Councilwoman Debra Stark’s Statement on the Passing of Former Councilwoman Thelda Williamshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2928City Council District 311/15/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2928/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgCouncilwoman Debra Stark’s Statement on the Passing of Former Councilwoman Thelda Williams<div class="ExternalClass626C2F951F3E42B29AB4E11344BB17D8"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Thelda Williams was a dear friend and colleague. I am deeply saddened about her passing, as she impacted so many lives, including my own. She was an ally on the Council, but also a force to be reckoned with. I take solace in knowing she lived a full and accomplished life. Thelda was dedicated to her constituents and to improving the lives of Phoenicians. She was selected to be Interim Mayor three times—showing the confidence my Council colleagues and I had in her ability to lead and be fair. </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Thelda has lived a life of public service that I truly admire. Her legacy is one of public service. Thelda was an ardent supporter of law enforcement and public safety, a leader in transportation and infrastructure projects, and a champion for the redevelopment of Metro Center. Her big heart and advocacy also extended to animals—especially her four-legged friends. And anyone who knew Thelda knew her wit was as sharp as her fashion sense.</span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">We owe a debt of gratitude to Thelda for her many years of public service and contributions to the City of Phoenix. Thelda will be so missed.” </span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>MEDIA CONTACT:</strong> Cooper Payne, Public Information Officer, 602-329-2445</span> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Councilwoman Stark’s Statement on the Fatal Sunnyslope Shootingshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2370City Council District 36/4/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2370/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpegCouncilwoman Stark’s Statement on the Fatal Sunnyslope Shootings<div class="ExternalClass2A33E3D409064238BFFA7C3BCF0F0180"><html> <div> ​“The shooting of nine people that took the life of one person on Hatcher Road near 10th Avenue is deeply troubling and has shaken the Sunnyslope community. This violence has no place in our neighborhoods! Further troubling is an additional fatal shooting of a juvenile that happened not even a half mile away around the same time. It is not known if the incidents are related. Phoenix Police are actively investigating what led up to these shootings to bring anyone responsible to justice.” ​​​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Councilwoman Stark's Statement on Retirement of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williamshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2335City Council District 35/3/2022 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2335/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgCouncilwoman Stark's Statement on Retirement of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams<div class="ExternalClass00D0B24FECD5478BBF4397FCD8304682"><html> <p>"Chief Jeri Williams has led the Phoenix Police Department with courage, dignity, and professionalism for the past six years, and she has devoted her entire 33-year career to public service. As the department’s first female police chief, she made history. But Chief Williams never rested on her laurels. The role of police chief comes with great responsibility, which Chief Williams understood and worked tirelessly to protect and serve the community she grew up in. She has also led the department through challenging times and reforms. I look forward to working with the next police chief to continue supporting our men and women in blue who protect our community. I wish Chief Williams a happy retirement and the best for her future."​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Councilwoman Stark Invites Community to 3rd Annual ‘Slope Fest & Tour de Sunnyslopehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2298City Council District 34/1/2022 11:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2298/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgCouncilwoman Stark Invites Community to 3rd Annual ‘Slope Fest & Tour de Sunnyslope<div class="ExternalClass85E2B4E458C8439BA093EE9D5D642D86"><html> <p>​​PHOENIX – The Sunnyslope neighborhood will host its 3rd Annual ‘Slope Fest & Tour de Sunnyslope from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Palma Park, 1135 E. Dunlap Ave. (12th St. & Dunlap).<br></p> <p>This free community event will kick off with a family friendly 5k bike ride led by the Desert Horizon Police Precinct bike squad, followed by a festival the whole family can enjoy. <br></p> <p>After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, ‘Slope Fest is back with more than 100 participating vendors and organizations. <br></p> <p>“We are pumped to have ‘Slope Fest back—the energy from our community groups is incredible. It is important for neighbors to come together and build bonds. ‘Slope Fest is a one-stop-shop where we can educate the community about resources, get to know each other, and promote crime prevention by taking back our parks,” said Jeff Tisot, organizer of the event. <br></p> <p>‘Slope Fest is Sunnyslope’s largest signature event. Nine community groups partnered to make the event a reality, including the East Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association and Block Watch, West Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association and Block Watch, Ocotillo Hills Block Watch, Palo Verde Block Watch, Hatcher Urban Businesses, PHX LUV, North Central Heights, North Central Canal Community, and Norton Vista Neighborhood Association. <br></p> <p>“Sunnyslope is a special neighborhood in Phoenix because of its history, diversity, and deep sense of community. ‘Slope Fest showcases that community pride,” said Councilwoman Debra Stark. “There are so many dedicated residents, business owners, and organizations who are motivated to improving the quality of life by working together to solve challenges in Sunnyslope.”