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10/26/15  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 third quarter of 2015 is now available on the City’s website. The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen and Independent Auditor Mark Scharman, covers the period from July 1 through September 30, 2015. The review covers a number of departmental processes, including timelines to complete internal reviews of Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) by Internal Affairs (IA. >more 
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10/02/15  City of Fresno Takes Hit in September Water Consumption
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today officially reported water production totals for September 2015 did not meet its water conservation target of 28% for the month, setting the city up for the possibility of receiving a fine from state water officials.September water production totals show a 22.3% drop in usage from the same month in 2013. >more 
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09/21/15  City Announces $1.85 Million Federal Grant to Hire 15 Community Policing Officers
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the City of Fresno has been awarded $1,875,000 in grant funding through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the award today, which was included in awards to nearly 200 law enforcement agencies across the nation, aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, 866 law enforcement positions. >more 
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09/17/15  City to Announce New Agreement with Local Investors to Renovate, Operate Granite Park
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced a proposed agreement with the Central Valley Community Sports Foundation (CVCSF) that would give the local non-profit a 25-year lease to operate the Granite Park sports complex in exchange for $2.7 million in improvements and refurbishments. The proposed agreement will be presented to Fresno City Council for their approval at their next meeting on September 24. >more 
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09/16/15  Moody’s Upgrades City of Fresno’s Credit Ratings
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City of Fresno’s general obligation bond rating to A3 from Baa1, as well as upgrading Fresno’s lease-backed obligations, Convention Center bonds, pension obligation bonds, and judgment obligation bonds all by one notch. According to Moody’s, the credit rating upgrades reflect improvement in the city’s fundamental economic profile, with recent growth in property values, sales tax collections and employment. The city’s strengthened credit also reflects consecutive operating surpluses, the elimination of negative fund balances, the adoption of updated zoning laws and economic development objectives, a revised reserve policy and a favorable settlement with the police union. >more 
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09/11/15  Mayoral Proclamation on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2015
FRESNO, CA – In accordance with the Office of the President of the United States, Mayor Ashley Swearengin officially proclaims September 11, 2015 as “Patriot Day” in Fresno and urges all residents to take part in the National Day of Service and Remembrance. "In spite of the horrific attack on American soil witnessed around the world on that fateful day, Americans from across the country rose together as one from the ashes of Ground Zero, with our purpose more steadfast, our hearts more resilient, and our nation more unified. Today, in our personal moments of prayer and reflection, let us remember that hope can and will triumph over fear and freedom must be won anew. "Please join me in honoring the lives of those who perished, the brave citizens who selflessly put themselves in harm's way to aid in the heroic rescue and recovery efforts, and the families of those who lost their loved ones in the tragedy >more 
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09/09/15  Mayor, City Manager Express Support, Gratitude to Capt. Pete Dern
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today made the following statements showing their gratitude and continued support for Capt. Pete Dern, who is scheduled to be released from the burn unit at Community Regional Medical Center this afternoon. From Mayor Swearengin: "The people of Fresno join with Captain Dern’s family, friends, and supporters around the nation in celebrating his release from the hospital. >more 
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09/04/15  City of Fresno Announces Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Dr. Charlie Waters
FRESNO, CA – At the request of Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Gov. Jerry Brown has directed all City of Fresno buildings to fly flags at half-staff in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Dr. Charlie Waters, a Marine Corps Veteran who played a critical role in the push to open the State Veterans Home in Fresno and has been involved in several veteran related organizations. “Charlie Waters was not just a great man, he was a shining example of selflessness and service to others >more 
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09/04/15  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 7, 2015. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 8. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed. >more 
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09/02/15  City of Fresno Drops 28% in August Water Consumption
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today officially reported water production totals for August 2015, showing a 28% drop in usage from the same month in 2013. This follows a reduction in water consumption of 31% for the month of July 2015 and 30% for the month of June of this year compared to the same months in 2013.While the August total just met the state-mandated goal of 28% reduction, the continued overall decline in water usage for the months of June, July, and August stands at 29.6%, which is above the cutbacks in water use set by the State Water Resources Control Board earlier this year >more 
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