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Councilwoman O’Brien Announces Plan to Make Phoenix Police Officers Highest Paid Arizona Law Enforcement Agencyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2378City Council District 16/9/2022 3:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2378/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgCouncilwoman O’Brien Announces Plan to Make Phoenix Police Officers Highest Paid Arizona Law Enforcement Agency<div class="ExternalClassE8966A4C65C64AC88B6A793E1170EDA1"><html> "For decades the City of Phoenix Police Department was the go-to for a career in law enforcement. Academy classes would fill every seat in the classroom. Venues the size of small theaters would be rented for family and friends to join cadets in their graduation ceremonies. But, when the financial crisis of 2008 hit and Phoenix needed to find creative solutions to lessen the impact, the Council at the time put a freeze on hiring new officers. In doing so, we also froze our ability to stay competitive.<br><br> Phoenix is the fifth-largest city in the country and ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance. In an increasingly competitive job market where Phoenix is competing with our fellow municipalities, the county and the state, we needed to find a solution to retain our officers and provide an enticing incentive in the recruitment of more officers.<br><br> When I came into office last year, I made police staffing levels one of my top priorities. I quickly called a strategy group together of various stakeholders comprised of Police Union leaders, Assistant City Manager Lori Bays, Human Resources Director David Mathews, Executive Assistant Chief Mike Kurtenbach, and Chief Jeri Williams to begin discussions on increasing compensation levels for our new recruits and existing officers.<br><br> After performing a compensation study and researching other jurisdiction's pay rates, we realized our officers were sitting at the bottom of the scale compared to our sister municipalities. We then pulled in City Manager Jeff Barton and Budget Director Amber Williamson to crunch the numbers. As a result, we were able to come up with a plan to restructure the salary scale to ensure every officer will receive greater earning potential and  no one will see a decrease in pay.<br><br> This plan, if approved by my fellow councilmembers, will ensure Phoenix once again has the most competitive and attractive police department in Arizona by ensuring our officers and recruits will be the highest paid department throughout the state of Arizona by 10 percent!<br><br> I am beyond thankful to staff for seeing a problem and being so willing to tackle it head on with me. We still have so much work to do in order to bring the number of sworn officers back to where we were prior to the 2008 financial crisis, but this salary restructuring will certainly help!<br><br> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-align:justify;">Read more about my plan by <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2377" href="/newsroom/police/2377">clicking here</a>."​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1D1District 1AnnO’BrienStephanie Barnes602-316-0958 stephanie.barnes@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/42/Stephanie_Barnes.jpgPHXDistrict1

 

 

Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conferencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2442Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/PCqRHk6DZuoRio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference<div class="ExternalClass1BC405ACAE1B439D9131C28803A0F84F"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2441" target="_blank">Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge</a><br></p> <p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado" target="_blank">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p> <p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideo
Breeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in Novemberhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2437Aviation8/10/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2437/Newsroom_Aviation_23_Breeze.jpgBreeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in November<div class="ExternalClass599A16261BBB4A63ADBC624B6278C94A"><html> <p>Today, Breeze Airways Chief Operating Officer Michael Wuerger announced service from Phoenix to Charleston, South Carolina and Provo, Utah beginning November 2, 2022. <br></p> <p>“I welcome Breeze Airways and its innovative approach to air travel as we increase travel options and passenger volume at Sky Harbor International Airport," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to its success and growth of destinations served from Phoenix."</p> <p>Breeze Airways is a new airline for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and will operate out of Terminal 3. Charleston is a new destination as well. The twice-weekly service to both Provo and Charleston will be served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.<br></p> <p>“The expansion of Breeze Airways service in Sky Harbor is proof that there is continued demand for travel to and from Phoenix," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6. “As the fourth new airline to begin operations out of Sky Harbor just this year, I am hopeful for the ongoing growth of our airport, benefiting our community members and the local economy."  <br></p> <p>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport now has 23 airlines serving more than 140 destinations. In the past year, the airport has welcomed four new airlines and restored almost all international destinations put on pause due to the pandemic. Visit <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly</a> to see all the destinations you can fly to from PHX.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNews

 

 

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