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CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES REQUEST TO INITIATE PROP 218 PROCESS FOR NEW WATER PLAN

Nov 21, 2014 No Comments by

FRESNO, CA – This evening, City Council approved the Administration’s request to initiate the Proposition 218 process that begins a public review period before Council can vote on new water rates to pay for the City’s amended water infrastructure project. The vote was 7-0.   Based on public comments received during four community water forums [...]

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City of Fresno Responds to Measure W Announcement

Jul 08, 2014 No Comments by

FRESNO, CA – The Fresno County Clerk’s office will be announcing today the official results of its verification of the collection of signatures required to proceed with placing Measure W on the November ballot. A City of Fresno Lower Water Bill Referendum, Measure W ballot question may be on the November 4, 2014 election ballot [...]

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UC Merced SBDC Regional Network Receives Award

Jun 30, 2014 No Comments by

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today awarded FAST grants totaling $2 million to 22 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities.  These grants will support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program. The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network was selected [...]

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Support Rises Among Adults for Student Free Expression

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a survey released today by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, a growing majority of Americans say high school journalists should be free to explore controversial subjects without prior approval, but 38 percent say the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees, up 25 percent from the [...]

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Fresno Chamber’s State of the City is Wednesday

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – This Wednesday, June 25, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will share the City’s accomplishments, opportunities and future plans during the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual State of the City luncheon. Mayor Swearengin shared her gratitude for the open forum and gave insight into her upcoming speech, saying, “I appreciate the Chamber giving me an opportunity [...]

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Public Safety Agreement Renewed Between City and County of Fresno

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – Tuesday, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors approved the renewal of the public safety contract with the City of Fresno Police Department for the housing of Fresno’s prolific car thieves. The original agreement began November 1 and was set to end June 30, 2014.  It will now extend through June 30, 2015. This agreement [...]

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Tulare County Closer to Banning Marijuana Grows

Jun 09, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – Tulare County is one step closer to banning all marijuana cultivation in its unincorporated areas. The Tulare County board of supervisors last Tuesday gave direction to staff to draft an ordinance to ban all cultivation of marijuana whether by an individual or a current or future collective or cooperative. Tulare County’s decision to [...]

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Fresno Mayor Joins Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Jun 05, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – On Wednesday, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined First Lady Michelle Obama in committing to end veteran homelessness in Fresno by the end of 2015. With today’s announcement of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Fresno joins a growing number of communities across the country making the pledge. “Too many of the veterans [...]

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Selma Fire Department Achieves Improved ISO Rating

May 30, 2014 No Comments

SELMA – The Selma Fire Department has had their ISO insurance rating upgraded from 5/7 in prior years to 3/3x.  The new rating will be effective July 1, 2014.  The change impacts many residents and businesses that currently pay a higher premium due to the present ISO rates. “This program will have a significant impact [...]

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City of Fresno Announces New Director of Transportation

May 22, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd have announced that Brian Marshall has been named the City of Fresno’s new director of transportation, effective June 2, 2014. “Brian Marshall brings a broad range of experience in managing public transportation systems,” Rudd said. “I feel confident in his ability to enhance current passenger [...]

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U.S. Postal Service Records Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

May 13, 2014 No Comments

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The U.S. Postal Service ended the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year (Jan. 1, 2014 – March 31, 2014) with a net loss of $1.9 billion. This marks the 20th of the last 22 quarters it has sustained a loss. “The Postal Service is working diligently to improve its finances by streamlining our network to [...]

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Visalia Chamber President/CEO Glenn Morris Resigns

May 12, 2014 No Comments

VISALIA – The Visalia Chamber of Commerce has announced that Glenn Morris, current president & CEO of the Chamber has resigned, effective June 20, 2014.   Glenn has accepted a new opportunity with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and will be relocating.  He will continue in his current role through the end of June, [...]

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McArthur Named 2013 Tulare County Employee of the Year

May 07, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – Tulare County Information & Communications Technology employee Ryan McArthur spent much of his extra time in 2013 fixing and upgrading the County’s financial hardware system, AFIN.   It was a daunting task because the project was over budget and overdue. At the time, the AFIN project was not his problem or his main [...]

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Three in Four Former Prisoners in 30 States Arrested Within 5 Years of Release

Apr 23, 2014 No Comments

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An estimated two-thirds (68 percent) of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of release from prison, and three-quarters (77 percent) were arrested within five years, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. More than a third (37 percent) of [...]

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Fresno SBA and AARP to Host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

Apr 18, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP will again team up on Wednesday. April 23, to host the Second National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day.  The event is targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50.     SBA and AARP will host an information booth at the Manchester Mall on April 23 from 11 a.m. to [...]

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Tulare County’s Deceased Indigent Honored with Ceremony

Apr 01, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – A ceremony honoring more than 200 deceased indigent people was held on March 28, 2014 at Tulare County Potter’s Field, located just north of Traver on the northwest corner of Road 36 and Ave. 376. The deceased were interred at Potter’s Field as part of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency’s Indigent [...]

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Fresno County to Welcome New County Counsel

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – On Tuesday, the Fresno County board of supervisors will vote on the appointment of a county counsel to replace outgoing Counsel, Kevin Briggs, whose last day with the County of Fresno was Friday.  Daniel Cederborg has been selected as the most qualified candidate through an open recruitment and interview process. “Mr. Cederborg will [...]

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Summer Night Lights to Expand for Third Year in a Row

Mar 26, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – Youth and families in the communities of Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, and Lindsay will have more recreational options this summer during the weekends thanks to a Tulare County-sponsored program. Tulare County Summer Night Lights, a program designed to curb violence and other negative activity by keeping selected parks and recreational facilities open during the [...]

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Tulare County Board of Supervisors to Hold Five Night Meetings in 2014

Mar 21, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – Tulare County residents who want to attend a board of supervisors meeting at night will have five chances to do so in 2014. The Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved dates for five night meetings on Tuesday. Chairman of the board of supervisors Phil Cox said the goal of hosting the night meetings [...]

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Bertolino Appointed to Serve as Tulare County Public Defender

Mar 10, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today Lisa Bertolino has been appointed to permanently fill the public defender position. Bertolino was appointed interim public defender in December 2013 following Michael Sheltzer’s appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve a judgeship in Tulare County Superior Court. “Based on her experience within the department, [...]

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