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Phoenix Office of Innovation Partners with Venture Café to Host Innovation Challenge https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/innovation/2704Innovation3/23/2023 10:10:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2704/Skyline with Suguaro (1).jpgPhoenix Office of Innovation Partners with Venture Café to Host Innovation Challenge <div class="ExternalClass77E3D3B931BA41139D1A449A66B9488C"><html>​​Students and residents can now apply to participate in a hackathon and pitch competition hosted by the <a href="https://venturecafephoenix.org/" target="_blank">Venture Café Phoenix</a> and the City of Phoenix’s Office of Innovation. Competitors will have an opportunity to develop innovative solutions that will increase access to chilled drinking water in public spaces – and compete for cash prizes.<br><br><div>“To solve an important challenge, Phoenix is tapping into one of our greatest resources— our creative and enterprising residents,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Expanding public access to drinking water, especially in areas of high pedestrian and public transit, is essential to keeping our residents comfortable and safe. I’m excited to see the ideas that come from the City of Phoenix’s first Innovation Challenge.”<br></div><div><br></div><div>Groups of five to six people will work together to develop an innovative concept to present to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $600 per person. <br></div><div><br></div><div>“Access to water in a desert city with over 1.5 million residents is essential," said Vice Mayor Ansari. "However, given the challenges with existing infrastructure and our rapidly rising population, water access is not always guaranteed for our residents, particularly those who are homeless. I'm excited to see the solutions generated by those competing in the City of Phoenix's first Innovation Challenge."</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Here are some details for contestants to consider and discuss:</strong></div><div>• New technologies to provide drinking water in public spaces that could make a system more accessible.</div><div>• Non-tech ideas to provide access to drinking water without using plastic water bottles.</div><div>• Cooling and shading efforts to keep the systems cool so the water stays cool in extreme heat.</div><div>• Education and communication strategies around the systems to build interest and encourage people to use the bottle filling stations.</div><div>• Innovative ideas for maintenance and preventing vandalism, such as tech solutions or wrap-around support from the community or businesses.</div><div>• Adding a public art component to support the project and encourage community engagement and preservation of the system.</div><div>• Sustainable ways to alert if a system isn't functioning properly and potentially losing water, as well as providing alternative options for those who forget their water bottle and would like to use a water filling station.</div><div><br></div><div>Contestants will participate in the hackathon on April 6 ​from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and attendees can watch the pitch competition from 5:30-7 p.m. at 850 PBC located at 850 N. Fifth St. Apply to participate in the hackathon or register to watch the pitch competition <a href="https://venturecafephoenix.org/event/thursday-gathering-innovation-night-the-city-of-phoenix/" target="_blank">here​</a>. Lunch and snacks will be provided. <br></div><div><br></div><div><div>If you are a person with a disability or limited English proficiency and require an accommodation to participate, please email melissa@venturecafephoenix.org or <div>sarah@venturecafephoenix.org <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-family:Calibri;font-size:13.3333px;">at least five business days in advance of the event. We will do our best to fulfill requests received with less than five business days’ notice.</span></div></div><br></div><div>About the Office of Innovation:<br></div><div>The City Manager’s Office of Innovation partners with residents, City departments, and local and national organizations to advance solutions to some of our City’s most pressing challenges, championing the strategic use of data to deliver effective, efficient and equitable impacts for the City and its diverse communities.  innovate@phoenix.gov <br></div><div><br></div><div>About Venture Café:<br></div><div>Venture Café Phoenix partners with companies and organizations that are evolving business, education, technology, social justice, science and the arts within Phoenix and beyond. Along with pitch nights, thought provoking content and one-on-one sessions, the Thursday Gathering event provides participants with hundreds of connection and action opportunities each week. When you take part in a Venture Café event, you can meet hundreds of creative, resourceful people who are just as invested in improving life in Phoenix as you are.</div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/innovationNewsinnovationPhoto of Phoenix skyline and a Saguaro CactusInnovation#InnovationChallengeKeyera Williams602-859-5089602-534-8922keyera.williams@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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