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Vice Mayor Garcia’s Statement on Ballard Spahr’s Investigations into Phoenix Police’s Challenge Coin and Criminal Street Gang Charges Filed Against “ACAB” https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/2023City Council District 88/12/2021 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2023/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgVice Mayor Garcia’s Statement on Ballard Spahr’s Investigations into Phoenix Police’s Challenge Coin and Criminal Street Gang Charges Filed Against “ACAB” <div class="ExternalClassD30E2F07D32042288F4C6F8D18ACB98E"><html> <p>“Last February, myself, alongside my colleagues Councilwoman Pastor and Councilwoman Guardado, called for an independent investigation of the Phoenix Police Department. In response, we were given the Ballard Spahr investigations released today. The contents of these reports are not a surprise. The members of our community that elected us to serve have repeatedly told us exactly what these reports confirm. In response, other colleagues on this council have shut down, ignored, and ridiculed the real experiences of our residents. The injustices outlined in these reports have and will continue to destroy people's lives if we don't take serious and swift action to rectify these egregious harms. I call on my colleagues and city staff to take these immediate action steps:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Leadership and all those connected to these reports should be held accountable. We must fire Officer McBride and all other officers involved. Every officer that declined to participate in the investigations must also be reprimanded. What the City Manager and Chief of Police have done today is not enough.<br></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Every officer involved in these reports and those who refused to participate in these investigations must be placed on a public list and never hold someone's liberty in their hands again.<br></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The City Attorney must notify the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) of all officers involved in these reports, including those that refused to cooperate and who witnessed what occurred. MCAO attorneys have a duty to then review these reports, audit all court cases, and disclose potential officer integrity issues.<br></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The Downtown Operations Unit, Tactical Response Unit, Gang Enforcement Unit, and Special Investigations Detail must be immediately disbanded. There is an established pattern that these units and their officers engage in unconstitutional and unjust actions that harm the public they are supposed to serve. <br></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>It is clear the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association contains barriers that consistently help our officers evade accountability. The next MOU must go through a public negotiation process and city staff has a duty to renegotiate the components named in these reports that are a barrier to timely and thorough investigations. <br></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The Department of Justice must take immediate action in response to these reports. We cannot wait a year for another investigation that tells us what we already know. <br></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Finally, I demand that a special meeting is called by the city on Tuesday August 24th to address these reports and take these immediate action steps.<br><br></li></ul><p>We cannot allow this to become another report that collects dust on a shelf while we sit back and watch lives continue to be ruined. The Department of Justice affirmed that we as a city should not hesitate to take any actions now to address the systemic issues in our police department that impede justice and accountability. There are no more excuses."​<br><br><b><a href="/district8site/Documents/District8Letter.pdf" target="_blank">View a letter from the Vice Mayor, Councilwoman Pastor and Councilwoman Guardado from February 26th​​ requesting these investigations be made public. ​</a></b></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8District 8CarlosGarciaStephanie Bracken602-769-0717602-495-5405stephanie.bracken@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/15/Stephanie_Bracken.jpgPHXDistrict8

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security12/6/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass338F88FE3FA1471784BF7CFB3E530DE1"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<br></h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Select sites now also offer Vaccinations! Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917" target="_blank">On May 19, 2021 the Phoenix City Council updated the Face Coverings information to automatically adjust with CDC guidance. On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated that guidance to require masking indoors in communities with substantial or high virus transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021​, masks are required in all city buildings. As previously decided by the Council, private businesses may set their own policies regarding face coverings applicable to their employees and customers. </a>(<strong>Note: </strong>The airport and public transit remain covered by the Federal mask mandate.) <br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​<br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security12/7/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClassDA1383887E1C46B49BF3BF3019E3E2DF"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash" target="_blank">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. See also list of <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p> ​ <h3>Tuesday, December 7, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, December 8, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> La Pradera Park<br>6830 N. 39th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, December 9, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, December 10, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Yucca Library<br> 5648 N 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, December 11, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Tillman Middle School<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4309 E. Belleview Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, December 13, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:015 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br> 7602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, December 14, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Ironwood Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4333 E Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85048<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, December 15, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Adam Diaz Senior Center<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4115 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85019<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p> ​​ <br>​<br>​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
City of Phoenix Vaccine Mandate Pausedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2162City Manager12/7/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2162/Newsroom_Vaccine_Bottles.jpgCity of Phoenix Vaccine Mandate Paused<div class="ExternalClass80C6373E36D04EF2BDC3A9E18EA4C696"><p> The city of Phoenix Tuesday announced it has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling Tuesday from a federal judge in Georgia which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.<br></p><p>“As we've faced the COVID-19 pandemic, employee safety and maintaining essential city services have been our priority. In meeting those demands, the one constant has been our ability to be flexible. Today's decision further reflects that flexibility," said City Manager Jeff Barton. “Since we first were alerted that city employees would be subject to the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/09/09/executive-order-on-ensuring-adequate-covid-safety-protocols-for-federal-contractors/">Presidential Executive Order​</a> mandating the vaccine for federal contractors, we have promised to monitor legal challenges and adjust accordingly. While I continue believe the vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19, we owe it to our employees to allow the legal process to play out."<br></p><p>Last month it was announced that because the city of Phoenix is a Federal contractor, the COVID-19 vaccine would be required for all employees by January 18, 2022 as outlined in Presidential Executive Order 14042. While there has not been a final legal decision, any implementation within the city is on hold pending the outcome of the court cases.<br></p><p>Although the implementation of the vaccine requirement is on hold, employee safety remains a top priority. The city offers free COVID vaccines, booster shots, and testing options to employees and their families.<br></p> ​<br></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews

 

 

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