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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  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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11/21/14  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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11/10/14  “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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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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