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Phoenix Named an All-America City 2022 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2421Education7/22/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2421/03.24.21 Tablet distibution at Aeroterra.JPGPhoenix Named an All-America City 2022 <div class="ExternalClass83F2DEA17A4B459F9DE192B25673CD6D"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading named the City of Phoenix as a ​winner of the 2022 All-America City Award (AAC). This year's theme was, “Housing as a Platform to Promote Early School Success and Equitable Learning Recovery." <br><br>The City's commitment to improving digital equity and collaborating with Phoenix residents in underinvested areas and public housing communities landed the City a winning spot. Phoenix was one of 20 finalist cities across the nation and is one of 10 communities to be recognized this year. <br><br>“COVID-19 caused a profound shift in traditional learning. As students transitioned to an online learning environment, we knew too many families were missing the basic tools needed to navigate this new way of learning," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “City staff put forth a tremendous effort to close this digital divide, especially for our most vulnerable kids. I'm proud of what we've accomplished, and equally proud the City of Phoenix has been honored with the All-America City Award for the sixth time." <br><br>During the pandemic, the City mobilized community partnerships to distribute more than 12,000 laptops to 15 school districts in underserved areas within public housing communities. Additionally, the City provided 1,600 tablets and Wi-Fi connectivity to families and seniors for at-home learning, telemedicine and more. <br><br>Providing digital devices was one of many steps the City took to support its residents. As the literacy rate for Phoenix students passing the third grade reading assessment declined to 25%, Phoenix co-created literacy and tutoring programs with students, parents and educators to reverse the trend.<br><br>“As someone who grew up in public housing during my childhood, I understand the impact these programs have on our residents. It takes a village to aid in the success of our youth and I am proud to lead a city that takes initiative to make a positive impact on its residents," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Congratulations, Phoenix, on a well-deserved win!"<br> <br><div style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr">​The City of Phoenix is one of the most honored cities in the Country, winning the All-America City designation six times: 1950, 1958, 1980, 1989, 2009 and 2022.<div style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></div><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">###</span><br></div></div><div style="text-align:center;"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>About the National Civic League​ </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The National Civic League advances inclusive civic engagement through our community assistance programs, including tools, trainings and facilitation services, our award and recognition programs, and nationally recognized research and publications. We promote efforts that seek to listen to, and to learn from residents in ongoing conversations and leverage those insights to help reshape communities so they will thrive.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The All-America City Award is made possible through the support of Southwest Airlines, the official airline sponsor, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CGI Digital, MissionSquare Retirement, HealthONE, and Womble Bond Dickinson.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a target="_blank" href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/america-city-award/">Click here to learn more about the National Civic League's All-America City Awards.</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seeks to disrupt generational poverty and ensure more hopeful futures for children of economically challenged, fragile and otherwise marginalized communities. We support community-driven initiatives to improve the likelihood that these children will grasp the first rung of the success sequence ladder – graduation from high school. Since its launch in 2012, the GLR Communities Network has grown to include more than 350 communities, representing 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and two Canadian provinces — sponsored by 5,200+ local organizations, institutions and agencies and supported by 500+ state and local funders, including 200+ United Ways.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a target="_blank" href="https://gradelevelreading.net/">Learn more about the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading</a><br></p><br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducationPerson helping someone use their tablet Education#AAC2022 #AllAmericaCity #Award #NationalCivicLeague #InnovationInnovationKeyera Mitchell602-859-5089602-534-8922keyera.mitchell@phoenix.gov

 

 

