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Statement from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien Regarding Metrocenter Redevelopmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2165City Council District 112/9/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2165/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgStatement from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien Regarding Metrocenter Redevelopment<div class="ExternalClassD5E725D8CDB44CB0BF910EFB8521A4AC"><html> <p>​ "Now that exciting plans have been unveiled about the redevelopment of our beloved Metrocenter, I am proud to say that the Metrocenter area will remain an icon in the city of Phoenix, thanks to the vision of the developers, Concord Wilshire Capital and TLG Investment Partners, and their strategic alliance with international real estate firm, Hines, along with the hard work of city of Phoenix staff under the leadership of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay.</p> <p>The well-thought-out design concept for the new Metrocenter embodies the definition of a modern community with retail stores, restaurants, public transportation, entertainment and housing all within the “Village.” What makes the design concept even more special is the blending of these new elements with hang-out spots many of us are familiar with, such as Castles and Coasters and Harkins Movie Theatre. The “Village” will not only present something new to visitors and future residents but will also preserve notable characteristics that will invoke nostalgia for many of us.</p> <p>Metrocenter played a big role during my teen years and beyond—I hung out there, I worked there and shopped there. That is why I am grateful to everyone involved and will be involved in making this project come to life. I’m ready to work to make this happen!"<br><br><br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Statement from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien Regarding Council Vote on Mandatory Vaccinehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2151City Council District 111/23/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2151/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgStatement from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien Regarding Council Vote on Mandatory Vaccine<div class="ExternalClassD5B10BDD81A744C8B400C3CCE0A44077"><html> <p>​"As I've already said, this federal mandate regarding vaccinations for Phoenix employees is a complete overreach of the federal government. This mandate is incredibly problematic because of its negative impacts on city staffing and how it will affect the way city services are delivered to our community - particularly with our police officers and firefighters. <br><br>It is a very important topic that I believe should be discussed in public and not behind closed doors to give our employees and the community a chance to weigh in. <br><br>Today, I have asked the Mayor to prioritize this issue and bring it to the forefront by including it on the next Council Policy agenda on Dec. 7th for discussion and a vote. The Mayor has agreed to place this item on the agenda and understands the importance of this discussion, which is why it will be the only item on the agenda. Employees and community members deserve the opportunity to voice their opinions and to hear from each Council member. The public MUST be included in the conversation.<br><br>I am not anti-vaccine; I am anti-mandates. I am pro-personal choice and I believe that Phoenix employees will do the right thing and make decisions that are best for themselves and their families. <br><br>On Dec. 7, I encourage the public to let their opinions be heard about this Executive Order – an issue that has negatively impacted the morale of our employees, an issue that has divided our organization and an issue that could greatly affect the city services we provide."<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Statement from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien on Vaccine Mandates for City of Phoenix Employeeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2146City Council District 111/20/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2146/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgStatement from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien on Vaccine Mandates for City of Phoenix Employees<div class="ExternalClass878F8B8F63D544919CB104863BD392C2"><html>"Last week, the City announced their requirement to follow the Executive Order (EO) issued by President Biden mandating vaccines for all federal employees and federal contractors. Based on the language of his EO and due to our many federal contracts, the City of Phoenix is treated as a federal contractor and therefore is required to mandate that all our employees be fully vaccinated no later than January 18. <br><br>This mandate will have a negative impact on the city's staffing, which ultimately affects the city services we provide the community. Even worse, this mandate will negatively impact employee morale. <br><br>I am not anti-vaccine, I am anti-mandate. Almost every city, town and state have a contract with the federal government, meaning all employees of such are now mandated to get the vaccine. This is overreach at its finest! A medical decision should be made with an individual's doctor not by the government.<br><br>I am pro personal responsibility and am confident that all Phoenix employees – our police officers, firefighters, solid waste collectors, streets maintenance workers, park rangers, and many more – are all capable of making the right decisions for themselves and their families."<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Sneak peek of the new Adelante Healthcare facility near Metro Centerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2099City Council District 19/15/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/90JZdJ0hFqMSneak peek of the new Adelante Healthcare facility near Metro Center<div class="ExternalClassDFA1BCAA26004C05B2615AB49A47C849"><html> <div>Phoenix Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with local business owners and community leaders, got a sneak peek of the new Adelante Healthcare facility located in the redeveloped Metro Pavilion, adjacent to the Metrocenter Mall. The healthcare facility will serve as a one-stop shop for the public’s medical needs, including dental, pediatric and lab work. The 40,000 square foot facility opens at the end of September 2021.