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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
Councilwoman Ann O'Brien's Comment on the Adoption of the Final 2021-22 Budget https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/1954City Council District 16/16/2021 10:52:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1954/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgCouncilwoman Ann O'Brien's Comment on the Adoption of the Final 2021-22 Budget <div class="ExternalClass8F7DDD008C70470F9E508B533D15529D"><html>First, I want to thank City staff in all the different departments who have put so much time and effort into creating this budget.<br><br>My office has received well over 200 emails and phone calls asking us not to defund the police and to oppose the budget. I want to make this very clear, I do not support reducing or defunding our public safety officers. This budget, as proposed, does NOT defund the police. There has been misinformation passing around claiming the current budget will cut and/or fully defund the police. This is simply inaccurate.<br><br>In fact, this budget actually provides more funding to our public safety department in additional civilian positions created for the expansion of the Community Assistance Program, which will be designed to provide properly trained responders to deescalate situations where police officers may not be involved.<br><br>I supported the budget as written so that our police force can continue to receive the funding they need in order to keep our neighborhoods and communities safe, as well as to actively recruit more officers to maintain the recommended 2.5 officers per 1,000 residents recommendation.<br><br>This 2021-22 budget also helps to address early childhood education attainment for our most vulnerable communities. I believe a proper education for every child is the first step to raising Phoenix to the standards I know we can achieve.<br><br>This budget allocates necessary funding to help address our homeless population and works to create regional solutions with our neighboring municipalities to ensure our City doesn't bear the brunt of helping our vulnerable community members. This budget also provides necessary funds to our transit department which connects our citizens across the City. I hope to work closely with our Public Transit Department over the next year to develop new routes into the northern part of the City.<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br>Once again, thank you to city staff, who put all their time and effort into creating this budget. And more importantly, thank you to all the Phoenix residents, particularly Council District 1 residents, who participated in this budget process to ensure that everyone had a voice, had an opportunity to advocate for the programs that are important to them, and to share their thoughts and ideas on the future of our city.</span><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
A Message on the Adoption of the Ordinance to Establish the Office of Accountability and Transparencyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/1919City Council District 15/20/2021 12:00:00 AMA Message on the Adoption of the Ordinance to Establish the Office of Accountability and Transparency<div class="ExternalClassC3057F7859C6495192E15092ED5CD274"><html> <p></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Thank you to all Phoenix residents, who called or emailed the District 1 Office to express their opposition of the adoption of the ordinance that establishes the Office of Accountability and Transparency. </span> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">As I mentioned during the Council discussion, the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) is supposed to serve as a "checks and balances" mechanism. But the way it is written currently, there is no balance.  </span> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">For example, the ordinance states that the OAT is being mandated to employ a future director and staff members without any background in law enforcement or have family members who previously served in law enforcement. Essentially, we are creating an Office that is supposed to work in tandem with our Police Department, yet not have ANY background or experience in how these types of investigations work or carried out. How can an Office designed to provide accountability and transparency by working with our Police Department function without any institutional knowledge?</span> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The city is creating an additional department and growing government to perform a process where one is already in place. Creating multiple departments and positions performing the same task is certainly a waste of taxpayer dollars. Currently, the Phoenix Police Department has a Use of Force Process. The moment there’s an application of force by an officer, the incident is either investigated by the Professional Standards Board or by the Violent Crimes Bureau. From there, the incident is either sent to the County Attorney or forwarded to the Use of Force Board, then to a Disciplinary Review Board before ultimately going to a Civil Service Board. That’s essentially five separate boards PLUS potentially being reviewed by the County Attorney. So why are we creating another Department of government to perform what is already a detailed investigation process?</span> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Again, I want to reiterate that I am supportive of increasing accountability and transparency, but by giving this Office of Accountability and Transparency FULL investigative authority, we are creating a system of checks and balances that has a whole lot of checks and not enough balances.​<br></span> ​​​<br>​<br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien
Phoenix 2021 Inauguration Ceremonyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/1867City Council District 14/19/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/7V8Kvr84Q-gPhoenix 2021 Inauguration Ceremony<div class="ExternalClassFF08A3F618C64860943C2F105B714367"><html> <p>​On Monday, April 19, 2021 Councilwoman Ann O'Brien was officially sworn in as the City of Phoenix's District 1 Councilwoman. The Councilwoman will serve a four-year term. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Videodistrict-1District 1AnnO’Brien

 

 

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