News Releases



06/03/15  Mayor Swearengin Presents State of the City
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Swearengin addressed almost nine hundred attendees, including elected officials as well as business and community leaders, during Wednesday’s State of the City 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 Tiffany Mangum and Company.Wells Fargo 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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06/01/15  Mayor, Continuum of Care Agencies Announce New Homelessness Numbers
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined officials from the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care to announce today that the latest report found that total homelessness in the Fresno-Madera County area had a 34 percent decrease from January 2014 to January 2015. In the city of Fresno, homelessness overall has dropped an astounding 40% since last year. The Point-in-Time count showed the total number of homeless in Fresno fell from 2114 to 1270, with a 21% drop in sheltered homeless persons and a 47% decrease in unsheltered homeless persons. >more 
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05/22/15  Life and Environmental Science Program at Highway City Wins National Grant
FRESNO, CA – The Fresno Life and Environmental Science (LES) Program at the Highway City Neighborhood Center has been selected as a winner of the national Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN. Voting took place online throughout Earth Month in April. The $20,000 grant will give opportunity for hands-on learning and exploration of nature through outdoor adventure excursions along the San Joaquin River. >more 
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05/21/15  Memorial Day Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2015. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, May 26. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed. >more 
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05/20/15  City of Fresno, BitWise Announce Funding Update for "Fab 5" Water Conservation App
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno and BitWise Industries today announced that development of the water conservation application proposed by the 6th grade robotics team from Riverview Elementary School known as the “Fab 5” is now fully funded, thanks to a major donation by AT&T and support from Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. “We were extremely impressed by their presentation – so much so that we immediately saw an opportunity for the City to turn their idea into reality while providing our residents with real information on their water usage,” said Mayor Swearengin. “These young men are truly inspiring and I’m so pleased that our community has stepped up to support their dream. >more 
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05/15/15  City of Fresno Splash Parks Opening Saturday, May 16, 2015
FRESNO, CA – Splash Parks will be opening this Saturday, May 16, 2015 in the City of Fresno. The parks will be open daily through mid-October from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p >more 
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05/13/15  Mayor Swearengin Announces “Restore Fresno”
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin, along with top City officials, local property owners, and neighborhood representatives, today announced her “Restore Fresno” budget initiative during a press conference at Yokomi Elementary School. “Restore Fresno” is a compilation of the City of Fresno’s FY2016 initiatives to improve property values, living conditions, public safety and the overall quality of life in our historically neglected neighborhoods. Mayor Swearengin said, “More than two thirds of our neighborhoods south of Herndon are either in poverty or extreme poverty. >more 
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05/07/15  City of Fresno Announces Public Meetings on Development Code
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management announces two informational community workshops to allow the public to learn more about the City of Fresno’s draft Development Code. The City Council adopted a new General Plan in December of 2014, which is the grand vision for Fresno’s next twenty years. The Development Code is an essential tool for implementing this vision, but hasn’t been updated since 1962. “The old code was out-of-date, fragmented, and hard to understand,” said Jennifer Clark, Director of Development and Resource Management >more 
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05/04/15  Mayor Swearengin Announces FY2016 City Budget
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin, along with City Manager Bruce Rudd, today announced the proposed City of Fresno budget for fiscal year 2016 during a press conference at City Hall. The $1,245,430,800 budget represents long-term financial stability for the City of Fresno, maintains and improves the ongoing commitment to public safety, begins a steady and manageable restoration of service levels for parks, trails and streets, restores older neighborhoods, supports job creation, and continues to build the City’s operating reserve to sustainable levels. Mayor Swearengin said, “I can’t fully express how proud I am of the way in which our team and our residents have responded to the financial challenges our city has faced over the past five years. >more 
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04/30/15  City of Fresno Releases Report from Mayor-Council Code Enforcement Task Force
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno today released the results of the Mayor-Council Code Enforcement Task Force to review all municipal code processes, procedures and priorities within the Department of Development and Resource Management. The goal was to determine the most strategic use of the City’s code enforcement resources in order to protect neighborhood integrity, preserve property values and promote investment in Fresno. The Task Force met between October 2014 and April 2015 and focused on several key themes in their discussions, including housing and zoning code violations, as well as public nuisances. >more 
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