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05/24/16  Mayor Swearengin Announces FY2017 City Budget
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin, along with City Manager Bruce Rudd, today announced the proposed City of Fresno budget for Fiscal Year 2017 during a press conference at City Hall. The $1.1 billion budget puts an emphasis on continuing the City’s long-term financial stability, while increasing public safety staffing, focusing on core services like public infrastructure, parks, planning and code enforcement, and aligns City resources in a manner that encourages neighborhood revitalization and economic development. >more 
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05/19/16  Update on Report of an Adult-Oriented Business Opening on Shaw Ave.
FRESNO, CA -- A zoning inquiry was received and responded to in December 2015 from a Ms. Emily O'Reilly which provided information pursuant to the Development Code in effect at that time. However, the City adopted a new Development Code which became effective January 3, 2016 which places additional requirements on certain uses. >more 
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05/18/16  Statement on Report of an Adult-Oriented Business Opening on Shaw Ave.
FRESNO, CA -- After hearing news reports that an adult oriented business was planning to take over the former Silver Dollar Hofbrau on 311 East Shaw Avenue, City staff looked into our records. The new owners have not submitted any plans to the City for tenant improvements, nor has there been any zone clearance issued by Planning for the use. There have also been no permits issued for construction or demolition on that property. >more 
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05/17/16  Fresno on Path to Becoming an Advanced Energy Community
FRESNO, CA -- As part of its Electric Program Investment Charge program, the California Energy Commission today (May 17) awarded the Local Government Commission (LGC) and its project partners $1.5 million to create an integratedclean-energy market in the Fresno community. The two-year project will result in greater electricity reliability for the community and lower costs for ratepayers by identifying high-leverage energy efficiency, clean transportation and renewable-energy opportunities; matching projects with funding mechanisms; and tracking resource savings to spur further investment in clean-energy projects such as solar panels, water and energy-friendly landscaping, and electric-vehicle charging stations. >more 
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05/04/16  Arambula and Swearengin Make Strong Case for Fresno
Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D – Fresno) and Mayor Ashley Swearengin (R – Fresno) testified before the California State Assembly Budget Committee today to encourage increased investment of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds in Fresno, which has the highest concentration of disadvantaged communities in the state.“More than two thirds of the neighborhoods in Fresno are at poverty or extreme poverty levels, and changing those conditions will take deliberate action and a strong public-private partnership,” said Mayor Swearengin. “We need a catalyst for further investment that will help struggling cities overcome obstacles and bring new life to our most vulnerable communities >more 
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04/26/16  The Beat Goes On: City Celebrates Fresno’s History and Musical Heritage, May 1-7
FRESNO -- Mayor Ashley Swearengin has proclaimed May 1 – 7 “Historic Preservation Week” as part of the celebratory activities around the United States during the National Trust’s Historic Preservation Month. Fresno’s theme this year is “The Beat Goes On: A Celebration of Fresno’s Architectural and Musical Heritage.” Several local organizations and venues are participating with the City of Fresno in the week-long series of events including Artes Americas, the Crest Theater, the Fresno Historical Society, Fresno State Women’s Studies Program, The Meux Home Museum, Peeves Public House, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Warnor’s Center for the Performing Arts, the Well Community Church and homeowners in the Wilson Island Historic District. >more 
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04/25/16  Vote for Your Favorite Fresno Park
FRESNO, CA – This month, the National Recreation and Park Association, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN are collaborating to revitalize parks across the U.S. including a park right here in Fresno. >more 
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04/25/16  Mayor Announces $200,000 HOME Grant for Habitat For Humanity to Build New Homes for Families
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Fresno County to award a grant in the amount of $200,000 in HOME funds to construct infill homes for two local families. Two deserving families, Malee Srisaard, Ba Xiong and their six children, and Yang Vue, her two children, and her brother, were on hand when the surprise announcement was made at one of the properties.The City is providing $200,000 in HOME CHDO funds at 2% interest, with the interest converting to zero percent upon conveyance of the loan portions to the homebuyers. >more 
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04/25/16  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 first quarter of 2016 is now available on the City’s website.The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 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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04/14/16  The City of Fresno and Councilmember Lee Brand would like to invite you to attend an informational meeting for residents of NE Fresno on Tuesday, April 26th at Kastner Intermediate School to provide an update on our investigation into reports of discolored water in some homes in the area.
DPU Director Tommy Esqueda and key staff from the City’s Public Utilities Department and the State Water Resource Control Board will be on hand to present our findings and, more important, to answer all your questions. We’re also inviting the media to attend. There will be an insert placed in an upcoming edition of the Fresno Bee with details on the meeting and we will be posting it on social media as well as this invitation on NextDoor. >more 
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