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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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10/27/14  Mayor Swearengin Statement on Court Decision To Affirm City’s Fulton Mall Project Environmental Report
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today made the following statement in response to the ruling released today by Superior Court Judge Dennis Peterson on a legal protest against the City of Fresno’s Fulton Mall project. Judge Peterson denied and dismissed the petition for writ of mandate presented by the Downtown Fresno Coalition and affirmed the City’s decision to approve the environmental impact report and the project. A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared in the fall of 2013 by the City of Fresno under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to evaluate the environmental effects associated with implementation of the Fulton Mall Reconstruction project. >more 
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10/20/14  City of Fresno Announces Willow Ave. Widening Project
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno announced today the start of the Willow Avenue Widening Project at a press conference at the southwest corner of Willow and Nees. This project marks the City’s intention to correct one of its most serious traffic bottlenecks by widening portions of Willow Avenue and Nees Avenue in north Fresno. The Willow-Nees project will cost $4 million and is funded with a combination of federal grants, Measure C funds and developer fees. >more 
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10/17/14  Unemployment Rate for the City of Fresno Drops to 8.9%Numbers Mark 4% Decrease in Jobless Numbers Over Past 7 Months
The City of Fresno today announced that Fresno’s unemployment rate fell another half a percentage point in September, a signal that the city continues to show steady economic improvement. According to recent figures released by the Employment Development Department (EDD), the unemployment rate for the City of Fresno dropped from 9.4% in August 2014 to 8.9% in September 2014 >more 
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10/14/14  Second City of Fresno Water Reliability Forum Focused on Water Solutions
FRESNO, Calif. – Crafting a solution for Fresno’s water future was the subject of an extensive discussion tonight between the public, City staff and officials, and experts at the City of Fresno’s second Water Reliability Community Forum at Oraze Elementary School. “This high level of open, transparent dialogue is just the way we envisioned these events would turn out,” said Mark Standriff, City of Fresno Director of Communications and Public Affairs. “Between the unique format and the live broadcasts, we’re changing the way government and citizens communicate with each other when it comes to complex, complicated policy issues >more 
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10/13/14  City of Fresno Plans Bike Through History: Southeast Fresno, November 8
FRESNO – The City of Fresno has announced plans for this year’s “Bike Through History,” which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon >more 
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10/10/14  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 third quarter of 2014 is now available on the City’s website.The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from June 27 through September 30, 2014.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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10/10/14  City of Fresno Water Plan Forums Resume Monday
FRESNO, CA – The second community forum on Fresno’s water plan called “Recharge Fresno” will take place Monday, October 13, 2014 at Oraze Elementary School, 3468 N Armstrong Ave, Fresno, CA 93727 (Parking on Dakota, just east of Armstrong.) The forums will provide opportunities for public discussion of water resource issues and specific recommendations to date, as well as offer alternative solutions for water infrastructure and rates. Monday’s focus will be on “Solutions: Fresno’s Water Future”[NOTE: The forum itself begins at 7:00PM. >more 
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10/09/14  City of Fresno Announces New Mayor-Council Code Enforcement Task Force
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the launch of the new Mayor-Council Code Enforcement Task Force to review all municipal code processes, procedures and priorities within the Department of Development and Resource Management. The goal of the task force is to engage stakeholders and staff to determine the most strategic use of the City’s code enforcement resources in order to protect neighborhood integrity, preserve property values and promote investment in Fresno. The task force includes Mayor Swearengin, City Councilmembers Oliver Baines, Paul Caprioglio, and Clint Olivier, as well as a leadership team representing community stakeholders, residents and civic leaders. >more 
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10/08/14  Exceptional Commercial and Residential Landscapes Named at the Fourth Annual Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Awards
Fresno, CA – The winners of the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping (CVFL) Awards Program will be recognized at a ceremony, at the Clovis Botanical Garden. The winners of this year’s program were determined by a committee of water-wise landscaping experts who judged residential landscapes based on their ability to protect and conserve our Valley’s natural resources. These winners serve as a community model of landscapes that encourage others to conserve water, build healthy soil, save energy and reduce garden waste. “Our hope is that recognized Central Valley Friendly landscapes will inspire others and really showcase the beauty and functionality a water-wise Central Valley Friendly garden can offer,” said Nora Laikam, water conservation program supervisor for the City of Fresno >more 
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