News Releases



08/24/16  City of Fresno Announces Receipt of SAFER Grant to Increase Fire Dept. Staffing
FRESNO, CA – The Fresno Fire Department (FFD) will hold a press conference on Thursday, August 25, at 8:30 a.m., at Fire Headquarters (located at 911 H Street) to announce the receipt of a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant awarded to the City of Fresno earlier this month. >more 
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08/22/16  City of Fresno Announces New Assistant Director for Water and Wastewater Services for Department of Public Utilities
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Brian Spindor has been named the City of Fresno’s new Assistant Director for the Department of Public Utilities. Spindor, who will start work effective September 12, 2016, will be responsible for asset management and oversight of the City’s water and wastewater facilities as well as ensuring compliance of legal mandates for all water operations. Spindor is an accomplished professional with over 30 years of experience in civil engineering, asset and performance management, public health and safety, and the operations and maintenance of water, wastewater and stormwater systems. “Brian has proven management and leadership skills with plenty of experience leading diverse staffs under challenging conditions,” said City Manager Bruce Rudd >more 
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08/15/16  Mayor Ashley Swearengin Named Next CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation 
FRESNO, CA – Effective January 16, 2017, at the conclusion of her term as Mayor of the City of Fresno, Ashley Swearengin will become the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF,) formerly known as the Fresno Regional Foundation. “The Central Valley Community Foundation is an incredibly important organization in our region. For almost 50 years, the Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of the people in this area,” said Mayor Swearengin. “I’m honored to assume its leadership in January when I finish my term of office >more 
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08/12/16  Cooling Centers Will Open Through The Weekend
FRESNO – The National Weather Service in Hanford has forecasted that the high temperature in Fresno will be at or above 105 degrees tomorrow, Saturday, August 13th and Sunday 14th, which means the City of Fresno will open its cooling centers through the weekend. 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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08/03/16  City, County, State, Federal Officials Discuss Report of 'Slightly Elevated' Lead Test in NE Fresno
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno officials are working closely with the Fresno County Health Department, State Water Resources Control Board and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a report of a test that shows a “slightly elevated” level of lead in a patient’s urine sample.On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, representatives from the EPA in San Francisco received an email regarding a report of lead burdening for a resident in Northeast Fresno. Consistent with the collaboration and cooperation that has been exercised by city, county, state, and federal officials during the City’s discolored water investigation, the EPA forwarded the message immediately to local representatives of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB,) and the SWRCB immediately advised City and County officials of the report. >more 
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08/01/16  City Utility Director Updates Results on Water Surveys, Test Results in NE Fresno
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno Director of Public Utilities Thomas Esqueda has completed an update on the testing of water samples collected from homes in Northeast Fresno over the past six months, as well as the results of the surveys received from the mailer on discolored water sent to homes in both Northeast and Northwest Fresno last month. [NOTE: Mr. Esqueda will be available for interviews on this data tomorrow. >more 
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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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