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02/25/15  City of Fresno Responds to Error-Filled Op-Ed on Water Plan
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and officials from the City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities have released a comprehensive response to an opinion piece written by Measure W proponent and local politician Doug Vagim that was published in today’s Fresno Bee. The article, titled “Fresno’s water plan is a boondoggle,” is filled with inaccuracies, falsehoods, ill-informed theories and unfounded accusations. Soria Op-ed Fact Check The Administration’s detailed response can be found on the City of Fresno website. “It’s a shame that anyone would try to politicize a project that is so vital to the security of our precious water supply and the health and public safety of our citizens,” said Mark Standriff, Director of Communications >more 
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02/19/15  Mayor Swearengin Announces Revised Water Rate Plan
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the City Administration will submit a revised water rate plan to City Council next week that reduces the amount of increase over the next five years, saves city ratepayers over $100 million over 30 years, and gives customers more control over water charges. The City will also present to Council a new Water Affordability Credit Program that will provide financial aid to low-income account holders. The new water rate proposal lowers the average monthly water charge over the next five years about $3.00 per month over the rates originally proposed to Fresno City Council last November >more 
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02/12/15  Presidents’ Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices
Fresno – City of Fresno offices will be closed on Monday, February 16, for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, February 17.Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed. >more 
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02/11/15  City Will Lower City of Fresno Flag in Memory of Legendary Coach Jerry Tarkanian
Fresno – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that the City of Fresno will lower its flag to half-staff tomorrow, February 12, 2015, to honor the memory of legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who passed away today at the age of 84. "Our community mourns the loss of Jerry Tarkanian. We will always remember his passion for the things he loved the most - his family, Fresno State, our community, and college basketball," said Mayor Swearengin. >more 
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02/05/15  Council Ratifies Prop 218 Process; Protest Votes Fall Short
Fresno – The Fresno City Council today announced final results of the 45-day Proposition 218 protest process, which ended at the 5:00 p.m. public hearing on the City’s proposed water rates, ratified the Prop 218 process and called for a formal vote on the rates later this month. >more 
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01/26/15  Office of Independent Review Quarterly Report Now Available on City’s Website
Fresno, CA – The City of Fresno Office Independent Review’s report for the fourth quarter of 2014 is now available on the City’s website. The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from October 1 through December 31, 2014, and also provides a year-over-year comparison. The comparison shows the overall number of serious complaints against Fresno police activity is down 16% from 2013, while the use of force is down 29% and Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) incidents have dropped 27% over last year. “I’m extremely pleased with the finding in this report, which is a direct result of the recommendations made over the past two years by our police auditor and the willingness of our police department to constantly pursue police best practices,” said Mayor Ashley Swearengin >more 
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01/16/15  Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule for City of Fresno Offices
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 19. The delivery of some City services on January 19 may be affected by the holiday as well. >more 
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01/15/15  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Councilmember Brandau's Water Rate Comments
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin made the following statement on Councilmember Steve Brandau’s press conference and his comments on the City’s water rate plan: "Councilmember Brandau is right to point out that we need to get every dollar possible from the state and federal government to supplement the investment the City of Fresno is making to secure our water future. Those dollars will take years to ultimately make their way down to the local level, but I agree that we still need to make sure we don’t leave any money on the table. “This water plan already assumes a significant amount of state money, and we can factor in additional outside funding that could take some of the sting out of water rate increases. >more 
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01/08/15  Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on City Council Ceremony
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin made the following statement on today’s swearing-in ceremony during today’s City Council meeting: "Congratulations to our newly elected and re-elected council members - Councilmembers Quintero, Baines, Olivier, and our newest member, Esmeralda Soria." "The City of Fresno had a productive 2014 as we balanced the budget and established a reserve, paid off our negative Fund balance, improved our ratings outlook, and set a vision for our future with the new general plan and the Fulton Mall and high-speed rail projects. "This new year will give us more exciting opportunities and I'm looking forward to working with each of our councilmembers to continue to move Fresno forward and welcome their leadership in our city. >more 
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01/07/15  Public Swearing-in Ceremony for newly elected Councilmembers to take place on Thursday, January 8  
FRESNO, CA - Incoming President of the Fresno City Council, Oliver L. Baines, III. announces the public Swearing-in Ceremony for Councilmembers is set for Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m >more 
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