This Week at City Hall - A New Fire Chief
A New Fire Chief for Fresno
Great news for the City’s public safety efforts – J. Robert Brown Jr., a public safety veteran with more than of 30 years of experience in fire and emergency management, has been named Fire Chief for the City of Fresno.  He is expected to begin work on May 14.
Chief Brown, who has served as Stafford County, Virginia’s first county fire chief since September 2005, was selected after a thorough, national search to fill the position.  According to City Manager Mark Scott, Brown comes to Fresno highly recommended and also impressed a wide range of local and state fire officials, local citizens and City government representatives who also were involved in the recruitment process.
Here is a news release announcing the appointment.
Going Over the Edge for Downtown Fresno
Looking for a unique and heart-pumping way to celebrate a special occasion and help raise funds for an ice skating rink in downtown Fresno during the winter?  Then the Downtown Fresno Partnership’s “Over the Edge” may be the perfect event for you.  (The Downtown Fresno Partnership is the former PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno.)
On Saturday, June 16, participants will be able to rappel off the Pacific Southwest Building, Fresno’s tallest building and and iconic part of downtown Fresno’s landscape. 
Funds raised from the event will go toward an ice rink in downtown Fresno during the 2012 holiday season.
To find out how to participate and for further information, please visit the Downtown Fresno Partnership’s website here.
Get Ready for the Next Local Bites Events
Fresno foodies:  Mark your calendars for the next two months of Local Bites, the “dine local” campaign developed in partnership with Taste Fresno to encourage Fresno residents to support locally owned restaurants.
On Wednesday, April 18, Local Bites will be held at Taj of India at 4368 W. Shaw starting at 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, May 16, the event will be held at Pismo’s Coastal Grill, 7397 N. Blackstone, also starting at 5:30 p.m.
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
Fresno’s Downtown Special Attention from Design Academy
This week, the American Architectural Foundation will pay special attention to Fresno’s downtown at an intensive three-day workshop in San Francisco.
The American Architectural Foundation has selected a City of Fresno project, “Mariposa Corridor – Connecting Fresno’s Past and Future,” to receive leadership training and technical assistance through the Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Design Academy.   City representatives will join national sustainable design experts at the workshop.  
The City’s federal partners in the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative played a pivotal role in helping the City receive the training.
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 at the final session of the latest Citizens Academy, an initiative created by Mayor Swearengin that allows Fresno residents to learn more about their government by hearing directly from top policymakers and decision makers at City Hall;
  • Participating in a meeting with the governing committee of Learn2Earn, the Mayor’s adult education initiative;
  • Conducting a series of internal meetings related to the Fiscal Year 2013 City budget;
  • Participating in internal meetings related to high-speed rail;
  • Meeting with the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Outreach Committee to discuss issues of mutual interest;
  • Meeting with Westlands Water District officials on water and agriculture issues;
  • Participating in a meeting of the Fresno County Transportation Authority board of directors;
  • Attending the grand opening of the CMAC (Community Media Access Coalition) Community Media Center.
Dizzy Diner Discount Returns for Grizzlies Games
The Downtown Fresno Partnership is working with downtown restaurants in the Chukchansi Park area to offer the Dizzy Diner Discount again this year. Park in the Spiral Garage for any 2012 Fresno Grizzlies home game, and you'll get a $5 coupon good that day at any of several downtown eateries. (The coupon will include a map.)
The Fresno Grizzlies open their 2012 home season on Friday, April 13.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Lewis S. Eaton Trail
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Lewis S. Eaton Trail, 7775 N. Friant, on Saturday, April 14, 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:
  • Housing and Community Development Commission, City Hall Room 2165, Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m.
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