|Last mayoral election:||2012|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||November 4, 2014|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||7|
|2014-2015 FY Budget:||$977 million|
|Population in 2013:||509,924|
African American 8.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.7%
Two or More 5.0%
|Ethnicity:||Hispanic or Latino 46.9%|
|Median household income:||$42,276|
|High school graduation rate:||74.7%|
|College graduation rate:||20.1%|
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The city government of Fresno blends elements of a council-manager system with a "strong mayor" system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive. The mayor, however, appoints a city manger to oversee the city's day-to-day operations and implement city policies.
The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law and appointing departmental directors. He or she presides over council meetings, proposes legislation for discussion and holds the power to appoint or remove committee heads, but does not have the authority to vote. The mayor does, however, possess limited veto powers. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Ashley Swearengin is the current Mayor of Fresno.
The city manager is the city's chief administrative officer. He or she is appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, carrying out the legislative initiatives of the mayor and city council and assisting in the planning and implementation of the city's budget.
The Fresno City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The city council consists of seven members. Each member is elected by one of the city's seven districts.
A full list of city council members can be found here
Boards and commissions
A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Fresno City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.
For a full list of Fresno city boards and commissions, see here.
The city of Fresno, California held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election was held on June 3, 2014. The filing period for candidates wishing to run in this election ended March 7, 2014.
Four of the seven city council seats were up for election. These were districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. District 1, however, was an open seat, as incumbent Blong Xiong was ineligible to run due to term limits.
In the June 3 primary election, incumbents Oliver Baines, Sal Quintero and Clint Olivier won re-election outright by receiving a majority of the votes. In District 1, no candidate received a majority. The top two candidates therefore advanced to the general election on November 4. These candidates were Cary Catalano and Esmeralda Soria.
Fresno's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $977 million.
Fresno's initiative process follows state law for both charter amendment and ordinances.
As of August 2014, information on Fresno's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.
|Transparency grading process|
- Current and previous budget information is available online.
- City meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are available.
- Elected officials' names and contact information is available
- Key administrative officials' information is available on each departments' webpage, accessible through the city directory.
- Audits are accessible.
- Contact information, as well as service fees, are provided for the Office of the City Clerk for fulfilling public records requests.
- Information is provided on county and state taxes effecting residents of the city.
- Business tax information is available.
- The city lists all applicable fees annually.
- City contracts are unavailable on the website of the Office of the City Clerk.
- Building permit forms are not accessible online.
- The website provides no information on membership in any tax-payer funded lobbying associations.
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- City of Fresno, "City Council," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Fresno, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 29, 2014
- The Fresno Bee, "Key Election 2014 dates," February 3, 2014
- Fresno County, CA "Statewide Direct Primary Election - June 3, 2014
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- City of Fresno, "City Council," accessed on August 26, 2014
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