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07/02/14  City of Fresno Announces Final Draft of General Plan 2035
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today that the draft 2035 General Plan is now available for final public review and comment. The draft will be available for a 45-day public review period commencing today, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 and ending on Monday, August 18, 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the draft General Plan for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. >more 
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07/01/14  City of Fresno PARCS Demonstrates How Going OUT is IN at Community Parks and Recreation this July
FRESNO – Nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. >more 
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06/27/14  Mayor Swearengin’s State of the City Address Touts Solving Problems, Inspiring Hope for Fresno’s Future
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Swearengin addressed almost eight hundred attendees, including elected officials as well as business and community leaders, during Wednesday’s State of the City address held in downtown Fresno at the New Exhibit Hall. The annual event, sponsored by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, kicked off with musical selections performed by the Fresno County Youth Choir. Judy Rodgers, executive director with United One Productions, was honored as this year’s CHAMPION (Companies Helping Achieve Meaningful Progress in our Neighborhoods) Award recipient for her excellence and community service with the Mary Ella Brown Community Center. >more 
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06/23/14  Landscapers To Learn Drought Survival in Fresno ‘Get Ahead or Get Parched: Six Ways To Survive the Drought’
Fresno – As California’s drought heads into the hottest and driest months of water year 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at UC Davis, along with the City of Fresno, are inviting local professional landscapers to attend a workshop on how to reduce water use through improved system efficiency. The City of Fresno Water Division is a workshop sponsor. English and Spanish workshops will be conducted in separate sessions and will feature indoor and outdoor demonstrations on understanding precipitation rates to reduce runoff; improving sprinkler distribution uniformity to reduce water use; improving controller programs during mandatory water restrictions; determining application rates and precipitation rates of drip/micro irrigation, understanding soils to reduce runoff or deep percolation and understanding water meters to improve irrigation efficiency. >more 
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06/16/14  Kid’s Camp -- Where It’s Cool To Conserve
(FRESNO, CA) -- Over 100 local kids will kick-off their summer with a big splash at this year’s ninth annual free Kid’s Camp, presented by the City of Fresno Water Division on Wednesday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m >more 
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06/11/14   City of Fresno Announces New Director of Public Utilities
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Thomas C. Esqueda has been named the City of Fresno’s new Director of Public Utilities, effective June 16, 2014.“Thomas Esqueda has proven leadership and experience in managing large-scale water, wastewater, and solid waste systems and projects for local governments,” City Manager Bruce Rudd said. “As a successful engineer specializing in water, wastewater, and solid waste facilities, I am confident in his ability to continue providing our residents and businesses with high quality service and lead community investments such as pipeline and water treatment facilities to ensure our city’s water future >more 
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06/09/14  Cooling Centers in Fresno Open Today
FRESNO – The City of Fresno will open its cooling centers today, June 9, 2014, because of temperatures forecast to reach at least 105 degrees. The centers will be open from noon to 8 p.m.Cooling centers will be open at the following locations:  Ted C >more 
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06/06/14  Cooling Centers in Fresno Open This Weekend
FRESNO – The City of Fresno will open its cooling centers this weekend, because of temperatures forecast to reach at least 105 degrees. The centers will be open on Saturday, June 7 and on Sunday, June 8 from noon to 8 p.m.Cooling centers will be open at the following locations: Ted C >more 
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06/05/14  Call for Nominations - Disability Advisory Commission Sixth Annual Achievement Award
FRESNO, CA - The City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) is accepting nominations for its 6th Annual Achievement Awards. The DAC will recognize individuals and organizations in Fresno for excellence in representing, collaborating with or serving individuals with disabilities. Recipients will be honored in October 2014, coinciding with Disability Awareness Month. >more 
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06/04/14  Fresno Mayor Joins Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
FRESNO, CA - Today, Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined First Lady Michelle Obama in committing to end veteran homelessness in Fresno by the end of 2015. With today’s announcement of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Fresno joins a growing number of communities across the country making the pledge. “Too many of the veterans who have dedicated themselves to protecting the ‘Home of the Brave’ have no home of their own,” said Mayor Swearengin. “By building on our community’s ongoing commitment to this issue and sharing our successes with other communities, I’m confident that we can end veteran homelessness in our city and our country >more 
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