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08/16/13  Shepherd Avenue Between Perrin and Millbrook To Reopen To Traffic This Afternoon
Fresno, CA – City of Fresno officials today announced that Shepherd Avenue between Perrin and Millbook avenues will reopen to traffic today at approximately 3 p.m. The section of Shepherd has been closed since early June as part of the Sugar Pine Trail Underpass Project. >more 
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08/15/13  Mayor Swearengin Praises New Owner of JC Penney Building for Investment in Downtown Fresno
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised Shay Maghame for making a significant investment in downtown Fresno by buying the former JC Penney building on the Fulton Mall.“I want to thank Shay Maghame for showing confidence in downtown Fresno through this investment,” Mayor Swearengin said. “We stand ready to make this a good business experience for you and all of the other downtown investors. >more 
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08/06/13  City Manager Rudd Issues Statement on Resignation of Fire Chief Rob Brown
FRESNO – City Manager Bruce Rudd today issued the following statement about the resignation of Fire Chief Rob Brown:“I have accepted Rob Brown’s resignation as City of Fresno’s Fire Chief. I want to thank him for his service to the City and the contributions that he made to the Fire Department. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. >more 
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07/30/13  City of Fresno To Clear Encampments as Part of Collaborative Effort 
FRESNO – City of Fresno officials today announced plans to clear a number of illegal structures as part of a collaborative, community-wide effort focused on strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The City’s enforcement efforts will better allow existing service providers to care for Fresno’s most vulnerable individuals.The City today posted notices that clearing of the encampment at Santa Clara and F, E and G streets near the Poverello House will begin on Monday, Aug. 26 >more 
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07/26/13  City of Fresno To Double Streetlight Repair Staffing;  Most Repairs Expected to be Completed Within Six Months
 Fresno, CA – City of Fresno officials today said staffing for streetlight repairs will be doubled beginning Monday, July 29, and estimated that most of the City’s streetlights should be repaired by the end of the year.City Manager Bruce Rudd said that part of Mayor Swearengin’s FY14 Budget included funding for 10 temporary electricians, who have already been hired to make the necessary streetlight repairs. Crews will be sent to areas in teams to address all lighting repairs at once, and two electricians will be assigned as a strike team to handle other urgent assignments. >more 
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07/22/13  Cooling Centers in Fresno Closed Until Further Notice
FRESNO – The City of Fresno will close its cooling centers beginning today because temperatures are not forecast to reach at least 105 degrees. The centers will reopen when the forecast calls for temperatures of 105 degrees or higher.The City’s cooling centers are located at: Ted C. >more 
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07/18/13  Cooling Centers in Fresno Open Beginning Friday
FRESNO – The City of Fresno will open its cooling centers on Friday, July 19, because of temperatures forecast to reach at least 105 degrees. The centers will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. until further notice >more 
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07/17/13  City of Fresno Receives Prestigious Federal Arts Grant for Fulton Mall’s Mariposa Plaza
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the City of Fresno has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) “Our Town” program to work with local arts organizations and downtown stakeholders to invigorate Mariposa Plaza as the central destination and gathering place in downtown Fresno.The “Mariposa Plaza Activation Project” will provide arts and landscape design improvements to the public plaza and “Free Speech” stage area at the intersection of Mariposa and Fulton. The improvements will make cultural gatherings and performances more enjoyable to attend and easier and less expensive to produce. >more 
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07/16/13  Office of Independent Review Quarterly Report Now Available on City’s Website
Fresno, CA – The City of Fresno Office of Independent Review’s report for the second quarter of 2013 is now available on the City’s website.The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from April 1 through June 30, 2013. The report, as well as other information on the Office of Independent Review, is available on the Office’s section of the City’s website at www.fresno >more 
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07/10/13  Call for Nominations - Disability Advisory Commission Fifth Annual Achievement Award
FRESNO --The City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) is accepting nominations for its 5th annual Achievement Awards. The DAC will recognize individuals and organizations in Fresno for excellence in representing, collaborating with or serving individuals with disabilities. Recipients will be honored in October 2013, coinciding with Disability Awareness Month.Award recipients will be selected from the following three award categories: Individual Organization City of Fresno Employee or Department Award recipients will be recognized for achievement in one or more of the following areas: Improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities; Advocacy for issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities; Volunteerism that has a positive impact on individuals with disabilities; Development of new programs or services impacting individuals with disabilities; Customer service to individuals with disabilities that is above and beyond the standard; Innovation or Entrepreneurship by an individual with a disability or that has a positive impact on individuals with disabilities >more 
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