Statement from Councilman Nowakowski on Phoenix’s Public Wi-Fi Expansionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1550City Council District 710/5/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1550/Newsroom_Council_Statement_07.jpgStatement from Councilman Nowakowski on Phoenix’s Public Wi-Fi Expansion<div class="ExternalClass35D13CBF18BE4993BF004CEF04F4B3F1"><html>​“Accessible Wi-Fi, especially during the COVID-19 crisis is vital for our residents, especially those with children navigating through online schooling. Earlier this year, my colleagues and I approved funding to expand the city's public Wi-Fi network to provide free, extended coverage at city facilities. This coverage will go beyond the buildings into the parking lots and public areas and will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The additional internet access for low income families will not only help parents with online medical appointments but will also allow their children the same schooling opportunity as those who already have reliable access. <br><br>I am very proud of the city staff who worked tirelessly this summer to make this possible, and hope this service provides some relief to families. I will continue to work with staff to expand Wi-Fi services and provide additional resources to families and residents."<br><br><strong>City of Phoenix facilities offering free Wi-Fi in District 7 are:</strong><br>Desert West Senior Center--6501 W. Virginia Ave.<br>South Mountain Community Center--212 E. Alta Vista Rd.<br>South Phoenix Youth Center--5245 S. 7th St.<br>University Park Recreation Center--1002 W. Van Buren St.<br>Burton Barr Central Library--1221 N. Central Ave.<br>Cesar Chavez Library--3635 W. Baseline Rd.<br>Desert Sage Library--7602 W. Encanto Blvd.<br>Ocotillo Library--102 W. Southern Ave.<br>Travis L. Williams Family Services Center--4732 S. Central Ave<br><br><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>Declaración del Concejal Nowakowski Sobre la Expansión de Wi-Fi Público en Phoenix</strong></div><br>“Tener acceso al Wi-Fi, especialmente durante la crisis de COVID-19, es vital para nuestros residentes, especialmente aquellos con niños que navegan por la educación en línea. Mas temprano este año, mis colegas y yo aprobamos fondos para expandir la red pública de Wi-Fi para brindar cobertura gratuita y extendida en las instalaciones de la ciudad. Esta cobertura irá más allá de los edificios, hacia los estacionamientos y áreas públicas, y estará disponible todos los días de 8 a.m. a 9 p.m. El acceso adicional al internet para familias de bajos ingresos no solo ayudará a los padres con citas médicas en línea, sino que también permitirá a sus hijos la misma oportunidad de educación que aquellos que ya tienen acceso confiable.<br><br>Estoy muy orgulloso del personal de la ciudad que trabajó incansablemente este verano para hacer esto posible, y espero que este servicio brinde alivio a las familias. Continuaré trabajando con nuestro personal para expandir los servicios de Wi-Fi y brindar recursos adicionales para familias y residentes."<br><br> <br><strong>Las instalaciones de la ciudad de Phoenix que ofrecen Wi-Fi gratis en el Distrito 7 son:</strong><br>El Centro para Personas Mayores Desert West--6501 W. Virginia Ave.<br>El Centro Comunitario South Mountain--212 E. Alta Vista Rd.<br>El Centro para Jóvenes South Phoenix Youth Center--5245 S. 7th St.<br>El Centro Recreativo University Park--1002 W. Van Buren St.<br>La Biblioteca Central Burton Barr--1221 N. Central Ave.<br>La Biblioteca Cesar Chavez--3635 W. Baseline Rd.<br>La Biblioteca Desert Sage--7602 W. Encanto Blvd.<br>La Biblioteca Ocotillo--102 W. Southern Ave.<br>El Centro de Servicios para Familias Travis L. Williams--4732 S. Central Ave<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
DiCiccio and Nowakowski Present Plan for Relocation of Human Services Campushttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1523City Council District 79/24/2020 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1523/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgDiCiccio and Nowakowski Present Plan for Relocation of Human Services Campus<div class="ExternalClassFB103D0561CF459A8D4695F52D246D01"><html>​There is a current push to expand the Homeless Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. Many of the neighborhoods surrounding the campus - already under siege - are fighting to prevent this due to the extraordinary impacts of so many chronic street-homeless being concentrated in their neighborhood. They're right, but so are homeless advocates who say we need more shelter and low-income housing options.<br><br>Rather than expand the campus, and thereby increase the impacts on neighborhoods that are already bearing the brunt of our homeless crisis, we respectfully urge our colleagues, along with state, county, and city officials from throughout Arizona, to consider a better solution: St. Luke's.<br><br>We will never again have an opportunity to acquire a fully built, large scale hospital to serve the needs of our homeless population. St. Luke's has room to support the expansion of shelter and service options for our homeless, in an area with easy access to mass transit, and one that is significantly more isolated from any surrounding neighborhoods.