street light repair, which is a more labor-intensive process.   The City currently has an estimated 3,200 streetlights that are out of service (out of the entire inventory of 42,000 streetlights), and crews are currently able to repair streetlights at a rate of approximately 250 lights per month >more 
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07/12/12  City Reminds Residents to Conserve Water through Spring/Summer Watering Schedule
FRESNO, CA - With temperatures well into triple digits, the City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities’ Water Division is reminding residents to follow the Spring/Summer Watering Schedule.Water conservation is a key component to managing the community’s water supply. The City depends on conserved water as part of its water supply. >more 
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