News Releases



09/24/14  Unemployment Rate for the City of Fresno Drops Below 10%
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno today announced that the city’s unemployment rate continues to improve despite the region’s high unemployment conditions. According to recent figures released by the Employment Development Department (EDD), the unemployment rate for the City of Fresno dropped from 10.1% in July 2014 to 9.4% in August 2014 >more 
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09/18/14  Mayor Swearengin Statement on Fresno Grizzlies’ New Major League Affiliation
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today made the following statement in response to the news that the Fresno Grizzlies have agreed to a player development contract with the Houston Astros to become their new Triple-A franchise: “We appreciate the great relationship Fresno has had with the San Francisco Giants over the past 17 years and wish them well with their new minor league affiliate. The reality of life in Triple-A baseball is that while the line-up card is constantly changing, the fans are always the team’s top priority. That’s still true, regardless of who’s playing where. “Meanwhile, the City of Fresno welcomes the Grizzlies’ new major league affiliate and will look forward to meeting the Houston Astros’ management team to emphasize our commitment to building their relationship with our community >more 
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09/17/14  City of Fresno Continues to Lead California in Water Conservation
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today officially reported water production totals for July and August 2014, showing a sharp drop in usage from the same months in 2013 and a continued overall decline in water usage for the year. Total monthly water production for July 2014, normally the highest-usage time of the year, totaled 5,252,463,270 gallons, down 8% from July 2013 and surpassing the statewide drop of 7.5% reported by the State Water Resources Control Board last week. >more 
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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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