Phoenix Bond Measures Approved: A Brighter Future for the Cityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-5/2922City Council District 511/14/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2922/Newsroom_Council_News_05.jpgPhoenix Bond Measures Approved: A Brighter Future for the City<div class="ExternalClass01F6A1DF860A40A8846AFEDE38BAC12E"><html> <p> ​Phoenix, AZ — The voters of Phoenix have spoken, and we are celebrating the approval of a comprehensive bond package that promises a brighter future for all residents. In a resounding show of support, the bond measures received overwhelming approval from the community, demonstrating a shared commitment to enhancing community safety, improving quality of life, and creating a more efficient and modern city.<br></p><div><p>The strong support for these measures reflects a collective vision for a more prosperous and vibrant Phoenix.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p><p>Investing in a Brighter Future.<br></p><p>The approved bond measures encompass a range of critical initiatives that will shape the city's development and prosperity. Here is an overview of the key areas of investment:</p><div><ol><li><p>Enhan​​​ce Community Safety: Vote​r authorization has been granted to issue and sell general obligation bonds, totaling up to $214 million. These funds will provide much-needed resources for essential fire, police, roadway, and pedestrian infrastructure projects.</p></li><li><p>Improve Quality of Life: Phoenix neighborhoods are set to benefit from an investment of up to$108.6 million. These funds will be allocated to projects focusing on libraries, parks, and historic preservation, enriching the quality of life for residents across the city.</p></li><li><p>Create an Efficient, Modern Phoenix: With up to $114.4 million in approved funding, Phoenix is poised to become a hub of innovation and modernity. Education, economic development, waste reduction, resource management, and arts and culture projects will help create an efficient, modern city in which residents can live and work seamlessly.</p></li><li><p>Enhance, Preserve, and Increase Affordable Housing and Senior Centers: Phoenix recognizes the importance of affordable housing and dedicated spaces for seniors. Up to $63 million in bond funding will be directed toward affordable housing and senior center projects, ensuring access to quality housing and support for older community members.</p></li></ol></div><p>Councilwoman Betty Guardado stressed the importance of these measures, particularly the bond's role in realizing the long-awaited Latino cultural center.<br></p><p>“With one of the country’s largest Latino populations, Phoenix has a rich and storied past that is rooted in the Latino community and its leaders.”<br></p><p>Guardado emphasized, “This is an exciting opportunity to document that experience and to tell that story, which is unique and a major part of Phoenix’s growth and history. The community has been advocating for this project for years, and I couldn’t be more excited to see their dreams come to fruition and all the work we as a commission put into the new center, pay off. It has been a truly rewarding experience and I can’t wait to see the vision of the community come together."<br></p><p>Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to a brighter future in District 5.<br></p></div><p><br></p><div style="text-align:center;"> </div><div style="text-align:center;"> </div><p> <img alt="Vote Yes photo" src="/district5site/MediaAssets/GO%20Bond%20Group.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:248px;height:186px;" /> <img alt="Vote Yes photo" src="/district5site/MediaAssets/Go%20Bond%20D5%20%26%20Mayor.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:248px;height:186px;" /> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district5Newsdistrict-5D5District 5BettyGuardadoCooper Payne602-329-2445cooper.payne@phoenix.govPHXDistrict5



Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3078Parks and Recreation4/19/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3078/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass85336C54B5D449EFBC16497AFE21DD2B"><html> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the City's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban goes into effect the same day .</p><p>In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p><p>The ban applies to <strong>Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve.</strong></p><p>The ban does not apply to the City's flatland parks.</p><p>For those using the City's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p><p>·       Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited</p><p>·       Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The following activities continue to be prohibited year-round:</strong></span></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles </li><li>Fireworks</li></ul><p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p><p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the City's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p><p>Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-5/30794/19/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3079/library.jpg​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"<div class="ExternalClass528E88C714FC416F97FA616B56521FCD"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives team invites you to visit a powerful exhibit to raise awareness about sexual assault as part of April's “Let's Talk Teal Campaign." April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the city provides resources and awareness events all month.</span></p> <p>The exhibit titled “What were you wearing?" draws attention to the “rape culture," where questions and statements like these are common, and put the blame on the victim. Victim shaming and blaming discourages victims from coming forward to report the crime and seek help. The display features the stories of several survivors and a representation of the clothes they were wearing when they were assaulted. </p> <p>The exhibit is on display at Burton Barr Library on the 2nd floor through April 24th.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives</a> section collaborates with community partners to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, unhealthy youth relationships, human trafficking, and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We achieve this mission through prevention, training, community awareness, and enhancing services for the overall well-being of those we serve .​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>News
Operation Makeup Breakuphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3077Police4/19/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_2RWf2kCisOperation Makeup Breakup<div class="ExternalClassD2BFF659F0AD40889598610F676EACBE"><html> <p>The Phoenix Police Department recently made multiple arrests and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property in an organized retail theft investigation, Operation Makeup Breakup.</p> <p> <br>On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provided statements to the public as well as video surveillance, body worn camera footage, and photographs highlighting the investigation and what was seized after executing multiple search warrants.<br><br>The six-month long investigation looked into an organized cosmetic retail fence; a fence being the individual or group who are purchasing stolen goods and reselling for a profit.<br><br>As a result of the investigation, three women were arrested and detectives were able to recover over 20,000 items, valued at over $560,000.<br><br>The fence was operating three “stores” out of homes in the Phoenix and Tonopah area. Rooms in these homes had been converted into the store fronts that people were invited in to purchase the cosmetics. These stores were not the only way the items were being sold, they were also being sold online and shipped, in some cases in bulk to other states and countries.<br><br>Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that this fence had been operating for five years.<br><br>The fence purchased the stolen cosmetics from various boosters, individuals who steal or shoplift the goods to sell. Boosters are known to have a “shopping list” of items they know a fence will pay them for.<br><br>The suspects in this case are facing charges of Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Trafficking in Stolen Property.<br><br>“My hope is that this sends a strong message that we are committed to investigating and arresting individuals of all crimes, and theft of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.<br><br>These crimes are taken seriously by the department and the County Attorney’s Office.<br><br>“We need to pay particular attention to this kind of crime – especially when it’s at this scale – because it affects everyone’s bottom line,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Retailers have to offset their losses which can mean those of us who are law-abiding citizens pay higher prices.”  <br><br>This is still an open investigation and details available for release are limited.  <br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo



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