OAT Releases First Monitoring Reports of Phoenix PD Investigationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/3027City Manager2/22/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3027/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgOAT Releases First Monitoring Reports of Phoenix PD Investigations<div class="ExternalClass32C51E1E643E4DB1A44B03BD1132FF40"><html> <div> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) has released its first two monitoring reports, highlighting areas where investigations into two high-profile incidents were incomplete or could have been conducted in a more thorough way. The reports are shared with the Phoenix Police Department as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve accountability and community trust.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span></span><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Both incidents are from late 2022. The first involved a Wall Street Journal reporter accused of trespassing outside a Phoenix bank, while the second involved a physical altercation between a Phoenix Police officer and a man suspected of stealing a vehicle at a gas station. OAT's review of these incidents identified areas where improvements can be made in the police department's investigative processes.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Recommendations range from improved information gathering, such as asking more thorough questions to a more thorough review of all evidence available as well as referring cases to the Critical Incident Review Board. You can read the full list of findings from the </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountabilitysite/Documents/Incident-OAT22-007.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">trespassing</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> and </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountabilitysite/Documents/Incident-OAT22-010.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">gas station incident</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> monitoring reports.</span></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">“The release of these monitoring reports marks an important step towards transparency and accountability within the Phoenix Police Department,” said interim OAT Director Shannon Johanni. “OAT’s diligent work is one tool to identify issues within the department, which when addressed will ultimately contribute to improved relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve.”</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Findings have been given directly to interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan. He and his staff are reviewing OAT’s analysis and will respond publicly in writing. The findings will guide future changes to improve policies and processes within the department.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">OAT will continue to monitor investigations within the Phoenix Police Department and provide recommendations for improvement as needed. As additional monitoring reports are released, they will be posted to the </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountability" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Office of Accountability and Transparency</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> website, where you can also learn more about OAT and its mission.</span></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews
Feedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Routehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3028Public Transit2/22/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3028/Newsroom_PublicTransit_005.jpgFeedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Route<div class="ExternalClass2A2C5DAAC35B486C985E3347039287E3"><html> <p>​Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix are seeking input on the recommended route for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">West Phoenix High-Capacity Transit Alternatives Analysis</a>. Based on community feedback and significant technical analysis, a route beginning at Central Avenue/Indian School Road to 75th Avenue/Thomas Road will be shared with the community and recommended for approval. </p> <p>Additionally, two starting points, off the current light rail line at either Central or 19th avenues, were further evaluated based on community feedback. This additional analysis will also be presented to the community. </p> <p>The recommended route is proposed to travel west on Indian School Road from Central Avenue, south on 75th Avenue and west on Thomas Road, ultimately connecting central Phoenix and Maryvale neighborhoods. This route is being advanced based on several factors including highest ridership potential and ability to serve the highest number of transit-reliant customers of the more than 10 potential routes evaluated. </p> <p>The project team will host three public meetings, as well as open up a public comment period to garner input. </p> <p>Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m.</p> <p>Westwood Elementary School</p> <p>4711 N. 23rd Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85015</span></p> <p> <br> </p> <p>Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m. </p> <p>Desert West Community Center</p> <p>6501 W. Virginia Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85035</span></p> <p><br></p><p>Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (virtual)</p> <p>6 p.m.<br></p> <p>Join online at <a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro.webex.com/valley-metro/j.php?MTID=mb9d193a9f676a9a3b80630eba935f288">valley-metro.webex.com</a></p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2483 146 4471</p> <p>Webinar password: WestPhoenix (93787463 from phones) </p> <p> </p> <p>Spanish Audio Channel: </p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2484 040 1581</p> <p>Webinar password: 93787463</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>All meetings will provide identical presentations and will be available in English and Spanish. View the digital flyer with .<a target="_blank" href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/h6j7tg/5stcedxe/h2khj4">more information here​</a>. Presentation materials along with a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/webforms/wphx-comment-form-feb-2024">public comment form</a> to submit feedback will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">project website​</a> between Feb. 23 and March 15, 2024. Following this round of public feedback, route approval will move forward to the Phoenix City Council, associated subcommittees, and the Valley Metro Rail Board across the months of March – May 2024. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Arrest in Baby Skylar Cold Casehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3029Police2/22/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/lZhieJgfNC0Arrest in Baby Skylar Cold Case<div class="ExternalClass4C8302AB4C4C428E9D3EFFF6D5E581F6"><html> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">On the morning of October 10, 2005, a newborn baby girl was found deceased and wrapped in a bag in a women’s restroom at Sky Harbor International Airport.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Over 18 years later</span> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;">,<span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;"> an arrest has been made in the case of Baby Skylar, the name investigators affectionally named the child.</span></span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">The investigation went cold after all leads were exhausted</span> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;">. A<span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">fter years of no new leads, the case was ultimately identified as a case to be worked by the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, which includes detectives from the Phoenix Police Homicide Unit.</span></span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“The FBI Violent Crime Task Force is a force multiplier that allows the police departments to partner with the federal law enforcement to combine resources and expertise to bring justice to our victims,” said Homicide Lieutenant James Hester.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">In November of 2021, the FBI and Phoenix Police cold case detectives reviewed existing evidence and utilized Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) to help identify a potential maternal match for the newborn victim.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“IGG combines unknown crime scene DNA with traditional genealogy research to generate leads for law enforcement to follow,” shared Supervisory Special Agent Dan Horan. “The goal of this approach is to bring people to justice, identify unknown victims and to provide closure for families and the communities in which they live.”</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Investigators cross-referenced the potential match with evidence originally collected at the scene and identified the probable mother of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">In January 2022, investigators traveled to Washington state to execute a search warrant and interview the suspect identified as 51-year-old Annie Anderson. During the interview, investigators confirmed Anderson was the mother of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Anderson had been in the Valley in 2005 on business and admitted to investigators her involvement.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">After a long and extensive investigation that involved numerous members of the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, a Maricopa County Grand Jury issued an arrest warrant for Anderson for the 1<sup>st</sup> Degree murder of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">On December 21, 2023, Anderson was arrested in Washington and is currently in custody, awaiting extradition to Phoenix.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“Cold case homicides are challenging, and time is often not kind to investigations as our leads dry up leaving detectives few options to move the case forward,” said Homicide Lieutenant James Hester. “The community the we serve rightfully expects that all victims are never forgotten, and cold case homicide detectives carry that responsibility on their shoulders.”</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">The original detectives carried this case with them until they retired. The case had made such an impact on them, that those detectives purchased a headstone for the newborn.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Once Anderson is extradited, she will be formally charged. This case is not over, it is just the beginning of the judicial process to bring justice for Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">If you are interested in hearing more about this case, tune into the 5-0 Info show on KTAR on Sunday, February 25, at 5:30 a.m. or watch it after it airs on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/phxpd" target="_blank">youtube.com/phxpd​</a>.</span> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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