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 conc.
- 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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Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Northwest Light Rail Extension
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