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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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07/15/14  City of Fresno Statement on Water Restrictions
Fresno, CA – In advance of today’s vote by the State Water Resources Control Board, the City of Fresno today made the following statement by City Manager Bruce Rudd: “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 by the State Water Resources Control Board. In fact, we’ve seen an overall reduction of over 30% 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 levels. >more 
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07/14/14  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 second quarter of 2014 is now available on the City’s website.The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from April 1 through June 26, 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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07/09/14  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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07/08/14  City of Fresno Responds to Measure W Announcement
FRESNO, CA – The Fresno County Clerk’s office will be announcing today the official results of its verification of the collection of signatures required to proceed with placing Measure W on the November ballot. Director of Communications and Public Affairs Mark Standriff is available today for interviews regarding the City of Fresno’s response to the announcement. Please coordinate with Mark directly to schedule interviews. >more 
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