News Releases



07/25/16  Cooling Centers Will Open Today
FRESNO –The National Weather Service in Hanford has forecasted that the high temperature in Fresno will be at or above 105 degrees today Monday, July 25, which means the City of Fresno will open its cooling centers. The centers will be open from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.Cooling centers will be open at the following locations: Ted C >more 
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07/25/16  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 2016 is now available on the City’s website.The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.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 http://www.fresno >more 
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07/22/16  Chief of Water Operations Placed on Administrative Leave
Fresno, CA – In light of evidence regarding discrepancies in reporting water issues, the chief of water operations for the City of Fresno has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a full investigation. The City’s investigation will also review protocols and include interviews with present and past employees in the interest of determining where the system of notification broke down, both internally and externally. Thomas Esqueda, Director of Public Utilities, will be available for comment on the decision today. # # # >more 
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06/30/16  Independence Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices, Services
Fresno, CA – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, July 5. Please see the list below for details.Airports: Administrative offices closed >more 
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06/29/16  City of Fresno Announces New Chief Information Officer
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Bryon Horn has been named the City of Fresno’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO) over the Information Services Department (ISD) which plans, develops, implements, and supports the numerous IT systems and networks throughout the City. Horn is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in Design, Management, Planning, Analysis and Strategic Direction in IT and Telecommunication systems, including 13 years with the City of Fresno where he most recently served as Assistant CIO. “Bryon is a homegrown talent with considerable experience in managing complex projects and high-profile tech operations,” said City Manager Bruce Rudd. “He’s been an asset to our administration throughout his tenure with the City and his knowledge, attitude and dedication to detail make him an outstanding addition to our leadership team >more 
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06/28/16  Cooling Centers Will Open Again Tomorrow
FRESNO – The National Weather Service in Hanford has forecasted that the high temperature in Fresno will be at or above 105 degrees for Wednesday, June 29, which means the City of Fresno will open its cooling centers again tomorrow. The centers will be open from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.Cooling centers will be open at the following locations: Ted C >more 
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06/27/16  Cooling Centers in Fresno Will be Open Today
FRESNO – The City of Fresno will open its cooling centers today, June 27, 2016. The National Weather Service in Hanford has forecasted that the high temperature in Fresno will be at or above 105 degrees. The centers will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m >more 
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06/23/16  Mayor Swearengin Announces Upgrade From Fitch Ratings
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that Fitch Ratings, one of the three major bond rating agencies, has upgraded the City of Fresno’s issuer default rating, as well as its Joint Powers Financing Authority (Fresno JPFA) lease revenue bond ratings to ‘A’ from ‘BBB+,’ a two level jump. It also affirmed Fresno’s rating outlook at Stable. Fitch’s revision follows a number of announcements in 2014 and 2015 from the three most prominent rating agencies that had revised their outlook on the City of Fresno’s long-term ratings to either Stable or Positive. “This is tremendous news and a strong validation of our decision to rebuild our city’s finances by paying off our debt, building up our reserves and stabilizing our labor contracts,” said Mayor Swearengin >more 
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06/23/16  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Adoption of Fiscal Year 2017 Budget 
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2017 budget by a 7-0 vote: “Once again, City Council has shown considerable leadership and due diligence in their unanimous support of this budget, which allows us to balance our priorities of restoring staffing levels, reinvesting in infrastructure and increasing our reserves." "This budget will support our efforts to hire more police officers and fire fighters to make the City safer, add more resources to our fight against blight, step up our plans to end homelessness, and fund much needed improvements to our streets, parks, and trails. We have worked hard to make lasting changes at City Hall and those efforts continue to create a responsible, strategic path for future administrations to follow. >more 
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06/23/16  City, Boys & Girls Clubs Announce Summer Jobs Program for Area Youth
FRESNO, CA –The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County and the City of Fresno have partnered to offer a Summer Jobs Program that gives training and paid internships to 20 Fresno youth, connecting underserved youth with their first career opportunity. The Boys & Girls Club Summer Jobs Program provides young people ages 15-18 a six-week career education and job readiness training program. Participants meet for two hours each week to explore career options, learn how to search for a job, compose their resume and develop their interviewing skills. “The City of Fresno is proud to add additional capacity to this program that will allow another 20 youth with paid training that will benefit them for life,” said Councilmember Oliver Baines III >more 
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