<br><br>Relocating the Human Services Campus to St. Luke's will provide a better environment to assist our homeless population AND help protect our neighbors and neighborhoods. Further, relocating the Campus from the current location would allow for the sale of this extremely valuable piece of property – monies from which could be used to create new shelter and housing options throughout the Valley.<br><br>The City of Phoenix alone does not have the resources to accomplish this plan, but Phoenix should not have to stand alone. We must take a regional approach in order to resolve this issue. The State of Arizona, Maricopa County, and our other surrounding valley cities need to step up as well – and they should. Homelessness and housing insecurity affect us all, and everyone needs to have a hand in addressing these issues. It cannot solely weigh on Phoenix. <br><br>Accordingly, we are asking elected officials throughout the State of Arizona to support our plan to relocate Phoenix's Human Services Campus to the former St. Luke's hospital location, and seek to allocate any and all resources necessary to provide these critical services to the most vulnerable among us, while also protecting our neighbors and neighborhoods.​<br><br>Sincerely,<br><br><img src="/district6site/MediaAssets/DiCiccioSignature.png" style="margin:5px;width:201px;height:57px;" />         <img src="/district6site/MediaAssets/CouncilmanNowakowski_Signature.png" style="margin:5px;width:234px;height:43px;" /><br>Councilman Sal DiCiccio                                          Councilman Michael Nowakowski<br>Phoenix Council District 6                            ​           Phoenix Council District 7<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
Statement from Councilman Nowakowski On the Drive-By Shooting at The Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1506City Council District 79/15/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1506/Newsroom_Council_Statement_07.jpgStatement from Councilman Nowakowski On the Drive-By Shooting at The Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse <div class="ExternalClass30E0A120F17442DEB4AB1A7F806C42AB"><html>“Today's drive-by shooting outside the courthouse was shocking and horrifying. Violence is never the answer. <br><br>In light of today's incident, and other incidents around the country, effective immediately, Phoenix Police will have two officers patrolling together at all times. I stand with Chief Williams on this decision, to ensure our brave officers have proper back-up. <br><br>I am also thankful that the court security officer who was shot at, was not seriously injured. He is in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery."​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
Statement from Councilman Nowakowski on Tonight’s Vote to Reopen Athletic Fields https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1486City Council District 79/3/2020 4:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1486/Newsroom_Council_Statement_07.jpgStatement from Councilman Nowakowski on Tonight’s Vote to Reopen Athletic Fields <div class="ExternalClass530F7D9C2ADF4310BAFB6ACB9240A222"><html> <p></p>“Tonight, my colleagues and I voted to reopen City of Phoenix athletic fields. This decision allows us to ensure that proper safety protocols are in place when our fields are being used, which is not happening in many of our parks today. It also provides us the opportunity to allocate fields in a fair and equitable way for our residents.<br><br>When the fields reopen, staff will be able to work with park users to ensure proper safety protocols are being followed so that we can continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Reopening these fields is also a win for families needing to get out of their homes for some fresh air, in a setting where they can feel safe. As a father of six during this pandemic, I truly understand the value of this."​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
Councilman Nowakowski Reminds Residents it's Illegal to Tether Pets in Extreme Weather https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1464City Council District 78/21/2020 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1464/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilman Nowakowski Reminds Residents it's Illegal to Tether Pets in Extreme Weather <div class="ExternalClass6F8B0726A5584DDBBED66557A991A2BD"><html>​​As the temperature continues to exceed 100 degrees in Phoenix, Councilman Michael Nowakowski is reminding residents it's against the law and inhumane to tether dogs outside. <br><br>The ordinance, approved by the Phoenix City Council in 2016, outlaws restraining a dog outside using a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog's movement during extreme weather conditions, when the outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, when a heat advisory has been issued or when a monsoon, hurricane, tropical-storm, dust-storm or tornado warning has been issued. <br><br>“Dogs are man's best friend and must be protected against the cruel practice of tethering, especially during these extreme summer temperatures," said Councilman Michael Nowakowski. “A restraint limits movement and has the potential to put dogs in an unsafe condition, without access to shelter, food and water. This ordinance is in place to help stop the abuse and support our partners at the Arizona Humane Society."<br><br>In 2016, Councilman Nowakowski and Councilwoman Thelda Williams co-chaired the Animal Cruelty Task Force. As a result of their efforts, the City Council approved more clearly defined language related to animal cruelty which strengthened the city ordinance. Funds were also raised to create "tool kits" for Police to safely take animal victims of abuse into custody, and First Responders continue to be trained to deal with animal cruelty issues. <br><br>Anyone found responsible for a first offense of the ordinance would be subject to a fine. Subsequent violations are a Class One misdemeanor with increasing fines and jail time. <br><br>To report animal abuse or an animal in distress, contact:<br><ul><li>City of Phoenix Crime Stop at 602-262-6151</li><li>Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 602-876-1681</li><li>Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585, ext. 2073​​<br></li></ul></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