​​<br></div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Videodistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Sneak peek of the new Adelante Healthcare facility near Metro Center https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2066City Council District 19/15/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/90JZdJ0hFqMSneak peek of the new Adelante Healthcare facility near Metro Center <div class="ExternalClassAB8BCB503CC441ED918F092AC802990C"><html>Phoenix Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with local business owners and community leaders, got a sneak peek of the new Adelante Healthcare facility located in the redeveloped Metro Pavilion, adjacent to the Metrocenter Mall. The healthcare facility will serve as a one-stop shop for the public’s medical needs, including dental, pediatric and lab work. The 40,000 square foot facility opens at the end of September 2021.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Videodistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Statement from Councilwoman O’Brien on Phoenix’s Next City Managerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2048City Council District 19/1/2021 8:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2048/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgStatement from Councilwoman O’Brien on Phoenix’s Next City Manager<div class="ExternalClass3C7F07729D4E4C8B98B2C796F6B6E702"><html>​“When I took office in April, one of the friendly faces that welcomed me in my new role was Jeff Barton. <br><br>Since then, my encounters with him as Phoenix's Assistant City Manager have been nothing short of professional. He is a problem solver, who approaches opportunities with honesty, integrity and sound strategy. During the COVID-induced recession, he was laser focused on ensuring no city services or programs were cut because these services were essential to residents, now more than ever. His innovative use of COVID relief funds is appreciated by many residents in need and has been lauded by the Government Finance Officers Association and his peers nationwide. <br><br>I am most impressed with Jeff's calm approach to difficult situations. He is always prepared and well-informed and presents pragmatic solutions. Raised by his grandmother in Pennsylvania, he understands the challenges that many Phoenix residents are experiencing. <br><br>Along with my colleagues in the city council, I look forward to working with Jeff to continue to make the 5th largest city in the nation a world-class city."<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Councilwoman O’Brien’s Statement on Phoenix Police Investigationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2024City Council District 18/12/2021 8:25:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2024/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgCouncilwoman O’Brien’s Statement on Phoenix Police Investigations<div class="ExternalClass0B11C74991384B44A4534A7271C2BC60"><html>“First, I do NOT condone inappropriate actions from City of Phoenix employees.<br> <br>Two investigative reports into actions of a few members of the Phoenix Police Department were prematurely provided to the media. What was not provided is the City Manager's corrective action plans already developed from the investigation results. The corrective action plans outline the steps that have been and are being taken to address the inappropriate decisions: employees are being reassigned, policies and procedures are being created and updated, and improved trainings are going to be implemented. Furthermore, the Arizona Attorney General's Office is being asked to conduct a criminal and administrative investigation into other employees. <br><br>However, it is important to note that the actions of a few do not represent and entire organization. As a mother, I taught my children to not generalize and never use a blanket statement for an entire group of people based on the actions of a few. I stand with and continue to support the Phoenix Police Department, the organization that continues to protect our families and visitors.<br><br>The City of Phoenix is committed to continuously improve in all areas of constituent services, especially public safety. Therefore, when issues are identified, corrective actions are immediately taken. That is what we are doing!"<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Councilwoman O’Brien’s Statement on Department of Justice Investigation https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2015City Council District 18/5/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2015/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgCouncilwoman O’Brien’s Statement on Department of Justice Investigation <div class="ExternalClass9A034CACC2674E04B2F3B720E0B123A7"><html> <p>“Earlier today, the Department of Justice announced an investigation into our Phoenix Police Department.<br><br><strong>Let me be very clear, I stand with our men and women in blue. </strong>Our officers are the first to run into danger and the last to leave. Phoenix police officers keep our neighborhoods and streets safe. The Phoenix Police Department has a proven track record of continuous improvement for many years now.<br><br>The Attorney General correctly states the “risks are enormous" for police to respond to situations of a mental health crisis. This is why I championed, and the City of Phoenix Council voted, to approve $15 million to expand the Community Assistance Program (CAP). These dollars will provide resources so calls for mental health situations can be responded to by public health officials with the proper training. In addition, I voted against cutting any positions from the Phoenix Police Department which would have negatively impacted our communities.<br><br>The City is already facing a shortage in our sworn officers and many are contemplating retirement as soon as it becomes available. I shudder to think what this “investigation" will do to the morale of our officers.<br><br>As Chair of the Public Safety and Justice Council Subcommittee, I will ensure our police know we stand with them and will to continue to support them as they diligently protect our Phoenix families and visitors with integrity."<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien

 

 

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