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City Council Says Goodbye, Swears In New Member

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<p>A different kind of urban renewal Thursday at Fresno City Council – new faces, new plans and a nod to an old friend. </p><p>&quot;I hope that I have added value to this group,&quot; Council Member Blong Xiong said. </p><p>&nbsp;Blong Xiong tearfully gave credit to the city for eight years as District One City Council Member.</p><p>&quot;I count my blessing that I have had a chance to serve all of you,&quot; Xiong said.&nbsp; </p><p>But he wasn’t’ the only one tearing up. </p><p>&quot;It may start out as a political friend, but it evolves into a real friendship,&quot; Council Member Oliver Baines said. </p><p>&quot;Blong literally took me under his wing. It was a little wing,&quot; Council Member&nbsp; </p><p>Thursday, new Council One Representative Esmerelda Soria was &quot;ceremonially&quot; sworn in after being &quot;officially&quot; sworn in Wednesday in a private ceremony. </p><p>Soria spelled out one of her top priorities. </p><p>&quot;Public transportation system, making sure our communities are safe, that was a big big issue for me,&quot; Soria said. </p><p>Soria wasn’t the only one sworn in. Three other council members re-elected last November, Sal Quintero, Clinton Olivier, and Oliver Baines, were all re-sworn. </p><p>The council also voted unanimously to make Oliver Baines Council President. He said 2015 is sure to be a big year for the city</p><p>&quot;We had the ground breaking of high speed rail. We’re going to be starting the opening of Fulton Mall to a street. We have the installation of BRT (Bus Rapid Transit),&quot; Baines said.&nbsp; </p><p>Council members finished the meeting by approving the last few items on the agenda. The next meeting is scheduled for January 15, 2015 at 8:30p.m. <br /></p></div>

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