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09/16/14  Mayor Swearengin Statement on Talks with Giants
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement on her discussion today with the San Francisco Giants about keeping their Triple-A affiliation with the Fresno Grizzlies: “The City had a very productive, two hour meeting today with the leadership of the Giants. We made it very clear that the Fresno Region is extremely committed to their success in our community. “While we know they are evaluating their options for their contract renewal, we believe the City has much to offer their program, and we are prepared to work with the Giants to make sure they have what they need to be successful in Fresno. “The Giants and the City agreed to continue to talk throughout the rest of this week and next as the deadline approaches for their decision >more 
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09/12/14  City of Fresno Announces Water Plan Forums
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno today officially announced its upcoming series of community forums on Fresno’s water plan called “Recharge Fresno.” The forums, which will be held every two weeks starting Monday, September 29 through Monday, November 10, will give residents an opportunity to join with city officials, initiative proponents, experts, taxpayer advocates, and local interest groups to discuss the City’s water plan in an open, participatory roundtable process. “Recharge Fresno” is the city’s water plan, aimed at improving the pipelines and water system facilities that will capture, treat and deliver water throughout Fresno, including surface water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. >more 
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09/05/14  Swearengin Administration, Police Union Reach Early Agreement on Labor Contract
FRESNO, CA - Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that the Fresno Police Officers’ Association (FPOA) and its management unit have approved new labor agreements that will support the City of Fresno in efforts to address fiscal challenges and strengthen its financial outlook. "We are very pleased that the Administration and our police officers have come to an agreement on their contracts in a proactive and productive manner,” Mayor Swearengin said. “These agreements represent another critical component of the City's financial recovery plan and we appreciate the FPOA’s commitment to helping us work toward true financial stability. >more 
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09/03/14  City of Fresno Announces New Controller/Finance Director
FRESNO, CA – City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Michael Lima has been named the City of Fresno’s new City Controller/Finance Director, effective upon Council approval of Mr. Lima’s selection. A vote on Mr. >more 
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08/28/14  Labor Day Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices
Fresno – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 1, 2014. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 2. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed. >more 
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08/27/14  City of Fresno Named One of California's Best Cities to Raise Kids
FRESNO, CA – Today, the City of Fresno was named by a national real estate search site as the third most family friendly city in California. The study by Estately ranks California's 20 most populated cities based on the following criteria: the size of the youth population, the mean work commute, the number of preschools per capita, the quality of public education, crime per capita, the number of libraries per capita, the number of public parks per capita, housing affordability, daycare per capita and the cost of living. Fresno was ranked third on the list because the city has the shortest commute at an average of 21. >more 
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08/22/14  City of Fresno Extends Public Review Period of Final Draft of General Plan 2035
FRESNO, CA - Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the City of Fresno has extended the public comment period for the 2035 General Plan for another 45 days. The reason for the extension is due to a number of requests that City officials and staff have received for additional time to review the document. In addition, staff has identified a typographical error in the previous notice of publication. >more 
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07/28/14  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Deficit Fund Balance Payoff
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the internal borrowing to address associated deficit fund balance for the City of Fresno has been repaid five years ahead of schedule. “This is certainly cause to celebrate, and a total validation of our shared sacrifice. I am truly thankful for the patience of our residents and the efforts of all our City employees to help us retire this debt and start building a reserve while balancing the budget,” said Mayor Swearengin. “While we still have fiscal challenges in front of us and much work to do in order to restore service levels, I’m confident Fresno is on the right track as long as we stay committed to our fiscal plan >more 
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07/22/14  City of Fresno to Initiate Stage 2 Water Restrictions
FRESNO, CA – Today, the City of Fresno announces that it will elevate its Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a Stage 2 level, effective August 1, 2014. The City of Fresno has been a leader when it comes to water conservation and is already in compliance with many of the restrictions proposed last week by the State Water Resource Control Board. In fact, because of its year-round conservation policy, the City has experienced an overall reduction of over 20% by Fresno water users since 2008, with a 10% reduction from January to May this year over the same time period in 2013. “While we have already implemented a strong water conservation program, we continue to experience a dramatic drop in our groundwater level,” said Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd >more 
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07/17/14  Mayor Swearengin’s Statement on Measure W Vote
Fresno, CA – Today, Mayor Ashley Swearengin made the following statement regarding the vote by Fresno City Council move forward with preparing a ballot measure and ordering an economic impact study, to be presented at the July 31st Council meeting, measuring the effects of Measure W on costs and revenue: “I commend the City Council for moving the process forward while still giving us time to make a fully informed decision well before the August 8th deadline. “Fresno is suffering through an unprecedented water crisis and our plans to provide a clean and reliable water supply are being jeopardized by both natural and man-made challenges. The City of Fresno has a chance to secure the water our ratepayers have already purchased and already have the rights to. “Today, that water is being shipped down the river and not being used by City ratepayers >more 
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