Councilman Nowakowski Partners with HeroZona to Provide Drive-Thru Testing at Cesar Chavez Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1414City Council District 77/22/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1414/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilman Nowakowski Partners with HeroZona to Provide Drive-Thru Testing at Cesar Chavez Park<div class="ExternalClass951EA6816E29431AAE7DA634A6BFA430"><html>Councilman Nowakowski, the City of Phoenix and other community partners are teaming up with <a href="https://www.herozona.org/" target="_blank">HeroZona</a>, a local non-profit, to provide multiple days of free, drive-thru testing at Cesar Chavez Park to residents. Appointments are not required.<br><br>“As COVID-19 continues to gravely impact our state, the need for free, accessible testing remains a priority," said Councilman Michael Nowakowski. “Thanks to the HeroZona Foundation, Phoenix residents will have multiple days of free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Cesar Chavez Park. This testing site is another great example of the 'Team Phoenix' approach. By working together, we can provide needed resources to our community."<br><br><em>If you are planning on using public transit to attend this event, please make sure you are following CDC guidelines and protecting yourself and those around you.</em><br><br><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday – Saturday, July 28 – August 1, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br>             Tuesday – Saturday, August 4 – 8, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br> <br><strong>Where:</strong> Cesar Chavez Park 7858 S. 35th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85339<br>              Enter through the 35th Avenue Entrance <br><br><strong>What to Bring:</strong> a photo ID, a face mask/covering and plenty of water. <br><br><div style="text-align:center;"><strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Concejal Nowakowski se Asocia con Herozona para Proporcionar Pruebas Móvil de Covid19 en el Parque César Chávez</strong></div><br>El concejal Nowakowski, la ciudad de Phoenix, y otros socios de la comunidad están trabajando con <a href="https://www.herozona.org/" target="_blank">HeroZona</a>, una organización local sin fines de lucro, para brindar a los residentes varios días de pruebas móviles gratuitas en el parque César Chávez. No se requirieran citas. <br><br>"A medida que COVID-19 continúa afectando gravemente a nuestro estado, la necesidad de pruebas gratuitas y accesibles sigue siendo una prioridad", dijo el concejal Michael Nowakowski. “Gracias a la Fundación HeroZona, los residentes de Phoenix tendrán varios días de pruebas COVID-19 gratuitas en el Parque César Chávez. Este sitio de pruebas es otro gran ejemplo del enfoque "Equipo Phoenix". Al trabajar juntos, podemos proporcionar los recursos necesitados para nuestra comunidad ".<br><br><em>Si planea utilizar transporte público para asistir a este evento, asegúrese de seguir las reglas del CDC, y de protegerse a sí mismo y a quienes lo rodean.</em><br><br><strong>¿Cuándo?:</strong> Martes a Sábado, 28 de julio a 1 de agosto, 6am a 1pm<br><br>      y Martes a Sábado, 4 a 8 de agosto, 6am a 1pm<br><br><strong>¿Dónde?: </strong>Cesar Chavez Park 7858 S. 35th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85339<br>                  Ingrese por la entrada de la avenida 35<br><br><strong>¿Qué debe llevar?: </strong>Una identificación con fotografía, una mascarilla/cubierta facial, y mucha agua. <br><br><p style="text-align:center;"><img style="margin:5px;width:248px;height:347px;" src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Cesar%20ChavezTESTING_1.jpg" /> <img style="margin:5px;width:248px;height:347px;" src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Cesar%20ChavezTESTING_Spanish.jpg" /><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
