2012 Press Releases



05/30/12  Mayor Swearengin Honors Shur Vangyi, Cargill With Special Recognition at State of the City
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today honored retired City of Fresno employee Shur Vangyi and Cargill with special recognition for their contributions to the community during the annual State of the City event. Vangyi received the Key to the City Award in recognition of his lifetime of courage, commitment to public service and dedication to helping others. Cargill received the first CHAMPION (Companies Helping Advance Meaningful Progress in Our Neighborhoods) Award, which was started by Mayor Swearengin to honor companies that go above and beyond in working to improve neighborhoods. >more 
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05/30/12  New Fresno Police Department Team to Focus On Reducing Commercial, Residential Burglary Rate
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said the Fresno Police Department has implemented a Career Burglar Apprehension Team (CBAT) to focus on reducing the commercial and residential burglary rate in Fresno. The effort is similar to the Career Criminal Auto Theft Team (CCATT) started by the Police Department last year. Through the efforts of CCAT, which focused on the top 10 percent of auto thieves in the City, auto theft rates are down 32 percent this year. “Through CCATT, the Fresno Police Department has shown that it can make a big difference in reducing property crime despite the jail overcrowding and early releasing of inmates,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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05/30/12  City of Fresno Launches New Website to Promote Fresno Food Processing Industry
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the launch of www.fresnofood.org, a new website dedicated to food processing companies and companies serving the food processing industry that are looking to expand or locate in Fresno. >more 
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05/29/12  This Week at City Hall - Budget Proposal, State of the City
A Busy Week Ahead with Budget Proposal, State of City event   Two major events – Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s presentation of her Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal and the annual State of the City event – highlight the week ahead.   On Tuesday, Mayor Swearengin proposed a budget that calls for maintaining current service levels but reducing employee expenses to address a $16 million shortfall.   “This proposal represents a crossroads for our City,” Mayor Swearengin said. >more 
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05/29/12  Mayor Swearengin Presents ‘Crossroads’ FY 2013 BudgetProposal Calling for Maintaining Current Services, Reducing Personnel Expenses
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today presented a proposed fiscal year 2012-13 budget that calls for maintaining current service levels but reducing employee expenses to address a $16 million budget shortfall. “This proposal represents a crossroads for our City,” Mayor Swearengin said. “If agreements are reached with employee groups, it marks the end of service reductions and painful downsizing that have characterized the last four years. >more 
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05/24/12  Memorial Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices, Services
FRESNO – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 28. The delivery of some City services on Memorial Day may be affected by the holiday as well. Please see the list below for details. >more 
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05/21/12  FAX To Open New Handy Ride Operations Center
Fresno, CA – On Tuesday, May 22, the City of Fresno Department of Transportation, Fresno Area Express (FAX) will celebrate the opening of its new Handy Ride Operations Center. Please join Council President Clint Olivier, Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd, and Director of Transportation Ken Hamm for a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4488 N >more 
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05/17/12  This Week at City Hall - Eye-Q California Classic Weekend
Eye-Q California Classic Weekend Will Impact City Streets   Large crowds are expected in the City for the Eye-Q California Classic Weekend activities on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in the closing of a number of city streets.   The California Classic will include bicycles rides of varying distances on Saturday and a half-marathon on Sunday.   Tulare Avenue between H Street and Van Ness will be closed to vehicular traffic both days beginning at 6:30 a.m >more 
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04/25/12  This Week at City Hall - Help Fresno Win $1 Million
Vote for Fresno To Win $1 Million To Fight Hunger   Fresno needs your help in our efforts to obtain $1 million for our continuing fight against hunger in our community through Walmart’s Fighting Hunger campaign.    “I encourage all Fresno residents to step up and support the efforts to obtain funding to provide food to those who are most in need,” Mayor Ashley Swearengin said   “Last year, Fresnans showed their generous and giving spirit in Walmart’s Fighting Hunger campaign to earn $100,000.  This year, I believe we have what it takes to carry on our fight against hunger and push us into the top spot. >more 
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04/23/12  Mayor Swearengin Announces Another Major Investment Along Downtown Fresno’s Fulton Mall
FRESNO – Mayor Swearengin today announced that Sevak Khatchadourian, who purchased the Pacific Southwest Building last year, has “doubled down” on his investment in downtown Fresno by buying the historic Helm Building. “I commend Sevak Khatchadourian for his continuing commitment to the Fulton Mall and downtown Fresno,” Mayor Swearengin said. “At a time when lending and building in California have slowed considerably, we’re finding that downtown Fresno is a more and more attractive place for investment. >more 
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