<br></p> <p>Local businesses and organizations, along with City departments, social organizations, and health services are also coming together to offer services and educate the neighborhood about how to create an active and involved community.<br></p> <p>Other event features: </p> <ul> <li><p>Blood donation drive</p></li> <li><p>Kids zone</p></li> <li><p>Food trucks</p></li> <li><p>Live entertainment</p></li> <li><p>Demonstrations </p></li> <li><p>And much more!</p></li> </ul> <p>A full list of participating organizations, agencies, businesses, etc. is available <a href="https://www.slopefestaz.org/partners" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.slopefestaz.org/partners" target="_blank">online</a>. ​​​​​​<br></p><p>Event Contact: Jeff Tisot | 623-759-2881, <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="mailto:essbw16@gmail.com" href="mailto:essbw16@gmail.com">essbw16@gmail.com</a>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Councilwoman Debra Stark’s Statement on the Passing of Glen Spencerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2276City Council District 33/20/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2276/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgCouncilwoman Debra Stark’s Statement on the Passing of Glen Spencer<div class="ExternalClassBB22AE8218D044B09FCA9287B7638C5B"><html> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>“I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Glen Spencer, former executive director of the Aunt Rita’s Foundation. Glen was passionate about his work advocating for the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV. He touched many lives while dedicating his own to educating about prevention and care, fundraising, and ending the stigma for those living with HIV. Glen was a member of Phoenix’s Fast Track Cities Ad Hoc Committee, whose goal is to end HIV by 2030. At our last Fast Track Cities Ad Hoc Committee meeting, Glen announced that an anonymous donor made a $1 million donation in his honor to establish the Glen Spencer Ending the Epidemic Fund. Glen’s life will have a lasting impact, and he will be truly missed.”<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Councilwoman Stark’s Statement on Council Vote Appointing Jeff Barton New City Managerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2054City Council District 39/8/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2054/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgCouncilwoman Stark’s Statement on Council Vote Appointing Jeff Barton New City Manager<div class="ExternalClass4848D8A3C72B4BEEAB9E2A66C4DA6E04"><html> <p></p><p>“I am pleased that my Council colleagues and I have appointed Jeff Barton as Phoenix's new City Manager. I am confident Jeff will do an excellent job leading the nation's fifth-largest city. <br><br>Jeff's long history with the city and deep knowledge of various departments will serve our city well. As the previous Budget and Research Director, Jeff is experienced and skilled in managing a multi-billion-dollar budget. He has also been at the helm of the city's efforts to allocate federal COVID relief funds and resources to our community. <br><br>Jeff is a well-respected leader, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity."<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Councilwoman Stark’s Statement on the Department of Justice Announcementhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/2013City Council District 38/5/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2013/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgCouncilwoman Stark’s Statement on the Department of Justice Announcement<div class="ExternalClass8B66A819050F43E2879E1931F5B5F7E3"><html> <p>​“The women and men of the Phoenix Police Department have a difficult job where they must make split-second decisions to protect others while putting their lives on the line every day. For police officers, trust is a vital component to building relationships with the community members who police officers swear to serve and protect. My hope is the outcome of the investigation will help restore trust and increase accountability and transparency.<br><br>Our officers are often called to respond to situations that are better handled by experts trained in behavioral and mental health crisis. I am proud that my City Council colleagues and I approved funding in the budget to expand the Community Assistance Program to have civilian mental health experts respond to crisis calls, rather than police. This approach is long overdue and will help strengthen health outcomes and avoid negative interactions.<br><br>During this time of review, I hope our officers know that scrutiny does not diminish the good work they do every day. I welcome any necessary improvements to restore the relationship between our Police Department and Phoenicians."<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark
Joint Statement from Councilmembers Thelda Williams and Debra Stark on Today's Arizona Supreme Court Ruling on Aviation Ground Transportation Feeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-3/1109City Council District 34/2/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1109/Newsroom_Council_Statement_03.jpgJoint Statement from Councilmembers Thelda Williams and Debra Stark on Today's Arizona Supreme Court Ruling on Aviation Ground Transportation Fees<div class="ExternalClassCF35E12333F44E708D010C0AF44F6710"><html>​“Today's ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court is good news that Phoenix will be able to recover revenue from ground transportation operators that access Sky Harbor. These user fees ensure TNCs are paying their fair share, just as all other businesses that operate at the airport do."<br><br>-Councilwoman Thelda Williams, Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee <br><br>-Councilwoman Debra Stark<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district3Newsdistrict-3District 3DebraStark



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