A city cannot flourish unless its neighborhoods are strong. Representing Council District 5, Councilman Valenzuela works tirelessly to advocate for the neighborhoods in his district. He spends countless hours attending neighborhood meetings, assisting in the formation of block watches, and ensuring city departments are responding to neighborhood concerns.
- Through Councilman Daniel Valenzuela's leadership 55 miles of streets in District 5 have been included in the arterial and major collector streets pavement maintenance program over the next two years.
- In 2016 Councilman Valenzuela launched the Maryvale Community Connection focusing on public safety, economic development and neighborhood revitalization. The initiative has set goals to fight crime, grow business, and inspire Maryvale to new heights by ensuring the issues that matter to Maryvale residents remain a priority by engaging in forums and educational worships that bring community, business, and leadership together.
- Councilman Valenzuela worked in partnership with the Villa De Paz Neighborhood and the Street Transportation Department to develop a plan and secure funding to address roadway improvements along 107th Avenue from Indian School to Camelback Road. To date, the plan has completed tile and beautification of the Roosevelt Irrigation Ditch and the SRP lateral ditch. Complete half-street improvements including a multiuse path with landscape and art features is scheduled for construction at the end of 2017.
- Councilman Valenzuela supported an innovative policy agreement to provide Homeless Navigators to connect homeless to services citywide. Navigators work to engage and connect victims of homelessness to permanent housing options and offer 24-hour behavioral health crisis services to individuals experiencing homelessness and living unsheltered in the City of Phoenix.
- In 2017 Councilman Valenzuela took a leadership role as a member of the Parks Subcommittee to hire an additional 22 Park Rangers in the Parks and Recreation Department. This increased the staffing level of Park Rangers from 55 to 77 and placed rangers in our flatland parks, allowing police officers to focus efforts on more high priority calls for service.
- In the spring of 2017 Councilman Valenzuela initiated a partnership with Double Up Food Bucks to address food deserts in Maryvale community by bringing a new pilot farmers market to El Oso Park. The new market is part of an effort to increase access to healthy food for Arizonans who live in food deserts. The market brings fresh produce to residents in Maryvale who may otherwise have limited options for healthy food in the area.
- Councilman Valenzuela worked with Grand Canyon University to develop a scholarship program for high school students living in west Phoenix. The Students Inspiring Students Scholarship program is a grass-roots, self-funded initiative which has awarded 200 inner-city high school seniors full-tuition scholarships at GCU. The programs goal is to award 800 full-tuition scholarships to qualified high school seniors and create an education-minded inner-city community with students who are passionate, motivated and capable of succeeding in college and the workplace.
- As Chair of the City Council Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee in 2013, Councilman Valenzuela supported the city's efforts to end homelessness among our veterans . The effort included passionate volunteers, non-profit organizations, city leaders and city staff. Ultimately the city became the first in the nation to end chronic homelessness among the city's veterans.
- Successfully advocated for changes to citywide bus service that will allow significant additions to existing routes, including two new north-south routes in West Phoenix later this year. After years of advocating for better service in the district, these improvements will make it more convenient for riders to get to work, school, shopping and more. The changes were accomplished through a variety of small modifications on less-used segments of current routes to increase service on more heavily used routes.
- Worked to create and support block watches. During his first year in office, Councilman Valenzuela worked with Phoenix Police to offer more Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol classes in Spanish. Multiple block watches have been created as a result of the classes and continue to grow. These groups now plan clean-ups and other community events with other District 5 organizations.
- Built relationships with District 5 schools. Councilman Valenzuela and staff have working relationships with school administrators, principals, teachers and community liaisons to empower students and their families to become more active community members.
- Worked with Grand Canyon University to establish and maintain a Graffiti Free Zone in the area of I-17 to 35th Ave/Camelback to Missouri. GCU will provide periodic volunteer based clean-ups in the Graffiti Free Zone and will provide blight elimination education to the surrounding community. GCU is donating a $25,000 per year sponsorship and a volunteer base to be used for periodic volunteer based clean-ups in the Graffiti Free Zone.
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