This Week at City Hall - Participants Sought for Fresno Citizens Academy
Participants sought for Fresno Citizens Academy
Participants are now being sought for the upcoming session of the Mayor’s Fresno Citizens Academy, an initiative that allows Fresno residents to learn more about their government by hearing directly from top policymakers and decision makers at City Hall.   
The next session of the free, eight-week program begins at City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and ends on Tuesday, April 10.  Sessions will be held each Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. 
Over the course of the program, participants will hear about a wide range of topics, such as how the annual budget is developed, how public safety resources are deployed, and what the City does to promote and support the local economy. 
Mayor Ashley Swearengin, City Manager Mark Scott and all department heads provide presentations at the Academy.  The sessions also include a presentation by the Fresno Historical Society on the history of the city as well as information about boards, commissions and civic engagement.
To apply for the program, please visit the City’s website at
Tickets still available for State of Downtown Breakfast
Tickets are still available for the 2012 State of the Downtown Breakfast sponsored by the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno. 
Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be the featured speaker at the event, which will be held at the Fresno Ballroom (formerly the Bankers Ballroom) on Tuesday, Jan. 31, starting at 7 a.m.  About 600 people are expected to attend.
Tickets for the breakfast are available here.
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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jared Blumenthal to discuss issues of mutual interest;
  • Meeting with representatives from the Bridge Academy, a job readiness program of Reading and Beyond that is designed to help eligible unemployed and under-employed adults become employed or job-ready;
  • Joining teachers, parents and others in Fresno to talk about key issues facing our schools in a town hall sponsored by StudentsFirst and the California Mayors Roundtable;
  • Joining representatives from Environmental California Research & Policy Center in releasing a report ranking Fresno as one of the state’s top solar cities;
  • Attending the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation dinner;
  • Preparing for the State of Downtown Breakfast.
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
Rebroadcast of Ask the Mayor Live
Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s “Ask the Mayor Live” town hall event will be rebroadcast by CBS47 on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 10 p.m.
During the town hall, Mayor Swearengin answered questions from members of a live studio audience and social media as well as pre-taped questions submitted by viewers.
 ‘Go Green and Clean’ at Regional Sports Complex
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Regional Sports Complex, 1707 W. Jensen, on Saturday, Jan. 28.  
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 some other city-related meetings this week:
  • District 5 Plan Advisory Committee, City Hall Room 3054, Monday, Jan. 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Historic Preservation Commission, City Hall Room 2165N, Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • District 2 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3078, Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • District 4 Implementation Committee, City Hall Room 3054S, Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • General Plan: Conceptual Plan Alternative, Hoover High School, 5550 N. First St., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m.
  • Fresno City Council, council chambers, Thursday, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m.
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