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  A special $10 off discount is available if you purchase at Peak Broadcasting, 1071 W. Shaw, and a $5 off discount is available to people who “Like” the Fresno Food Expo page on Facebook.  A limited number of discounted tickets will be available.  Tickets also can be purchased at any Ticketmaster Box Office.
The Fresno Food Expo will be held at the Fresno Convention on Thursday, March 14. The public portion will take place from 5-8 p.m.
At the Food Expo, the public can taste and discover 110 of the finest food and beverage producers from the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region.  The unique regional food show provides the Valley’s finest food growers, producers, brewers and winemakers an opportunity to exhibit their products to local, national, and international retail buyers, foodservice and chefs during the day – and to food enthusiasts in the evening.
More than 75 percent of the exhibitor spaces have been reserved, including 21 new companies that have not previously been showcased at the past two Expos.
More information on the Fresno Food Expo is available at
Budget Update Scheduled for Thursday
The Swearengin Administration will present a mid-year budget update at the Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The presentation is scheduled to take place at Council Chambers at 3 p.m.
Water Conservation Ahead of Schedule
Public Works/Public Utilities Director Patrick Wiemiller recently told City Council that the City’s water conservation efforts are ahead of schedule after completion of the water meter installation project.  Wiemiller said water usage in the City decreased 17.2 percent from December 2011 through November 2012.
Wiemiller also said the City’s rebate programs continue to be a success, with nearly 2,000 rebates claimed for low-flow toilets from 2006 to 2012 and almost 7,600 rebates for clothes washers from 2008 through 2012.  Last year, more than 1,800 customers requested and received free leak surveys and landscape consultations.
More information on the City Water Division’s efforts is available here.
City of Fresno Announces Enterprise Zone Expansion
The City of Fresno has expanded its State of California Enterprise Zone (EZ) designation.  Effective Jan. 10, 2013, the City of Fresno EZ now includes all of the indicated areas on the map at
Businesses in the EZ can receive up to $37,440 in state tax credits for each eligible employee hired.  They also can receive tax credits for certain equipment and machinery purposes.
To find out if your business is eligible, visit and click on the “Incentive Zone Address Locator,” or contact Incentive Zone Manager Kelly Trevino at (559) 621-8426 or
The City will conduct two free workshops to explain how businesses can take advantage of the benefits of the EZ program:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 904 N. Laverne Ave., 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 27 – Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, 2331 Fresno St., 3:30 p.m.
Reservations are required as space is limited.  Please call (559) 621-8426 or email to register.
City Seeking Members of Poet Laureate Selection Committee
The City of Fresno is seeking seven members to serve on a committee to select Fresno’s first Poet Laureate.  City Council late last year approved a resolution advanced by Mayor Swearengin establishing the honorary position of Fresno Poet Laureate.
Members of the selection committee are expected to have expertise in literary arts, education or media and be a current resident of Fresno or work in the City.  Committee members will be appointed by Mayor Swearengin and confirmed by City Council.
The City of Fresno is seeking members to serve on the Poet Laureate Selection Committee.  Committee members may be comprised of representatives of any of the following:
  • Boards and directors of literary organizations;
  • Fresno City College – College of Arts and Humanities;
  • Fresno County Library – Head Librarian or designee;
  • Fresno Poets Society;
  • Fresno State – School of Humanities;
  • Literary critics and experts;
  • Media representatives;
  • Professional poets;
  • Unified school districts.
Anyone interested in serving on the selection committee should visit the Boards and Commissions portion of the City’s website for additional details.
Mayor Swearengin’s Schedule
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Meeting with officials from the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce on issues of mutual interest;
  • Meeting with stakeholders to discuss the extension of Measure Z.
This Week’s Meeting
  • Historic Preservation Commission, City Hall Room 2165N, Monday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m.
  • Fresno City Council meeting, Council Chambers, Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m.  The agenda for the meeting is here.
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