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12/14/15  City of Fresno Announces Joint Use Agreement with Fresno, Central Unified School Districts
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Swearengin today announced that the City of Fresno intends to enter into a joint use agreement with Fresno Unified School District and Central Unified School District to open up 16 school sites on weekends for organized recreational programming and open public use of outdoor facilities. The Administration is proposing to fund the joint use program by identifying $1.2 million in its FY 2015 carry over budget. Phase I of the program will involve all seven comprehensive high schools in the Fresno Unified School District and two Central Unified sites by March 5, 2016 >more 
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12/12/15  Mayor Swearengin Statement on Completion of Gas Line Repairs at Summerset Village Apartments
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today released a statement in response to the report that all gas line repairs have been completed at the Summerset Village Apartments and residents will have service restored by this evening: “I’m pleased to be able to share great news for the residents of Summerset Village Apartments. After weeks of suffering without heat or hot water in their homes, the gas lines have been completely repaired – well ahead of schedule – and PG&E service will likely be restored to every unit by the end of the day. “We should all applaud their resiliency and also show our appreciation for the unselfish efforts of Zach Darrah and his staff at FIRM, as well as the American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Convention, Fresno County Health Department and all the volunteers who showed up to serve meals and pass out blankets. >more 
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12/08/15  City of Fresno Announces Code Enforcement Strike Team
FRESNO, CA – City Manager Bruce Rudd, along with Councilmember Clint Olivier and City officials, today announced the creation of a special Code Enforcement Strike Team to identify properties known to contain substandard housing and proactively ensure compliance with city and state housing standards. The Strike Team will consist of two senior Code Enforcement officers who will report directly to the City Manager in conjunction with the City Attorney’s Office, and will immediately start the process of creating a priority list of negligent properties with a focus on multiple-family residential complexes with significant code issues. “We’re taking action with every tool at our disposal to hold landlords accountable and guarantee Fresno families safe, dignified housing throughout the city,” said City Manager Rudd. “We’re putting negligent property owners on notice – get your act together or face the charges >more 
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11/30/15  Mayor Swearengin Statement on Council Vote to Ratify State of Local Emergency
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today released a statement in response to the Fresno City Council vote to ratify a State of Local Emergency at the Summerset Village Apartments: “The City Manager and I support the City Council’s actions today to ratify the local emergency and allow the Administration to enter into an emergency contract, if necessary, to complete the repairs at Summerset as soon as possible. These are urgent circumstances, and emergency powers are certainly warranted. We will keep the Summerset families and the public updated daily on the progress that is being made to correct the problems at this site. “I’m so grateful for the hundreds of people who have stepped up to provide food, donations, time, and resources to help the impacted families get through this time >more 
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11/25/15  Mayor Swearengin Signs Proclamation Declaring Local Emergency at Summerset Village Apartments
FRESNO, CA - Mayor Ashley Swearengin today signed a Proclamation declaring a local emergency to address the crisis at the Summerset Village Apartments in central Fresno where residents have been without heat or hot water since November 12. Fresno Municipal Code Section 2-503 empowers the Mayor to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency when the Council is not in session. "This has become a crisis due to irresponsible ownership and blatant neglect that has put the health and safety of over a thousand people in jeopardy,” Mayor Swearengin said. “This declaration of local emergency gives our administration the authority to ensure that the work is done to our standards >more 
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11/25/15  City of Fresno Retirement Systems Announces New Administrator
FRESNO, CA - The two City of Fresno Retirement Boards announced today that Robert T. Theller has been named the City of Fresno Retirement System’s new Retirement Administrator, effective January 11, 2016. Theller will be the second individual to serve as Retirement Administrator for the Systems following the November 30, 2015, retirement of Stanley L. >more 
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11/24/15  Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. >more 
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11/10/15  City of Fresno Water Use Misses Mandated Mark in October
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today officially reported water production totals for October 2015 did not meet its water conservation target of 28% for the second consecutive month, putting the city in the state’s “short of target” category for overall reduction.October water production totals show a 21% drop in usage from the same month in 2013. This follows a reduction in water consumption of 22% for the month of September 2015, 28% for August 2015, 31% for July 2015 and 30% for the month of June of this year compared to the same months in 2013.Total monthly water production for October 2015, the fifth month in the State’s evaluation period for its mandatory conservation targets, totaled 3,276,608,000 gallons, down from October 2013, when Fresno’s water production totaled 4,135,950,000 gallons >more 
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11/09/15  Veterans Day Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices
FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, November 12. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed. >more 
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11/06/15  Mayor Swearengin Statement on Staff Bonus Controversy
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today released a statement in response to the controversy over bonuses for executive staff members that were not posted on the City of Fresno website, as required by the Transparency in City Government Act. We dropped the ball. In the midst of balancing all the responsibilities of running the City of Fresno and moving major initiatives forward, we let the last two reports required by the City’s Transparency Act lapse. >more 
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