This Week at City Hall - State of Downtown Will Be Streamed Live
Mayor Swearengin’s State of Downtown address to be streamed live
Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s address at the annual State of Downtown Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 31, will be streamed live on the City’s website at
The event will be held at the Fresno Ballroom (formerly the Bankers Ballroom) in the heart of the Fulton Mall.  The program is scheduled to begin at 7:40 a.m.; Mayor Swearengin will speak at approximately 8:20 a.m.
The PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno, a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Central Business District in Downtown Fresno, also will hold its annual meeting at the breakfast.
About 600 people are expected to attend.
Last call to sign up for Mayor’s Fresno Citizens Academy
Only a few spots remain for the next 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 various 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
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 Clovis  Unified School District officials to discuss the City of Fresno’s General Plan;
  • Speaking to the Fresno Commercial Real Estate Women on downtown revitalization and zoning;
  • Meeting with the Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Panel, which provides direct and sustained communications between citizens and the Mayor’s Office;
  • Attending the installation ceremony of Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno;
  • Meeting with stakeholders to discuss water issues.
Fresno One of Top Solar Cities in California
Fresno ranks fourth in the state in the total amount of electricity generated by rooftop solar systems, according to a report released last week by Environmental California. 
In addition, Fresno ranks fifth in the state in the number of solar rooftop installations on residential, commercial and government buildings, with more than 2,100 projects installed, the report found.  The number of solar roof installations in the City has doubled in the past two years alone.
A copy of the report is available here.
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 Cary Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Cary Park, 4750 N. Fresno, on Saturday, Feb. 4.  
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 city-related meetings this week:
  • Planning Commission, Council chambers, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.
  • Fresno City Council, Council chambers, Thursday, Feb. 2, 8:30 a.m.
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