This Week at City Hall - Eye-Q California Classic Weekend
Eye-Q California Classic Weekend Will Impact City Streets
Large crowds are expected in the City for the Eye-Q California Classic Weekend activities on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in the closing of a number of city streets.
The California Classic will include bicycles rides of varying distances on Saturday and a half-marathon on Sunday.   Tulare Avenue between H Street and Van Ness will be closed to vehicular traffic both days beginning at 6:30 a.m., as will Inyo between H and Van Ness.
Here are the other road closures:
The Century Ride, Metric Century and Mini Metric all will start along Inyo at H Street at 7 a.m.  The Fresno Police Department will use a rolling closure to escort cyclists through the downtown area to Highway 168 at McKinley Avenue, causing only momentary disruption to motorists.
At 8:30 a.m., police will close Inyo to L Street for the kids race, which will take place solely on Inyo and in Chukchansi Park.  Van Ness will open to through traffic as soon as that race ends. 
At 2 p.m., westbound Tulare to and including Tuolumne and P and O streets will  be  closed for the Criterium.  The closure will last until approximately 11 p.m.
Numerous closures in the downtown and Tower Districts will be in effect.  The roads will be closed at 6:30 a.m. and reopen at approximately noon.   The route is very complicated, and police will attempt to assist motorists where possible, but access to the downtown area during that time frame will be very limited and may require traveling on foot. 
FAX customers should refer to FAX for pick-up locations, but basically the hubs will be Fresno and E and Fresno and R.  Police will systematically open roads as the racers finish. 
More information on the event is available 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:
  • Preparing for the upcoming State of the City address, which will be held at the New Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 30.  More information on the event is available by calling 495-4801 or e-mailing;
  • Meeting with City residents as part of the Mayor’s Open Door Day program, which provides citizens with the opportunity to meet directly with Mayor Swearengin to share ideas or concerns. Topics of this week’s Open Door Day meetings include a tobacco prevention efforts and downtown farmers market;
  • Participating in a meeting of the Downtown Fresno Partnership board of directors;
  • Speaking to participants in the Leadership Fresno program;
  • Meeting with the Chinatown Downtown Business Association;
  • Attending the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala.
City’s Department of Public Works Earns Accreditation
 The City’s Department of Public Works on Friday received notification that it has become accredited by the American Public Works Association for demonstrating best management practices in an array of disciplines, including product quality, customer service, public safety, fiscal responsibility and professional competency.
Altogether, the department was evaluated for compliance in 330 distinct practices and was found in full or substantial compliance with each standard and practice. 
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Airways Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Airways Park, 5440 N. Shields, on Saturday, May 19, 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:
  • Planning Commission, Council Chambers, Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m.
  • City Council meeting, Council Chambers, Thursday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.
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