This Week at City Hall - Second Annual Food Expo Tickets On Sale
Fresno Food Expo General Public Tickets Now on Sale
The public will be able to taste products from more than 100 of the San Joaquin Valley’s finest food and beverage exhibitors at the bigger, better Fresno Food Expo in March.
Tickets for the public portion of the second annual Fresno Food Expo are now on sale at www.fresnofoodexpo.comand at the Fresno Convention & Visitors Bureau box office at 700 M Street. The Food Expo will be held at the Fresno Convention & Visitors Bureau New Exhibit Hall on Thursday, March 8.
For only $40, the public can see, taste and discover food and beverages from the exhibitors.  A limited supply of $10 off discounted tickets is available at the Lime Lite Restaurant at 1054 W. Shaw Ave.  Additionally, a special $5 off discount is available to those who “Like” the Fresno Food Expo page on Facebook.  A special Facebook discount will be available through Jan. 11 for online purchases only.
A total of 1,000 public tickets will be sold.  The public portion of the Food Expo will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
The number of exhibitors at this year’s Food Expo is expected to be 105, up from 66 last year.  To view a list of Valley producers and growers that have signed up so far, click here.   The deadline for exhibitor applications to be submitted is Feb. 9; applications are available online at
Helping our returning veterans
We all owe our veterans a tremendous debt of gratitude for the sacrifices that they and their families make to protect our freedom.  To help our returning veterans make the transition back to our area, the City of Fresno this week is starting a pilot project to connect them with job opportunities and provide a comprehensive list of available resources.
On Tuesday, the City will hold an event to help connect returning veterans with organizations that may have job, business or education opportunities available for veterans.   About 15 organizations already have confirmed that they will participate in the event.
Additionally, the City is compiling a comprehensive list of resource materials for all veterans seeking employment that will be placed on the City’s website soon.
For more information, contact Sean Edwards at (559) 621-8000.
‘Local Bites’ event this week at Santa Fe Basque
The first Local Bites of the new year will be held at Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
The Local Bites initiative is a “dine local” campaign developed in partnership with the foodies over at Taste Fresno to encourage Fresno residents to support locally owned restaurants.

Please feel free to join Mayor Swearengin at the dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy. If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to
StudentsFirst Education Town Hall Meeting Coming to Fresno
On Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mayor Swearengin will be participating in a town-hall style meeting hosted by StudentsFirst and the California Mayors Education Roundtable.  The Mayor will join Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, as they bring together community members and leaders to engage in an honest dialogue about the state of public education in California today.
Registration for the event is available by clicking here. The event is open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.  After registration, StudentsFirst will confirm attendance and provide additional details, including the specific location of the event.
Led by Rhee, the former Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, StudentsFirst formed in 2010 in response to an increasing demand for a better education system in America.
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:
  • Joining a select group of leaders from around the country in the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program in Aspen, Colo., to discuss the values of Western democracy and helping to forge new bipartisan relationships;
  • Discussing the City’s General Plan efforts with representatives from the Central Unified and Sanger Unified school districts;
  • Conducting a number of meetings related to high-speed rail and other transportation issues;
  • Discussing Learn2Earn, the adult education initiative, with the Learn2Earn Governing Committee;
  • Participating in a meeting of the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno board of directors and also discussing a branding strategy campaign with PBID officials;
  • Participating in an event at the Mary Ella Brown Community Center with members of the Harlem Globetrotters to donate 100 tickets for youths to attend the Globetrotters’ event at the Save Mart Center on Friday, Jan. 13;
2012 Fresno Martin Luther King Celebration Begins This week
The garlanding/opening ceremony for the 2012 Fresno Martin Luther King celebration will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. bust in Fresno County Courthouse Park on Friday starting at noon.  Events will be held through Monday, Jan. 16.
Please visit the new website,, for details on additional events, local Martin Luther King Jr. videos and 2012 Martin Luther King Service Award winners.
Go Green and Clean’ at Holman Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Holman Park, 6522 N. West, on Saturday, Jan. 14.
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 Week’s Meetings
Here are other city-related meetings this week:
  • General Plan:  Preliminary Conceptual Alternative, City Council chambers, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m.
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