Ashley Swearengin http://kvpr.org en County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully http://kvpr.org/post/county-registrars-overhaul-recount-process-carefully <div><p>The recount in the state controller’s race may be over, but that hasn’t stopped critics of California’s recount process from calling for an overhaul. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, county election officials are warning state lawmakers to write new rules carefully.</p></div><p>San Bernardino County Registrar Michael Scarpello spent last Friday staffing up. His county’s recount was scheduled to start on Monday. But it didn’t, because former Assembly Speaker John Pérez canceled his recount bid Friday afternoon.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:38 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 36098 at http://kvpr.org County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully Perez Stops Recounts In Controller's Race http://kvpr.org/post/perez-stops-recounts-controllers-race <p>Former California Assembly Speaker John Perez is calling off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller.</p><p>Perez requested the recount in 15 counties after finishing third in the June 3rd primary.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Los Angeles Democrat was 481 votes behind fellow Democrat Betty Yee.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perez picked up only a handful of votes in recounts this week in Imperial and Kern counties.</span></p><p>He says in a statement that "there is simply not enough time to see this process through to the end."</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:28:19 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 36097 at http://kvpr.org Perez Stops Recounts In Controller's Race Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-calls-fresno-resilient-economic-recovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno Mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the city is in the middle of a resilient economic recovery. But as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, her annual state of the city speech Wednesday afternoon also addressed some lingering problems. &nbsp;</span></p><p>In what could be her last such speech as Fresno’s mayor, Ashley Swearengin told the crowd at the Convention Center the economic cloud which has hovered over the city for the past five years is beginning to lift.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:56:55 +0000 Joe Moore 34775 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-new-city-budget <p>At a press conference this morning, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced her proposed 2015 budget for the City of Fresno.</p><p>In a departure from the major shortfalls the city has faced since 2009, the proposal emphasizes paying off debt, bolstering city services, and increasing the operating reserve to help prepare for unforeseen costs.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:51:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 32998 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary http://kvpr.org/post/valley-political-races-heat-ahead-june-primary <p>California's June primary election is just over 40 days away. That means candidates are kicking their campaigns into high gear across Central California. So what are the hot races to watch? We recently spoke with the Fresno Bee's state and local politics reporter John Ellis to get his analysis of the most competitive races including:</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:11:55 +0000 Joe Moore 31566 at http://kvpr.org Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-state-controller-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED 3/5/14 - 6:46 PM</span></p><p class="p1">Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today that she has filed papers to run for the office of State Controller.&nbsp;Swearengin told Valley Public Radio she expects to make a final decision on her run by Friday. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:36:40 +0000 Joe Moore 29284 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/city-council-approves-plan-bring-cars-fresnos-fulton-mall <p>Nearly fifty years after the Fulton Mall opened to national acclaim, &nbsp;Fresno City Council voted late Thursday night to approve a plan to replace the historic pedestrian zone with a two-way street. The 5-2 vote was the latest step in an effort that backers hope will revitalize downtown Fresno and the city's historic main street.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:43 +0000 Joe Moore 29103 at http://kvpr.org City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall Is It Terrible, Or A Treasure? Fresno's Fulton Mall Debate Heats Up http://kvpr.org/post/it-terrible-or-treasure-fresnos-fulton-mall-debate-heats <p>Is Fresno's Fulton Mall a priceless piece of art, or an impediment to revitalization of the city's historic core? That's the issue facing the Fresno City Council later this month, as the debate to re-open the pedestrian mall to vehicle traffic heats up, thanks to a $16 million federal grant.&nbsp;</p><p>On Valley Public Radio's Valley Edition, we invited guests with two different perspectives to join us and talk about their competing visions for the future of this historic part of the city. They were:</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:32:44 +0000 Joe Moore 28373 at http://kvpr.org Is It Terrible, Or A Treasure? Fresno's Fulton Mall Debate Heats Up Swearengin: Time To Fix Fresno Neighborhoods 'On The Brink' http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-time-fix-fresno-neighborhoods-brink <p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin&nbsp;joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities for the city and some of the biggest issues facing local residents, from homelessness to city finances to public safety. Here are some highlights from our conversation:</p><p><strong>On plans to raise water rates to pay for a new surface water treatment plant and replace aging infrastructure:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:48:31 +0000 Joe Moore 26304 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin: Time To Fix Fresno Neighborhoods 'On The Brink' U.S. Transportation Secretary: 'Today Is A New Beginning' For Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/us-transportation-secretary-today-new-beginning-fulton-mall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Fresno today to formally announce the city's award of a grant for $16 million to transform a part of downtown. </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore has this report.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">---</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 01:23:01 +0000 Joe Moore 21199 at http://kvpr.org U.S. Transportation Secretary: 'Today Is A New Beginning' For Fulton Mall Fresno City Manager Mark Scott To Leave Job For Burbank http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-city-manager-mark-scott-leave-job-burbank <p>Fresno City Manager Mark Scott announced today he is leaving his job to take a similar position in the city of Burbank. Mayor Ashley Swearengin will promote current assistant city manager Bruce Rudd to replace him. The move is effective July 19<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Scott spent the last three years on the job in Fresno, dealing with a number of issues ranging from budget deficits and hits to the city’s credit rating, to controversy over animal control and development lawsuits between the city and the counties Madera and Fresno.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:22:51 +0000 Joe Moore 17064 at http://kvpr.org Fresno City Manager Mark Scott To Leave Job For Burbank Measure G Defeated, Mayor Announces Budget, Layoff Plans http://kvpr.org/post/measure-g-defeated-mayor-announces-budget-layoff-plans <p>Fresno’s Measure G officially went down in defeat today. With around 600 votes left to count, updated numbers from the Fresno County Elections Office show that the controversial residential trash outsourcing measure now trails by of 801 votes.</p><p>The move is a defeat for Mayor Ashley Swearengin and ends her effort to sell off the service to a private contractor in order to generate additional money for the crash strapped city’s general fund.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:44:04 +0000 Joe Moore 16678 at http://kvpr.org Measure G Defeated, Mayor Announces Budget, Layoff Plans Fresno To Get High-End, High-Rise Downtown Restaurant? http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-get-high-end-high-rise-downtown-restaurant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED: 5/17/13 (see below)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could Fresno </span>foodies<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> soon be enjoying a gourmet meal at the top of the tallest privately-owned building in Central California?</span></p><p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin suggested as much &nbsp;with this interesting nugget of information during her State of the City address today:</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 02:44:29 +0000 Joe Moore 15278 at http://kvpr.org Fresno To Get High-End, High-Rise Downtown Restaurant? Swearengin Focuses On Business, Industry Growth in 'State of City' Speech http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-focuses-business-industry-growth-state-city-speech <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno Mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the the city's economy is on the road to recovery in 2013, thanks in part to growth in the local food processing sector. &nbsp;</span></p><p>"I'm telling you that things are getting good around here when it comes to industrial expansion and expanding our food business,"&nbsp;Swearengin&nbsp;told the crowd.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 23:42:48 +0000 Joe Moore 15273 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin Focuses On Business, Industry Growth in 'State of City' Speech White House Touts 'Strong Cities' Effort in Fresno, Rerouting Planned Bus Line http://kvpr.org/post/white-house-touts-strong-cities-effort-fresno-rerouting-planned-bus-line <p>A federal effort to cut red tape and better use existing &nbsp;resources to help economically struggling cities like Fresno is beginning to pay off, according to Obama administration officials.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:37:11 +0000 Joe Moore 14180 at http://kvpr.org White House Touts 'Strong Cities' Effort in Fresno, Rerouting Planned Bus Line