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03/07/13  City of Fresno Joins National ‘Fix a Leak Week’
FRESNO, CA – On average, more than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted per household and 1 trillion gallons nationwide due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other minor household leaks. To help curtail this waste, the City of Fresno, along with other members of the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee, joins the U.S. >more 
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03/07/13  Is Your Landscape Central Valley Friendly?
FRESNO -- Residents and businesses who strive to protect and conserve our Valley’s natural resources by opting for drought-tolerant landscapes are encouraged to apply for the 3rd annual Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Awards by the May 31 deadline.The landscape awards program is open to residential gardens and, for the first time, commercial landscapes within the Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area. This is the first year businesses have been encouraged to apply under a separate commercial category. >more 
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03/05/13  This Week at City Hall - Fiscal 2013 Mid-Year Budget
Swearengin Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Mid-Year Budget Documents  The Swearengin Administration last week provided a Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Update to Fresno City Council. As part of the update, the Administration released the following documents:  A PowerPoint presentation that outlines the status of the City’s General Fund, steps that have been taken to address fiscal challenges, and major budget challenges for 2014.  The PowerPoint is available here. >more 
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03/01/13  Mayor Swearengin Applauds Council for Setting Special Election on Residential Solid Waste Privatization
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after Fresno City Council voted to call a special election related to privatizing the City’s residential solid waste operations. The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4.“I applaud City Council members for taking action to allow the voters to weigh in on this important issue. >more 
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02/28/13  Swearengin Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Mid-Year Budget Update Information
FRESNO – The Swearengin Administration today provided a Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Update to Fresno City Council. As part of the update, the Administration released the following documents: A PowerPoint presentation that outlines the status of the City’s General Fund, steps that have been taken to address fiscal challenges and major budget challenges for 2014. Five-year budget projection assumptions that include detailed information on revenues, expenditures, and transfers. >more 
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02/28/13  Innovation Awards Draw New Products, Acclaimed Industry Judges and Public Support at the Nation’s Largest Regional Food Show
Fresno, California – February 27, 2013…The 2013 Fresno Food Expo presented by Union Bank is excited to announce the innovative new products and celebrity judges who have come forward to participate in a new awards program that looks to build community and consumer awareness about the diverse food products grown and manufactured in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The Inaugural San Joaquin Valley New Product Awards presented by Baker, Peterson & Franklin CPA, LLP, provides an opportunity for Fresno Food Expo exhibitors to enter their new food product, varietal or packaging concept for an opportunity to compete for the “Fresno Food Expo Industry Award” and the “Fresno Food Expo People’s Choice Award.” A total of 55 new products were submitted to the New Product Awards from 32 different San Joaquin Valley-based companies. >more 
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02/25/13  This Week at City Hall - Tickets On Sale For 2013 Fresno Food Expo
Public Tickets to 2013 Fresno Food Expo Now on Sale  The City of Fresno and the Fresno Food Expo team have announced that tickets for the public portion of the third annual Fresno Food Expo are now on sale. Tickets priced at $40 are available at www.FresnoFoodExpo.com >more 
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02/13/13  Mayor Swearengin: City of Fresno to Implement ‘Deeper Layoff Plan’ Over Next Two Weeks
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said she has directed City Manager Mark Scott to implement a “deeper layoff plan” over the next two weeks to address financial challenges faced by the City because of a delay in implementing a residential solid waste franchise.Mayor Swearengin made her remarks in response to a determination by the Fresno County Clerk and City Clerk that City unions were successful in collecting enough signatures to force the privatization of the City’s residential solid waste service back to City Council to determine whether the issue will be taken to the ballot.“Because of the delay in implementing the residential solid waste as budgeted, I have directed the City Manager to implement another layoff plan,” Mayor Swearengin said. “For the last three weeks, he has been working with his staff and the department heads to finalize that plan >more 
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02/05/13  Mayor Swearengin Lauds Downtown Property Owners;Supports ‘I Believe in Downtown Fresno’ Initiative
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today lauded the Downtown Fresno Partnership and its member property owners for their efforts in helping to revitalize downtown.“The exciting progress we’re seeing in downtown is because property owners said that, even in a down economy, we believe in ourselves, we believe in our city, and we’re going to put our money on the table to prove it,” Mayor Swearengin said at the State of Downtown Breakfast.”Mayor Swearengin said those efforts produced positive results during 2012, including: 162,950 people attended Downtown Fresno Partnership events during the year; Two-thirds of downtown businesses saw an increase in foot traffic because of the ice rink and one-third of downtown businesses saw an increase in sales. >more 
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02/01/13  City of Fresno Announces First Enterprise Zone Expansion
Fresno - The City of Fresno has expanded its State of California Enterprise Zone (EZ) designation. Effective January 10, 2013, the City of Fresno EZ now includes all of the indicated areas on the attached map.Businesses in the EZ can receive up to $37,440 in state tax credits for each eligible employee hired. >more 
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