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Statement From Councilwoman Vania GuevaraStatement From Councilwoman Vania Guevara<div class="ExternalClass010E2600C37049839CB3AFF0935120CC"><p>​"Last Wednesday, I was honored to join the Phoenix City Council as the first woman to represent District 5, one of the most diverse council districts in our nation – diverse in every sense of the word.  This district spans from our City's western border all the way to Central Phoenix.  Long-time residents, multi-generational families, immigrants and refugees call District 5 home.  More than 50 languages are spoken. </p><p>This happened because of a collective community effort from all areas of the District, and because of the four women leaders of the Phoenix City Council who joined together to put the residents of District 5 first. <br></p><p>For the past six years, I have been privileged to serve these unique communities as the District 5 constituent services liaison.  I have met residents from Maryvale, Canyon Corridor, Villa de Paz and Royal Palm who became friends first, and now family.  While I am proud to be a first-generation Latina, I have a history of inclusivity when it comes to the needs of the people I serve. <br></p><p>Every resident in District 5 deserves to feel safe and welcome in their community. Community safety is important to all of us. A District with strong educational and economic opportunities is a safe District. I believe in a holistic approach to crime prevention and public safety. This includes promoting strong community input and partnership with police.<br></p><p>District 5 is a place ready for continued responsible development and job growth. West Phoenix can become the next destination for inclusive investment. I will work closely with the development community to connect economic opportunities to our neighborhoods for the benefit of all.<br></p><p>All City programs and initiatives need to include those I serve and stretch to the farthest reaches of District 5. Everyone should benefit. This includes Complete Streets and other infrastructure investment, the goal of 25 percent shade canopy by 2030, and our PHX C.A.R.E.S initiative to support those experiencing homelessness and the neighborhoods most impacted.   <br></p><p>I will be accessible to the community by holding office hours at locations that are convenient for our residents.  While I come to this position with the experience and education to deliver for the residents of District 5, I believe that learning and listening will be on ongoing part of the journey.  I am committed to serving the needs of our community first, while working with all of my colleagues on the Phoenix City Council to ensure Phoenix continues to be the City that we can all proudly call home."<br></p></div>8/6/2018 7:00:00 PMStephanie Bracken602.534.1209