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Chief Executives, Mayor Swearengin Launch the ‘Fresno Presidents’ Council’

Feb 26, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO  – Today, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and leaders from major health care, education, agriculture and financial institutions will launch the Fresno Presidents’ Council, a high-level group of chief executives formed to address serious, long-term challenges in the community. The Presidents’ Council also will commit their support for the public investments necessary to restore Downtown Fresno [...]

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Tulare County Library Presents ‘Getting to Know’ Series

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

VISALIA – Visalia’s Mayor Steve Nelson will be speaking at the Tulare County Library’s Visalia Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 as part of the “Getting to Know” series. The “Getting to Know” series is a Tulare County Library initiative that is designed to give residents an opportunity to get to know the people [...]

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City of Fresno Staff Participate in Understanding Independent Travel in the Right-of-Way

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – The City of Fresno joins with Valley Center for the Blind (VCB) to provide a unique training opportunity for Public Works Department employees, “Understanding Independent Travel in the Right-Of-Way.” The Public Works Department plays a crucial role in our citizens’ abilities to move about confidently and safely within our Right-of-Way.  On Tuesday, Feb. [...]

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Census Bureau Provides Preview of Redesigned Census.gov

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Census Bureau today released a beta version of its new census.gov website. With a new look and topic-based navigation, the redesigned site provides easier access to statistics on America’s people, places and economy. The Census Bureau conducted both industry and customer research to create the new site. The beta site [...]

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Tulare County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to Drought

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – The Tulare County board of supervisors has unanimously proclaimed a local emergency due to the statewide drought, called for state legislators to place a water bond on a future ballot, and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy. Chairman of the board of supervisors Phil Cox said the proclamation [...]

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Big Fresno Fair Announces New Board Members

Feb 04, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – The board of directors at The Big Fresno Fair recently welcomed newly appointed board members, Dora Westerlund and Linda Mae Balakian Hunsucker, to the 21st District Agricultural Association board of directors. The appointments were made in December and January respectively by California Gov. Jerry Brown. Additionally, the governor also re-appointed Larry Serpa and [...]

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Kinoshita Reappointed as Tulare County Ag Commissioner/Sealer

Jan 30, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has announced that Marilyn Kinoshita has been reappointed to an additional four-year term as Tulare County agricultural commissioner/sealer. This will be Kinoshita’s second four-year term. Kinoshita was first appointed to the ag commissioner position in December 2009. Board of supervisors Chairman Phil Cox said Kinoshita’s proven track [...]

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Record-Breaking Passenger Numbers at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in 2013

Jan 29, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – The number of arriving and departing passengers that used Fresno Yosemite International Airport in 2013 was the highest ever at 1,401,582. This exceeded the previous record of 1,318,493 set in 2007 by 6.3%. This unprecedented growth is a result of the addition of new destinations, the introduction of larger aircraft, and a sustained [...]

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Trust in Government Plunges to Historic Low

Jan 21, 2014 No Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals the largest ever gap (14 points) between trust in government and business. Driven by the decimation of trust in government and not an increase in business trust, the gap was 20 points or greater in nearly half of the 27 countries surveyed, including the U.S. [...]

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City of Fresno Announces Economic Development Director

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd has announced that Larry Westerlund has been named the City of Fresno’s economic development director. “Supporting business growth and job creation in our community is the most important thing we can do at City Hall,” Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said.  “Larry brings a considerable amount of local business [...]

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Kerri Donis Named City of Fresno’s Fire Chief

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – Kerri Donis, an 18-year veteran of the Fresno Fire Department, has been named the City of Fresno’s fire chief, City Manager Bruce Rudd has announced.  Donis has been serving as the department’s interim fire chief since June 2013. “Chief Donis has demonstrated that she is an extremely capable and dedicated public servant.  She [...]

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Eggs and Issues with Police Chief Dyer Sells Out

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – The Fresno Chamber of Commerce has announced that its upcoming event, Eggs & Issues – “Crime is Toast” with City of Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, has completely sold out. The highly anticipated breakfast will be held on Jan. 16, with the program scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. in University Square Hotel’s main conference [...]

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Urban Art to be Featured in Tulare County

Jan 10, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – Three pieces of urban art, inspired by Pro Youth HEART, will be showcased at eleven Tulare County locations through April 2. Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox will unveil the urban art during the “Urban Art Kick-Off Reception” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Tulare County’s Visalia Branch Library [...]

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Regional Administrator for SBA Region IX Appointed

Jan 08, 2014 No Comments

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the appointment of Donna Davis as regional administrator for Region IX, which encompasses Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada. Davis has over three decades of experience in working with small businesses and corporations, as well as public service with governments at the city, state and federal levels.  [...]

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Madera County Residents Given Choice when Receiving Sample Ballots

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

MADERA – Rebecca Martinez, Madera County clerk-recorder & registrar of voters has announced that voters in Madera County now have a choice in how they receive their sample ballots. In all elections, a sample ballot booklet is printed for each registered voter. In an effort to reduce costs in County budgets, state law now allows [...]

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Democrats and Republicans Sharply Divided on 2014 Economic Prospects

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – As one year draws to a close and another begins anew, it’s time for Americans to plan out the year to come. What financial resolutions might they be making? And what sort of economic changes do they expect 2014 to bring for the nation as a whole? A recent Harris Poll [...]

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Madera County Community Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted

Jan 03, 2014 No Comments

MADERA – Applications for the 2014 Community Grant Program of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and Madera County are now available and due on or before March 1, 2014 “Over the last seven years, the Community Grant Program has invested $7 million into our rural county,” said Tom Wheeler, 2014 chairman of the [...]

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Lisa Bertolino Appointed Interim Public Defender

Dec 31, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has appointed Lisa Bertolino as interim public defender following Michael Sheltzer’s appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve a judgeship in Tulare County Superior Court. Bertolino, who has served as the county’s assistant public defender since 2003, has been with Tulare County since 1989. Prior to her [...]

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Census Bureau Projects U.S. Population of 317.3 Million on New Year’s Day

Dec 31, 2013 No Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As our nation prepares to begin the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected that on Jan. 1, 2014, the United States population will be 317,297,938. This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013. In January 2014, one birth is expected to occur every 8 seconds in the United States and one death [...]

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General Vang Pao Statue Unveiled at Fresno Fairgrounds

Dec 27, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Months of hard work paid off Friday morning when Monster City Studios officials, along with members of the Hmong community, unveiled a life-size statue of Hmong hero and leader General Vang Pao during the Hmong International New Year celebration at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Monster City Studios had been commissioned by the Hmong community [...]

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