2014



12/18/14  City Council Approves 2035 General Plan Update
FRESNO, CA – This evening, Fresno City Council approved the Administration’s proposed 2035 General Plan Update by a 5-2 vote, with Councilmembers Baines, Brand, Caprioglio, Quintero and Xiong voting in favor and Councilmembers Brandau and Olivier voting against. “This is a very historic moment,” said Mayor Ashley Swearengin. “Think about it. >more 
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12/18/14  Graduation Set for Youth Job Preparation Program at Edison
FRESNO- Edison High School, in partnership with the City of Fresno PARCS Department is preparing to graduate a 3rd cohort of students for the school year. The graduation will be held in room W117 on the Edison High School campus on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 3:00p.m. >more 
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12/11/14  General Plan Public Forum Tonight at Exhibit Hall
FRESNO, CA – Fresno’s City Council will hold the final public forum for comment on the 2035 General Plan Update tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the new Exhibit Hall in the downtown Convention Center. >more 
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12/04/14  Fresno Among Nation’s Top 10 ‘Strong’ Housing Markets
FRESNO, CA - Fresno made the list of top 10 housing markets to watch in 2015 by real-estate website Trulia.com, putting the city alongside technology hubs and coastal cities like Seattle, San Diego, Boston, and Dallas. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, conspicuously missing from the list of places with “strong fundamentals for housing activity” were hot housing markets San Francisco and Denver. >more 
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11/26/14  Winter Season Is an Ideal Time for Not Watering
FRESNO, CA) - The City of Fresno, Department of Public Utilities, Water Division reminds residents that City Council recently approved a change to the Stage 2 watering schedule that now allows for one (1) day of outdoor irrigation per week. The City also requests residents and businesses to consider not watering their landscapes during winter months. As the weather cools and fog or rain comes, there is little need for watering. >more 
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11/25/14  Thanksgiving Schedule for City of Fresno Offices, Services
Fresno, CA – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. >more 
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11/21/14  Turkey Dinner Giveaway
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno Councilmember Oliver Baines welcomes a group of disadvantaged families in his district that are attending a Turkey Dinner Giveaway on November 25, 2014 from 3:00 - 5:30p.m. at the Ted C. >more 
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11/21/14  City Council Unanimously Approves Request to Initiate Prop 218 Process for New Water Plan
FRESNO, CA – This evening, City Council approved the Administration’s request to initiate the Proposition 218 process that begins a public review period before Council can vote on new water rates to pay for the City’s amended water infrastructure project. The vote was 7-0. Based on public comments received during four community water forums and a separate water rate summit, the Administration proposed a new, five-year capital plan totaling approximately $429 million that includes: $6. >more 
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11/10/14  “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge”
Mayor Ashley Swearengin is pleased to announce that the City of Fresno has accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge.” The City of Fresno’s effort will be led by District Three Councilmember Oliver Baines. Councilmember Baines has been active member on the Fresno Unified School Districts Graduation Task Force which is addressing several of the key focus areas of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and has participated in meetings and forums with the local Boys and Men of Color initiative supported by the California Endowment. >more 
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10/30/14  Mayor Swearengin Announces Improved Outlook From Fitch Ratings Another Major Bond Rating Agency Revises City’s Outlook, Affirms Fresno’s Fiscal Recovery
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that Fitch Ratings, one of the three major bond rating agencies, has revised the City of Fresno’s rating outlook to Stable from Negative. It has also affirmed the City’s outstanding BBB+/BBB/BBB- ratings. Fitch’s revision follows the announcement last month that Moody’s Investors Service had revised its outlook on the City of Fresno’s long-term ratings from Stable to Positive. “This is just more proof that the tough choices we've made to pay off our debt, begin to build our reserves and stabilize our labor contracts were not only the right things to do, but also a smart strategy for improving the City's credit outlook” said Mayor Swearengin >more 
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