This Week at City Hall - Tickets Available for State of Downtown Breakfast
Tickets still available for State of Downtown Breakfast
2012 promises to be an exciting year for downtown Fresno as all of the planning and preparation that has been done over the past couple of years will ultimately lead to action.
If you want to hear the latest news about downtown and what lies ahead, you can’t miss the 2012 State of the Downtown Breakfast featuring Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  The event will be held in the Fresno Ballroom (formerly the Bankers Ballroom) in the heart of the Fulton Mall starting at 7 a.m.
In addition to Mayor Swearengin’s address, the event also will feature an update on the activities of the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno, a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the revitalization of the historic Central Business District in Downtown Fresno. The event doubles as the PBID organization’s annual meeting.
Tickets for the breakfast are available here.
Mayor Swearengin to Discuss City Issues in Meetings with Federal Officials
Mayor Swearengin will be meeting with federal officials on a number of important issues for the City of Fresno in conjunction with her participation in the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C., this week.
Mayor Swearengin will join other Big 10 California mayors in a meeting about high-speed rail with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and also will meet with Federal Rail Administrator Joseph Szabo on high-speed rail alignment issues.
Mayor Swearengin also will discuss downtown development with the Federal Highway Administration representatives and the Learn2Earn adult education initiative with Department of Education officials.
A member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors executive committee, Mayor Swearengin also will visit the White House with other mayors.  She also will chair a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Metro Exports and Ports Task Force.
Next‘Local Bites’ Set for Lime Lite in February
Local foodies should start planning for the next Local Bites event at The Lime Lite, 1054 W. Shaw, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, starting at 5:30 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!
The Local Bites event in March will be held in conjunction with the Fresno Food Expo.
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
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Quigley Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Quigley Park, 808 W. Dakota, on Saturday, Jan. 21.
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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