This Week at City Hall - Help Fresno Win $1 Million
Vote for Fresno To Win $1 Million To Fight Hunger
Fresno needs your help in our efforts to obtain $1 million for our continuing fight against hunger in our community through Walmart’s Fighting Hunger campaign.
 “I encourage all Fresno residents to step up and support the efforts to obtain funding to provide food to those who are most in need,” Mayor Ashley Swearengin said   “Last year, Fresnans showed their generous and giving spirit in Walmart’s Fighting Hunger campaign to earn $100,000.  This year, I believe we have what it takes to carry on our fight against hunger and push us into the top spot.”
Two hundred cities with high unemployment rates have been selected for the contest.  Voting will end on Monday, April 30.
At the end of the campaign, Walmart will give $1 million to hunger-fighting organizations in the community that receives the most votes, and $50,000 to organizations in each of the 20 communities with the next highest numbers of votes.
Voting is easy and can be done once a day; simply visit Walmart’s Facebook page to cast your vote for FRESNO.
Another Investment in Downtown Building
Mayor Swearengin on Monday announced that Sevak Khatchadourian, who purchased the Pacific Southwest Building last year, has “doubled down” on his investment in downtown Fresno by buying the historic Helm Building.
“At a time when lending and building in California have slowed considerably, we’re finding that downtown Fresno is a more and more attractive place for investment,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “I could not be happier that one of the greatest historic buildings in our downtown is seeing the benefit.  As the City continues to put the right planning and infrastructure in place, we look forward to seeing this trend accelerate.”
The 10-story Helm Building was constructed in 1914 and was the first high-rise Classic Revival office building in Fresno’s downtown.
Sevak Khatchadourian and his brotherand partner, Serko, in October 2011 purchased another of Fresno’s iconic buildings, the landmark Pacific Southwest Building (formerly the Security Bank Building).  The 315-foot-tall building is believed to be the most expensive building built anywhere in California in the 1920s.
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 the Lowell Neighborhood Association and Union de Familias to discuss issues of interest to the Lowell community, including an  Education and Job Training Fair later this week at Lowell Elementary School as part of the Learn2Earn adult education initiative;
  • Speaking at the following events:
  • The kickoff for the next class of the SBA e200 initiative, which is designed to help increase growth opportunities for Fresno small businesses.  After a competitive selection process, 17 local small business owners will participate in an executive-level MBA-style development and training course;
  • The  United Way Community Partner Appreciation Breakfast;
  • The Children’s Movement’s “State of the Children” event;
  • Meeting with officials from the Westlands Water District to discuss water issues;
  • Participating in internal meetings on high-speed rail;
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Woodward Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Woodward Park, 7775 N. Friant, on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to noon.
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:
  • Housing and Community Development Commission, City Hall Room 2165, Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m.
  • General Plan: Community Workshop, Preferred Plan Report, Sunnyside High School cafeteria, 1019 N. Peach Ave., Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, Council Chambers, Thursday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.
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NOTE:  This Week at City Hall will return on Monday, May 7.