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10/29/13  City of Fresno Plans Bike Through (Neighborhood)  History November 2
FRESNO – The City of Fresno has announced plans for this year’s “Bike Through History” on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon >more 
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10/23/13  Mayor Swearengin: Hiring of New Police Officers, Cadets, Dispatchers Will Boost City’s Public Safety Efforts
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the Police Department will hire 15 police recruits, 30 police cadets and four additional dispatchers, a move that will significantly increase the Department’s capacity to address public safety issues. “The economic downtown has had a serious impact on our Police Department over the past several years,” Mayor Swearengin said. “The Department has done a remarkable job under incredibly challenging circumstances, but the reality is that the current staffing levels and response times must be improved. >more 
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10/15/13  Welcoming Reception for Korean Disability Partners At Fresno City Hall
FRESNO, CA -- The City of Fresno joins with Resources for Independence, Central Valley (RICV) in welcoming international partners from Korea to a reception on Oct. 23 at City Hall at 5 p.m.Under the Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities Program of Mobility International USA, RICV has partnered with Korea Differently Abled Federation (KODAF) and Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF) of Gonggam of South Korea to promote leadership among people with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific Region >more 
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10/15/13  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 2013 is now available on the City’s website. The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from July 1 through September 30, 2013. The report, as well as other information on the Office of Independent Review, is available on the Office’s section of the City’s website at www.fresno >more 
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10/10/13  Mayor Swearengin: New Initiative Aimed at Making Fresno ‘One of Most Business Friendly Cities’ in California, Nation
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today unveiled “Business Friendly Fresno,” an initiative designed to make the City of one of the most business friendly cities in California and across the nation.In the initiative, Mayor Swearengin is bringing together private sector minds with City staff to make sure the City’s development application, permitting and construction management processes are cutting edge, highly coordinated, friendly, easy to navigate, and measurably competitive with other cities in the region and other regions of the country.“The goal of Business Friendly Fresno is straightforward: Making Fresno become well known around California and the nation as one of the best cities for expanding business opportunities, creating diverse high-paying employment opportunities and competitive returns on private investment, and offering a desirable and attractive quality of life,” Mayor Swearengin said.As part of the initiative, Mayor Swearengin has formed a Business Friendly Fresno Task Force that will be headed by community leader Pete Weber and supported by a Staff Action Team co-chaired by Weber and Jennifer Clark, director of the City’s Development and Resource Management Department >more 
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10/03/13  Forty Local Governments Hail Significant Energy Rate Reduction to Attract Jobs
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today, in the culmination of a 19-month proceeding, approved two new PG&E rates especially designed to attract jobs to California. An unprecedented 40 California cities and counties (the Local Government Parties or LGP) who have supported PG&E throughout this process applaud the CPUC for this decision.“For us, this process has always been about jobs,” Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said. “Areas of high unemployment in a state that is perceived as wealthy pose a particular problem for local policy makers >more 
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10/03/13  City of Fresno to Hold Waste Tire Amnesty Event Saturday
FRESNO -- The City of Fresno Community Revitalization Division, using grant funding available from CalRecycle, will hold a Waste Tire Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Oct. 5, to allow City of Fresno citizens to part with their unwanted waste tires. Some event restrictions include: Participants must be City of Fresno residents, no tractor or diesel tires, no business-generated tires, and each resident is limited to (9) tires. >more 
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09/27/13  City of Fresno Filing Action Seeking Ruling On Legality of Water-Rate Initiative
FRESNO, CA –The Fresno City Council Thursday approved filing a declaratory relief action seeking a court ruling on the legality of a proposed initiative to put the water rates approved in August on a ballot next year. Mayor Swearengin commended the City Council for putting the need for a clean, reliable water supply for City residents ahead of political expedience. “Proponents of the measure have shown a reckless disregard for the truth about the City’s water supply,” Mayor Swearengin said. “There is no magic water supply beneath the City; instead, we have a cone of depression 70 years in the making >more 
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09/18/13   Kevin Meikle Named City of Fresno’s Director of Aviation
Fresno, CA – Kevin Meikle, a 24-year City of Fresno employee and long-time leader in the City’s Airports Department, has been named the City of Fresno’s Director of Aviation, City Manager Bruce Rudd announced today. Meikle, 55, has been serving as interim director of aviation since 2012. Meikle has worked in the Airports Department since 2002, serving as assistant director of aviation from 2011 to 2012 and Airports Planning and Engineering Manager from 2002-11. >more 
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09/13/13  Unprecedented Coalition of California Cities and Counties Calls on State Utilities Commission to Act and Pass Jobs Measure
FRESNO (September 12, 2013) – An unprecedented coalition of some 30 cities and 10 counties across central and northern California is urging the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve a proposal by PG&E to introduce two new discount electric rates designed to attract or keep jobs in the region and state. The “Local Government Parties” coalition is specifically supporting the Enhanced Economic Development Rate (E-EDR) that is targeted at areas of high unemployment, such as the San Joaquin Valley and northern counties of California. A number of economic development, business and community groups also have offered their support.The E-EDR will offer a rate reduction of up to 35 percent for five years for companies with power loads of at least 200 kilowatts that bring jobs to California or keep existing jobs here that otherwise would leave the state >more 
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