Councilman Nowakowski Applauds Upcoming Free COVID-19 Testing Site at Cesar Chavez Libraryhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1398City Council District 77/13/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1398/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilman Nowakowski Applauds Upcoming Free COVID-19 Testing Site at Cesar Chavez Library<div class="ExternalClass65823FEFFE474C9EA3D7AD237A3550E5"><html> ​“As COVID-19 continues to gravely impact our state, the need for free, accessible testing remains a top priority for my office. <br><br>Thanks to our partners at Valley Del Sol, there will be two upcoming days of testing in District 7 at Cesar Chavez Library. The testing will take place this Friday, July 17 and Saturday July 18 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be by appointment only. <br><br>This testing will be <strong>completely free </strong>to all community members, with no copays or financial cost for administering the test. <br><br>I want to thank city staff and Valley Del Sol for bringing this testing site to District 7 and will continue to work with staff to bring additional testing sites to my district and the communities most affected by this terrible virus."<br> <br><em>If you are planning on using public transit to attend this event, please make sure you are following CDC guidelines and protecting yourself and those around you.</em><br><br><strong>Register for Testing</strong>: <a href="https://bit.ly/cesarchaveztesting" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/cesarchaveztesting</a><br><br><strong>When</strong>: Friday, July 17 from 7 a.m. to noon <br>             Saturday, July 18 from 7 a.m. to noon<br><br><strong>Where</strong>: Cesar Chavez Library 3635 W. Baseline Road, Laveen Village, AZ 85339<br><br><strong>What to Bring</strong>: a face mask/covering and plenty of water <br><br><p style="text-align:center;"><img style="margin:5px;width:383px;height:543px;" src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Cesar%20Chavez%20Library%20TESTING%20(1)_Page_1.png" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img style="margin:5px;width:383px;height:541px;" src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Cesar%20Chavez%20Library%20TESTING_Spanish.png" /><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski
Registration for Free COVID-19 Testing Event in West Phoenix on June 27 is Closedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/1360City Council District 76/24/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1360/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgRegistration for Free COVID-19 Testing Event in West Phoenix on June 27 is Closed<div class="ExternalClass952F2BFF69D84BB7B7C9AFCE6854163B"><html> <p><strong style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>Equality Health Foundation can no longer take new appointments or day-of drive-ups without an appointment </em></strong></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The Equality Health Foundation, a leading advocate in combatting health disparities rooted in economic, racial and social conditions announces that the free COVID-19 drive-thru testing event for Saturday, June 27, has reached its registration capacity and has ended registration. Only confirmed drive-thru appointments will be accommodated. <strong>The city of Phoenix is working closely with Equality Health and other partners on additional testing locations in the coming weeks. </strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The event, which is open to the community at large, received an overwhelming response and has already received hundreds of requests for online registration on its website. Operational improvements are already being implemented based on the learnings from the previous testing event on June 20, including an 'appointment only' model. Changes also include expanded on-site contactless paperwork processing, technology improvements and faster administration of the test.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">People who pre-registered online must receive a confirmed registration appointment time for June 27. They should call 602-889-9401 if they haven't been contacted yet or for additional questions.  They can also visit the event website at </span><a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/phx/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">equalityhealthfoundation.org/phx</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> for more details. People who secured an appointment for the June 27 testing event are also asked to not arrive earlier than their scheduled time. A face mask or face covering is required at the testing site.  Registrants will not be required to provide ID or proof of insurance, but accurate contact information is needed to follow-up with test results and care guidance if required.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Information about other organizations offering testing can be found at https://www.azdhs.gov/</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">People are encouraged to get screened for testing if they have been exposed to someone with the COVID-19 virus or are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of smell and/or taste.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">This free drive-thru testing service for COVID-19 is being provided in partnership with the Equality Health Foundation, city of Phoenix, Sonora Quest Laboratories and Equality Care Center. The testing will occur at Desert West Park and Sports Complex, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix (enter the parking lot from Encanto Boulevard, just east of 67th Avenue).</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong>*For those who are registered and attending the event, please consider bringing water, face coverings and snacks in case there is a wait. It is also recommended that vehicles driven to the testing site are in good condition to withstand the heat.  ​</strong></span><br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7MichaelNowakowski



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