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.”
“This announcement provides more momentum for us to help turn around some of Fresno’s older neighborhoods,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “This is recognition that Fresno is a city that is serious about making a comeback.  The cooperation and leadership that we’re seeing in our neighborhoods definitely has us on the right track.”
Click here for the full announcement.
California High-Speed Rail Authority will highlight Central Valley Construction at Upcoming Forum
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting an Industry Forum on August 14, 2012 at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus. The event will provide firms interested in pursuing High-Speed Rail contracts with an overview of the Request for Qualifications, scheduled for release in September.
The general session will be followed by a teaming event, where potential prime contractors will be encouraged to set up an exhibition area in order to provide information to and gather information from small businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises, and disabled veteran business enterprises who attend the event. As a reminder, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has established an overall small business goal of 30%.
Businesses attending are encouraged to bring handouts highlighting their service interest, certifications and expertise.  For updated event details, visit
Foreclosure Assistance & Recovery Workshop Coming to Fresno
A Foreclosure Assistance & Recovery Workshop will be held at the Fresno Convention Center, 700 M Street, on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The free event is expected to be an excellent source of information for homeowners who are facing foreclosure or dealing with post-foreclosure recovery.  Topics will include tax consequences, bankruptcy, foreclosure procedures and alternatives, credit recovery, and mortgage loan options.
The workshop is presented by the City of Fresno, Councilmember Oliver Baines, the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative and Congressman Jim Costa.
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 the deputy director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, who is visiting Fresno to meet with business and government leaders;
  • Participating in a meeting with the governing board of Learn2Earn, an adult education initiative;
  • Meeting with Comcast officials for a  update on the “Gotta Love Fresno!” project;
  • Participating in internal meetings on high-speed rail;
  • Meeting with Community Advisory Panel, a group of residents who provide direct and sustained communications between the community and the Mayor.
This Week’s Events
  • Housing and Community Development Commission, City Hall Room 2165, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5 p.m.
  • General Plan:  Joint General Plan Advisory Committee, Fresno Council of Governments, 2035 Tulare St., Suite 201, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6 p.m.
  • General Plan: Community Workshop, Council Chambers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m.
  • Back to School Night at Movies in the Park: Cars 2, Eaton Plaza, Fri. Aug. 10, dusk.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Lafayette Park
The “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort will be held at Lafayette Park, 1516 E. Princeton, on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal 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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