This Week at City Hall - Community-Capacity Building
Community Capacity-building Work to Begin in El Dorado, Southwest Neighborhoods
Mayor Swearengin is pleased to announce that work will begin this week in both the El Dorado and Southwest neighborhoods toward effective community capacity building. 
Thanks to the work of the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) Cross-Sector Partnership and the Neighborhood Anchor Partners, the first site visit involving community leaders, residents and neighborhood stakeholders will take place in two of Fresno’s most neglected communities.
Technical experts from the Center for the Study of Social Policy will be meeting this week at each neighborhood to begin the process by facilitating a discussion among residents and engaged neighborhood stakeholders, with the initial goal of collecting input about their needs in the neighborhood. 
These experts will introduce participants to a template designed to create and expand on neighborhood revitalization, determine a baseline of the current levels of capacity and set targets that will help identify the type of technical needs necessary.  These discussions, both in a group setting and 1-on-1, are only the beginning of an effort to catalyze community-driven change in Fresno’s neighborhoods that have historically faced barriers to revitalization.   
Fresno was one of only four cities in the country selected to participate in the federal Building Neighborhood Capacity program, which provides intensive training and technical assistance to community organizations over a period of at least 18 months to help these neighborhoods design and begin pursuing results-driven, sustainable revitalization plans.
Winter Watering Schedule Now In Effect
The winter watering schedule for all City of Fresno water customers began Dec. 1.
The Department of Public Utilities’ Water Division requires all City customers to conduct outside watering on the following days and times:
ODD numbered addresses (addresses that end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) – Saturdays only.
EVEN numbered addresses (addresses that end in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) – Sundays only.
The winter watering schedule begins on December 1 of each year and runs through March 1 to avoid unnecessary over watering. As the weather cools and fog or rain comes, there is little or no need for watering. The City recommends irrigating no more than five minutes per station on your watering day.
In addition to following the required watering schedule, customers should also set their automatic sprinkler times off the hour, such as 10:43 p.m., 1:57 a.m. or 4:26 a.m.
City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities Wins National Recognition
The City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities received “Distinction” status in the “Utility Performer of the Year” category at the first-ever American Water Awards presented at the recent third annual American Water Summit in Chicago.
In recognizing the department, event organizers said, “Showing admirable foresight and leadership, the City of Fresno has made the bold decision to reduce its dependence on groundwater by embracing reuse and water efficiency upgrades in one of the country’s driest regions.”
Washington, D.C., took top honors in the Utility Performer of the Year category.
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:
  • Speaking to Leadership Fresno’s Class 30;
  • Chairing the quarterly meeting of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board of directors.  The Partnership is a public-private effort to address economic, environmental and social issues in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley;
  • Conducting internal meetings about the Fulton Mall;
  • Meeting with representatives of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
This Week’s Meeting
  • City Council, Council Chambers, Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.  The agenda for the meeting is available here.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Figarden Loop
The “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort will be held at Figarden Loop, 4265 W. Figarden Dr., on Saturday, Dec. 15, 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.
This will be the last “Go Green and Clean” effort of 2012. 
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