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Bills You Should Know About https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2676City Manager3/6/2023 8:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2676/Newsroom_CityView_03.jpgBills You Should Know About <div class="ExternalClassBD64A123BE9041A4B67EAA224456EA08"><html> <p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix Office of Government Relations monitors state and federal legislation that may impact the City. Government Relations works to maintain and preserve the City’s shared revenues, oppose unfunded mandates, protect local authority, and ensure involvement on water resource matters. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> <br><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><br>Recently, several legislative bills have been proposed by the Arizona State House of Representatives and Arizona State Senate that will impact City of Phoenix residents.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span><br></span></p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">As residents, you have the most impact on influencing your State elected officials to support or oppose bills being proposed by the Arizona State Legislature. While these measures are not being considered by Phoenix City Council, they certainly impact our community. </span></p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Here’s what you need to know:</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <h2> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix opposes the following bills:</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":2,"335551620":2,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </h2> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Senate Bill 1117 – Restrictions to Zoning Local Authority and Public Input </strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">SB1117 entirely removes residents' ability to have a say in how their neighborhoods look and feel. The bill preempts cities and towns in all housing matters and prohibits any “undue burden” on a developer. Under this law, developers would be able to ignore zoning districts, codes, design standards, parking requirements, walkability standards, and other conditions. The bill eliminates the citizen review process for residential and multifamily developments, which will prevent residents from learning about projects or providing input. It prohibits planning commissions from reviewing housing projects, getting community input and providing recommendation to our City Council. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>House Bill 2094 – Licensing and Fingerprinting of Mobile Food Vendors</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">HB 2094 prohibits local governments from requiring mobile food vendors operators to submit fingerprint clearance cards. This would upend the City of Phoenix’s current licensure program which has successfully been in place for decades after food and ice cream truck operators came together with residents to develop a system that worked for our community.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Due to public safety concerns, mobile food vendors are required to be fingerprinted prior to being issued a license to operate. It is important for us to go through the extra step of fingerprinting in order to assure our residents’ safety due to their proximity to residentially zoned property and interaction with children. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Senate Bill 1162 – Limiting Local Authority of Home-Based Businesses</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">SB 1162 would limit local authority over businesses operating out of a residential home and make it much more difficult to manage the needs of neighboring property owners. The City of Phoenix currently works in collaboration with home-based business owners and their communities to strike a balance that works for everyone, SB 1162 upends this balance.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix currently allows residential home-based businesses that do not detract from the residential feel and characteristics of the neighborhood by requiring standards to operate a home-based business. Allowing a home-based business by-right and not allowing the City to require the standard already in place could be detrimental to Phoenix neighborhoods.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> <br> </span> </p> <h2> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix supports the following bills:</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":2,"335551620":2,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </h2> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Senate Bill 1585 – Funding for Homelessness  </strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">SB 1585 appropriates $155 million for various measures to mitigate and prevent homelessness. If passed, the City of Phoenix could apply for grants to provide sanctioned housing for unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness. This would go a long way in our efforts to address the homelessness crisis.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Senate Bill 1541 – Permanent Funding for Affordable Housing</strong>  </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">SB 1541 provides a permanent funding stream for the Housing Trust Fund. This Fund provides grants to develop affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households as well as funding for homeless shelters, transitional housing, eviction prevention and rapid rehousing. With a secure funding source, the Housing Trust Fund will be able to make a positive impact on the current housing crisis. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>House Bill 2381 – Increase in Relocation Funding for Displaced Residents Due to Mobile Home Park Redevelopments</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">HB 2381 would increase the amount the Arizona Department of Housing will issue a tenant who is required to relocate due to redevelopment of a mobile home park from $7,500 to $12,500 for a single section mobile home or $12,500 to $20,000 for a multi-section mobile home. Although this is not enough to cover the cost of forced relocation, this is a step in the right direction and will provide much needed relief to displaced residents. </span> </p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerCity of PhoenixCity ManagerAshley Patton, Deputy Director602-292-3704ashley.patton@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/89/Ashley_Patton.jpgPHXCityManager

 

 

Critical Incident Briefing - June 2, 2024 - 1300 E Palm Lnhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3132Police6/14/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/S7eCR259vSYCritical Incident Briefing - June 2, 2024 - 1300 E Palm Ln<div class="ExternalClassF6728DFC318443239806AC68EA78E840"><html>​<strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong><br><br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on June 2, 2024. <br><br>This incident began in the area of 13th Street and Palm Lane when Phoenix police officers responded to a call of a subject with a gun in the area. The 911 caller told the operator a man was armed with a gun and trying to steal her boyfriend's motorcycle.<br><br>When officers arrived, they drove into an alley and saw a man matching the description. The man was sitting on a motorcycle with a gun in his hand. As the officers were getting out of their patrol car, the man raised and pointed the gun towards officers. Both officers responded by firing their guns at the suspect. Evidence found at the scene indicated the man did fire his gun. After the shooting, the suspect dropped the gun and officers moved up to provide medical aid until the fire department arrived. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.<br><br>There were no other injuries to any community member or officers.<br><br>The handgun used by the suspect was recovered on scene. One bullet casing from the suspect's gun was also located.  <br><br>Both officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Mountain View Precinct and have been with the department for six and four years respectively.<br><br>This incident is the subject of a criminal investigation to be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. <br><br>It is also the subject of an administrative investigation. <br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete.<br><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
City of Phoenix Receives Findings Report from U.S. Department of Justice Investigationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3129Police6/13/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3129/20240108_151306.jpgCity of Phoenix Receives Findings Report from U.S. Department of Justice Investigation<div class="ExternalClass160C2BCA2C234CC8AA5BCC8F9220CD87"><html> <p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The City of Phoenix (CoP) and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) are reviewing the findings from a nearly three-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">City leaders and members of the community are eager to read the evidence and insights provided by the DOJ which support its findings. “We are taking all allegations seriously and are planning to review this lengthy report with an open mind," City Manager Jeff Barton said in a message to City employees. “Self-reflection is an important step in continuous improvement, and our Police Department has demonstrated a commitment to reform by making improvements to policy, discipline, internal investigations and training," Barton went on to say.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;">As Phoenix city leadership has previously indicated, it is not in the best interest of residents to make any decisions that will affect public safety without adequate time to review the report. As stated to both the DOJ and residents of Phoenix, the City will take the necessary time to review the findings in detail before responding. The City of Phoenix has also issued a letter to the DOJ, <a target="_blank" href="/policesite/Documents/DOJ/Police_DOJ_Investigation_06-13-24.pdf">City of Phoenix Response to U.S. Department of Justice Report: June 13, 2024 (PDF)​</a>.​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> “We want to see not only what these individual incidents are that the Department of Justice refers to, but we also want to see whether it included policy change or whether it possibly included discipline, or other changes within the department as far as practices go," said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The decisions made in response to the findings report will have long-term consequences for the City and its residents. For that reason, the City intends to take the necessary time to read and digest the report before any decisions are made.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;">The Phoenix Police Department has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement by enhancing policy, accountability and training. The City of Phoenix highlighted these, and other improvements in a report titled <a href="/policesite/Documents/DOJ/PPD_RoadtoReform_January2024.pdf" target="_blank">The Phoenix Police Department: The Road to Reform (PDF)</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;">The City of Phoenix and Phoenix Police Department have cooperated with the DOJ's investigation for nearly three years. Thousands of requested documents and body worn camera videos have been provided, and access to trainings, interviews and ride-alongs were all granted by the City of Phoenix.<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;">The City of Phoenix looks forward to continued dialogue with the DOJ and hopes to identify an effective resolution to this investigation that is in the best interest of the City and the community. For more information of the Department of Justice Investigation into the City of Phoenix and Phoenix Police Department, as well as resources on police reforms, visit <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/doj" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/DOJ</a>.</span></p><br style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;"></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews
Monsoon Preparedness-Swiftwater Rescue Traininghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3128Fire6/13/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3128/Swift Water Rescue Training Newsroom Feature Image(12).jpghttps://youtu.be/a6zzKw3Ll0wMonsoon Preparedness-Swiftwater Rescue Training<div class="ExternalClass2C6A11B2C18C4AE8843C042E7B12CD1A"><html> <p>​Phoenix Fire Department recently began interagency swiftwater rescue training ahead of the start of the monsoon season. Keeping these skills sharp is important. Phoenix PIO Captain Rob McDade said "We want to perform this evolution on a scene, on an incident to where we've done it hundreds of times. The communication is seamless, everybody knows their role. This training is essential to make sure we're all on the same page, we all understand what the mission is, what the goal is." <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo

 

 

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